For The Record: Quick News On Notorious B.I.G., Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Lindsay Lohan, Jessica Alba, Danger Mouse & More

Lawyers say Biggie's family misled court; Jolie and Pitt deny wedding talk; Jessica Alba replaces Lohan onscreen.

Lawyers representing the city of Los Angeles in the long-running Notorious B.I.G. (born Christopher Wallace) wrongful-death lawsuit lashed out against the slain rapper’s family in court papers filed Tuesday, The Associated Press reports. The attorneys accused the Wallace family of going to “odious” and “absurd” lengths to “satisfy their ambition to extract hundreds of millions of dollars” from the municipality. The city’s attorneys allege the Wallace family misled the court by claiming city attorneys and the Los Angeles Police Department withheld informant statements and additional evidence, linking two rogue cops to the rapper’s unsolved 1997 shooting death. One of the family’s attorneys, Perry Sanders, has denied any deliberate attempts to deceive the court. Dorothy Wolpert, one of the city’s attorneys, suggested in the filing that the Wallace family lied because they “were not happy with the way the trial was developing,” and asked U.S. District Judge Florence-Marie Cooper, who declared a mistrial in the wrongful-death case last July, to pave the way for a new trial to commence “as soon as [the court's] calendar will allow.” …

Hearing wedding bells for Brad and Angelina? Maybe your ears are ringing. “There is nothing in the air,” Jolie said Wednesday (June 7) during a news conference for local journalists in the Namibian coastal town of Swakopmund, The Associated Press reports. “The focus is the kids, and we are obviously extremely committed to the children and as parents together. So that kind of says it for us, and to have a ceremony on top of it is nothing.” The couple plans to leave Namibia in the coming days. “We are very proud that our daughter was born here,” Brad Pitt said, “and we leave with fond memories and definitely hungry to return.” The press conference was the couple’s first public appearance since the birth of their daughter, Shiloh Nouvel. In other Brangelina baby news, People and Hello! magazines, which bought publishing rights for the photos in the U.S. and U.K., respectively, have launched legal action against two Web sites that posted what appeared to be the upcoming cover of Hello! featuring a photo of the couple with their new baby. …

After announcing in mid-April that she would be joining the Aaron Eckhart comedy “Bill,” Lindsay Lohan has dropped out of the production because of a scheduling conflict, the film’s producers said. Lohan was set to play the part of Lucy, the friend of a rebellious teenage boy who Eckhart’s character mentors as he tries to find a new purpose in his life. Lohan will be replaced by Jessica Alba when filming starts Thursday in St. Louis. … Jennifer Lopez was honored Tuesday at the Women in Film’s Crystal and Lucy Awards in Los Angeles, and her husband Marc Anthony took out a full-page ad in Variety to show his support. The ad, designed as a mock page from a screenplay, described Lopez (who he called “Lola”) receiving her award. “Cut to: Marc Anthony, her proud husband, sitting in the audience aware of how lucky he is to be with the love of his life and sharing in this moment.” Geena Davis was also honored. …

Ashanti‘s former manager, Linda Berk, filed suit against the singer in a New York federal court on Tuesday, seeking millions of dollars in damages for breach of contract. According to a Reuters report, Berk — who co-managed along with Ashanti’s mother — claims that she was instrumental in guiding the career of the 25-year-old R&B singer from an unknown teen to a “music and entertainment superstar” before her contract was cut short in May 2003. Ashanti’s spokesperson said Berk’s contract expired and wasn’t renewed. … Police in Florida’s Miami-Dade County are investigating an act of vandalism that transpired outside the home of ex-2 Live Crew member Luther “Luke” Campbell Wednesday morning. A landscaping brick was allegedly thrown through the window of one of Campbell’s cars and had several notes attached to it. According to reports, one of the notes said ”Sign or die.” Miami police have not named a suspect in the incident. …

Danger Mouse will serve as the Artist in Residence at the 2006 Los Angeles Film Festival. The Gnarls Barkley/ Gorillaz producer has scheduled several films that have inspired his music, including Woody Allen‘s “Deconstructing Harry” and Richard Kelly‘s “Donnie Darko,” for his portion of the event. Danger Mouse will also partake in a pre-festival discussion June 12 at the Hammer Museum. … After nearly 16 years as lead singer, Paul Roberts has left the Stranglers to concentrate on his new band, Soulsec. Roberts joined the scowling British punks in the early ’90s after their original singer/guitarist, Hugh Cornwell, departed for a solo career. Initially renowned for deliberately provocative songs like “Bring on the Nubiles” and “Nice ‘N’ Sleazy,” the Stranglers gradually moved away from their willfully contemptuous origins toward mainstream pop in the late ’80s and maintained their sizable following in Europe throughout the ’90s with Roberts. Though longtime fans may pine for an unlikely reunion of the original foursome, the Stranglers plan to soldier on with guitarist Baz Warne assuming vocal duties. …

