For The Record: Quick News On Gwen, J. Lo, Fantasia, Korn, Young Jeezy, Game, (+44), Busta, Green Day & More

Stefani, Lopez to guest-coach on 'Idol'; Fantasia heading to Broadway; Korn, Jeezy, Game giving props to volunteers.

Gwen Stefani, Jennifer Lopez and Jon Bon Jovi are among the guest coaches slated for the latest season of “American Idol.” Diana Ross, Martina McBride, Barry Gibb, Tony Bennett and two ’60s stars — Lulu and Herman’s Hermit Peter Noone — are also slated. Fantasia appeared on the results show Thursday night to announce that she will be starring as Celie in the Broadway production of “The Color Purple” beginning April 10. The season-three “Idol” champ also performed a song from the musical on the live broadcast, where “Idol’ hopefuls Rudy Cardenas, Amy Krebs, Paul Kim and Nicole Tranquillo were sent home in season six’s first audience vote. Twenty contestants remain. …

Korn, Young Jeezy, the Game, Rise Against and (+44) are performing at the annual Boost Mobile RockCorps concert on March 30 at Hollywood’s Kodak Theatre. BMRC is a national youth volunteerism movement, and the concert will reward 3,000 local youth who have volunteered for community service. …

Busta Rhymes should seriously consider getting a driver. In his latest legal wrangle with New York’s finest, the rapper was charged Thursday with driving with a suspended license after police said they stopped him for running a red light. Rhymes, 34, could face up to 15 days in jail on the charge, according to WABC-TV. Reporting from outside the Manhattan court that Rhymes left late Thursday, the local news outlet said the rapper waited 19 hours for a hearing before he posted bail and was released. Rhymes is still considering a plea deal offered Tuesday on unrelated assault charges that could allow him to do community service to avoid jail time. …

If you possess eagle-eye vision (or a super-slo-mo button,) you may have already been able to make out none other than Green Day in the just-released trailer for this summer’s “The Simpsons Movie.” The trio are shown performing on what looks to be a capsizing stage. A spokesperson for 20th Century Fox wouldn’t confirm anything, but according to the band’s rep at Warner Bros./ Reprise, the erstwhile American Idiots do appear in the film and will even have a song featured. It’s not clear if the tune will be something written specifically for the Simpsons’ flick, which hits theaters July 27. …

Lawyers for Larry Birkhead, one of Anna Nicole Smith‘s ex-boyfriends, asked a Fort Lauderdale, Florida, judge on Friday (February 23) to enforce a California judge’s orders so Birkhead can get DNA samples from Smith’s body and her baby Dannielynn, The Associated Press reports. “I’m trying to figure out what jurisdiction there could possibly be here,” Broward County Circuit Judge Lawrence Korda replied doubtfully. “I’m not even sure California’s got jurisdiction.” In other developments in the case, another Smith boyfriend, Howard K. Stern, will resume meeting with Smith’s mother, Virgie Arthur, in the Bahamas on Monday for a private hearing over custody of Dannielynn. Arthur is also challenging Fort Lauderdale Circuit Judge Larry Seidlin’s Thursday decision granting attorney Richard Milstein — the guardian for Dannielynn — custody of Anna Nicole’s body. Lastly, Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner entered the fray on Friday, telling reporters he believed Smith would want to have been buried in the Bahamas alongside her late son, Daniel. …

Sacha Baron Cohen will present an award at Sunday’s Oscars ceremony … not! According to producer Laura Ziskin, the comedian turned down the opportunity because he wasn’t allowed to appear as Borat, the bewildered journalist and self-described “sixth-most-famous man in Kazakhstan.” … Following in the footsteps of Diddy, Paul Wall has launched his own YouTube channel, “Get Money TV.” The channel will help the Houston rapper promote his upcoming album Get Money – Stay True, due April 3. … Kanye West and Kirk Franklin were among those honored by the New York City chapter of 100 Black Men Inc. Thursday night during the organization’s 27th annual benefit gala. West was recognized as an advocate for social change and Franklin was honored for his artistic achievement. … Ace Frehley lives! The former Kiss guitarist released a statement Friday, responding to reports that claimed he’d committed suicide. “I don’t know how this ridiculous rumor got started,” Frehley said. …

