Billboard Bits: MuchMusic, 'The Hulk,' Ice Cube

News on MuchMusic, 'The Hulk,' Ice Cube

AvrilCanadian acts Avril Lavigne, Our Lady Peace, Simple Plan, and Sam Roberts are among the performers confirmed for the 2003 MuchMusic Video Awards. The June 22 event at the music network's Toronto headquarters will also feature performances by Ashanti, Disturbed, Michelle Branch, and Sean Paul.

As previously reported, Our Lady Peace racked up six nominations to lead the pack. Treble Charger follows with five, while Chantal Kreviazuk, Matthew Good, Shawn Desman, and Swollen Members are tied with four nods each.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

Weiland"Set Me Free" -- a song performed by former Guns N' Roses members Slash, Duff McKagan, and Matt Sorum, Suicidal Tendencies' Dave Kushner, and Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland -- will be released on the soundtrack of "The Hulk." Due June 17 from Decca/UMG Soundtracks, the rest of the set will be comprised of Danny Elfman's film score.

It was believed that the song was slated to appear
only in the big screen adaptation of the comic book title, not on the soundtrack. That's the case with the unnamed band's cover of Pink Floyd's "Money," which appears in the remake of "The Italian Job." The Varese soundtrack features only that film's score.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

DaveIce Cube is eyeing a fall start date for the film "
Are We There Yet?," which will be directed by Brian Levant ("Snow Dogs," "Jingle All the Way"). Ice Cube is also producing the project with Matt Alvarez through their company CubeVision.

"Are We There" sees Ice Cube star as Nick, a playboy bachelor and sports memorabilia collector who is dating Suzanne, a divorced mother of two pre-teen children, who never like the men their mom dates. When Suzanne is stuck in New York for work on New Year's Eve, Nick offers to transport her kids -- whom he has never met -- from Washington to New York on one of the busiest travel days of the year. Along the way, the kids do everything in their power to ruin the trip and, in the process, Nick's relationship with their mom.

Ice Cube will be seen in the upcoming films "Barbershop 2" and "Torque," due out in November and January, respectively, in U.S. theaters.

-- Zorianna Kit, The Hollywood Reporter