Hilary Duff Becomes A Waitress; Plus Eve, Wu-Tang Clan, Beyonce, Rage Against The Machine, Lou Pearlman & More, In For The Record

Eve's long-awaited LP bumps to 2008; Rage, Arcade Fire confirmed for Big Day Out; B reschedules Malaysia show in Indonesia.

Hilary Duff is becoming a waitress for “Greta,” an upcoming teen interracial romance, Reuters reports. In the flick, which is currently filming in New Jersey, Duff’s character is hot for one of her co-workers, a cook (Evan Ross). The movie is being helmed by music-video director Nancy Bardawil (Bon Jovi, Reba McEntire). …

Don’t expect to hear much more from Eve this year. The rapper’s first LP in five years, Here I Am — which has been bumped numerous times — won’t drop until 2008, according to Billboard. No reason has been given for the delay of the album, which has already been preceded by two songs, “Tambourine” and “Give It to Me” (featuring Sean Paul). … It looks like Eve can commiserate with the Wu-Tang Clan, at least a little bit: According to a post on the group’s MySpace page, fans will have to wait three weeks longer for Wu’s long-awaited fifth album, The 8 Diagrams. The album — which features guest appearances from P-Funk mastermind George Clinton and Dani Harrison, son of late Beatle George — is dedicated to the memory of Ol’ Dirty Bastard and was originally scheduled to drop on the anniversary of his death, November 13. But now the LP has been bumped from that date to December 4. …

Beyoncé has rescheduled the November 1 concert that was originally planned for Malaysia and will perform instead in Jakarta, Indonesia, on that day, Reuters reports. The Malaysia show was nixed last week amid protests by local Muslim groups upset that she reportedly refused to obey the country’s strict dress code for performers. … As previously hinted, Rage Against the Machine will headline Big Day Out, the fest that will roam through Australia and New Zealand early next year. The Arcade Fire, Björk, LCD Soundsystem and others will play all six dates on the trek, which runs from January 18 in Auckland, New Zealand, through February 3 in Perth, Australia. …

According to an article in the upcoming issue of Vanity Fair magazine, financial improprieties aren’t the only secret disgraced boy-band mogul Lou Pearlman may have been hiding. Interviews with Pearlman’s former associates allege that the man behind the careers of ‘NSYNC, the Backstreet Boys and LFO made advances toward a number of the young men he shepherded to fame. Speaking to former Pearlman protégés and their parents, the article relates stories of young singers emerging from Pearlman’s room late at night, buttoning their pants and joking with each other about whether Pearlman had performed a particular sex act on them, with one former assistant referring to the man who enjoyed the nickname “Big Poppa” as a “sexual predator.” According to the article, Pearlman — currently in jail and accused of embezzling more than $300 million from investors — acted inappropriately with members of the BSB to the point where several of the bandmembers’ mothers suspected “there might have been some strange things going on.” In another alleged incident, an aspiring singer was summoned to Pearlman’s Miami mansion in the middle of the night to take out the garbage, and when he asked what he needed to do to get into the band, he said, “[Pearlman] leaned back in his chair, in his white terry-cloth robe and white underwear, and spread his legs. And then he said, and these were his exact words, ‘You’re a smart boy. Figure it out.’ ” The November issue of Vanity Fair will be on newsstands October 9. …

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson seems to be taking his new pigskin-comedy flick to heart. The actor announced Tuesday (October 2) that he and his wife, Dany Garcia Johnson, are donating $1 million to help his alma mater, the University of Miami, renovate its football facilities. It’s the largest gift a former Hurricane student athlete has ever given to the school’s athletic department, and the football team’s locker room will be named after Johnson according to The Associated Press. The actor separated from his wife, also a University of Miami alumna, earlier this year but the couple have said they are still close. “Dany and I have always said that being a student athlete here at the University of Miami has always been a tremendous part of our lives,” Johnson said Tuesday. “The skill sets that we learned here as student athletes, talking about commitment, talking about sacrifice … those skill sets are invaluable.” …

