Lindsay Lohan Sued By Car-Chase Passenger; Plus Britney Spears, Wu-Tang Clan, Mark Ronson, Amy Winehouse, VMAs & More, In For The Record

Spears, Kevin Federline try to block media; Wu cover Beatles song; Ronson to be joined by Winehouse's touring band at VMAs.

Lindsay Lohan is getting sued again — this time for assault and negligence by one of the passengers who was traveling in the car the actress allegedly chased last month while driving under the influence. Tracie Rice, the woman who filed the suit and was in the car driven by Michelle Peck — the mother of one of Lohan’s former assistants — claims that Lohan “put me through one of the most frightening experiences of my life,” according to a statement obtained by The Associated Press. “What Miss Lohan did that night was extremely dangerous and reprehensible. Someone could easily have been killed or seriously hurt because of her irresponsible decisions that evening.” The suit also alleges that Lohan intentionally inflicted emotional distress upon the woman, and it seeks unspecified damages as well as payment of medical and other emotional-distress-related expenses. …

Britney Spears and Kevin Federline‘s divorce lawyers were supposed to help resolve their clients’ child-custody dispute at a Los Angeles Superior Court hearing on Tuesday (August 14), but instead the attorneys used the court date to try to protect the former spouses’ privacy. According to a court clerk, legal representatives from Los Angeles TV news channel KNBC, “Access Hollywood” and People magazine jointly filed papers Tuesday morning to prevent court records in the former couple’s child-custody battle from being permanently sealed. The move came after news outlets got wind that Federline’s attorney Mark Vincent Kaplan was planning to bring to court a folder of documents “about an inch and a half thick,” according to a source close to the matter. Federline’s team has already subpoenaed Spears’ cousin and former assistant, Alli Sims, and Spears’ bodyguard Daimon Shippen; more subpoenas to give depositions about the care of the children are due to come for those close to Spears, the source said. Superior Court Commissioner Scott M. Gordon will hear the opposition to seal the records in a separate hearing on September 14, while the custody dispute will continue in court on September 17. …

Wu-Tang Clan covering the Beatles‘ “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” … with George Harrison‘s son Dhaniand Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante playing along? That’s the news the RZA spilled to RollingStone.com late last week, saying the collabo for the ages will surface on the Clan’s November 13 album, 8 Diagrams. The track will sample the original George Harrison-written song, with the group rapping over the track, Frusciante wailing on lead guitar and Dhani Harrison playing acoustic. … Amy Winehouse‘s touring band, the Dap-Kings; Jamiroquai‘s Stu Zender and other to-be-announced singers will make guest appearances with Mark Ronson when he mans the decks at the VMAs on September 9. …

Don Imus back on the airwaves? AP reports that the shock jock has reached a settlement with CBS Radio over his contract and is in negotiations with New York’s WABC-AM radio — home to another inflammatory jock, Rush Limbaugh — to return to broadcasting. The settlement would preempt Imus’ threatened $120 million breach-of-contract suit, a CBS spokesperson told AP, although the terms were not disclosed. …

Arcade Fire and LCD Soundsystem must really be enjoying each other’s company these days — the tour partners are planning to release a split 7-inch while on the road, RollingStone.com reports. The record will include the Fire’s cover of Serge Gainsbourg‘s “Poupée de Cire, Poupée de Son” and LCD’s take on Joy Division‘s “No Love Lost.” … Perry Farrell and his Satellite Party will descend on jam-band Moe.‘s eighth annual Moe.Down fest, to be held August 31-September 2 in Turin, New York. The Party will be filling in for Ryan Adams & the Cardinals, who had to bail from the fest for personal reasons. …

The tentative track list for the soundtrack to the upcoming film “Resident Evil: Extinction” has been announced. The set will include cuts from Shadows Fall, Flyleaf, Bayside, the Bled, Chimaira, Poison the Well and It Dies Today. Look for it to hit stores September 18 and the film to hit theaters three days later. … Gwar have been added to the Viva la Bands Tour, which will also feature Cradle of Filth, CKY and Vains of Jenna. The trek kicks off September 24 in Baltimore and runs through November 3 in Worcester, Massachusetts. … The lineup for the Radio Rebellion Tour has been released, and extreme-metallists Job for a Cowboy and Polish death-metal specialists Behemoth will be co-headlining. Gojira and Beneath the Massacre will be the opening acts on the trek, which will hit 28 North American cities, beginning October 18 in Baltimore and wrapping November 18 in New York. …

Lana Clarkson‘s mother Donna took the stand Monday in the Phil Spector murder trial, testifying about shopping with the deceased actress shortly before she was shot on February 3, 2003, the Los Angeles Times reports. Refuting claims that Lana Clarkson was despondent over a failed acting career — the defense has argued that she was driven to suicide — the prosecution attempted to show instead that she was optimistic about the future. The defense asked Donna Clarkson to testify about apparently forged documents the actress used to try to get a loan, but prosecutor Alan Jackson said the documents would only provide “a look at what kind of person she is, not who pulled the trigger.” Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler has allowed the letters to be admitted. …

Sixteen solo albums by John Lennon debuted on iTunes on Tuesday, and for the next 30 days, exclusive video content will accompany six of them — including John Lennon/ Plastic Ono Band and Milk and Honey. The albums are available in iTunes Plus, which offers DRM-free tracks, and each song costs $1.29. …

Phil Rizzuto, the New York Yankees shortstop who later became a longtime announcer for the team and was best-known for catchphrases like “Holy cow!” and “Unbelievable!,” died Tuesday. He was 89. Rizzuto, whose nickname was “Scooter,” will also be remembered as the voice providing the play-by-play commentary in Meat Loaf‘s infamous 1977 song, “Paradise by the Dashboard Light.”

