For The Record: Quick News On Hilary Duff, Jude Law, Jessica Simpson, Christina Aguilera, Ice Cube, Seal & More

Hilary Duff on 'Joan of Arcadia,' Jude Law off the market, Vince Neil reunites with MC Hammer.

Hilary Duff‘s guest-star turn on “Joan of Arcadia” has been bumped up a week. The episode, called “The Rise & Fall of Joan Girardi,” features Duff as a catty classmate named Dylan Samuels, who ditches her popular friends and makes attempts to befriend the title character after Joan saves her from the path of a speeding SUV. The episode airs January 28 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS. …

Disappointing young women everywhere, Jude Law announced on Wednesday (January 5) that he is engaged to his girlfriend and “Alfie” co-star, Sienna Miller. A spokesperson for the actor told The Associated Press that Law, 32, proposed to Miller, 23, on Christmas Day by adorning her finger with a gold ring featuring nine diamonds set in platinum. A date for the wedding has not been set. Law was previously married to actress/fashion designer Sadie Frost, with whom he had three children; they divorced in October 2003. … Not to be outdone, Heidi Klum announced her own Christmastime engagement — to boyfriend Seal — on her Web site on Wednesday. “We affianced on a glacier in Whistler (Canada),” the supermodel, 31, wrote of the ski-resort proposal. Last year, Klum split with boyfriend Flavio Briatore, the Renault Formula One team boss with whom she had a daughter, Leni, and started dating Seal, 41, shortly after. …

The man who sang the strip-club anthem “Girls, Girls, Girls” has chosen to settle down with just one. Mötley Crüe frontman Vince Neil will wed girlfriend Lia Gerardini on Sunday at a private Las Vegas ceremony. And who will be charged with uniting the couple in holy matrimony? None other than Neil’s “Surreal Life” co-star MC HammerJessica Simpson, Nick Lachey, Christina Milian and Ice Cube are among the presenters at this weekend’s People’s Choice Awards, to be hosted by Jason Alexander and Malcolm-Jamal Warner. The awards ceremony airs Sunday at 9 p.m., live ET/delayed PT on CBS. …

The upcoming MTV Asia Awards, which Christina Aguilera is slated to host, has been recast as a global disaster relief event to aid South Asian tsunami victims. It will air on February 3 from Bangkok, Thailand. … Markus Sandlund, a cellist who performed on Brian Wilson‘s Smile, is missing in the aftermath of the tsunami. Wilson has posted a plea on his Web site seeking any information on the member of the Stockholm Strings & Horns who was vacationing on the island of Phuket during the disaster. Sandlund’s girlfriend was swept away by the tsunami and later rescued. …

‘NSYNC‘s Lance Bass, who nailed four blackjacks in his opening-round matchup, has made it to the finals of “Celebrity Blackjack” — in which the top four of the original 40 contestants battle it out for the biggest chip stacks. Bass will take on Jason Alexander, Jeff Probst and Kelli Williams in the championship episode airing Tuesday at 10 p.m. ET on the Game Show Network. The winner’s $250,000 prize will be donated to his or her favorite charity. … Look out Camp Freddy, Farm Fur are about to horn in on the all-star bar-band action. The freshly hatched 11-member project from Tom Petty drummer Steve Ferrone will make its debut at B.B. King’s in Los Angeles on January 14 with a lineup that includes guitarist Dean DeLeo and bassist Robert DeLeo, formerly of Stone Temple Pilots; and singer Alex Ligertwood of Santana. Former Bruce Springsteen and Jackson Browne side players are among the other members. …

Alice Cooper and Dave Mustaine are among the hard rock heavyweights slated to beef up the soundtrack to the documentary “Rock School,” which focuses on the Paul Green School of Rock, a Philadelphia school that teaches its students music by dividing them up into bands. The documentary will be screened at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival later this month and released in theaters nationwide in March. According to a recent interview with the school’s founder in the Philadelphia paper The Daily Local, the soundtrack will feature a host of artists, including Cooper and Mustaine, who will record a series of covers with the students. … Hate George W. Bush? Love spazzy Seattle hardcore? Well, you’re in luck. Because on January 20 — the same day Bush is sworn in — Sea-town’s own Blood Brothers will host “The Anti-Inaugural Ball,” a show to benefit Life for Relief, a nonprofit humanitarian organization. Joining the Bloods for the ball, which will be held at Seattle’s Showbox Theater, are Pretty Girls Make Graves and IQU.

