For The Record: Quick News On Lindsay Lohan, U2, Sum 41, Gwen Stefani And Eve, P. Diddy, Taryn Manning & More

Lindsay Lohan threatens celebrity news outlets, U2's Larry Mullen going after scalpers.

Lindsay Lohan is unhappy about all the press coverage her parents' divorce is getting, so her attorney has sent a seven-page cease-and-desist letter to some celebrity news outlets. The letter, obtained by the Smoking Gun Web site, threatens legal action against any publication that reports on the "false and damaging statements" made by Lindsay's father, Michael Lohan. Lindsay's lawyer further states in the letter, which also makes reference to Michael's "psychological problems," that any person or media outlet that prints Michael's statements will be liable for any damages suffered by Lindsay and her mother, Dina Lohan. ...

Problems with U2's Internet presale of tickets for their upcoming world tour has left fans upset and put drummer Larry Mullen on the warpath. The trouble started early last month, when scalpers infiltrated the presale by posing as U2.com paid subscribers and leapfrogged honest-to-goodness U2 fans hoping to get tickets. When fans alerted the band, Mullen posted an open letter on U2.com, pledging to figure out "a way of distributing the tickets for our intended return to North America in the fall," to hunt down scalpers and give priority to U2.com members for new tickets. ... Even the toughest of pop-punkers is no match for a throat infection. Sum 41's Deryck Whibley was struck down with just such an ailment, causing his band to cancel four Canadian tour dates. One of the scrapped shows, in Barrie, Ontario, has already been rescheduled for Valentine's Day, while three other shows — two in Toronto, one in London, Ontario — will be made up next month. ...

P. Diddy's such a trendsetter, he says, he can get everyone to copy his ride — even if it's a Diet Pepsi truck. The rap mogul stars in a spot for the soda scheduled to air during the Super Bowl, spoofing a previous appearance at MTV's Video Music Awards when he arrived on a flatbed truck. In the Pepsi ad, he shows up in the Pepsi truck after his own car breaks down and he's forced to hitch a ride. Carson Daly, who also appears in the commercial, remarks upon Diddy's amazing entrance, and the next thing you know, everyone from Eva Longoria to Wilmer Valderrama to Xzibit are driving Pepsi trucks, though some more successfully than others. ... Appearing in a separate Super Bowl commercial for Pepsi are Gwen Stefani and Eve, who make a cameo in a spot illustrating how fans can win free songs via iTunes. The pair turn up in an elevator as a fan is listening to their song, "Rich Girl." ...

Clay Aiken appears in a promotional video for his North Carolina hometown. Titled "Downtown Raleigh Open for Business," the video was sent to more than 200 real-estate brokers in an attempt to reinvigorate the area. ... The Click Five, a power-pop band that formed at Boston's Berklee College of Music, have been tapped to open for Ashlee Simpson on her North American tour, which kicks off February 16 in Anaheim, California. The Click Five formed just over a year ago and have since opened for Alanis Morissette and the Barenaked Ladies. ...

Pete Doherty, ex-Libertines vocalist and leader of the band Babyshambles, will spend the weekend in jail on charges of robbery and blackmail, according to Reuters. Doherty was granted bail in a London court on Friday but was unable to raise the 150,000 pounds ($282,400) in time. The singer was arrested Wednesday after police were called to a London hotel to investigate reports of a man being assaulted. ... Ray Charles Robinson, the son of late soul legend Ray Charles, was arrested at the Dunes Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles on Thursday for alleged felony drug possession, according to an LAPD spokesperson. The 45-year-old, who is also known as Ray Charles Jr., was released on $10,000 bail. ...

Actor John Vernon, best known for his role as Dean Wormer in the classic frat flick "Animal House" (1978), died on Tuesday at his home in California's San Fernando Valley, having recently suffered a heart attack, according to The Associated Press. He was 72. The Canadian-born actor, whose first movie role was the voice of Big Brother in "1984" (1956), appeared in such films as "Dirty Harry" (1971) and "I'm Gonna Git You Sucka" (1988). ... Taryn Manning, who stars in the Sundance Film Festival hit "Hustle & Flow," is hard at work on the second Boomkat album. "The new record is a little bit more mature," she said. "I've been through hell and back. I've been dropped from my label." One of Boomkat's new tracks will appear in the upcoming Ashton Kutcher comedy "A Lot Like Love," in which Manning co-stars. ...

