For The Record: Quick News On ‘American Idol,’ Lindsay Lohan, Mel Gibson, Killers, Tool, Owen Wilson & More

President Bush meets with 'Idol' finalists; Lohan gets angry letter from movie exec; Gibson arrested.

While it’s probably better they didn’t face off in a popularity contest, President Bush got his picture taken with the “American Idol” finalists on Friday (July 28), The Associated Press reports. Bush also gave the singers a brief tour of the Oval Office, in between meetings with British Prime Minister Tony Blair and top U.S. high school students. The Idols gave Bush an engraved harmonica, while victor Taylor Hicks also gifted Bush with a black T-shirt reading “Soul Patrol.” …

Lindsay Lohan collapsed on the set of “Georgia Rule” earlier this week, but the chief executive of the Los Angeles company producing the movie doesn’t believe it was due to exhaustion, TheSmokingGun.com reports. In an angrily worded letter that was sent to the singer/actress and obtained by the site, James G. Robinson wrote to Lohan that he is “well aware that your ongoing all-night heavy partying is the real reason for your so-called ‘exhaustion.’ ” Robinson alluded to possible legal action in the reprimand, saying her behavior has “resulted in hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage.” “I urge you to take this letter seriously and conduct yourself professionally,” the letter concluded. …

Mel Gibson has been arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence, CNN reports. The actor/director was pulled over early Friday in Malibu, California, after sheriffs caught him speeding. Gibson was charged with a misdemeanor and posted a $5,000 bond. …

Killers frontman Brandon Flowers can talk trash with the best of them and has done so consistently over the last year about emo bands like Fall Out Boy and, most recently, Panic! at the Disco. But on the verge of a new album, Sam’s Town, it seems Flowers has had a change of heart. “I’d like to take it all back,” Flowers recanted to AOL Music. “These people are just doing what they want to do, just like I am. I’m actually a nice person and I love people. I just am opinionated and sometimes jealous. It’s not something I’m proud of.” A devout Mormon, Flowers said he was particularly ashamed of his comments about Panic! at the Disco — a band he dissed without ever having heard them. “I don’t even know what their music’s like or if I would even like it,” he said. “That made me feel even worse, to think they could have been fans of ours and I hurt their feelings. That’s just stupid.” … On a related note, Panic! have been forced to cancel their show Friday night at the Premier in Seattle due to a death in the family. No other information was available, but a Panic! spokesperson said they promise to keep fans updated on the situation. …

“Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” was rated PG-13, but next year, Daniel Radcliffe will be engaged in some R-rated activities. The 17-year-old actor will appear in the nude as part of “Equus,” a London production that will mark the actor’s theatrical debut, AP reports. Radcliffe will play a “troubled stableboy” who, at one point in the play, “is required to simulate sexual ecstasy while riding a horse naked.” Wand-erful. … Owen Wilson has responded to Steely Dan‘s complaint that his new comedy “You, Me and Dupree” ripped off the band’s “Cousin Dupree,” a song about a depraved couch-surfer. “I have never heard the song ‘Cousin Dupree’ and I don’t even know who this gentleman, Mr. Steely Dan, is,” Wilson said in a statement released by his spokesperson, according to The New York Times. “I hope this helps to clear things up and I can get back to concentrating on my new movie, ‘HEY 19,’ ” he added, referring to the band’s song “Hey Nineteen.” …

Tool have added eight stops to their forthcoming North American run with Isis, which will kick off August 6 in Fresno, California. Those new dates are: September 9 (Phoenix); September 26 (Pittsburgh); September 30 (Washington, D.C.); October 2 (Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania); October 3 (Manchester, Connecticut); October 5 (Hartford, Connecticut); October 6 (East Rutherford, New Jersey); and October 7 (Wantagh, New York). … The head-butt seen ’round the world — French football superstar Zinedine Zidane being sent off for ramming Italian defender Marco Materazzi in the recent World Cup final — has spawned a chart-topping hit in France. According to the Associated Foreign Press, the song “Headbutt” — created in 30 minutes by three despondent French fans — has been the most downloaded track in France in the last two weeks with over 80,000 downloads. The track’s lighthearted lyrics poke fun at French striker David Trezeguet, who missed a crucial penalty kick and Zidane’s vicious head-butt, which earned him a red card and a career-ending exit from the game. …

Former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Buckethead will be out on the road starting September 13 in Lawrence, Kansas, for a 28-date U.S. trek. The guitarist will pass through Detroit, New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, New Orleans and Houston before wrapping things up in Anaheim, California, October 29. … More details have surfaced regarding Papa Roach‘s forthcoming LP, The Paramour Sessions. The disc will contain 13 fresh tracks, including “The World Around You,” “I Devise My Own Demise,” “Roses on My Grave” and “… To Be Loved,” the album’s first single. Look for it to land in stores September 12. … Canadian singer/songwriter and sometimes producer Howie Beck will release his self-titled third album September 12. Guests on the 13-track disc include Nada Surf frontman Matthew Caws, Ed Harcourt and Broken Social Scene-er Feist. A tour of select U.S. dates is expected in the fall.

