For The Record: Quick News On 50 Cent, Moby And Eminem, Lindsay Lohan, Korn, O.A.R., Bob Dylan & More

50 signs movie development deal; Moby rips into Eminem again; Dylan to become a DJ.

50 Cent isn’t content to be a music and movie star — he also wants to be a movie producer. The rapper told MTV Europe that he’s just completed a development deal to produce films. “When I come across a screenplay that’s as exciting as my life story, then I will commit to it,” he said. 50′s already planning to turn his forthcoming G-Unit series of street fiction books into DVD films, if not theatrical releases, shortly after they are published in 2007. … Meanwhile, 50 and Dr. Dre are facing a copyright-infringement suit, which was filed last week in Manhattan federal court in New York. Janine Gordon, who also goes by JahJah, claims that 50 and Dre borrowed from three of her songs (“Poppin’ at Da Club,” “Crazy Dreams” and “Hardcore”) for The Massacre.

It’s been more than four years since Moby ripped into Eminem over lyrics the clean-domed DJ deemed “homophobic and misogynistic,” and though it appeared the feud was all but over, someone forgot to tell Moby. In a December 6 journal entry on his Web site, Moby again takes Em to task, writing about a recent murder trial in England in which an avid Eminem fan, Christopher Duncan, pleaded guilty to murdering his girlfriend and then stuffing her into a suitcase just hours after performing the rapper’s songs in a London karaoke bar. “Now we find out that a British man who is obsessed with Eminem killed a woman with a metal baseball bat and stuffed her body into a suitcase,” Moby wrote. “Maybe there’s no connection, maybe there is. It’s disgusting that we even have to ask that question. … It’s disgusting that people in the media have celebrated musicians who write lyrics that glorify misogyny and homophobia.” … Mike Shinoda will take his Fort Minor side project on the road next year, beginning January 28 in Minneapolis and wrapping up February 9 in Atlanta. Shinoda will be backed by a 10-piece band and will perform some Linkin Park tracks “Fort Minor style,” according to his spokesperson. …

Lindsay Lohan‘s parents reached a divorce settlement on Monday, ending a battle that started in January when Dina Lohan served Michael Lohan with divorce papers. Dina’s lawyer said that “the matter has been resolved and an agreement signed,” though he couldn’t discuss the terms of the agreement per a gag order from the judge overseeing the case. During their very public battle, the Lohans shot a series of accusations at each other, with Dina claiming that her husband was abusive, and Michael calling her a liar and demanding a cut of his daughter’s earnings. … Travis Barker and No Doubt‘s Adrian Young are facing off to see who is the better drummer at Guitar Center’s annual Drum Off in Los Angeles. The event, which will also feature Bad Religion, takes place January 14 at the Wiltern LG. …

Members of Korn, Linkin Park, the Offspring, Pennywise, Bad Religion and Taking Back Sunday will all be hosting a week’s worth of programming on “Hostile Takeover,” a new program that will debut Friday on Sirius Satellite Radio’s Faction channel. The hosts will play whatever tunes they like and take phone calls over the air. A definitive schedule is being worked out, but Pennywise are set to host the week of December 23 and Korn will take the week of January 6. … Bob Dylan has signed on to DJ on XM Satellite Radio. He’ll host a weekly hour-long radio show during which he’ll spin records, interview guests, take e-mails and offer commentary on music. “A lot of my own songs have been played on the radio, but this is the first time I’ve ever been on the other side of the mic,” Dylan said in a statement. The as-yet-untitled show will debut in March on XM’s Deep Tracks (channel 40). …

Jack Johnson, O.A.R. and Guster have donated rare or live tracks to Rock for Relief, a benefit compilation for Mercy Corps, which is providing relief to victims of the Indian Ocean tsunamis, hurricanes Katrina, Wilma and Rita and the earthquake in Pakistan. Tracks from Howie Day, Citizen Cope and Marc Broussard will also be included. … Josh Kelley has a holiday gift up for grabs for all you big spenders out there. He is auctioning off a fan package on eBay (dubbed “the ultimate Josh Kelley experience”) which will include a meet-and-greet with the singer/songwriter, backstage access before and after the show, a pass to his soundcheck, and the opportunity for you and three of your friends to sit onstage with him during his concert. The winner will also receive a signed Gibson Les Paul Electric Guitar valued at $1,200. Ninety percent of the proceeds go toward the Coalition on Donation, a nonprofit group of national organizations that urges people to donate life-saving organs and tissues to those in need. The auction ends Friday. …

What do you get the iPod enthusiast who has everything? Well, underwear manufacturer Play’s released its iBoxer, a button-fly boxer short that comes complete with a “front pocket which is perfect for holding your iPod” or cell phone. The undies are available in five colors and will set you back $22. Those who pick up two pairs will get three free song downloads from iTunes. … Buckcherry will release Fifteen, their first album in four years, in the spring. They shot the video for the first track, called “Crazy Bitch,” at the Key Club in Los Angeles with director Ulf Buddensieck. The song can be heard on their MySpace page at myspace.com/buckcherryworldwide. …

