Blog Best-Of: Lauryn’s Lunacy

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lauryn_links.jpg – Didn’t it seem like Lauryn Hill was sane for a second there? Turns out we’re the crazy ones for ever believing that. [Crunk + Disorderly]

- Maddox Jolie-Pitt apparently doesn’t like it when Brad and Angelina fight. Maddox has no future in publishing. [Dlisted]

- You could stand under Parker Posey‘s umbrella, but good lord, why would you want to? [A Socialite's Life]

- Jennifer Hudson looks like a corpse in her print campaign for a new Avon fragrance. Is it safe to assume that it smells like formaldehyde? [CONCRETELOOP]

- Akon says he’d sign Paris Hilton to his record label. And if the music thing doesn’t work out, he could always hump her for everyone’s entertainment. [Bossip]

[Image credit: Getty]

Bono & Penelope Cruz: Just Friends?

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Penelope CruzSt Tropez does things to people. The sun, the surf: romance is everywhere. Which is why the gossip world is wondering if it did things to the actress Penelope Cruz and the married man Bono. The pair did the party thing recently (can you say 4 am?), and wound up looking ultra cozy as they bounced to and fro. Maybe he was just holding her hand to protect her from those nasty photogs…maybe. Leave your comment on whether you see sparks flying or hear hearts fluttering.

Britney Rides the Crazy Train to Vegas

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britsnewman.jpgLil’ Miss Wacky and her tiny tots have bailed on Los Angeles and headed to Las Vegas to do whatever it is a young mom and her two kids do in Sin City. G-Rated strip shows and gambling for goldfish crackers, probably. The only problem is, Britney is not supposed to have her kids out of state without K-Fed’s permission, which she did not have. Fed-daddy is p*ssed, and with good reason, it seems. His babies are probably riding Siegfried and Roy’s tigers right now!

Brit’s family vacation only got worse when her bodyguard put the smack down on a photographer at the Wynn Hotel, where the star was staying. Apparently the pap got too close to Sean Preston, and the bodyguard, JC Camera, freaked. Yes, his last name is hilarious in this situation. Camera was charged with a citation of battery, while Britney filed an “allegation of battery” against the photog on behalf of Sean Preston. Britney has since left the hotel, and has hopefully learned that if she wants to really keep the paparazzi away she should go to a remote vacation spot. Try Vermont over Vegas, girlfriend. [Image: Getty]

Maroon 5 Deliver a Wake Up Call

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What do a hostages, high-speed chases and jail have in common? True, they’re all components of a Monday evening with Lindsay Lohan, but they also all have something to do with the video for Maroon 5‘s video for their latest single “Wake Up Call,” directed by Jonas Akerlund (Smashing Pumpkins, U2). We’re not quite sure what’s going on in these clips the band sent over – it’s pretty much live action Grand Theft Auto. Our verdict? We’re not sure, but Adam Levine‘s much too pretty for jail.

Check out the clips and tell us what’s going on.

Come back on August 1st for the online premiere of the video.

I Know Who Killed Me: Insider Info

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Lindsay Lohan‘s I Know Who Killed Me wasn’t screened for critics, which, given the events of the past week, was probably someone’s attempt to stop the deluge of bad press with a earplug. It was, however, screened for the film’s cast and crew. An insider told Defamerhow the (supposedly sympathetic) audience reacted, and it wasn’t pretty. To wit:

“In the scene where Lindsay gets hit in the face with a shovel– a scene meant to be terrifying–the audience erupted into laughter. Another not-funny-but-funny moment: when Lilo’s stripper character who may or may not be suffering from a split personality is being questioned by cops, she refers to her mother as ‘a crackwhore, disgusting, pathetic’ . . . ouch Dina! The line was received by riotous laughter.”

Sad, sad, sad. This is not going to end well, folks.

Leading-the-Blind Items

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- When Bret invites the girls to motor cross on Sunday’s Rock of Love, will the girls rev his engine or putter out?

- When Scott visits a matchmaker on Sunday’s Scott Baio Is 45…and Single, will he catch himself a catch or end up belly-up?

- Terry orders up a bodyguard for Brooke on Sunday’s Hogan Knows Best. What’s next: a protective headlock?

For more sneak peaks and clips of Rock of Love, Scott Baio is 45…and Single, and more, hit VSPOT.

Nicole Will Spend 4 Days in Jail

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nicole.jpgPoor Nicole – always copying her pal Paris. First it was the bone-thin look, then the hair, now she’s pulling the “sneak off to jail when everyone leasts expect it.” The tiny starlet has headed off to court this morning (watch video of her arrival here) with a dapper looking Joel Madden attached at her side. Nicole is apparently going to plead either guilty or no contest to her DUI charge, and will then receive a minimum of five days in jail. Might as well get it out of the way before that baby really starts kickin’.

On a superficial note, Nicole looks totally bangin’ on her last day of freedom. Cute dress, nice big shades, and a hairdo worthy of a wedding. Kudos, my petite friend! A proper lady always go down in style. And her own pants. For more of Nicole in cute clothes, check out this behind the scenes video from Nylon of her photo-shoot for the mag’s cover.

UPDATE: Nicole was sentenced to four days in county jail, which she must begin serving by September 28th. She was also fined $2048, is on probation for 3 years, and must attend a 21 day alcohol education course. [TMZ. Booking Photo]

Lindsay’s Car Chase Companions Tell All

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lindsayceleb072707.jpgTMZ has a four-piece video interview with the three men who were supposedly in the white Denali that Lindsay Lohan drove recklessly through Santa Monica prior to her DUI arrest. It’s a lot of information to weed through, but compelling as hell nonetheless. These guys allege, among many things, that Lindsay was drinking cocktails and doing shots, drove (stole?) a car belonging to one of the men, ran over one guy’s foot, zoomed down the highway doing 100 miles an hour, drove in circles around the second car on the highway, and at one point yelled, “I can’t get in trouble. I’m a celebrity. I can do whatever the f**k I want.”

Right, Linds. Right. There’s no way to tell if these guys are exaggerating at all – the guy’s bandage on his foot looks a tad homemade, for example – but still their tale is totally enthralling. Especially the part where Lindsay, when confronted by the police, supposedly tries to blame her reckless driving on “the black kid.” Her words. Ugh.

Check out all the videos HERE.

Oh No They Didn’t: Friday’s Reviews Rage

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noreservations.jpgEvery week we round up selections from the funniest, most obscene and brutal film criticism out there so that you don’t waste your cash at the theaters and laugh a little at Hollywood’s expense. This week: I Know Who Killed Me isn’t going to murder Lindsay Lohan’s career (if she can’t, no one can) but it comes close. But since critics weren’t even allowed to see the movie, we’re going to discuss No Reservations, the bland Catherine Zeta-Jones romantic comedy about a New York City chef who discovers the ingredient her life is missing — love.

“Among the movie’s chief flaws is that Zeta-Jones is entirely unconvincing as a chef, an American and a human being. Whether she’s storming out of the kitchen to attack customers who send back her food, regaling her exposition-enabling but otherwise pointless therapist (Bob Balaban) with disquisitions on food preparation and elaborately prepared meals, or serving her young niece a nice dinner of roasted fish with the head still attached, she seems awkward, Welsh and robotic.” — The Los Angeles Times

“There’s already a crazy behind-the-scenes restaurant movie out this summer, and it’s got a better story, and it’s a cartoon, and it stars a rat.” — The Washington Post

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