For The Record: Quick News On Usher, Jon Heder, Limp Bizkit, Radiohead, Bright Eyes, Bone Thugs & More

Usher movie gets a name change; Napoleon Dynamite faces off against Bill Gates.

The title of Usher‘s upcoming movie “Dying for Dolly” has been changed to “In the Mix.” In the romantic comedy, which also stars Emmanuelle Chriqui from “On the Line” and Chazz Palminteri, Usher plays a bodyguard who falls in love with his boss’ daughter. “In the Mix” hits theaters November 23. …

Jon Heder reprised his role as Napoleon Dynamite for a Microsoft-sponsored video which was shown for a buttload of software developers on Tuesday during a conference in Los Angeles. According to Reuters, in the clip, Napoleon faces off with Microsoft’s Bill Gates in a slapping match. The prize? Gates’ post as head of the software behemoth. Of course Napoleon wins, and the video is said to end with Gates, sporting a tightfitting brown suit, darting into his new boss’ office. … Limp Bizkit fans who’re just itching for The Unquestionable Truth (Part 2) might want to invest in some Gold Bond medicated powder, as there’s no definitive release date for the second dose of Truth. But Bizkit will offer some temporary relief on November 8 in the form of Greatest Hits. According to a spokesperson for the band’s label, the album’s track list is still being ironed out. …

A new piano-laden track by Radiohead, “I Want None of This,” surfaced online this week at the War Child Music Web site. Radiohead are one of 22 bands — including the Gorillaz, Bloc Party and Coldplay — who participated in the creation of HELP: A Day in the Life. Each band recorded a single track over the course of 24 hours, and the fruit of their rushed labors is now available for download. Proceeds generated through the downloads will be used to help children in war-torn regions of the world. … Conor Oberst, an outspoken opponent of Clear Channel Communications, the multimedia giant that owns radio stations and venues coast to coast, recently canceled a scheduled Bright Eyes gig at the Pageant in St. Louis when he learned that there was “an association” between the club and the corporation. According to a post on Saddle-Creek.com, the band is now looking into other venues in the St. Louis area to hold the show. …

Wilco are taking a break from their exhaustive touring to put the finishing touches on an album that celebrates their exhaustive touring. On November 1, they’ll release Kicking Television – Live in Chicago, a two-disc set recorded during their two-night stand at Chicago’s Vic Theatre. Wilco’s break from the road won’t last long, though — they’re scheduled to play Farm Aid in Tinley Park, Illinois, on Sunday and will launch another U.S. tour on September 21 in Columbia, Maryland. … Xzibit, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and Warren G will be on hand when the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network’s 2005 Financial Empowerment National Tour hits the Wiltern LG in Los Angeles on Saturday. Mike Concepcion is hosting the event. …

Story of the Year‘s Determination Tour, featuring Funeral for a Friend, Anberlin and He Is Legend, will kick off on September 22 in Wichita, Kansas, and hit 20 cities before winding down in Louisville, Kentucky, on October 16. The band’s new album, In the Wake of Determination, will be in stores on October 11. … A number of bands are scrambling to book gigs at New York’s CBGB now that the iconic punk club is on its proverbial death bed. The latest of these acts is Disturbed, who’ll grace the rock-and-roll landmark’s beer- and spit-soaked stage on September 20 — the same day the band’s new disc, Ten Thousand Fists, hits store shelves. Tickets will be hard to come by, however, unless you’re a member of Disturbed’s official online fan club, thedisturbedones.com. …

Nominees for the 48th annual Grammy Awards will be announced December 8 at Gotham Hall in New York, exactly two months before the show is scheduled for the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Meanwhile, nominees for the 33rd annual American Music Awards will be announced Tuesday at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. The AMAs are scheduled for November 22 at the Shrine Auditorium in L.A.. And in other awards-show news, the 2005 Billboard Music Awards have been set for December 6 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. …

9.13.2005

Now that “An Unfinished Life” is finished, Jennifer Lopez is going back to work on “Bordertown,” which has four more days of shooting, scheduled for the first week of October. “It’s been great,” she told MTV Radio. “Working with [director] Greg Nava — who put me in my first movie ever — to reunite with him was fantastic; we had a very special time, as I knew we would.” Her next film project, “Who Killed Hector Lavoe?,” will find Lopez co-starring with her husband, Marc Anthony, who will play … her husband. “It’s the story of a singer, and I’ll play his wife,” Lopez said. After his tour is over, Anthony will play the titular and legendary salsa singer, who was also known as “La Voz,” while Lopez pulls double duty as the film’s producer. …

