For The Record: Quick News On Justin Timberlake, Korn, Bobby Valentino, C-Murder, Coldplay, Hawthorne Heights & More

Timberlake film goes straight to DVD; Korn play acoustically on TV; Valentino working with Rodney Jerkins.

Justin Timberlake will not be making his big-screen debut in “Edison” after all. The crime drama — now titled “Edison Force” — that also stars LL Cool J and Oscar winners Morgan Freeman and Kevin Spacey, is bypassing theatrical release to go direct to DVD. The good news for Timberlake fans is that the disc hits stores Tuesday. And Timberlake’s “Alpha Dog” — based on a 2000 murder allegedly involving Jesse James Hollywood — has prosecutors in Santa Barbara, California, in hot water. Lawyers for Hollywood have asked an appeals court to take the Santa Barbara County district attorney’s office off the murder case because Deputy District Attorney Ron Zonen shared confidential files with producers of the film, the Los Angeles Times reports. Hollywood was apprehended in Brazil last year for the 2000 kidnapping and killing of a 15-year-old boy. Appellate justices are expected to enter their decision — which could take Zonen or the entire D.A.’s office off the case — in two or three months. …

Korn will perform acoustically for the first time ever on TV Tuesday. Jonathan Davis and company will strip down “Coming Undone” and “Twisted Transistor” on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” in part to promote their upcoming Family Values Tour. … Bobby Valentino has a Special Occasion brewing for September 19. The R&B singer’s second LP — being issued by DTP/ Island Def Jam — will feature production by Rodney Jerkins, Sean Garrett and Dre & Vidal. …

A judge has released C-Murder from home confinement, characterizing his participation in a home-monitoring program as a “burden” on the police department in Gretna, Louisiana, The Associated Press reports. C-Murder is awaiting a retrial on a second-degree murder charge stemming from the 2002 slaying of a 16-year-old boy at a now-defunct nightclub in Harvey, Louisiana. The rapper has been under house arrest since March 20. Prosecutors had petitioned a judge to send C-Murder back to jail, claiming he’d violated the terms of his home confinement by moving outside the range of the police’s monitoring equipment numerous times. …

Actor/filmmaker Zach Braff has already released one indie-friendly soundtrack with his directorial debut, “Garden State,” so it’s no surprise that his next film, “The Last Kiss,” also features a list of indie-rock tearjerkers. Braff posted the track list for the movie’s soundtrack on his Web site. The disc — featuring tracks by Coldplay, Fiona Apple, Rufus Wainwright, Snow Patrol, Rachel Yamagata and Imogen Heap — is due August 9. … Hawthorne Heights, Relient K, Emery, Plain White T’s and the Sleeping have been tapped to perform on the fourth annual Nintendo Fusion Tour, which kicks off September 27. As with previous versions of the tour, the bands are only part of the attraction: Fans will get a chance to test out a variety of new Nintendo products, including the anxiously awaited Wii, Nintendo’s next-gen system. …

Gnarls Barkley and Peeping Tom will head out on a 10-date run that starts Thursday in Costa Mesa, California. Peeping Tom will also play several headlining gigs with the Dub Trio on Gnarls tour off-nights. The trek concludes August 17 in New York. … What’s the perfect date for a band like Slipknot to release a DVD? Halloween, naturally. Slipknot are tentatively planning to issue the yet-untitled follow-up to 2002′s Disasterpieces on October 31. There’s no word yet on what footage the disc will feature. … Australians have had enough of Barry Manilow, apparently. Officials have been blasting his music at the Cook Park Reserve outside of Sydney as a way of keeping people away from the park at night on the weekend, AP reports. The six-month campaign, which only started recently, already has locals peeved. …

Mastodon will head out on a U.S. headlining run with Converge and the Bronx that’s set to kick off in Baltimore on September 6. The band has 14 gigs lined up through September 23 in Seattle, with stops planned in New York, Chicago, Detroit and Portland, Oregon. Mastodon’s forthcoming LP, Blood Mountain, is due September 12. … The Bled‘s Michael Pedicone has been recruited to fill in for Helmet drummer Mike Jost, who has stepped off this summer’s Warped Tour following the recent birth of his child. Pedicone will play two sets on each Warped date, one with his own band and one with Helmet. He learned all of the songs in Helmet’s set in a single day. … Ill Niño have officially parted ways with Roadrunner Records, less than a year after the release of the band’s third album, One Nation Underground. Ill Nino guitarist Ahrue Luster and wife, Xylia, welcomed a baby girl Friday. …

Calexico have set aside the month of September for touring. After hitting up a variety of festivals — Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits and Touch and Go’s 25th anniversary shindig among them — the band will play September 18 in New Orleans. From that day forward, Calexico will play daily (except for one day off, September 26) through the end of the month, closing with a show in Lawrence, Kansas. … TV on the Radio have set September 12 as the release date for their upcoming album, Return to Cookie Mountain. A video for the single “Wolf Like Me” was shot this weekend in Brooklyn, New York, by director John Watts. … Canadian orchestral rockers the Dears have finalized the U.S. release of their upcoming third album. Due October 3, Gang of Losers will be released on Arts & Crafts, the label home to Stars and Broken Social Scene. …

Roger O’Donnell, keyboardist for the Cure, has remixed “Cutting Ballons” by Cassettes Won’t Listen, and the fresh version will be posted Tuesday on Stereogum.com. … Rockers Clinic and indie-folk group Adem who share the same homeland (Britain) and record label (Domino), have announced records coming out this fall. Adem’s sophomore disc, Love and Other Planets, will be released September 12 and Clinic’s fourth album, Visitations, is due October 10. … Primal Scream frontman Bobby Gillespie was assaulted in a hotel bar in Madrid, Spain, on Friday, BBC News reports. The singer was advised by a doctor not to fly to the U.K. — where the band was due to perform on “Top of the Pops” — until Sunday afternoon, though he was able to play a show in Barcelona as scheduled on Saturday. Gillespie’s manager said the singer is back home and doing well despite two black eyes.

