Fox TV owns Jason Bateman … or is it, Jason Bateman owns Fox?

Given the skyrocketing trajectory of Rye native Jason Bateman’s career of late, it can’t be too long til he starts charging millions for photos of his babies, too.

The latest update, via Variety, is that 20th Century Fox has signed a deal with the actor-cum-mogul to develop TV series (as in series, plural). Bateman, you may recall, was already tapped to direct the pilot for “Do Not Disturb,” a new fall series. He’s also been on a role lately with roles in “Hancock,” the upcoming Ricky Gervais comedy “This Side of the Truth,” and the Russell Crowe flick “State of Play.”

So, what will be the first new project Bateman brings to the table under his new deal? Call me crazy, but I seem to recall a certain affection he has for one of his past TV series, and a lingering desire to turn that series into a feature movie. And no, I’m not talking about “The Hogan Family.”

Meanwhile, sis Justine, when she isn’t out shilling for SAG, is also branching out beyond acting. She’s been writing scripts for Disney’s “Wizards of Waverly Place.” I’m not exactly sold on the Daily News’s classification of the show as “red hot,” but I will say this: It’s high time we finaly got a sanitized, family-friendly version of “Charmed.” That Alyssa Milano was showing waaay too much cleavage.

(Jason: AP Photo/Reed Saxon; Justine: ABC Photo / Danny Feld)

Bedford Dominatrix ordered to give sponge baths to naughty hospital goers


Sandra Chemero, the S&M specialist who was arrested last year after an undercover investigation of her Bedford Hills home, made InTown Westchester’s “People of the Year” list, but when it came time for Suburbarazzi to rattle off our top 25 newsmakers of 2007, we decided to lay off. And late last month, the so-called Bedford Dominatrix got another bit of leniency.

Despite strong evidence that brains behind a sex dungeon dubbed “The Soverign Estate” (complete with website picturing her brandishing whips and leather chains), Chemero got off almost Scot free. She agreed to a lesser charge of “disorderly conduct” (for operating a business out of her home without a permit) and was only fined $350.

The real punishment: 30 days of community service working at a local hospital. If anyone happens to see her on duty, be sure to alert us if there’s any spanking going on after the bandages up her patients.

“Charges dropped against dominatrix” [Daily New]

(photo: Rory Glaeseman / The Journal News)

Mary J. Blige pulls a Roger Clemens

blonde-blige.jpgAfter the Times Union of Albany broke news that singer Mary J. Blige was going to be listed in a scathing report about steroid abuse in the entertainment biz, reps for the Yonkers native blasted back to the NY Daily News, “Mary J. Blige has never taken any performance-enhancing illegal steroids.” That quote came from Blige’s spokeswoman, Karynne Tencer.

Although the Albany DA behind the report has yet to confirm the names leaked from the report (including 50 Cent, Timbaland, Tyler Perry, Blige, and more), the news account asserts that “Records shared with the Times Union and information from several cooperating witnesses on Long Island indicate Blige and other stars were shipped prescribed human growth hormone or steroids — sometimes under fictitious names — at hotels, production studios, private residences, an upscale Manhattan fitness club and through the Long Island office of Michael Diamond, a chiropractor affiliated with the celebrities.”

Diamond’s anti-aging program is run out of Clay Gym in Manhattan. So far, Blige and the other stars implicated haven’t denied an association with Diamond.


The big question right now is whether Diamond is the source of part or all of the DA’s investigation and, if so, whether Blige (and others) will simply claim that he’s lying — we’ll call that the Full Clemens. Then again, if the lawyers up in Albany are seriously considering filing charges against the entertainers, perhaps Blige may agree to testify and cop a plea. Maybe in exchange for a little Clemens-y.

If you’re still wondering why on earth rappers would need to take steroids in the first place, MTV news has an interesting take on that. In short, “The thought is that HGH specifically brings levels of testosterone back up. Dr. Barnes said benefits can include thickening of the hair and skin and ‘a luster again in the eyes and basically helping the body look more vigorous.'”

And here I thought Mary J.’s blindingly bright locks were all thanks to hair dye. You learn something every day!

UPDATE: Diamond has indeed confirmed many of the celebrity names in the doping report, the Times Union reports today, so it would appear that he’ll be playing the McNamee role in this new doping saga. Interestingly, the names were actually first discovered when authorities raided an Orlando pharmacy last year and turned up a folder marked “VIP customers.” That folder let them to Diamond, who runs a family chiropractor practice. But it looks like Clay Gym in Manhattan, where Diamond was a physical training adviser to the celebs, is where most of them hooked up with him. According to the Times Union account, his job there has been suspended.

(Blige: AP Photo/Diane Bondareff / Other photos: AP)