For The Record: Quick News On Dave Chappelle, Chris Martin And Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Simpson, Lenny Kravitz & More

Halle Berry, Dave Chappelle, Kirsten Dunst, Eve, Jimmy Fallon, Kate Hudson, Scarlett Johansson, Shia LaBeouf, Tobey Maguire and Snoop Dogg have signed on as the first set of presenters for the 2004 MTV Movie Awards. Last week, Lindsay Lohan was named the host of this year’s ceremony, which airs on June 10. …

Coldplay frontman Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow are celebrating the birth of their baby girl, Apple Blythe Alison Martin. The baby was born Friday at a London hospital and weighed in at 9 pounds, 11 ounces. “We are 900 miles over the moon, and we’d like to thank everyone at the hospital who have looked after us amazingly,” Martin said in a statement. In commemoration, Coldplay have posted a spoof video on their Web site, in which they’re wearing wigs and performing as the Nappies, who bear more than a slight resemblance to the Darkness. During the clip, which is available for one week, Martin raps, “I’ll be there through the thin and the thick/ I’m gonna clean up all the poo and the sick.” Paltrow announced in December that she and Martin were expecting. …

Though it’s meant for the U.K., Christina Aguilera‘s commercial for Virgin Mobile — where she has a sort of “When Harry Met Sally” moment — is now available online at www.xtina-spotted.com. … Jessica Simpson and her sister Ashlee are teaming up for another commercial endorsement. Following their Pizza Hut ads together, the siblings are shilling for Ice Breakers’ new Liquid Ice breath mints. “As a busy newlywed and singer, I know how important it is to have fresh breath,” Jessica Simpson said in a statement. “Whether it’s liquid or it’s ice — Ashlee seems to think it’s both — Liquid Ice does the trick. But I’m a little stumped, so I’m hoping everyone will try it, decide for themselves, and cast their vote at www.liquidice.com.” For every vote received, Hershey Foods is donating $1 — up to $10,000 — to Rock the Vote. …

Joey Fatone, who made his Broadway debut in “Rent,” will return to the Great White Way in “Little Shop of Horrors.” Fatone will play Seymour in the production at the Virginia Theatre, starting on June 24. … P.O.D. were forced to cancel a show on Saturday in Columbus, Ohio, after singer Sonny Sandoval fell from the stage and bruised his ribs at a show a few days earlier. Sandoval is recovering and was able to perform in Atlanta on Sunday. …

The inaugural NASCAR Nextel All-Star Challenge will have a special guest when it kicks off at the Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina, on May 22. Lenny Kravitz will be the grand marshal and say the obligatory “gentleman, start your engines.” … Jon Bon Jovi will act in two upcoming films. According to the Bon Jovi Web site, the Jersey rocker will star as Frank in National Lampoon’s “The Trouble With Frank,” directed by Arthur Hiller. The singer also has a minor role in “Cry Wolf,” a modern-day adaptation of the children’s tale “The Boy Who Cried Wolf,” which is slated for a fall release. …

A host of reggae artists has gotten together to pay tribute to Bob Dylan. The 15-track Is It Rolling, Bob, due August 10, features contributions from Toots Hibbert, the Mighty Diamonds and Sizzla covering “Maggie’s Farm,” “Lay Lady Lay” and “Subterranean Homesick Blues,” respectively. … On May 31, Beenie Man, Elephant Man, Baby Cham and T.O.K. will play at the fifth annual Celebrity Soccer Match, Caribbean Family Day and Food Festival taking place at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, New York. …

Libertines frontman Pete Doherty checked into the Priory drug addiction clinic in London on Friday. The band’s second album, tentatively due this summer, is currently being mixed. … Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood has been hired by the BBC Concert Orchestra to write songs as a composer in residence. Greenwood’s music will be broadcast in the U.K. by Radio 3, and he will also write for BBC festivals and theme tunes for programs. …

05.14.2004

Producer Phil Spector, on bail and awaiting trial for the murder of actress Lana Clarkson, was arrested Friday after a scuffle with his chauffeur at his Los Angeles area mansion. Spector and his driver, Toby Wheeler, were reportedly arguing about business when a fight broke out and the two placed each other under citizen’s arrest. Police arrested both men for investigation of misdemeanor battery, according to Lieutenant Elliot Kase, who said no weapons were involved. Spector’s hand and Wheeler’s jaw were treated on the scene. Spector is due in court June 14 to answer the charges, which will not affect his bail. …

