For The Record: Quick News On Eminem, 50, DG Yola, Gwen, ‘Harry Potter,’ Swizz Beatz & More

Em files motion against Kim Mathers; 50's racing film accelerates; Stefani, Akon performing on 'Idol.'

Eminem wants his ex-wife to stop criticizing him in public, and he’s taking the fight to court. The Associated Press reports that the rapper is scheduled to appear in front of a judge on Monday after filing a motion last week in Michigan’s Macomb County Circuit Court calling for an end to “derogatory, disparaging, inflammatory and otherwise negative comments” about him from Kim Mathers. According to the filing, Eminem is concerned that his ex’s recent interviews discussing the problems in their marriage could negatively impact their daughter, Hailie Jade. “Complicating the situation for the child is the fact that her father is an internationally known public figure,” the motion reads. “It is simply impossible for her to be shielded from the kind of media campaign currently being waged by [Kim Mathers] against [Eminem].” …

50 Cent‘s drag-racing film “Live Bet” is driving forward. Variety reports that Mexican filmmaker Alejandro Lozano will direct the movie, which will be set in New York, Las Vegas and Philadelphia and produced by G-Unit Films’ Chris Lighty. Universal Pictures plans to start work on the action flick, which 50 Cent signed up for 10 months ago, this summer. …

Rapper DG Yola was shot in a failed robbery attempt while his vehicle was stopped at a red light in Atlanta on Saturday night; the bullet went through one cheek and out the other. Yola is currently recovering at an Atlanta hospital, where doctors are optimistic that he will make a full recovery. “He is already up and about and writing. Yola ain’t gonna let up,” his family said in a statement. “We respectfully request privacy and appreciate the well wishes and prayers of Yola’s fans during this time.” Yola’s debut album, Gutta World, is scheduled to be released on Power Hittas/Atlantic in June. …

Gwen Stefani will work with the top 10 finalists on Tuesday’s “American Idol.” The theme will be pop songs, with contestants choosing their favorite tracks from the genre. Stefani will perform with Akon on Wednesday’s results show. … Rupert Grint and Emma Watson have signed on for the final two “Harry Potter” films, reprising their roles alongside previously announced returning star Daniel Radcliffe. The last two installments will be “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” with the fifth film — “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” — slated for a July 13 release. …

There’s no place like Home. Literally. The New York nightclub was off the hook Thursday night as producer Swizz Beatz took on the role of DJ for a while, spinning records such as his own “It’s Me Bitches” remix and Ne-Yo‘s “Because of You.” As people danced, a slideshow exhibition showed works by industry photographer Johnny Nunez on the walls — among those spotted in the images were Jay-Z, Diddy, Fat Joe and MTV News’ own Shaheem Reid and Rahman Dukes. …

Vivica A. Fox was charged Friday (March 23) for driving under the influence of alcohol and driving with a blood-alcohol level over the legal limit, AP reports. The actress, who was arrested late Tuesday in Los Angeles, faces a maximum six-month stay in jail and/or $1,000 fine if convicted of the misdemeanor charges. …

Kid Rock has sued a woman who accused him of assault, the Detroit Free Press reports. The lawsuit, filed Monday in Michigan’s Oakland County Circuit Court, states that the assault allegation that 28-year-old Kelly Kozlowski made earlier this month — which Oakland County prosecutors did not pursue after deciding that evidence didn’t support her claim that the singer grabbed her by the neck and shoved her into a snow bank — harmed Rock’s reputation. The suit seeks unspecified damages. … Iconic ’70s rock band Boston are reportedly in turmoil after losing lead singer Brad Delp to suicide two weeks ago. AP reports that current members of the band were not invited to Delp’s funeral, while early members did attend. In a tearful phone call to the news service on Friday (March 23), founder Tom Scholz — who opposed the band’s early members in a legal battle that transpired in the 1980s — said he had been told only immediate family members would be allowed to go to the funeral. Boston have canceled their summer plans, although Scholz expressed a desire for the band to be a part of a public memorial service that Delp’s family has said is in the works. …

