For The Record: Quick News On P. Diddy, Incubus, R. Kelly, Lil’ Kim, Britney Spears, Tommy Lee & More

Sean “P. Diddy” Combs has been tapped to star as Robert Johnson in “Love in Vain,” an HBO Films biopic based on the life of the blues legend, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film, which will start production in the fall, will feature Diddy in his most prominent role yet; he made smaller contributions to “Monster’s Ball” and “Made.” …

Incubus and Sony Music have a reason to feel “stellar” — the band has settled a lawsuit with its record label for a reported $8 million, according to the Los Angeles Times. The group had sued the company on February 6 for not releasing them from their recording contract. A week later, Sony filed a countersuit to keep the band with the company for another four records. …

Judge Vincent Gaughan granted a continuance in the case against R. Kelly, who was scheduled to appear in court Friday (April 11). Due to a scheduling conflict, the hearing will now take place on Monday, at which point the prosecution is expected to finish with discovery. … Hip-hop’s Queen Bee is giving a sting to the animated sci-fi flick “Those Who Walk in Darkness,” which was spawned from an animated Web series of the same name. Lil’ Kim, who also lent her voice to the upcoming animated comedy “Lil’ Pimp,” plays a cop named Soleda who battles superhuman villains sometime in Los Angeles’ distant future. …

Tommy Lee‘s wrongful death trial took a break on Thursday so that the rocker could appear in a Malibu court for a probation progress report related to his 1998 conviction on charges of attacking then-wife Pamela Anderson. The rocker has completed half of his court-ordered community service but was trying to get credit for attending charity benefits. … Also in Wednesday’s testimony in the wrongful death trial in Santa Monica, California, a detective called to the stand dismissed claims by the drowned boy’s parents that the party had been alcohol-fueled. Judge Richard Neidorf hasn’t ruled if Anderson would be allowed to testify for the plaintiffs. If she did, it’s likely to be next week. …

According to the bankruptcy court filing, Britney Spears‘ failed New York restaurant Nyla owes money to more than two dozen creditors, to the tune of nearly $400,000. … Blackstreet will perform on April 19 in Petersburg, Virginia, at the Fort Lee Army base for an expected audience of 9,000 soldiers and their family members. This free concert will be the R&B quartet’s first Stateside performance to promote their latest album, Level II.

When faced with an alien invasion, who would you rather have on your side: a couple buddies from the local Starbucks, or a few of Staten Island’s finest hip-hop street soldiers? Well, if you ask the Hollywood folks behind the upcoming movie “Scary Movie 3,” the answer is a resounding “Shaolin!” Yes, according to a Wu-Tang Clan source, the third installment of the popular horror comedy is likely to include a scene in which Method Man, RZA, Ghostface Killah and Raekwon battle extraterrestrial invaders in a parody of the Mel Gibson film “Signs.” …

Singer Eva Narcissus Boyd, better known as Little Eva, died on Thursday at age 59 after a long battle with cervical cancer, according to Reuters. She is best known for performing the song “Loco-motion,” which became a #1 hit in 1962. … 311 have set a July 22 release date for their seventh studio album, Evolver. Ron Saint Germain (Creed, Soundgarden) is producing the LP, which will include such new tracks as “Creatures for a While,” “Seems Uncertain,” “Beyond the Gray Sky” and “Crack the Code,” along with enhanced footage of interviews and a mini-documentary on the making of the album cover. 311 will promote the release with a U.S. tour kicking off July 15. …

Blues Traveler‘s John Popper was popped Sunday with possession of marijuana in Sweetwater, Texas. He was released on bond the following day and charged with a misdemeanor for holding less than two ounces. … To celebrate its 30th anniversary, Virgin Records will re-release David Bowie‘s Aladdin Sane, the classic LP that features “The Jean Genie” and “Watch That Man,” on June 24. The expanded, digitally remastered reissue of the 1973 LP, Bowie’s final studio recording with his group the Spiders From Mars, will include an additional CD of bonus tracks, new photos and expanded liner notes. …