Usher is in preliminary talks with MGM to star in and executive produce — along with his mother/manager Jonnetta Patton — the script for “Step in the Name of Love,” according to his spokesperson. The discussions are in very early stages, according to his booking agency, but if produced, the film would be a period piece on the step movement, a Chicago derivative of swing dancing. …

Kelly Rowland of Destiny’s Child announced Friday (May 14) that she’s marrying her boyfriend of six months Roy Williams, a safety with the Dallas Cowboys. Williams proposed in New York on Monday at a party, whose guests included Rowland’s groupmate Beyoncé. … Six months after they legally got married, Audioslave‘s Chris Cornell and Vicky Karayiannis celebrated with a ceremony in Paris last weekend. Following the nuptials, Cornell sang to his bride, while guests feasted on a six-foot wedding cake. Cornell’s band, meanwhile, is gearing up to hit the studio to record its second album in the next few weeks. The LP is expected out by the end of the year. …

Fans dressed “as maggotish as possible” will descend on New York on May 21 to spread the word about Slipknot‘s Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses), set for release May 25. Organized by the Slipknot street team, the “March of the Maggots” will begin at the Roadrunner Records offices. … New York radio station Hot 97 has just announced more acts for its June 12 Summer Jam concert at Giants Stadium. The G-Unit with Tony Yayo, Ludacris and Chingy have all been added. …

Wilco‘s Jeff Tweedy has completed his stint in rehab, and the band will hit the road to support its fifth album, A Ghost Is Born, beginning May 19 in De Kalb, Illinois. Tweedy sought treatment for a painkiller addiction last month, forcing the band to cancel a handful of tour dates, including a stop at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival earlier this month. … The long-awaited sixth album from Green Day will be called American Idiot and is tentatively scheduled for a September 14 release. The title track will serve as the album’s first single. …

U2‘s Bono said Thursday that the long-awaited follow-up to All That You Can’t Leave Behind will be completed by the end of the summer. Referring to the still-untitled LP as the band’s “first rock record,” Bono also said that he expects the first single to hit the airwaves in September, followed by the album’s release one month later. The U2 frontman made the revelations during an appearance on “CNN Live Today,” where he discussed Canada’s $50 million contribution to his global campaign to fight HIV/AIDS and his upcoming efforts to increase awareness of the disease amongst voters in the United States. … The ninth installment of Epitaph Records’ Punk-O-Rama series will be released June 8. The 24-track low-priced label sampler features tracks by longtime Epitaph bastions Bad Religion, Rancid and Pennywise, as well as newcomers such as the Matches, Scatter the Ashes and Nekromantix. …

Truth HurtsReady Now apparently wasn’t ready yet, so it’s been moved from May 11 to a June 1 release date. Choreographer-turned-video-director Fatima Robinson recently shot a video for the title track in Los Angeles. The album follows the R&B singer’s 2002 debut, Truthfully Speaking.AFI and Grandaddy will present, while Tesla, Night Ranger and Hieroglyphics will perform at the 27th annual California Music Awards on June 6 in Oakland. Green Day lead the pack of nominees with four nods, while AFI are up for three. …

Florida Governor Jeb Bush has signed into law a proposal to ban suicide as a form of public entertainment. The law as enacted in response to the heavy metal band Hell on Earth, which announced one of its concerts would feature a live suicide. Under the new law, anyone promoting a live suicide would face a third-degree felony charge and a $5,000 fine. The proposal passed the Florida House and Senate last month. … A battle has erupted between Great White and Cleopatra Records, which is scheduled to release a best-of collection called A Double Dose. Last month, Great White claimed the label was exploiting them by releasing an unauthorized collection that featured artwork of a shark jumping out of flames, a tasteless reference to the band’s involvement in the tragic Station fire in Rhode Island. Cleopatra executive Jeff Gray told The Boston Globe that the label didn’t plan to include flames with the artwork, and that although the band was aware of this, it made a stink simply to promote its upcoming tour. …

Eagles of Death Metal frontman Jesse “The Devil” Hughes is preparing his solo flight. Fabulous Weapons features an appearance by ex-Queens of the Stone Age bassist Nick Oliveri. A two-track EP, A Pair of Queens, is expected to preface the album. … One of alternative rock’s biggest murder mysteries is going to be explored on “48 Hours” this weekend. The search for the man who killed Gits frontwoman Mia Zapata — whose 1993 murder went unsolved for nearly a decade before Jesus C. Mezquia was arrested last year — will be featured on the program, airing Saturday on CBS at 8 p.m. ET …