For The Record: Quick News On Paris, Courtney Love, Michael Jackson, Will.I.Am, Gnarls Barkley & More

Hilton appears in drinking-and-driving PSA; 'View' guests Love; Will, Jacko collaborating.

Paris Hilton did double duty for Seventeen‘s December issue, on newsstands November 7. Not only does the heiress appear on the cover of the magazine, she also posed for a drinking-and-driving PSA inside, as contrition for her September DUI incident. Click here to see Hilton’s PSA in Seventeen. “It only takes one,” the heiress says in the PSA. “All it takes is one drink to mess with the way you drive — it clouds your judgment and slows your reflexes. Don’t take any chances. It just isn’t worth it.” Meanwhile, Hilton downplayed her sexpot image in the cover story, saying she gets in fights with guys who think she isn’t sexual enough in private. “I’m like, ‘Whatever, shut up. I don’t wanna be.’ I’d rather watch a movie or ‘Lost’ or, like, eat.” Being a sex symbol is just for her public image, she insisted, “this alter-ego thing.” “I like to play with people, and they expect it or go along with it. With my real friends, you know, I talk normal. But with some people I don’t know, I just do it because I don’t want to give them my real self and I really don’t trust them.” …

Wearing a tiara and calling herself “the queen of rock,” Courtney Love joined the queens of daytime talk on “The View” on Tuesday (October 31). Each co-host was dressed as a famous monarch (Rosie O’Donnell as Queen Victoria, Joy Behar as Queen Elizabeth, etc.). Love joked that she didn’t dress up much for the holiday as a kid, deadpanning, “We didn’t have Halloween in the orphanage.” She further alluded to her rough childhood by contrasting how kids with famous mothers grow up — such as her own daughter, Frances Bean — with her own upbringing, “the part where I didn’t have a mom.” Love said now that Frances is 14, she goes on Web sites like Defamer.com and reads the comments about herself, which the singer called “such a nightmare.” “You can’t take it seriously,” she said, “but that’s what’s added to her life.” Not to be undeterred from her fame quest, Love name-checked Demi Moore, Orlando Bloom, Tina Turner, Paris Hilton and Whitney Houston during her brief stint on the show, claiming Houston had sought her advice on sobriety now that Love’s been off drugs for “a year and three months.” “There was a moment where we were in my bedroom, and I thought it should be a ‘SNL’ skit,” Love said of the encounter. …

Michael Jackson has recruited Will.I.Am to produce tracks for his next album. “I think he’s doing wonderful, innovative, positive, great music,” Jackson told “Access Hollywood” in an Ireland studio. “I like what he is doing and thought it would be interesting to collaborate or just see how the chemistry worked.” … Gnarls Barkley are re-releasing St. Elsewhere on November 7 as a CD/DVD package featuring four videos, including the never-before-seen “Go Go Gadget Gospel.” A 92-page booklet and an alternative version of “Crazy” from “Top of the Pops” will also be included. …

Director Mark Pellington will comb through more than 700 hours of footage shot during the South American leg of U2‘s Vertigo Tour in February and March to put together a 3-D concert film slated for release next year, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The untitled movie, slated for a summer or fall release, may coincide with a live 3-D performance that will be projected into theaters around the country. … AFI, My Chemical Romance and Taking Back Sunday will headline San Diego radio station 91X’s Nightmare Before Xmas show at the iPay One Center at the San Diego Sports Arena on December 10. Tickets for the show go on sale Saturday. … First YouTube, now MySpace. The leading social-networking site has announced that it will begin using a music content filtering system to search for and remove unauthorized copyrighted music posted on MySpace members’ pages, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The software will identify copyrighted music and prevent users from uploading it, deleting the accounts of those who repeatedly try to upload unauthorized tracks. …

