For The Record: Quick News On Cam’ron, Simon Cowell, Kelly Clarkson, Harry Potter, Spider-Man, Shawnna & More

Cam'ron won't cooperate with police; Clarkson defends Cowell; portions of 'Order of the Phoenix' converted into 3-D.

Cam’ron isn’t one to bite his tongue — just ask 50 Cent — but when it comes to the 2005 Washington, D.C., shooting he was involved in, the New York rapper is quiet as kept, he tells CBS’ “60 Minutes.” He explained in a taped segment set to air Sunday that cooperating with police would hurt his image — even if his neighbor were a serial killer. “If I knew the serial killer was living next door to me?” Cam responded to a hypothetical question posed by Anderson Cooper. “I wouldn’t call and tell anybody on him, but I’d probably move. But I’m not going to call and be like, ‘The serial killer’s in 4E’ because … it would definitely hurt my business, and the way I was raised, I just don’t do that.” …

Simon Cowell is “blunt, but not disrespectful,” Kelly Clarkson told “Extra” on Wednesday, after the entertainment show asked her to weigh in on allegations that the “American Idol” judge made light of the Virginia Tech tragedy on the show. “He would never do anything like that.” …

It isn’t quite like the magical portraits found at Hogwarts, but muggle fans can now look forward to the next best thing, with news Thursday (April 19) that select scenes from “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” will be digitally converted for IMAX 3D. “Accio Prophecy!” Malfoy’s summoning spell might suddenly have a whole new twist — a Warner Bros. spokesperson announced that the altered scenes will be from the last 20 minutes of the film. These converted scenes, then, almost certainly include the battle at the Ministry, Voldemort’s duel with Dumbledore, and Sirius’ death and fall through the Veil. Both the standard and IMAX 3D versions of “Order of the Phoenix” hit theaters July 13. …

Forget Venom, Sandman and Doc Ock — could Spider-Man‘s greatest foe be … the Phantom of the Opera? The web-slinger is heading to Broadway for a musical based on the popular Marvel character that is to be directed by multi-hyphenate Julie Taymor (“The Lion King”) and scored by U2‘s Bono and the Edge. Aside from popular characters like Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson, a casting notice posted on Playbill.com lists “Arachne, a beautiful woman turned into a spider for her hubris” and a “geek chorus” that “ritualistically retell the Spider-Man stories.” A 29-hour rehearsed reading is scheduled for July 12. …

Gettin’ some … freedom? Rapper Shawnna recently confirmed to Miss Info of New York’s Hot 97 radio that she’s parted ways with Ludacris, Disturbing Tha Peace and Def Jam. The Chicago artist explained she’d most likely sign with an independent label soon and announced that plans for a group with Remy Ma and Jacki-O are officially no more. Remy later phoned into Wendy Williams and passed the blame onto Shawnna for the split, but Shawnna said internal issues were the root of the problem. …

Tour dates for this year’s Family Values Tour have been announced. The trek — featuring Korn (with Slipknot‘s Joey Jordison as guest drummer), Evanescence and Hellyeah — will hit Maryland Heights, Missouri (July 20); Somerset, Wisconsin (July 21); Chicago (July 22); Camden, New Jersey (July 24); Mansfield, Massachusetts (July 27); Bristow, Virginia (July 28); Hartford, Connecticut (July 29); Toronto (July 31); Clarkston, Michigan (August 1); Darien Center, New York (August 3); Burgettstown, Pennsylvania (August 4); Scranton, Pennsylvania (August 5); Saratoga Springs, New York (August 7); Holmdel, New Jersey (August 8); Noblesville, Indiana (August 10); Atlanta (August 11); Orlando, Florida (August 12); West Palm Beach, Florida (August 14); Tampa, Florida (August 15); Dallas (August 17); Woodlands, Texas (August 18); Selma, Texas (August 19); Bonner Springs, Kansas (August 22); Englewood, Colorado (August 24); Albuquerque, New Mexico (August 25); Phoenix (August 26); Bakersfield, California (August 28); Marysville, California (August 31); Concord, California (September 1); and Irvine, California (September 2). …

Speaking of Hellyeah, the band — which features former Pantera/Damageplan drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott and members of Mudvayne and Nothingface — has parted ways with bassist Jerry Montano. An explanation has not been offered for his abrupt departure, but Hellyeah have promised they would announce Montano’s replacement soon. … And on the topic of Abbott, his late brother “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott is being posthumously venerated with a spot on Hollywood’s RockWalk. The induction will be held May 17 at noon. …

Pink is calling out to fans to share their ideas for the next chapter in the saga of Lady Delish, her character in the “U and Ur Hand” video. The contest, hosted at Brickfish.com, is accepting submissions — via audio, video, photos with descriptions or a written blog — to explain what happens next in Lady Delish’s story. The grand prize winner — as chosen by online viewers — will be awarded an autographed set of Pink’s leather boxing gloves from the video. …

