Amy Winehouse Strips Down, Achieves Brilliance

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It’s so easy to get caught up in the saga of Amy Winehouse that you can often forget why you paid attention to her in the first place: her music. As though in direct response to the chaos that’s swirled around her all summer, the singer’s first post-rehab appearance at Tuesday’s Mercury Prize ceremony in London was shockingly stark. Amy appeared on stage with just one man lightly plucking his guitar in accompaniment to her preternaturally weathered vocals. Here, singing “Love Is a Losing Game,” Amy does what she does best, balancing coolness with gut-wrenching emotion…or maybe she’s just making being emotional look cool. Proof of the song’s title is scratched all over Amy’s public profile, which is why this understated performance is so beautiful: we’re treated to an unlikely moment when Amy’s demons have seemed to settle. For these three minutes, everything is OK in the Winehouse universe and that feels monumental. All things considered, this really could be the performance of her career so far.

Though nominated, Amy didn’t end up taking home the Mercury Prize (that went to nu-ravers the Klaxons), but we’d be hard-pressed to call this return to form anything but winning. It’s magical. [Via Dlisted]

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Criss Angel Knockin’ Brit’s Boots for Fame

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britney090507.jpgTake a good hard look at Britney Spears. She’s rough around the edges, yes, but she’s not a total mess. Her extensions look more “horse tail” than “rat nest,” her fugly tattoo of a pair of lips seems to not be visible, and her outfit appears to be constructed so that no breasts can escape and flash the world. Not bad for our troubled starlet! Still, the poor thing is hanging with that highlight-haired magician Criss Angel, who’s apparently only tappin’ it to get famous. Spies in the know report that he is a “press whore” and says that Brit’s new man, “doesn’t even really talk to her when they go out. This weekend at [club] LAX, they weren’t seated at the same table, but when the paparazzi were around he jumped in all the pictures.”

He’s also apparently not even helping Brit with her VMA performance as was rumored. Instead she’s supposedly just doing a straight up song lipsync and dance routine to her new tune “Gimme More.” If he wants a career of baby raising and guest spots on “One Tree Hill,” than it looks like Angel is sleeping in the right bed. Smart career move, dude! [NYP. Image: Getty]

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Scott Baio Is…Expecting a Girl!

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baio_renee.jpgOnly in the weird world of Celebreality do the results of an ultrasound double as a possible spoiler for an upcoming show! Scott Baio has revealed that he and his fiancée Renee are expecting a girl to be delivered in September. Scott, who’s currently filming the second season of his reality show, says he had to “adjust” to the fact that he and Renee wouldn’t be having a boy. Says Scott:

It’s just like that great Rolling Stones song, you don’t get what you want, you get what you need. I needed to have a girl. It may be cosmic payback a little bit, but it needed to happen…We just went to get the 4-D imaging this week, and I saw her for the first time She is a girl and she has my head! I got pissed off about it because I have seen myself in drag for television and I am an ugly woman. Why couldn’t she have my wife’s head? She’s beautiful! As soon as she comes out I am sending her to plastic surgery!

A child fit for Hollywood, and she hasn’t even been born yet. [People / Image credit: Getty]

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Own a Piece of Michael Vick

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After pleading guilty to charges of dogfighting on August 28th, Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick apologized for his actions and asked for forgiveness. He must have left his talking points for that statement on the hotel podium when he was done speaking, cuz some smart animal lover snatched the notes and placed them on eBay, with proceeds from the auction going to The Humane Society (they’re already at $2150.00 with nine days to go).

It looks like “dogs have suffered” was an afterthought left to be penciled in at the bottom of the script (he should have scribbled in “duh” as a follow up note). Vick must have forgotten what he was doing up there in the first place. “Wait, why am I here again-oh right! I killed and fought a bunch of dogs. I better make a note of that.”

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WTF Are You Wearing: Keira Knightly

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keiraa.jpgCelebrities mostly walk the fine line between fashion dos and don’ts with their style experiments. But every now and then they bust out an outfit that qualifies as fashion ‘what the eff were you thinkin’, girlfriend?’ As Fashion Week kicks off here in NYC to honor all things good about fashion, we here at The VH1 Blog are ready to celebrate the fashion horrors that make us feel less bad about those Reebok Pumps we wore in middle school. Today’s fashion flop comes from our gal Keira Knightly, thanks to the drapes of toilet paper she wore to the Atonement premiere. Her skeletal scowl only adds to the “walking dead” look she seems to be going for.

