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In Brief: Eminem, Jesus, Cruz & Cruise

Jesus movie sparks confession
Although critics have argued that Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ is excessively violent and anti-Semitic, they can’t deny its power on audiences — a repentant Texan turned himself in to police after seeing the movie and confessed to the murder of a woman pregnant with his child.

Dan Leach, 21, said he killed Ashley Nicole Wilson, 19, because he wanted her out of his life. Wilson was found dead in her apartment on Jan. 18 with a suicide note describing her depression. Police had previously thought she had hung herself, but Leach admitted to staging the murder to look like a suicide.

Leach was indicted by a grand jury and has been arrested.

Here’s what a connection to Eminem will get ya...
Kimberly Mathers — ex-wife of Marshall Bruce Mathers III, better known as Eminem — is back in jail for dropping out of a court-ordered drug treatment program.

Mathers was sentenced to a two-year probation on Jan. 21 for cocaine possession and failure to give adequate space to an emergency vehicle. She is also prohibited from using alcohol and non prescription drugs. On Feb. 12, she was ordered to spend 30 days in jail for cocaine use while on probation, followed by 90 days in an in-patient substance abuse treatment program. Mathers was released on Mar. 1 to attend the program.

Last Tuesday, she was ordered back to jail for leaving the program, where she must complete the rest of her sentence. Mathers’ sentence is complete on May 12.

Cruise & Cruz still buddies
Tom Cruise and Penelope Cruz split in January, halting any possibility of children surnamed Cruise-Cruz. But according to their publicists, the two remain good friends.

The breakup explains why Cruise was flying solo at the Oscars, and why he spent most of his time there with ex-wife Nicole Kidman, who had just broken up with rocker Lenny Kravitz.

But Cruise-Kidman supporters shouldn’t start celebrating yet — less than a month ago, Cruise rushed to Morocco when Cruz collapsed from exhaustion on the set of her new movie.

—Mel Wong



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