James Todd Smith, aka hip-hop artist LL Cool J, has joined the cast of the Columbia Pictures feature "S.W.A.T." Production begins Oct. 19 in Los Angeles, with Colin Farrell, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Renner, and Michelle Rodriguez also starring in the film, which will be directed by Clark Johnson.
1998 - On the Grand Ole Opry, Jett Williams pays tribute to her late father, Hank Williams, who would have been 75 the day before. Daughter salutes father by performing ""Your Cheatin' Heart,"" a song released after his death on New Year's Eve, 1952. ""He never sang the song on the Opry. He never sang it live,"" Williams tells the audience.
Snoop Dogg takes aim at Death Row founder Suge Knight on his forthcoming Priority/Capitol album "Paid Tha Cost To Be Da Boss," due Nov. 26. "Suge Knight's a b*tch and that's on my life," the rapper says of his former boss on a track dubbed "Pimp't Slapped," a cut that also takes swipes at former collaborators Xzibit and Kurupt.
James Brown's daughters have filed a federal lawsuit in Atlanta against the Godfather of Soul, seeking more than $1 million in back royalties and damages for 25 songs they say they co-wrote. Deanna Brown Thomas, who works at a South Carolina radio station, and Dr. Yamma Brown Lumar, a Texas physician, say Brown has withheld royalties because of a family grudge.
Foo Fighters, Radiohead's Thom Yorke, Ryan Adams, James Taylor, Vanessa Carlton, the Other Ones, Jack Johnson, and Tenacious D will join Neil Young at the 16th annual Bridge School Benefit acoustic concerts, set for Oct. 26-27 at Shoreline Amphitheater outside of San Francisco. Young, and his wife Pegi, founded the Bridge School as a learning facility for physically challenged and severely speech-impaired children.
Rapper Juvenile (real name: Terius Gray) surrendered to New Orleans police to face robbery and battery charges. The 28-year-old entertainer was booked yesterday (Sept. 17) in the alleged beating and robbery of his barber in May. He was released on bond.
Pink, David Bowie, and Santana with Michelle Branch are set to perform at the 2002 VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards, to be held Oct. 15 at New York's Radio City Music Hall. The awards show, to be hosted by "Will & Grace" star Debra Messing, will be broadcast live on VH1 at 9 p.m. ET.
With her fellow 5th Dimension members Lamonte McLemore and Willie Williams joining her on the podium, Florence LaRue fought back the tears last weekend as the group received their Harmony Awards as inductees into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame.