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LOS ANGELES - SEPTEMBER 19:  (FILE PHOTO) Producer Tracey Edmonds (L) actor Eddie Murphy pose afterparty for premiere Lionsgate's

LOS ANGELES - SEPTEMBER 19: (FILE PHOTO) Producer Tracey Edmonds (L) and actor Eddie Murphy pose at the afterparty for the premiere of Lionsgate's "Good Luck Chuck" at the Napa Valley Grille on September 19, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. It was announced on January 1, 2008 that actor Eddie Murphy married producer Tracey Edmonds in a ceremony on a private island off Bora Bora in French Polynesia after being engaged in July. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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Updated: June 11, 2012 9:19AM

THE VH-1 REALITY SHOW “Basketball Wives” will head to theaters near you, if creator/executive producer Shaunie O’Neal (Shaq’s ex) and movie/TV producer Tracey (“Soul Food”) Edmonds have their way. The two divas, thanks to Fox Searchlight films, are in development to bring the controversial weekly show to the big screen, especially since the show has been receiving a firestorm of criticism for being out of control with the constant cursing and fighting. The pressure is on from the public and a few celebs to stop the madness.

TV personality/author Star Jones is leading a protest against the show and its “horrid portrayal of black women that the show promotes, from fighting and scratching and arguing black women.” “The View”co-host Sherri Shepherd and talk show host Wendy Williams have also been outspoken critics. I say it doesn’t matter what color these dames are, a few of the cast members (not all) have taken negative behavior to a new level and are just an embarrassment. And with the epidemic of bullying in this country, this production is sending a horrible message out to young people.

One of the main pompous troublemakers is Evelyn Lozada, the worst bully of all and who seems to enjoy finding reasons to pick fights, pull hair, throw bottles and verbally assault other cast members to boost ratings. Tami Roman is a mean girl, too!

In a recent episode, Lozada threatened to kill castmate Jennifer Williams, ex-wife of former NBA player Eric Williams. And in that same episode, Williams was slapped by Lozada’s unprofessional assistant, Nia Crooks, who obviously thought it was OK to assault someone with the cameras rolling. Now Williams is suing Crooks, the producers and the show and most likely won’t be asked back next season. Class is definitely missing in this series!

And the irony is that none of these women is presently married to NBA stars. Lozado is engaged to the NFL’s Chad Ochocinco, who obviously does not play basketball! Yeah, I said it!

THE FILMING of the controversial Chicago version of “Mob Wives” is still not welcome by the Italian-American community in Chi-Town. Recently, Cicero President Larry Dominick denied the production company’s application to film at the town’s new ice rink.

STELLAR REMINDER: The Alzheimer’s Association Chicago Rita Hayworth 25th Anniversary gala is Saturday at the Hilton Chicago. . . . Comic Adele Givens performs at the Chicago Westside Branch NAACP dinner Saturday with the honorable Dorothy Brown among the awardees.

THE COMEDY SET: The very funny Elayne Boosler at the Chicago Improv in Schaumburg Friday through Sunday.

MUSICAL NOTES: The Temptations will be honored Thursday at Alhambra Palace with a proclamation from Gov. Pat Quinn and Mayor Rahm Emanuel. R&B artist Marva King will perform her hit “Steppin.’” And on Friday, the Temptations and the Whispers in concert at the Horseshoe Casino.

CONGRATS to attorney Laura Jarrett, daughter of President Barack Obama’s senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, on her upcoming marriage to attorney Tony Balkissoon June 16 in Chicago. . . . And congrats to Melinda and Jeremy Sikorski on the birth of twin boys Jeremy John and Hunter Alexander on May 4. The happy grandparents are Ald. Mike Zalewski and Millie and Don & Maureen Sikorski.IRISH NEWS:

Radio’s Mike Houlihan’s film “Our Irish Cousins” will have sneak previews Thursday at the Beverly Arts Center, Friday at the Irish American Heritage Center and Saturday at Gaelic Park.

ABOUT TOWN: Mayor Rahm Emanuel ate at Chicago’s Chicken and Waffles Saturday with Police Supt. Garry McCarthy and First Deputy Supt. Al Wysinger and on Sunday attended service at the Apostolic Church of God. . . . Also, The Michigan Avenue mag celebrates its cover star Emanuel on Thursday. . . . The Braves’ Randall Delgado ate at Harry Caray’s on Kinzie.

BIRTHDAYS: Bono and belated to golden sweeties Marilyn Ballard, 78, and Nezelle “Mother Dear” Bradshaw, 94, and anniversary wishes to Terrence & Julie O’Brien. On Friday: Minister Louis Farrakhan. On Saturday: Politico Dorothy Tillman and Steve Baskerville. On Sunday: Mark Giangreco. On Monday: George Lucas and anniversary wishes to Pauly and Dede Fosco.

Well, that’s Stella in the city!

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