Joel Madden Sees A Shrink (On TV); Plus Grammy Awards, Hannah Montana, Rivers Cuomo, Jim Jones & More, In For The Record

Awards ceremony reaches interim agreement with WGA; Miley Cyrus falls ill at show; Cuomo plays soccer for charity.

Joel Madden needs to see a shrink — in an upcoming episode of the new Starz comedy “Head Case,” that is. The Good Charlotte frontman and new dad will appear on the February 13 episode of the show, which revolves around a judgmental psychotherapist (Alexendra Wentworth) who sees celebrity clients when she isn’t out shopping. If you’re already psyched for the show, go to Amazon.com’s Unbox section to check out the original short-form episodes that launched it. …

Thank your lucky stars — the Grammy Awards ceremony will go on this year as planned, according to an interim agreement announced Monday (January 28), The Associated Press reports. While the Grammy telecast was still good to go following last week’s announcement that the striking Writers Guild of America would not protest it, the interim agreement means content for the show will be written under a WGA contract. “In the interest of advancing our goal of achieving a fair contract, the [WGA West] Board felt that this decision should be made on behalf our brothers and sisters in the American Federation of Musicians and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists,” WGA West President Patric Verrone reportedly said in a statement. “Having our talented writers on the team further ensures the highest level of creativity and innovation, something our audience has come to expect every year,” Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow reportedly said in a statement of his own. …

Miley Cyrus‘ Saturday show in New Orleans had a bit of a hiccup when the singer otherwise known as Hannah Montana announced that she wasn’t feeling well and left the stage, according to a video posted on TMZ.com. Cyrus returned to finish her set, albeit in a seat, and dad Billy Ray sang with her. …

Rivers Cuomo, Adam Sandler, Tony Hawk, baseball player Nomar Garciaparra and Andy Samberg kicking around a soccer ball together on a Saturday afternoon? According to ESPN.com, that was the scene over the weekend when the celebs took the field at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California, for Garciaparra and wife/ ex-soccer pro Mia Hamm‘s charity Celebrity Soccer Challenge. Cuomo scored his team’s first goal, and he later reportedly said, “It was a dream come true. Passing with [the L.A. Galaxy's] Landon Donovan and going against Mia Hamm — it’s just unreal. I was terrified, but I was so excited that the excitement overcame the terror.” Milo Ventimiglia, Elisabeth Shue, Seth Meyers and others also participated in the event, the proceeds of which went to the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. …

Jim Jones is reissuing his Harlem’s American Gangster mixtape, hosted by Dame Dash and featuring the Byrd Gang crew, February 19. Fans are already familiar with the tape, which was previously available in limited form, but it has since been remixed, remastered and bolstered with new tracks, including “Rockefeller Laws.” “Some people do soundtracks to the movies about Harlem,” he said in a statement. “We do soundtracks to the streets of Harlem, which made us who we are today.” His new studio LP will drop in the summer. …

Modest Mouse and the National have something special to jot down on their calendars: opening dates for R.E.M. The tour will launch after the release of Michael Stipe and the gang’s April 1 album, Accelerate. The cities are as follows: Vancouver, British Columbia (May 23); Los Angeles (May 29); Berkeley, California (May 31); Morrison, Colorado (June 3); Chicago (June 6); Toronto (June 8); Raleigh, North Carolina (June 10); Columbia, Maryland (June 11); Mansfield, Massachusetts (June 13); Wantagh, New York (June 14); Philadelphia (June 18); New York (June 19); and Atlanta (June 21). … Hot Chip, Spank Rock, Peaches and others are liberally reworking classic tracks by the Pharcyde, Masta Ace, Tone Loc and others for a new collection, Delicious Reimagined, due early this year. Raunchy electro-clash singer Peaches — who has collaborated with everyone from Pink to Iggy Pop — remixed Loc’s “Wild Thing” almost 20 years after the song originally came out, adding her own new vocals along the way. …

