For The Record: Quick News On Jack Osbourne And The Olsen Twins, Eminem, Metallica, Snoop, Bone Crusher & More

Jack Osbourne is making his big-screen debut alongside none other than the Olsen twins. In the Warner Bros. comedy “New York Minute,” Osbourne will play the manager of Mary-Kate Olsen‘s character Roxy, a rebellious teen punk rocker. …

A judge is deciding whether to throw out a civil lawsuit filed against Eminem by his alleged childhood bully, DeAngelo Bailey. Arguments were heard Monday in the Macomb County Circuit Court pertaining to a motion to dismiss filed by Em’s defense attorney several weeks ago. A trial date remains set for August 26. … Sean Paul wasn’t present Saturday night, but Snoop Dogg was yelling for someone to just give him the light — and the smoke — at the Rock the Mic Tour stop at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, New York. The Dogg told the audience that he has officially ended his weed-smoking retirement, and he even had a song and dance to celebrate his return, which included the line “Smoke weed, get drunk and f—.” …

The video for Metallica‘s next single, “Frantic,” is posted on the band’s Web site (www.metallica.com) for early viewing. Two versions of the commercially released single, each with different B-sides, are due out September 15. … Cam’ron has set a December 9 release date for his latest album, Purple Hayes. In the meantime, the rapper, who guests on R. Kelly‘s “Snake” remix, has invested in a nightclub in Columbus, Ohio, called Club Envy. … Juelz Santana, Cam’ron’s Diplomats mate, is also showing his entrepreneurial side, opening a boutique in New York’s Harlem neighborhood featuring his own designs and named after his latest single, “Santana’s Town.” The rapper’s solo debut, From Me to U, is due Tuesday. …

There aren’t too many things that robust rhyme ripper Bone Crusher can do without being noticed. But very quietly the Atlanta MC has been working on his second LP. His spokesperson said Bone is only three weeks away from being done and is scheduled to put the project out in December. … It’s going to be quite a while before we see the video for the Big Tymers‘ collaboration with R. Kelly, “Gangsta Girl.” The single will no longer be the
first release from the duo’s October release, Big Money Heavyweights. They have now decided to go with “This Is How We Do” and make “Gangsta Girl” the second single. …

JC Chasez and DJ Rap make cameo appearances in the video for BT‘s “Simply Being Loved (Somnambulist),” the first single from the just-released Emotional Technology. BT is planning to launch a national tour with a full band in October. … Xzibit is resurrecting his Rhyme Night hip-hop showcase on September 6 at Hollywood’s Sixteen-Fifty. Defari will perform at the event, and rappers can audition for a slot in the show August 30 at the same venue. … The CMJ Music Marathon has announced the first crop of confirmed bands for the annual festival and convention, set for October 22-25. The Broken Social Scene, My Morning Jacket, Mars Volta and the Shins are among the bands set to take the stage at dozens of New York clubs, while Yoko Ono has signed on as a featured speaker. …

Influential Los Angeles radio station KROQ-FM is celebrating a resurgence in ’80s-inspired rock with a Flashback to the Future theme for its third annual Inland Invasion concert. Hot Hot Heat, Interpol, Fountains of Wayne and Dashboard Confessional will join the Cure, Duran Duran, Violent Femmes, Echo & the Bunnymen, Psychedelic Furs, Bow Wow Wow, General Public, Soft Cell, Berlin and Flock of Seagulls at the event, September 20 at Hyundai Pavilion. … The complete lineup for the annual Bumbershoot festival finds headliners R.E.M., Evanescence, Wilco, Common and De La Soul coupled with acts such as Kinky, the Decemberists and the Garfield High School Jazz Quintet. The highlight of Seattle’s three-day music-and-arts festival, August 29-September 1, has to be the Amazing Space Harp — the result of the Los Angeles-based MASS Ensemble attaching a 6,000-foot wire to the ends of the Space Needle landmark and playing it like a harp three times a day. …

At a recent tour stop in Phoenix, self-professed metalheads Sum 41 were joined onstage by former Megadeth bassist David Ellefson for the song “Pain for Pleasure.” … Dan the Automator is teaming up with Glassjaw‘s Daryl Palumbo (on vocals, bass and guitar) and Larry Gorman (on drums) for a new project called Head Automatica. The band, which Palumbo described in a statement as “dark and futuristic, with a blend of garage and dance,” will enter the studio next month to record its debut album. …

