For The Record: Quick News On Mary-Kate Olsen, Nicole Richie, Lindsay Lohan, Phil Anselmo, Lil' Flip & More

Olsen misses her ex; Richie breaks with DJ AM; Anselmo recovering from back surgery.

Mary-Kate Olsen reveals in the January issue of W that part of the reason she's taking a break from NYU is to recover from losing her boyfriend to Paris Hilton. "It's a hurtful and painful subject," she told the mag. "I've pretty much been with someone my whole life, so this is a hard time for me." Olsen says she misses and still loves Stavros Niarchos, even though she's not speaking to him anymore, or Hilton, for that matter. Olsen moved back to Los Angeles and says she's been trying to "take care of myself right now," so she spends her time working out, doing yoga, reading scripts and going on auditions. As for reports that her ex has been spending his time paying homeless people to douse themselves with soda for his amusement, Olsen says, "I never knew that person. All I can do is hope it's not true." ...

Nicole Richie and DJ AM have ended their engagement, Richie's publicist confirmed to The Associated Press. The couple, who were recently photographed house-shopping, had dated since 2003 and broke up a few days ago. ... Lindsay Lohan publicly apologized to talk-show hosts Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa via "Access Hollywood" on Wednesday after she failed to make her scheduled appearance on their show Tuesday morning. The actress/singer had claimed she came down with food poisoning just minutes before she was scheduled to arrive at their studio. "I'm really sorry ... because I love you guys. I know it came across as really bad ... I'll make it up to you, I swear!" Lohan said. ...

In a statement released Thursday (December 8), rapper Lil' Flip offered prayers to the victims of a shooting that occurred outside his show at Minneapolis' Quest nightclub Sunday morning in which two people were injured. "The club shooting that occurred this past weekend in Minneapolis is unfortunate and sad," Flip wrote. "Even though it was not connected to me or my show in any way and happened outside the club where I was performing, it's cruel that some careless people and senseless actions can ruin a good and positive night, which is all I try to bring to my shows. My prayers go out to those who were injured and their families, and I wish them all a speedy recovery." In the meantime, Flip's new album, I Need Mine, has been pushed back to a February 28 release. ... Snoop Dogg has been tapped to be the executive producer for XM Satellite Radio's hip-hop channel the Rhyme, home to his show "Welcome to Da Chuuch With Big Snoop Dogg." "I will play music that people have never heard and music that they haven't heard in a long time," Snoop said in a statement. "We need more Snoop Dogg music all the time because the music I play makes people feel good. Consider yourself part of this new Snoop Dogg eargasm." In addition to his hosting duties, the rapper will also be in charge of developing new content for the Rhyme, as well as for other XM channels. ...

Yellowcard are heading back out on the road for another string of club dates in support of their upcoming album, Lights and Sounds. The new leg of dates begin on January 19 in Minneapolis, and the tour will hit an additional 13 cities before coming to an end on February 11 in Las Vegas. Lights and Sounds is due in stores on January 24. ... According to a post by guitarist Kevin Bond on Superjoint Ritual's Web site, his bandmate and former Pantera frontman Phil Anselmo's recent back surgery "went well." Phil will spend the next few weeks recovering at his home in Louisiana. Anselmo went under the knife on November 21. ...

Having lost the rights to make Major League Baseball video games, mega-publisher EA is going the college route with "MVP 06 NCAA Baseball" for PS2 and Xbox this spring. Keeping with the college spirit, the company announced on Thursday (December 8) that it has teamed with indie label Victory Records for a soundtrack that will include songs from Hawthorne Heights, Bayside and Silverstein. Most of the game's tracks are included on a 20-song compilation available now to anyone who preorders the game at major retailers. ... O.A.R. and Brian Wilson will appear on a holiday episode of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," airing December 22 at 8 p.m. on ABC. Wilson performs "Deck the Halls" while O.A.R. play the show's theme song live. ...

Wayne Kramer, former member of Detroit proto-punk pioneers MC5, is suing Future/Now Films and From the Heart Productions for copyright infringement for using his songs "Poison" and "Looking at You" in two movies without his permission. The film companies produced the flicks "MC5: A True Testimonial" and "The Art of Funding Your Film" using Kramer's tracks even though the record label had originally declined them permission. They "simply stole them," a copy of the lawsuit reads, which also includes claims of breach of contract, fraud and common-law unfair competition. Kramer is seeking at least $75,000 in damages and further entitlement to the profits made from the films. ...

