For The Record: Quick News On 50 Cent, Game, Fergie, Killers, Prince, Metallica, Dimebag Darrell & More

50 joining De Niro in cop film; Game sued by police; Fergie, Killers play Billboard awards.

50 Cent and Robert De Niro are in final negotiations to co-star in “New Orleans,” a police thriller set against the backdrop of Hurricane Katrina, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The independent film follows a cop (De Niro) who thinks his partner was killed by the storm. 50 plays De Niro’s new partner. The duo delve into the underworld of police corruption, where they learn that the fallen cop was shot to death. …

Five Greensboro, North Carolina, police officers have filed a defamation suit against the Game and his associates, The Associated Press reports. The five officers, who were involved in the rapper’s October 2005 arrest at a North Carolina mall, say they were libeled and slandered by the Game, who compared his arrest to that of Rodney King in an interview. Officers Hien Nguyen, Matthew Brown, Ryan Childrey, Romaine Watkins and David Greare are also protesting the distribution of a video of the arrest — on a DVD promoted as including footage of the Game “being wrongfully arrested and brutalized by the police in North Carolina.” Each officer seeks more than $10,000 in damages. …

Fergie, the Killers and Janet Jackson will perform at the 2006 Billboard Music Awards, airing live December 4 on Fox. Chris Brown, Rihanna and “American Idol” finalists Katharine McPhee and Chris Daughtry are also scheduled to appear at the ceremony. … Elton John, Celine Dion, Barry Manilow … and Prince? The purple rocker has signed on to open up his own nightclub, 3121, inside the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas, where he’ll perform every Friday and Saturday night beginning November 10. Tickets to see the singer in the intimate 1,500-seat venue will cost $125, and Prince will also host Wednesday night shows by other artists, with a pre-announcement site featuring images of Cee-Lo, Patti LaBelle, Sheila E, Esthero, Floetry and Maceo Parker though it has not been announced what tie those artists have to the club. …

A guitar pick used by late Pantera/Damageplan guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott during a junior high school talent show back in 1982 fetched more than $342 during a recent eBay auction. The seller purchased the pick years ago from someone who went to the same school as Dime. The auction also included the talent-show flyer as well as a newspaper clipping about the event. … The first in a series of gearshift knobs inspired by Metallica‘s James Hetfield will be available for purchase at the Metallica club store starting today. Only 100 resin knobs were produced, and are available in four colors: flesh, metal gray, copper and green. The first 25 were signed by Hetfield, and are priced at $69.95. … Thrice singer Dustin Kensrue will release his debut solo LP, Please Come Home, on January 23. The album is a blend of folk, blues, country and soul. …

Bassist Johnny Colt, formerly of the Black Crowes and Train, will be filling in for Voivod‘s Jason Newsted during Rock Star Supernova‘s upcoming North American tour, which launches New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas. Newsted is on the mend after suffering a torn anterior labrum in his left shoulder and a rotator cuff and bicep tear in his right following an accident, during which the bassist tried to catch a 90-pound bass head that had fallen off the top of his amp. Surgery to repair his injuries, and subsequent rehab, could sideline Newsted for nine months. … Dave Matthews Band are calling on fans in an effort to get out the vote. “Election Day is one week away,” an e-mail sent Tuesday to DMB fans read. “Dave Matthews Band wants to encourage everyone to let your voice be heard by remembering to vote on Election Day.” The campaign, run by non-partisan voter-registration organization HeadCount.org, will also reach fans who have signed up to receive updates from Phish, the Grateful Dead, O.A.R, Gov’t Mule, moe., String Cheese Incident Umphrey’s McGee and the Disco Biscuits — whose bassist, Marc Brownstein, is a co-chair of HeadCount.org. …

The bitch is back. Elton John played a three-hour set featuring hits including “Bennie and the Jets,” “Daniel” and “Levon” to a packed house at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in New York on Wednesday. As he introduced songs from his latest album, The Captain & the Kid, the outspoken entertainer commented that while the disc has been out since mid-September, “nobody would know it. My record label isn’t doing anything to help. F— Universal. Please drop me. I’m 58 and I don’t care anymore.” John wraps up his current tour with a second show at Nassau Coliseum on Thursday (November 2). … Kylie Minogue will return to the stage on November 11 in Sydney, Australia, more than a year after being diagnosed with breast cancer, according to her official Web site. Minogue, 38, who underwent successful surgery in May, followed by chemotherapy, will also pick up some European dates she was forced to cancel last year after the revelation of the disease. … Actress Zoe Saldana hosted a Hennessy “Suite Spot” event Wednesday night at G Spa in Manhattan that brought out partygoers including Lance Bass and his partner Reichen Lehmkuhl, as well as tennis star Andy Roddick and “America’s Top Model” season-five winner Nicole Linkletter. …

