A.M. Surf Report: R. Kelly Says He’s The New Marvin; ‘Halo 3′ Sets A Date; Diaz And Kutcher Hook Up In Vegas

Plus Lindsay Lohan's mom rats her out; Smashing Pumpkins flood the Statue of Liberty, Christina Aguilera clears China's censors & more.

The news happens all the time, even while you’re catching up on 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 HBO drama “The Wire” already has a character named Snoop — a female assassin played by Felicia Pearson — but the Doggfather still wants in . “They called me to be a part of ['Entourage'],” Snoop told us. “I used that as leverage to try and be on ‘The Wire.’ You know how I get down.” Snoop will guest on “Entourage” in July. …

“Shrek the Third” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” have you pretty pumped now, but by the end of the month, they will already be old news. You want something to look forward to, think summer 2008 — hey, it will be here before you know it. Check out our previews of “The Dark Knight,” “Iron Man,” “John Rambo,” “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian” — and, of course, “Indiana Jones 4” and begin counting down the days. …

How is the music industry going to make money in an age of downloading? By putting you in charge . We spoke with label executives, managers, artists and industry forecasters who said the industry is moving toward making music more portable and customizable, so that you can have it anywhere and in any way you want. …

Quote of the Day: “So much could go wrong — it is a Fall Out Boy show, after all.” — Patrick Stump

Here’s what everyone else is talking about:

Who is the Marvin Gaye of today? What about the Muhammad Ali of today? Here’s a tough one: Can you name the Martin Luther King of today? If your answer to all three is R. Kelly, well then you must be R. Kelly. The New York Post‘s “Page Six” calls out Kelly’s confident comparisons from an interview in the latest issue of XXL‘s Hip-Hop Soul magazine — and asks him to come back to Earth. …

Microsoft announced Tuesday that Halo 3” will launch on September 25, The Associated Press reports. A limited beta test for “Halo 3” begins today on Xbox Live. (You can check out our preview of the game right here .) …

Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher are teaming up for the romantic comedy “What Happens in Vegas,” Variety reports. They will play two people who marry during a wild night and wake up with regrets and a mission to collect a jackpot — and fall in love along the way, of course. …

Lindsay Lohan doesn’t know who to trust, her mother said in an interview with Us Weekly — thanks for putting that out there, Mom! Dina Lohan told the gossip mag that the family is ignoring British tabloid reports alleging Lindsay was using drugs in a club bathroom. “You can’t let it bother you,” she explained. “All she wants to do is act and have a somewhat normal life. When you’re 20, it’s normal to want to go to the Ivy, to go to the hot stores. She can’t live in a bubble.” …

Smashing PumpkinsZeitgeist album art has been posted on Billboard.com, and it looks like the Statue of Liberty is in hot water — a rising, red Hudson River. Artist Shepard Fairey created the image (“Red gets people’s attention”), and Billboard.com has a special note for the font nerds who sense something familiar: Yes, the cover uses the same typeface as the band’s debut single, “I Am One.” …

Chinese authorities have given Christina Aguilera the go-ahead to perform in Shanghai next month, Reuters reports. The country’s culture officials were initially concerned about the singer’s sexy performances. The Rolling Stones were barred from playing some of their more explicit songs last year, while a Jay-Z concert was canceled in 2006 due to lyrics. …

American Idol” veteran Carrie Underwood racked up another three prizes Tuesday night, with wins for Album of the Year (Some Hearts), Female Vocalist of the Year and Video of the Year (“Before He Cheats”) at the Academy of Country Music Awards. …

We told you back in February that Frank Miller would be writing and directing “The Spirit,” based on the Will Eisner comic, and now the film has taken a step closer to a theater near you. Variety reports that Lionsgate has picked up distribution rights to the movie, and that producers are passing Miller’s finished script around Cannes. …

MySpace said it will work with officials who have requested the identities of known sex offenders using the site — but its cooperation hinges on the attorneys general subpoenaing that information, The New York Times reports. MySpace said it has done “everything short of breaking the law to ensure that the information about these predators gets to the proper authorities,” but Connecticut Attorney General Robert Morgenthau said MySpace’s response is “disingenuous and disappointing,” noting that some of the information requested — such as the number of sex offenders using the site — isn’t subject to the legal process.