Amy Winehouse’s Husband Back In Court; Plus Justin Timberlake, J.K. Rowling, Radiohead, Hilary Duff, Tom Morello & More, In For The Record

JT to host PGA Tour event; Rowling could beat Al Gore for Time honor; Radiohead announce Rainbows U.S. release date.

The trial involving Amy Winehouse‘s husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, has been delayed in light of allegations that he “perverted the court of justice,” or the U.S. equivalent of obstruction of justice. He was back in court on Monday (November 12) for a brief hearing, and according to Agence France-Presse, he smiled throughout the session. The trial, previously slated to start Monday, has been adjourned until November 23, and Fielder-Civil — who was arrested last week following a raid on his and Winehouse’s London home — is to remain in custody until then. Michael Brown, a 39-year-old who is supposed to stand trial with his friend Fielder-Civil, was not in court on Monday, and a judge issued a warrant for his arrest. BBC News also reports that James King, who was allegedly beaten by Fielder-Civil and Brown in June, was one of the men arrested last week, and that he has also been charged with the aforementioned crime. Fielder-Civil was remanded on technical bail. …

Teeing with JT: Justin Timberlake has inked a five-year deal with the PGA Tour that will find him hosting a tournament in Las Vegas next year. “Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open,” which will be played October 13-19, will help raise funds for the Shriners group, which provides medical care at no charge to children under 18 years old. The singer will play in a celebrity-golf game that week as well. “Raising money to better children’s lives while playing golf? I can’t think of a better way to pass the time,” he said in a statement. … Timberlake’s visibility has also landed him on Barbara Walters‘ “10 Most Fascinating People of 2007″ list, and they’ll be seen chatting on an hourlong ABC special set to air December 6 at 10 p.m. ET. Former President Bill Clinton, Jennifer Hudson, Posh Spice and two surprise guests will also appear on the show. … Could J.K. Rowling top Nobel Peace Prize winner Al Gore on a competing list, Time‘s Person of the Year? That’s how the voting is shaping up on the Time Web site, although, as it indicates, the editors reserve the right to give the honor to the person of their choosing. Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are also in the running, and the December issue will be on sale December 21. …

Radiohead have set the North American release date for In Rainbows. The album will hit stores January 1 through the band’s own TBD Records (which, as expected, is teaming with ATO Records Group for the release), with “Bodysnatchers” and “Jigsaw Falling Into Place” as the first two singles. According to a press release, more information on the album and the band’s tour plans will be announced soon. … In case teens need an extra incentive to rack up credit-card debt, branded cards featuring Hilary Duff and Usher are on the way, according to Brandweek. Duff is getting a prepaid Visa gift card “aimed to show the young ones how to manage their pocket change (and learn about service fees),” according to the branding-news magazine, while Usher has a Debit MasterCard that features an empowerment message. The Platinum Plus Visa card devoted to Elvis Presley actually has a charitable aspect, as money from it goes to a foundation that helps homeless families. A Kiss credit card is available too. …

Tom Morello, guitarist for reunited rockers Rage Against the Machine, serenaded some 3,000 people involved in the Hollywood writers’ strike outside 20th Century Fox Studios in Century City, California, last week, the Los Angeles Times reports. … Chiodos, Mindless Self Indulgence and Finch are among the first confirmed bands for next year’s Bamboozle Festival, which is scheduled for May 3-4 at the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Jack’s Mannequin, Less Than Jake, Forever the Sickest Kids, Scary Kids Scaring Kids, I Am the Avalanche and the Starting Line have also been booked for the bill. … Xzibit has signed on for a tour of duty in Oliver Stone‘s upcoming Vietnam movie, “Pinkville.” The film revolves around the 1968 My Lai Massacre, during which 500 people — mostly women, children and the elderly — were killed by U.S soldiers. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the “Pimp My Ride” host will play a soldier who is convinced he acted ethically when he carried out his orders. …

