A.M. Surf Report: Depp Talks Daughter’s Illness; Pink Floyd Re-Unite (Kinda); Mirren ‘Mortified’ Over Queen Snub

Plus: Rob Zombie, Sam Mendes, others say what they'd do with final 'Harry Potter' flick.

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.

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You won’t need a social life from now till Labor Day thanks to our mad-packed summer movie schedule . From “28 Weeks Later” to “The Comebacks” — with “Pirates,” “Potter,” “Rush Hour,” “Ratatouille” and even “The Simpsons” in between — we’ve got everything you need to know. …

In other movie news, now that David Yates has been announced has the director of “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” some other directors — including Sam Mendes, Rob Zombie, Guillermo del Toro and Zack Snyder — give an irreverent take on what they’d do for the final “Harry Potter” flick. And check back later for Kurt Loder‘s review of “28 Weeks Later.”

The real hardest-working man in show business — James Brown — passed on late last year, but T-Pain is doing that legacy proud . The MC, whose “Buy You a Drank” is burning up the clubs as we speak, has guested on a boatload of records this year, and tells MTV News about how Chris Brown, Usher, Charlie Wilson, Britney Spears, Nick Lachey, Joe, Twista, DJ Unk, Bow Wow, Mya, Sammie and R. Kelly have all put in calls for his services. …

And finally, check out how metalcore outfit the Chariot turned a common grade-school poem into the tracklist for their new album, plus loads more news on things hard and heavy in Metal File

Quote of the Day: “It ain’t that I’m doing something other people are doing — I’m doing something they’re doing and doing it better.” — T-Pain

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Johnny Depp spoke for the first time about his daughter’s illness, according to Britain’s Daily Mirror. “It gave us a great scare,” he said. “It was a very bumpy patch, but she has come through it beautifully and unscathed, and she is now as healthy as she always was. She is wonderful.” Lily-Rose, Depp’s 7-year-old daughter with French actress-singer Vanessa Paradis, was hospitalized in London earlier this year while Depp was in England filming “Sweeney Todd.” …

“The Queen” star Helen Mirren is reportedly “mortified” over reports that she snubbed the real Queen Elizabeth II’s dinner invitation, according to the New York Post. The actress insisted that she tried desperately to rearrange the schooting schedule for “National Treasure,” but could not make the trip from South Dakota to London without shutting down production for at least three days. …

Not long after announcing a 21-date concert stand in London earlier this week, Prince played one of his infamous surprise gigs in the city on Thursday night. According to England’s New Musical Express, the singer played several hits — and tantalized the crowd by naming several more he wouldn’t be playing — and did a lot of jamming with his band. …

All four members of Pink Floyd appeared at a tribute concert for founding member Syd Barrett — but not together. According to the BBC, David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright joined for the show’s finale of Barrett’s “Bike,” while earlier in the show, Roger Waters performed one of his own compositions solo. Barrett, who wrote most of the songs on the group’s 1967 debut but grew increasingly unstable due to drug abuse, died in July of last year. …

A former high-school classmate who was dating producer Phil Spector said he was “not his usual self” in the days leading up to the death of actress Lana Clarkson at Spector’s home in July, 2003. According to The Associated Press, Rommie Davis said at Spector’s murder trial on Thursday that she was concerned about him because he was drinking and taking medication.