A Memorial Weekend Look to Avoid

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When hitting the beach, tanning bed, or mist-n-tan booth to get ready for summer, we’d like to warn our readers that less is more. Only the peel of produce should be permitted to reach the tint of tangerine seen above. If you’re not convinced that au natural is the way to go, take a look at the frequently over-tanned celebrities after the jump.

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Maybe R. Kelly Really Can Fly

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(The VH1 Blog knows very little about the law. So we’ve solicited Mark Muro, a founder of the California law firm Muro & Lampe, Inc., to keep a running tab on which side has the advantage in the R. Kelly child pornography trial. Check back daily for updates.)

R. Kelly Believes He Can Fly

Today, the prosecution continued its attempts to unravel the defense claims of mistaken identities. Yet another former friend and classmate of the alleged victim identified her as the girl in the sex tape. Aubrey Hampton, now 23, testified that she not only recognized the alleged victim’s face, but also her mannerisms, including “the way she licked her bottom lip.” She also fingered the man in the tape as R. Kelly and testified that she met him through the alleged victim.

But a strategy for undermining the prosecution’s witnesses is taking shape as the defense attempts to call into question the very authenticity of the tape itself. If successful, all testimony identifying Kelly and the alleged victim would become meaningless. Previews of this conspiracy theory surfaced during cross examination. The defense apparently contends that one of the alleged victim’s relatives is Stephanie “Sparkle” Edwards and that she released the tape (and possibly doctored it!) as part of a personal vendetta against Kelly over a music biz deal gone wrong.

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Usher To Confess…To Your Questions

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We all know Usher tells it like it is; on 2004′s Confessions, he filled us in on what goes on between the sheets. His latest disc, Here I Stand, which you can listen to and read about, lifts the curtain on everything from what happens at the club to Usher’s newly domesticated life. Now the R&B phenom wants to answer one of your questions. Tell us something you want to know about Usher in our comments section. We’ll pick the best, and he’ll provide a video answer.

Watch his new video for “Moving Mountains,” too!

Five Reasons Archuleta Blew It Last Night

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Some say it was Little David‘s race to lose, and lose he did. Guess the cherub persona doesn’t have the same clout it once did. Damn, this country is getting nasty. Some people have a few theories as to what went wrong for the wee one. Here are five.

1. He Was the New England Patriots
More than 97.5 million people tuned in to watch Super Bowl XLII, which featured the undefeated, incredibly hyped (and heavily favored) Patriots take on the New York Giants. And of that audience, do you think more people wanted to see the Pats win and secure their rightful place in history, or lose epically, in a big, bursting ball of flames? Basically, ever since February, when he took a seat behind the big black piano and belted out a version of John Lennon’s “Imagine” Archuleta was the “Idol” version of the Patriots: constantly hyped, shoved down everyone’s throats and crowned long before the season was over. Also like the Patriots, none of this was really Arch’s fault. Still, the damage was done. America hates a front-runner, which is why there was much rejoicing when the Giants upset the Patriots, and why, in the end, 12 million more people decided to cast their vote for David Cook.

Check the rest, and some Archuleta roots footage, after the jump.

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Did Usher Just Dump His Wife Tameka?!

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Oh boy. We’ve just started getting emails buzzing that Usher and his wife of a few months, Tameka, have separated. The pair, who’ve been constantly beat up in the press, allegedly split up three weeks ago, but Usher was unsure whether to make a statement or let the news leak. Looks like he chose the latter! Interestingly enough, Usher’s album drops in six days, and we spotted his second video already on some blogs today. Think the timing of this juicy rumor’s a coincidence? Yeah, neither do we. Regardless, the couple have an infant son together, so if the news is true, let’s hope they end it amicably for their little guy.

Update: Usher is appearing on Ellen DeGeneres‘ talk show tomorrow, and talks about his wife and son, saying, “My approach of life…he is my reason for living — outside of my wife, obviously, for helping me have him.”

Update #2: The singer’s manager is denying the rumor. “It’s 100% not true,” says Benny Medina. “Usher and Tameka are currently traveling in Europe together as a family on his promotional tour.”

What do YOU think?

[YBF, Bossip]

10 Craziest Cat Fights in VH1 History

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A VH1 higher power has answered our prayers and gathered together the 10 Craziest Cat Fights in VH1 History! Craving that Heather-Daisy battle that rocked Bret‘s love den? Have a hankering for Tocarra and Erin getting nasty on Fit Club? We’ve got em all! You can check out the 10 clips here, and we’ll get you started with out personal favorite: the spit shot felt around the world from the first season of Flavor of Love. Who knew Pumkin had that much courage – and saliva – in her?

Maxim Hot 100 Party: Mini-Skirt Required

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The Maxim Hot 100 Party had no shortage of short skirts and high heels. Party goers included Maxim’s hottest woman of 2008, Marisa Miller, Audrina Patridge, Tila Tequila, Amanda Bynes, Bai Ling, will.i.am, Nikki Sixx and Kat Von D, Joe Francis, Lauren Conrad and Lauren Bosworth (with a mystery man), K-Fed, Brody Jenner, Traci Bingham, Wilmer Valderrama, and Laura Prepon. See pics below:

Tune into VH1 on May 27th at 11AM for Maxim Hot 100 of 2008! See exclusive interviews and cool behind-the-scenes footage.

Check out photos of the ladies who made 2008′s Maxim Hot 100.

Porn Star Jenna Jameson Wants to Be Angelina

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Get ready to laugh – Jenna Jameson has made the most ridiculous claim ever, stating “I’m following in Angelina‘s footsteps!” Now, the washed up, bone-thin porn star is talking about her desire to have a billion kids while not marrying her partner, but who is she kidding? She’ll NEVER really be like our Saint Angelina. Sure she has many things in common with the pregnant star, among them:

  • bony arms
  • crazy eyes
  • ridiculous tattoos
  • past drug use
  • lesbian tendencies

But what about that whole saving the world thing that Angie so gracefully champions? Surely you could argue that many people have been saved by Jenna’s skills on film, but we’re not buying it. She’ll have to do a little better than that – like maybe covering herself up, for starters (with some haute couture and body fat).

David Cook: Underwear Rocker

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Last night our newest American Idol did a dance without pants for a Guitar Hero ad. The Risky Business spoof ran mid-show, and it might have been one of David Cook‘s best performances to date – certainly one of the most fun. Let’s just hope he doesn’t become a scientologist in a few years, a la Mr. Cruise. Nice legs, David. What product will you be hawking next?

Nick Cannon is Whipped

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Mr. Mariah Carey was busy rubbing shoulders with the likes of Quincy Jones and Diddy at the celeb-packed party at Foxwoods last week, when his wifey called him up making demands. Mimi was at a photoshoot for Elle magazine, and wanted her man there to watch her “work.” Nick was summoned to the shoot and stayed with his sugar-mama until the shoot wrapped at 5:3o AM. Not the best way to spend your night, but it could have been worse – Mariah’s assistant was also around with a blender in hand, constantly making protein shakes for her boss. Divas do it right, natch! [NYP]