For The Record: Quick News On Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, Haylie Duff, Jet, Metallica, Nick Lachey & More

Fans petition against Beyoncé's 'Deja Vu' video; Timberlake talks Britney breakup; Duff juggles Broadway, TV.

Beyoncé may be heating up the countdown on “TRL” with “Deja Vu,” but a number of her fans say the new video has left them cold. More than 2,000 people have signed an online petition addressed to Beyoncé’s label, Columbia Records, demanding a reshoot for the video. The petition requests the clip be taped again because, “This video is an underwhelming representation of the talent and quality of previous music-video projects of Ms. Knowles’.” Included in the laundry list of offenses are a lack of theme, dizzying editing, over-the-top wardrobe choices and “unacceptable interactions” between B and her real-life beau, Jay-Z. Beyoncé’s dance moves were also called into question by the petition, which labeled them “erratic, confusing and alarming at times.” …

Justin Timberlake doesn’t talk to Britney Spears anymore, he told GQ for the mag’s August cover story, but that doesn’t mean he’s not rooting for her. The two met while they were Mouseketeers — when Timberlake was 11 years old — and he said, “I was in love with her from the start. I was infatuated with her from the moment I saw her.” But when the 21-year-old Timberlake split with the 20-year-old Spears, it hit him hard — and that’s not surprising, he told GQ, “especially when you loved that person half your life.” What hurt even more was that “she had a couple of opportunities to just sort of stick up for me, and she didn’t,” he said. “Which is fine. But at that time, you know, I fought back [with 'Cry Me a River'].” Now that’s he’s moved on, Timberlake says it’s a “distant thing,” but he does feel bad for Spears when he sees how she’s being treated by the media. “I wish her well, and I want to see her win,” he told the mag. “I don’t think you can ever count somebody like her out. Because she may appear one way, but she’s very clever.” Timberlake’s latest video, “SexyBack” featuring Timbaland, will debut on MTV’s “Making the Video” Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. ET/PT. …

“7th Heaven” isn’t about to lose Haylie Duff to “Hairspray,” so the TV show that jump-started the careers of Ashlee Simpson and Jessica Biel is going to shoot scenes in New York to accommodate Duff’s Broadway schedule. Though Duff’s character, Sandy Jameson, features prominently in the first two episodes of the new season, she really only has to interact with one main character in the cast — so Tyler Hoechlin, who plays Martin Brewer, is preparing to fly to the Big Apple to shoot scenes on Mondays, Duff’s day off. During those scenes, Duff’s character will try to figure out her relationship with Martin as she prepares to go to seminary school. The 11th season of “7th Heaven” premieres September 25 at 8 p.m. on the CW. … Jet‘s new album will be called Shine On and will hit stores on October 3, according to the band’s label, Atlantic Records. “Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is,” the first single from the album, is scheduled to land on radio August 7. As is becoming of a band working on the follow-up to a multiplatinum debut, Jet wrote a majority of the material in studios around the world — including Barbados, Australia and, um, Massachusetts — and committed it to tape at producer Dave Sardy‘s Hillside Manor studio in Los Angeles. According to Atlantic, Jet are also planning to support Shine On with a whirlwind U.S. tour, tentatively scheduled to run from September 18 through October 6. …

Metallica have been named to Blender magazine’s list of “The 25 Biggest Wusses … Ever!” The list, published in the magazine’s July issue, “salutes the most awesomely wimpy musicians of all time.” And why did Metallica make the cut? Because “the haircuts were lame and the anti-Napster crusade lamer,” the magazine explained. Nick Lachey , the Cure‘s Robert Smith, Belle and Sebastian, Coldplay‘s Chris Martin and Kenny G also made the list, which was topped by mellow singer/songwriter James Taylor. … Thursday, Rise Against and Billy Talent will hit the road together this fall, following the bands’ stints on this summer’s Warped Tour. So far, just seven dates have been booked — the first set for October 23 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Dates are scheduled through a November 7 stop in Seattle. … Iron Maiden have rolled out the first 11 dates of their upcoming international tour — and lucky for us, eight of them are in the U.S. The trek, with Bullet for My Valentine opening on most dates, will kick off in Hartford, Connecticut, on October 4. The tour will then hit Boston (October 6); Camden, New Jersey (October 7); Long Island, New York (October 12); East Rutherford, New Jersey (October 13); Auburn Hills, Michigan (October 17); Rosemont, Illinois (October 18); and Irvine, California (October 21). Additional dates will be announced in the coming weeks. Maiden’s forthcoming LP, A Matter of Life and Death, will hit stores September 5. …

