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Plans are being finalized for a 31-date North American arena tour by Britney Spears for October and November. Tickets are expected to go on sale in mid-September. As part of a global marketing pact si

Plans are being finalized for a 31-date North American arena tour by Britney Spears for October and November. Tickets are expected to go on sale in mid-September. As part of a global marketing pact signed in February, Pepsi will sponsor the outing.

As previously reported, the tour will include a Nov. 18 concert at Las Vegas' MGM Grand that will be broadcast live via HBO. "Britney Spears Live from the MGM Grand Las Vegas" will be produced and directed by Marty Callner, who has produced HBO specials staring 'N Sync, Marc Anthony, Whitney Houston, Bette Midler, Garth Brooks, and Jerry Seinfeld.

The follow-up to Spears' Jive album, "Oops! ... I Did It Again!" is due out in November. Spears worked on the set in Sweden with producer Max Martin, who also produced "Oops!," which debuted on top of The Billboard 200 last June, and has been certified for sales of 9 million copies in the U.S. by the Recording Industry Association Of America. The as-yet-unnamed album will be preceded by a single release next month.

Earlier this year, Spears, who grossed more than $30 million from touring in 2000, shot her first feature film, "What Are Friends For." Produced and co-financed by Jive and Filmco, the coming of age film finds Spears staring as Lucy, a virtuous straight-A student (Spears), traveling across the U.S. with two childhood friends, one a cheerleader, and the other a burnout, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Directed by Tamra Davis ("Billy Madison," "Half-Baked") and written by Shaonda Rhimes (who co-authored the "Introducing Dorothy Dandridge" teleplay), the film also stars Dan Aykroyd and Kim Cattrall as Lucy's parents, as well as Taryn Manning and Zoe Saldana.