Dogbites News - Mar 14, 2009
Manny Ramirez is a Dodger once again.Ramirez on Wednesday agreed to a two-year, $45 million contract to return to Los Angeles, according to major-league sources. The deal will be finalized after Ramirez passes his physical.
Wide receiver Terrell Owens is out in Dallas after three seasons, signed with the Buffalo Bills.
Fox has renewed The Simpsons for two more seasons.
Steve McQueen grandson - also named Steven McQueen - will play Jeremy in the CW pilot "Vampire Diaries," based on L.J. Smith's "Vampire Diaries" novels . Screenwriter Kevin Williamson ("Dawson's Creek," "I Know What You Did Last Summer," "The Faculty," "Teaching Mrs. Tingle," the first two "Scream" movies, "Wasteland," "Glory Days," "Cursed," "Hidden Palms") is writing the effort.
Dakota Fanning is negotiating to play lead singer Cheri Currie in "The Runaways," the biopic of the '70s all-girl band that already has "Twilight" star Kristen Stewart playing Joan Jett. The film begins production in late spring.
U2 will embark on a worldwide stadium trek in support of their No Line on the Horizon album this summer. The U2360 tour, which will kick off June 30 in Barcelona, Spain, will feature an innovative cylinder-shaped video screen and an in-the-round seating plan. The outing's North American leg will begin Sept. 12 in Chicago and run until Oct. 28. 09.24.09 Giants Stadium.
Just hours before taking the stage, pop singer Britney Spears made a surprise visit to a group of sick children at Miami Children's Hospital. The 27-year-old Spears posed for photos with the children on Saturday. She's also donating $100,000 to the Big Apple Circus Clown Care program, which brings clowns to young hospital patients.
Authorities say the girlfriend of Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Geno Hayes stabbed him in the head and in the neck. A Hillsborough County Sheriff's spokeswoman says Hayes was taken to a hospital by a friend Saturday. The 21-year-old former Florida State player was treated and later released. Deputies arrested 19-year-old Shevelle Bagley on Saturday afternoon. The sheriff's spokeswoman says Hayes and Bagley got into an argument, which led to Bagley grabbing a pair of scissors and stabbing Hayes in the head. He managed to get the scissors away from her, but authorities say she then grabbed a knife and stabbed him in the neck. Bagley was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Jail records show she was released Sunday on $25,000 bail.
Metallica nixed their Sunday concert in Stockholm, Sweden, after frontman James Hetfield was hospitalized for a stomach virus. The band, minus Hetfield, took the stage to announce the singer's condition and the cancellation. "Trust me, none of you guys wanna hear me, [bassist] Rob [Trujillo] or [guitarist] Kirk [Hammett] sing," drummer Lars Ulrich told the crowd. The group hopes to make up the performance in May during the next leg of its European tour.
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Mickey Rourke will play the villain in Iron Man 2.
There are no more unreleased Nirvana songs in the band's vault that could surface at a later date, the band's former bassist, Krist Novoselic, reveals in an oral history he provided for the newly established Washington State Legacy Project. "What there is, is video," says Novoselic. "There's a lot of video. There's not going to be any new Nirvana records."
Some Phish fans are leaving Hampton a little lighter than when they arrived for the band's weekend reunion. Police said Monday they confiscated about $1.2 million in illegal drugs and more than $68,000 in cash from concertgoers. Authorities also arrested 194 Phish fans during the three-night celebration of the band's return to the stage after a nearly five-year absence. Most of the arrests were for drug possession, use and distribution, police said.
Fresh from a two-month Caribbean vacation, singer Amy Winehouse is due in court for an alleged attack on a guest at a party last year. The singer was charged with assault Thursday for allegedly attacking a fan at an end-of-summer ball in London on Sept. 26, police and the singer's representative said. Spokesman Chris Goodman said Friday that Winehouse went voluntarily to the police station, where she was arrested and charged. She's been released and is due to appear in court on March 17, police said.
The long-delayed Green Day documentary, Heart Like a Hand Grenade, finally will premiere March 25 in the Los Angeles area. The flick, which "offers an intimate look [at] the band recording their album American Idiot . . . art house style," was directed by indie filmmaker John Roecker (Live Freaky! Die Freaky!). Meanwhile, a Green Day tour announcement and release date for new album 21st Century Breakdown are expected "very soon."
Mötley Crüe's classic ballad "Home Sweet Home" has been covered by country star Carrie Underwood to serve as the exit anthem during this season of American Idol. The song is also available for purchase on iTunes, with a portion of sales going toward the Humane Society of the United States. "I've always loved this song, and besides being very fitting for Idol, to me, the title is also very fitting with animal rescue and finding animals their own homes," says Underwood.
ET has confirmed that Mandy Moore has married her indie musician fiancé Ryan Adams. Sources tell ET the couple got married on Tuesday in a small, simple ceremony in Savannah, Georgia. Mandy, 24, and Ryan, 34, got engaged last month and were rumored to have been dating on and off since March of last year.
With Chris Brown's arraignment on charges of assault and criminal threats delayed until April 6, the singer is reportedly back at work in the studio - with Rihanna. According to E! Online, Brown and Rihanna are working on a duet for the "Kiss Kiss" singer's next album, which is slated to drop later this year. "They've been working on it together," a studio source reportedly told E! Award-winning record producer Polow Da Don has been reportedly locked in a Santa Monica studio with both Brown and Rihanna working on the track. Reps for both Brown and Rihanna have not responded to E!'s request for comments. There won't be any awkward Chris Brown moment at the Kids' Choice Awards - the embattled pop star has withdrawn his name from the ballot.
Prince will play four nights on The Tonight Show w/ Leno March 25-28.
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