Queen Latifah knows rap, soul, acting — and politics? The singer/actress was on Capitol Hill Wednesday to advocate for a National Women’s Confidence Day, according to AP. “I got the support I needed from my mother, grandmother and aunts. But many women today do not have the confidence they need,” Latifah said, backing the day of observance Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) wants celebrated in June. How does Congresswoman Dana Owens sound? … Bunny Wailer — who played with Bob Marley as part of the original Wailers — is hooking up with his late friend’s sons on this summer’s Roots, Rock, Reggae Festival, AP reports. The 59-year-old legend will be on the bill alongside Stephen and Ziggy Marley when the monthlong tour kicks off August 6 in Redway, California. …

After struggling for nearly three years, the founders of WeirdAlStar.com — the Web site dedicated to raising the $15,000 necessary to land “Weird” Al Yankovic his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame — have announced that they’ve finally reached their goal. The $15,000 needed for the honor will be sent (along with Al’s application) to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, which will decide later this month if he’s worthy of a star. If all goes according to plan, Yankovic could have people walking all over him by 2007. … The first pressing of the New York Dolls‘ July 25 release, One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This, will feature a 45-minute making-of DVD chronicling the creation of the seminal rock act’s first album in more than 30 years. The DVD will also boast a special bonus tune called “17.” …

The Jared Leto-led 30 Seconds to Mars have extended their touring plans by 17 gigs. The band is booked to play Louisville, Kentucky, on June 17, followed by stops in Knoxville, Tennessee; Buffalo, New York; Hartford, Connecticut; Asbury Park, New Jersey; Salt Lake City; and Denver. The group’s traveling plans end with an August 5 appearance at this year’s Lollapalooza festival in Chicago. … Disco-pop act Scissor Sisters and Scandinavian shoegazers Serena Maneesh have been added to the 6th annual Village Voice Siren Music Festival lineup, which already includes She Wants Revenge, Stars, Tapes ‘N Tapes and the Stills. Other new additions include Man Man, the Roger Sisters and Deadboy & the Elephantmen. The Siren fest takes place at New York’s Coney Island on July 15. …

Stone Sour recently shot a video with director Tony Petrossian (Head Automatica, Avenged Sevenfold) for the track “Through Glass,” the first single off of the band’s forthcoming album Come What(ever) May. The album’s set to hit stores August 1, with the single expected to hit rock radio’s airwaves later this month. … Long Island, New York, hardcore legends Vision of Disorder, who have temporarily reunited for a spate of summer gigs, looked to have added some dates to their schedule. In addition to the band’s appearances on the Sounds of the Underground Tour July 16 in Camden, New Jersey, and the Strhess Tour 2006 on August 12 in Worcester, Massachusetts, Vision of Disorder have booked an August 11 gig at Club Ritual in Levittown, New York, with God Forbid, and another for August 13 — same town and venue — with Nora. …

Ozomatli will kick off the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour’s Toyota Hermosa Beach Open with a free concert at California’s Hermosa Beach Pier on Friday. The band’s performance, scheduled to begin at 6 p.m., will feature songs from their Grammy-winning Street Signs as well as new music. … If listening to discs from the Kidz Bop Kids has you wishing you could experience the sound of top hits (by everyone from Rihanna to Green Day) performed by children live, you’re in luck. Club Kidz Bop, billed as an “interactive concert,” will be entertaining Six Flags theme parks this summer. The tour, which kicks off Wednesday at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington, will hit parks across the country before wrapping up at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California, on September 3.

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Lindsay Lohan teamed up with Karl Lagerfeld; Jessica Simpson stole Diddy‘s thunder; and Janet Jackson, Terrence Howard and Mrs. Marilyn Manson, Dita Von Teese, filled out the audience at Monday night’s Council of Fashion Designers of America Fashion Awards, ELLE.com reports. Diddy’s late arrival was trumped by Simpson’s — although the two did pose together on the green carpet. Lohan reminisced about the many bags she’s bought before presenting the Accessory Designer of the Year honors to Tom Binns. And Scarlett Johansson handed the Womenswear Designer of the Year prize to Calvin Klein‘s Francisco Costa at the fashion industry’s big night, which took place at the New York Public Library’s Celeste Bartos Forum. (Check out shots of Rihanna, Amanda Bynes, Heidi Klum and more decked out in their fashion-awards best. ) …

Ever since Billy Corgan announced last summer that he was resurrecting the Smashing Pumpkins, fans have been wondering just who will be joining the revival. So far, we know Corgan’s longtime right-hand man, sinewy drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, is on board. But could Eric Avery, the erstwhile bassist for Jane’s Addiction, be interested in the slot left vacant by Melissa Auf Der Maur and original bassist D’Arcy Wretzky before her? Perhaps. According to a spokesperson for the Pumpkins’ management, Avery “has been rehearsing with [the band] in their pre-production of the new record, but nothing [has been] confirmed in regards to [Avery joining the Pumpkins].” There’s no word on whether Corgan has reached out to either original guitarist James Iha or Wretzky to return to the fold, but Auf Der Maur has expressed interest in playing a role in the Pumpkins’ return. …