Courtney Love has settled a lawsuit brought against her by the attorneys who represented her in legal battles with the surviving members of Nirvana, the Seattle Weekly reports. Katherine Hendricks and O. Yale Lewis claimed that Love owed them more than $340,000, plus interest, for their work on a 2002 suit that Love filed against Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic and drummer Dave Grohl. Love, controller of the share of Nirvana’s business that had belonged to her late husband, Kurt Cobain, allegedly did not fully pay her lawyers, even though she eventually earned at least $9 million as a result of that suit. Love settled with Hendricks and Lewis for an undisclosed sum, and the settlement went into effect on September 17. According to court records, Love paid the Seattle attorneys more than $1 million for their work on the Nirvana suit, but they claim she still owed them $341,000, plus as much as $200,000 in interest. … Nicolas Cage encountered a most unwelcome houseguest when a man broke into the actor’s home in Newport Beach, California, early Monday morning, “Access Hollywood” reports. Robert Furo, 45, has been charged with first-degree burglary and has pleaded not guilty. A pretrial hearing for Furo, who is in custody, is set for October 10.

Morrissey‘s marathon 10-night stand at the Palladium in Hollywood, which was due to be his last sweep through the U.S. in the near future, has hit a snag — and a burst water pipe is to blame. The shows planned for Tuesday and Thursday have been canceled due to the safety issue, leaving Moz with an eight-night stand beginning Friday. Tickets for the canceled gigs will be honored at either the Monday or October 9 shows, with refunds available at point of purchase for those unable to attend. … Tuesday has been named “Bruce Springsteen Day” in Hartford, Connecticut, AP reports. Governor M. Jodi Rell announced the designation, which coincides with the Boss’ decision to open his upcoming tour Tuesday night at the Hartford Civic Center. Also on Tuesday, Springsteen released his new Magic LP with the E Street Band. … Matador Records plans to reissue post-punk outfit Mission of Burma‘s back catalog early next year. The first two discs, 1982′s Vs. and 1985′s The Horrible Truth About Burma, will be repackaged and expanded. … Flyleaf will release a two-CD/one-DVD limited-edition version of their self-titled album on October 30. The set will feature a number of videos and acoustic versions of some of the album’s tracks, as well as additional bonus content. …

Placebo drummer Steve Hewitt has quit, according to frontman Brian Molko. “Being in a band is very much like being in a marriage and in couples — in this case, a triple,” the singer wrote in a statement. “People can grow apart over the years. To say you don’t love your partner anymore is inaccurate considering all that you’ve been through and achieved together. There simply comes a point when you realize that you want different things from your relationship and that you can no longer live under the same roof, so to speak.” …

Aaron Gillespie, drummer for Underoath and frontman for the Almost, has been sidelined temporarily so that he can heal from an infection on his hand. The infection was caused by a finger blister he incurred from performing, and he had to undergo minor surgery to take care of the problem. Gillespie will sit out the next week of the Almost’s tour, with drummer Kenny Bozich filling in for him. … Dillinger Escape Plan guitarist Ben Weinman broke his foot while filming two videos last week and will need four to six weeks for the injury to heal. The band plans to reschedule its U.S. and European tours and is also set to host a release party for its forthcoming album, Ire Works, at a yet-to-be-determined locale on November 13.

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Lindsay Lohan‘s father, Michael, will spend five days with the troubled starlet at a remote lodge in the Utah mountains as part of her recovery, People reports. The two saw each other for the first time in three and a half years when Michael visited Lindsay at the Cirque Lodge rehab center in early September. “It can only help her recovery,” Lindsay’s mother, Dina, told People in an e-mail of the visit, which is set to begin Tuesday morning. “It’s time to mend. He is visiting Lindsay alone because we are giving her dad a chance to make amends.” …

Britney Spears may not have wowed audiences at the VMAs with her dancing, but fans are still apparently digging her music. Spears’ current single, “Gimme More,” sits atop the digital-sales charts on iTunes and is at #8 on the iPhone ringtone charts, just before former love Justin Timberlake‘s “SexyBack.” …

Heidi Montag has admitted to Us Weekly that she did indeed undergo breast augmentation and rhinoplasty earlier this year, as had been previously speculated. The “Hills” star told the magazine, “I’ve always been very insecure about my body. … If I was with a guy and there was a girl next to me with big boobs, I would be like, ‘Oh my God, he’s looking at her!’ … I hated my nose too. I have my dad’s nose, which is huge.” Startlingly, Montag suggested the medical procedures might have mattered even more than life itself. “Right before I went in, I was like, ‘What if I don’t wake up? Oh, this is scary.’ Then I thought, ‘I don’t care. If I don’t wake up, it’s worth it.’ I just wanted it so badly.” …

