Hottie of the Week: Amanda Bynes

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Amanda Bynes is a consummate performer, a child star who graduated from Nickelodeon and came into her own as a comedian and actress. The California girl stars in this summer’s musical spectacular Hairspray as Penny Pingleton, best friend to the film’s star, Tracy Turnblad (Nikki Blonsky). With her girl-next-door charm, Bynes’ wholesome goodness is a delicious antidote to all the trashy Hollywood ladies. She’s so agreeable. If she were an item of clothing, she’d be a freshly laundered pair of tube socks. (Who’s gonna argue with clean tube socks?)

From her time on The Amanda Show to her upcoming turn as a modern-day Snow White (in Sydney White, natch), Bynes has been spreading positive vibes. "I’m a positive person," she has said. "People should find happiness in the little things, like family." Until this Friday’s Hairspray release, make yourself happy with her photos in our Hottie of the Week flipbook.                                                                                                   

WTF is So Great About Criss Angel?

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Can anyone make sense of the phenomenon that is celebrity ladies doing the nasty with illusionist Criss Angel? We all know Cameron Diaz had a major brain fart and dated the guy for a month this summer. But did you know that he and Paris Hilton stuck their tongues in each other’s mouths last year? The pics are not for the faint of heart (and definitely belong on the Hot Chicks with Douchebags website) . Now we find out that Lindsay Lohan spent her first weekend out of rehab getting cozy with the magician! It’s like these ladies go to Las Vegas, drink some "I want to bump uglies with a lame dude" juice, and all their standards go to waste. Sure, Paris and Linds aren’t virginal saints, but at least they limit their skankiness to decent looking dudes (Nick Carter excluded) or guys with charming personalities (I’m looking at you, Wilmer!). If only there was some way to make Criss Angel disappear for good.

Ask Doc Ali

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Scott Baio Is 45…and Single may be all about Scott Baio, but his life coach, Doc Ali, isn’t. In addition to helping Scott sort out his love woes on TV, she’s helping our readers sort out their problems online. If you need some advice on love, life and/or work, drop Doc Ali a line here. And check this spot every week to see if Doc has answered your questions.

After the jump, Doc Ali doles out her first helping of virtual guidance.

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Stars and Their Stupid Ideas: Britney, Nicky and K-Fed Play Dumb

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They’ve got all the money in the world and yet they still manage to make  boneheaded moves. Here’s the dumb things some stars – and their pals – have been up to this week.

  • Britney Spears has forsaken all sensible Hollywood advice and has decided to become her own publicist and business manager. Let’s invest in some Cheetos stock, ya’ll!
  • Casey Johnson, the heiress to the company that bears her name (twice), has made Nicky Hilton her new baby’s godmother. As if the kid needs the influence of another crazy rich airhead in her life.
  • Nice guy Ryan Seacrest treated pals to a booze-fueled dinner at Nobu, where one female guest drunkenly asked, "Beer doesn’t give you a yeast infection, right?" and later sang, "I’m not wearing pantyhose." Surprisingly, this ditzy lady was not Paula Abdul.
  • K-Fed is apparently in talks to be a DJ at LA radio station KIIS-FM. We’ve heard Kevin talk, and it ain’t pretty, yo. Get ready for some dead air.

Michael Vick Faces Jail Time for Dogfights

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Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick is known for his small size, speed and strength. But with recent allegations of dog fighting hanging over Vick’s head, his reputation is changing fast. The star athlete was indicted by a federal jury last week on charges that he and three other men obtained a property in Virginia “for the purpose of staging dogfights, bought dogs and then fought them there, and in several other states, over a 6-year period.” Vick is also accused of killing puppies with no fighting potential and dogs that lost fights by shooting, electrocuting and beating them.

Read just a little bit about the case and your stomach gets a little queasy, which makes it easy to forget that Vick is innocent until proven guilty of the charges. There is still no word yet on what the Falcons may do with their star
quarterback, and brands such as Nike have yet to boot their celebrated
sponsor. But Vick could face a possible suspension from the NFL – not to mention up to five years of jail time. So let this be a lesson to all you potential dog-fighters out there. Just cuz you’re good at one sport does not mean you should dabble in an illegal one. It may come back to bite you in the ass. And if it doesn’t, we hope one of the dogs will.

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VH1 Presents Hip Hop Honors

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What do Missy Elliott, Snoop Dogg and WHODINI have in common? Yes, they’ve changed the landscape of hip-hop forever. And true, those aren’t their real names. They’ll also all be sharing the same stage on October 8th when we honor them in our fourth annual Hip Hop Honors. The show will feature today’s hottest hip hop acts paying tribute to these innovators, with Tracy Morgan hosting, which will undoubtedly be amazing. Check back here for announcements about performers.

Not content with just watching Missy, Snoop and co.? We’re offering you the opportunity to provide the soundtrack to the show. If you’re a budding producer or a novice beatsmith, we want you to submit a 60-second sample of your opus for consideration. The winning entry will have their track professionally produced, and played for the luminaries of the hip hop world. Submit your best beats to The Score starting July 23rd.

Only the Strong Survive: World Series of Pop Culture Recap

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It’s coming down to wire, folks. The 2007 World Series of Pop Culture ends on Thursday, and the competition is (in the most non-pejorative sense of the word) fierce. In the two rounds last night, there was only one winner. Almost Perfect Strangers 2.0 beat Remo-Leen-Teen-Teen, but Wocka Wocka and Team Motherboy (pictured above) held each other to a tie. The trivia battle continues tonight at 9 p.m. on VH1. For more in-depth coverage, check the blog over at World of Pop. And remember: You stay classy, Planet Earth.

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Enraged Usher Fights His Fans

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Here’s a great idea: become the world’s most beloved and talented pop/R&B singer, sell millions of albums, attract packs of screaming, adoring fans -  and then turn them all against you because of a woman. Sound smart? Because if so, then Usher‘s an effing genius. After sending out an open letter last week defending his career moves as well as his much despised fiancé Tameka Foster, the singer is now reportedly trying to shut down the fan website UsherForever.com, because its creator does not favor his lady.

Usher’s already fired his manager (and mom!) and severed ties with his two longtime reps. But his fans? Need we remind the star that without them, they’ll be no one left to buy his next album. It even looks like he’s gonna miss the August deadline set by his label to deliver his new goods, effectively preventing his album from reaching stores during the holiday season. Maybe if he wasn’t wasting all his time being so defensive, we’d actually have some new Usher tunes to remind us of why we actually loved the man-diva in the first place. [NY Daily News/Image: Getty]