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Britney Spears‘ assistant was served with court papers Sunday morning to give a deposition in a legal matter between the singer and Kevin Federline. Mark Vincent Kaplan, Federline’s attorney, told The Associated Press that Alli Sims will be asked to offer a statement “in connection with the Britney Spears/ Kevin Federline issue,” although he didn’t elaborate. He added that Sims is “believed to have relevant information” but didn’t go into specifics about that either. On Wednesday, Kaplan filed documents in Los Angeles Superior Court for primary physical custody of Federline’s two sons with Spears. …

Diddy will executive produce the upcoming biopic of the Notorious B.I.G., Variety reports. “Soul Food” director George Tillman will be behind the lens for “Unbelievable: The Life, Death and Afterlife of the Notorious B.I.G.,” for which an open casting call was launched nationally on Sunday. …

Jennifer Lopez has pegged October 9 as the release date for her English-language album Brave, her second LP of the year and sixth studio disc overall. The set is highlighted by the just-released single, “Do It Well,” and will be produced by J.R. Rotem (50 Cent, Christina Aguilera), among others. J. Lo’s other album this year, Como Ama Una Mujer, is the best-selling Spanish-language debut LP ever. … Amy Winehouse, who was hospitalized last week for severe exhaustion, has scrapped two planned shows in Germany opening for the Rolling Stones, RollingStone.com reports. The singer told Britain’s News of the World, “I don’t know how to explain what happened. … I can’t remember what I looked like. I couldn’t recognize myself. It was terrifying.” …

Smashing Pumpkins, Foo Fighters, Kid Rock and Velvet Revolver will anchor Los Angeles radio station KROQ’s Inland Invasion fest — which has been renamed the L.A. Invasion, since its relocation from a venue in Devore, California, to one in Carson. Against Me!, Chris Cornell, Hot Hot Heat, Satellite Party, Paramore and Cypress Hill round out the bill for the show, which will take place September 15. …

The French publisher of the “Harry Potter” series will not seek damages against a 16-year-old who allegedly posted online an unauthorized French translation of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” publishing house Gallimard Jeunesse said Monday (August 13), The Associated Press reports. The case is still being investigated by French authorities, who will decide whether to bring it to trial. … Robert Smith of the Cure, Julian Casablancas of the Strokes, Frank Black and Tom Waits will judge this year’s International Songwriting Competition, RollingStone.com reports. …

Bloc Party, Múm, Of Montreal and more have been confirmed for the ninth annual Iceland Airwaves festival, set for October 17-21 in downtown Reykjavík. … The Shins have beefed up their fall tour schedule with a smattering of new U.S. dates. After playing Seattle’s Bumbershoot festival on September 1 and Chicago’s Download Festival the following day, the band will take a month off, then hit the road again beginning October 5 in Berkeley, California. From there, the Shins will play more West Coast and Southwest dates before dipping down South and winding their way up the East Coast for a two-day stand at New York’s Terminal Five on October 23-24. They’ll cap the tour with a pair of gigs at Las Vegas’ Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel on October 27-28. …

Wilco are bumping a pair of concerts because guitarist Nels Cline has come down with the chicken pox, according to the band’s site. The Tuesday night show in Duluth, Minnesota, will now be staged September 4, and a concert scheduled for Winnipeg, Manitoba, will be postponed or scrapped entirely. … “You Hear It First” vets the Shout Out Louds will tour for a month after they drop their new album, Our Ill Wills, on September 11. The indie-pop quintet will embark at the LA Weekly Detour festival in Los Angeles on October 6 and stay on the road through a November 3 show in Dallas. …

According to Killswitch Engage bassist Mike D’Antonio, the band will head out for a co-headlining run with Lamb of God this winter. Suicidal Tendencies and Every Time I Die are in talks to open the gigs. … Alice in Chains have been working on its first new material in more than a decade, according to frontman William DuVall. He said working with the band has “been deeply rewarding” and the new material sounds “insane.” No word yet on when the reunited grunge rockers will release their next LP. …

Big Lebowski” fans who incessantly re-enact scenes and dialogue from the cult flick are about to be able to make their interpretations even lifelike: action figures are on the way. Seven-inch scale figures devoted to the Dude and Walter will be available in October and can be preordered here.Barenaked Ladies will host another cruise in 2008 called Ships & Dip III and leaving Miami on January 27. Tickets go on sale March 22. Meanwhile, Lynyrd Skynyrd (with guests the Marshall Tucker Band) are also hosting another cruise, while Sister Hazel and Toad the Wet Sprocket are signed on for Rock Boat VIII. …

According to the Asbury Park Press, police charged 33 people with underage drinking last week at the Family Values Tour’s Wednesday stop at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey. Thirteen others were arrested on various other charges, including resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and assaulting a trooper. In all, 46 people, ranging in age from 16-47, were taken into custody during the gig, which was headlined by tour founders Korn. … A James Brown trustee accused of misappropriating $350,000 of the late singer’s money has resigned, the Chicago Tribune reports. David Cannon turned over a check for the sum at a hearing on Friday. A follow-up hearing has been slated for September 24 as wrangling continues over Brown’s estate.