Hayden Panettiere spoke about the warrant for her arrest — which she was slapped with in the fall after confronting Japanese fishermen to protest the hunting of dolphins — at a related demonstration in Washington, D.C., on Sunday. According to The Washington Post, the “Heroes” actress and Save the Whales Again! Campaign spokeswoman told a crowd, “I was wearing a wetsuit and shoes. I was like, if I’m going to jail, I ain’t going to jail in a bikini.” … peta2 has a few new friends you might know: MTV News’ own John Norris, as well as the stars of “Rob & Big.” Norris stars in a new online video for the youth animal-rights organization that explains why he went vegan, while Rob Dyrdek and Chris “Big Black” Boykin appear in an ad with their dog, Meaty, along with the statement “Have the Balls to Spay or Neuter Your Dog.” …

Black Lips have drooled out an exclusive iTunes Live Session EP that the so-called “flower punk” band recorded over the summer in San Francisco. The Lips are also in the running for Yahoo’s User’s Choice program, the winner of which will play a performance in the company’s studio in Santa Monica, California. And they’ve also lined up a run that will start February 4 in Seattle and end March 22 in Atlanta. … The second half of Thrice‘s four-disc concept album will be in stores in the spring. The Alchemy Index, Vols. III & IV: Earth & Air, is scheduled for release April 15. … From Autumn to Ashes drummer Jeff Gretz recently suffered two broken bones in his foot and will be forced to sit out the band’s tour for the next few months. Flood of Red‘s Graham Griffith will fill in for Getz for most of the tour’s remaining stops. …

New Kids on the Block fans are going to have to keep “Hangin’ Tough” — despite reports over the weekend, the old-school boy band is not planning to stage a comeback. While the once-hugely popular teen heartthrobs’ Web site has apparently relaunched, bandmember Danny Wood wrote on his MySpace page on Monday morning, “I wanted to address the rumors of the NKOTB Reunion Tour. There has been no talk of this and you are getting it from the source directly. … You can’t believe everything you read.” Still, he added, “Never say never!” Let’s keep our hopes up.

1.25.08

Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, Whoopi Goldberg and Jessica Biel are among the celebs captured in a new Disney installment of work by esteemed Vanity Fair photographer Annie Leibovitz. In the images, Lopez is portrayed as Jasmine and Anthony as Aladdin in a “Whole New World” scene, while Biel is dressed as Pocahontas, running through a forest. “I was a huge Disney fan growing up as a kid, and Cinderella, Snow White, Pocahontas, Ariel — all those characters were huge for me,” Biel said in a statement. The “Disney Dream Portrait Series” will be featured throughout the year at Disneyland in California and Disney World in Florida. …

Gnarls Barkley don’t have a release date or name yet for their second album, but it’s nearing completion, according to Billboard.com. Danger Mouse is busying himself with other projects in the meantime, including lending production to the Black KeysAttack & Release; Martina Topley-Bird‘s The Blue God; and Shortwave Set‘s new LP, which is tentatively titled Replica Sun Machine.

Mary J. Blige recently spoke with MTV Base about the ongoing New York steroid probe in which she was recently named. “I really don’t want to clear anything up, because I’ve been spoken about for so many years — rumors I’m pregnant, I’m a man, I’m this, I’m that, why? At the end of the day, I have nothing to prove to anyone. I am Mary and that’s that.” A report that surfaced in the Times Union last week claimed Blige was among tens of thousands of people who might have used or received prescribed shipments of steroids and injectable human-growth hormone in recent years, although law-enforcement officials said they don’t have any evidence that laws were violated. …

Krist Novoselic, the former Nirvana bassist who has been politically active in Seattle in recent years, has voiced his support for a 2008 presidential candidate, and it’s … Ron Paul? Novoselic alluded to the Republican long-shot candidate in his Seattle Weekly column earlier this month, saying, “The Internet is already doing this with campaign phenomenon like Howard Dean in 2004, and this year with Ron Paul.” The Web site PoliticalBase.com shows that he made a $250 contribution to the candidate in mid-September. …

Björk has nixed her planned appearance at the Big Day Out on Friday night (January 25) in Sydney, Australia. “Doctors have advised Björk to rest due to swelling of the vocal cords,” Ken West and Vivian Lees, who produce and direct the festival, said in a statement posted on the Icelandic singer’s Web site. “This is a great disappointment to Björk, who is on her first tour of Australia in 12 years.” She is slated to rejoin Big Day Out on Monday for a show in Melbourne, followed by performances February 1 in Adelaide and February 3 in Perth. …