My Chemical Romance‘s Bob Bryar has issued a statement concerning the band’s cancellation of a recent gig at the University of Maine, which had prompted school officials to consider legal action against the band. Late last week, the college’s newspaper, The Maine Campus, announced that MCR would be paying the student government $20,500 in restitution fees for scrapping the October 27 show. The student government had previously said it would pursue legal action against the band unless it paid all expenses incurred by Monday, arguing that if it did not recoup the money, it would cost more than $2 from each student’s activity fee. “We are very sorry about canceling our recent show in Maine. I have been having many problems with my wrists over the past few years,” Bryar wrote in his statement. “They have been getting worse but I kept playing. I have seen many doctors to get some relief so I wouldn’t have to stop playing. I guess I pushed it too hard this time. During our [recent] show at Maxwell’s [in Hoboken, New Jersey], I got a golf ball-sized lump in my wrist, I started to not only have pain, but lose control and feeling in my fingers. I went through a process to control the swelling and attempted to play the show [opening for] Bon Jovi the next day. The Bon Jovi show was really bad for me — I was dropping sticks and could barely hit my drums. After that show, we decided I had to go get immediate treatment. I had to leave the tour. Being the stubborn person I am, I made a last-minute decision to give it another shot on the second Bon Jovi show. It didn’t work, [and] we had to cut the set in half. We have a fill-in now as I am getting treatment. He learned the songs in one day.” At press time, the identity of Bryar’s fill-in was unconfirmed. …

In a note posted on his Web site late last week, Kid Rock gave props to the head of his security team, Little Bear, for “finding a hidden camera in the dressing room at the show at the Myth Nightclub” in Minneapolis on Thursday night. “Little Bear, who runs SpyOps.net, discovered the device before the show and alerted the authorities, who are now investigating,” Rock wrote. TMZ obtained photos of the alleged spycam from Little Bear that appears to indicate it was set up to broadcast on the Internet, but in a statement from the club released to the Star Tribune, the management explained, “The green-room camera in question is part of the venue’s security aspect, available for viewing by head of security only … Rock’s allegation that there was some kind of Internet broadcast in progress is simply not true and without foundation.” …

The Broadway stagehands’ strike isn’t just affecting theatrical productions — Duran Duran‘s 10-night residence at New York’s Ethel Barrymore Theatre has also been stymied by the protest. The band canceled its Saturday night show and moved its Monday and Tuesday gigs to the Roseland Ballroom. “We are really disappointed that we weren’t able to finish up the run on Broadway, which has been in the planning for months,” singer Simon LeBon said, according to BBC News. “However, we are relieved that there was somewhere else available to us so that we don’t have to disappoint our fans by not playing.” … With Army of Anyone‘s future in doubt — the band, featuring former Filter frontman Richard Patrick and two former members of Stone Temple Pilots, is said to be on “hiatus” — drummer Ray Luzier has opted to handle drum duties during Korn‘s upcoming European tour, set to begin in early 2008. Luzier replaces Slipknot‘s Joey Jordison, who in turn replaced Terry Bozzio earlier this year, as the band’s touring drummer.

11.9.07

Britney Spears fans must be asking themselves why the singer risks getting behind the wheel anymore. According to a video posted on TMZ.com, the singer blew through a red light and made an illegal turn against oncoming traffic, with her two sons in the backseat of her Mercedes as she was driving in Los Angeles on Thursday. The footage also apparently shows Spears’ court-appointed monitor ducking in the passenger seat. The video came to light following Thursday’s emergency hearing in her child-custody dispute with Kevin Federline, her ex-husband. Federline’s lawyer Mark Vincent Kaplan hadn’t seen the footage by the time the hearing commenced, and there’s no word yet if this will affect his motion to prevent Spears from driving with her kids. A spokesperson for the Los Angeles Police Department told MTV News on Friday that authorities weren’t planning to cite Spears with any traffic violations because they hadn’t been made aware of any unsafe left turns. The spokesperson also said police hadn’t heard anything further about Spears recently running over a cop’s feet.

