For The Record: Quick News On Britney And Kevin, D’Angelo, Distillers, Slim Thug, Joe Strummer, Pete Rock & More

Kevin Federline quitting his job, Slim Thug returning to the lab, Distillers losing their drummer.

Kevin Federline — a.k.a. Mr. Britney Spears — shows he’s a real romantic in a cover story in the March issue of Details (his more famous wife also takes part). (Click for photos from Details.) In it, we discover he likes to use the word “ass” a lot, Spears sometimes uses the odd phrase “motherchucker,” and she thinks Rolling Stone and Us Weekly publisher Jann Wenner is a “big old fat man.” The couple also insist their love is for real. “That’s why I married him, because he’s not a shallow mother—-er Hollywood actor guy,” Spears said. “She’s f—ing proud of me,” Federline boasted. “I could be sitting at home doing nothing. I could be playing video games.” Speaking of doing nothing, Federline said that he’s giving up dancing as a job because “I’ve done it, dude.” Instead, he hopes to start a clothing company called Pair a Dice, because the couple have matching dice tattoos. “I want to do some cool casual stuff, like jeans and T-shirts and sweat suits,” he told the magazine. “And then I also want to hit the flip side — high-end, classy stuff, too.” … Meanwhile, the BBC has restricted the airing of the steamy ad for Britney’s Curious perfume until after 7:30 p.m., according to a spokesperson for the Broadcast Advertising Clearance Centre. Less racy edits of the commercial — which features a scantily clad Spears fantasizing about the man in the hotel room next door — can air before the restricted time. …

Christian Bale, Katie Holmes, Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman and others will reprise their film roles from the upcoming “Batman Begins” in the video game of the same name. Due June 17, the game challenges players to step into the shadows of Gotham City’s perilous criminal underworld as DC Comics’ legendary Dark Knight, played by Bale, and use fear as their ultimate weapon. … R&B singer D’Angelo‘s court date has been pushed back once again. The Grammy-winning artist was scheduled to be arraigned on charges of drunk driving and drug possession last Friday, but the date has been postponed to April 13. The charges stem from a January 9 incident in which D’Angelo was stopped for a traffic violation near his hometown of Richmond, Virginia. At the stop, his car was searched and officers found substances believed to be cocaine and marijuana. …

Slim Thug‘s major-label debut, Already Platinum, has been pushed back to March. The Houston MC has decided to return to the studio to record new material after songs from the original version of the album were leaked. No word yet on an exact release date. … Pete Rock, Rupee and Doug E. Fresh will lead a host of hip-hoppers at the Rap for Relief tsunami benefit concert at New York’s B.B. King’s Blues Club on February 22. Other acts scheduled to perform include Rahzel, Buckshot, J-Live, the High & Mighty, C-Rayz Walz and Sean Price. All proceeds from the concert will go to the Red Cross. Tickets are $20 in advance and extra donations will be accepted at the club that night. …

Distillers frontwoman Brody Dalle might have killer pipes and a tattoo that prominently displays the f-word, but one thing she doesn’t have anymore is a drummer. In a post on TheDistillers.com, Andy Granelli — who played drums on the Distillers’ most recent record, 2003′s Coral Fang — wrote that he was leaving the group to devote more time to his other band, Darker My Love. “I am writing in to say that I have officially quit the Distillers,” Granelli said. “I started Darker My Love … as an outlet for us to play exactly what we wanted to, without compromise. So I feel now it is my time to go back to that.” A spokesperson for the band had no information on who would be replacing Granelli. … Vanessa Williams will show some love for her country when she sings the national anthem at NASCAR’s Daytona 500 on Sunday. The singer will also take part in a tribute to America, during which she will sing “America the Beautiful.” Joining her in the tribute will be Brian Wilson, Five for Fighting‘s John Ondrasik, and Clint Black. …

With the biggest awards show in the film industry less than two weeks away, “The Aviator” took home the top honor of Best Film at England’s equivalent of the Oscars. The Howard Hughes biopic also garnered the Best Actress in a Supporting Role award for Cate Blanchett, and several technical awards at the British Academy of Film and Television Awards on Saturday. Jamie Foxx won Best Actor for “Ray,” while “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” won Orange Film of the Year, the only award chosen by the general public. … The Clash‘s Joe Strummer, who died in 2002 of a heart attack, was honored on Saturday with a train named for him in the U.K., according to The Associated Press. The Strummer train, dedicated on Saturday at a railway station in Bristol, joins a long list of trains that have been named after famous people for the last 200 years in England. …