Former Korn guitarist Brian “Head” Welch will release his debut book, titled “Save Me From Myself: How I Found God, Quit Korn, Kicked Speed and Lived to Tell the Tale,” July 1. … Björk has booked several U.S. and Canadian gigs for May in support of her forthcoming album Volta. The Icelandic songstress hits New York for three shows (May 2, 5 and 8), followed by performances in Chicago (May 12); Morrison, Colorado (May 15); Mountain View, California (May 19); and Vancouver, British Columbia (May 23). … Eric Clapton has corralled some of the world’s greatest guitarists to play his second Crossroads Guitar Festival, which will take place July 28 at Toyota Park in Chicago. Among the artists scheduled to participate alongside Clapton are John Mayer, Robert Cray, Sheryl Crow, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Jeff Beck, John McLaughlin, Willie Nelson, Los Lobos, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Jimmie Vaughan and Steve Winwood. All the profits from the show will benefit the Crossroads Centre in Antigua, a rehab facility founded by Clapton which was in the news recently when Britney Spears quickly checked in and out for treatment. …

Six months after lead singer Justin Hawkins quit the group, the Darkness have confirmed that they are breaking and will re-form under a new name. In a note on the band’s site, bassist Richie Edwards wrote, “I can absolutely confirm here and now that we will NOT be carrying on under the name ‘The Darkness.’ We are literally days away from announcing our new name, when this is done we will be launching our new Web site and we sincerely hope that you guys will be paying it a visit!” The reconfigured group is in the midst of finishing a new album. … As part of its ongoing attempt to root out illegal file trading on college campuses, the Recording Industry Association of America recently sent out 36 letters targeting students at the University of Nebraska in which they give the alleged infringers a chance to pay up before being sued. Only this time, the RIAA can’t figure out who the students are because the university’s computer system was unintentionally designed to automatically change a computer’s IP address each time the machine is turned off, according to the Omaha World-Herald. So far, the RIAA has only been able to track down nine of the students, and the trade organization representing the major record labels has slammed the university for not keeping records for more than a month. After receiving more than 1,000 cease-and-desist letters from the RIAA during the current school year — more than all but two other U.S. universities — the university is asking to be reimbursed $11 for each warning letter it processes. The RIAA has refused the request.

03.22.2007

Foxy Brown is in trouble again. A judge in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, issued an arrest warrant for the rapper on Thursday (March 22) after she failed to show up in court, The Associated Press reports. Brown was supposed to face battery and resisting-arrest charges stemming from a beauty-shop scuffle that took place February 15 in Pembroke Pines. In October, the rapper was sentenced to three years of probation and mandatory anger-management classes in connection with a 2004 altercation at a New York nail salon. …

Ne-Yo is making a few amendments to his sophomore album. While it was previously called Know Me and pegged for an April 24 release, now it’s titled Because of You — the name of the singer/songwriter’s current single, which will appear on the album — and is due May 1. “It makes the most sense,” he said in a statement. “It’s because of the people that inspire me to make music. Because of the love of the music. Because of the fans. [It's] because of you that I do what I do.” … Avril Lavigne fans who preorder The Best Damn Thing via iTunes beginning Tuesday will receive a bonus track titled “I Will Be.” …

Britney Spears may be out of rehab, but her children remain with their father, Kevin Federline, according to a source close to the family. “Federline and his divorce attorney Mark Vincent Kaplan are not about to return custody to Britney as a reward for her going through Promises [rehab center],” the source said in a statement. “Britney will have increased custody with her demonstrating that she is living the life consistent with the best interest of her children.” In related news, Spears’ lawyers won an injunction in a British court on Thursday, AP reports. The injunction bars unidentified people from disclosing details about the singer’s stay in rehab, thus preventing the publication of stories pertaining to the matter. …