Weezer fans, the countdown for a new album has begun. The band’s mysterious AlbumSix.com Web site has posted release dates for two upcoming projects: Alone: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo, which is due December 11, and the simply titled Album Six, which is poised for an April 22 release. …

Chamillionaire invited old pal Paul Wall to perform with him onstage at a BET Black College Tour stop at Texas Southern University earlier this week. The once-feuding Houston rappers performed their classic collaboration, “N Luv Wit My Money.” …

The nominees for this year’s People’s Choice Awards rolled out Thursday — and not surprisingly, they’re the usual suspects who have been cropping up in other awards competitions throughout the year. Beyoncé is up for three awards; while Justin Timberlake, Maroon 5 and Daughtry landed two nods each. Also in the running in various categories are: Kanye West, Gwen Stefani, Rihanna, Linkin Park, the Killers, John Mayer, Ne-Yo, Plain White T’s, Timbaland, Shop Boyz and Shakira. As for the movie contenders, Matt Damon, Jessica Alba, Jamie Foxx, Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp and others are all in the running. The awards show will air January 8 at 9 p.m. ET on CBS. …

Radiohead have been busting out some surprise covers on Radiohead.tv, which has featured live webcasts by the band for the past two days. Alongside live versions of their own songs, Radiohead have ripped into Björk‘s “Unravel,” the Smiths‘ “The Headmaster Ritual” and New Order‘s “Ceremony,” according to RollingStone.com. …

Prince is “not suing his fans,” his U.K. tour promoter AEG Live insisted in a recent statement, according to TheDailySwarm.com. Earlier this week, Prince fan sites claimed to have been hit with cease-and-desist letters from his lawyers demanding the sites remove all images, artwork and fan-submitted pictures related to the singer. “Prince is not suing his fans, is not looking to penalize fans and nor is he looking to or inhibiting freedom of speech in any way,” the statement reportedly read. “In fact, he is simply looking to provide Prince fans with exclusive music and images entirely free of charge, and bypassing unofficial and unauthorized phony fan sites that exploit both consumers and artists.” AEG did, however, single out the fan sites that assembled to create a new URL, PrinceFansUnited.com. While the promoter said mediations are being conducted between the parties to resolve the issue, it claimed, “The three sites in question have falsely positioned themselves as representatives of millions of Prince fans. In fact, many have come out in support of Prince at his official site and even on the messageboards of the unofficial sites in question.” More revealing perhaps is that, according to the reported statement, Prince is taking on ThePirateBay.com, the self-proclaimed world’s largest BitTorrent tracker. “They are in fact exploiting copyrighted material for their commercial gain,” the statement claimed. “The site has flouted constant legal notices from artists and corporations throughout the world while cashing in on advertising monies. All the time, they keep up the pretence of being an anarchist, ‘free music’ fan site when it is really a massive moneymaking venture.” …

ThePirateBay.com is likely hoping it doesn’t meet the same fate as Demonoid, a Canadian BitTorrent tracker that recently folded after coming under fire from the Canadian Recording Industry Association, according to Idolator.com. The CRIA has allegedly threatened the company that had been renting servers to Demonoid, which had moved its hosting company from the Netherlands to Canada because the latter country reportedly has less strict copyright-infringement laws. … This year’s Bang! Festival is a bust. The two-day event, which was set to feature Kanye West and Smashing Pumpkins as headliners and go down this weekend in Miami, has been postponed, according to the Bang! Web site. No reason was announced for the postponement, although tickets can be refunded at point of purchase. …

Neverland Ranch is safe … for now. That’s the word from a spokesperson for Michael Jackson, who denied reports Thursday that the embattled singer’s mansion is facing foreclosure. A day after notice of default on Neverland was made public, spokeswoman Raymone K. Bain issued a statement saying Jackson was never in default on the loan. Bain explained that Jackson’s former advisers refinanced the loan in 2006 and that the loan matured last month, and now he’s refinancing again. “Mr. Jackson is in the final stages of refinance and will not lose Neverland Valley Ranch,” Bain said. The copy of the default notice posted on the Web site of local station KSBY-TV said that as of October 12, Jackson owed $23,212,963 on a $23 million loan. …

