Aiken back to work
Now that Clay Aiken is a daddy, it’s time to get back to work. Aiken will return to Broadway and his role as Sir Robin in “Monty Python’s Spamalot” Sept. 19-Jan. 4. Aiken is the proud papa of Parker Foster Aiken, who, according to Aiken’s Web site, was born at 8:08 a.m. Friday. The baby’s mother is Jaymes Foster, Aiken’s friend and record producer.
Celebs get sued
Music producer Johnny Vieira has sued “High School Musical” star Vanessa Hudgens and her father for $5 million, claiming they have repeatedly violated a contract and failed to pay him his share of her earnings. According to the lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday, Hudgens entered into the agreement with Vieira when she was a minor. He says Hudgens and her father, Greg, sued to get out of the agreement, but haven’t abided by settlement terms. Hudgens’ publicist didn’t immediately return an e-mail seeking comment. … And pitchman and former “Tonight Show” sidekick Ed McMahon was sued by Westmoore Lending of Huntington Beach, Calif., for more than $275,000, an amount the creditor said McMahon owed from a 2006 loan. McMahon and his wife, Pamela, have faced other actions targeting debts for the couple’s home, prescription drugs, credit card debt and attorney’s fees for his daughter’s divorce. A spokesman for McMahon said he hadn’t seen the lawsuit yet.
Celebs do the suing
The Allman Brothers Band has filed a lawsuit against UMG Recordings Inc. in federal court in Manhattan to demand a bigger cut of recordings sold through third parties such as Apple’s iTunes. The Southern rock band seeks at least $13 million and additional royalties from the sales of newly configured compact discs and digital downloads for use on telephone ring tones. A telephone message left for a lawyer for UMG hasn’t been returned. … And former Blink-182 bassist Mark Hoppus filed a lawsuit Monday against Missicom LLC of San Diego, alleging the father-and-son business kept his investment in a venture to install automated checkout machines at McDonald’s restaurants. According to the complaint, Hoppus invested $600,000 in Missicom in October 2003. The suit alleges the company doesn’t have contracts to install the machines at McDonald’s or anywhere else. Attorneys for Missicom did not immediately respond to phone messages.
More money sought
It seems “Lost” stars Matthew Fox and Evangeline Lilly are searching for something all right. They’re searching for more money. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the two currently make about $150,000 a piece per episode and are seeking raises. However, the trade paper says once word leaked that Lilly and Fox wanted more dough, representatives for several other cast members asked to renegotiate as well. Two seasons of the show remain. ABC will debut the fifth season of “Lost” early next year.
Have a back up plan
“I told her to make sure she had a plan. She looked like I slapped her in the face. She was like, ‘What do you mean? I love modeling. I will always model!’… But you need to treat yourself like an athlete and know that it is not going to happen. I mean, what are you gonna do — commentate on ESPN?” — Tyra Banks, on the advice she gave a fellow retiring supermodel, in the September issue of Harper’s Bazaar.
Compiled by Melissa Sullivan from wire reports