For The Record: Quick News On Katharine McPhee, Lindsay Lohan, Avenged Sevenfold, Scarlett Johansson & More

'Idol' runner-up co-producing death-row drama; Lohan collapses on movie set; metal band announces post-Ozzfest dates.

“American Idol” runner-up Katharine McPhee is looking to take a behind-the-scenes role on a different type of stage. The singer is co-producing “Red Herring,” a drama focusing on death-row prison inmates that will be presented as part of the 10th annual New York International Fringe Festival. “As soon as I read this play, I knew it was something that I wanted to be a part of,” McPhee said in a statement. “Audiences know me best from ‘American Idol,’ but my passion has always been theater.” “Red Herring” runs at the Connelly Theatre from August 12-26. …

Not even Lindsay Lohan can escape the heat. The singer/actress collapsed on the Encinitas, California, set of her new movie “Georgia Rule” on Tuesday, and was then rushed to a nearby hospital, according to a witness. Her spokesperson chalked up the collapse to the actress being overheated and dehydrated. “She is OK, she is fine,” Leslie Sloane Zelnik told MTV News. …

Avenged Sevenfold have booked nine North American dates for September — which will be the band’s first post-Ozzfest gigs. Just three of the shows will be happening in the U.S., with the remainder scheduled for Canada. Those States dates are September 7 in Anchorage, Alaska; September 13 in Fargo, North Dakota; and September 15 in Des Moines, Iowa. …

Scarlett Johansson is getting quite a kick out of her new fashion promotion. The actress has teamed with Reebok to craft her own women’s shoe, Scarlett “Hearts” Rbk, which the company’s press release describes as “a fashion-forward, athletic-inspired footwear.” The kicks debut in the spring, when Johansson will be featured in a new Reebok ad campaign. …

The Rolling Stones, already in the midst of the highest-grossing tour of 2006, will kick off the second North American leg of their A Bigger Bang world tour at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, on September 20, according to an announcement on the group’s Web site. A yet-unannounced group of “young, contemporary opening acts” will be on the bill for the shows, which will primarily hit stadiums and some arenas in New York, Chicago, Seattle, Los Angeles, Phoenix and Las Vegas. The band is also playing some smaller markets on the 17-date jaunt, such as Wichita, Kansas; Missoula, Montana; El Paso, Texas; and Boise, Idaho. The shows are scheduled to wrap up with a November 18 date at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. …Oasis will release a two-CD greatest-hits album on November 21 titled Stop the Clocks. The 18-song compilation will feature B-sides chosen by the bandmembers, such as “Acquiesce” and “Half the World Away,” as well as such well-known hits as “Supersonic” and “Wonderwall.” …

Time Inc. announced Tuesday that it is killing the eight-year-old Teen People magazine in the wake of a glut of other titles offering celebrity news and a hard downturn in ad sales. The final issue, with “American Idol” winner Carrie Underwood on the cover, will hit newsstands on August 4, according to The New York Times. The magazine’s Web site will continue to be updated with new stories. … A 40-year-old, never-before-released song by Jimi Hendrix, “Station Break,” will be offered for sale at an October 26 intellectual-property auction in New York. The sale includes the copyright and original reel-to-reel recording of the song, laid down in a 1966 session early in the guitar god’s career. …

Ballroom dancers and professional ice skaters have done their part to find new talents in celebrities, and now singers are stepping up to the challenge. Patti LaBelle, Cyndi Lauper, Chaka Khan, Macy Gray, Brian McKnight and Smokey Robinson are among the singers who will team up with famous people not known for their singing skills — for “Celebrity Duets,” a Fox series that debuts August 29. … Donnie Wahlberg will play an undercover CIA agent in the miniseries “The Path to 9/11,” a dramatization of events detailed in the 9/11 Commission Report. The movie stars Harvey Keitel and airs September 10 and 11 on ABC.

R.E.M. have compiled their 1980s I.R.S. Records output in CD and DVD anthologies due September 12. And I Feel Fine … The Best of the I.R.S. Years 1982-1987 will come out in two versions: a 21-track single-disc collection and a two-CD edition with an extra disc of rarities, including previously unreleased mixes and live recordings. The DVD, titled “When the Light Is Mine … The Best of the I.R.S. Years 1982-1987,” features 11 music videos — including clips for “Radio Free Europe” and “The One I Love” — along with TV and film performances and interviews. … Kylie Minogue is launching a new fragrance, but if you want to smell like the dance diva, you may have to make use of your passport. Coty Inc. signed the singer to develop a line of fragrances set to launch this fall in Australia, the U.K. and Ireland, with distribution throughout Europe and Asia to follow. The company describes the scent as “multi-faceted,” to reflect Kylie’s personality. …

R&B legend Stevie Wonder was named as one of the recipients of the National Civil Rights Museum’s 2006 Freedom Awards on Tuesday, according to The Associated Press. Wonder was honored alongside the founder of Doctors Without Borders and civil-rights leader Joseph Lowery. … Now that you’ve got Jay-Z and Jessica Simpson on your cell phone, how about a ringtone or two by Thelonious Monk and Herbie Hancock? Jazz label Blue Note has released two dozen jazz classics through its Best of Blue Tones series, and is planning more in the future. … Dick Clark, creator and host of the long-running music TV program “American Bandstand,” will be honored as part of the 58th annual Primetime Emmy Awards. Barry Manilow, who performed and co-wrote the “Bandstand” theme song, will perform a special musical tribute to Clark. The Emmys, hosted by Conan O’Brien, air August 27 on NBC.

