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Buzz Briefs: Remy Ma, Rihanna

Grammy-nominated rapper Remy Ma, whose real name is Remy Smith, exits Manhattan criminal court following her hearing on Dec. 5, 2007. Born Reminisce Mackie Smith, she is serving a three-year term in prison for the shooting of an acquaintance over missing money.
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Rapper Remy Ma Convicted Of Assault

A Manhattan jury has found Grammy-nominated rapper Remy Ma guilty in the shooting of a friend last July outside a New York nightclub.

The defense had conceded the rapper did fire a shot at a friend she suspected of stealing $3,000. But the rapper's lawyer insisted it was an accident.

Remy Ma faces up to 25 years in prison when she's sentenced.


Rihanna Helps Kids In Need

2Rihanna is hosting what she is calling a "Girls Night Out" tour to help less fortunate children.

"Girls always have more fun, so I thought it was a great cause for me," the Girls Gone Bad singer, 20, said in an interview with PEOPLE after a performance Wednesday night at Chicago's Vision nightclub.

With her charity, The Believe Foundation, Rihanna and Island Def Jam, "got together with a local foundation in three cities and Escada and [the label's fragrance] Moon Sparkle," to sponsor the event she said. "It was amazing."

Following her performance, Rihanna met with children and signed autographs.

According to the foundation's background material, "Believe gives children a chance by providing everything from medical attention for children who can't afford it, school supplies for children in poorly funded public schools, toys for children who are terminally ill and clothes for children in homeless shelters."

The next "Girls Night Out" concerts are scheduled for March 28 at San Francisco's Ruby Skye and April 9 at New York City's HighLine Ballroom.


Rapper T.I. Expected To Plead Guilty To Federal Weapons Charges

3Rapper T.I. is expected to plead guilty to federal weapons charges and will face prison time, according to two people familiar with his case.

The 27-year-old rapper, whose real name is Clifford Harris, is expected to be sentenced to 1,500 hours of community service talking to youth groups around the country, followed by about 12 months in prison. The two people familiar with the negotiations spoke on condition of anonymity because the plea deal had not been finalized yet.

A change-of-plea hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

Harris was arrested Oct. 13, just blocks away and hours before he was to headline the BET Hip-Hop Awards in Atlanta. He was allegedly trying to buy unregistered machine guns and silencers. He initially pleaded not guilty, and has been under house arrest.


"X-Files" Creator Chris Carter Spills Some Details About Upcoming Sequel

The truth about "The X-Files" sequel, some of it anyway, is now out there.

"X-Files" creator Chris Carter, writer Frank Spotnitz and other crew members gathered Wednesday to discuss the TV series and declassify some information about the upcoming film.

The popular Fox paranormal drama, which aired from 1993 to 2002, starred David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson as FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully

"While this is not a mythology movie, it's true to everything that's come before," Spotnitz said at the William S. Paley Television Festival. "It's true to Mulder and Scully, who they are and where they would be this point in their lives and all of the experiences that they've had."

Carter, who also directs the new movie, said it takes place in the present and uses a story envisioned when the series ended. While the show's sprawling alien mythology isn't part of the plot, Carter said there is a reference to Scully's seemingly supernatural son, William, who was born in season eight and later given up for adoption.

The as yet untitled film is due out July 25.


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Robin Williams' Divorce Is No Joke

4After nearly 19 years of marriage, Robin and Marsha Garces Williams are getting divorced.

Garces Williams filed a petition for dissolution of marriage on March 21 in San Francisco Superior Court citing irreconcilable differences.

The two met when Garces Williams worked as a nanny for Williams' son Zachary, whom he had with his previous wife, Valerie Valardi.

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Robin and Garces Williams also have two children together, Zelda and Cody.

Robin Williams, 56, won an Academy Award for his role in the film "Good Will Hunting." He also starred in the sitcom "Mork & Mindy" (1978-82), and has acted in a number of movies including "Dead Poets Society" and "Patch Adams."


Abdul, Cyrus Among The Headliners Of "Today" Concert Series

Paula Abdul and Miley Cyrus are among the stars who will headline the "Today" show's 13th annual concert series.

Abdul will kick off the series on the plaza outside the "Today" studio April 25, NBC announced Wednesday.

She recently debuted her first new song in a decade, "Dance Like There's No Tomorrow," produced by fellow "American Idol" judge Randy Jackson.

Cyrus is set to perform July 25.

Other headliners include Ashlee Simpson, Rascal Flatts, Natasha Bedingfield, Neil Diamond, Mary J. Blige, Alanis Morissette, the B-52s, Donna Summer, Chris Brown, Kenny Chesney, Rihanna and Coldplay.

Sheryl Crow will take the stage Aug. 1.

NBC said it will announce additional acts in the coming months.