‘Hannah Montana’ Tour Extended Through January; Plus Shia LaBeouf, Jessica Alba, Terrence Howard & More, In For The Record

LaBeouf's criminal trespassing charge is dropped; Alba reportedly pregnant; Howard set to make Broadway debut.

More Miley! The “Hannah Montana” star has freshened up her Best of Both Worlds Tour schedule with 14 additional January dates, meaning more of her fans will be thrilled and more opportunities will be had for raging ticket controversies. Instead of capping off her tour January 9 in Albany, New York, Cyrus will hit the following cities: Detroit (January 11); Milwaukee (January 13); Chicago (January 14); St. Louis (January 15); Las Vegas (January 18-19); Glendale, Arizona (January 22); Austin, Texas (January 24); Lafayette, Louisiana (January 25); New Orleans (January 26); Orlando, Florida (January 28-29); Jacksonville, Florida (January 30); and Miami (January 31). The Jonas Brothers have been opening for Cyrus but will be replaced by Aly & AJ from January 11-24, after which a yet-unannounced supporting act will take over for the remaining shows. …

Shia LaBeouf‘s criminal trespassing charge has just gone poof. Walgreens Co. and a security company announced via a letter read in a Chicago court Wednesday (December 12) that they will not continue a case involving criminal charges against the actor for refusing to leave one of the chain’s stores in early November. The “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” star, who reportedly appeared intoxicated at the time of the incident, was arrested and charged with misdemeanor criminal trespassing. …

“Fantastic” news for Jessica Alba: The actress is pregnant, People.com reports. According to the site, the “Awake” star’s representative said her boyfriend Cash Warren is the father. Alba reportedly met Warren on the set of “Fantastic Four” in 2004, at which point they began dating. The actress was reportedly in talks to go to Broadway for a revival of the David Mamet play “Speed-the-Plow.” … Relatedly, it’s hard out here for a … Broadway star? Terrence Howard has signed on for an all-black version of Tennessee Williams‘ “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” that will debut March 6 at New York’s Broadhurst Theatre. James Earl Jones, Phylicia Rashad and Anika Noni Rose of “Dreamgirls” will also star in the third revival of the production, which marks Howard’s stage debut. He will play Brick, the aging alcoholic ex-football player. …

What do John Legend and Eddie Vedder have in common, besides a great set of pipes? The singers are joining together to provide music for an upcoming documentary miniseries based on Howard Zinn’s “A People’s History of the United States,” a 1980 book that is widely read in high schools and colleges, and its companion piece, “Voices of a People’s History of the United States,” according to Billboard.com. “The People Speak” will begin production in Boston in January and also involve Viggo Mortensen, Josh Brolin and other actors. Vedder brought Zinn, a Boston University professor, onstage at a Pearl Jam show in Boston three years ago. …

Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe have more than their Australian backgrounds in common. Forbes has named the actors as the most overpaid celebrities in Hollywood, according to a complicated formula involving the stars’ salaries, budgets and returns for movies in which they have appeared, and more. Jim Carrey, Will Ferrell and Adam Sandler also made the list. …

Just in time for Christmas comes news that Britney Spears has been offered to play the role of the Virgin Mary in the upcoming film “Sweet Baby Jesus,” a humorous retelling of the nativity story, according to Us Weekly. “I had to convince my partners because they were like, ‘Oh, no. Britney?’ ” Philippe Rebboah, the film’s French producer, reportedly said. “But I thought it was brilliant. It’s a bit ironic that she would play the Virgin Mary, no? … She likes the idea, that’s what I heard.” Rebboah added that the singer is reviewing the script and will make a decision soon whether to act in the movie, which will be filmed in March. … You could say this year’s “Idol Gives Back” charity special was a wee bit successful — it only raked in a mere $75 million, for charities in the U.S. and Africa. “American Idol” will give the fundraiser another go on April 9 at 8 p.m. with a two-hour special featuring performances and appearances by yet-unnamed celebrities, according to Variety. The show itself will be back January 15 with a two-hour special. …

Sigur Rós are plotting a batch of theatrical screenings for “Heima,” the new documentary film they released late last month. The movie, which revolves around a series of free shows the band played in its native Iceland last summer, will be shown Tuesday (San Francisco, Denver); December 19 (Boston, Atlanta); and December 20 (Austin, Texas; Seattle). … A lock of John Lennon‘s hair that went up for bid Wednesday had been estimated to sell for $4,000 to $6,000 — but an unnamed telephone bidder actually shelled out $48,000 for it in the Beatles memorabilia auction, The Associated Press reports. The items in the auction had been collected by the legendary group’s hairdresser, and a photo of the band dedicated to her — it was signed “George ‘Dandruff’ Harrison” — went for $13,000. …

