The news happens all the time, even while you’re enjoying your weekend. Check out this brief rundown to bring you up to speed this morning — a quick heads up from your friends at MTV News.
Here’s what we’ve got:
Cameron Diaz is pregnant, Justin Timberlake is her cousin and Eddie Murphy and Antonio Banderas are switching bodies. Sounds like the cover of an upcoming issue of Star, but it’s really our spoiler-packed preview of “Shrek the Third.”
Pharrell and Chad Hugo may be about to lose another member of their Star Trak crew. After Kelis and the Clipse took off, Slim Thug says he’s leaving the Neptunes’ label behind and also reveals in “Mixtape Monday” that he’s got Young Jeezy, UGK and a long-distance beat from Dr. Dre on his upcoming album. “He did it in Hawaii,” Slim told us. “He be doing beats out there and comes back with them.”
Creating a blood-soaked torture fest isn’t as fun as it sounds, Eli Roth insists in his latest “Hostel: Part II” column . Sure, shooting the film is a blast — Roth even admits that he gets addicted to it — but then he’s got to suffer that withdrawal while dealing with “insane editing neurosis” for 12 hours a day in a dark room.
And Will Ferrell and Jon Heder taste victory with “Blades of Glory” taking first place at the weekend box office , beating “Meet the Robinsons” to the top and kicking last week’s champ, “TMNT,” down to #4.
Quote of the Day: “Everybody is dissing me, they don’t like my music, they don’t like how I look, ‘he can’t sing.’ ” — T-Pain
Here’s what everyone else is talking about:
50 Cent tells AllHipHop.com that he’s “authorized an independent investigation” to sort out whether Tony Yayo — or “anyone associated with G-Unit Records” — was involved in an alleged attack on the teenage son of Jimmy Rosemond, the Game‘s manager. 50 also echoed his lawyer’s statement that he was nowhere near the scene of the March 20 incident, but added a new-music tease for the fans: “I was at my home in Farmington, Connecticut the entire day completing songs for my new album.”
Jessica Simpson and Ashlee Simpson are both crazy about John Mayer, People.com reports — but not in a headline-grabbing sisterly feud sort of way. Rather John and Jessica’s eight-month strong relationship (have they really been denying it that long?) gets the younger Simpson’s thumbs-up. “Ashlee loves John,” People‘s source says. “She thinks he is great for her. More importantly, Jess is happy.” How sweet.
Apple and EMI are announcing something this morning, but just what remains to be seen. A Wall Street Journal source says to expect a partnership that could revolutionize digital-rights management, but no Beatles tunes. The Apple Corps/ Apple Inc. link was the popular guess early Sunday after EMI sent out (and attempted to unsend, hmm) a press release promoting the London-set event. We’re on it, and we’ll have the full story later today.
Hosting Saturday’s Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards was a humbling experience for Justin Timberlake, who was slimed twice and lost his burping crown to the audience. JT also joined Beyoncé, “American Idol,” Black Eyed Peas and “Pirates of the Caribbean” among the night’s winners, taking the Best Male Singer prize. After the awards show, at an unofficial afterparty not sanctioned by Nickelodeon, three people were wounded when a man fired shots after being denied entry to the event, The Los Angeles Times reports. None of the injuries were life-threatening.
If you host it, you will win. Nelly Furtado spent Sunday leading the Juno Awards ceremonies, Canada’s homegrown answer to the Grammys, and collecting prizes. The singer scored three trophies Sunday (best single, best album, fans’ choice), adding to prizes for best artist and pop album of the year, which she won at a gala the night before. Other big Juno winners included punk band Billy Talent and producer Bob Rock, who scored a lifetime achievement award.
Sarah Michelle Gellar may be joining “The Dark Knight,” according to a post on the fan site Whedon.info. An independent filmmaker reports that the former Buffy had to turn down a role in a small film because she was tied up with the “Batman” sequel. Will Gellar play Batman baddie Harley Quinn, or did she blame the blockbuster rather than say, “I really don’t want to be in your movie”? We’ll see.
Australian music news site Undercover.com.au reported Sunday that Madonna is joining Abba (they’ll be called Mabba, naturally), for an album due April 1, 2008, while NME.com had news that Muse will be taking their space rock to space with a plan to perform live on Virgin Galactic U.S.-Moon flights in 2010. Undercover seem to be in on the April Fool’s Day joke, while the NME apparently didn’t find the Muse news quite so funny a few hours later — hey, where’d the story go?