Hottie of the Week: Jennifer Connelly

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Reservation Road is a big adult drama about big adult themes, and it stars Jennifer Connelly, who is arguably the most beautiful woman in Hollywood. Ever since we first saw her in Labyrinth, where she was forced to fight David Bowie, we’ve been fascinated whenever she’s on screen. No, Career Opportunities wasn’t her finest moment; neither was The Rocketeer. But her horribly depressing turns in Requiem for a Dream and Waking the Dead showcased her as an actress with range and depth. Lately she’s grown into meaty parts (A Beautiful Mind, Little Children, House of Sand and Fog), and we’re pleased to report that none of them involve goblins, Frank Whaley or heroin. Look for her in theaters this Friday. Until then, check out our gallery of her here.

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Bruce Springsteen Hearts Arcade Fire

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You can add Bruce Springsteen to the lengthy list of rockers (David Byrne, Bono, David Bowie) who love Arcade Fire. At a recent show in Ottawa, the E Street Band took a break from its own material and was joined by AF’s beloved indie couple Regine Chassagne and Win Butler. Win, Regine and Bruce played a stark, accordion-filled rendition of the Boss’ 1984 “State Trooper,” which Bruce and gang apparently haven’t played since their Born To Run tour. With the twosome still on stage, they then covered the Arcade Fire’s “Keep The Car Running” from the acclaimed Neon Bible. So good, even Win Butler cracked a smile.

Need some Springsteen now? We’ve got exclusive live performances you can check out on VH1 Classic — during our “24 Hours of Bruce” block last week, we broadcast the guys playing “Radio Nowhere,” “Night” and “Lonesome Day” live from Jersey. They’re on the site waiting for you.

Paris’ Charity Trip Really a Reality Show

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paris1016.jpgOur sweet heiress is heading to Rwanda for five days in the near future (not soon enough for us) to visit schools and hospitals in the region with the charity Playing for Good. Wow, Paris Hilton is suddenly a genuinely good person. OMG, we totally like her again! Right? Not so fast. The whole visit is being shot by the organization’s founder as part of a reality tv show he’s pitched called The Philanthropist, which will feature “various selfless celebrities who rescue the world’s poor.” I guess if you consider flaunting your $600 heels around Africa rescuing, than Paris is well on her way to that Nobel peace prize! Paris admits that she’s “scared,” but we trust that she’ll be fine as long as cameras are around. She says, “I love having everything documented.” We know! [Newsweek. Getty]

Britney Booked for Dumb Driving

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britney1016.jpgBritney turned herself in last night to to the LAPD at around 9:30 PM and went through the regular booking routine – photographs, fingerprints, a detailed account of what the eff she was thinking when she hit a car in front of swarms of cameras and then walked away. The starlet was decked out in a typical Brit outfit of designer clothes that somehow, when combined on her bod, look like streetwalker garb. Brit was reportedly “polite and courteous to the officers,” and according to the booking sheet is 5’5 and weighs 125 pounds (so healthy – hurray for Taco Bell!). Check out the clip of her chat with a local LA newscaster as she walks from the jail to her car, especially if you’re dying to know Brit’s answer to “Any plans for Halloween?” That is stellar journalism at work right there! America needs to know! Interestingly enough, Britney was spotted driving around in a pink wig prior to her jail journey. Isn’t every day Halloween for her? [TMZ. Image: Getty]

Tuesday: Kim Kardashian’s Family Strips

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The rapper threw down outside a Big Apple hot spot over – what else – a chick. [NYP]

Kim Kardashian Teaches 9-Year Old Sis to Strip
This clip from Kim’s new reality show falls somewhere between killing puppies and taking candy from a baby on the ‘wrong scale.’ [DListed]

LiLo Back to Making Movies, Money
Look out LA – Lindsay’s back, and she’s sober. Who knows -she could be scarier clean than when she’s hammered. [People]

Jen Aniston Wants to be Oprah
In a new interview, the Friends star reveals that if she could, she would be Oprah for a day – because Oprah never got married, natch. [JustJared]

Kate Hudson Wants Owen Back?
The starlet’s turn-offs: drugs, smokers, socks with sandals, guys who hate kids. Turn-ons: attempted suicide? Errrr, something seems off here, Katie. [Mollygood]

Amy Winehouse Pays for Her Hair

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amywinehouse1015.jpgAfter all the bad press Amy Winehouse has been getting this fall, it’s good to know she’s still capable of doing stuff other than drugs. The singer is allegedly donating $100,000 to a Romanian orphanage after she learned that the mound of fake hair she teases into a beehive could possibly come from the heads of the poor kids. Apparently the hair chopped off of orphans is used to make weaves and wigs for rich ladies. A source says, “She had no idea orphans were exploited. She knows where her weave comes from and to be honest, it’s the US where most of the unethically culled hair ends up but she still wanted to help.”

Oh sure, blame us Americans! Eh, that British blabber is probably right – Britney Spears must have like, a whole country of kids on her head. Oops! [Getty]

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Nas Drops ‘N’ Bomb On New CD

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nas10151.jpgHip hop legend Nas is never one to shy away from a controversy, so it comes as no surprise that he’s announced that his next album will simply be called Nigga. The rapper spilled the beans at his NYC concert his past Friday and also revealed that he had wanted to use the title for his previous album, but instead went with Hip Hop is Dead. Why he changed the name is unclear, but one thing is certain: hip hop, and its artists’ ability to challenge cultural standards and stereotypes, is still very much alive. This move comes in the wake of the Don Imus basketball team scandal and Michael Richards‘ racist rant, which spurred a public dialogue about the power of language, varieties of racism, and of course the ubiquity of the infamous ‘N’ word itself (here’s how Ice T feels). New York City even went so far as to pass a symbolic resolution this year banning the word, in an attempt to eliminate the slur.

Whether or not you agree with Nas’ move, he is definitely sustaining the conversation about free speech and racism in America. So we gotta know – what do YOU think about the name of his new album?

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Spencer Pratt is Desperate for Your Hatred

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spencerloser.jpgIsn’t it fun to hate on Spencer Pratt? It feels oh so sweet to mock his facial hair, his stupid ‘cool dude’ slang and the way he talks down to his doting, delusional girl-pet Heidi. There’s nothing that makes the day go by like ragging on that blond sh*thead. But Spencer has come through to ruin the party as usual. He actually wants us to hate him. He gets off on it! The more we hate him, the happier he is. Check out what he told Radar, and you’ll loathe him even more: “I’m here and I didn’t harm anybody, get in a car accident, didn’t get a DUI, and didn’t assault anybody. I would rather be this hated guy for not doing any harm to anyone physically. I’m here and I have not been racist or homophobic. There are people out there that you could go after so much more, but I’m the new villain, and that’s hilarious! It’s so cool to be alive.”

Nooooooo! Don’t take away our power, Pratt! Spencer-haters, listen close. Turn the hate into love! I know it’ll be hard, but we can’t give this wannabe billionaire (seriously) what he wants! I’ll be the first to say it – I LOVE Spencer Pratt and thing he’s an all-around nice and charming guy!

Ugh….that feels so wrong. [Getty]

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