Stephen M. Silverman
June 03, 2003 03:01 PM

RESCHEDULED: Beyonce Knowles‘s solo debut CD, “Dangerously in Love,” has moved up its scheduled release date from July 8 to June 24, as a means to thwart Internet piracy and cash in on the success of its lead single, “Crazy in Love,” featuring Jay-Z, reports Billboard. The album also features guest appearances by Luther Vandross, Missy Elliott, Sean Paul and Outkast’s Big Boi.

PLEADED: Former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland, 35, pleaded innocent Monday to drug charges in California, and said he would once again enter a rehabilitation program to try to kick persistent heroin and cocaine habits, court officials tell Reuters. He is scheduled to return to court on July 11 so that a preliminary hearing can be set.

QUOTED: “Her conflict is whether to go and help other people like she wants or to stay with the love of her life, who is Charlize Theron” — Penelope Cruz, 29, describing her role in the upcoming “Gothika,” to The New York Times.

BUSTED: Slipknot’s Paul Gray, 31, was arrested on drug possession charges Sunday after crashing into another car in Iowa, MTV News reports. Police found small amounts of marijuana, two syringes and a substance that field-tested positive for cocaine, according to Des Moines police Sgt. Tony Steverson. Gray was released after posting $4,300 bond late Sunday night and is due in court June 10.

WILTED: The Broadway-bound revival of “Little Shop of Horrors,” starring Hunter Foster (“Urinetown”) and Alice Ripley (“Sideshow”), has been canceled after producers said the show was not coming together as expected, the Associated Press reports. The campy musical about a hungry plant was scheduled to begin previews July 16 at the Virginia Theatre, with an Aug. 14 official debut. The play is currently in a trial run in Coral Gables, Fla., where it will close June 15.

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