Music/social-networking site Mog.com relaunched on Wednesday with some seriously beefed-up content. As the result of a deal with Rhapsody Music Service — a joint venture with MTV — Moggers can now listen to millions of full-length songs on their own pages and on the pages of others, and a new search function provides instant access to specific music anywhere on Mog. Using the “play all” function, users can hear what like-minded people are listening to, while the “play this page” function lets users instantly create a playlist of every song mentioned on another Mogger’s page. … Maybe this is where those Led Zeppelin tour rumors came from: Nashville’s WSMT-TV is reporting that Zep frontman Robert Plant and bluegrass star Alison Krauss will take the stage together at the Bonnaroo festival in Manchester, Tennessee, in June to perform songs from their collaborative CD, Raising Sand. The fest will be held June 12-15.

12.11.07

Like Jay-Z rapped once before, “Money Ain’t a Thang.” The Def Jam prez has denied a report in New York’s Daily News indicating that salary was a sticking point in negotiating his return to the hip-hop label. His original contract is up at the end of this month, and so far, his return hasn’t been announced. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly shortly after the Grammy nominations were announced, Jay — who nabbed five nods — revealed the two sides were “close.” But he wouldn’t guarantee anything. He said salary wasn’t even near the top of his list of considerations. “I don’t know [if I'll be back],” Jay explained in the interview. “We’ll see how it goes. But seriously, it’s not about money. That’s really the last thing. Of course, as a person that does these type of things and puts his heart and soul into it — and it’s effective, as the [Grammy nominations] would indicate — you want to be compensated for what you do. But it’s really not about money. It’s really about the future of the music business, and not wasting anyone’s time. I don’t ever want to sit in a seat just to sit in a seat. I could be off doing something else that’s beneficial to the future of the music business as well as myself. So it’s not about money! I mean, you couldn’t pay me enough. And I don’t mean that in a cocky way.” In other Jay news, he’ll ring out 2007 with a performance of American Gangster on December 29 in Las Vegas, at the Palms Casino Resort’s Pearl. The intimate show in the 2,500-seat venue won’t be cheap: Tickets start at $128 and top out at $228. …

Panic! at the Disco have pegged March 25 as the release date for their second album, which they still don’t have a name for yet, according to Billboard.com. Guitarist Ryan Ross told the site the band is “working backwards” for the release, stripping down its sound and going for a more classic-rock approach. Songs will include “Things Have Changed” and “Nine in the Afternoon,” a song the ensemble tried out during shows over the summer. Speaking of which, Panic are sketching out a tour that will see them playing U.S. theaters in March. “We’re not going to do a circus show again,” Ross promised. …

Gwen Stefani made good on her promise to donate proceeds from her October 30 concert at San Diego’s Cox Arena to victims of the wildfires by giving a whopping $166,000 to local charity the San Diego Foundation, which is helping the community recover. The Southern California singer’s donation will be used in the form of Gwen Stefani After-the-Fires Scholarships distributed to students who lost their homes in the fires. … And for all her problems, Britney Spears still has a heart too — the singer’s Believe fragrance is teaming with MondoNation.com an eBay auction to benefit the Make a Wish foundation, Autism Speaks and the Nelson High School Africa Project. Limited-edition gift sets, fragrances, T-shirts and more are all up for bidding, with 100 percent of proceeds going to the charities. …

Though Green Day didn’t even have an album out this year — not counting their new rumored side project, Foxboro Hot Tubs — the band topped Lycos’ list of most-searched bands of 2007. The rest of the list included the Pussycat Dolls, Fall Out Boy, Nickelback, Guns N’ Roses, the Rolling Stones, Evanescence, Black Eyed Peas, the All-American Rejects and the Fray. … Foo Fighters have swollen their tour plans with an injection of new dates. Dave Grohl and his cohorts will hit up Reno, Nevada (February 1); Oakland, California (February 2); Council Bluffs, Iowa (February 28); Glendale, Arizona (March 2); San Diego (March 3); and Los Angeles (March 5). … Dr. Dre is still off the hook for taping a backstage conversation with Detroit city officials at a concert in 2000, The Associated Press reports. Circuit Judge John Murphy, who previously ruled against the officials — whose conversation with Dre was featured on his and Eminem‘s “Up in Smoke” tour DVD — dismissed an invasion-of-privacy case that had been brought against the rapper/producer (real name: Andre Young). According to the Detroit Free Press, Murphy had said in October that he might let the case go to trial, but he apparently changed his mind. …