Romeo‘s college-basketball dreams are coming true. The artist formerly known as Lil’ Romeo — who has since become an All-American point guard at Beverly Hills High School in California — is heading to the University of Southern California and has signed up for the school’s Trojans basketball team. “I love basketball, I’ve been doing that since I was 2 years old,” he told MTV Radio. “I’ve been doing it since before the music and acting. … I try to make it so I am able to do all of them. If it gets to that point, I won’t give up acting or rapping at all. I love it, my fans love it. I’m gonna be dedicated to them.” Romeo is planning to major in business administration — perhaps following in the footsteps of his father, Master P — and hopes to release a new album, Gumbo Station, later this year. …

Mya gave a sneak peek of her forthcoming album Liberation — which was due out last November but is now slated for June 26 — at the Essence/Dodge Avenger Lifestyle Lounge party at New York’s Roseland Ballroom Wednesday. While partygoers checked out the 2008 Avenger, Mya sang a four-song set, including her new single “Lock U Down,” which Scott Storch produced. On Tuesday, Mya was finishing up the dance-heavy video for the single, which features a guest appearance by Lil Wayne. Meanwhile, Mya is going international with her modeling career. She’s already strutted down the catwalk for Heatherette in New York during Fashion Week, and now she’s making her European debut modeling for the design duo at Life Ball 2007 in Vienna on May 26. …

Queens of the Stone Age have set June 12 as the release date for their new album, Era Vulgaris. The album will feature 11 tracks, including “3′s & 7′s,” which was just posted on QOTSA.com. The hard-rockers have also announced their first tour dates of the year, including a handful of appearances at European festivals this summer. The only U.S. gig scheduled so far is a June 8 performance at the KJEE Seaside Beach Ball in Ventura, California. … Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan hopes to release the debut LP from his Puscifer project this fall. The record will boast guest contributions from Rage Against the Machine‘s Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk and PrimusTim Alexander as well as Lustmord and Jonny Polonsky. …

Pitbull and Nina Sky performed at the Cuervotón: Search for La Nueva Generación of Latinos in Urban Música event Tuesday night at Arena in midtown Manhattan, New York. Rappers Tru Life and Joel Ortiz also joined them for the music-appreciation festivities. … New Janet Jackson music is coming soon, according to her boyfriend, Jermaine Dupri. Dupri posted a note on his MySpace page saying that the “Rush Hour 3″ soundtrack will be released on Island Records and will feature a new Janet single. Dupri was appointed president of Island Urban Music last month. … Rolling Stone is archiving every issue on DVD for its 40th anniversary celebration this fall, Reuters reports. “Rolling Stone Cover-to-Cover: The First 40 Years” will cost $119.99 and amass more than 1,000 issues’ worth of material — more than 115,000 pages in total.

04.18.2007

Jennifer Lopez‘s “Bordertown” finally has a release date: August 31. The singer/actress recently spoke with MTV Trés about the film, which also stars Antonio Banderas and finds Lopez playing a reporter investigating a series of murders of young female factory workers in Mexico. “We tried to make it an interesting film, for people to wanna go see it, but at the same time, really focused on [letting] people know that [factory workers are being murdered in Mexico].” …

In another interview — published in the May issue of Elle‘s U.K. edition — Lopez describes herself as “the Christopher Columbus of romance.” I’ve been through some rough seas and had some disasters, but in the end, I found what I was looking for,” she said. After a burst of laughter, she added, “Can you believe I just said that?” But while love makes her say some strange things, Lopez said it’s also helped her music. Husband Marc Anthony, who worked with the singer on her Spanish-language album Como Ama Una Mujer, told her, ” ‘I know you can do this. Sing the words. You know what they mean. You can do it,’ ” she said. “I’d go into the recording booth and, for the first time ever, I’d feel as if I was flying when I was singing. He gave me the confidence to do the best work I’ve ever done.” …

Russell Simmons, Warner Music Group Chairman Lyor Cohen, Damon Dash and other high-powered industry executives gathered Wednesday (April 18) to discuss sexist and racist remarks in rap lyrics, The Associated Press reports. T.I. also attended the summit, which was staged in the wake of Don Imus‘ firing for saying racial slurs on his radio program. The meeting lasted for several hours, postponing a scheduled news conference that was to be carried out after the summit. No specific initiatives were announced after the meeting, but Simmons’ publicist released a statement saying the topic is a “complex issue that involves gender, race, culture and artistic expression. Everyone assembled today takes this issue very seriously.” …

