For The Record: Quick News On Lindsay, Katharine McPhee, Foxy Brown, ‘Idol,’ Kanye, Fergie, K-Fed & More

Lohan reportedly in rehab; McPhee paying Lonelygirl15 a visit; Brown gets positive probation report.

Lindsay Lohan is in rehab, The Associated Press reported Wednesday (January 17). “I have made a proactive decision to take care of my personal health,” the singer said in a statement through her publicist, according to the news outlet. “I appreciate your well wishes and ask that you please respect my privacy at this time.” AP did not disclose why Lohan had entered rehab, although in December her publicist revealed that Lohan had been voluntarily attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. …

In more positive news for the singer, Lohan is participating in a new Miu Miu ad blitz. Photos from the campaign that leaked online portray the actress with very large, very red hair, striking pensive and provocative poses atop a red silk cube. The ads — which will feature the Miu Miu spring handbag and shoe collection — are set to hit March issues of magazines such as Vogue, Vanity Fair, W and Harper’s Bazaar, due on newsstands in February. A spokesperson for the Miucci Prada-designed line verified that Lohan is modeling in a Miu Miu campaign launching in March, but wouldn’t confirm that the leaked photos are a sneak peek at the ads. “It’s confidential,” the spokesperson said. “They shouldn’t be out yet.” …

“American Idol” runner-up Katharine McPhee will play a guest role in Lonelygirl15‘s online series on Friday. An early fan of the fictional serial about a 16-year-old girl named Bree, McPhee told AP that her management contacted the creators about the guest spot. A cut from McPhee’s self-titled debut LP, which is slated for release January 30, will be utilized as background music in the episode, and the singer will portray an unnamed lassie who meets Bree and her friends. …

Foxy Brown received a positive probation report in a New York court on Wednesday, AP reports. The rapper, who was punished for fighting in a nail salon in 2004, told the outlet the sentence “is making me grow up.” “This is only the first time in two years that I’m pleased with [Manhattan Criminal Court] Judge [Melissa] Jackson,” Brown said. She’s due back in court March 15. …

“American Idol” losing steam? Hardly. The Tuesday night premiere was the biggest one yet in the show’s six-year history, drawing an estimated 37.3 million viewers, according to AP. That’s a 5 percent increase over last year’s premiere, which drew 35.5 million viewers. … Kanye West, Fergie and John Legend will perform as part of the Pepsi Smash Super Bowl Bash, a concert that will be taped in Miami on February 1, three days ahead of the year’s big game. Hosted by Taye Diggs, the one-hour show will air February 3 at 10 p.m. on VH1. …

Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. has recruited Britney Spears‘ soon-to-be-ex-husband Kevin Federline to star in an ad that will run during next month’s Super Bowl. According to the insurer’s Web site, the 30-second spot is the latest installment in the company’s “Life Comes at You Fast” campaign, which has previously featured Fabio and MC Hammer. In the ad, Federline’s life takes a drastic turn as he goes from filming a rap video with a bevy of lovelies to working in a fast-food joint. “Our partnership with Kevin shows the world that he has a great sense of humor,” Nationwide Vice President Steven Schreibman said. “He’s poking fun at himself, and in the process gets to have the last word.” …

R&B icon Diana Ross is set to become the latest music luminary to sprinkle some stardust on “American Idol” contestants. Ross, 62, told David Letterman during a Tuesday night appearance on the “Late Show” that she is planning to be a mentor on the singing competition. Between helping budding singers and planning a tour in support of her new album, I Love You, Ross said she hasn’t yet had time to see the Golden Globe-winning movie version of “Dreamgirls,” which is loosely based on her life as a Motown star. When asked whether she’s curious about the movie, Ross quipped, “Yes, I’ve heard a lot about it. I’m going to see it with my lawyers.” … Jennifer Lopez is working with “Sex and the City” producer Alexa Junge to develop a sitcom for Showtime, Variety reports. The Los Angeles-set series, which is currently being called “Ayuda” — Spanish for “help” — will focus on Latina nannies. …

