Thursday: Busta Gets Lucky in Court; Brangelina Takes Manhattan

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busta090607.jpgSherri Shepherd Scores ‘View’ Seat
Barbara Walters will confirm it on Monday’s show, but word is already out that Sherri’s in. [People]

Jessica Simpson Flies In Style
Forget sweats – Jess wears a long dress, large jewels and massive heels when she hops on a plane. In other words, she’s Texan. [JustJared]

Busta Gets Lucky Break From Trial
The rapper may have four different trials going on, but at least one of the assault cases been pushed back a few months. Now Busta has time to really prepare for court – or to flee. [NY Post]

No Child Abuse Charges for Britney
Brit’s not getting busted for ruining those kids lives….yet. [Hollywood Rag]

Brangelina: Big Apple Bound?
The clan is shacking up at Angie’s NYC condo and Maddox just enrolled at a school on the Upper East Side. They’re the richest nomads ever! [NY Post]

Rock on TV – The Shortlist

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rosario.jpgJonesing 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.

Rent, 7:20 a.m. (EST), SBLK: Not content to deal with the perils of New York City real estate alone, this Broadway-to-big screen adaptation manages to trivialize difficult issues like AIDS and relationships by setting them to music. Loosely based on La Boheme, and barely redeemed by the presence of a scantily clad Rosario Dawson.

The Last Waltz, 11:00 a.m. (EST), SHON: It’s Thanksgiving of 1976, and the Band is playing its final show. Director Martin Scorcese‘s there to document the show in its entirety, as well as film the fallout of the retirement. In a graceful full-circle gesture, the guys return to the stage where they played their innaugural show 16 years earlier at San Francisco’s Winterland Arena. During the course of the concert, former Band leaders join them on stage (Bob Dylan, Ronnie Hawkins), as well as a who’s who of classic rock titans — Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Emmylou Harris, Keith Richards and Van Morrison. Regarded as one of the best rock n’ roll concert films.

Blog Best-Of: Rappers’ Delight

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kanye_50_links.jpg- Kanye West and 50 Cent appear together on the cover of Rolling Stone, just inches away from each other. The article should be called “He Dissed Me, But It Felt Like a Kiss.” [CONCRETELOOP]

- Glamour shaves off about 50 lbs. from America Ferrera for the mag’s latest cover. OK, we get it: she’s not ugly. But deception is. [Dlisted]

- Tyra Banks dons a space helmet to promote the upcoming cycle of America’s Next Top Model. Aliens are fierce, y’all! [Crunk + Disorderly]

- Lily Allen shows up at an event wearing a gown that’s both red and see-through. Once again, the woman proves herself an innovator. [Seriously? OMG! WTF?]

- Ryan Seacrest gets ready for the Emmys. If that’s not a euphemism, it should be. [Popbytes]

Perez Sez…a Lot!

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You’ll get an earful of what Perez Hilton thinks about this year’s MTV Video Music Awards when his special, What Perez Sez About the VMAs premieres Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 9/8c. For now, check out an exclusive preview of both the awards show and his own show in the video below, which features Perez spouting off about various VMA-related stars, nominees and performers alike. Mmmmm. Juicy!

Keep Kate Hudson Away From Owen Wilson!

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kateowen09507.jpgOwen Wilson‘s family is not allowing ex-girlfriend Kate Hudson near the troubled star. A source reveals that “Kate has been trying to get in touch with Owen and is distraught that the family doesn’t want her anywhere near him. She is very frustrated.”

Sure we know she’s his ex and all, but maybe there’s something else driving the Wilson’s to keep the pretty lady out of Owen’s dirty hair. Perhaps she is sending him inappropriate instant messages and annoying the eff out of all of them?

KateIsCute&Single: Owen!? OMG did you try to kill yourself? ROFLMAO!!!
KateIsCute&Single: Sorry, that was mean. :( I miss you. Can I come over? I’ll bring some weed.
KateIsCute&Single: Not funny? Too early? Srsly, write me back. My new BF is here and he won’t stop trying to make out w/ me. I need a break – my lips hurt! LOL! :P

[NYDN. Image: Getty]

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Hottie of the Week: Penelope Cruz

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Penelope Cruz is the semi-ubiquitous former squeeze of Tom Cruise, but don’t hold either of those things against her. The Spanish actress has been in some real doozies on this side of the pond — Sahara in particular comes to mind — but it’s her work with Spanish art-house filmmaker Pedro Almodovar that made her a star. (If you haven’t seen any of his films, we suggest you start with All About My Mother. You’ll be pleasantly surprised.) The 33-year-old cutie stars in the upcoming Gwyneth Paltrow vehicle The Good Night, so expect adult drama. That twisted little slice of celluloid is about a man’s midlife crisis, and the woman who helps foster it. Cruz plays the fantasy female, and it’s easy to understand why. Between her L’Oreal appearances and the ads she’s in with her sister for Spanish clothing label Mango (think H&M . . . only, you know, not Spanish, not Swedish), she’s plastered her pretty little face everywhere. And when she’s even inducing normally respectable guys like Bono to hold hands, you know something’s up. Just check her out in this week’s gallery. You’ll be happy you did.

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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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