Snoop Dogg and Bun B are helping pay homage to the late Eazy-E in a new tribute video by Mike Jones. The clip for Jones’ “My 64″ is set to be filmed in Los Angeles on Thursday. … Rick James will be recalled with the posthumous release Deeper Still, the last studio effort he recorded before he died in August 2004. The funk master’s LP — which contains 10 songs he either wrote or co-wrote, and was produced by James — will drop May 15 and is to be preceded by “Memoirs of a Super Freak,” an autobiography James wrote while in California’s Folsom State Prison in 1993-’95. …

Beyoncé told MTV News that she hadn’t planned to put her cover of Des’ree‘s “I’m Kissing You” — which she retitled “Still in Love (Kissing You)” — on her re-released B’Day – Deluxe Edition album and video anthology, but other people insisted, telling her she’d be “crazy” not to. She might have benefited from a second opinion, since now she’s being sued for copyright infringement over the track. The Royalty Network — which administers the publishing on behalf of Westbury Music, owner of the copyright for Des’ree’s song — is asking for $150,000 in damages and seeks an injunction to recall the album from stores, according to a suit filed Monday in Manhattan Federal Court. A hearing to show cause has been scheduled for Monday. …

The ubiquitous Now That’s What I Call Music! juggernaut rolls on, as volume 24(!) of the pop-hits collection sold more than 89,000 copies to hold the #1 spot on next week’s Billboard albums chart, according to SoundScan. Country crooner Tim McGraw was a distant second, selling more than 65,000 copies of his Let It Go. Nearly as-ubiquitous-as-Now hook man Akon landed in third, as his Konvicted album sold more than 59,000 copies. He’s followed closely by the week’s biggest debut, Omaha, Nebraska’s own Bright Eyes, who sold more than 58,000 copies of their Cassadaga album (a number right on par with the first-week sales for each of their 2005 releases, I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning and Digital Ash in a Digital Urn). Timbaland rounds out the top five, as his Shock Value also topped the 58,000 mark. …

Chris Rock has every intention to “contribute to the support, maintenance and education” of a 13-year-old boy in Georgia — so long as the teen is really the actor’s son, AP reports. Rock’s attorney filed papers Monday in Bulloch County Superior Court, requesting that the court start paternity proceedings to determine whether he is the father of the boy, whose mother tried to file a paternity suit against the actor in March. … The trust responsible for James Brown‘s estate owes more than $70,000 for the funeral and care involved with the singer’s body, according to AP. Brown’s longtime adviser, Buddy Dallas, said Wednesday that some funeral costs have been paid and that trustees have sent a check covering the balance owed to the C.A. Reid Funeral Home in Georgia. Dallas claims it “was the children that ran up a funeral bill of over $150,000, not the trustees,” although a lawyer for Brown’s offspring said the funeral costs are the trust’s responsibility. Brown’s children have filed three motions this week: one asking a judge to provide accounting records of the singer’s trust and estate, one claiming Brown’s trustees have been attempting to sell some of his assets against court orders, and another requesting that a judge modify his previous order that appointed two administrators to help the trustees settle the estate. …

Fergie covers Heart‘s “Barracuda” for “Shrek the Third,” AP reports. The soundtrack, due May 15, also features Eddie Murphy and Antonio Banderas teaming up for a cover of Sly & the Family Stone‘s “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Again)”; Eels‘ “Royal Pain,” which was written for the film; as well as classic tracks by the Ramones, Led Zeppelin and Paul McCartney and Wings. … Kelly Clarkson is going country. The singer is teaming up with Reba McEntire on May 15 for a performance on the 42nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards. The show will air live from Las Vegas beginning at 8 p.m. ET on CBS. Country stars Kenny Chesney, Brooks & Dunn, George Strait and Sugarland will also perform. … Can’t get enough Dave Chappelle? How about six hours’ worth of standup performance by the comedian? AP reports that Chappelle was onstage at West Hollywood, California’s Laugh Factory for six hours and seven minutes Sunday night, surpassing Dane Cook‘s previous record-breaking, near-four-hour stretch from earlier this month. …

Hellyeah are greasing their wheels for Fire It Up, a spring tour they’re staging prior to heading out as part of this year’s Family Values Tour. The band’s run starts May 20 in Baltimore and hits 10 more cities before winding down June 5 in Corpus Christi, Texas. … Pete Doherty told a judge in London on Wednesday that his friends are tired of his drug use, AP reports. “They’ve said it’s drugs or them,” the Babyshambles frontman said at a court appearance to review his drug-treatment progress. The judge praised Doherty’s cooperation with the program. … Expect to hear some new Happy Mondays material from their first album in 15 years when the band co-headlines Coachella on April 27. On the production front, the Mondays have been working with Sunny LevineQuincy Jones‘ grandson — and U2 and Björk collaborator Howie B., who is mixing the LP. A title and release date have not been set. … Actress Kitty Carlisle Hart — who starred in Woody Allen‘s “Radio Days,” the Marx brothers movie “A Night at the Opera” and “Six Degrees of Separation,” among other films — has died, AP reports. She was 96.