For The Record: Quick News On Avril Lavigne, Ashanti, Insane Clown Posse, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jimmy Eat World & More

Things are certain to get "Complicated" at John Adams College this year when Avril Lavigne performs in a nightclub scene on an upcoming episode of "Sabrina the Teenage Witch." Others making cameos on the show's fall season include the Goo Goo Dolls, Ashanti and MTV's own Carson Daly, who will join previously announced guests Course of Nature on the September 20 season premiere. ... The Insane Clown Posse is at it again with its latest album, The Wraith: Shangri-La, which is slated for a November 5 release through the duo's label, Psychopathic Records. ...

Jimmy Eat World, the Donnas, Guided by Voices, Mars Volta, El-P, Pretty Girls Make Graves and Blonde Redhead are among the acts who will take the stage on October 5 at the third This Ain't No Picnic festival at the Oak Canyon Ranch in Irvine, California. ... Jennifer Love Hewitt will host the third annual "Women Rock: Girls & Guitars" concert, airing October 25 on Lifetime Television, according to Variety. The event, put on by Lifetime Television and Marie Claire magazine and benefiting the National Alliance of Breast Cancer Organizations, among others, will feature performances by Hewitt as well as other acts to be announced. ...

Ice Cube meets Walt Disney — the rapper/actor/auteur has written a new comedy, "De-Fense," which will be produced through Cube Vision and Disney-based Gunn Films, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The screenplay, polished by Tiger Williams, is about a suspended NFL player who rediscovers his love for the game after being told by the league to return to his hometown of L.A. to coach a high school football team. ... Johnny Cash, hospitalized Monday because of an allergic reaction, checked out of a Nashville hospital on Tuesday, according to the Associated Press. This hospitalization followed a number of health problems that Cash, 70, has suffered from in recent years, some stemming from autonomic neuropathy. ...

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Britney Spears accepted an invitation to "Celine's Club" — a Montreal strip joint — and agreed to sing a duet with golfer Tiger Woods called "Let's Make a Hole in One" for charity before a pair of Canadian DJ pranksters admitted they were just pretending to be Canadian diva Celine Dion. Spears reportedly laughed when the "Masked Avengers" admitted they were pulling her leg. ... Billie Joe Armstrong cut his head on his surfboard while surfing in Newport Beach, California, last week. The Green Day singer was treated by lifeguards and is reportedly doing fine. ... Marc Anthony and Carlos Vives are the first performers announced for the third annual Latin Grammy Awards, broadcasting live September 18. Nick Carter, Jon Secada and Daisy Fuentes will be presenters at the show, which Gloria Estefan and Jimmy Smits will host. ...

England's Leeds Festival erupted into violence over the weekend as 500 concertgoers went on a rampage, burning more than 70 portable toilets and pelting police with bottles and trash, resulting in some minor injuries, according to organizers. A teen attending the three-day event — which featured the first Guns N' Roses show in the U.K. in nine years as well as sets by the Prodigy, the Strokes and Foo Fighters — was found dead in his tent, though his death was reportedly unrelated to the violence. ... Jewel selected budding filmmaker Marcos Efron from a field of 120 entrants as the winner of her video director search. Efron will be given $50,000 to make a video for "This Way" in Los Angeles this week. ... DJ Jazzy Jeff, Doug E. Fresh, Biz Markie and Public Enemy's Professor Griff will make appearances on the Underground Poets Railroad spoken word tour, founded by filmmakers Kip and Kern Konwiser. The outing, which begins September 3 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, will be filmed for a documentary that will benefit families of black firefighters who died on September 11. ... Footage from Sublime's final live performance, at the Phoenix Theater in Petaluma, California, in 1995, is featured on the DVD "Sublime: Live '94-'96," due September 10. The collection, which features a cover of Bob Marley's "Redemption Song," culls performances from 1995's inaugural Warped Tour, as well as several club dates. ...

Country music luminary Johnny Cash was admitted to Baptist Hospital in Nashville on Monday, where he was treated for an allergic reaction to either food or medicine. A hospital spokesperson said the Man in Black was in stable condition, kept overnight for observation and expected to be discharged Tuesday (August 27). ... After five years together, Phish drummer Jon Fishman's side project Pork Tornado will release their debut album on October 1. The Burlington, Vermont, quintet will support the self-titled LP with a five-week tour that begins October 9 in Northampton, Massachusetts. ... The first three albums and an early EP by seminal post-punk quartet the Replacements will get the reissue treatment by Restless Records September 3. The band's 1981 debut Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash, 1983's Hootenanny and 1984's Let It Be as well as the 1982 EP Stink, will be digitally remastered and feature improved artwork. ... William Warfield, 82, the renowned show tune singer who crooned "Ol' Man River" in the 1951 musical "Show Boat" died Sunday. At the time of his death he was at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago recovering from a fall he took in late July.