Christina: A Fighter for Britney’s Honor

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‘ rival-turned-baby-gift-giver Christina Aguilera is speaking out on Brit’s behalf. The probably pregnant belter says of her fellow former Mouseketeer:

“Britney is a good person and a good mom. She’s been under so much pressure since she was a child. I don’t think any of us should judge her or jump to conclusions.”

And so, Christina Aguilera takes her place in history as an anti-gossip crusader, one rehabbin’ Cheeto-chompin’, fast-food-scarfin‘, bra-and-panty bathin‘, Southern-twangin’, child-seat-forgoin‘, comeback-attemptin‘ pop tart at a time. Good luck with that, Chrissy! [MSNBC / Image credit: Getty]

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Flav Gets Roasted; We Blog Live

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FlavIt takes an especially crazy pop icon to stand in the fire of a Comedy Central Roast – you’ve gotta have nerves of steel. Evidently our own Flavor Flav does. He’s the latest hero to suffer enjoy the wise-ass barbs of comedians and celebs at the channel’s next insult fest, which airs on August 12. We’ll give you an advanced taste of what the action will be like: this Sunday night we’ll blog live from the event’s taping in L.A.

The folks hurling the insults are pros. Patton Oswalt, Lisa Lampanelli, Jimmy Kimmel, Carrot Top, Jeffrey Ross, and Ron Jeremy are all sharpening their tongues as you read this. They’ll be scrutinizing everything from Flav’s taste in watches to his taste in women. Speaking of which, old flame Brigitte Nielsen is also on board. And hip-hop pals Snoop Dogg and Ice T will drop some science, too. Keep an eye out for a string of Charm School girls that includes Bootz, Buckeey, Like Dat, Hottie, Toastee, and Smiley.

So if you’re a Flav fan, come back Sunday night at 9:45 pm EST and get a sneak peek. We also want you to make some comments on our comments.

And by the way, what kind of a zinger would you rock about Flav if you were on the show? Throw some snaps and disses in the comments.


Only the Strong Survive: ‘World Series of Pop Culture’ Recap

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It’s down to the wire, folks — tonight is the final episode of the 2007 World Series of Pop Culture. In last night’s competition, Wocka Wocka yukked Team Motherboy right out of the studio, while 3 Men and a Little Lazy proved to no match for Twisted Misters (pictured). Tonight at 9 p.m., tune into VH1 to catch the $250,000 madness as three teams — Twisted Misters, Wocka Wocka and Almost Perfect Strangers 2.0 — go head to head. And to catch all the action you’ve missed, go to World of Pop, where their blog recaps in meticulous detail all the trivia you missed. If you can’t wait until then, try out your skills on our own pop culture game here. It’s nerdy goodness.

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R.I.P. Fugees

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The Fugees‘ reunion finally has been put out of its misery. The regrouping of hip-hop’s one-time most-loved collective has been sputtering with infrequent appearances and half-hearted promises of a new record since Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean and Pras kicked it off during the filming of Dave Chappelle‘s Block Party in September 2004. Pras has gone on record to officially slay the slow-moving and temperamental beast that the Fugees have become:

“We went in the studio and recorded a couple records that were incredible. But, to put it nicely, it’s dead. Me and Clef, we on the same page, but Lauryn is in her zone, and I’m fed up with that s***. Here she is, blessed with a gift, with the opportunity to rock and give and she’s running on some bulls***? I’m a fan of Lauryn’s but I can’t respect that.” [Billboard.com]

You might win some, but hip-hop just lost a big one.

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Meet Paula’s New Man

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Paula Abdul‘s got a boyfriend and she doesn’t care who knows it! The part-time reality TV trainwreck has come clean about her relationship with restauranteur , whom she’s been rumored to be dating for almost a month. Paula brought J.T. to the New York premiere of Hairspray on Monday (pictured right), which led Matt Lauer to ask if T.J. was her dude on Wednesday’s Today. Her response? “Yeah, he’s a good guy.” She also told Matt that her love life is “looking upward.”It may be true, but she’s looking down at J.T. — upholding her cougar reputation, the 45-year-old Paula’s new man is a 32-year-old spring chicken.For more shots of Paula (and J.T.) at the Hairspray premiere, check out the pics below.

[New York Post / All images: Getty]

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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