12.12.2005

Kanye West, Shakira, Maroon 5‘s Adam Levine, Fall Out Boy, the All-American Rejects, Young Jeezy and Common have been tapped to perform at MTV’s New Year’s Eve bash in New York’s Times Square, the channel announced Monday (December 12). The event will start airing live at 10:30 p.m. ET on December 31 and will also feature appearances from a host of celebs, including the Reverend Run and his family. …

It’s a match made in pop-punk heaven: New Found Glory guitarist Chad Gilbert and Eisley lead singer Sherri Dupree are engaged. Gilbert popped the question on Friday at the premiere of “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” at El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, because the book is Dupree’s favorite. “I did it in the lobby of the theater in front of the wardrobe,” Gilbert told MTV News via e-mail. “All the employees and people around were clapping. It was super funny. I was really nervous and could barely get the words out, which made the situation even funnier.” The couple met earlier this year on NFG’s Back to Basics Tour, and though there is no date set for their wedding, Gilbert did say that the couple plan on tying the knot after both bands complete the touring cycles for their respective new albums, which are both due next year. … On Saturday, Audioslave drummer Brad Wilk married his girlfriend of 10 years, singer Selene Vigil of Seven Year Bitch. According to a spokesperson for Audioslave, the wedding was an “intimate” affair, attended by the couple’s immediate family and held at Emerald Bay in Lake Tahoe, California. …

Mariah Carey‘s making sure you don’t forget about “Don’t Forget About Us” by offering five different remixes of the song on five different download sites. iTunes users can download a remix featuring Juelz Santana and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Yahoo! Music Engine users get the Quentin Harris (Shelter) anthem mix, Napster users can access the Tony Moran/ Warren Rigg dance version, Real/Rhapsody users get the Ralphi Rosario and Craig Martini version, and MSN Music users are being offered the Ralphi and Jody DB Anthomic dub remix …

Christina Aguilera helped celebrate the release of British jewelry designer Stephen Webster‘s Femme Fatale diamond collection by hosting an exclusive party at Los Angeles’ Chateau Marmont on Friday night. Christina and husband Jordan Bratman, Stacey Dash and Kate Walsh were all in attendance. … Now that Nicole Richie‘s shed fiance DJ AM, her fans can celebrate by wearing a “Simple Life” spoof T-shirt announcing the news of the breakup, which reads, “Nicole – Adam = The Single Life.” The shirts are available at Spreadshirt.com. Meanwhile, Richie is celebrating the release of her first novel, “The Truth About Diamonds,” at jeweler Judith Ripka’s Beverly Hills, California, boutique on Tuesday. …

Simple Plan have announced the formation of a charity aimed at helping at-risk teens. Called the Simple Plan Foundation, the organization will make donations to youth-oriented charities that deal with the hardships of drug addiction, depression, suicide and poverty. “These are issues that truly matter to us, because a lot of our fans go though difficult times,” the band said in a statement. “We are launching the Simple Plan Foundation to hopefully make a difference in their lives. We feel it’s the least we can do.” … U2 are being honored with the 2005 Ambassador of Conscience award, Amnesty International’s most prestigious human-rights honor, the organization announced Saturday. The band, whose song “One” has helped promote the worldwide One Campaign that strives to curb the global AIDS epidemic and extreme poverty, particularly in Africa, was praised for its more than two decades of work to promote and protect human rights for all. “From Live Aid in 1985 … through to Live 8 this past July, U2 has arguably done more than any other band to highlight the cause of global human rights in general and Amnesty International’s work in particular,” Irene Kahn, Amnesty’s secretary general, said in a statement. …

According to Godsmack bassist Robbie Merrill‘s blog, available at the National Hockey League’s Web site, the band is in a Los Angeles studio recording what will be its fifth studio LP and first since 2003′s Faceless. “We are at the end of our session, maybe two or three more weeks,” he wrote. “Then we will take a break for the holidays and then start up again in January to mix and master. I am personally loving the music. The band will have a meeting about the songs each bandmember loves and hates. All in all, it is going to be a bleeping good record.” … Alice in Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell underwent surgery on his left shoulder last week to repair his glenoid labrum — a ring of fibrocartilage that’s part of the shoulder joint. Some bone spurs were also removed. In a statement, Cantrell said, “It’s tough not being able to play for a while but I’m really looking forward to getting back out and performing without being in constant pain.” …

The management at the Alrosa Villa nightclub — the Columbus, Ohio, music venue where Pantera/ Damageplan guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott was killed — is having trouble luring metal bands to its stage. According to The Columbus Dispatch, booking agents and a few bands have all but blacklisted the club; in the year following the shootings, just eight national acts have performed there, compared with the 20-25 a year the venue hosted before Dime’s murder. “We’ve lost a tremendous amount of money, not because of Columbus customers, but because bands won’t play here,” club owner Rick Cautela told the paper. “And no band from Texas wants to play here.” …