07.14.2006

Justin Timberlake hit the stage at London’s Hammersmith Palais on Thursday night for a set that showcased songs from his upcoming album, FutureSex/ LoveSounds along with Justified favorites. Timbaland joined Timberlake onstage during the intimate gig, which sold out in four minutes. (Check out photos of Justin rocking the crowd right here.) Timberlake’s video for “SexyBack” premieres on MTV’s “Making the Video” July 25 at 4:30 p.m. ET. …

A civil court jury, in a split decision Friday (July 14), awarded former Michael Jackson business associate F. Marc Schaffel $900,000, The Associated Press reported. Schaffel originally sued for $3.8 million in the money dispute. The jury also awarded Jackson $200,000 in his cross-complaint against Schaffel. …

Don’t worry, Britney Spears fans: The singer says she has no intention of packing in her performing career when her second child arrives. “After this baby, I’m going to get really intense with it,” Spears told Harper’s Bazaar, explaining that she’s looking forward to getting back into fighting shape once her baby is born. The pregnant pop star — who poses nude in the magazine’s August issue — said she “can’t wait” to return to the stage, “but I really have to take my time and do it right and be safe. Actually … not that safe. When you perform, you have to be dangerous.” …

She plays Scarlett Johansson‘s best friend in next year’s “The Nanny Diaries,” an assassin in the upcoming “Smokin’ Aces,” and for a new project, Alicia Keys will be taking on the role of a producer — and a witch. Keys and producer/partner Jeff Robinson have signed a first-look film production deal to develop live-action and animated projects with Disney, Variety reports. Their first film, a remake of the 1958 comedy “Bell, Book and Candle,” will star Keys as a witch who casts a love spell to lure a rival’s fiance. … Chris Brown will perform on Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance” on Thursday. The live one-hour results show airs at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Fox. …

Cobra Starship, the project featuring Midtown’s Gabe Saporta and a who’s who of the MySpace scene — including members of the Academy Is …, Gym Class Heroes and the All-American Rejects — will celebrate the release of Snakes on a Plane: The Album, featuring their song “Snakes on a Plane: Bring It,” with a show at the Key Club in Los Angeles on August 16. … Pete Doherty wants a chemical implant to help him beat his drug addiction, he told a judge in London on Thursday. During a progress review of his drug-rehabilitation program, the troubled Babyshambles rocker said he will, within the next two weeks, have a small implant that would stop him from getting high off opiates placed in his abdomen. “You are going in the right direction,” Judge Jane McIvor told Doherty, who has yet to pass a drug test while in rehab. “I think your concentration should be, within six months of the order, to get a negative test.” …

Scottish band Travis stopped by No. 10 Downing Street in London on Thursday to leave a note stuck to the door for British Prime Minister Tony Blair. “Some steps forward,” the giant Post-It read. “Much more to do at G8. Make poverty history.” This year’s G8 summit begins Saturday in Saint Petersburg, Russia. You can send your own reminder to G8 leaders at Live8Live.com. … Muse will begin a three-week North American tour Tuesday in San Francisco in support of their recently released LP, Black Holes and Revelations. The trek will make a total of 14 stops — including gigs in San Diego, Denver, Chicago, Boston and New York — before winding down August 6 in Atlanta. … The Yeah Yeah Yeahs asked fans to strut their best YYY stuff on camera for the band’s Cheated Hearts clip, and hours of video — of lipsticked men posing as Karen O and rec room interpretations of Brian Chase and Nick Zinner — poured in. The final “Cheated Hearts” video and select outtakes are posted at YeahYeahYeahs.com. …

Mastodon will be issuing a limited edition 7-inch for the tracks “Crystal Skill” and “Capillarian Crest,” which both appear on the band’s forthcoming LP Blood Mountain, due September 12. Look for the 7-inch to surface August 8. … A 40-year-old man who stabbed four people inside the Masquerade nightclub in Ybor City, Florida, during a Corrosion of Conformity concert June 23, 2005, pleaded guilty Thursday to second-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder, two counts of aggravated battery with a knife and aggravated assault with a knife, the St. Petersburg Times reports. Pyne, who killed Thomas Laskas and stabbed Laskas’ wife, Wendy, and two other concertgoers, will be sentenced July 24. …

Gap will host free, all-ages concerts at select stores on the next three Thursdays. The Chicago flagship (located at 555 North Michigan Avenue) will host Love Arcade (July 20), Living Things (July 27) and Plain White T’s (August 3). A Los Angeles store (Grove at Farmer’s Market) will feature Graham Colton Band with Joe Purdy (July 20), Waking Ashland (July 27) and the Hush Sound (August 3). New York’s 680 Fifth Avenue shop will be rocked by Mike Doughty with Tristan Prettyman (July 20), Matt White (July 27) and Army of Me (August 3). A San Francisco Gap 2040 Chestnut Street) hosts Thriving Ivory with Samantha Stollenwerck (July 20), American Music Club with Graham Colton (July 27) and Ronnie Day (August 3). … Lennon, who released her debut album, 5:30 Saturday Morning, in 2001, will end her recording silence with Damaged Goods, due September 19. So what’s taken so long?” I’ve spent the last three years making sure it would be an album I’m truly proud of, and it is,” the singer/songwriter/pianist said.