There’s more drama in the From First to Last/ Atreyu saga. Last week, From First to Last were booted off the World Champions tour — which also features Every Time I Die and Chiodos and runs through November 19 in Las Vegas — after announcing that frontman Sonny Moore had been advised to rest his recovering vocal cords, forcing the band to call on Chiodos’ Craig Owens to fill in behind the mic. From First to Last were later “forced to leave,” according to a statement posted on the band’s MySpace page. This week, Atreyu — the trek’s headliners — fired back with a response of their own. “We are adults and do not feel the need to drag anyone’s name through the mud,” Atreyu’s statement reads. “We wish Sonny a speedy recovery and hope his voice is not permanently damaged. As for those of you who think you know ‘the story’ because ‘so and so told you about it,’ you don’t know sh– and need to get over it. They couldn’t perform as From First to Last and are no longer on this tour. End of story.” … New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said Monday that “Chicken Noodle Soup” duo DJ Webstar and Young B were not involved in the Saturday morning shooting outside a Harlem party that left a 13-year-old girl seriously wounded, New York’s Daily News reports. Witnesses placed the teen rappers at the youth Halloween celebration, though representatives for the duo said they didn’t attend the event. Mozena Jones, who was shot in the chest, was upgraded to stable condition following a series of operations and remains hospitalized. …

Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of Kiss will be decked out in the band’s full costume and classic makeup as the grand marshals of the 33rd annual New York’s Village Halloween Parade, which begins Tuesday at 7 p.m. on 6th Avenue and Spring Street. … After spending much of 2006 on the road, Nickelback will head out on tour one last time to promote their 2005 disc All the Right Reasons. The band will bring Three Days Grace and Breaking Benjamin along for the trek, which kicks off February 20 in Tacoma, Washington, and will hit 16 more cities across the U.S. before wrapping up March 19 in Orlando, Florida. … Yusuf Islam, the artist formerly known as Cat Stevens, has joined John Legend, Rihanna and Lionel Richie on the lineup of performers for the Nobel Peace Prize concert, set for December 11 in Oslo, Norway. …

Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger has been ordered to rest his voice, forcing the band to postpone a show for the second time in three days. According to Reuters, the band’s appearance at the Beacon Theater in New York scheduled for Tuesday night has been delayed a day on the advice of the 63-year-old singer’s doctor. The group played the Beacon on Sunday night as part of former President Bill Clinton‘s 60th birthday party, a show that was filmed by director Martin Scorsese for an upcoming DVD. The Stones postponed their Friday night gig in Atlantic City, New Jersey, just hours before showtime due to Jagger’s vocal concerns. … Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh, 66, has announced that he’s been diagnosed with prostate cancer and that he’s going in for surgery to treat the disease in December. In a statement on his Web site, Lesh — who had a liver transplant eight years ago — said he expects to have a rapid and complete recovery and urged all men to have regular tests to look for signs of the disease. “You may save your own life,” he said.

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Christina Aguilera will perform at Motorola’s annual Moto party in Hollywood on Thursday. Past performers have included Missy Elliott, Pink and LL Cool J. …

Jennifer Lopez will be the honoree Monday night (October 30) at the Accessories Council Excellence Awards, the fashion-accessory world’s answer to the Academy Awards. At Cipriani Le Specialità in Manhattan, New York, the singer/actress will be honored, along with Michael Kors, Tom Ford and über-Hollywood celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe, responsible for dressing starlets like Lindsay Lohan, Nicole Richie and Mischa Barton. …

Raise your eggnog glasses: The lineup for Z100′s Jingle Ball 2006 has been announced, and it’s chock-full of pop-star goo. Nick Lachey, the Killers, Rihanna, Evanescence, Pussycat Dolls, JoJo, the Fray and Nelly Furtado will perform December 15 at New York’s Madison Square Garden, and tickets will be sold exclusively to ZVIP members at z100.com. …

The New York Giants love Jim Jones. He was the guest at Sunday’s game between the G-Men and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Giants defensive end Michael Strahan sent him four tickets and Jones sat in a VIP skybox as guest of Antonio Pierce and Jessie Armstead. After the game, Jones headed down to the locker room, where he chilled with Strahan and other players, including Tiki Barber and Plaxico Burress. … Reese Witherspoon is no longer walking the marriage line with her husband of seven years, “Flags of Our Fathers” star Ryan Phillippe, reps for both actors have confirmed. Nothing seemed to be wrong two weeks ago, when the “Legally Blonde” star, 30, attended the New York premiere for the Clint Eastwood-directed “Flags” with her husband. The Hollywood couple, who married shortly after starring in the 1999 movie “Cruel Intentions” together, have two children, Ava and Deacon. …