12.07.2005

Ashlee Simpson battled anorexia when she was younger, she reveals in the upcoming issue of Cosmopolitan magazine. When she was studying ballet as a preteen, she starved herself to keep her weight down, the singer told the mag. "It was about six months of not eating too much at all," she said. "I was 11 and 5 feet 2 and about 70 pounds." Her family helped pull her out of it, she said, forcing her to eat. "That really helped a lot." Now that she's grown up, she has a healthier self-image, and loves her curves. "I think it's sexy not to be a bone," she said. "It's sad when people get too weight-conscious and don't look in the mirror and see themselves as being as beautiful as they are." ... Meanwhile, Ashlee's director for her "L.O.V.E." video, Diane Martel, thinks it's sad when there's not enough time to make a video everything she originally imagined it could be. She'd hoped to have a lot more action in the clip, like having Ashlee slash a guy's shirt off with a sword, and have her fellow partygoers chain-saw furniture into pieces, but there was a "limited amount of time." "We had a samurai expert on set standing by, and my art director somehow found a grandfather clock at the last minute," Martel said. "Those ideas were all prepped and Ashlee was into all of them ... but I suppose time got the best of us and not the other way around." Still, she says, "Ashlee gave 100 percent, was very spontaneous and playful and extremely focused" and "we ended up with a great video." ...

The Inc. celebrated the release of the Collectables by Ashanti album with a party at New York's club Rome on Tuesday night. Ashanti, Ja Rule and Chris and Irv Gotti, fresh from their money-laundering acquittal, were all in attendance. ... Juelz Santana will perform at a benefit concert and toy drive for victims of Hurricane Katrina on December 17 at the Skate Key Entertainment Complex in the Bronx, New York. Reggae singer Sizzla and newcomer Deemi are also on the bill. ...

Actress Valerie Bertinelli announced on Tuesday that she is divorcing her husband of 24 years, Van Halen guitarist Eddie Van Halen. "Yes, that's true. They have been separated for four years and it's amicable," Bertinelli's spokesperson told The Associated Press. Bertinelli, who has a 14-year-old son with Van Halen, cited irreconcilable differences in the divorce petition filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday. ... Tina Turner was honored recently at the Kennedy Center, and Beyoncé, Oprah Winfrey and Queen Latifah paid tribute at the black-tie gala, which will be broadcast December 27 at 9 p.m. on CBS. Queen Latifah sang "What's Love Got to Do With It" with members of the audience, including first lady Laura Bush and Robert Redford; Melissa Etheridge sang "Nutbush City Limits" and "River Deep, Mountain High"; while Beyoncé started singing "Proud Mary" "easy" but ended it "rough," Tina-style. Other performers and presenters at the Kennedy Center Honors, which also paid homage to Tony Bennett, Redford, actress Julie Harris and dancer and teacher Suzanne Farrell, included John Legend, Al Green, k.d. lang, Diana Krall, Quincy Jones and Willie Nelson. ...

Snoop Dogg, Gavin DeGraw and Rascal Flatts have joined the list of performers for the Radio Music Awards, which will air live from Las Vegas on December 19 at 9 p.m. on NBC. Ciara, Sean Paul, Lifehouse, Steve Harvey, Anna Nalick, Crossfade and Shinedown are among the artists scheduled to appear. ... In news that will no doubt leave European music fans feeling doubly bummed, both Yellowcard and My Morning Jacket have scrapped their Euro tour plans thanks to their respective ailing frontmen. Yellowcard called off their tour when Ryan Key developed a nodule on his vocal cords, which, according to a post on the band's Web site, required immediate rest. "If we don't take care of it now, there is a serious risk of surgery," the statement read, "which could put us out of commission for some time." Meanwhile, according to MyMorningJacket.com, Jim James was felled by "health complications related to pneumonia," which forced the band to cancel its jaunt, which was scheduled to begin in January. Both bands pledge to make up the dates, and both lead singers are expected to make full recoveries. ...

Seether, fresh off this fall's Audioslave trek where the band shared opening duties with 30 Seconds to Mars, will headline the 2006 Sno-Core Tour. Shinedown, Flyleaf and Halestorm are also on the bill. So far, just 13 dates have been confirmed for Sno-Core, which launches January 20 in Lubbock, Texas; dates run through February 25 in Worcester, Massachusetts. Additional shows will be added over the next few weeks. ...