“To Be Loved,” the first single from Papa Roach‘s forthcoming LP, The Paramour Sessions, is now streaming on the band’s Web site. The Paramour Sessions is scheduled for release on September 12. … This year’s Ozzfest isn’t just about the music — it’s also about crowning the first Miss Ozzfest. Throughout the summer, fans have been voting on the many contestants in the running, and now, Playboy.com is getting involved. The site will present “The Girls of Ozzfest” over the coming weeks, posting nude photos and videos of the “sexy metal maidens from the summer’s most extreme tour.” …. You Hear It First veterans Far-Less will be playing the rest of the gigs on their To the End Tour with Roses Are Red drummer Mike Lasaponara, who’ll be taking over for Ray Felts. The band said Felts will not be able to close out the tour “due to circumstances beyond our control.” Far-Less — who will be on the road through August 6 with Roses Are Red, Bedlight for Blue Eyes and the Panic Division — will be contributing a song to the soundtrack of “The Santa Clause 3: Escape Clause,” due to hit stores this fall. … A week after parting ways with Roadrunner Records, Ill Niño have announced that they’ve signed with Cement Shoes Records. The band is currently in Los Angeles working on a five-song EP that will feature two new tracks and three covers. A fall release is planned. …

Bright Eyes will issue a rarities album October 24 titled Noise Floor. The disc will feature singles, covers, tracks rescued from the cutting-room floor and collaborations recorded between 1998 and 2005. Look for the release to boast 16 tracks, including “Drunk Kid Catholic,” “Soon You Will Be Leaving Your Man” and “When the Curious Girl Realizes She Is Under Glass Again.” … The Decemberists will release their fourth album, The Crane Wife, October 3. The 10-track LP was co-produced by Death Cab for Cutie guitarist Chris Walla and features singer/songwriter Laura Veirs on the track “Yankee Bayonet.” The Washington state indie rockers will tour in support of Crane starting October 17 in Portland, Oregon, and the 26-date trek wraps up a month later on November 18 in Vancouver, British Columbia. … After months of speculation, Microsoft officially announced that it plans to launch its own digital-music player and download service, according to the Los Angeles Times. “Under the Zune brand, we will deliver a family of hardware and software products, the first of which will be available this year,” Microsoft spokesperson Chris Stephenson said in a statement. “We see a great opportunity to bring together technology and community to allow consumers to explore and discover music together.” The new player is expected to have WiFi wireless networking capacity that will enable users to share their playlists and individual songs and a download service that would have variable pricing, a move rival Apple’s iTunes has resisted. …

Joey “JoJo” Garza, bassist for the Grammy-winning Texas band Los Lonely Boys, was arrested on charges of assault causing bodily injury and possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana at an Austin, Texas, hotel on Saturday. The incident — in which Garza, 26, was accused of assaulting his fiancee — was simply a “misunderstanding,” according to Carina Lyn, Garza’s fiancee. “We were being too loud,” she explained, according to The Associated Press. “We apologize to the hotel guests. JoJo and I are very much in love and we are planning to be married.” The band was celebrating the release of its new album, Sacred, when a hotel guest reported a disturbance. … Tina Fey is leaving “Saturday Night Live” after nine years. The “Weekend Update” co-anchor — who’s poked fun at everyone from President Bush to Drew Barrymore from the news desk — announced that she’s vacating her post at the sketch-comedy show to focus on her new duties as writer, producer and star of “30 Rock,” explaining that she didn’t want “either job to suffer.” Fey, who joined “SNL” in 1997 and became head writer in 1999, is also taking “SNL” castmember Rachel Dratch with her to “30 Rock.” “SNL” alumnus Tracy Morgan and frequent guest host Alec Baldwin will also star in Fey’s new sitcom, which focuses on a sketch-comedy series — sound familiar? — and debuts October 11.

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More than five months after postponing the remaining 10 dates of their Vertigo ’06 Tour due to an undisclosed illness of a family member, U2 have finally rescheduled the tour and will be hitting Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Hawaii beginning on November 7 in Brisbane, Australia. According to the band’s Web site, Kanye West will open shows in New Zealand and Australia, with the concluding December 9 date in Honolulu featuring Pearl Jam opening alongside Rocko and the Devils — the band led by U2′s stage manager, Rocko Reedy. U2 also added three new shows at the Saitama Super Arena in Tokyo on November 29, 30 and December 4. …

NBC announced Friday (July 21) that it will broadcast “Madonna: The Confessions Tour Live” in November. The two-hour special will be the first broadcast network performance by the singer and will be taped at London’s Wembley Stadium this summer. …