Anna Nicole Smith‘s autopsy will be issued Monday, authorities told the AP Thursday. Dr. Joshua Perper, medical examiner for Florida’s Broward County, and Seminole Police Chief Charlie Tiger will hold a joint news conference. … Justin Timberlake is apparently too sexy for the Tennessee Legislature. A resolution to honor the Millington, Tennessee, native “for his highly successful music career and for his meritorious service to the state of Tennessee” was opposed by Republican state senators due in part to Timberlake’s song and album titles, including FutureSex/LoveSounds and “SexyBack,” AP reports. Democratic State Senator Ophelia Ford introduced the legislation, which was removed by Republican State Senator Raymond Finney. “It’s not something I want my name on,” Finney said. …

Smashing Pumpkins, the Police and the Beastie Boys will headline the U.S. Virgin Festival, scheduled for August 4-5 at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. More lineup announcements and information about ticket sales are expected over the coming weeks. The festival appearance marks the Pumpkins’ first U.S. gig in more than six years, while the Beastie Boys will be making their first East Coast appearance in two years. … Gwen Stefani is auctioning The Sweet Escape tour VIP packages on eBay to benefit the Orangewood Children’s Foundation and the Children’s Hospital of Orange County in California. The VIP treatment includes four front-row tickets, a pre-show backstage meeting with Stefani, autographed CDs and tour T-shirts. Visit GwenStefani.com for full auction details and to place bids. …

Hilary Duff said there’s a simple reason that she titled her upcoming album Dignity. “I just like that word, ‘dignity’ — it’s just strong to me,” she told MTV News. The actress/singer explained that she wouldn’t necessarily use the word to describe herself — at least not all the time. “I don’t mean that I have dignity. I try to, but it’s something that you work on your whole life in decisions you make and how you treat other people and how you treat yourself. It’s something that I continue to strive for.” Dignity is due April 3. … Chris Brown gets back to work on his upcoming album Thursday, when he’s scheduled to head into the studio with producers the Underdogs, who previously collaborated with Brown on “Ya Man Ain’t Me” and “Is This Love?” from the singer’s debut album. … The Rolling Stones will tour Europe this summer, extending their lengthy road campaign for 2005′s A Bigger Bang. The band will play 25 stadiums and arenas, including its first show at Ireland’s Slane Castle in 25 years. …

The estate of late funk star Rick James sued the singer’s former publisher in Los Angeles Superior Court last week, claiming that Brooklyn Music Publishing has continued to collect commissions from European publishers even after it was informed that its contract was not being renewed. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the suit claims that Brooklyn Music, which once had the rights to James’ catalog (though not his biggest hit, “Super Freak”) retaliated for having its contract terminated by refusing to turn over key copyright information, master recordings and money received from foreign publishers. … Chopper, formerly of Diddy‘s Da Band, was sentenced by a Baltimore judge to two years of probation and 100 hours of community service last week after pleading guilty to armed robbery and assault charges stemming from a 2001 incident, the Baltimore Examiner reports. The rapper, who was 16 at the time of the robbery, faced up to 90 years in prison for holding up a couple with a pellet gun. In a statement released by Chopper’s legal team, the rapper said he considers himself “a blessed young man.” …

David Letterman‘s longtime sidekick, Calvert DeForest — best known to fans of “Late Night” and “The Late Show” as Larry “Bud” Melman — died following a long illness on Monday at age 85, according to the Los Angeles Times. The pudgy actor in thick glasses, who often played at being dimwitted on Letterman’s show beginning in 1982, turned his cult following into a lucrative career over the years, appearing in commercials for MCI and Pizza Hut, as well as movies and his own home video, “Couch Potato Workout.” In a statement, Letterman said, “Everyone always wondered if Calvert was an actor playing a character, but in reality he was just himself: a genuine, modest and nice man. … To our staff and to our viewers, he was a beloved and valued part of our show, and we will miss him.” DeForest last appeared on the Letterman show in 2002.