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December 19, 2004

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TLC looking for third singer

New York (ap) -- Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas and Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins are looking to collaborate with a new voice, but the TLC stars insist they're not trying to replace the late Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes.

"Nothing has changed. We're not replacing Lisa," Thomas told The Associated Press in a recent interview. "We're not looking for a new member."

Last month, the pair announced they were launching a search to find a vocalist to perform with them in concert and for one track on TLC's upcoming greatest hits project -- a journey that will be the subject of a UPN reality show, "R U The Girl with T-Boz and Chilli."

Some fans were concerned that Thomas and Watkins were seeking to fill the shoes of Lopes, who died in a car crash in Honduras in 2002.

But the duo said then that they would never try to replace Lopes -- perhaps the most dynamic member of the trio, with her colorful personality and energetic raps. Instead, they say they're simply looking for a fan to perform with them for a one-time performance and for a song on the greatest hits project.

"We started out with our fans, and it's all about our greatest hits," Thomas said. "Basically, we are trying to give back to our fans and find one girl and give her a chance of a lifetime, to do one last performance with TLC."

"We kind of call it, like, fan appreciation," Watkins said.

Sandler still likes comedy

Los Angeles -- Although he shows more dramatic range than usual in "Spanglish," Adam Sandler isn't running away from comedies.

"I do love the movies I've done in the past," Sandler told reporters. "I work hard at my movies. But looking back at my career, when I end up having kids and I say, 'Throw in that "Spanglish,"' I know I'm going to be very proud of it."

In "Spanglish," Sandler plays the husband of Tea Leoni, whose Mexican housekeeper (Paz Vega) finds herself in a contest of wills with the neurotically overbearing Leoni.

Sandler has no illusions on whether his work in the comic drama is Oscar-worthy, although Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt and Shirley MacLaine all received Academy Awards for movies directed by James L. Brooks, who also directed "Spanglish."

"I don't think about that," Sandler said. "I wasn't a kid growing up saying one day 'I'll get an Oscar and make a speech.' That wasn't on my mind. So what I do is the best work I can do."

Milo it is

New York -- Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler's grandson has a name!

"Lord of the Rings" beauty Liv Tyler has announced that her newborn baby boy will be called Milo William Langdon, reports IMDB.com.

Tyler and her husband, Spacehog singer Royston Langdon, welcomed Milo in the early hours of Tuesday morning at a New York hospital. The baby weighed in at 8 pounds.

This is the first child for Tyler, 27, and her rocker husband, 32. They married on March 25, 2003, in Barbados after a two-year engagement.

Norville leaving MSNBC

New York -- Deborah Norville, who is host of both "Inside Edition" and MSNBC's "Deborah Norville Tonight," is leaving her cable show.

"This decision comes down to one issue: time," Norville said in a statement to MSNBC employees Friday. "With my pre-existing commitments to King World's 'Inside Edition' and to my husband and three children, there simply are not enough hours in my day to do justice to my colleagues at MSNBC and the program we aspire to."

Norville will continue with the syndicated "Inside Edition," which she has anchored since 1995. She will stay on MSNBC until mid-January.

Rick Kaplan, president of MSNBC, said new programming for the 9 p.m. time slot had not yet been developed.

DMX accused of driving 104

Orth Castle, N.Y. -- Rapper DMX was arrested for allegedly driving more than 100 mph on a highway in the suburbs of New York City, a week after he pleaded guilty to driving through an airport parking gate while on drugs.

The 33-year-old rapper, whose real name is Earl Simmons, was pulled over Wednesday evening on Interstate 684 after driving 104 mph in a 65 mph zone, police said.

Because his license had been suspended after the airport incident, Simmons was arrested on charges of third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation. State police said he was also charged with speeding and driving an unregistered vehicle.

Simmons was released on $350 bail and ordered to appear in court Jan. 18 in North Castle, about 40 miles north of New York City.

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