News Roundup: July 31


The son of Smash Mouth singer Steve Harwell died Saturday of complications from acute lymphocytic leukemia, The Associated Press reports. The child, born Jan. 26, became ill Thursday and was taken to the Sunrise Children’s Hospital in Las Vegas. The band has canceled a show in Great Fall, Mont., and an appearance in Kellogg, Idaho. They do not know when they will resume their schedule. A memorial service was scheduled for Tuesday in Las Vegas.

In Court

Paramedic Christopher Dickinson has filed a lawsuit against Limp Bizkit, claiming that he suffered brain damage and personality changes from working at an Oct. 29 concert near Detroit, reports. Dickinson claims he was working the concert when he was trampled by concertgoers while trying to get to a fan suffering from a seizure. Dickinson and his lawyers claim that lead singer Fred Durst incited the crowd to rush the stage violently.

Troubled rapper DMX pleaded guilty to reckless assault on July 24 and paid a $1,000 fine in Alden, N.Y. According to, the assault charge stemmed from an incident in which DMX threw a food tray across a room, allegedly hitting an officer. In exchange, prosecutors agreed to dismiss charges of contempt of court the rapper was charged with after he turned himself in more than two weeks late to serve a 13-day jail term for a traffic violation he pleaded guilty to in March 2000. DMX said he was contractually obligated to be in Los Angeles to promote his movie Exit Wounds.

Drummer Tommy Lee has completed 154 hours of his 450-hour community service obligation stemming from a 1998 arrest for beating then-wife Pamela Anderson and has completed domestic-violence counseling, USA Today reports.

The U.S. Copyright Office has launched an arbitration trial over how much royalties Webcasters should have to pay record labels and musicians. The Recording Industry of Association of America proposed Webcasters pay 15 cents per hour, or .014 cents per song, for music streamed on the Internet. But Webcasters said the royalty rate being proposed by the RIAA is too high and would cripple Internet ventures.

In General

Actress Kate Winslet has bought a house at Tintagel on England’s southwest coast, close to the ruins of Tintagel Castle, said in legend to have been King Arthur’s Camelot. The Daily Telegraph reports that John Mappin, joint owner of the nearby Camelot Castle Hotel, warned that the actress would be sharing the property with a ghost. The house was once the home of a worker at the hotel who died about 70 years ago. Some people believe the ghost is that of the hotel worker.

New Line Cinema has signed Lance Khazei to write a sequel to 1994’s The Mask which starred Jim Carrey. The story line is remaining a closely guarded secret and no director or stars have yet to be attached to the project. According to Variety, New Line has not yet set a budget to The Mask 2 but says that the company’s focus on features in the $10 million to $50 million budget range make Carrey an unlikely prospect.

The widow of Red Skeleton, who died in 1997 at age 84, said that she will donate some of the comedian’s memorabilia to the Red Skeleton Performing Arts Center, AP reports. The 1,000 seat performing arts center also will feature a museum and gallery for Skeleton’s paintings of clown faces.

Jive Records has inked a deal with Nickelodeon to develop acts and distribute records for a new label formed by the network, Variety reports. Jive is home to many teen pop stars, including Britney Spears and ‘N Sync. Nick Records will team up with Jive to market, promote and distribute joint-venture releases worldwide. Nickelodeon will back the music with TV advertising and other marketing ploys.

James Bond’s dune buggy is among the rare film items to be sold at an auction on Tuesday, the BBC reports. The auction will take place simultaneously in the London and San Francisco branches of Planet Hollywood. Other highlights will include Dr Evil’s costume from the Austin Powers film and props from Gladiator, Sleepy Hollow and Mission: Impossible.