Check out more pics of Keira’s fashion disaster below. [Images: Getty]

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Reporters Chuckle at Owen’s Issues

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Two newscasters on ABC’s World News Now couldn’t stop giggling as they reported about Owen Wilson‘s suicide attempt. They weren’t laughing about the actual attempt – they aren’t that horrible. The anchors just thought it was funny that Owen has an uncle with the last name of Hoe. Now that is hilarious! Of course, they had to apologize for being asses a few days later. It’s a good thing no one watches the news in the middle of the night, or Luke Wilson (or perhaps the more surly Wilson brother Andrew) would have tracked them down at 5AM and kicked their asses.

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Tommy Lee Sexes Up Gal Pal in Public

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tommylee.jpgDear Brandon and Dylan Lee,

I’m sure by now you’ve probably read the report detailing your dad’s table top sexcapades at the Dune nightclub in the Hamptons Sunday night. In case this is news to you, allow me summarize: your dad, Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee, waltzed into a club with a blond lady (not your mommy), asked the hostess “Is it cool to have sex in here?” He then proceeded to go for some “‘flat-out [bleep]ing’ on a banquette,” according to the many people who watched. In other words, he knocked boots on a table in front of a club full of people.

Now I can imagine this kind of news may be sort of embarrassing for you guys to read, but it shouldn’t be. Your pops is totally living the rock n’ roll dream and setting you both up for a great booty-filled adult life to come. So don’t be ashamed of your dirrrty roots – embrace them! After all it could be worse – your mom could be shaving her head and boning magicians.

Your friend,
The VH1 Blog

PS: I think it’s totally cool that your parents named you after two of the main characters on the hit 90′s teen drama Beverly Hills 90210. You may have never heard of this show, but it was totally culturally significant for a couple of minutes. [NYP. Image: Getty]

Wednesday: Brad Pitt’s Gettin’ Ugly, Jamie Foxx is a Spoiled Star

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jamiefoxx090507.jpgIt’s Game Over for Shaq and His Wife
The basketball star is splitting from his wife of five years, claiming that the marriage is “irretrievably broken.” Also their difference in height just made things weird. [TMZ]

Brit’s Bodyguard Busted for Battery
The starlet is probably breathing a big sigh of relief that it’s her bodyguard who’s facing six months jail time for beating up a photog and not herself. How could she go that long without Cheetos and cigarettes her kids? [TMZ]

Brad Pitt Whines About His Looks
The hunky actor has finally realized what the rest of us figured out long ago – we get kinda ugly as we age. Pretty soon he’s going to learn that not everyone makes millions of dollars a day for doing nothing, too. [NYDN]

Nicole Kidman Was Secretly Engaged?
Tom Cruise’s ex says she was secretly engaged to someone in between her two marriages, but her face was just too botoxed to ever reveal that she was hiding something. [NYP]

Bossy Jamie Foxx Gets His Diva On
The Ray star barred people from entering and riding on the elevator he was in at a hotel, for no apparent reason other than – he’s famous and can do that kind of s**t. [NYP]

Rock on TV – The Shortlist

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Jonesing for music on your television set? You’ve come to the right place, rockers! Check out our shortlist below. For more extensive listings, read VH1’s Rock on TV schedule daily.

The Italian Job, 5 p.m. (EST), FX: Marky Mark Wahlberg stars in this hyper-extended Mini-Cooper commercial, which, as it turns out, was actually a remake. The movie’s about about Vince Chase . . . er, Marky Mark, sorry, as he seeks revenge against the evil Ed Norton for killing Donald Sutherland. Mos Def shows up, too. The movie’s based on the 1969 Michael Caine vehicle of the same name. It’s really good, so long as you’re trapped on a plane and can’t move for like eight hours. Jet Blue wins again! (Sidebar: There’s a sequel coming. Can’t wait for ’09, kids.)

Three Kings, 7:30 p.m. (EST), FX: It’s Marky Mark night on FX, apparently, because this David O. Russell film follows the Mini-Cooper spot above. The flick stars Ice Cube, George Clooney and Spike Jonze (the Beastie Boys’ video director who you might remember from Being John Malkovich) as soldiers in Iraq, arguing over buried treasure. This is one of the best films of the ’90s, and if you haven’t seen it, we recommend you do. You’ll be happier for it.

Diddy’s Annual White Party Pics

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DiddyRap’s third wealthiest entrepreneur (according to Forbes, anyway) threw his annual White Party in the Hamptons last weekend. That’s the sort of shindig that’s attended by anyone who’s anyone — and can wrangle an invitation. Diddy‘s guests included stars of music, screen and design, including Mariah Carey, Brian Michael Cox, Lil’ Kim, Donna Karan and, of course, Diddy’s brood. Meet the next generation of moguls in our gallery below. For all your celebrity-party-pics needs, check out VH1′s Red Hot Red Carpet.

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