My Chemical Romance will play a special Halloween set at the House of Blues in West Hollywood, California, on Tuesday night. Fans can win entry to the show through local radio station KROQ-FM, or they can line up outside of House of Blues Sunset Strip on the day of the concert to purchase tickets. The gig will be broadcast live on AOL. … Marilyn Manson will open his own art gallery Tuesday in Los Angeles. The gallery, called the Celebritarian Corporation Gallery of Fine Art, will kick things off with an exhibition of Manson’s own paintings. … During a recent string of radio interviews promoting her autobiography “Extreme,” Sharon Osbourne revealed that husband Ozzy Osbourne will be headlining the second stage during 2007′s Ozzfest. Sharon also said she’s trying to get Alice in Chains to join the bill. … Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell suffered minor injuries in an accident last week in Los Angeles, his publicist said. The singer was thrown from his motorcycle on Tuesday when a truck slammed into the bike. Cornell suffered only cuts and bruises in the collision, but his $50,000 motorcycle was totaled. The accident didn’t throw off Cornell’s recording schedule — just hours later, he was back in the studio working on his forthcoming solo album. …

AFI‘s inaugural DVD will be in stores December 12. The yet-untitled effort was recorded at the Long Beach Arena in California last month, and it’ll include live footage from the band’s 2006 tour in support of Decemberunderground. … In one of his first public appearances since being acquitted of child-molestation charges in June 2005, Michael Jackson will be on hand at the World Music Awards in London on November 15 to receive a Diamond Award, given to artists who sell more than 100 million albums, The Associated Press reports. … The sixth annual Music Has Power Awards benefit has been scheduled for November 6 at the Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York. Actor Dustin Hoffman will present the award to this year’s honoree, Dr. Oliver Sacks, the author of “Awakenings” who was portrayed by Robin Williams in the big-screen adaptation of the like-named book. Rockers Rob Thomas and Patty Griffin will perform at the event, along with several classical musicians. The award was established “to celebrate and recognize the significant accomplishments of the men and women who have brought new understanding to the use of the power of music to awaken and heal.” …

A 13-year-old girl leaving a Halloween party in New York on Friday night that reportedly featured an appearance by DJ Webstar and Young B of “Chicken Noodle Soup” dance fame was shot and critically wounded in a drive-by shooting, according to The New York Times. Mozena Jones was standing outside a Harlem community center when shots were fired from a dark SUV that drove past after midnight. The shooting occurred just after a fight in front of the community center, and a witness told the paper that the rappers (born Troy Ryan and Bianca Dupree) were heard teasing some of the partygoers as they were leaving. A manager for the duo told the Times that the pair were not at the party, but several New York papers reported partygoers confirming their presence and police saying they were looking to interview the pair as possible witnesses. … An Indianapolis man was stopped by police over the weekend as he was making his way to Godsmack‘s concert in Evansville, Indiana. John Leer, 24, was spotted driving 110 mph in his 1992 Honda. Leer, who was passing other vehicles as he raced down the highway and ignored officers’ attempts to stop him, was arrested for resisting law enforcement and recklessness, and was cited for speeding and driving with an open container of alcohol in his vehicle. Police later discovered Leer was speeding because “he was running late [for the show] and didn’t realize Evansville was that far away from Indianapolis.” …

Let the purging begin. Less than a month after it was purchased by Google for $1.65 billion in stock, YouTube has started stripping some copyrighted material from its site. According to The New York Times, clips from several Comedy Central shows — including “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart,” “The Colbert Report” and “South Park” — began disappearing from the site last week as a result of “third-party notification by Comedy Central,” according to some users who got the notices. Last week, almost 30,000 clips of TV shows, movies and music videos were taken down after a Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers cited copyright infringement. … The trust of Dean Martin has struck up a multiplatform partnership with EMI that puts the legendary crooner in league with Korn and Robbie Williams, with the label marketing all things related to the musician’s career. The label’s deal with the late singer’s trust will extend to Dino’s likeness, image and name — not just his catalog of albums. Martin’s music has recently been featured in ads for a car company, beer and a hotel chain, and has also been featured in the series “The Sopranos.”