Long Island rockers Glassjaw had to cancel their current European tour due to singer Daryl Palumbo‘s ongoing battle with Crohn’s Disease. No rescheduled dates have been announced. … The Presidents of the United States of America are recording a new album, their first in two-and-a-half years, at the same studio where their breakthrough eponymous debut was tracked. Speaking of which, the LP that featured the hits “Lump” and “Peaches” will be reissued this summer. …

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After a Caribbean tour this spring, Sean Paul will open for 50 Cent on the second leg of the rapper’s summer tour. Dates have not been announced, but it is expected to start in mid-July. …

Jamie Kennedy (under the alias B-Rad) has collaborated with Snoop Dogg for “Girls, Girls,” the first single from the soundtrack to Kennedy’s “Malibu’s Most Wanted.” Due April 15, the album also features Mr. Cheeks, Pastor Troy, Butch Cassidy, 504 Boyz, 702, Akia and Choppa, a new rapper on Master P‘s New No Limit Records. … Papa Roach singer Jacoby Shaddix has contributed vocals to the self-titled debut from Reach 454, former Sick of It All bassist Richie Cipriano‘s new band. Jay Baumgardner (Papa Roach, Alien Ant Farm) produced the album, due in June and featuring the single “New Scar.” …

DJ Funkmaster Flex, who spins for Hot 97 in New York, pleaded guilty to a harassment charge in Manhattan Supreme Court on Tuesday and was sentenced to 35 hours of community service. Flex’s case stemmed from an incident in September when he was arrested for allegedly punching and choking female radio host Steph Lova, who works for rival station Power 105.1. “The Kingpin,” as the turntablist calls himself, was originally charged with misdemeanor third-degree assault, but had the charges dropped down as part of his plea. His troubles are not over, however — Lova has also filed a multimillion-dollar civil suit, which is still pending. …

Bono and opera legend Luciano Pavarotti will reprise their 1995 concert for Bosnian children with a May 27 show to benefit Iraqi civilians. The event will again take place in Modena, Italy. … Travis Barker has recorded most of the drums for the new Blink-182 record. “Things are very different as far as sounds of drums, like, big, roomy, crazy parts,” he said on the band’s Web site. … Jewel has titled her June 3 electronic music-influenced release 0304. The singer is currently filming a video for the single “Intuition” with director Marc Klasfeld (Sum 41, Vanessa Carlton). …

The Music Video Production Awards, which give props to video directors, technical people and video production companies, will take place on May 8 at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles. Among the nominees for this year’s awards are Chris Robinson, who got five nods, including two in the R&B Video of the Year category for Brandy‘s “Full Moon” and Erykah Badu‘s “Love of My Life.” David LaChapelle, who helmed Jennifer Lopez‘s current steamy clip, “I’m Glad,” is also up more than once, getting nods for his work on Elton John‘s “Original Sin” and Christina Aguilera‘s “Dirrty.” … Testimony continued in the Tommy Lee wrongful death trial on Wednesday, with the mother of the drowned boy telling a Santa Monica, California, court that she thought her son was in good hands with his respective nannies. Ursula Karven repeated that she did not know there would be swimming at the party, and she didn’t send along a towel, sun lotion or water wings. Despite their description by Lee’s lawyers, she said the nylon shorts her son Daniel was wearing were not swim trunks. Daniel’s father James Veres also testified, breaking down in tears when asked if he missed his son. …

On May 19, Russell Simmons and his ongoing HBO series “Def Poetry Jam” will receive one of this year’s George Foster Peabody Awards. The Peabody awards have recognized excellence in radio and TV broadcasting since 1961. This year’s ceremony, which will be hosted by Barbara Walters, will air on A&E on May 25. … Tupac‘s mother, Afeni Shakur, presented a $10,000 check this week to Robeson Community College in Lumberton, North Carolina, to establish the Tupac Amaru Foundation’s first annual Rosa Bell Williams scholarship, which is named after Pac’s grandmother. …