For The Record: Quick News On Marilyn Manson, Ludacris, Foxy Brown, Deftones And Flavor Flav, The Hives & More

Marilyn Manson, who’s getting ready to marry burlesque queen Dita Von Teese, is about to take another kind of plunge — down the rabbit hole. He’s co-starring in an upcoming re-imagining of “Alice in Wonderland” called “Living in Neon Dreams.” MGM was originally aboard to distribute, but the film has been retooled as a smaller, indie film, and so far Daryl Hannah, Nia Vardalos, Alan Cumming and Jonathan Pryce are also aboard. In an inspired casting move, Manson will play the Queen of Hearts. Shooting is slated to begin this month in Cape Town, South Africa. …

The owners of the hip-hop magazine The Source are at odds with Russell Simmons and his Hip-Hop Summit Action Network (HSAN). According to sources close to the magazine, co-owners Dave Mays and Ray Benzino are upset that Simmons pulled out of speaking at the magazine’s event Join the SIPHA: Hip-Hop Voter Education Rally. “Russell Simmons has been exploiting hip-hop for years,” Mays and Benzino said in a statement. “We invited and expected him to participate in the largest annual hip-hop weekend of the year, and he bailed from the event because he is afraid of the authenticity and influence of The Source magazine.” In a statement of his own, Simmons said, “I only want to promote positivity and dialogue within the hip-hop community. I have no ill will toward them and wish them well.” The rally, a part of The Source Awards weekend, will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Miami Arena in Miami. Louis Farrakhan, Al Sharpton, Ja Rule, Ludacris, Fat Joe and others are expected to speak. … In other HSAN news, the organization has teamed up with PlayStation2 for “Race to the Polls” to encourage voters to participate in the upcoming presidential election. Scheduled for Thursday at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom, the event will include a concert featuring Ludacris, Public Enemy and Mase. There will also be a celebrity gaming tournament, which will include such players as Lil’ Kim, Anne Hathaway, the Reverend Run, Foxy Brown and more. …

Sundance is airing a documentary film about the Vote for Change Tour along with the final live performance of the trek in Washington, D.C. “National Anthem: Inside the ‘Vote for Change’ Concert Tour” will air Monday at 7 p.m. ET. R.E.M., Jurassic 5, Pearl Jam, the Dave Matthews Band and Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band are among the artists performing. … Domestic shores will soon be buzzing with the sounds of the Hives. The Swedish rockers have lined up a fall tour, November 20 in New York to December 12 in Las Vegas, to support Tyrannosaurus Hives and its second single, “Two-Timing Touch and Broken Bones.” …

You can find him in the club and at school — Mos Def has set up a short tour of clubs and universities around the country that starts October 18 at Seattle’s Benaroya Hall. The Emmy-nominated performer ends his 10-city run November 7 at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. … Courtney Love is hosting a weekly radio show on “Indie” 103.1 FM in Los Angeles, at least for rest of the month. Her show, “Kitty Radio,” named after her Web site, airs Fridays at 7 p.m. PT and will culminate with a Halloween show on October 30 called “The Devil Doll Ball.” Fans can hear the show online at www.indie1031.fm. …

Scott Weiland got the thumbs-up from a judge presiding over his probation-status-report hearing Thursday in Pasadena, California. He’s due back for another check-in on December 17, according to the Los Angeles district attorney’s office. … New tracks from the Darkness and the seven B-sides that accompanied their commercial singles are available on the U.K. band’s Web site. Other offerings include a live version of “I Believe in a Thing Called Love” recorded at Knebworth, as well as the track “Holding My Own,” previously available only in Japan. …

Deftones singer Chino Moreno has been working with Public Enemy-rapper-turned-reality-TV-star Flavor Flav. There’s no word, however, on whether this meeting of musical minds will ever see the light of day. … De La Soul are hitting the road to promote their recently released album, The Grind Date. Their 34-date trek will kick off Sunday in Las Vegas and wrap up on November 20 in Los Angeles. …

Still feeling the afterglow of her appearance on the White StripesElephant, bluesy rocker Holly Golightly is gearing up for her 10th studio album, Slowly But Surely. The LP, produced by Liam Watson, the engineer of Elephant, and recorded at the same Toe Rag Studios, is due Tuesday. Golightly will kick off a 35-date U.S. tour October 15 at the CMJ fest in New York and wrap things up on November 24 in Hoboken, New Jersey. … It’s Everclear‘s 10-year recording anniversary and in lieu of a candlelit dinner, the band is presenting fans with a best-of album and a tour supporting the release. On November 3, the group will kick off the trek in Philadelphia, and remain on the road through December 5 in Phoenix. The band will show fans how much it loves them by giving each ticket-holder a free souvenir — a CD called Closure that features some of the band’s unreleased and live acoustic tracks. …

Having co-written the new song “I Believe in You” with Kylie Minogue for her forthcoming greatest-hits set, Scissor Sisters‘ frontman Jake Shears has parlayed that experience into the inspiration for his group’s new album. Although the band’s self-titled debut is less than six months old, the group has begun working on a follow-up, which it hopes will be out next fall. … Rosanne Cash will join Marshall Crenshaw at New York’s Rubin Museum of Art on Friday (October 8) to launch the museum’s Chelsea Connection series. The duo will perform songs inspired by the museum’s “Wheel of Life” exhibit as part of the special acoustic set. …

