Billboard Bits: Snoop Dogg, Alejandro Sanz, Danny Blitz

News on Snoop Dogg, Alejandro Sanz, Danny Blitz

NellyRapper-turned-actor Snoop Dogg is in negotiations to star in Warner Bros. Pictures' big-screen adaptation of the classic 1970s police-action television series "Starsky and Hutch." The Todd Phillips-directed project will go into production in March.

Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson will star as the cop duo who race around the city in a bright red hot rod and report to their never-happy boss, Capt. Dobey. Snoop -- whose past film work includes roles in "Training Day," "The Wash," "Bones," and "Baby Boy" -- will play Huggy Bear, the duo's flamboyant street informant.

-- Zorianna Kit, The Hollywood Reporter






NellyFollowing heaps of praise for his Warner Latina "MTV Unplugged" album -- including a Latin Grammy for album of the year, and two for the set's "Y Solo Se Me Ocurre Amarte" (record of the year and song of the year) -- Alejandro Sanz is planning a DVD release of the appearance. Due Dec. 3, the disc will include Sanz's 13-song performance and a making of "MTV Unplugged" documentary feature, and menus in Spanish and English.

Among the songs Sanz performs are "Corazon Partio," "Como Te Hecheo De Meno," and "Quisiera Ser." Released in November 2001, the "MTV Unplugged" album peaked at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Latin Albums and Latin Pop Albums charts. The set has sold 266,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.






Los Angeles-based guitarist Danny Blitz is in the midst of creating a video for his song "If Ozzy Was My Dad" with director Noah Clark (Linkin Park). The track, which was recently licensed by MTV for the second season of the network's hit series "The Osbournes," appears on the artist's debut Doorslammer Records album, "Hollywood," which was released last month.

Blitz and his band will be opening for Styx at the Sir Charles Blues Lab benefit Dec. 15 at Agoura, Calif.'s Canyon Club , and will perform a House of Blues Foundation benefit Jan. 16 in Anaheim, Calif. For more information, visit the artist's official Web site.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.