Pink took a few shots at Lopez when she accepted a humanitarian award from PETA on Saturday in Los Angeles for her anti-fur campaign. Pam Anderson presented the singer with the award, saying, “When it comes to fighting for animal rights, Pink is as tenacious as she is talented.” When asked how she feels about people who wear fur, Pink replied, “I believe in, ‘To each his own.’ But I also hope that they someday get bitten in the ass by the same kind of animal they wear on their back.” Pink also did her own biting, calling J. Lo “J. Bitch” and joking, “So … J. Lo wasn’t invited tonight? Big surprise!” Just last week, PETA had disrupted the New York premiere of Lopez’s “An Unfinished Life” with a protest over her inclusion of fur in her clothing line, a move Pink encouraged. …

After Hurricane Katrina struck the New Orleans area, Master P feared his brother Corey Miller might have drowned in a prison in Gretna. But the rapper formerly known as C-Murder was evacuated in time; he’s now staying with the state’s most notorious criminals at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola. Miller is serving a life sentence on a murder conviction. … Christian pop-punkers Relient K have announced plans to hit the road with like-minded rockers MxPx. The tour is scheduled to start October 8 in Kings Island, Ohio, and run until November 10 in Des Moines, Iowa, though according to Relient K’s label, Capitol Records, more dates are expected to be announced shortly. …

Blink-182‘s Mark Hoppus has launched a 20-minute biweekly Podcast series called “Hi, My Name Is Mark,” which can be found on the Apple Web site. The premiere episode contains songs from Motion City Soundtrack (Hoppus produced their album) and the Descendents, an interview with American Analog Set and running commentary from Hoppus. “The whole thing is very ‘Wayne’s World,’ ” Hoppus said of his lo-tech approach. “The show feels like at any second the wheels may fall off.” … Korn, who plan to put out a new, as-yet-untitled album later in 2005, have just signed a global deal with Virgin Records. In addition to the record deal, the band’s signed a joint-venture partnership with the label for its recordings, DVD sales, music publishing, touring, merch, sponsorship, and other activities, such as film, TV, book, or video game projects. “I always felt like I was working for a record company,” lead singer Jonathan Davis said in a statement. “Now I feel like we have a true partner. I’m looking forward to this new chapter in our career.” Korn are also developing plans for a North American tour. …

A two-disc DVD commemorating the 10th installment of Ozzfest will hit store shelves on November 22, according to Clear Channel, which is releasing the set. Called “Ozzfest Xth Anniversary,” the DVD will feature performance footage from some of the bands on this year’s Ozzfest lineup, as well as a companion CD of live tracks recorded at various stops along the route. Just which bands will be included in the “Ozzfest Xth” experience is still up in the air. This summer’s trek included Killswitch Engage, Rob Zombie, Mudvayne, Iron Maiden, As I Lay Dying and others. … On October 30, Judas Priest, Rob Zombie and Anthrax will take the stage at the Long Beach Arena in Long Beach, California, for a one-off show dubbed Priest Feast. Tickets go on sale Saturday. …

With the competition on “Rock Star: INXS” down to the final three after Wednesday’s elimination show, the band is gearing up to choose its new lead singer on September 20. The vocalist will be whisked off to a studio to record the Aussie band’s first new album in eight years, Switch, as soon as he/she is chosen, according to a group spokesperson. The record is slated for release on November 29 and will be followed by a world tour. … Danzig have a new guitarist: ex-Deconstruct axeman Joe Fraulob, who they’ll be bringing out on the road for the Blackest of the Black Tour, which kicks off September 30 in San Diego. The package trek also features Chimaira, Behemoth, Himsa, Mortiis and the Agony Scene. Each night of the tour, former Misfits guitarist Doyle Von Frankenstein will join Danzig for a special 30-minute set of classic Misfits tracks. … Jamiroquai have announced plans to tour the U.S. for the first time in six years, to support their new album, Dynamite, due September 20. The 12-date trek kicks off October 21 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and wraps November 9 in Los Angeles. …