‘Harry Potter’ Editor Says ‘No One’ Has ‘Deathly Hallows’; Plus Paris, Christina, ‘Idol,’ Lil Jon & More, In For The Record

Hilton calls Ryan Seacrest, answers fan mail; Aguilera honored on Hollywood Walk of Fame; 'Idol: The Musical' makes off-Broadway leap.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” spoilers hit the Internet on Wednesday — they originated with a hacker who claims to have gained access to computers at London publisher Bloomsbury. So how true is the revealed ending? “There is plenty of material circulating on the Internet, and you can’t believe everything you read,” U.S. “Potter” publisher Scholastic commented — not exactly a denial. MTV News recently spoke to “Deathly Hallows” editor Arthur Levine, who said it’s nearly impossible to get your hands on the book before its July 21 release — and notes that the advance peeks you may have seen in “The Devil Wears Prada” and “The Colbert Report” are pure fiction. “No one has it. Meryl Streep doesn’t have it; Stephen Colbert doesn’t have it.” …

Paris Hilton called Ryan Seacrest on Thursday (June 21), telling him jail has been “horrible and really hard” but that she was “really proud” of herself for serving the sentence, according to E! Online. “In a way, I’m really glad this happened, because it changed my life forever,” she said. Hilton has also been responding to fan mail — in a handwritten letter obtained by E! Online, she said, “I read your letter and just wanted to thank you for your kind words of love and support. The fact that you took time out of your day to write me truly means the world. Especially at such a difficult and scary time in my life.” …

Next year, fans will have the chance to walk all over Christina Aguilera and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, as the artists have been named as 2008 honorees on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Stan Lee, Ricky Martin, Angela Bassett and WWE’s Vince McMahon are also among those who will be presented with Walk of Fame stars next year, while late Beatles guitarist George Harrison will be a posthumous honoree. … “American Idol” is headed to Broadway — well, off-Broadway. Playbill.com reports that “Idol: The Musical,” a satire based on the dedication of one group of Clay Aiken fans, will begin previews at New York’s 45th Street Theatre on July 5. The play recently opened in Syracuse, New York. …

Lil Jon and Hennessy co-hosted a “Welcome to Asia” gala on Wednesday night in Manhattan, New York, to honor Rain. Last year, the Korean male R&B singer was named one of Time magazine’s most influential people. … Phil Spector was likely standing within 2 feet of actress Lana Clarkson when she was shot to death in his mansion, a forensics expert testified Thursday, according to The Associated Press. Criminalist Lynne Herold said blood spatter on the front and back of the music producer’s white jacket were telltale signs he was close to her. The defense has claimed the same data proves Spector was 6 feet away from Clarkson. …

Kurt Cobain was named a 2007 Hot Property by Variety, still raking in big bucks 13 years after his death due to Courtney Love‘s licensing agreement with National Entertainment Collectibles Association, which offers Cobain-branded items including action figures, lunchboxes and key chains. “We believe if we say yes to the right things, we can do both — make money and do the right thing for the catalog,” Love’s manager, Peter Asher, told Forbes.Sonic Youth‘s Thurston Moore will release a new album, Trees Outside the Academy, this fall; it’s the rocker’s first solo LP in a dozen years, and will include “The Shape Is in a Trance,” “American Coffin” and “Free Noise Among Friends.” No official release date has been set. … Atreyu will issue their Hollywood Records debut, Lead Sails Paper Anchor, August 28. The band, which will be a part of this summer’s Family Values Tour, worked with producer John Feldmann (Good Charlotte, the Used) on the LP, which features 11 tracks, including “Becoming the Bull,” “No One Cares” and “Can’t Happen Here.” …

Filmmaker Wes Craven has hit his neighbor, Pauly Shore, with a lawsuit that claims water from the comedian’s home seeped down a slope, and damaged the horror king’s property. According to AP, Craven contends a landslide occurred on his property back in December, after Shore upgraded his home with a swimming pool, spa and new landscaping. The suit, filed Wednesday in Los Angeles, alleges that seeping water destabilized Craven’s land, and lowered the value of his property. The suit cites negligence and nuisance, and unspecified damages for repairs to his property. … Bulgarian news site Novinite.com reports that eight people were seriously injured in a fight between skinheads and punks that erupted during a concert by punk legends the Exploited in Sofia, Bulgaria, on Wednesday night. The fracas involved approximately 60 people, who used glass bottles, chains and other metal objects as weapons before the police could arrive to stabilize the situation. Five people were arrested in connection with the incident, and the concert continued as planned.

