For The Record: Quick News On Erykah Badu, Phil Spector, Mya, Alicia Keys, Ronnie James Dio, Sum 41 & More

Singer Erykah Badu has joined the cast of "House of D," the first feature film written and directed by actor David Duchovny ("X-Files"). The movie is about a man coming to terms with his friendships, past and present. Previously, Badu appeared in "The Cider House Rules." ...

Two weeks after L.A. County sheriff's detectives determined that the death of B-movie actress Lana Clarkson was indeed a murder, the prime suspect in the shooting, legendary record producer Phil Spector, had his $1 million bail extended until November 3. The L.A. district attorney’s office is still deciding whether there is enough evidence to charge Spector with the murder, which occurred in February. ... Metal legend Ronnie James Dio recently had his thumb severed in a bizarre gardening accident at his home. The quick-thinking, temporarily nine-fingered singer scooped up the digit and rushed off to a hospital, where doctors were able to reattach it. He's expected to fully recover. ...

Sheryl Crow, Mya and Blondie's Debbie Harry and Chris Stein will perform at the second annual Vanity Fair "In Concert" on Monday at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York. Actress Chloë Sevigny will host the event, the proceeds from which will to go to the Step Up Women’s Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening community resources for women and girls. ... Kiss fire breather Gene Simmons has contributed his voice to an upcoming episode of "King of the Hill," which will be called "Reborn to be Wild," according to Chart Attack. The show, which will also feature Sum 41 as a group of Christian punks, will air November 9. ...

Ex-Skid Row crooner Sebastian Bach has signed on to play a recurring role on "Gilmore Girls." Bach will play a character named Gil, and in a post on his Web site, he describes his part as “kind of like the Fonz [from “Happy Days”]." The first episode to feature Bach was recently shot in Hollywood, and features guest star Sally Struthers. Bach is currently rehearsing for a U.S. tour with his new band, Bach Tight 5. ... Alicia Keys hosted a talent showcase for her manager Jeff Robinson's MBK Entertainment at Birdland in New York on Tuesday night. Newcomer singers under Robinson's wing including Shawn Kane, Focus, Star 69, Jessica Wilson and Lola performed. ...

The John Lennon DVD "Lennon Legend" will come out November 18. Assembled by his widow, Yoko Ono, the package includes 20 tracks, 15 new videos, new animations of Lennon’s drawings and a rare photo gallery. ... Screamo outfit A Static Lullaby have replaced drummer Brett Dinovo with his drum tech Ben Newsham. The band recently signed with Columbia Records, which will re-release their album …And Don’t Forget to Breathe in January. The disc will include bonus tracks recorded with producer Steve Evetts (Sepultura, Glassjaw). A Static Lullaby will begin a tour October 8 in Orangevale, California. Dates run through November 21. ...

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He'll teach you how to stunt, all right. 50 Cent has just finalized a deal to purchase Mike Tyson's former plush Connecticut mansion for just over $4 million. ...

Teaneck, New Jersey, police are urging Lil' Kim to contact them. They have issued a warrant for her arrest after finding she missed several court appearances for 1996 charges of marijuana possession. ... Fashion photographer Guy Bourdin's son filed a lawsuit on Friday against Madonna, saying that his late father's images were ripped off in her "Hollywood" video. Samuel Bourdin claims he holds the rights to his father's images, and accuses the pop star of copyright infringement for her imitation of poses in at least 11 of the photographer's works. A comparison of the video with his photos can be seen at guybourdin.org. Bourdin, best known for his photos in French Vogue, died in 1991; his son is seeking unspecified damages. ...

A Miami judge ruled Monday that Trick Daddy will be allowed to perform Wednesday in Tallahassee, Florida, despite being under house arrest for recent alleged drug possession, assault and weapons charges. The rapper, who will be arraigned on October 15, will wear an electronic tracking bracelet as he performs. ... Just as final arguments were getting under way on Tuesday in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, C-Murder's murder trial abruptly stopped when an appeals court ruled that prosecutors could tell jurors that a charge of manslaughter was also available. The defense had rested on Monday after presenting nine witnesses who said that the rapper, whose real name is Corey Miller, had nothing to do with the beating or shooting, contradicting two prosecution witnesses who said they saw Miller attack 16-year-old Steve Thomas and saw and heard the shooting, though they did not see the weapon itself. The defense witnesses, however, contradicted each other, each saying that Miller was in a different part of the bar when the fight started. If convicted of second-degree murder, Miller (the younger brother of Master P) would get a life sentence. Manslaughter, however, carries up to 40 years in prison. ...

Justin Timberlake will host "Saturday Night Live" and be the musical guest on October 11, a week before Britney Spears will perform and Halle Berry will host. The 29th season of the show begins Saturday with Jack Black hosting and John Mayer performing. ... The Roots have begun open jam sessions in Philadelphia for their next album, tentatively titled The Tipping Point. Jill Scott and Living Colour's Vernon Reid have stopped by so far. ...

The members of the Movielife have decided to call it quits. The band posted a message on its Web site Monday explaining it's been an incredible ride, but the group won't be continuing on. No particular reason for the breakup was cited. ... On October 13, Eve 6 will release "At Least We're Dreaming" as the second single from It's All in Your Head. The Los Angeles trio are also slated to reunite with friends and former tourmates Good Charlotte on the second leg of the latter's arena tour, which kicks off October 30 in Atlanta and wraps up November 28 in Long Beach, California. ...

Dido played in-store performances Monday in both London and New York to promote the release of her new album, Life for Rent. Both sets were acoustic and included her breakthrough hit, "Thank You." ... Mathew Knowles, father and manager of Destiny's Child singer Beyoncé Knowles, is selling his Music World Entertainment label to the Sanctuary Group, a London label and management company whose roster includes Kiss and the Who, for $10 million. Mathew will still run the label. ...

The lineup of the 2004 Big Day Out festival, making stops throughout Australia and New Zealand from January 16 to February 1, now includes the Strokes, Black Eyed Peas, the Flaming Lips, A Perfect Circle and the Basement Jaxx. Previously, Metallica had been the only announced act. ... Canadian singer Sarah McLachlan is back with her first studio album in six years. Afterglow, due November 4, is McLachlan's seventh album overall. A video for first single "Fallen" was shot in her hometown of Vancouver. ... Scott Weiland has formed his own record company. Called Softdrive Records, the company's debut release, Tell Them Hi by the Campfire Girls, is due October 14 and will be distributed by Interscope Records. ...