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Britney In MTV Ads, But Not Confirmed For VMAs

Britney Spears' heavily-hyped comeback attempt fell flat at last year's MTV Video Music Awards, with her sloppy look and glazed-over performance of "Gimme More." But she's apparently game for another shot at redemption.

MTV says it is in negotiations with Spears to make an appearance at this year's ceremony. While the network says nothing has been finalized, Spears
is already appearing in promos for the telecast.

Only Lil Wayne and the Jonas Brothers are confirmed for the Sept. 7 show so far.

Report: Springsteen To Rock Super Bowl

A newspaper is reporting that Bruce Springs and the E Street Band will rock the next Super Bowl.

The New York Post says The Boss and his band will be featured at Super Bowl XLIII on Feb. 1 in Tampa, Fla.

Springsteen spokeswoman Marilyn Laverty tells The Associated Press that she won't comment on the report. An NFL spokesman did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Springsteen and the band just finished a yearlong tour behind their latest album, called "Magic."

"40-Year-Old Virgin" Actor Suspected In Stabbing

An actor who appeared as one of Steve Carell's co-workers in the movie "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" has been arrested in connection with an attack on his former girlfriend.

Shelley Malil was arrested for investigation of attempted murder and other charges Monday night, as he got off a train near San Diego.

On the night of Aug. 10, deputies answering reports of screams for help and breaking glass found a woman with multiple stab wounds and cuts on her face, and no suspect at the scene.

The woman was in critical condition on Monday.

Malil has appeared in dozens of TV shows, including "NYPD Blue" and "Scrubs."

Givenchy To Dress Madonna In Haute Couture

The upscale French fashion house Givenchy will help dress Madonna for her upcoming "Sticky & Sweet" world tour, a spokeswoman for the label said Tuesday.

Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci worked with the pop star to create two outfits, one of which Madonna is expected to wear during an opening number, Givenchy spokeswoman Caroline Deroche-Pasquier said.

The opening outfit is a frock coat in black stretch satin, she said. The other ensemble, to be worn in the third act of Madonna's, is a long cape worn over a black dress embellished with colored ribbons "to give it a Gypsy look," she said.

Deroche-Pasquier said other designers will also dress the star for the tour but declined to say who.

Madonna has a long history of working with French designers. Frenchman Jean-Paul Gaultier was behind the pointy cone bras that were the hallmarks of Madonna's 1990 "Blonde Ambition" tour.

Her "Sticky & Sweet" world tour kicks off in Cardiff, Wales, on Aug. 23 with stops across Europe, including Berlin, Rome, London and Paris, before going to North America.

Tisci, who hails from the Italian port city of Taranto, has been with Givenchy since 2005. Known for his Gothic-influenced pieces and use of sumptuous, dark fabrics, Tisci's latest collections have garnered rave reviews.

Wynonna Judd Visits Children's Center

Country singer Wynonna Judd has visited a children's advocacy center in eastern Kentucky where she donated $10,000.

Judd toured Hope's Place in Ashland on Aug. 11 with her children.

The center's director, Pam Huwieler, told The (Ashland) Independent that Judd wanted to see how her donation to the center from an appearance on "Wheel of Fortune" was being used.

Huwieler says Judd's donation was used mainly to fund the services it provides to children who have been the victims of sexual abuse.

Judd described her visit as a "field trip." She said the decision to donate her winnings to an organization in her hometown wasn't one that required a lot of thought.

She says when you're from a small town, "you come back and you give back."

Producer Sues "High School Musical" Star

A music producer has sued Vanessa Hudgens for $5 million, claiming the actress and her father have repeatedly violated a contract and failed to pay him his share of her earnings.

Hudgens, one of the stars of Disney's successful "High School Musical" series, entered into an agreement with producer Johnny Vieira when she was still a minor, the lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday, states. Vieira claims Hudgens and her father, Greg, sued to get out of the agreement, but have also failed to abide by settlement terms.

An e-mail message seeking comment from Hudgens' publicist wasn't immediately returned Tuesday morning.

Vieira is described in the lawsuit as a songwriter and music producer who was "engaged in the business of discovering and developing artists in the music industry" when he entered into an agreement with Hudgens in 2005.

That agreement, Vieira states, called for him to equally share in advances, royalties and merchandising from Hudgens' career.

That was before she landed a starring role in "High School Musical," which is scheduled to release its third installment later this year. She has also released a pair of solo albums.

Vieira claims an audit turned up at least two instances where he is owed money, and that Hudgens, 19, has refused to pay him.

He is also suing Greg Hudgens for defamation, claiming he sent an e-mail to others that accused Vieira of being a "predator."

Hudgens was sued last year by a lawyer who claimed she owed him $150,000. Court records show the lawsuit was settled in January, about a month after a judge ruled that case could go to trial.

Mary-Louise Parker Takes On "Hedda Gabler"

Showtime's drug-dealing mom on "Weeds" will now take on another independent woman, Henrik Ibsen's iconoclastic heroine "Hedda Gabler."

Mary-Louise Parker will star in the Roundabout Theatre Company revival opening Jan. 25, artistic director Todd Haimes said Monday, Aug. 11.

Preview performances begin Jan. 6 at the American Airlines Theatre.

The production, in a new adaptation by Christopher Shinn, will be directed by Ian Rickson, former artistic director of London's Royal Court Theatre. Additional casting will be announced.

The play was last seen on Broadway in 2001 with Kate Burton in the title role.

Last season, Parker was seen off-Broadway in the Playwrights Horizons production of "Dead Man's Cell Phone" by Sarah Ruhl.

A best-actress Tony winner for her role in "Proof," Parker is nominated this year for a best-actress Emmy Award for her role of Nancy Botwin, a widowed suburban mother who starts selling marijuana to support her family in the Showtime offbeat comedy series.

The actress won an Emmy for "Angels in America." She's won two Golden Globe Awards, one for "Angels in America," the other for "Weeds," and had a recurring role on NBC's "The West Wing." Her screen credits include "Fried Green Tomatoes," "Boys on the Side" and "The Client."

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