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Quickies - Megan Fox dropped from 'Transformers'

Published:Friday | May 21, 2010 | 5:00 AM

Megan Fox, who made her name as Shia LaBeouf's sultry love interest in the first two Transformers movies, has been dropped from the third.

Paramount Pictures said Wednesday that Fox's option was not picked up for part three in the blockbuster Michael Bay series. The studio, which released the first two movies about shape-shifting machines doing battle, declined to give further details or say who would replace the 24-year-old actress.

Fox's publicist, Dominique Appel, did not return a message left at her office seeking comment.

Fox, notorious for making attention-grabbing comments to the media, engaged in a public spat with director Bay about the release of part two last summer. But Bay later defended her and said he looked forward to working with her on part three.

In announcing Transformers 3 in October on his blog, www.michaelbay.com, he wrote: "P.S. Megan Fox, welcome back. I promise no alien robots will harm you in any way during the production of this motion picture."

Transformers from 2007 and the 2009 sequel Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen have made more than US$1.5 billion worldwide. Production is scheduled to begin this month on the third instalment, with a release date set for July 1, 2011, Paramount said.

Fox also starred last year as the title character in Jennifer's Body, playing a possessed cheerleader who preys on high school boys. The movie, written by Oscar-winning Juno writer Diablo Cody, made a disappointing $16.2 million domestically.

Next, Fox will star opposite Josh Brolin and John Malkovich in the supernatural Western Jonah Hex, scheduled for release June 18.

Marcia Griffiths, Queen Omega on tour

Marcia Griffiths and Queen Omega are currently two of the top reigning queens of reggae. These two gifted singers, Marcia Griffiths and Queen Omega, when paired, make for a long show of beautiful female energy.

Marcia Griffiths is scheduled to perform on Reggae in the Desert in Las Vegas on June 12th; they both perform on the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival on June 20th and Marcia is also on the Monterey Bay Reggaefest on July 31st. After this western United States (US) tour, Griffiths is scheduled to tour Africa and Europe with Tanya Stephens and Etana.

Marcia's Love is Automatic single with Busy Signal is currently number one on the England and European charts. Another of her current songs getting a lot of radio airplay is What Goes Up, Must Come Down which is a combination with Queen Ifrica. She also has a single out called A Beer and a Girl, which is a song about the memories of life in Jamaica. She has another current song, There is a Time for War, which is a combination with Beres Hammond. Marcia is also currently recording a track for the new Third World album.

Marcia Griffiths has a new double CD, Marcia and Friends, scheduled for release soon. The CD features combinations with singers such as Beres Hammond, Sanchez, Bunny Rugs, Daville, Freddie McGregor, Toots Hibbert, Barrington Levy, Diana King, Richie Stevens, Etana, Bob Andy and John Holt. There are also combinations with Gentleman, Damian Marley, Beenie Man, Bounty Killer and U Roy.

In 2008, Queen Omega did 15 festivals in North America, from California to Toronto, including The Monterey Bay Reggae fest in Monterey, CA, Reggae Risings and Earthdance in Humboldt County, CA. In 2009, she headlined the Northwest World Music festival in Eugene, Oregon. She also did Earthdance for a second consecutive year, as well as numerous festivals on the east coast including performances in Providence, RI and in Vermont at the Vermont Reggae festival. She toured Brazil in April 2009 and France in early June 2009.

In the US, she has joined forces with the hot and popular California Reggae artiste Jah Sun on Mediation and they also filmed the accompanying music video. Mediation is on the charts in Jamaica. The music video was picked up on TV Jamaican Reggae Shows, featured number-three on the Wicked Bubblers on Hype TV, plus the European reggae market picked up the video online for the top Reggae sites.

Queen Omega recently recorded Take Control on the Zion Roots Music, an affiliate of CRS Music Label out of Barbados, for their compilation CD Blessed. Take Control was produced by Family Music out of Germany. IkaRoots Muzik and the Babyclone Band released two compilation CDs in 2010 featuring Queen Omega's lead tracks, Traveling on the Datta Riddim and Last Days on the Brighter Day Riddim.

Summer love - for daughter

Halle Berry and Gabriel Aubry will live together this summer so he can look after their two-year-old daughter Nahla. The Oscar-winning beauty and her 34-year-old former partner - who split up last month after five years together - have failed to come to an agreement for care arrangements of their daughter while the actress is filming in South Africa, so the Canadian model has decided to travel with her to care for the tot.