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Gwen Stefani released the cover art for her forthcoming solo debut album, Love, Angel, Music, Baby, on her official Web site. The album is due in stores November 23. …

Like Justin Timberlake before them, Destiny’s Child are lovin’ it. The trio have just signed on for a new partnership with McDonald’s that includes the hamburger giant’s sponsorship of their worldwide tour, dubbed “Destiny Fulfilled and Lovin’ It,” that begins in the spring. DC will lend their support as worldwide ambassadors for World Children’s Day at McDonald’s, the company’s annual global fund-raiser which benefits the Ronald McDonald House Charities. The group will also be featured in new commercials for the chain and in restaurant merchandising. “We’re lovin’ the chance to work with McDonald’s and know that together we’ll create lots of fun and cool surprises,” Beyoncé said in a statement. … Jessica Simpson‘s upcoming Christmas album will be sold exclusively at 7-Eleven convenience stores starting this month. The seven-track disc, called A Special Limited Edition Christmas Collection, features her duet with younger sister Ashlee, “Little Drummer Boy”; her song with husband Nick Lachey, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”; and an acoustic version of “Angels.” 7-Eleven customers can also enter to win, starting November 1, an all-expenses-paid trip for a private concert with Jessica to take place in early 2005. …

Mase and Lil’ Flip will headline KKBT Los Angeles’ 2004 Hip-Hop Halloween Concert Bash. Proceeds from the show, to be held on October 30 at the Shrine Auditorium, will benefit the Feed My Flock Foundation, a charity dedicated to helping underprivileged schools in Los Angeles. … Some Michael Jackson fans who attended the singer’s 30th anniversary concert in 2001 got a little less than they bargained for, and one of them is suing Ticketmaster and the venue, Madison Square Garden, for allegedly selling fans seats with an obstructed view of the stage. The judge who approved the class-action lawsuit said the suit could potentially cover more than 7,800 ticket buyers who were given no advance notice that their seats were in a section with a blocked view, according to The Associated Press. The woman who filed the suit says she purchased six tickets for $98.50 each, plus service charges, and is asking for $14 million in damages. …

Britney Spears has gotten a divorce of sorts — she’s parted ways with her longtime manager, Larry Rudolph, who’s been working with her since she was 15. … Meanwhile, an auction went up on eBay for what the seller claimed were the singer’s wedding-night undies. “I was lucky enough to be working at the wedding and I got to take home some amazing Britney memorabilia,” the seller claimed. The auction, however, after reaching bids in the hundreds of dollars, has been taken down. …

Courtney Love appeared in a Los Angeles court on Thursday (October 7) to set a preliminary hearing date in her assault-with-a-deadly-weapon case. Her lawyer requested that the hearing take place October 27, which is right in the middle of the singer’s brief tour of the California coast. Opening all but the last show will be the Icarus Line; Juliette Lewis and the Licks will serve as the warm-up act for the singer’s final show, October 30 in Los Angeles. … Two years of murder and mayhem on the Warped Tour are finally coming to life. “Punk Rock Holocaust,” which was shot on the road over the last two summers, will make it to DVD on November 23. With a body count of more than 110, the film claims to have the most onscreen deaths of any slasher flick. …

Between his own projects, former Queens of the Stone Age bassist Nick Oliveri is keeping busy by lending a hand to the Mark Lanegan Band. Oliveri will accompany the former Screaming Trees frontman for five shows on his tour, beginning October 10 in San Diego and ending October 15 in Portland, Oregon. … Now you can frighten everyone (except maybe burlesque babe Dita Von Teese) by looking just like Marilyn Manson this Halloween. A mask taken from an actual mold of the rocker’s face is available on Manson’s official Web site (www.marilynmanson.com) for $24.95. …

CMJ and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum are throwing a multi-day music fest next year, in which as many as 100 bands are slated to take part. The CMJ/ Rock Hall Music Fest will take place in Cleveland in eight venues June 9-11. “This is the type of major festival that Cleveland has talked about for years,” Rock Hall chairman Terry Stewart said in a statement. “It will showcase both established performers and emerging artists that could become tomorrow’s stars, and it represents an unprecedented collaboration between all the major music venues in town.” … The Beastie Boys, System of a Down, Chemical Brothers, the Streets and the Donnas will be heading Down Under in January for the Big Day Out touring festival. The tour kicks off in Auckland, New Zealand, on January 21 and wraps up in Perth, Australia, on February 6. …

New York radio personality/MTV alum Ed Lover has decided to throw his hat into the label game with the launch of his Full Blast imprint. Echo, an Atlanta-based female MC, will be Lover’s first act. … Groove Armada are releasing a best-of collection, called simply The Best Of … The 14-track LP, due October 26, will include such hits as “I See You Baby” as well as a new track, “Take Me Home.” … There’s no rest for drummer Joey Jordison. Soon after Slipknot return from Japan in November, he’ll fill in on drums for Frost of Norwegian metal band Satyricon, who’s unable to enter the U.S. due to visa problems. …