People magazine has won the bidding war over the exclusive photos of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt‘s new daughter, Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt. The magazine will feature the pics in its next issue, which hits newsstands Friday. Jolie and Pitt have yet to announce the charity or charities that will receive the money raised from the sale. … Dr. Dre, Bow Wow, Natalie Cole and Platinum Weird (Kara DioGuardi and Dave Stewart‘s new band) have been added to the Los Angeles chapter of the Recording Academy’s Honors ceremony, which will recognize Snoop Dogg and MySpace.com co-founders Tom Anderson and Chris DeWolfe. Nate Dogg and Warren G are also expected to attend the event Thursday in Hollywood. …

Britney Spears might not be able to make Kevin Federline clean up, but put the man on a magazine cover and he’ll cut his hair, shave off his stubble and actually wear a suit, as he does in the new issue of Item magazine, on newsstands Thursday (Click to see photos of Kevin Federline’s new look ). K-Fed tells the mag that he just can’t win: “If I stay home and take care of my wife and my kids, then I am a loafer, not a good father. If I try to have a career, nobody thinks I am caring for my family. … I should just put a bull’s-eye on my back.” Federline said that while people may think that he’s a freeloader, he’s going to make sure his kids appreciate hard work and the value of money. “It’s completely unfair when a child is brought into this world and now he’s already looked at like a prince. My kids are going to have to learn what a real job is, what life is. You don’t have it easy with me. Period. … My kids are going to work at Taco Bell, dammit!” …

Mariah Carey is expecting a “whole slew” of featured guests on her upcoming tour, to help re-create her classic collabos, but the guest she’s most looking forward to seeing is Jermaine Dupri. “I would hope Jermaine is going to make it to a couple of shows,” she said. “I love everybody I work with, but Jermaine is my favorite person to collaborate with because he is a great artist as well as producer as well as collaborator. We work together. A lot of times, I will just work on a melody and lyrics by myself and get a beat from somebody or tell them, ‘Here’s what I’m feeling,’ and they’ll play it on the piano. But Jermaine and I can sit there, work together, and really collaborate and have fun.” … Lady Sovereign, Badly Drawn Boy, Zero 7, Rogue Wave and the Veronicas are among the new additions to Seattle’s Bumbershoot fest, scheduled for September 2-4. They join Kanye West, AFI and Yellowcard, among others. …

To commemorate punk rock’s 30th birthday, Sanctuary Records will release U.S. Vs. U.K. Punk, a 16-track collection featuring selections from several pioneering British and American — well, New York and Los Angeles — punk acts, including the Sex Pistols, the Ramones and the Damned, but not the Clash. The disc will boast a demo version of the Pistols’ “Anarchy in the U.K.,” along with live and rare cuts from the Buzzcocks, Generation X, Sham 69, the New York Dolls, Dead Boys, Black Flag and Suicidal Tendencies. … Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor has teamed with Iowa-based metallers Facecage to launch a new record label. Called Great Big Mouth Records, the label will issue Facecage’s forthcoming album, Facecage III, on July 15. Taylor, who produced the Facecage LP, has no plans at this time to add to the label’s roster. …

Monday night’s 65th annual Peabody Awards ceremony was full of comedy and tragedy thanks to host Jon Stewart and statues for everything from Hurricane Katrina coverage to poop jokes on “South Park.” According to The Hollywood Reporter, Stewart opened with his typical deadpan humor, saying, “Here at the Peabodys, I’m a satirist … It’s very important, what I do, and you’re lucky to have me.” The awards, presented by the University of Georgia, honor “distinguished achievement and meritorious service” by radio and television networks, which explains why the biggest cheers were reserved for “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone for their 10 years of satirical cartoon mayhem. Awards also went to director Martin Scorsese for his PBS “American Masters” documentary “Bob Dylan: No Direction Home” and four TV news teams for their Katrina coverage. …

Meat Loaf is suing longtime collaborator, songwriter Jim Steinman, for $50 million and the use of the phrase “Bat Out of Hell.” In a lawsuit filed May 26, the singer claims that Steinman and former manager David Sonenberg have tried to block the October release of Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose. Meat Loaf’s suit alleges that Steinman — who wrote Meat Loaf’s 1977 album Bat Out of Hell and the 1993 follow-up Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell — wrongly claimed exclusive use of the phrase in a 1995 patent application. Steinman wrote six songs for Bat Out of Hell III, which was produced by Desmond Child and features Mötley Crüe‘s Nikki Sixx and Marilyn Manson‘s Jon 5. “Meat Loaf will not be bullied by anyone,” attorney Skip Miller said in a statement. “He will continue to use the title ‘Bat Out of Hell’ in any way he wants.”

[This story was originally published at 2:00 pm E.T. on 06.07.2006]