Tattle: Drummer's autobiography takes Root

Posted: February 28, 2013

DRUMROLL, PLEASE.

Philly's own Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson, the Roots' resident drummer, is writing a book.

Thompson announced Wednesday that Mo' Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove will be released June 18 by Grand Central Publishing.

The book includes the Grammy-winning musician/producer's run-ins with "celebrities, idols and fellow artists," including Stevie Wonder, KISS and Jay-Z. It also tackles "some of the lates, the greats, the fakes and the true originals of the music world."

Maybe he'll promote it on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon."

As one door closes . . .

Ex-Miss Delaware Teen USA Melissa King, who resigned her crown over a sex-tape scandal, has been offered a new position.

According to TMZ.com, the website YouPorn.com wants to pay King $250,000 to promote the site as "Miss YouPorn" - sash and tiara optional.

TATTBITS

* New York may be toughening its gun laws in the real world, but those laws shouldn't apply to make-believe.

State officials say they'll change the state's new, stricter gun law so military-style rifles and high-capacity handguns can be used on the sets of TV shows and movies.

They must also quickly fix another error that could put police officers carrying high-capacity magazines in violation of the law.

The last thing the city needs are cops arresting themselves.

Michael Winans Jr., a member of gospel music's Winans family, has been sentenced to nearly 14 years in prison for an $8 million financial scam.

Prosecutors say Winans sold fake Saudi Arabian oil bonds to more than 1,000 investors in 2007 and 2008. He promised 100 percent returns in two months, then used the money for his personal expenses or to pay off earlier investors. He still owes $5 million to about 600 people.

Tattle money tip: If someone promises you a 100 percent return on your investment in two months . . . run.

* The South Carolina Supreme Court on Wednesday overturned a settlement divvying up the multimillion-dollar estate of James Brown, saying a former attorney general didn't follow the late soul singer's wishes in putting together the deal.

Attorney General Henry McMaster brokered a settlement in 2009 that split Brown's estate, giving nearly half to a charitable trust, a quarter to his widow, Tomi Rae Hynie, and leaving the rest to be split among his adult children.

The justices ruled that the deal ignored Brown's wishes for most of his money to go to charity.

* The Stone Temple Pilots have fired lead singer Scott Weiland.

In a one-sentence news release Wednesday, publicist Kymm Britton said: "Stone Temple Pilots have announced they have officially terminated Scott Weiland." No other information was provided.

Weiland responded via statement: "I learned of my supposed 'termination' from Stone Temple Pilots this morning by reading about it in the press.

"Not sure how I can be 'terminated' from a band that I founded, fronted and cowrote many of its biggest hits, but that's something for the lawyers to figure out. In the meantime, I'm looking forward to seeing all of my fans on my solo tour which starts this Friday."

* Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will open "Rolling Stones: 50 Years of Satisfaction," on May 24.

The exhibit will run until March 2014 and will include personal and collected items that have never before been seen by the public, along with film, text and interactive components and periodic lectures on the band's 50-year career. The entire exhibit will take up more than two floors of the museum.

Phivos Istavrioglou has admitted to stealing a Salvador Dali painting from a New York City gallery, only to return it in the mail.

He pleaded guilty on Tuesday following his arrest in the theft of a work titled "Cartel de Don Juan Tenorio."

Prosecutors say Phivos walked into the Manhattan gallery in June, put the $150,000 painting in a shopping bag and walked out. He anonymously mailed the piece back to the U.S. from Greece after seeing news coverage of the theft.

Under the plea deal, Phivos avoids additional jail time if he remains incarcerated until his formal sentencing on March 12. He also must pay more than $9,000 in restitution.

* Cable TV company Cablevision

says that it is suing Viacom, arguing that the operator of Nickelodeon, MTV and Comedy Central is "illegally forcing" it to carry 14 channels that aren't watched very much.

Cablevision said it filed the antitrust lawsuit in federal court onTuesday.

It calls the way that Viacom sells programming illegal and bad for consumers. It says that if it refused to take the lesser-watched channels, it would have to pay massive penalties.

Responding in a statement, Viacom Inc. says it provides a discount to TV distributors who take more channels.

It's an interesting model: Pay a lot for the channels you want or pay less and get a bunch of channels you don't want.

- Daily News wire services

contributed to this report.


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