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Nelly Furtado and Timbaland will team up to perform “Promiscuous” at Teen Choice 2006. The song is nominated for Choice R&B/ Hip Hop Track at the awards show, which presents surfboard trophies to honorees chosen by the public. Jessica Alba, Snoop Dogg, Hilary Duff and the cast of “High School Musical” will also appear at the August 20 ceremony, co-hosted by Jessica Simpson and Dane Cook. You can vote for your favorites at TeenPeople.com through August 11. …

DMX keeps getting in trouble with the law over traffic violations, but the Dog is refusing to cop a plea for his latest charge. On Monday in New York, he rejected a plea bargain for a misdemeanor charge he caught for aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle in White Plains in June. The case has been adjourned until August 25. …

When the American Idols Live Tour hits Washington, D.C., on Friday, the talent competition’s top finalists have a stop to make before they take the stage. Winner Taylor Hicks and his onstage partners have been invited to the White House, where they will take a tour and meet with President Bush. It isn’t clear whether runner-up Katharine McPhee, who has missed all stops on the tour, will attend. … Meanwhile, “American Idol” hopefuls who plan to show off their pipes during the very first tryouts for next season’s contest will be giving their all in a new location. Opening day of the audition process, set for August 8 in Southern California, has been moved from Inglewood’s Forum to Pasadena’s Rose Bowl Stadium. …

James Blunt has mapped out a 35-city North American tour, which is set to launch in Montreal on October 1. Dates are booked through November 18 in Las Vegas, and tickets will go on sale Wednesday. Stops are scheduled in Pittsburgh; Providence, Rhode Island; New York; Cleveland; Detroit; Chicago; San Diego; and Phoenix. … MTV News reported in January that the White Stripes would be lending their voices to an episode of “The Simpsons,” and now Fox has announced that the Jack and Meg White guest spots will air September 17. Other celebrity guests hitting Springfield for the series’ 18th season include Natalie Portman, Kiefer Sutherland, Dr. Phil McGraw and Metallica, who will be featured in the September 10 season premiere. …

Arvel Jett Reeves, one of two men accused of conspiring to secretly videotape Michael Jackson on a plane, was sentenced to eight months in federal prison and six months in a halfway house with drug and alcohol rehabilitation facilities on Monday, The Associated Press reports. He was also ordered to pay a $1,000 fine. Reeves and co-defendant Jeffrey Borer — who owned the Xtra Jet service Jackson hired to fly him to Santa Barbara, California, in November 2003 to surrender in a child-molestation investigation — admitted in a plea agreement last year that they installed two digital video cameras on the plane to record a “professional entertainer.” Borer asked Reeves — whose company serviced the jets — to install the cameras with the intention of selling the recordings. Borer will be sentenced in September. Jackson was acquitted of the child-molestation charges in 2005. …

After an August tour opening up for Death Cab for Cutie, indie-pop husband-and-wife act Mates of State will embark on their own road trip this fall. Starting September 3 at Seattle’s Bumbershoot festival, the 17-date trek will hit Canada and parts of the Midwest before finishing up September 30 in New York. Barsuk labelmates Starlight Mints will be the tour openers. … Clutch will play 14 gigs in September with the Bellrays and Year Long Disaster. The trek kicks off September 9 in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, with dates scheduled through September 22 in Columbia, Missouri. …

P.O.D. will headline 2006′s third and final Park at the Park Concert at Petco Park — the home of the San Diego Padres — on August 19, when the baseball club plays the Arizona Diamondbacks. Admission to the concert is free with a game ticket. The rockers will perform just minutes after the game’s final out. … Pennywise, the Circle Jerks, Ignite and the Brown Brigade — featuring former Sum 41 guitarist Dave Baksh — will tour together this October. The run kicks off October 1 in Portland, Oregon, and dates are currently scheduled through an October 15 stop in Quebec City. Additional gigs will be announced in the coming weeks. …

On August 8, the Taste of Chaos Ensemble will release an LP tribute to Mastodon‘s seminal 2004 album, Leviathan, titled Taste of Chaos Ensemble Performs Mastodon’s Leviathan. The collective reworked all of the Leviathan‘s tracks, transforming the metal songs into instrumental string pieces. In related news, Mastodon have unveiled another nine dates for their forthcoming tour with Converge and the Bronx. The trek hits Lawrence, Kansas, on September 18, and stops in San Francisco (September 25); Phoenix (September 28); Los Angeles (September 29); San Diego (September 30); Dallas (October 3); Austin, Texas, (October 4); Houston (October 5); and Atlanta (October 7). …

An Ultimate Fighting Championship-backed compilation titled UFC Ultimate Beatdowns Vol. 1 will be re-released on August 29, boosted by some additional cuts. The disc features tracks by Slayer, Damageplan, Hatebreed, Shadows Fall, Sepultura, Killswitch Engage and Chimaira, among others. … New York punk band the Casualties will release their latest album, Under Attack, on August 22. They’ll be touring through August 26 in support of the disc. … Ani DiFranco is expecting a baby. The singer/songwriter, who was presented with the Woman of Courage Award at the National Organization for Women’s 40th annual convention on Friday, announced at the event that she is due in February, AP reports.