For The Record: Quick News On Lindsay Lohan, ‘American Idol,’ Michael Jackson, Yellowcard, Jack Black & More

Lohan discusses first onscreen love scene; 'Idol' pre-show debuts Tuesday night; Jackson gets 24-hour extension.

A dark-haired Lindsay Lohan graces the April cover of Cosmopolitan, and within its pages the singer/actress gets personal about family problems, body-image issues and guys. Lohan talks about her first onscreen love scene — with Elijah Wood in the upcoming “Bobby” — and says she hopes she’ll have time for a real boyfriend when she’s done shooting “Chapter 27″ in New York. (Successful candidates need to be confident, loyal and have a good sense of humor, “because I come with a lot of baggage.”) The 19-year-old, who says sleeping around doesn’t appeal to her, admits she’s harboring her fair share of crushes. And in a multiple-choice questionnaire, she skips over Orlando Bloom, Jude Law and Brad Pitt to write in votes for favorite heartthrobs Johnny Depp and scruffy indie-rocker Devendra Banhart. …

California authorities have granted Michael Jackson a 24-hour extension to settle an unpaid-wages dispute at his Neverland Valley Ranch. A spokesperson for the California Department of Industrial Relations said the singer’s representatives have been in touch with the office and they are “trying to get the money together” to pay the more than $500,000 in fines Jackson was ordered to shell out by Tuesday (March 14). Authorities shut down Neverland March 9, alleging that Jackson failed to pay his employees and maintain workers’-compensation insurance. Jackson owes $69,000 for allowing his insurance policy to lapse two months ago, as well as $306,000 in back wages and $100,000 in fines. If he does not pay up by the end of Wednesday, department spokesperson Renee Bacchini said her office will file a civil action in court seeking the funds and the singer could face contempt charges. A spokesperson for Jackson did not return calls for comment. …

Banking on the massive appeal of “American Idol,” the TV Guide Channel is launching a live pre-show called “Idol Tonight” that will take viewers behind the scenes of each week’s competition until this season’s winner is announced in May. The one-hour show premieres Tuesday at 7 p.m. and will be hosted by former-”Idol”-finalist-turned-entertainment-correspondent Kimberly Caldwell. … Yellowcard, Simple Plan and “X-Men” Iceman Shawn Ashmore are just some of the celebrity gamers who have customized Xbox 360 faceplates for charity. Starting Friday fans will be able to bid on the faceplates over at eBay.ca/XboxCelebrityFaces, with all proceeds going to the Children’s Miracle Network of Canada. … Sorry ladies: Jack Black is reportedly off the market. The Tenacious D frontman and “Nacho Libre” actor eloped with his girlfriend, musician Tanya Haden, according to People magazine. The pair met at a private high school in Santa Monica, California, but only began dating recently. “They love each other very much. We’re thrilled,” the bride’s father, noted jazz saxophonist Charlie Haden, told the mag of his daughter’s recent nuptials. Black’s publicist would neither confirm nor deny the story. …

The Dave Matthews Band will perform two nights at Boston’s historic home of the Red Sox, Fenway Park, as part of their summer tour. Sheryl Crow will open up both gigs, scheduled for July 7 and 8. … On Tuesday morning Superior Court Judge Francis J. Darigan Jr. set a trial date for one of the two owners of the Station — the Warwick, Rhode Island, nightclub where 100 people died in a 2003 blaze during a Great White concert. According to The Associated Press, Michael Derderian‘s case will begin July 31 in Rhode Island’s Kent County. Derderian and his brother, Jeffrey, are facing 200 counts of involuntary manslaughter — two for each of the 100 lives lost in the fire, which was sparked when Great White’s pyrotechnics ignited flammable soundproofing foam inside the venue. Jeffrey Derderian will be tried following the conclusion of his brother’s trial. … British rockers Hard-Fi are crashing the U.S. in style. To celebrate the Stateside release of their debut album, Stars of CCTV, the band will play a free show at Tower Records in Sherman Oaks, California, Tuesday at 7 p.m. for fans who buy the LP that same day. The gig marks the beginning of the quartet’s North American headlining tour, which will include four more back-to-back in-store appearances in San Francisco, San Diego, Portland and Seattle. …

Seventeen years after their last tour, the members of pioneering new-wave band the Cars — well, a couple of them anyway — are gearing up for a major U.S. summer tour with fellow new wavers Blondie. The New Cars, featuring original members Elliot Easton (guitar) and Greg Hawkes (keyboards), will be joined on the Road Rage Tour 2006 by singer/guitarist Todd Rundgren and his old Utopia bandmate, bassist Kasim Sulton, as well as former Tubes drummer Prairie Prince. Each online ticket purchase for the tour will come with a free download of a disc with five songs each from the New Cars and Blondie. The tour kicks off May 12 at the Grand Casino Tunica Event Center in Robinsonville, Mississippi, and is slated to wrap July 1 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, New York. …

OK Go frontman Damian Kulash was booked on resisting-arrest charges by police in Orlando, Florida, after ignoring an officer’s orders to head inside the local House of Blues where the band was performing. Instead Kulash insisted on loitering outside with several of the group’s fans. According to the band’s Web site, Kulash was “locked up for about nine hours, during which time he ate corn flakes and made friends with a couple of guys.” He was released Tuesday morning — which means OK Go’s gig Tuesday night in Jacksonville, Florida, will go on as scheduled. … Also in trouble is Less Than Jake frontman Chris Demakes, who was arrested last week while the Gainesville, Florida, ska band was filming a video in Los Angeles for the track “Overrated” — the first single off In With the Out Crowd, due May 23. According to a label spokesperson, the band was in the Topanga Plaza shopping mall, performing for people chowing down in the food court. Security guards asked the band to hit the bricks, and when that took a little too long Demakes was hauled off by police for trespassing.