Last week was all about partying for September birthday boys T.I., Young Jeezy and Lil Wayne. The three celebrated their birthdays several days ago at T.I.’s Club Crucial in Atlanta with a joint salute to themselves. On Friday, Wayne hosted his official 25th b-day party in Miami with a Harlem Renaissance-themed yacht party called the “Black and White Baller Bash.” Diddy, T.I., Juelz Santana and Rick Ross were some of the 300 people cruising with Weezy F. Baby. And on Sunday, Young Jeezy went so fly with his birthday party that he held it in an Atlanta airplane hangar. T.I., Chingy, Jermaine Dupri, Ne-Yo and Yung Joc came out to that bash. … Speaking of one of those partygoers, Juelz Santana is reaching out to the kids by joining the Stay in School Concert set to go down October 17 at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom. Jim Jones, DJ Cipha Sounds and Lil Mama are also participating in the event, which is being put on by the Entertainers 4 Education Alliance — a nonprofit helping provide at-risk youth with positive alternatives to negative behavior through education. …

Lil Wayne and Fabolous‘ Monday (October 1) concert at the University of Florida, Gainesville, will help spread drinking and driving awareness, the campus’ Independent Florida Alligator reports. A portion of the proceeds from the show will go to the Corey Dahlem Benevolent Fund, which was set up after the police officer was killed by a drunk driver following the school’s basketball-championship game in the spring. … Hold your breath: Kanye West has started a blog. He recently launched a blog on Kanye UniverseCity and has put up a clip of his recent performance on “Saturday Night Live,” party pics, videos by Lupe Fiasco and Feist and more. …

Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony are doubling their fun with a joint tour, which launched Friday with a two-night stand in Atlantic City, New Jersey, but while the two are hoping their relationship helps their careers, Lopez’s former flame Ben Affleck says their romance hurt his acting reputation. “It was probably bad for my career,” he told Details of their relationship, which lasted from 2002-’04. “What happens is this sort of bleed-over from the tabloids across your movie work. I ended up in an unfortunate crosshair position where I was in a relationship and [the media] mostly lied and inflated a bunch of salacious stuff for the sake of selling magazines. And I paid a certain price for that.” …

Paula Abdul is getting ready for the seventh season of “American Idol,” which starts in January — but she might be expecting something even bigger in the near future. She told USA Today that having children is “the next step in my life,” adding that she would like to give birth “definitely within the next two years. I thought by now I’d have three grown children.” Adbul, who has been roaming the country as part of the “Idol” auditions, also said: “With modern medicine, people are having kids in their 40s and even up until their late 40s. In their 50s, they’re having their second child. If it doesn’t happen naturally like that, I would always consider adopting.” … Pamela Anderson‘s application for a marriage license with former Paris Hilton beau Rick Salomon has been granted by Clark County, Nevada’s Marriage License Bureau, according to The Associated Press. The license means the couple can get married any time during the next year. Anderson had previously been married to Kid Rock and Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee. …

Looks like the Spice Girls haven’t lost their “girl power” — the reunited group’s London concert, set for December 15 at the O2 arena, sold out in a mere 38 seconds, BBC News reports. Three more dates — for December 16 and 18 and January 2 — have been added to the reunion run and will be sold exclusively to fans via e-mail. … Ghostface, Rakim and Brother Ali will hit the tarmac together as part of the inaugural Hip Hop Live! tour, which will span an October 29 gig in Los Angeles through a November 21 show in Philadelphia. The innovative show will find the rhyme-slingers backed by a 10-piece instrumental band, the Rhythm Roots Allstars. … Nikki Sixx, Butch Walker, Felix Da Housecat, Howie B and Kelis have joined the international judging panel for the 2007 Diesel:U:Music Awards, which will take place Wednesday at London’s Koko Club. They will vote based on music the participating artists uploaded at Diesel-U-Music.com.

