For The Record: Quick News On JoJo, DMX, Lindsay Lohan, Good Charlotte, Gwen Stefani, Beanie Sigel & More

JoJo is in talks to make her feature-film debut in the upcoming FOX flick "Aquamarine," opposite Emma Roberts (Nickelodeon's "Unfabulous"), according to The Hollywood Reporter. "Aquamarine" is based on the Alice Hoffman novel of the same name in which two teenage girls spending their last summer together find a mermaid in their beach club's pool and must find a way to safely get her back to sea. Shooting is set to begin in February. ...

DMX was scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday in a Queens County criminal court in New York on a host of drug and weapons charges, but the hearing has been adjourned until November 17. The charges stem from a June 24 incident at JFK Airport in which the rapper, whose real name is Earl Simmons, and another man were caught allegedly attempting to steal a car. The charges include criminal possession of a weapon; possession of crack cocaine, oxycodone and diazepam; menacing; driving under the influence; and endangering the welfare of a child. ... Eight dates have been added to Good Charlotte and Sum 41's tour, extending the trek to November 15 in Sayreville, New Jersey. Other stops include Milwaukee (November 7), Chicago (November 9) and Pittsburgh (November 11). ...

Now that Lindsay Lohan and Wilmer Valderrama are no longer keeping their relationship a secret, Lohan has agreed to a guest appearance on her boyfriend's sitcom, "That '70s Show." In the episode, airing November 17, Valderrama's Fez and Ashton Kutcher's Kelso vie for the attention of Lohan's character, a client at the beauty salon where Fez works. ... Gwen Stefani has designed a wedding dress for No Doubt guitarist Tom Dumont's fiancee, Mieke Binzer, for the couple's nuptials this weekend in Santa Barbara, California. The white satin gown Stefani created has spaghetti straps, toile accents and ornate detailing, and is capped with a '20s-inspired veil. ...

Two bastions of 1980s pop culture are headed to the big screen. Colin Farrell and Jamie Foxx are poised to take on the roles of Sonny Crockett and Rico Tubbs in a film version of "Miami Vice." Meanwhile, a movie version of the prime-time drama "Dallas" is being written with the villainous oil baron J.R. Ewing as head of the world's most powerful energy company. ... Guerilla Union, the promoters responsible for reuniting the Wu-Tang Clan for the Rock the Bells festival in August, are launching another event called Holiday Havoc. The two-day festival, which will take place November 13-14 in the parking lot of Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California, will feature music along with skateboard and snowboard demonstrations. The Saturday show will gather hip-hops acts A Tribe Called Quest, Cypress Hill, Xzibit and Jurassic 5, while Sunday will focus on punk with the Offspring, Pennywise, the Buzzcocks, the Distillers and Finch. ...

The release date for Beanie Sigel's The B. Coming has been switched to December 14. Sigel, who will soon begin serving a year in prison for a gun charge, has shot a multitude of videos for the LP. ... He almost sounds like a presidential candidate. N.O.R.E. has switched the title of his album to One Fan a Day and has also changed his release date. Look for his next set on December 21. The album will feature an unreleased verse from Big Pun, as well as appearances by Mariah Carey, Kanye West, Beanie Sigel, David Banner and Lil Scrappy. ...

Pearl Jam have set a November 16 release date for the two-CD Rearviewmirror (Greatest Hits 1991-2003). Disc one, the "Up Side," will feature the band's heavier rock tunes, such as "Alive," " Jeremy" and "Animal," while the second disc, the "Down Side," will include more mellow favorites like "Daughter," "Last Kiss" and "Yellow Ledbetter." ... Courtney Love, Jake Gyllenhaal, Peter Sarsgaard and Fran Drescher were among the celebrities on hand at Los Angeles' Greek Theater on Wednesday to watch R.E.M. kick off their headlining tour in support of Around the Sun. The set list was composed primarily of tunes from recent albums, though Michael Stipe (with a painted-on eye mask) led the band through old favorites "The One I Love," "Man on the Moon" and "Losing My Religion," which the singer dedicated to the Daniel Pearl Foundation. ...

The judge in the Michael Jackson case warned lawyers during a hearing Thursday (October 14) that he will not allow complaints from either side to derail plans to go to trial on January 31. "It's not in the interest of anybody to prolong this litigation," Judge Rodney Melville said, in reference to complaints from both parties that the other side was slow in sharing information during the discovery process. Melville also rejected a motion to have the indictment thrown out. Meanwhile, deputies in the courtroom imposed a new rule on Thursday, prohibiting reporters and members of the press to speak to each other, even before the proceedings or during breaks. A hearing date of November 4 was set to discuss a defense motion to have prosecutor Tom Sneddon removed from the case. ... Contradicting the claims made by a few guitarists that they've been invited to join Guns N' Roses, the band says so far no one has been asked to replace Buckethead, who left Axl Rose's company in March. According to a statement issued by the band, "We'll let you know when there is credible news on this subject." ...