The Donnas have announced that they will play several headlining shows in April, following their gig opening for Maroon 5 on part of the Honda Civic Tour. The headlining tour will start on April 15 in Grand Rapids, Michigan; dates have been announced through April 26 in San Francisco. ... Incubus have announced plans to reissue last year's A Crow Left of the Murder in a deluxe "DualDisc" edition. One side of the disc will feature the regular version of Crow, while the flipside features a stereo mix of the album, plus live footage of the band playing Lollapalooza and the Bridge School Benefit, along with "making the album" studio footage. The DualDisc version of Crow hits stores on Tuesday. ...

02.03.2005

Master P has released a statement regarding his arrest in Los Angeles last week for felony gun possession. "If the cops stopped panicking for one minute, they would've realized that the guns were registered, and that is legal in America," he said. "What did they expect me to be carrying? A can of Mace? ... It's a different way of life for a person of color with money than it is for others with money." ...

Madonna will pop up on her friend Missy Elliott's show "The Road to Stardom" later this month. Madge surprises the remaining five contestants when she shows up to dish out advice on an episode airing February 16 at 8 p.m. ET on UPN. Meanwhile, Elliott's upcoming album is nearly finished — she begins mixing next week, according to her rep. ... Beck's new album, Guero, will come out in three versions on March 29 — a regular edition, a two-disc version in stereo 5.1 containing videos for "E-Pro" and "Black Tambourine," and a third version with four bonus remixes by Boards of Canada, Dizzee Rascal, Röyksopp and Octet. Meanwhile, electro artists 8 Bit and Paza retool the Guero tracks "Hell Yes," "Que Onda Guero," "E-Pro" and "Girl" for an EP called Hell Yes, available now exclusively on iTunes. A video for "Hell Yes," directed by Japanese animation director Mumbleboy, is also available as an iTunes exclusive. ...

Lamb of God have been banned from joining Slipknot and the rest of the Subliminal Verses Tour acts when the outing hits the church-owned Great Western Forum in Los Angeles on April 9. "A band formerly known as Burn the Priest caused us pause," Marc Little, general counsel for the Faithful Central Bible Church, which owns the Forum, told The Associated Press. "We have to draw the line somewhere." ... Carl Thomas and Elephant Man were among the industry insiders who hit New York's Hit Factory studio Wednesday night to see Tweet. The singer performed several selections from her upcoming release, It's Me Again, due March 22. ...

Without basketball to keep him busy, suspended baller Ron Artest has turned his attention to the fashion world. Artest will be featured in the Roc's ad campaign that launches this month, a spot he was offered by his co-star in the campaign, Damon Dash. Companies under the Roc umbrella include the clothing lines Rocawear and the Damon Dash Collection. Other celebrities who will appear in the ads include Cam'ron, Karolina Kurkova, Naomi Campbell and Kevin Bacon. ... It turns out that Janet Jackson and Jermaine Dupri will not be attending a Super Bowl party designed to raise money for charity after all. The Willy Gary Celebrity Scholarship Super Bowl Party prematurely announced the pair's attendance, and those who bought tickets to see them can get refunds, event organizers said, noting that other celebs such as Magic Johnson and Oscar De La Hoya will still be there. ...

Fountains of Wayne have a new song in the upcoming animated film "Robots." The tune, "Tell Me What You Already Did," is part of a soundtrack that also features songs by Chingy, Houston and Stacie Orrico. "Robots" comes out March 11. ... Pulp fans in New York should head to MisShapes this weekend, as the weekly party (held at the club Luke and Leroys) boasts guest DJs Jarvis Cocker and Steve Mackey on Saturday night. The festivities start at 10 p.m. ...