Ex-Pantera frontman Phil Anselmo has opened up to Revolver about “Mourn,” a “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott tribute track that appears on his band Down‘s latest album, III – Over the Under. “That’s a very hard, hard song for me to really … honestly, the song speaks for itself,” he said. “It’s about feeling isolated from my family in Texas, feelings about the obvious … deep, deep, deep feelings every day. You know, I’ve been very quiet ever since [Dimebag's death], but it’s all good. I decided a while ago that, yes, absolutely there is a proper time to mourn, and that he deserves a celebration of his life, and that’s the path that I’ve chosen. Every action I do, I think of him. Every push-up I do, I think of him. Every time I hit a line, or I’m working in the studio, I can hear him saying, ‘You can do better.’ So that’s what gets me through the hard times, the trying times, is his positivity.” …

Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello‘s alter ego, the Nightwatchman, has been named the support act for System of a Down frontman Serj Tankian‘s upcoming North American solo tour. Morello will play his own headlining date October 11 in Nashville and then join Tankian in Chicago (October 12), Toronto (October 14), Boston (October 15), New York (October 17), Philadelphia (October 18) and Atlanta (October 20). … Deftones frontman Chino Moreno‘s Team Sleep side project will take to the road in November for a string of gigs. Joining them on the trek will be former From First to Last frontman Sonny Moore, Monster in the Machine and Strata. The tour kicks off November 29 in Orangevale, California, and continues through December 16 in San Francisco. … The Mars Volta‘s next album won’t drop until next year. Bedlam in Goliath, which had been planned for a fall release, has bumped to January 29 for unknown reasons. …

Sylvester Stallone and the crew of his “Rambo” sequel, “John Rambo,” witnessed firsthand the aftermath of horrific atrocities happening in Myanmar while filming the movie along the country’s border, according to AP. “I witnessed the aftermath — survivors with legs cut off and all kinds of land-mine injuries, maggot-infested wounds and ears cut off,” Stallone, who returned to the U.S. eight days ago, told the wire service Monday (October 1). “We hear about Vietnam and Cambodia, and this was more horrific.” The actor left neighboring country Thailand before the Myanmar government began cracking down on pro-democracy protests last week. … Nelson Mandela is planning a fifth AIDS awareness concert, for December 1 in Johannesburg, South Africa, AP reports. “I am very delighted that we are engaging the youth in schools, communities and through the media breaking the silence and stigmas around HIV and AIDS and making them realize that the power to beat the pandemic lies in their own hands,” Mandela said in a statement. More than 30 to-be-announced international and local acts — and 50,000 concert attendees — are expected for the event, which is being held in conjunction with World AIDS Day. …

Duran Duran are headed to Broadway. The English new-wave veterans will play a nine-show run at the Barrymore Theatre in New York during the first two weeks of November to promote the upcoming release of their Red Carpet Massacre album, which drops November 13. The group will play the entire LP — which features production from Timbaland and Danjahandz and a cameo from Justin Timberlake — each night, then sprinkle in some classic hits. Tickets will cost $75, $125 and $150. … Add the Pipettes to the growing list of bands canceling U.S. treks due to visa problems — the British female pop trio has postponed a series of dates on its upcoming North American tour. The outing was originally set to start Tuesday in Chicago but will now launch October 25 in Los Angeles. …

David Gilmour says he has no desire to reunite with his Pink Floyd bandmates, despite a recent European poll in which fans clamored for the band to do so. He claims he’s focused on his solo career. “I can’t see why I would want to be going back to that old thing,” he explained recently to Rolling Stone. “It’s very retrogressive. I want to look forward, and looking back isn’t my joy. I don’t know how one puts it, but going back into all that just wouldn’t bring me joy. It’s my time of life to be selfish — please myself.” Last week, digital-music firm Music Choice published a poll in which 26 percent of respondents said Floyd top their list of bands they’d like to see reunite. …

Tuesday could be a pivotal day in the ongoing war between the Recording Industry Association of America and rogue downloaders. According to Wired magazine, the RIAA will face off in a courtroom with a Minnesota mother in the first copyright jury trial that could set a precedent on the amount of proof a jury would have to consider to find a defendant liable for copyright infringement. The mother, Jannie Thomas, has adamantly claimed she did not download the 1,702 audio files she is accused of sharing on Kazaa in 2005. …

The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art has closed “Thanksgiving,” an installation of pictures by American photographer Nan Goldin that are owned by Elton John, at the singer’s request amid a police investigation over whether a photo of two girls violates child-pornography laws, AP reports. … A man who pleaded guilty in a plot to extort more than $1 million from Tom Cruise for the actor’s stolen wedding photos was found dead in his home, according to an AP report. Investigators believe David Hans Schmidt, 47, who had been under house arrest and faced up to two years in federal prison, committed suicide. He was found dead in his home Friday afternoon after police noticed a tracker placed on him had not moved, and he had not checked in.