As if the average summer camp isn’t traumatizing enough, the creators and producers of “American Idol” are planning their own summer program for the performing arts. The sleep-away Idol Camp, aimed at 12- to 15-year-olds with a passion for the arts, will take in a total of 700 youngsters over four 10-day sessions at a private school in Massachusetts. Included in the $2,900 price tag are promised visits from celebrity artists, including former Idols, who will drop into classes to offer tips on audition techniques, dancing and music-video production. … USMagazine.com is reporting that Nick Cannon married Victoria’s Secret model Seita Ebanks over the weekend. The couple — who were in town for the NBA All-Star Weekend and staying at the Palms Casino Resort Hotel — married on a whim after dating for only a few weeks, according to the outlet. …

My Morning Jacket are going back to high school next month with a pair of prom-theme shows at the small Athens, Georgia, rock landmark 40 Watt Club. In a message posted on their Web site, the band explained the shows: “For all of you who missed your prom back in 1956 or 1986 or 2006 for that matter, we will be hosting the 1st annual MMJ two-night prom, March 6 and 7, at the fabulous, prom-ready, 40 Watt Club in Athens! The first time we walked thru those hallowed 40 Watt doors we said to ourselves, ‘This place looks perfect for a prom!’ And now the dream will be a reality. The theme is a futuristic/retro under-the-sea vibe — costumes (tuxes, suits, robots, mermaid and lobster costumes, anything prom/ocean related) are not only encouraged — they are MANDATORY!!! NO ONE will be admitted without proper attire!” The band has also promised “cake, balloons, fishnets, classic cars, chaperones, spankings, and a whole lotta shakin goin’ on — 2007 style.” …

Apple’s iPhone will roll out as expected in June now that the company has settled a trademark dispute over the name with Cisco Systems. Apple and Cisco announced Thursday that they have agreed to share the iPhone name — which Cisco has owned a trademark on since 2000 — and to explore other ways to work together. … In what could be the largest patent judgment in history, Microsoft was ordered by a federal jury yesterday to pay $1.52 billion to the network equipment company Alcatel-Lucent in a patent dispute over the MP3 format. At issue in the case was the way that Microsoft’s Windows Media Player plays audio files using the MP3 format, which was developed nearly 20 years ago by an Alcatel-related company. If the ruling stands on appeal it could impact hundreds of other companies that make MP3 players — including Apple, Sony, Motorola and Nintendo.

02.22.07

Attorney Richard Milstein — the guardian for Anna Nicole Smith‘s 5-month-old daughter, Dannielynn — was given custody of Anna Nicole’s body on Thursday (February 22), according to CNN. In an unusually tearful decision, Fort Lauderdale Circuit Judge Larry Seidlin encouraged Milstein to bury Smith in the Bahamas with her son, Daniel, a decision Smith’s previous boyfriends Howard K. Stern and Larry Birkhead supported in a subsequent press conference. Smith’s mother, however — who wants the deceased reality-TV star buried in her native Texas — is appealing the judge’s ruling. In a separate meeting with reporters, the case’s medical examiner added that he has discovered no evidence of foul play. …

The typically reclusive Dr. Dre called in to L.A. radio station Power 106 this week to discuss his long-delayed Detox project. The pioneering rap producer confirmed to jock Big Boy that the album will finally see the light of day this year and added upstarts Bishop Lamont and Slim the Mobster will be featured prominently throughout. …

Remember back in December when Axl Rose promised his oft-delayed, more-than-a-decade-in-the-making LP Chinese Democracy would actually surface March 6? Well, surprise, surprise — that ain’t happening. According to a post on the band’s Web site, the album’s release has been postponed. “There is no official release date, as the band is currently mixing, but after some delays and scheduling difficulties, things appear to be moving along,” reads the post. “The good news is that all of the recording for the album has been completed. Drummer Frank Ferrer and guitarist Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal integrated themselves into the recordings seamlessly and will have their presence felt.” …

Nas, Kelis, Eddie Murphy, Tracey Edmonds, Eva Pigford and Serena Williams showed up to honor Quincy Jones Wednesday night at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. In addition to recognizing the producer — who was dubbed the “godfather of entertainment” — Black Enterprise’s Top 50 Hollywood Power Brokers party also recognized the films “Dreamgirls,” “The Last King of Scotland” and “The Pursuit of Happyness.” …

A judge has nixed the lawsuit filed against Sacha Baron Cohen and his Borat character by two college students, Variety reports. The South Carolina fraternity students had claimed they were intoxicated while signing 20th Century Fox’s studio waiver, but now their lawsuit has been scuttled altogether. Previously, Judge Joseph Biderman rejected a preliminary injunction that would have forced Fox to remove the scene featuring the students from the film’s DVD. …