“The Departed” is scooping up awards left and right in the U.S., but China is just saying no to Martin Scorsese‘s latest flick. The country’s movie censor will not approve the film for domestic release because there is a mention in the script of China planning to purchase military equipment, Reuters reports. … The Sundance Film Festival isn’t just for movie stars anymore. Babyface is hosting Where Music Meets Film, a four-night acoustic showcase to be held at Zone Bar Tuesday through January 27. Joss Stone, Sean Lennon, Daniel Powter, Joan Osborne and Kenneth Edmonds himself will perform at the session, partial proceeds of which go to the nonprofit Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation. … The Panic Channel, which features former Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro, have a new bassist in Siggy Sjursen, formerly of Powerman 5000. The band’s original bass player, Chris Chaney, was forced to leave the group “due to family obligations” that will prevent him from touring, a statement from the band read. …

MySpace is planning to release software that would allow parents to monitor their children’s use of the site — even minors who are using false information to gain access, The Wall Street Journal reports. The free parental-notification program, called “Zephyr,” will reveal what name, age and location kids are using to represent themselves on MySpace, but it will not give parents access to their child’s MySpace messages or profile. The software would also alert the MySpace member that their information was being shared. … You can stop leaving Pepper Potts casting suggestions on Jon Favreau‘s MySpace page — the position has been filled. Gwyneth Paltrow will play the right-hand woman to Robert Downey Jr.‘s unlikely hero in “Iron Man,” co-starring Terrence Howard. … In other casting news, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Terence Stamp are joining Steve Carell and Anne Hathaway for “Get Smart,” according to Variety. The Rock will portray Agent 23, a peer of Maxwell Smart, while Stamp will play a villain. … A Los Angeles federal judge has scheduled jury selection in the murder trial of producer Phil Spector to begin March 19, AP reports. Testimony is expected to begin the following month. Spector, who is charged with the shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson in February 2003, is free on $1 million bail and faces life in prison if convicted.

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Nelly Furtado will host the 2007 Juno Awards — Canada’s take on the Grammys — April 1. Nominees for the music prizes will be revealed February 6. …

Ja Rule is heading back to the big screen. The rapper/actor will be featured in the independent film “Don’t Fade Away,” starring former “O.C.” regular Mischa Barton, Variety reports. … Kellie Pickler will fill in for Barbara Walters on “The View” on Thursday and Friday. Kathy Griffin, who has been harsh on past “American Idol” contestants, is a guest on Friday. …

Shares of beauty retailer Elizabeth Arden Inc. slipped Friday, and Britney Spears and Hilary Duff could bear some responsibility, according to an Associated Press report. Financial analyst Gary Giblen said the brand is losing its “magic touch” due to the disappointing start of Duff’s With Love fragrance, and warns that while Spears’ fragrance sales have been strong, her recent run of negative publicity could put her brand in peril. …

Jennifer Lopez fans, mark your calendars: An April 3 release date has been set for the singer’s Spanish-language album, Como Ama Una Mujer. The video for the first single, “Que Hiciste,” will premiere February 5 on MTV. And over on the J. Lo acting front, “Bordertown” — a thriller co-starring Lopez and Antonio Banderas — is one of 26 films scheduled to screen at the Berlin International Film Festival. The annual movie event runs February 8-18 in the German capital. …

Lindsay Lohan was a no-show at school Tuesday morning (January 16) — but she wasn’t cutting class. A shoot for “I Know Who Killed Me” — an in-production thriller starring Lohan — was scheduled to take over San Luis Obispo High School in Southern California Monday night through Tuesday morning, but it was postponed. No new date has been selected. … Lily Allen, Muse, Corrine Bailey Rae, Arctic Monkeys, Thom Yorke, Kasabian, Snow Patrol and Gnarls Barkley have all received multiple Brit Award nominations, Agence France Presse reports. The awards ceremony will take place February 14. …