A host of graffiti artists and other hip-hoppers were out Wednesday night to celebrate the release of photographer Martha Cooper's "Hip-Hop Files: Photographs, 1979-1984." The book, due later this month, chronicles the early hip-hop culture through Cooper's photographs. Held at the Ecko showroom in New York, the event played host to Run-DMC's DMC, DJ Evil Dee, DJ/producer 9th Wonder, Charlie Ahearn (director of hip-hop classic "Wild Style") and graff artists West, Duro, Mare 139, Blade, Crash, Lee, Ket, Kel and Zephyr, among others. ... Beatlemania will soon hit the Vegas strip. The acrobatic troupe Cirque du Soleil will play characters from Beatles songs — including "Eleanor Rigby," "Nowhere Man" and "I Am the Walrus" — in a show about the Beatles' life in the 1960s, according to Reuters. The show, which marks the first time the Beatles have allowed their music to be used in a major theatrical performance, will replace Siegfried & Roy's show at the Mirage. ...

The U.S. Supreme Court neglected to hear the recording industry's appeal of a December 2003 decision that prevented the RIAA from ordering Internet Service Providers to surrender the names of their customers who've been suspected of illegal file-sharing. Since that ruling, the RIAA has been forced to employ the more laborious "John Doe" anonymous lawsuits for suing file-sharers. ...

10.13.2004

Jamie Foxx has signed with J Records. His album, which will include a cover of Ray Charles' "I've Got a Woman," is due in 2005. ...

Britney Spears isn't just releasing a greatest-hits album on November 9 — she's also releasing a greatest-hits DVD (also called "Greatest Hits: My Prerogative"). In addition to her hit videos, the DVD package includes 10 of the 20 videos enhanced with features for alternate versions, multiple angles, hidden bonuses and interactive "surprises." ... 50 Cent is apparently a fan of Vitamin Water, so much so that the G-Unit honcho has partnered with the beverage company for his own flavor. The aptly titled "Formula 50" is grape-flavored — the rapper's favorite, according to a Vitamin Water spokesperson — and is in stores now. As a result of the partnership, 50 also has a small stake in the company. ...

Lindsay Lohan's forthcoming debut album, originally due out in November, has been bumped back a month. The still-untitled LP now has a tentative release date of December 7. ... Mariah Carey's new album, the follow-up to 2002's Charmbracelet, was due this fall, but is now slated for a spring release on Island Def Jam. ... Nicky Hilton's surprise marriage in August to Todd Meister might already be over. The couple are "working on an annulment," according to US Weekly. A spokesperson for the younger Hilton had no comment, since he said he never responds to speculation regarding any of his clients. ...

"American Idol" winners Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard and Fantasia will come together to film a holiday special for FOX. "Kelly, Ruben and Fantasia: Home for the Holidays" will air November 24, just in time for the November releases from the three singers. ... Clarkson, Nelly, Chingy, Ciara, Clay Aiken, the Ying Yang Twins, Switchfoot, Lil' Flip, Kelly Osbourne, Sheryl Crow and Billy Idol are among the presenters named for the 32nd annual American Music Awards, airing live November 14 on ABC. ...

Evanescence have set a November 23 release date for Anywhere But Home, a live CD/DVD recorded earlier this year at the Zenith in Paris. The CD features the unreleased Fallen outtake "Missing," while the DVD includes four videos and behind-the-scenes footage. ... The White Stripes' first DVD, "Under Blackpool Lights," is set for a December 7 release. The disc features 75 minutes of live concert footage shot at the Empress Ballroom in Blackpool, England, January 27-28, 2004. Twenty-six songs are included on the DVD, including covers of Dolly Parton's "Jolene" and the Leadbelly blues staple "Boll Weevil." ...

Velvet Revolver had planned to perform Tuesday night atop the Hustler store in Hollywood before launching their tour on Saturday in Nashville, but the city of West Hollywood declined the permit. The band is instead performing Wednesday (October 13) at another Los Angeles location, the Amoeba Records parking lot in Hollywood. Velvet Revolver's 21-city tour wraps up with a two-night stint — New Year's Eve and New Year's Day — in Las Vegas. ... Mandy Moore has unveiled a series of short, animated Web-based movies for teens with cancer. The Webisodes, called "Coping With Chemo," were developed and produced by the Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation and are viewable at www.slsb.org. The clips deal with issues from diagnosis to the side effects of chemotherapy to feeling out of place among peers. "It's hard enough to be a teen, so imagine what teens with cancer are going through," Moore said in a statement. "Every teen with cancer should check out this amazing new resource." ...

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs are supposedly taking a break, but they've been pretty busy of late. Individually, the bandmembers have made recent appearances on records by the Blood Brothers, Bright Eyes and Har Mar Superstar, and the trio have released exclusive remixes of "Y Control" on iTunes retweaked by the Faint, Tommie Sunshine and Genesis P-Orridge from Psychic TV. ... Brush up on your producing skills — they could win you $15,000. Warped Tour, Shockwave.com and HP have come together for the HP Music Video Contest, which offers Shockwave users the chance to produce their own music video using a song from such Warped Tour acts as Sugarcult, the Vandals and Taking Back Sunday. Aspiring producers can check out hpmusic.shockwave.com for more information. ...

Three At the Drive-In albums — In Casino Out, Acrobatic Tenement and Relationship of Command — as well as the EP Vaya, are getting the reissue treatment from Fearless Records on November 9. An anthology featuring rare and previously unreleased tracks by the band that splintered into Sparta and the Mars Volta after announcing an indefinite hiatus in 2001 is being planned for next year. ...