Mark Lanegan, former Screaming Trees frontman and current member of Queens of the Stone Age, will be releasing a new EP in September. Titled Here Comes That Weird Chill, the album features the single “Methamphetamine Blues.” … Mos Def and Talib Kweli will deliver a joint keynote lecture at the Field Museum’s International Hip-Hop and Social Change Conference to be held in Chicago October 3-5. The conference will focus on the significance of artistic activity in the hip-hop community and its relation to social change. …

“I’m a Roustabout,” a rare, unreleased Elvis Presley song, will be included on the compilation Elvis 2nd to None, due October 7. The song was recently unearthed after songwriter Winfield Scott mentioned the song offhandedly to a reporter. … Carlos Santana joined Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals onstage Friday at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley, California. Santana added his guitar flavor to the single “With My Own Two Hands” and a cover of Jimi Hendrix‘s “Voodoo Chile.” …

Scottish septet Belle and Sebastian have set October 7 as the release date for their fifth album, Dear Catastrophe Waitress. But this 13-song LP is not the only output expected from the group this year: Belle and Sebastian are also planning on hitting the shelves with “Fans Only,” a DVD/VHS collection of their live performances and TV appearances. Look for it later this fall. … KMFDM will tour in support of their next album, WW111, due September 23. The outing begins October 17 in Seattle and crosses the country before ending in the same city November 25. …

Mick Jagger has finally discovered the Internet. Beginning Monday, Rolling Stones songs will be available through legitimate digital download services. RealNetworks’ Rhapsody gets first crack at the tracks, offering tunes from the band’s 1971 LP Sticky Fingers and beyond as burnable downloads two weeks ahead of its competition. The earlier material from the band’s time spent on the ABKCO label, including the albums Let It Bleed and Beggars Banquet, are offered as streaming audio only. You really can’t always get what you want. …
Kings of Leon, currently on the Lollapalooza lineup, will embark on a headlining tour to support their debut album, Youth and Young Manhood, which drops August 19. The month-long stretch of dates begins September 4 in Philadelphia. …

The Crystal Method‘s third studio album, Legion of Boom, will be released on V2 Records later in the year. Filter‘s Richard Patrick is among the album’s guests. … Maroon 5, whose “Harder to Breathe” is still gaining radio airplay more than a year after it was first released, will embark on their first headlining national tour this fall. The outing, with Gavin DeGraw opening, begins September 24 in Modesto, California, and wraps November 26 in Las Vegas. …

Boy George and Rosie O’Donnell‘s Broadway musical “Taboo” isn’t slated to open until November, but previews are going to start next month at New York’s Plymouth Theater. “Taboo,” which had a 15-month run in London, stars the former Culture Club singer as Leigh Bowery, a performance artist/designer in 1980s London who comes face to face with a brash young thing named … Boy George (played by Euan Morton). Previews begin October 24, while opening night will be November 13. … Billboard will honor Sting with the Century Award at the Billboard Music Awards December 10 in Las Vegas. Late Billboard editor Timothy White, a close friend of Sting’s, created the award in 1994. Annie Lennox was honored last year. …

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For those who can’t recall that P.O.D. stands for “Payable on Death,” now there’s a surefire way to remember. It’s going to be the name of the band’s third major-label record, due November 4. …

Simon Cowell is putting all his criticism on wax. The “American Idol” judge has been immortalized in Madame Tussaud’s London museum as a wax figure, and should you bother to sing to it, it will even bark out mean remarks. …

The Red Hot Chili Peppers‘ version of Stevie Wonder‘s “Higher Ground” has been given the remix treatment by the X-ecutioners. The result is featured on the soundtrack to the upcoming snowboarding video game “SSX 3,” due out in mid-October. … The New York turntablists also plan to work with Good Charlotte when they hit the studio in March to follow-up their second album, The Young and the Hopeless.