Falling short of your daily recommended dose of 1950s biker-flick-inspired rock and roll? Well, you’re in luck. Because on May 3, retro Danish rockers the Raveonettes will drop Pretty in Black, the follow-up to their 2003 album, Chain Gang of Love. The first single from the new record is “Love in a Trashcan.” …

02.11.2005

For Valentine’s Day, Britney Spears expressed her romantic side by posting a letter Friday (February 11) on her fan site about her life with Kevin Federline. “I fall more and more in love with Kevin every day,” she wrote. “We’ve been away from each other for a week now and I think I’m losing my mind! It’s the longest we’ve been apart from one another.” But it’s Federline’s work schedule keeping them apart, she says, not hers. She’s been at home in Kentwood, Louisiana, with her mother while her husband has been posing for the March issue of Details. “The pictures are so hot!” she bragged. “Stay away, girls!” In the meantime, Spears has been playing mom by shopping for “the cutest dresses” for Kori, Federline’s daughter with Shar Jackson, as well as dressing her dogs in Von Dutch clothing (“I think my dogs are so much cuter than Tinkerbell”). She’s still having trouble training her dogs, which is “kind of bad because we have white carpets.” And she hopes to build a dream house right behind her mom’s home in Kentwood once she starts a family of her own. …

Paris Hilton will fill out Barbara Eden‘s harem pants when she guests on “American Dreams” as the “I Dream of Jeannie” star. The episode airs March 16 at 8 p.m. on NBC. … Martin Bashir‘s 2003 documentary on Michael Jackson, “Living With Michael Jackson,” helped bring down the pop star and spark a criminal investigation. Now, Bashir, who has since become an ABC News correspondent, has a follow-up, called “Michael Jackson’s Secret World,” which will air as a two-hour special edition of “Primetime Live” on February 17 at 9 p.m. ET. It will include new interviews, details, and further allegations about Jackson’s friendships with boys. …

Before the major unveiling of his new live lineup at the Coachella Festival on May 1, Trent Reznor will get some road work in with Nine Inch Nails on a trio of West Coast dates: March 23 in Fresno, California; March 24 in Reno, Nevada; and March 25 in Davis, California. The band will also play a pair of dates in London on March 30 and 31. NIN’s upcoming album, With Teeth (May 3), will be preceded by the single “The Hand That Feeds,” due out in April. … Several of Los Angeles’ most renowned lyricists — Ras Kass, Kurupt, Jayo Felony and newcomer Scipo — came to party at Hollywood’s Highland club Thursday night. Talib Kweli also joined the fray. Meanwhile, downstairs, the Roots, Common and Musiq competed against each other at a bowling alley. …

On Wednesday, Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx won his case against Vans Incorporated for using his picture without permission, according to “Celebrity Justice.” “Somebody has to stand up, and I was willing to spend my own money and my own time to stand up for myself and other people,” he told “Justice.” The company reportedly ran an ad featuring Sixx in the sports magazine Thrasher without informing the musician. The jury awarded Sixx $600,000 plus interest. … “NirvanaNevermind: Classic Album,” a DVD documenting the making of Nirvana’s breakthrough release, is due March 22. Along with a documentary featuring interviews with bassist Krist Novoselic, drummer Dave Grohl and producer Butch Vig, the DVD will include mini-docs on Grohl joining the band, the album’s artwork and the song “Drain You.” …

Tricky is getting back into the acting game — the trip-hop godfather is guesting on four consecutive episodes of “Girlfriends,” starting March 21. Tricky plays Finn Robinson, the leader of a band holding auditions for a new singer, who is impressed by an impromptu performance by Lynn (played by Persia White). The show airs Mondays at 9 p.m. on UPN. … Nine days after their Coachella performance, Austin, Texas, indie-rockers Spoon will release their fifth album, Gimmie Fiction, on May 10. The follow-up to 2002′s Kill the Moonlight will feature 11 tracks, including “My Mathematical Mind” and “I Turn My Camera On.” … After a brief tour last month, Sub Pop act the Album Leaf — who have quickly become a favorite on “The O.C.” — will hit the road again next month. The three-week tour starts in Phoenix on March 13 and ends April 3 in Montreal. …