Rancid, Simple Plan, the Used, Less Than Jake, the Ataris and other acts on the 2003 Warped Tour will appear in "Punk Rock Holocaust," a feature-length slasher flick being filmed on this summer's tour. The movie went into production June 19 at the opening date of the Warped Tour in Nampa, Idaho. "Punk Rock Holocaust" is being directed by 23 year-old Doug Sakmann.
Legendary jazz pioneer and big band leader Benny Carter, who helped break Hollywood's bar to black composers, died Saturday at Cedars Sinai hospital in Los Angeles. Carter, who was one of the first black composers and arrangers to work on mainstream Hollywood films, had been hospitalized for about two weeks, complaining of bronchitis and fatigue.
Australian singer/actor Delta Goodrem was hospitalized Friday in Sydney after being diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease, a treatable form of lymphatic cancer. The 18-year-old Sony Music artist has had a hectic schedule promoting her new Epic album, "Innocent Eyes," which is currently No. 1 in Australia, and bowed last week on the U.K. album chart at No. 2.
Compay Segundo, one of Cuba's oldest "troubadours" and charming frontman for the Buena Vista Social Club group, died this morning (July 14) in Havana. He was 95. Segundo, whose real name was Francisco Repilado, died of kidney failure at his home in Miramar, Havana. The guitarist and singer will be buried in his native Santiago in eastern Cuba.
Traversing territory that falls somewhere between Jurassic 5 and the Roots, alt-rappers Black Eyed Peas make a bid for crossover appeal on the follow-up to the 2000 set "Bridging the Gap." The lead single is the slick peacenik track "Where Is the Love" featuring Justin Timberlake.