“Speed Racer” is about to enter “The Matrix.” The brothers behind the sci-fi action trilogy, Larry and Andy Wachowski, have signed on to write and direct a live-action version of the popular 1960s cartoon series. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the duo’s take on the iconic cartoon will follow the adventures of the young race-car driver Speed on his quest for glory in his thundering gadget-laden vehicle, Mach 5. Producer Joel Silver said the Wachowskis are approaching the racing scenes “in a way you’ve never seen before.” The family-friendly movie is scheduled for a summer 2008 release. … The remake of “Revenge of the Nerds,” produced by Adam Brody of “The O.C.” and starring Kristin Cavallari as a sorority sister, is officially on hiatus, Variety reports. Atlanta’s Emory University backed out of a deal with Fox Atomic to allow one-third of the film to be shot there. A Fox Atomic representative said the cast and crew remain intact, and the studio still plan to release the film in August. …

Seminal noise-rockers Sonic Youth are delivering an early Christmas gift this year. On December 12, the veteran band will release The Destroyed Room: B-Sides and Rarities. The 12-track disc will compile material culled from the band’s career with Geffen Records, focusing on tracks previously only available on vinyl including an Alice Cooper cover and a version of 1995′s “The Diamond Sea” with an alternate ending. … File-sharing network Kazaa has tentatively resolved the last of the major lawsuits it was facing by agreeing to a $10 million payment to the National Music Publishers’ Association, according to The New York Times. Though the terms of the deal remain confidential, a source told the paper that in addition to the payment, Kazaa also committed to keep using filtering software that prevents unauthorized exchange of copyrighted songs over its network.

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The reason Pink is on the “Happy Feet” soundtrack covering “Tell Me Something Good,” a song made famous by Rufus & Chaka Khan? She can’t get enough of the penguins. “They’re so cute and adorable,” raved Pink, a People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals ally. “And as soon as someone explained to me that the movie was about animals, I was down for it. I’ve watched some of the film sequences and it’s the coolest thing ever.” …

Gwen Stefani will debut her new single “Wind It Up” at the American Music Awards on November 21. The ceremony, also featuring performances by Beyoncé, Mary J. Blige and Carrie Underwood, will air live on ABC 8 p.m. ET. … Move over waxwork Britney and Beyoncé: Christina‘s statue is moving in. Aguilera’s wax figure will be unveiled at London’s Madame Tussauds at the end of month, just as the singer wraps up her U.K. tour. Flashing a sultry over-the-shoulder look, the waxwork Aguilera will be dressed in a sparkly vintage gown and posed in a 1920s-style powder room. The singer’s statue will be the final figure unveiled at the London museum this year. …

Hip-hop heads, peep this: Organizers of the annual West Coast hip-hop festival Rock the Bells are finally taking their show on the road. Headlining the inaugural Rock the Bells club tour will be RTB vets Redman and Raekwon, with Keith Murray, world-record-setting freestylist MC Supernatural and DJ Kool rounding out the lineup. The monthlong trek, which will make 24 stops in major cities in the U.S. and Canada, embarks November 21 in Washington, D.C., and wraps December 22 in Anaheim, California. … A far-reaching roster of acts — including the Clipse, the Rapture, Metric and Explosions in the Sky — will come together at San Francisco’s Bill Graham Civic Auditorium on November 11 for Be the Riottt. The 12-hour, four-stage culture exposition will also encompass freestyle-dance battles, urban art and additional sets by Saul Williams, Deerhoof, Tokyo Police Club, Asobi Seksu and Sage Francis. …

The self-titled debut from Rock Star Supernova — the band featuring ex-Guns N’ Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke, Voivod‘s Jason Newsted, Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee and frontman Lukas Rossi — will be issued November 21. The disc will contain 11 tracks, including “Leave the Lights On,” “Can’t Bring Myself to Light This Fuse” and “Make No Mistake … This Is the Take.” … Pantera‘s Vinnie Paul has forged a new band called Hell Yeah with Mudvayne‘s Chad Gray and Greg Tribbett, as well as former Nothingface members Tom Maxwell and Jerry Montano. Hell Yeah have been working on material that they hope to record and release in March, and are mapping out an inaugural tour to support the LP. … Slayer, whose new Christ Illusion deals with the brutality of war, are taking a break from the European leg of their Unholy Alliance Tour to visit the Spangdahlem U.S. Air Force Base in Germany on November 8. This will be the band’s first visit to a military base. …

