For The Record: Quick News On MTV Movie Awards, Ashanti, Jack Black, Ed Harcourt, Filter & More

Tenacious D heavy-hitter Jack Black and vampire-slayer Sarah Michelle Gellar will host the 2002 MTV Movie Awards, which are set to be doled out on June 1 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. The show, which again boasts categories such as Best Kiss, Best Villain and Best Fight, will be broadcast June 6 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. … Ashanti is keeping busy. She started shooting the video for her second single, “Happy,” in New York City on Wednesday, and on Friday (May 3), she’ll receive the keys to her home city of Glen Cove, New York, from Mayor Mary Ann Holzkamp. …

It’s more than two months away, and already Filter‘s new album, The Amalgamut, has just about spanned the gamut of mid-summer release dates. Originally expected to be released in early July, the group’s third album was officially set for August 6, then July 23, and now carries a release date of July 30. … Ed Harcourt is packing up his toybox and heading out on his second North American tour to support his debut LP, Here Be Monsters. The multi-instrumentalist crooner begins the two-week jaunt May 7 in San Francisco and wraps it up May 21 in Boston. … Maya and Last Train to Lhasa, the first albums by global ambient figurehead Banco De Gaia (a.k.a.Toby Marks), will be reissued on May 14, and a two-CD retrospective, tentatively titled 10 Years, is in the works for September. …

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The 2002 MTV Video Music Awards will once again pitch its tent in New York City. The 2002 VMAs will be broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall on August 29. … Cher‘s final tour will begin June 14 and hit 50 North American cities before ending September 15 in Minneapolis. The Living Proof – The Farewell Tour will promote Cher’s latest album, Living Proof.

Industrial rock purists KMFDM will hit the road for the first time in five years to promote their just-released 11th album, Attak. Pig will open on the outing, which kicks off May 31 in Seattle and returns there for the tour wrap-up July 3. … Meanwhile, KMFDM frontman Sascha Konietzko has been in the studio remixing singles for Kittie and the Kidney Thieves. …

Mike Patton, of Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, Fantômas and Tomahawk fame, contributes vocals on the upcoming EP from New Jersey metal band the Dillinger Escape Plan. The record, Irony Is a Dead Scene, is due August 13. … Mancunian ethereal slow rockers Doves and Elbow will begin a U.S. tour in Seattle on June 3, the day before Doves’ second disc, The Last Broadcast, hits shelves. The 11-date tour runs through June 20 in New York …