For The Record: Quick News On Britney Spears, Mariah Carey, Fall Out Boy, Ghostface, Switchfoot, Moby & More

No 'Cruci-fixins' for Britney; Mariah enjoys eating in bed; Switchfoot plan tour.

Despite reports that Britney Spears‘ upcoming episode of “Will & Grace” has been canceled after protests from the American Family Association, an organization that, according to its Web site, “exists to motivate and equip citizens to change the culture to reflect Biblical truth,” the show will still go on — just not as previously detailed. The description of Spears’ character as a conservative Christian who wants to do a segment on cooking called “Cruci-fixins” on Jack’s talk show was premature, NBC said Monday (February 6). “Some erroneous information was mistakenly included in a press release,” the network clarified, stressing that the April 13 episode has yet to be written. …

Mariah Carey says that the reason you’ll hardly ever see her eating in public is that she likes to do that in bed instead. The singer tells Marie Claire (she’s the mag’s March cover) that she’s not trying to be a “skinny twig,” but she’s “bad with the weight thing.” “I go up and down really quickly, because I am a muscular person. People don’t know that I have [well-defined biceps] and these could easily become weird bodybuilder arms,” she said. People also don’t know that she wears a bib when eating. “I am just like, ‘Whatever, nobody is looking at me for once!’ That’s why I don’t really like to eat in public. When people say, ‘Mariah never eats in public,’ I’m like, ‘You’re right.’ ” … Sheryl Crow‘s engagement to seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong is off. The couple, who’d been dating for more than two years, announced their engagement last fall. “After much thought and consideration, we have made a very tough decision to split up,” a statement from the couple reads. “We both have a deep love and respect for each other, and we ask that everyone respect our privacy during this difficult time.” …

Fall Out Boy are returning to “One Tree Hill” this month for sweeps. In an episode called “Just Watch the Fireworks,” the band plays a breast-cancer benefit concert at Tric at the request of Peyton (played by former “TRL” VJ Hilarie Burton). The episode airs February 15 at 8 p.m. on the WB. … A collaboration between Ghostface and Doom and two tracks from Xzibit‘s group Strong Arm Steady are among the highlights on a new compilation from Brooklyn, New York, indie hip-hop label Nature Sounds, due April 4. Titled Natural Selection, the album also features Raekwon, Chamillionaire, Ras Kass, Pete Rock and Masta Killa. …

Switchfoot will return to the road for a late-winter club run starting on February 15 in Bakersfield, California. Only seven dates have been confirmed so far, and more are expected to be announced in the coming weeks. The band has planned stops in New Orleans; Orlando, Florida; Las Vegas; Austin, Texas; Tucson, Arizona; and Baltimore. … New Jersey rockers Thursday are going with A City by the Light Divided as the title of their forthcoming album, which is scheduled for a May 2 release. The record’s first single, “Counting 5-4-3-2-1,” should hit rock radio airwaves next month. …

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs are giving fans a little treat to nibble on while they wait for the band’s new album, Show Your Bones, due March 28. In addition to unveiling the colorful red, yellow and purple-tinged album art for the follow-up to 2003′s Fever to Tell, the New York trio have posted a stream of their new single, “Gold Lion,” on their Web site, a day before the track is set to hit the iTunes music store. Two remixes of the single, produced by rapper Diplo and their own guitarist Nick Zinner, are slated for release on February 21 on iTunes … Moby told a crowd gathered at PETA’s fashion-week bash in New York on Friday that he feels like he’s a “dilettante,” because while he does what he can for animal rights, the activist group does “all the heavy lifting.” Moby was one of several feted for their work for the cause, in his case, for promoting vegan recipes during the holidays. Pam Anderson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Alan Cumming, Le Tigre and Nick Zinner were among those congratulating Moby, as well as Nellie McKay and Al Sharpton, who were also honored for their help in PETA’s campaigns. …

