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Phoenix confronts fan during hip-hop concert

Joaquin Phoenix appears to be getting into the act of being a petulant hip-hop star.

After making his audience wait for almost four hours, he gave a performance early yesterday morning at the LIV nightclub in Miami that was cut short when he jumped off the stage and confronted an audience member who was heckling him. Security guards dragged him back on stage and escorted him away.

It's unknown whether the confrontation - and his pledge to quit acting and start rapping - was real or a put-on, but actor Casey Affleck recorded the performance on camera. Affleck, who is Phoenix's brother-in-law, is making a documentary about his career shift.

Anna Nicole Smith's boyfriend is charged

Anna Nicole Smith's boyfriend, Howard K. Stern, and two doctors were charged yesterday with giving thousands of prescription drugs to the former Playboy playmate in the years leading up to her 2007 fatal overdose.

Stern and doctors Sandeep Kapoor and Khristine Eroshevich were each charged with three felony counts of conspiracy and several other charges of fraudulent prescriptions. Prosecutors said the doctors gave the drugs - including opiates and benzodiazapines - to Stern, who then gave them to Smith.

The prescriptions were issued between June 2004 and January 2007, just two weeks before Smith's death.

"These individuals repeatedly and excessively furnished thousands of prescription pills to Anna Nicole Smith, often for no legitimate medical purpose," California Attorney General Edmund G. Brown said in a statement.

A spokesman for Brown told the Associated Press that two of the three had been arrested but would not specify which ones.

Heche has son

People magazine reports that actress Anne Heche and her boyfriend, actor James Tupper, welcomed son Atlas Heche Tupper over the weekend. The couple met on the set of ABC's Men in Trees and began dating in 2007.

Heche also has a 7-year-old son, Homer, from her marriage to cameraman Coleman Laffoon. Though they separated in 2006, their divorce was finalized just this week.

White's third band

No one can accuse Jack White of being lazy. The rocker is already a member of The White Stripes and The Raconteurs, and now White says he's formed a third band, The Dead Weather.

White announced the project Wednesday in Nashville and hosted a private party to hear the new CD and see a performance by the group. He says The Dead Weather's debut album, Horehound, will be released in June.


Singer-songwriter Neil Sedaka, 70.

Actor William H. Macy, 59.

Actress Dana Delany, 53.

Actress Annabeth Gish, 38.

Rapper-actor Common, 37.

Actor Emile Hirsch, 24.

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