Rapper/actor Dwight “Heavy D” Myers filed a $1.5 million lawsuit against an insurance company on Friday, contending that the policy he purchased from National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh should cover his liability in a 1991 celebrity basketball game during which nine people were crushed to death in a stampede. Myers and Diddy were organizers of the event, which brought 5,000 people to the 2,700-capacity City College of New York gymnasium. Myers is seeking reimbursement to cover claims and fees he incurred as a result of personal-injury and wrongful-death suits filed by victims and their families. … A Manhattan judge ruled Tuesday that former Source editor Kim Osorio is entitled to $7.5 million in damages for her wrongful-dismissal verdict against the hip-hop magazine and former owners Dave Mays and Raymond “Benzino” Scott, not the $15.5 million first announced by Osorio’s lawyers. The Associated Press reports that Judge Jed Rakoff ruled that the three defendants owe $4 million collectively, not $4 million each. Osorio was awarded an additional $3.5 million from Benzino for her defamation claim and another $500,000 in lost pay. …

John Legend‘s Once Again tour rolled into New York’s Nokia Theater on Monday, where GOOD Music labelmate Consequence started the show, followed by a soulful performance from Robin Thicke. Thicke sang his hits including “Wanna Love U Girl” and “Shooter,” and even rapped in place of an absent Lil Wayne and Pharrell Williams, filling in their verses on the songs. Legend closed the night out with selections from his two albums. … A concertgoer attempted to douse Barbra Streisand on Monday, throwing a drink at the stage after the singer launched into a skit criticizing President Bush during a performance in Sunrise, Florida. This follows two similar incidents during Streisand’s most recent tour, with the entertainer’s Bush barbs drawing audience protest at stops in Philadelphia and New York. … Start them up? Not so fast. The Rolling Stones have canceled a tour stop in Honolulu and delayed stops in Oakland, California; Vancouver, British Columbia; and Los Angeles in response to frontman Mick Jagger‘s ailing pipes, according to the band’s Web site. …

The music-publishing industry has announced a tentative deal with file-sharing network Kazaa over copyright-infringement claims, AP reports. The National Music Publishers’ Association released a statement characterizing the amount that the peer-to-peer network has agreed to pay as “a substantial sum.” A spokesperson for Sharman Networks, which owns and distributes Kazaa, said they were not familiar with the lawsuit and declined to comment to the AP. … SoundExchange, a nonprofit group representing the music industry, filed a request to the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board calling for satellite-radio giants XM and Sirius to pay royalties of at least 10 percent of the company’s revenue for the rights to play artists’ music. …

The end of October didn’t just mean that a new “Saw” movie was in theaters — it was also time for Little X‘s annual Halloween party/ birthday bash. X and former Roc-A-Fella exec/ fashion designer Kenny Burns hosted Monday’s party at Lotus in New York. Foxy Brown, Tyson Beckford, Pharoahe Monch, Bilal and Irv Gotti, Ja Rule and singer Lloyd from the Inc. family came out to celebrate. Before the X party, Irv, Ja and Lloyd participated in the Universal Records showcase, where new Inc. artist Vanessa Carlton performed. And after the Little X party, they headed over to the Roxy, where Cash Money MillionairesLil Wayne and Baby held an album-release party for Wayne’s Like Father, Like Son LP. Hot 97 radio host Angie Martinez was the host. …

Wondering where Michelle Williams or Claire Danes get clothes to express their whimsical sense of style? The actresses are fans of designer Behnaz Sarafpour, whose dresses usually cost upward of $1,000. But for the next 60 days, Sarafpour will offer less-expensive looks — including flirty dresses, faux-fur jackets and silk blouses — as part of Target’s GO International campaign. Target’s collection offers a Sarafpour velvet baby-doll dress with ivory satin trim for $39.99, while her elegant plum taffeta dress runs $44.99. Iranian-born Sarafpour follows Luella Bartley, Sophie Albou and Tara Jarmon‘s Paul & Joe line in the GO campaign. And mark your calendars: H&M will unveil its exclusive line from Parisian designers Viktor & Rolf on November 9. Previous H&M lines designed by Karl Lagerfeld and Stella McCartney sold out in hours.