Giant magazine held a pre-Oscar event Wednesday night at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills to honor Academy Award nominee Jennifer Hudson, who appears on the cover of the magazine’s February/March issue. Hudson’s “Dreamgirls” co-star Jamie Foxx hosted the GM-sponsored shindig as Ludacris, Chris Brown, Janet Jackson, Lil Jon, Eva Longoria and director Michael Mann all partied in the hotel’s penthouse to DJ Irie‘s tunes. …

After losing nearly 100 pounds, “American Idol” season-two champ Ruben Studdard is teaching kids in his home state of Alabama — which ranks near the top of the nation’s obesity index — the importance of keeping fit. “I don’t want y’all to get to college and stop working out and forget all the things you have to do to be healthy,” Studdard, spokesman for the Scale Back Alabama weight-loss campaign, told students at Montgomery’s Capitol Heights Junior High School. “I want y’all to continue working out for the rest of your life so you don’t have to start all over like Ruben Studdard, trying to get yourself back into shape.” … Maroon 5‘s follow-up to Songs About Jane will be the first release on the newly formed A&M/Octone Records. The Los Angeles pop act’s second album is tentatively due in May. …

Oasis singer Noel Gallagher has been running his mouth again, recently telling British newspaper The Daily Telegraph that U2 should “Play ‘One,’ shut the f— up about Africa.” Gallagher also expressed his feelings about Thom Yorke‘s solo album, The Eraser. “Thom Yorke sat at a piano singing, ‘This is f—ed up,’ for half an hour. We all know that, Mr. Yorke. Who wants to sing the news? No matter how much you sit there twiddling, going, ‘We’re all doomed,’ at the end of the day, people will always want to hear you play ‘Creep.’ Get over it.” Gallagher later added: “I never went to f—ing university. I don’t know what a paintbrush is; I never went to art school.” Yorke responded to the latter comment on his Radiohead Dead Air Space blog: “I did. It taught me to respect other artists.” …

The Mars Volta have booked a couple of West Coast gigs, after which the band plans to return to the studio to finish up its forthcoming new album. You can catch the Volta on March 31 in Berkeley, California, and April 3 in Los Angeles. … From Autumn to Ashes will hit the road next month with Haste the Day. The two-month trek launches in Buffalo, New York, on March 6, with dates scheduled through April 19 in Towson, Maryland. … The Toadies, best known for their 1994 rock radio hit “Possum Kingdom,” are making a habit of reuniting. The band, which teamed up for gigs last March and June, will join up for four performances next month in Texas. The band will play March 12 and 13 in Austin, as part of the South by Southwest festival, and then hit Houston (March 14) and Dallas (March 17). …

Recording engineer Ethan Willoughby, nominated for an Album of the Year Grammy for his work on Justin Timberlake‘s FutureSex/LoveSounds, was killed in a car accident on Sunday. He was 30. “Ethan Willoughby was not only an amazing talent in the studio, but also an amazing person,” Timberlake said in a statement. “We will all miss his presence and his love for music.” … Executives at DreamWorks Pictures, the company behind the Beyoncé-powered movie adaptation of the musical “Dreamgirls,” have taken out full-page ads in trade magazines apologizing to Berry Gordy and Motown for “confusion that has resulted from [the film's] fictional work,” based loosely on the rise of Motown artists Diana Ross and the Supremes. … The Emmy Awards are getting an “American Idol” makeover, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick, executive producers of the mega-hit reality series, have agreed to helm the ailing awards show, which earned its second-lowest rating in 16 years for the 2006 telecast. …

Celebrity gossip blogger Perez Hilton is being sued for posting a topless photograph of Jennifer Aniston from “The Break-Up” on his site. Universal City Studios filed a copyright-infringement suit claiming that PerezHilton.com posted an image that was “misappropriated and illegally copied” during the film’s production; the shot did not appear in the finished movie. The blogger was sued by photo agencies last year for posting celebrity images without permission, while Aniston settled a separate suit in September with a photographer who took topless photos of the actress at home from a street nearby. … The camps for Democratic presidential hopefuls Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama exchanged barbs Wednesday over comments that entertainment mogul David Geffen made to The New York Times. Geffen, who had been a longtime Clinton supporter before backing Obama, called former President Bill Clinton “a reckless guy” and questioned the New York senator’s leadership, causing Clinton aides to call for Obama to apologize and return Geffen’s campaign contribution.