For The Record: Quick News On Britney Spears, Jam Master Jay, Christina Aguilera, Kid Rock, Mandy Moore, Libertines & More

In addition to her NASCAR flick, Britney Spears has another film in the works, which she'll be executive producing. The singer is adapting "A Mother's Gift," the book she wrote with her mother, Lynne Spears, into a two-hour movie for ABC Family, to be called "Holly." Spears is not expected to appear in the movie, which is still in development and has yet to be cast. ...

Plans have been set in motion by the Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council to honor Jam Master Jay by renaming 203rd Street in the Hollis neighborhood of Queens, New York, after him. The Youth Council was hoping that the block would be dubbed "Jam Master Jay Way" by October 30 — the first anniversary of the Run-DMC DJ's death — but the first step in the process has to be reviewed by Community Board 12 in Queens and the board's spokesperson said it received the Youth Council's petitions too late to be considered before the board adjourned for the summer. The Youth Council said it turned in all required signatures in ample time. Regardless of the dispute over the paperwork, a street name change is usually a lengthy process that can take upwards of a year if approved. ...

Kid Rock is nearly finished with the follow-up to Cocky. The new LP will be released in the fall, with the first single due in early September. Rock produced the as-yet-untitled album at his own Allen Roadhouse studio, and is currently mixing the tracks in Los Angeles. ... It's time for the 2003 Christina Aguilera Look-A-Like Contest. If you're a Christina doppelganger, check out www.christinaaguilera.com to find out where you can send in your photos to win a grand prize that's "so good, it's still under wraps," according to the singer's official Web site. Last year's winner received a personal phone call from Ms. Dirrty herself. ...  

Despite a publicity push for "Try Seventeen" starring Elijah Wood and Mandy Moore, the flick, about first-year college students and wild imaginations, is going straight to cable, carrying the new name "All I Want." The movie debuts on Starz! August 1 at 8 p.m. ... The hopes of one of Britain's bright new bands, the Libertines, seem to be dimming now that co-frontman Pete Doherty has been arrested for burglary. Doherty started behaving erratically in June when he failed to appear during the band's European tour. On Friday night, he added legal woes to his troubles when he was busted after allegedly entering a basement apartment in central London. Doherty is scheduled to appear in front of the Horseferry Magistrates Court on charges August 11. ...

Ethereal English band Elbow have to appear at Britain's V Festival in Chelmsford and Staffordshire on August 16 and 17 without their 12-foot-tall alien stage props. Police confiscated the statues on July 18 after worried drivers called police to report unsettling alien figures towering at the side of the M1 motorway. The statues, affectionately named "Elle" and "Bo" after the band, had been left at a rest stop in a farmer's field, where they were being stored before the concert. Police declared the figures a distraction and a safety hazard and ordered them to be taken down. Since then, one has broken in half. ...

Mercury Music Prize winner Ms. Dynamite had a baby boy on Friday. Her fiancé, Dwayne Seaforth, was with her at the time of the birth. Dynamite plans to take some time off to be a full-time mom. ... In October, electronic music mastermind Richie Hawtin will release his first album in five years under his techno alter ego, Plastikman. The follow-up to 1998's Consumed is titled Closer. ...

07.28.2003

Madonna will executive produce a romantic comedy called "She Rocks," which is being described as "Working Girl" set in the music industry. Amanda Peet ("Identity") will star and Amie Steir, who wrote the screenplay, will direct. ...

System of a Down guitarist Daron Malakian and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith will take part in the 45th annual Hollywood Stars baseball game at Dodger Stadium on August 9. Tyrese will likely also play ball, a publicist for the event said. Nick Lachey has been invited to play as well, and his wife, Jessica Simpson, has been asked to sing the national anthem at the event, which will be followed by a game between the Dodgers and the Chicago Cubs. ... Serj Tankian of System of a Down, Lou Reed, Dan the Automator, the X-ecutioners and El-P are among the artists contributing tracks to Bird Up: The Charlie Parker Remix Project, due October 21. Tankian remixed the jazz legend's "Bird of Paradise," with new lyrics and vocals. ...

AFI's self-titled 7-inch has been re-pressed on limited-edition yellow vinyl by Adeline Records, the Bay Area label co-owned by Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong that originally released the EP in 1998. ... California punks Death by Stereo were forced to cancel a handful of shows after guitarist Dan Palmer sprained his wrist at the gym. Palmer is under doctor's orders to stay away from his guitar for the next few weeks, but the injury is not expected to affect the band's upcoming tour with Thursday, according to a post on Epitaph Records' Web site. ...

Erik Braunn, the guitar player on Iron Butterfly's 17-minute-long rock classic "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida," died Friday of cardiac arrest in Los Angeles. He was 18 when he replaced original Butterfly guitarist Danny Weis. Braunn played on two studio records, including the platinum In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, which came out in 1968. ... A Hatebreed concert in Providence, Rhode Island, erupted in violence on Thursday when two crowd members started fighting over a girl and one stabbed the other in the stomach with a penknife. The stabber fled, but was caught outside of the club. The victim was treated at the club and was not seriously hurt. ...