The Reminder (Feist), Kala (M.I.A.), Neon Bible (the Arcade Fire), Cross (Justice) and Sound of Silver (LCD Soundsystem) have all made the cut as finalists for the Shortlist Music Prize. Also in the running are In Our Bedroom After the War (Stars), Sky Blue Sky (Wilco), Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (Spoon), Businessmen and Ghosts (Working for a Nuclear Free City) and Untrue (Burial). The winner will be announced in February. … Dem Franchize Boyz will bounce back on April 1 with their third effort, Da Point of No Return, which is anchored by the first single, “Talkin’ Out Da Side of Ya Neck.” Also look for featured appearances by Mannie Fresh on “Mr. Feel Good” and Blaze on “Turn Heads.” …

Marvel Studios is the latest company to reach an agreement with the striking Writers Guild of America, it was announced Friday. “Marvel Studios’ signing of an interim agreement with the Writers Guild is more good news for our membership,” WGA East President Michael Winship and WGA West President Patric Verrone said in a joint statement. “Marvel is committed to fairly compensating their writers and now they can move forward with their planned production schedule.” … Yes! Will Ferrell has received the James Joyce award in Ireland, where he has been traveling with his dad and brother to trace their family roots, according to The Associated Press. The “Blades of Glory” actor accepted the award — which has been given to Jesse Jackson and others in the past — on Wednesday night and addressed more than 1,000 students at the University College Dublin. “As I perused my leather-bound volumes of ‘Ulysses,’ ‘Finnegans Wake,’ ‘Dubliners,’ ‘Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man,’ standing in my mahogany library, a lot of feelings ran across my mind. Like: ‘Damn, I should have read these books,’ ” he reportedly said. …

My Morning Jacket — who sold out their June 20 show at NYC’s Radio City Music Hall in just over 20 minutes — have arrived at a title for their new album. Evil Urges, the band’s fifth LP, is due June 10. … Bono hailed Bill Gates on Friday when the Microsoft chairman announced that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will spend $306 million on environmentally friendly technology and farming techniques to help aid millions of impoverished Africans. “It’s a very special moment in time, I think, for Davos, and people here,” Bono said in the Swiss city, according to The Associated Press. “This is Bill Gates’ last trip to Davos as Microsoft leader, and I think it is an extraordinary thing that this man has not just changed the world once, but has now set aside the next act of his life to change the world again, and I think we should just mark this moment.” …

The summer music-festival scene just got a bit less crowded. Less than two months after announcing their plan to host a three-day camping music festival on a 500-acre farm in Vineland, New Jersey, the forces behind Lollapalooza (C3 Presents) and England’s Reading Festival (Festival Republic) have announced that they’ve pulled the plug on the event. Originally scheduled for August 8-10, the Vineland Festival, which never announced a lineup and had faced considerable opposition from area residents concerned about noise and traffic, will now attempt to launch in 2009. Organizers cited “overall festival traffic in the Northeast”— apparently referring to the just-announced All Points West Festival, which is scheduled for the same weekend in Liberty State Park, New Jersey, and is being coordinated by the people who bring you Coachella every year. Organizers also noted big bands touring the area around the same time as the reason for scrapping the event. …

Heads up, straight-edge hardcore fans: Ex-Minor Threat drummer Jeff Nelson has thrown up for auction on eBay a bunch of rare and unique items from the band and other hardcore acts. Items include fliers, posters, 7-inches and more. … Want your name to appear in a Saosin release? The band is launching a contest with mobile marketing company Mozes that will give fans the chance to have their name featured in the credits of the booklet that will accompany their forthcoming “Saosin Live” DVD/CD package. Interested? Text SAOSINDVD to 66937 and join the band’s mobile list and follow the prompt. … UB40 might want to rename themselves “UB39,” at least for the time being: The British group, which was huge in the ’80s, has lost its frontman. “No words can express how upset I feel today that I have been forced to make this decision,” Ali Campbell wrote in a Friday post on his Web site. UB40 said in a statement of their own that they will continue without Campbell, a founding member of the band.