07.27.06

Christina Aguilera wants to open up a shelter for victims of domestic abuse, she told Seventeen for the magazine’s September cover story. She said she’s already working a lot with a domestic-violence and child-abuse shelter in Pittsburgh, mostly by donating her personal belongings. “Some of these women leave their homes without anything,” she said. “They just grab the kids and get out of the situation. And so a lot of these women have nothing, and they have to start from scratch.” But beyond helping provide necessities, the singer says, it’s also important to help rebuild their self-esteem — “because it’s really broken after they’ve been beaten down for so long.” Aguilera addresses the theme of domestic abuse on several songs on her new album, but her next single is more of a feel-good number called “Candyman.” …

After collapsing on the set of “Georgia Rule” and going to the hospital for heat exhaustion on Tuesday, Lindsay Lohan reported back on the set on time on Thursday (July 27). “We’re hoping she remains on schedule for the rest of production,” a rep for the movie said. …

Kid Rock and Pamela Anderson won’t be getting married just once, but four times. Anderson told The Associated Press that she plans “to get married a few times this month to the same guy.” The couple are expected to tie the knot on Saturday in St. Tropez, France. Then, Anderson said, they’ll do it again in three additional ceremonies, in Malibu, California; Rock’s hometown of Detroit; and again in Nashville. There’s no word yet on when the three subsequent ceremonies will take place. …

Jessica Simpson will help welcome new co-host Rosie O’Donnell to “The View” when the show resumes live taping on September 5. Simpson will be the first guest on the program. … What do Madonna, Muhammad Ali and Zakk Wylde have in common? They’re all participating in a Grammy charity auction on eBay. Madge and Wylde are putting up signed guitars and Ali is contributing signed sports memorabilia to the Gibson/ Baldwin Night at the Net auction, which ends Thursday. The benefit is raising money for MusiCares, which offers emergency financial assistance and addiction-recovery programs to musicians. …

American Idol” winner Taylor Hicks has obtained a temporary injunction preventing his former producer from releasing a song Hicks wrote and recorded nearly 10 years ago, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The order will delay the release of “The Fall” by William Smith Productions for at least 10 days. Hicks claims the song proposed for release is an unfinished version. … Busta Rhymes will perform Thursday night on Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance.” … Outkast held a listening party for their long-delayed album Idlewild at the London Eye Tuesday night, according to the New Musical Express. The party was followed by an afterparty, held on a cruise liner called the Silver Sturgeon, that was attended by both Andre 3000 and Big Boi. The album, which features 25 tracks (including interludes), is slated for release on August 22, with the film of the same name coming three days later. …

Looks like ex-Power 105 New York radio personality Star is off the hook. The New York DJ (real name Troi Torain) was fired for making racist and sexually threatening comments about DJ Envy‘s wife and daughter, but the criminal charges will be dropped in six months if he completes three days of community service and steers clear of the 4-year-old girl, Reuters reports. … Ever since Haylie Duff joined the cast of “Hairspray” last week, ticket sales have gone through the roof, reps for the show say. Pre-Haylie, the show was at 88 percent capacity, and now, with the actress taking over the part of Amber Von Tussle, the show is at 98 percent capacity, with the gross up by $90,000 …

Can’t wait for the next Harry Potter movie or book? Worrying whether Harry won’t find all the Horcruxes? Scared that Snape is only pretending to have gone over to Voldemort’s side but Harry won’t see through the double-agent bit? Need to hear what the experts think about all this? Then listen to Scholastic’s “Think You Know Harry Potter?” podcast series, in which webmasters from the Leaky Cauldron and MuggleNet discuss the series with one of the Potter editors before live audiences across the country. Among other things, they’ll discuss various theories about what they think will happen in book seven — including who lives and who dies. For information on subscribing to the podcast feed, go to Scholastic.com/HarryPotter/podcasttour/index.htm#listen. …

The New York Post reported Thursday that Eddie Van Halen is teaming up with porn director Michael Ninn to write and perform two songs for a film called “Sacred Sin.” Van Halen told the Post he’s not concerned about the implications. “I’m working with a friend — very simple. I like his work. Michael Ninn is like Spielberg to me: the imagery, the way he makes things look just sensual,” he said. Van Halen’s publicist had no comment on the matter. … Prince and his second wife, Manuela Testolini Nelson, are divorcing, according to People magazine, which said the sealed documents were filed on May 24 in Minnesota’s Hennepin County District Court. Testolini Nelson, 29, is a former employee of Prince’s charitable foundation who owns a company that makes a line of designer candles. The couple married in 2001. …

The oft-delayed Alice in Chains retrospective collection The Essential Alice in Chains has been pushed back to a September 5 release. … Rob Zombie is squeezing three headlining dates into his upcoming fall run with Godsmack and Shinedown. Zombie will hit New Haven, Connecticut, on September 5; Cincinnati on September 11; and Boise, Idaho, on September 26. … Slipknot turntablist Sid Wilson plans to release his first-ever solo effort, The New Leader, August 29 under his alias, DJ Starscream. Several tracks from the LP can be found over at Wilson’s MySpace page.