For The Record: Quick News On Bobby Brown, Britney, Anna Nicole, Rage, Kanye, Fall Out Boy, ‘Idol’ & More

Brown in county jail; Spears not on suicide watch; Smith's mother to challenge appeals court.

Bobby Brown has been ordered to remain in county jail until he forks up $19,000 in late child-support payments, The Associated Press reports. For the second time, the singer was picked up by Massachusetts authorities while watching his daughter compete in a cheerleading competition. He was arrested Sunday night at Attleboro High School in Canton after failing to appear at a child-support hearing in October. It is doubtful Brown will be released from jail before Tuesday morning, an Atlanta attorney told AP.

Britney Spears manager Larry Rudolph insisted to TV’s “Extra” that the singer is not on suicide watch while receiving help at the Promises Residential Treatment Center in Malibu, California, according to AP. She was admitted there Wednesday after entering — and then exiting — rehab twice previously. …

Anna Nicole Smith‘s remains cannot be moved to the Bahamas until Florida appeals judges hear a challenge from the deceased model’s mother, the West Palm Beach court ruled Monday, AP reports. The appeals court will hear Virgie Arthur argue that a decision by a judge last week — a ruling that gave control of Smith’s body to the attorney of her baby daughter — should be overturned. Other attorneys have until 2 p.m. Tuesday to respond to the challenge, the West Palm Beach court ruled. …

As suspected, the Rage Against the Machine reunion will be more than a Coachella one-off. The band will team up with its pals in the Wu-Tang Clan for three Rock the Bells shows in addition to the April 29 closing-night headliner spot at Coachella — which marks Rage’s first show together in seven years. The Bells gigs will take place in New York (July 28); San Bernardino, California (August 11); and San Francisco (August 18). The lightning-fast Coachella sellout helped spur the addition of the shows, a source told the Los Angeles Times, though a Bells organizer promised that these four shows will be it for Rage in 2007. The complete Rock the Bells lineup will be announced March 26, with tickets on sale March 31. Sharp observers might remember that a 1997 Rage/Clan tour fell apart after only a handful of shows when internal disputes forced Wu-Tang off the road. …

The long talked-about — at least by Pete WentzKanye West/ Fall Out Boy collaboration has finally surfaced. A West-produced remix of FOB’s single “This Ain’t a Scene, It’s an Arms Race” hit the Internet over the weekend, featuring a reworked track and guest verse by the Chicago rapper. … “American Idol” has teamed with King.com for a rhythm-based Web browser game featuring songs such as “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” and “Lady Marmalade.” … Ludacris‘ father, Wayne Bridges, died Sunday in an Atlanta hospital, the rapper’s management confirmed to MTV News. The cause of death was not disclosed. Although characteristically shy regarding his personal life, Ludacris publicly dedicated his Grammy performance and two awards to his ailing father earlier this month. Representatives for Def Jam Records, Ludacris’ label, had no statement as of press time. …

The Roots and Wolfmother are headlining the Rites of Spring Music Festival on April 20-21 at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. Drive-By Truckers, Keller Williams and Mat Kearney are also on the bill. … More information is out about the Queens of the Stone Age‘s upcoming album, Era Vulgaris, due in June. Nine Inch NailsTrent Reznor, Strokes singer Julian Casablancas, onetime Queens singer Mark Lanegan and previous collaborator ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons are among the guests on the disc, according to a QOTSA spokesperson. … Korn will be the musical guests on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” Thursday. The band is currently working on a new album due in June, and its “MTV Unplugged” disc hits stores March 6. …

The 27th annual Golden Raspberry Awards — a.k.a. the Razzies — were presented Saturday, with the biggest disses going to “Basic Instinct 2,” “Little Man” and “Lady in the Water.” The annual celebration of film’s lowest moments named “Basic Instinct 2″ 2006′s Worst Picture, Worst Sequel and Worst Screenplay, while the film’s star Sharon Stone took the Razzie for Worst Actress. Shawn and Marlon Wayans shared the Worst Actor gold for “Little Man” and were named Worst Screen Couple (tied with Shawn and Kerry Washington) for the comedy, which was also named Worst Remake/Ripoff — of a 1954 Bugs Bunny cartoon. Carmen Electra took Worst Supporting Actress for her performances in both “Date Movie” and “Scary Movie 4,” while M. Night Shyamalan was doubly “honored” — as Worst Director and Worst Supporting Actor — for “Lady in the Water.” The Worst Excuse for Family Entertainment Razzie went to JoJo‘s “RV.” …

Chevelle and horror master Wes Craven are teaming for a contest that will allow fans to make a video for the band’s new single, “Well Enough Alone,” from “The Hills Have Eyes 2.” Entrants can register at FoxAtomic.com, where they can download footage from Craven’s “The Hills Have Eyes” and the upcoming sequel. The winner, chosen by Craven from the 20 highest-rated finalists based on peer voting, gets $3,500 and a trip to Los Angeles to meet with Fox Atomic studio executives to pitch a movie idea. … The Bravery have set a May 22 release date for their second album, The Sun and the Moon. Three tracks from the Brendan O’Brien (Pearl Jam, Korn)-produced set, including first single “Time Won’t Let Me Go,” are currently streaming on the band’s Web site. …

The Recording Industry Association of America is sending thousands more complaints to universities across the nation than it did last year, AP reports. Ohio University, Purdue, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Tennessee and the University of South Carolina have received the most complaints of copyright infringement over college computer networks, according to the RIAA. “It’s something we feel we have to do,” RIAA President Carey Sherman said. “We have to let people know that if they engage in this activity, they are not anonymous.” While each university acts on RIAA complaints differently — some don’t even notify students of the claims while others suspend accused offenders — those believed to be sharing hundreds of files may face expensive civil suits filed by the RIAA.

02.23.2007

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.