For The Record: Quick News On Paris Hilton, Matt Damon, Nine Inch Nails, Radiohead, Hawthorne Heights & More

Hilton voted worst dog owner; Damon marries; NIN change drummers again.

Paris Hilton is the world's worst dog owner, according to an online poll conducted by the magazines New York Dog and Hollywood Dog. "Our readers felt Ms. Hilton's dog-parenting skills left a lot to be desired," said joint editor Leslie Padgett. "First she loses Tinkerbell, then she ditches her dog for a cuter dog, then replaces that dog with a ferret, then a Kinkajou monkey, and then, I gather, a goat." The title of best dog owner went to Joss Stone, who narrowly edged out Ashley Olsen. ...

Matt Damon married Luciana Bozan on Friday (December 9) at New York's City Hall. Bozan's 7-year-old daughter witnessed the ceremony, which was small and brief, according to Damon's spokesperson. This is the first marriage for the actor, and the second for his bride, a former bartender from Florida. ... Two months after he was summoned to replace Jerome Dillon on Nine Inch Nails' U.S. tour, drummer Alex Carapetis has been relieved of his duties. A spokesperson for the band's label would not comment on what prompted his departure. Session drummer Josh Freese, known for his work with A Perfect Circle and the Vandals, has returned to the band — he performed with Nine Inch Nails for two gigs back in early October — and will fill in at the kit for the foreseeable future. ...

"Coachella," a film featuring performances captured during the last six years of the Indio, California, rock festival, will be coming to movie theaters in 2006. While a definitive release date for the film is still being deliberated, the movie will feature the Arcade Fire, Radiohead, Bright Eyes, Morrissey, the White Stripes, Oasis, the Polyphonic Spree and the Pixies, among others, according to the festival's publicist. ... Ween have pulled out of next year's United States of ATP festival in Camber Sands, England, due to "personal reasons," and will be replaced by Dinosaur Jr., according to festival organizers. Ween were scheduled to both curate and play the second weekend of the festival, May 19-21, but according to a post on their Web site, they want to focus on finishing their new album. Bands still confirmed for the latest installment of the long-running ATP festival — which allows influential artists to pick their favorite acts to perform — include Sleater-Kinney, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Mudhoney. ...

A 27-year-old man was gunned down outside a Tucson, Arizona, rock club on Wednesday following a fight that police believe involved at least 20 people, according to a report in the Arizona Daily Star. No one has been charged with Ray Darrin Pierson's death, but police are questioning the gunman, whose identity has not been released. Police are trying to determine whether the shooter was acting in self-defense. Several people sustained injuries in the brawl, which broke out inside Skrappy's during a hardcore show featuring Shattered Realm, Donnybrook, Hoods and Black My Heart. ... Hawthorne Heights, Panic! At the Disco and Sugarcult are among the 45 bands lending tracks to the fifth volume of the Take Action charity comp, due in stores on February 21. A portion of the proceeds from the sales of the two-disc set will go to the National Hopeline Network, a teen-suicide prevention organization. The Take Action Tour, which features Matchbook Romance and Silverstein, kicks off on March 1. ...

Hot on the heels of their U.K. run on the NME Awards Tour, Brooklyn, New York's We Are Scientists are returning home for a brief North American tour. The weeklong jaunt, which the Scientists have dubbed the Collapsed Morals Tour, kicks off on January 12 in New York and wraps up on January 19 in Philadelphia. ... Tegan and Sara, Gogol Bordello and comedian Eugene Mirman will join Cake on the latest leg of their ongoing Unlimited Sunshine Tour. The trek kicks off January 19 in Worcester, Massachusetts, and ends February 1 in San Francisco. ...

Though not yet formally charged with any crime, British glam rocker Gary Glitter has admitted to Vietnamese police that he shared a bed with an 11-year-old girl but denied sexually abusing her, according to an Associated Press report. During a police interrogation, Glitter, 61, said he let the girl sleep in his bed because she claimed she was afraid of ghosts. He also said that when he told another girl that she couldn't share his bed, she said it was common in Vietnam for families to sleep in one bed together. He also told police that he swam with several girls at his outdoor pool, but that nothing inappropriate happened. The singer is being held in a Vietnamese prison on suspicion of engaging in obscene acts with a child after allegations surfaced that he had sex with several underage girls. ...

12.08.2005

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. ...