03.13.2006

Master P and younger brother Silkk the Shocker have struck a plea deal with prosecutors, resolving the felony gun charges stemming from their arrests more than a year ago at the University of California at Los Angeles, according to Reuters. On Monday (March 13) they were each sentenced to 40 hours of community service and ordered to pay a $700 fine as part of the deal. P (real name Percy Miller) pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of carrying a loaded and unregistered weapon while Silkk (real name Vyshonne Miller) pleaded guilty to a felony charge of carrying an unregistered and loaded firearm. Silkk was also sentenced to three years of supervised probation. …

Maybe Natalie Portman really is as straight-laced as she seems. In the April issue of Vanity Fair, on newsstands Tuesday, the 24-year-old “V for Vendetta” star admits she prefers reading to partying, Converse to Manolos and a style that’s classily demure to scantily clad — but that doesn’t stop the starlet from letting loose once in a while. “Granted, I’m not super scandalous, but I’ve had drunken nights out, you know?” Portman admitted to the mag. She also reveals she still remains very close with her folks, who haven’t hesitated to speak their minds on her roles. “[During 'The Professional'] my dad had stipulations on how many drags on a cigarette I could take, how many times I could curse,” she recalled of her 1994 breakthrough role. “I wasn’t actually allowed to inhale. My dad would have people standing behind me, blowing the smoke out.” …

Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne appeared Friday on “The Howard Stern Show” to discuss Black Sabbath‘s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Sharon also addressed the egging incident targeting Iron Maiden that took place back during the band’s final performance on last summer’s Ozzfest. Sharon admitted that she orchestrated the fiasco, paying “200 Hispanic kids” to carry out the attack. She also commented that Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson‘s performance was diminished because of the “eggshells in his mouth.” … Phil Anselmo, former Pantera frontman and current Superjoint Ritual singer, joined the reunited Alice in Chains Friday night for the taping of VH1 Classic’s “Decades Rock Live!” tribute to Heart. At the concert, which took place at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Anselmo actually took the microphone for two Alice tracks, “Them Bones” and “Would?” …

Tool‘s forthcoming 10,000 Days will hit stores May 2. The LP will feature 11 tracks, including “Vicarious,” “Lipan Conjuring” and “Viginti Tres.” … Those adorable faux new-wave moppets Devo 2.0 will take their show on the road later this month to support their debut CD/DVD, which will be released Tuesday. The tweens, who play their own instruments, will perform their peppy covers of Devo songs during an 11-date tour of U.S. junior high and high schools that kicks off March 27 in Boston. The tour — which will hit schools in New York, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Detroit, Chicago and Minneapolis — will help raise support and awareness of music education in schools. …

Nine Inch Nails will release a single for “Every Day Is Exactly the Same” April 4. The track, taken from the Nails’ latest disc, With Teeth, will be accompanied by remixes, including a Sam Fog and Carlos D (Interpol) take on the title track, two reworkings of “The Hand That Feeds” (one provided by Death From Above 1979) and a couple of new interpretations of the song “Only.” … Due that same day is Thrice‘s Red Sky EP, which will feature four live tracks and two previously unreleased B-sides: “Flags of Dawn” and “Weight of Glory.” … One more April 4 treat for good measure: the Goo Goo Dolls‘ ninth studio album, Let Love In. The record will include the hit single “Better Days,” but according to singer Johnny Rzeznik, that’s the only ballad on the disc. …

Sonic Youth may be without fifth member Jim O’Rourke for their newest outing, but the band is apparently still buff — their newest album will be titled Rather Ripped. Due June 13 and produced by the band, SY’s 20th effort was recorded at Sear Sound in New York, where they tracked Sister and Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star. Songs on Rather Ripped include “Pink Steam,” “Incinerate,” “Rapture” and “The Neutral.” A summer tour is being planned, as is a stop at this summer’s Lollapalooza. … Offspring singer Dexter Holland is set to run the Los Angeles Marathon on March 19 to raise money for the Innocence Project, a nonprofit legal clinic that handles cases where post-conviction DNA testing of evidence can yield conclusive proof of innocence. “All I want to do is beat Oprah,” the singer said in a statement. Oprah’s previous marathon time is 4 hours, 29 minutes and 30 seconds. …

Adema have found a frontman in Bobby Reeves, formerly of Los Angeles rockers Level. According to an online post from bassist Dave DeRoo, Reeves possesses “the attitude, the voice and the vocal range to bust out anything from our catalog, and we’ve never sounded better.” He replaces Luke Caraccioli, who left the band last fall. … Emo rockers Emanuel were involved in a car accident in San Antonio, Texas, over the weekend. No one in the band was seriously injured, but the group’s van, trailer and equipment weren’t as fortunate. With their mode of transportation and instruments mangled, Emanuel have been forced to drop off their current tour with 30 Seconds to Mars and Aiden. The trek was scheduled to run through the end of the month.