Hilary and Haylie Duff aren’t going overboard with their cover of Madonna‘s “Material Girl,” the song that inspired the sisters’ upcoming “Material Girls” flick. “The song’s going to be in the movie, but we’re not going to release it as a single,” Haylie said. “There’s no time to shoot a video … but we already recorded it, it’ll be in the opening of the movie, and it’ll be on a compilation coming out [(Lip Smackers Presents) Girl Next], but not as a single.” …

Police made five arrests Tuesday at the Ozzfest show at the Post-Gazette Pavilion in Pittsburgh, Observer-Reporter.com reports — a number that Hanover Township Police Chief Jim Geho says isn’t bad given the hot weather and big crowd. Among the people arrested were William Solomon, 30, for head-butting Nicole Wilson, 27, in the parking lot. Solomon was charged with harassment and simple assault. Wilson, who suffered a contusion and swelling on the bridge of her nose, was also taken in for resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness after ignoring requests from police to stop cursing. Three other men were arrested after fighting on the venue’s lawn with two other men and a woman, with one of the men suffering a severe head laceration. In all, police issued 252 citations for violations ranging from disorderly conduct to public drunkenness and underage drinking. …

The release of “Casino Royale” is still four months off, but producers of the James Bond franchise have revealed that the next 007 film — which will also star new Bond Daniel Craig as the secret agent — will hit theaters May 2, 2008. … MC Hammer‘s music catalog was sold to EverGreen Copyrights for $2.7 million, the company announced Thursday. The rapper lost his hold on the rights to his music when he filed for bankruptcy over a decade ago. … They represent New Jersey, not Pittsburgh. And their frontman owns a team in the AFL, not the NFL. Still, Bon Jovi are performing Sunday at Pittsburgh’s Heinz Stadium for the Steelers World Championship Celebration. The show is expected to include a video tribute to the Super Bowl champs, appearances by Pittsburgh Steelers players and the unveiling of the stadium’s World Championship Column. Unionized stagehands have scheduled a strike vote for Saturday and plan to picket the event on Sunday if a strike is approved, but a Steelers spokesperson said the show will go on, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. … The Mars Volta are streaming “Viscera Eyes,” a tune from their upcoming LP Amputechture, on MarsVolta.com. …

Steely Dan believe that the concept for the comedy “You, Me and Dupree” was lifted from “Cousin Dupree,” a song about a depraved couch-surfer from their Grammy-dominating 2000 album Two Against Nature — so they’ve posted an open letter to Luke Wilson on their Web site. Yes, Luke, though it is Owen Wilson who stars in the film. Donald Fagen and Walter Becker warn in the post that Luke’s “spaced out little bro is generating some major harsh-ass karma for himself” — they note in a postscript that they didn’t realize Owen was older (“you seem a lot more mature somehow”). And the group has come up with a way for Owen to redeem himself: join Steely Dan onstage and tell “the audience and the band and the crew that he made a bad mistake and that he’s sorry.” … Academy Award-nominated actor Jack Warden has died, AP reports. Warden appeared most recently in “The Replacements” and received Oscar nominations for his roles in “Shampoo” and “Heaven Can’t Wait.” He was 85. …

Lyfe Jennings is headlining a New Orleans benefit concert at the city’s Howlin’ Wolf club on Friday. Robin Thicke, Urban Mystic and Cheri Dennis will also perform at the show in the “Bring ‘Em Back” series with proceeds going to Habitat for Humanity’s efforts to rebuild New Orleans. … Matthew McConaughey took off in an Airstream trailer to spread the word about “Sahara,” and now the actor is using another classic vehicle to send a message. His blue 1971 Corvette Stingray convertible is being auctioned off on eBay, with the proceeds donated to Hurricane Katrina and Rita recovery efforts through Oprah Winfrey‘s Angel Network. “I admire and enjoy this car,” McConaghey said in a statement, “but it’s a luxury that I’m willin’ to relinquish at this point because I am fortunate enough to have everythin’ I need, and the sale of it will help so many with the necessities in life.” For more information on the auction, check out Oprah.com. … Haley Joel Osment is recovering in a Pasadena, California, hospital following his Thursday car crash. The actor, who is expected to make a complete recovery, fractured a rib and hurt his shoulder in the collision and will remain hospitalized at least through Friday, The Associate Press reports. The Los Angeles County Sheriff Department suspects that alcohol may have played a role in the crash, a spokesperson told the Los Angeles Times. Osment’s blood-test results are expected in two to three weeks.