06.20.2007

Rihanna reveals in the June/July issue of Complex — she graces the cover — that she had no idea Jay-Z would make a cameo on her red-hot song “Umbrella.” “I never expect him to collaborate with me. The hope is always there, but he’s never brought it up,” she explained. “I mean, I had two albums out so far and he wasn’t on anything, so for him to just pop up on this one … it was great.” Now Rihanna might be hoping for another man to come into the picture — a certain Hollywood hunk has caught her eye. “What’s that guy’s name who was in that movie with Jessica Alba? Paul [Walker] … um … I think he’s really hot.” …

A Chicago church posted billboards throughout the city Monday, urging people to “Stop Listening to Trash.” 50 Cent and G-Unit, Snoop Dogg, Lil Wayne, Ludacris, Nelly, Fat Joe and Twista are among the artists named on the advertisements posted by Faith Community of St. Sabina, local NBC affiliate WMAQ reported. “If we are going to end the violence and disrespect of women, we must fight every form of negativity, including the music industry,” the church’s pastor, the Reverend Michael Pfleger, said in a press release. … Elsewhere in Chi-Town, T.I. will headline a MySpace Live event at the Riviera Theater on Wednesday night (June 20) with Lupe Fiasco, Twista, and DJ Drama scheduled to make appearances. Nick Cannon and Danity Kane‘s Aubrey are set to host the show, which will broadcast simultaneously on MySpace beginning at 10 p.m. ET. …

Prosecutors in the Phil Spector trial called their last witness to the stand Tuesday: criminologist Lynne Herold, whose testimony was reportedly more graphic than any of the experts who previously testified, according to The Associated Press. Herold said blood spatter doesn’t travel more than 2 or 3 feet from where a bullet impacts a person — the defense has contended that blood can travel up to 6 feet, which would support its claim that Clarkson was across the room from Spector when she was shot. … Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo, who had denounced Paris Hilton‘s early jail release as celebrity favoritism, has acknowledged that his wife was the subject of a nine-year-old arrest warrant until it was resolved in court Wednesday, Reuters reports. At a City Hall news conference, Delgadillo said he “mishandled the situation” and that his behavior was a breach of “the public trust.” But he also said he hadn’t been aware of the warrant until the Los Angeles Times reported it Wednesday. …

Tickets are currently available for five Prince shows (set for Saturday, Sunday and June 28-30) at the Blossom Ballroom in Hollywood’s Roosevelt Hotel. Fans who want to see the singer perform at the intimate venue have to pay up for the privilege. For $3,121, you get two reserved seats — tickets are sold in pairs only — plus dinner prepared by Prince’s personal chef. The more budget-conscious fan can get a standing-room ticket for $312.10. For more information, e-mail 3121hrh@thompsonhotels.com. … “Hey Paula,” the reality show chronicling the hectic life of “American Idol” judge Paula Abdul, premieres June 28 on Bravo. The series follows Abdul as she gets ready for the Grammys — and finds her dog biting into a borrowed million-dollar ring — has some drama with the “Bratz” filmmakers, changes out of a Valentino gown in a car on the way to an L.A.-to-Philadelphia flight and decides to redesign her jewelry line hours before appearing to promote it on QVC. And that’s just day one. …

Grab your Neon Bibles — the Arcade Fire are cobbling together another batch of North American dates. But so far, just two dates have been announced for the leg, which will run through early October and also feature LCD Soundsystem: Morrison, Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre (September 17) and the Hollywood Bowl (September 20). … Kidz Bop isn’t just a CD sensation anymore — the wildly popular series is getting its own tour. The interactive rock show will be staged in theaters in small arenas, feature a full band — with adults and children singing — and also involve local participants, dance contests, song voting and videos. A national audition will be held Sunday at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, to find six 9- to 13-year-olds to perform on the tour. …

Clive Owen and Frank Miller are teaming up for “Trouble Is My Business,” a big-screen adaptation of Raymond Chandler’s noir novella, Variety reports. Owen will star as private eye Philip Marlowe, and Miller will direct the film. “Frank Miller knows more about noir than anyone I ever met,” Owen said. … The Bouncing Souls, Bad Brains and the Weakerthans will headline the School of Rock Music Festival on Saturday and Sunday in Asbury Park, New Jersey. The family-friendly festival will showcase students from 15 branches of the performance-based after-school music program (the inspiration for Jack Black‘s film “School of Rock”), who will perform on the side stages as the School of Rock All-Stars. Also on main stages will be Ween, Lucero, Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid and others. …

Puddle of Mudd will return July 24 with a new album, titled Famous. “It’s about passion and writing music that connects with other people and somehow heals them,” frontman Wes Scantlin said in a statement. “I really want to try to crawl under people’s skin and at the same time make some kick-ass rock and roll music.” The disc, produced by former Black Flag drummer Bill Stevenson, will be the band’s first with new members Christian Stone and Ryan Yerdon. … The Yeah Yeah Yeahs will also return July 24, with an EP titled Is Is. The disc features previously unreleased material written in 2004, while touring behind Fever to Tell. “Rockers to Swallow,” “Down Boy” and “10×10″ are among the tracks on the EP. The band will also release an accompanying film on July 24, featuring footage from live shows that the group performed last month in Brooklyn, New York, playing two sets for 100 fans.