For The Record: Quick News On Master P, Natalie Portman, Tool, Sharon Osbourne, Devo 2.0 & More

Rapper strikes plea deal over gun charges; actress prefers reading to partying; Tool set release date.

Master P and younger brother Silkk the Shocker have struck a plea deal with prosecutors, resolving the felony gun charges stemming from their arrests more than a year ago at the University of California at Los Angeles, according to Reuters. On Monday (March 13) they were each sentenced to 40 hours of community service and ordered to pay a $700 fine as part of the deal. P (real name Percy Miller) pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of carrying a loaded and unregistered weapon while Silkk (real name Vyshonne Miller) pleaded guilty to a felony charge of carrying an unregistered and loaded firearm. Silkk was also sentenced to three years of supervised probation. …

Maybe Natalie Portman really is as straight-laced as she seems. In the April issue of Vanity Fair, on newsstands Tuesday, the 24-year-old “V for Vendetta” star admits she prefers reading to partying, Converse to Manolos and a style that’s classily demure to scantily clad — but that doesn’t stop the starlet from letting loose once in a while. “Granted, I’m not super scandalous, but I’ve had drunken nights out, you know?” Portman admitted to the mag. She also reveals she still remains very close with her folks, who haven’t hesitated to speak their minds on her roles. “[During 'The Professional'] my dad had stipulations on how many drags on a cigarette I could take, how many times I could curse,” she recalled of her 1994 breakthrough role. “I wasn’t actually allowed to inhale. My dad would have people standing behind me, blowing the smoke out.” …

Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne appeared Friday on “The Howard Stern Show” to discuss Black Sabbath‘s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Sharon also addressed the egging incident targeting Iron Maiden that took place back during the band’s final performance on last summer’s Ozzfest. Sharon admitted that she orchestrated the fiasco, paying “200 Hispanic kids” to carry out the attack. She also commented that Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson‘s performance was diminished because of the “eggshells in his mouth.” … Phil Anselmo, former Pantera frontman and current Superjoint Ritual singer, joined the reunited Alice in Chains Friday night for the taping of VH1 Classic’s “Decades Rock Live!” tribute to Heart. At the concert, which took place at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Anselmo actually took the microphone for two Alice tracks, “Them Bones” and “Would?” …

Tool‘s forthcoming 10,000 Days will hit stores May 2. The LP will feature 11 tracks, including “Vicarious,” “Lipan Conjuring” and “Viginti Tres.” … Those adorable faux new-wave moppets Devo 2.0 will take their show on the road later this month to support their debut CD/DVD, which will be released Tuesday. The tweens, who play their own instruments, will perform their peppy covers of Devo songs during an 11-date tour of U.S. junior high and high schools that kicks off March 27 in Boston. The tour — which will hit schools in New York, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Detroit, Chicago and Minneapolis — will help raise support and awareness of music education in schools. …

Nine Inch Nails will release a single for “Every Day Is Exactly the Same” April 4. The track, taken from the Nails’ latest disc, With Teeth, will be accompanied by remixes, including a Sam Fog and Carlos D (Interpol) take on the title track, two reworkings of “The Hand That Feeds” (one provided by Death From Above 1979) and a couple of new interpretations of the song “Only.” … Due that same day is Thrice‘s Red Sky EP, which will feature four live tracks and two previously unreleased B-sides: “Flags of Dawn” and “Weight of Glory.” … One more April 4 treat for good measure: the Goo Goo Dolls‘ ninth studio album, Let Love In. The record will include the hit single “Better Days,” but according to singer Johnny Rzeznik, that’s the only ballad on the disc. …

Sonic Youth may be without fifth member Jim O’Rourke for their newest outing, but the band is apparently still buff — their newest album will be titled Rather Ripped. Due June 13 and produced by the band, SY’s 20th effort was recorded at Sear Sound in New York, where they tracked Sister and Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star. Songs on Rather Ripped include “Pink Steam,” “Incinerate,” “Rapture” and “The Neutral.” A summer tour is being planned, as is a stop at this summer’s Lollapalooza. … Offspring singer Dexter Holland is set to run the Los Angeles Marathon on March 19 to raise money for the Innocence Project, a nonprofit legal clinic that handles cases where post-conviction DNA testing of evidence can yield conclusive proof of innocence. “All I want to do is beat Oprah,” the singer said in a statement. Oprah’s previous marathon time is 4 hours, 29 minutes and 30 seconds. …

Adema have found a frontman in Bobby Reeves, formerly of Los Angeles rockers Level. According to an online post from bassist Dave DeRoo, Reeves possesses “the attitude, the voice and the vocal range to bust out anything from our catalog, and we’ve never sounded better.” He replaces Luke Caraccioli, who left the band last fall. … Emo rockers Emanuel were involved in a car accident in San Antonio, Texas, over the weekend. No one in the band was seriously injured, but the group’s van, trailer and equipment weren’t as fortunate. With their mode of transportation and instruments mangled, Emanuel have been forced to drop off their current tour with 30 Seconds to Mars and Aiden. The trek was scheduled to run through the end of the month.