01.04.2005

A third song from Mariah Carey‘s upcoming album, The Emancipation of Mimi, has been leaked, only this one has the makings of a radio hit. “It’s Like That,” featuring Jermaine Dupri, is getting play on urban radio stations in New York, Chicago and Dallas so far, though there’s no word yet from Carey’s label if this song will eventually be released as a single. …

Next month is shaping up to be a busy one for Ja Rule. Rule plans to go on tour with Inc. mate Ashanti in February, and also wants to begin recording his next project, which he says may be a two-disc set. “I might do a double,” Ja said on New Year’s Eve. … Remade Mötley Crüe singer Vince Neil showed that at least his potty mouth hasn’t been surgically removed when he dropped the f-bomb on Friday night’s live New Year’s Eve broadcast of “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno.” “Happy f—ing new year, Tommy!” the singer yelled to drummer Tommy Lee just after midnight. The Leno show is typically taped earlier in the day but airs live on New Year’s. Viewers on the East Coast heard the profanity, but it was edited out for the West Coast broadcast. The FCC has received complaints about the show, according to The Associated Press, and is beginning a preliminary probe. However, as the incident occurred during the “safe harbor” hours of 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., action is not expected to be taken. …

JoJo will sing the national anthem at the 2005 Orange Bowl on Tuesday night (January 4). The pop starlet will be escorted onto the field for her performance by former Iraq prisoners of war Jessica Lynch and Shoshawna Johnson. The game will be broadcast on ABC beginning at 8 p.m. ET. … Meanwhile, the video for U2‘s new single, “All Because of You,” will premiere during the Orange Bowl’s halftime. Viewers will be treated to a special two-minute version of the video as the backdrop for first-half highlights. The entire video will be available on ESPN’s Web site afterward, and ESPN will air the video during the midnight and 1 a.m. ET editions of “SportsCenter.” …

Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin and Jerry Lee Lewis are among this year’s recipients of the Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award. The honor, from the organization that presents the Grammys, is also being given to such early rock, jazz, country and folk pioneers as Eddy Arnold, Art Blakey, the Carter Family, Jelly Roll Morton, Pinetop Perkins and the Staple Singers. Composer Hoagy Carmichael (“Georgia on My Mind”) and “Soul Train” creator Don Cornelius were among the Trustees Award winners for non-performers. The awards will be presented at a ceremony on February 12 and at the Grammy Awards the following night. … Anthrax, Drowning Pool and Soil are scheduled to join Disturbed on the roster for the Dimebag Darrell Memorial Fund benefit show on February 23 at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago. The fund was established to help with the funeral and medical expenses of band employees killed or injured in the shooting spree that occurred December 8 during Damageplan‘s concert in Columbus, Ohio. …

Xzibit will be a guest judge on the finale of BET’s “Coming to the Stage,” a talent search for America’s “Next Superstar of Funny,” as the winner will be crowned. Comedian Paul Mooney will also help judge the three finalists on the show, which airs Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET/PT. … The Trak Starz production team are taking Chingy‘s Powerballin’ credo to heart. The beatmakers, who discovered Chingy and produced his first two albums, have formed a new record label, TrakStarz Records, which will release their own solo disc. The label was formed as a joint venture with Blackground Records, the imprint responsible for Aaliyah, Timbaland, Ginuwine and, most recently, JoJo. …

Grammy-nominated rockers Modest Mouse aren’t letting all of 2004′s successes go to their heads. They’re all set to spend most of 2005 the way they spent the previous year: on tour. The band’s umpteenth jaunt around the U.S. begins January 21 in Nashville and criss-crosses much of the West before coming to an end March 3 in Denver. … Keane, the Zutons and newcomers the Redwalls will hit the road together from January 24 in Dallas to February 21 in Minneapolis. …