Al Lewis, the man who’ll forever be known as “Grandpa Munster,” died Friday night at the age of 82, according to New York radio station WBAI-FM, where Lewis hosted a weekly radio show. Lewis, who worked as a circus performer before doing time as a vaudevillian actor, got his start in television during the 1960s, first as Officer Leo Schnauzer on “Car 54, Where Are You?” Between 1964 and 1966, he played Grandpa — the hot-tempered father-in-law to Fred Gwynne‘s Herman Munster — on “The Munsters.” In 1998, Lewis staged a failed bid for the New York governorship — he was the Green Party’s candidate, and lost to incumbent George Pataki. … British prog-rockers Th’ Faith Healers will reunite in March for five shows, the first time the influential band will have performed together in 10 years. The brief tour kicks off in Austin, Texas, on March 17. …

02.03.2006

Paris Hilton‘s lost some of her property because of a payment dispute for her storage bill at a Los Angeles warehouse, and now an agent is offering to sell her locker’s contents to the media — including 18 diaries, videotapes, computers, furniture, clothing, sex toys and photographs. David Hans Schmidt is offering the goods in an auction with the bidding beginning in the millions, even though he claims to have bought the contents at a public auction in December for $2,775. Hilton insists through her rep that the property still belongs to her, and that she’s been victimized. They’re threatening legal action against anyone in possession of the items. …

Nick Lachey will release a song called “What’s Left of Me” as the first single from his forthcoming, as-yet-untitled solo album. The song will be released online next week. …

Simon Cowell has created a new “American Idol”-like reality show in search of a Las Vegas act. Cowell will executive produce but not serve as a judge on the show, set to debut on NBC in the summer. … Madonna, who attended Jean Paul Gaultier‘s Paris fashion show last week, is having him design the costumes for her next tour, according to Women’s Wear Daily.

Courtney Love appeared in a Los Angeles court Friday to present a progress report in her drug case, which noted that she had completed the house-arrest portion of her rehab sentence. The singer addressed the court, telling the judge she was grateful for the court’s patience and that she feels like she’s made a full recovery. Love’s next progress report is scheduled for May 5, but she won’t be required to appear. …

Time to bust out the mini-grill. Houston rapper Paul Wall and wife Crystal are expecting a little champ of their own, according to his publicist. The couple, who married in October, will welcome their first child — a boy they will name William — in May. … Maroon 5 guitarist James Valentine made a surprise onstage appearance Thursday at the kickoff of Rilo Kiley singer Jenny Lewis‘ solo tour at the Vista Theater in Los Angeles. Lewis’ acoustic set also featured backup singers the Watson Twins and singer/songwriter Johnathan Rice, and included most of the tracks from her just-released Rabbit Fur Coat, including a stripped-down version of the title track. …

Before Guns N’ Roses, Axl Rose moved through a number of Los Angeles rock bands, including the early ’80s group Rapidfire — with whom Rose recorded for the first time. GN’R fans have long wondered what became of those early recordings, which were put to tape in 1983 for a five-track demo. According to Rapidfire’s Web site, those songs — “Ready to Rumble,” “All Night Long,” “The Prowler,” “On the Run” and “Closure” — are now being mixed, “in preparation for their release.” There’s no definitive street date yet for the recordings, but the packaging will purportedly feature pre-tattoo photos of Axl. … The late Tupac Shakur will be immortalized by Madame Tussauds in Las Vegas. Tupac’s wax personification — shirtless and complete with bandana and tattoos — will be unveiled on April 5. …

‘NSYNC‘s Lance Bass is excited that his movie “Lovewrecked” — which he co-produced and has a cameo in — got picked up by the Weinstein Company. He wrote on his MySpace page, “Looks like it will be out this summer!” “Lovewrecked” stars Amanda Bynes and was directed by Randal Kleiser (“The Blue Lagoon,” “Grease”). “This movie is his next ‘Blue Lagoon,’ ” Bass wrote, “so lots of skin. Don’t worry, it’s PG-ish, moms!” …