A.M. Surf Report: Britney’s Buzzcut Wins Raves; Lindsay’s Director Tries ‘Tough Love’ Tactic; ‘Idol’ Seeks ‘American Band’

Plus: Jermaine Dupri blames exhaust for traffic stop; Hulk gets an enemy; Amy Lee wedding bells and more.

The news happens all the time, even while you’re catching up on 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:

LaKisha Jones was cut from “American Idol” Wednesday night after a performance of the Bee Gees’ “Stayin’ Alive” that left the judges unimpressed and a take on “Run to Me” that ended on a rough note. Relive the week in “Idol” with Jim Cantiello’s 60-second recap and check back later today for our exit interview with the ousted “Idol.”

You want “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” spoilers but you don’t want to completely ruin the movie’s surprises? Fair enough. We’ve got the ‘Pirates’ details thanks to the film’s novelization . Here’s a handful of hints: Captain Jack doesn’t have all of the best lines, Davy Jones wasn’t always a monster and Elizabeth is entrusted with her own pirate ship. …

And George Lucas told us that the fourth “Indiana Jones” film is not going to avoid the issue of Indy’s advancing age . “It’s about an old archeologist who still tries to be an action-adventure star,” Lucas explained. “It keeps getting harder and harder as he gets older and older, but he still does it very well.”

Quote of the Day: “John Mayer working with Alicia Keys, the Fray and Carrot Top? Say it ain’t so!” — John Mayer

Here’s what everyone else is talking about:

Britney Spears kept her haircut under cover at last week’s shows — and this week’s paparazzi-crashed shopping trip — but People discovered a review of the buzzcut. “She looks so good she should model,” Britney’s backup dancer Criscilla Crossland told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. …

“Georgia Rule” director Garry Marshall says he’s responsible for the infamous written reprimand that called Lindsay Lohan irresponsible — and ended up being far from confidential. “Tough love is a part of this business,” Marshall told People at the film’s New York premiere.

American Idol” producers are looking for a band to break big. “The Search for the Next Great American Band” — let’s hope that’s just the working title — was announced on Wednesday night’s elimination round, with Ryan Seacrest noting that the show was seeking all types of music being played by people of all ages. This could be good. …

Maybe tinted windows aren’t such a great purchase. Last week they helped bust Busta Rhymes , and this week they had police taking a closer look at Jermaine Dupri. After TMZ.com posted video Wednesday of JD getting pulled over the day before, he explained the nature of the stop to E! News: “I was pulled over because the police said my exhaust pipes were too loud, I had tinted windows and platinum motor plates. Nothing more, nothing less.”

Tim Roth is not just any abomination — he’s the Abomination. Variety reports that the actor has been cast as Hulk’s nemesis in the upcoming “The Incredible Hulk.” … “Terminator” will be back — without Arnold Schwarzenegger and director James Cameron, Variety reports. “Terminator 4″ is scheduled for a summer 2009 release. …

Little Rock, Arkansas, CBS affiliate WTHV reports that last weekend — while fans were buzzing over news that Evanescence dropped two longtime membersAmy Lee was off getting married. …

Chevelle were robbed Wednesday morning in Dallas, the band announced in a post on its MySpace page titled “Let’s Get the Thieves”. A trailer full of instruments and equipment was jacked, and without their gear, they’ve had to scrap their tour until further notice. …

And Drew Barrymore has been named an ambassador against hunger with the United Nations’ World Food program — or has drawn “Angelina duty,” as E! News put it. “I can’t think of any issue that is more important than working to see that no schoolchild in this world goes hungry,” Barrymore said in a statement.