R. Kelly has one less legal issue to worry about. The R&B singer has settled a dispute with his neighborhood over a guardhouse he built in front of his gated estate in the Chicago suburb of Olympia Fields. Kelly had filed a civil suit against village board trustees since they had rejected his permit request to build the guardhouse — a request he made only after it was already built — while the village board had sued him for violating local zoning laws. Now the singer has agreed to drop his lawsuit, the village board has dropped its lawsuit as well, the guardhouse has been torn down and Kelly has agreed to pay more than $20,000 to cover attorney fees and code-violation fines. …

Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott will be joined by Motörhead‘s Lemmy Kilmister, Shadows Fall‘s Jason Bittner, Slipknot‘s Paul Gray, Anthrax‘s Scott Ian and others for an all-star jam session in honor of late Pantera/ guitarist — and Abbott’s brother — “Dimebag” Darrell Saturday at the Hilton Hotel in Anaheim, California. The performance will be preceded by a Coffin Case fashion show, featuring the Coffin Girl models presenting the Dime Hardware apparel line. … Kaiser Chiefs have set a March 27 release date for Yours Truly, Angry Mob. Produced by Stephen Street (Blur, the Smiths), the album features the single “Ruby,” which charted in the U.K. after only three days of play. …

V2 — the U.S. label home of artists including the White Stripes, Raconteurs, Moby, Mercury Rev and Stereophonics — abruptly closed its doors on Friday, laying off about 35 people at its New York headquarters, according to a spokesperson. The label’s owner, Sheridan Square, has announced plans to focus on its digital and catalog business, which includes the Stripes material as well as recordings from a number of acquired labels, including roots-focused Artemis and Tone-Cool and avant-hip-hop outlet Ropeadope Records. … A lawsuit filed Wednesday against Michael Jackson by a Beverly Hills, California, pharmacy has been resolved, Jackson’s spokesperson said Friday. Jackson’s unpaid prescription-drug bill — topping $100,000 over two years — has been paid, according to a rep, who chalked the outstanding debt up to a problem with the management of Jackson’s finances. The singer filed suit against his former business managers last month. …

Although Marcos Curiel has rejoined former band P.O.D., his other project, the Accident Experiment, will continue to tour and record. “I can’t be in two places at once [but] please continue to spread the word about the Accident Experiment,” Curiel said in a statement. The group is re-releasing its debut EP, Arena, April 10 with two additional tracks. … Killswitch Engage were forced to postpone stops in London; Bristol, England; and Paris over the weekend, after guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz sustained a serious back injury and frontman Howard Jones was diagnosed with a chest infection. Dutkiewicz underwent back surgery soon after meeting with physicians, and “is doing fine and resting comfortably,” the band reports. Killswitch’s current European tour will go on, with ex-Soilwork guitarist Pete Wichers filling in for Dutkiewicz. …

Deadsy, the band fronted by Elijah Blue — son of Cher and rocker Gregg Allman — have announced the departure of bassist Ashburn Miller. “We have left it on good terms and wish each other the best,” a statement from the band reads. “This decision in no way compromises our dedication to musical and theatrical excellence. This was the right decision for Ashburn where his interests and endeavors are concerned, and likewise for Deadsy.” Jens Funke has been enlisted as Miller’s replacement. … The Recording Industry Association of America let Patricia Santangelo off the hook on piracy claims last month, and now her daughter is paying the $30,750 price. AP reports that 20-year-old Michelle Santangelo was ordered by a federal judge on Wednesday to pay $750 for each of the 41 songs she is accused of illegally sharing. Attorneys for the RIAA and Santangelo declined comment on Friday. It’s unknown whether the default judgment — issued because the younger Santangelo didn’t respond to the recording companies’ claims — will end the case.