A.M. Surf Report: Eminem Eyes A New Career; LL Heads To Broadway; De Niro Has Bowie Beef

Plus MySpace launches political reality show; Spinal Tap reunite; George Lucas spoofs 'Star Wars.'

The news happens all the time, even while you're catching up on your beauty sleep. Check out this brief rundown to bring you up to speed this morning — a quick heads up from your friends at MTV News.

Here's what we've got:

The trailer for "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" premiered Tuesday ( you can see it right here), and we talked to fans who said the preview has them looking forward to a more intense adventure — and an Umbridge who isn't as ugly as they expected. ...

Keith Richards is hitting the high seas, but not without a guitar. "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" production designer Rick Heinrichs told us that the Rolling Stones legend will be playing a guitar in the film — but not a Telecaster. "We came up with a sea-turtle guitar, as well as a few other period guitars of that time," Heinrichs said. "They're very talented, these pirates." ...

And if you count on a blog-powered hype machine to let you know what's worth listening to, you're going to hear a whole lot of first records and not much follow up. James Montgomery looks at the "sorta sophomore slump" that bands such as Arctic Monkeys and Arcade Fire are experiencing now that their next-big-thing heat has cooled.

Quote of the Day: " 'This guy sucks. He should get hepatitis and die.' What does that have to do with movie reviews?" — Jamie Kennedy

Here's what everyone else is talking about

St. Andrew's Hall, the Detroit venue where Eminem got his start, may soon belong to the rapper, The Detroit Free Press reports. Em and his manager are in talks to take over operations at the place immortalized in "8 Mile." They could be running things as soon as next month. ...

The New York Post's "Page Six" reports that LL Cool J is considering a starring role in a Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof." According to the gossip column, the play — no, this one is not a musical — will be directed by Debbie Allen, with "Dreamgirls" star Anika Noni Rose in casting talks. LL's rep denies the report. ...

Fresh beef alert: David Bowie's High Line fest has Robert De Niro steaming thanks to its proximity to his own Tribeca Film Festival, New York magazine reports. An "unnamed observer" — smart move, given what's next — said De Niro is "a big old wrinkled thug next to these young guys" (that's 30-something High Line producers David Binder and Josh Wood, not Bowie). The Tribeca camp denies any battle-of-the-NYC-fests and says they'll attend the High Line events, while Binder and Wood want you to know that they're way too cool to see "Spider-Man 3." ...

MySpace and reality-TV mogul Mark Burnett are teaming up for "Independent," an Internet/TV show that Reuters describes as "American Idol" meets "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington." The competition, voted on by MySpace users, seeks a young community leader who will represent the concerns of young America. The winner will earn $1 million to help launch a new political party. ...

What would it take to get Spinal Tap to reunite? Nothing less than a mission to save the planet. The semifictional band — yes, they were created for a mockumentary, but they do really rock — will take the stage July 7 at Wembley Stadium for London's contribution to the worldwide event, BBC News reports. ...

Seth Green will parody "Star Wars" on an upcoming "Robot Chicken" special — with help from George Lucas himself, Ain't It Cool News reports. Lucas and Mark Hamill will lend their voices to the 30-minute animated project, which will also feature the talents of Hulk Hogan and Joey Fatone. ...

Think you can sing like Aretha Franklin? She'll be the judge of that. Auditions for actors to perform in a musical about Franklin's life will be held May 1-3 in suburban Detroit, The Associated Press reports, and Franklin will help choose the players. ... In other casting news, Variety reports that Julia Stiles has signed on to star in and produce a film adaptation of "The Bell Jar," based on the semiautobiographical classic written by the late Sylvia Plath. ...

And six alternate jurors have been selected, 12 regular jurors are in place and opening statements in Phil Spector's murder trial — for the February 2003 shooting of actress Lana Clarkson — are expected to begin Wednesday, according to a Reuters report.