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NAMES & FACES
· Jackie Chan says the third installment of "Rush Hour" has stalled because co-star Chris Tucker is making too many demands. "He wants too much power," Chan told reporters Thursday. "The movie company hasn't obliged. He wants final editing rights and the final look at the movie and so on." The martial arts star called Tucker "a good friend," but said he's "still a new actor. . . . He needs to learn slowly." Tucker's publicist, Samantha Mast , did not return calls for comment Friday.
· R&B star Omarion is facing a Brit publicity backlash after the singer, who was in London at the time of last week's terrorist bombings, issued a statement asking for his fans to pray for him. When U.K. reporters pointed out that Omarion had suffered no harm and that the statement made no mention of the actual victims, Londoners were angered, according to E! Online. Omarion's Web site quickly disowned the offending release, calling it a hoax.
· Leonardo DiCaprio has optioned Kurt Vonnegut 's dystopian novel "Cat's Cradle," Variety reported last week. DiCaprio's Appian Way production company has tapped "Contact" screenwriter James V. Hart and his son, Jake Hart , to write the script. Published in 1963, "Cat's Cradle" was described on its dust jacket as "an apocalyptic tale of this planet's ultimate fate."
· Rod Stewart , 60, who proposed to girlfriend Penny Lancaster atop the Eiffel Tower just a couple of months ago, is becoming a father again. Due in December, the little one will be Rod's seventh child and Penny's first.
-- Compiled by Michael Cotterman from wire reports