Gina Gershon gave Sundance partiers a sneak peek of her rock-chick alter-ego when she performed with former members of Guns N’ Roses earlier this year. Now, to support her upcoming film “Prey for Rock and Roll,” she’s taking the show on the road, embarking on an eight-city tour with a backing band to be announced. Gershon’s trek starts September 28 in San Francisco and will hit Los Angeles, Seattle, Austin, Chicago, Boston, New York and Philadelphia. “Prey for Rock and Roll” hits theaters nationwide in October. …

Jay-Z has dropped off the Reading and Leeds festivals in England, August 22 and 23, respectively. A spokesperson offered no reason for the cancellation. … Kanye West is going back through the wire. The beatmaker and rapper, who got his jaw wired shut after an ugly car accident last November, is scheduled to get his jaw rewired. Since his bones didn’t heal properly the first time, he’ll be sewn up for another four to six weeks. His debut album, College Dropout, is still due out in late October. … Nelly Furtado, whose Fresh Off the Boat drops November 25, is eight months pregnant, according to her spokesperson. Furtado is taking a traditional approach to the pregnancy and birth — she doesn’t want to know the baby’s sex and is planning to give birth at home with a midwife. The father’s name is not being disclosed, but he is a Canadian musician and is Furtado’s current partner. …

Nick Carter was supposed to be in New York this week, meeting with possible producers for his next solo record, and more importantly, starting to shoot scenes for his next film, “Blood on a Happy Face,” a sort of quick-paced “Reservoir Dogs”-like action drama in which the Backstreet Boy would have played a gangster turned narc. But Carter’s trip has been nixed, and film company Platform Entertainment said that the project is now not going forward at all. Platform is the same company that cast Carter as well as former Dream member Melissa Schuman in its yet-to-be-released horror film, “The Hollow.” In the meantime, the company is considering Carter for its next flick, “The Brew,” about a college senior who inherits a haunted brewery in which human blood is being turned into beer. “Texas Chainsaw Massacre”/ “Poltergeist” director Tobe Hooper is slated to direct, and shooting starts in Los Angeles in October. …

On the heels of their Lollapalooza tour jaunt, the Distillers are heading back out on the road next month, with the Bronx slated to take the opening slot. The 15-date outing starts September 5 in San Diego at the annual Street Scene festival, and wraps September 26 in Chicago at the Bottom Lounge. … Basement Jaxx have teamed with a number of pop, rock and soul musicians for their follow-up to 2001′s Rooty, which included the hit “Where’s Your Head At.” Their upcoming third album, Kish Kash, is now slated to come out at the end of October, with JC Chasez (“Plug It In”), Siouxsie Sioux (“Cish Cash”) and Me’Shell N’degeocello (“Right Here’s the Spot”) among the collaborators. …

Hot Hot Heat are headlining a club tour set to kick off September 17 in Phoenix and wrap October 2 in Minneapolis. The outing will also include one opening date, for the White Stripes in Los Angeles on September 24. … Sevendust have set Seasons as the title for their Butch Walker-produced fourth album, due October 7 and featuring the first single, “Enemy.” After a club tour in August, the band will headline Budweiser’s One Night Stand concert series beginning September 15 in Cincinnati, and then open for Staind starting September 27. …

Gov’t Mule will release a live album and DVD of their May 3 tribute show for late bassist Allen Woody, which included such specials guests as Jason Newsted and Les Claypool. The Deepest End package, which will also include behind-the-scenes footage on the DVD, is due October 7. … Gravel-voiced hip-hop funnyman Biz Markie is set to return with a new album, Weekend Warrior, on November 4. The first single is “Let Me See You Bounce,” featuring Elephant Man. …

Lost and Found – Vol. 1, the first installment of a promised series from the Lost Highway label, features B-sides and tracks both previously released and unreleased from Johnny Cash, Ryan Adams and Willie Nelson, as well as a new song, “Trees Get Wheeled Away,” by Bright Eyes. The LP drops September 24, and its successor, being compiled now, is scheduled for next year. … Cash’s five-acre plot of wooded property and two-story log cabin in Tennessee, meanwhile, are up for sale, currently listed for $325,000, according to the Associated Press.

Seminal space-rockers Spiritualized will hit the road beginning October 10 in New Haven, Connecticut, to support their latest album, Amazing Grace, which is set for September 9. The six-week trek winds down November 22 in Atlanta. … Delerium, the electronic duo featuring former Frontline Assembly bandmates Bill Leeb and Rhys Fulber, are touring for the first time, beginning September 3 in Vancouver and ending September 26 in Atlanta. Fulber, who has also produced material for P.O.D. and Fear Factory, will open the dates with his solo project, Conjure One. …