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is trying to terminate the nearly weeklong Hollywood writers’ strike. According to Reuters, the actor-turned-politician said on Thursday that he has taken on an unspecified backstage role in trying to end the strike, which is already having a serious impact on shows like “Desperate Housewives” and “24.” Schwarzenegger revealed during a press conference at the State Capitol in Sacramento, “I’m talking to the parties that are involved because I think it’s very important that we settle that as quickly as possible, because it has a tremendous economic impact on our state.” He did not, however, specify his role in the talks. … Ellen DeGeneres has also made her feelings about the strike known — she has crossed the picket line, People reports. While her talk-show peers have taken an indefinite hiatus, the TV host is continuing to film her daytime program, “Ellen.” She skipped her monologue on Friday (November 9), saying she was doing so in honor of her writers. As for the rest of the show continuing, she qualified on her show, “It’s sweeps, which is a very important time in television, because that’s when you do your best shows, your funniest material.” The Writers Guild of America responded to DeGeneres on Friday, saying it was “extremely disappointed to see that Ellen has chosen not to stand with writers during the strike,” according to UsMagazine.com. “Ellen’s peers who host comedy/variety shows have chosen to support the writers and help them get a fair contract, Ellen has not. On her first show back, Ellen said she loves and supports her writers, but her actions prove otherwise.” …

Krist Novoselic, former Nirvana bassist and current member of Flipper, kicked off his Seattle Weekly blog this week. In his first entry, he posted about Kurt Cobain, Nirvana’s iconic “Smells Like Teen Spirit” video and anarchy, one of the clip’s prevalent themes. “Indeed, [ex-Bikini Kill singer and Cobain friend] Kathleen Hanna wrote, ‘Kurt Smells Like Teen Spirit’ on Kurt’s apartment wall,” he said in the post. “I recall seeing it and thinking, ‘Too much cheap red wine!’ I don’t know why she wrote it, but I know for sure that Kurt Cobain did not have any odor problems. Even though his place was a mess, he took care of his hygiene. This person would soak in the bath night after night only listening to the Beatles.” …

A rededication ceremony for the Peace Garden at the Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts in Stone Mountain, Georgia, is set for Saturday afternoon. The ceremony will begin with a drumline procession into the Peace Garden, followed by a performance from Pac’s Kids (students from the center’s outreach program); a prayer for peace from the late rapper’s mother, Afeni Shakur; and a ribbon-cutting. The free ceremony will end with the release of butterflies. The rededication comes three weeks after vandals defaced a statue of Tupac Shakur in the garden by pasting racist messages on it and hanging a wooden cross around its neck. Earlier this week, a man was charged with felony second-degree criminal damage to property in connection with the incident. Kenneth Anthony Wilson, 43, is being held in DeKalb County jail on a $1,500 bond, though a police spokesperson told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that authorities doubt Wilson, who is black, had a racial motive in the incident. …

Hallmark has filed a motion seeking the dismissal of Paris Hilton‘s lawsuit. The heiress is suing the company for a half-million dollars for using her photo and “That’s hot!” catchphrase on one of its cards. Hallmark argued in a statement that, “Hilton has become a household name, based in large part on her efforts to draw attention to herself,” according to “Access Hollywood.” “Having done so, she has subjected herself to public scrutiny and the parodist’s pen. The First Amendment does not allow her to respond by welcoming the fawning and flattering, but silencing the critical and comical.” …

Winona Ryder, mommy dearest to … Spock? You read it right — the 36-year-old actress will play the mother of Zachary Quinto ‘s character in J.J. Abrams‘ upcoming “Star Wars” reboot, Variety reports. She joins Simon Pegg, Eric Bana and other previously announced members of the cast. …

The popular Pandora Radio Web site made the jump to cell phones on Thursday when AT&T announced that it will offer personalized radio stations from Pandora on eight of its cell phones. As on the Web site, AT&T users can type in a song or artist and start listening to a personalized station within seconds on their handset, according to a press release from AT&T announcing the deal. Songs heard on Pandora can also be bookmarked and purchased later at the AT&T Mobile Music Store. The service is free for five days and then costs $8.99 a month.