A.M. Surf Report: Police Seek Fan Tossed By Akon; Rage Against The Machine Start Mystery Countdown; Jessica Simpson Is Single Again

Plus Justin Timberlake signs Dutch singer; inmates offer Paris Hilton support; Marilyn Manson blasts My Chemical Romance.

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:

Even the biggest bands have their seriously down-to-earth days. Take Linkin Park, who debuted at #1 in 15 countries with Minutes to Midnight, but had a moment last week that felt just like the times when they’d tour in an RV — and get stuck in a ditch. Bassist Dave “Phoenix” Farrell told us that blowing a flat in their tour bus — on the way to play to 80,000 people at Germany’s Rock am Ring fest — “was kind of refreshing,” and also revealed that a wedding almost derailed the bands tour. …

Daddy Yankee‘s El Cartel: The Big Boss finally arrived Tuesday, so what took him so long to hand it over? “Summer is the best time for an artist to put out an album,” Yankee told us . “Everyone is clubbin’, everyone is having fun, everyone is enjoying their life.” He got Nicole Scherzinger of the Pussycat Dolls to heat up one track, “Papi Lover,” which he describes as a “crazy dancehall, Caribbean song.” …

And “High School Musical” stars gave us some exclusive news about the upcoming sequel, which Monique Coleman describes as “more emotional.” But don’t expect it to get too mushy. “She’s still evil,” Ashley Tisdale said of her character Sharpay. According to the cast, you can also expect Chad to get some love, Gabriella to belt out a killer solo and a “West Side Story”-esque singing/dancing battle on a baseball field when the TV movie premieres in August. …

Quote of the Day: “I don’t care much what people say about me, but I do care how it affects the rest of my band.” — Pete Wentz

Here’s what everyone else is talking about:

Police in Fishkill, New York, are looking for the concertgoer that Akon apparently tossed into the crowd during Sunday’s KFEST, local paper The Poughkeepsie Journal reports. Video of the incident — showing Akon asking the audience to point out a person that threw something at him, summoning the audience member to the stage and then picking him up and throwing him back into the crowd — surfaced on YouTube on Monday. “We’re still waiting to identify whoever that is,” Fishkill police liason Steve Ferguson said Tuesday. “We’re looking to see if they want to press charges or file a complaint.” …

What will August 24, 2007 bring for Rage Against the Machine fans? No idea, but this Web site (via Stereogum) certainly wants us to know that something is up. Looks like the first clues are just five days away. We’ll keep you posted. …

Justin Timberlake has picked the first artist signed to his Tennman Records imprint, he announced Tuesday. Dutch singer/songwriter Esmée Denters — who first hit YouTube with covers of songs by Beyoncé and Alicia Keys — has signed to JT’s label, and will join him next week to open for a few dates on his European tour. “Esmee is the real deal and I cannot wait for the world to hear her,” Timberlake said in a statement. …

TMZ.com’s “multiple inside sources” report Paris Hilton is crying and “freezing cold” in jail, though it sounds like her fellow inmates have warmed up to the new addition. “One inmate said, ‘You don’t deserve to be here,’ ” according to the TMZ report. “Another made an origami butterfly from a magazine page and slipped it under her door.” Hilton’s therapist visited her yesterday, People reports. …

Jessica Simpson and John Mayer have split again … and it’s really the end this time. Maybe. “It’s definitely over,” a “source close to Mayer” told People. But the magazine’s Simpson source isn’t so certain. “They broke up Sunday night, but who knows what the future will hold. This is the twelfth time they’ve broken up.” …

Marilyn Manson is not a fan of My Chemical Romance. In an interview with The London Paper, Manson said that the Eat Me, Drink Me track “Mutilation Is the Most Sincere Form of Flattery” goes out to MCR. “I’m embarrassed to be me because these people are doing a really sad, pitiful, shallow version of what I’ve done.” …

Look out, Transformers, Thundercats are on the move. Variety reports that Warner Bros. has scooped up a script to turn the 1980s cartoon into a live-action feature. The story focuses on “Lion-O coming of age as the leader of the Thundercats,” according to the paper. …

In other big-screen news, Anna Faris will play an ex-Playboy bunny turned sorority girl in a still-untitled college comedy, Variety reports. “Pineapple Express” — Judd Apatow and Seth Rogen‘s follow-up to “Knocked Up” — has an August 8, 2008 due date (that’s also from Variety). And “Sin City” is looking to break out into the gaming world in a big way, according to The Hollywood Reporter.