Dr. Jan Adams, the doctor who operated on Dr. Donda West — Kanye‘s mother — the day before she died last month, agreed on Tuesday (December 11) to start making payments to a woman who had sued him for allegedly leaving a sponge inside her when he performed surgery on her 11 years ago, TMZ.com reports. Adams owes Lori Ufondu $150,000, has already made one payment to her and will keep doing so until April, when the Adams and Ufondu parties are due to meet again, according to the site. After Adams was late for a hearing in November, a warrant was issued for his arrest, although it was recalled after he eventually showed up. … imeem doesn’t just have a friend in the Universal Music Group, which recently signed a deal providing its music to the social-networking site — Lupe Fiasco has also joined forces with the site in anticipation of Lupe Fiasco’s “The Cool,” which drops December 18. All this week, the Chicago MC is providing sneak peeks of his LP on imeem, as well as playing other choice songs and videos by Jay-Z, Kanye West, Bloc Party, Foo Fighters and more of his favorite artists. He’s also launched a skateboard-design contest through the site.

Brian Wilson is going to be making a lot of people SMiLE next year — the Beach Boy will take part in a Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Camp 10th anniversary shindig in Hollywood on February 15-18. Members of John Mayer‘s band, Pink Floyd, AC/DC, Kiss, the Cars and others are also on for the event, which will find adults living out their rock dreams. … The Beatle and the hair: One of John Lennon‘s locks as well as other items from the iconic group will be up for sale starting Wednesday at an auction in southern England, AP reports. Beatles hairdresser Betty Glasow is the person behind the auction, and she got her hands on Lennon’s lock when he gave it to her in a copy of his book “A Spaniard in the Works.” Photographs the group humorously signed and dedicated to Glasow (one has a sig from “George ‘Dandruff’ Harrison“), as well as a program from one of their shows is also up for bid. …

While it seemed like Wilco were dissing their Chicago hometown when their upcoming string of early 2008 dates were announced last week — the city was nowhere to be found on the itinerary — the band has just posted news about a five-night stand in Chi-town’s Riviera Theatre. The shows, to be held February 15, 16 and 18-20, will kick off the tour and explore “the band’s complete recorded works,” according to a statement. Singer Jeff Tweedy said, “Over the five nights we will attempt the ‘complete Wilco’ and try to clear out the dusty corners of the catalog that we haven’t attended to in a while.” The band promises a distinct, “one-of-a-kind set list each night.” … The tour itinerary for next year’s Take Action! Tour is being firmed up: The trek will start February 14 in Detroit and run through March 24 in New York, with additional dates to be announced. Fans who pick up four tickets to one of the shows will get a bonus: They’ll get to chill with Every Time I Die at the venue and receive a Take Action! poster signed by the band. The Bled, August Burns Red and the Human Abstract have also joined the tour bill. …

PETA has really taken the gloves off this time. The animal-rights group’s PETA2 arm is lashing out at Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen with “Trollsen Twins,” a new campaign the organization debuted Tuesday with an unflattering ad at the twins’ Walk of Fame star on Hollywood Boulevard. PETA2 also launched a grisly Web site devoted to the fur-wearing actresses that includes a video segment called “Full House of Horrors,” in which scenes from the sisters’ old TV show are intercut with scenes of animals being killed. … It looks like Jammie Thomas — the 30-year-old single mom from Minnesota who was the first person to lose a file-sharing lawsuit brought by the Recording Industry Association of America — won’t be able to avoid paying the $220,000 fine she was hit with in October. In a recent decision, the U.S. Justice Department took the RIAA’s side in the case, not agreeing with Thomas’ lawyer that the damages awarded to the RIAA were disproportionate or excessively unreasonable. The ruling echoed the RIAA’s argument that once a song is posted on a P2P network, it can be shared by millions of other users, though it is impossible to tell how many. … In other RIAA news, according to court files posted on the legal blog Recording Industry vs. the People, the RIAA told the court in an Arizona file-sharing case, Atlantic vs. Howell, that it considers ripping personal CDs to MP3 format “unauthorized” and illegal. This goes against the RIAA’s assertion in its 2005 case against the P2P site Grokster that ripping CDs is not illegal.