The flashback-inducing psychedelia of the Flaming Lips just got an official mainstream seal of approval: Lead art-agitator Wayne Coyne told Rolling Stone that he is in talks to turn his band’s last record, a concept album entitled Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, into a Broadway musical. (For a band that routinely played with Justin Timberlake in a rabbit costume, this isn’t much of a stretch.) Producer Des McAnuff (Jersey Boys) will help adapt the record for the stage. No word yet on whether or not the Playbill will be printed on blotter paper. Would you pay to do acid . . . we mean, see the Lips on the Great White Way?
[Via Rolling Stone]
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Sure, it’s emotionally confusing to look forward to the anniversary of the day original emo heartthrob Jeff Buckley died. But that’s precisely what I’m doing. A collection of the more famous-in-death Buckley’s work, So Real: Songs From Jeff Buckley, will be released on May 22, marking a decade since the singer drowned in the Mississippi. This is the third posthumous release of the singer’s work, culling material from his albums Grace, Sketches for My Sweetheart the Drunk and Live at Sine. In addition to the audio component, the hour-long doc on the singer’s career Amazing Grace will be included in the package. [Billboard.com]
Disney announced at its annual shareholder meeting Thursday that it will produce a hand-drawn movie called The Frog Princess, which will feature "the very first African-American Disney princess." Gee, it only took the company, what, 70 years? Welcome to post-Jim Crow America, Disney! The flick will be set in New Orleans and should be out in 2009. So it’ll still be a while before you can say, in good faith a la Kanye West, "Disney does care about black people." [Hollywood Reporter]
They said they were going to tour. That’s not happening. They’re being inducted into the Rock Hall of Fame on Monday. They’re saying "don’t expect us." The boss of the outfit is rehabbing, the old singer is in a huff, and the bassist, frozen out by the others, may or may not show. Damn. Van Halen has disintegrated right in front of our very eyes. Hope Vertical Horizon, I mean, Velvet Revolver, has fun covering the guys’ stuff that night.
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Grandmaster Flash and Melle Mel talk about what Monday’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction will mean to them, and who should be next (Yahoo)
White Rapper host MC Serch hasn’t slowed down since his hit show concluded. He recently dropped a "new" digital album, as well as a new digital clock. (BallerStatus)
It’s been 10 years since Biggie passed. Read features, watch videos and stream his "Greatest Hits." (Vibe)
- Maggie Gyllenhaal is set to replace Katie Holmes in the upcoming Batman Begins sequel. Are they going to scrub Maggie’s brain so that she can replicate Katie’s line delivery? [Dlisted]
- Chris Brown says the purported leaked nude pictures of him are fake: "I’m lookin’ at two pictures of two different dudes abs, like the ab muscle. And the thang itself look like a red hot dog." But what of the buns, Chris? [CONCRETELOOP]
- Nicole Kidman has been pegged for a Nip/Tuck guest spot. Nicole Kidman on a show about nipping and tucking? What a stretch. [MollyGood]
- Claire Danes dons "boyfriend pants" in a new Gap commercial. Who says cross-dressing has no place in advertising? [Best Week Ever]
- At least Tori Spelling‘s baby will be cuter than she is if this predictive picture is accurate. [CityRag]
Like all sound businessmen, Bow Wow’s diversifying. The 19-year-old rapper told AllHipHop.com that he’s planning to invest in a basketball franchise. “I can’t say what team yet, but it’s definitely gonna go down with a certain NBA team,” he hinted. That’s one element of his three-point-plan for business success. The other two are opening another sneaker store (his first is doing well) and a McDonald’s franchise. This in the middle of his plans for a summer tour, brokering various movie deals and guesting on Bone-Thugs-N-Harmony’s forthcoming album. We suspect that if he weren’t a rapper, he’d probably be running a (scale) model government or being bronzed as a Junior Achievement mascot. Way to blow the bell curve, Bow Wow. Thanks for making the rest of us look bad.
- When Dice has to suit up for a TV appearance on Sunday’s episode of Dice Undisputed, will his jacket of choice be made of leather or…uh, leather?
- When the celebs on The Surreal Life are put under surveillance at a resort on Sunday’s episode, will there be tension, or will they go au natural?
- What could be in store when New York invites her men to play a little golf with her on Monday’s I Love New York? Exposed birdies? Fore-play?
Catch previews of Dice Undisputed, The Surreal Life, I Love New York and more at VSPOT.
You can’t have a comeback without faltering first, and you wouldn’t have Dice Undisputed without both of them. The Celebreality series in which comedian Andrew "Dice" Clay juggles getting his career on track and keeping his family in line has its share of dicey moments — some of them painfully funny, others funnily painful. Our weekly rundown of each episode’s highlights begins after the jump.
Death Row Records founder Suge Knight will shutter the infamous label responsible for launching the careers of Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Tupac Shakur, and renowned for its intimidating business practices. The decision came after the rap ogre moved from dangling people off balconies to putting god in his heart. Knight, who has been ensnared in multiple lawsuits over label profits, has declared bankruptcy. “I don’t want to be tied up with this for years, he recently told Page Six , “I want to move on with my life in a more positive direction.”
Madonna‘s former nanny is shopping around an 80-page proposal that would air all kinds of the pop queen’s dirty laundry, including dirt on her involvement with Kabbalah and her recent adoption. That’s fine and all, but isn’t this Lourdes‘ story to tell? [EW.com]