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Kristin Cavallari, who will guest star on UPN’s “Veronica Mars” Wednesday (her own series, “Get This Party Started,” is currently on hiatus), admits in Blender magazine’s April issue that she has it bad for Johnny Depp. “Maybe I’ll go stalk him in Paris,” she said. “He’s an amazing actor and that’s really sexy.” Who else does the “Laguna Beach” bad girl find sexy? Musicians. “I’ve never been attracted to jocks,” she explained. “Musicians are more down-to-earth. They just have more to talk about.” And if “Laguna” left you thinking Cavallari was all body and no brains, think again. “I did, like, really well in high school. I got a 3.6 GPA.” …

Ashanti, Fabolous and Ice Cube were among the celebrities who attended a party Wednesday to celebrate the launch of Nelly, Daddy Yankee, Mike Jones and Lupe Fiasco‘s respective shoe lines with Reebok. Nick Cannon, Diana DeGarmo and Mario were also on hand to hear DJ Whoo Kid spin. … Kelis has set a June 13 release date for her fourth album, which she recently retitled Kelis Was Here (originally it was The Puppeteer). Husband Nas and Too Short guest on the album, and Will.I.Am, Linda Perry, Scott Storch, Raphael Saadiq and Max Martin lend a hand in production. …

My Chemical Romance and recently reformed New Jersey screamo legends Lifetime will play a free concert for the Shirts for a Cure Project at next week’s South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. At the show — scheduled for March 17 at Emo’s — three very limited T-shirts will be on sale, with all proceeds going to Shirts for a Cure, which provides support to underprivileged women battling breast cancer. Other acts on the bill include Head Automatica and the Loved Ones. … Everyone’s favorite wizard Harry Potter has apparently cast a spell on consumers, with “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” having racked up the highest first-day sales total so far for the series — 5 million — when the DVD hit stores Tuesday. So far “Goblet” has pulled in more than $288 million in U.S. box-office sales and more than $600 million internationally since it was released in November. …

While Three 6 Mafia were busy celebrating their history-making honor Sunday night for taking home the best-song Oscar for “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp,” their former comrade Robert Cooper (a.k.a. Koopsta Knicca) found himself behind bars at a Memphis, Tennessee, jail, according to The Commercial Appeal, a newspaper based out of the Southern hip-hoppers’ hometown. The rapper, who left Mafia in 2000 and has had his share of legal troubles over the years, was slated to appear in court Thursday on charges of aggravated robbery and aggravated assault, stemming from a recent incident where he allegedly broke into a home and robbed three people at gunpoint of more than $7,000 and other personal belongings. … On Thursday the Recording Industry Association of America announced the grand-jury indictments of two men on charges of violating copyright laws by posting songs from the Ryan Adams & the Cardinals album Jacksonville City Nights to a Web site before the album’s official release. The men, from Milwaukee and — coincidentally enough — Jacksonville, Florida, were busted under a provision of the copyright law passed as part of the Family Entertainment Copyright Act in April 2005 intended to prosecute pre-release music piracy. The indictments are believed to be the first under the pre-release provision of the act, and if convicted on all counts, each faces up to 11 years in prison. …

Staind will be back on the road in late April, with support acts Three Days Grace and Hurt in tow. Just 11 dates have been finalized for the trek so far — the first, April 20 in McAllen, Texas, and the last, May 6 in Jackson, Mississippi. … Before entering the studio to record the forthcoming IV, Godsmack came up with around 40 fresh tunes, 18 of which were put to tape. When the album hits stores April 25, it’ll contain between 11 and 13 tracks. So what will happen to that leftover material? Some of the unrecorded tunes will surface in time — but won’t feature singer Sully Erna‘s pipes. Godsmack drummer Shannon Larkin, bassist Robbie Merrill and guitarist Tony Rombola have formed a side project called Another Animal, through which the cuts will live. And they’ve recruited Ugly Kid Joe frontman Whitfield Crane to front the act. Another Animal plan to record the songs later this year. …

Sparta will enter a Los Angeles recording studio March 21 with producer Dave Bassett (Lisa Loeb, the Troys) to begin tracking their forthcoming, yet-untitled third album. It’ll be the band’s first studio offering with new guitarist Keeley Davis, formerly of Engine Down. “After one meeting with Dave, we knew we had found our guy,” said drummer Tony Hajjar. “Dave wants to approach this record by concentrating on every aspect, from every drum hit to every word, to make each song stand on its own. That is exactly what we wanted to do with this record. We’ve written 27 songs and can’t wait to get started.” The disc is slated for a September 26 release. … On March 21 the Black Crowes will release their first-ever concert DVD, “Freak ‘N’ Roll … Into the Fog: The Black Crowes All Join Hands – The Fillmore, San Francisco” which was filmed over the course of the band’s five-night stand at the historic venue in August. The DVD features 19 tracks plus behind-the-scenes footage …

New York dance-punk rockers the Rapture are midway through recording their yet-untitled sophomore album. The quartet has already roped in Bloc Party collaborator Paul Epworth and Chemical Brothers producer Ewan Pearson to produce tracks. The band is also heading out to L.A. in April to work with Gorillaz producer Danger Mouse, according to management. The first single is expected in August, with the album to follow. … Regina Spektor will hit the road April 8 in Montreal to hype her upcoming album, Begins to Hope. The jaunt winds down May 16 in Los Angeles, and the album is due June 13.