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Welcome, celebrity news fans, to The Hollywood Gossip Caption Contest, a fun Friday tradition. Who emerged victorious this week? Let's take a look.

While we enjoyed each and every one of the 20 captions we were sent, there can be only one winner. Several fun submissions by Taylor Blue earned honorable mentions, but we've chosen the Celeb Whore as this week's winner.

Congratulations! The winning reply appears under the photo. Scroll down for the full list of responses we received this week, then get ready for an all-new edition of the Caption Contest this week. Thanks for playing and have fun!

"LOOK. my number is also how much I weigh now! 64! How funny! Joel is never gonna believe me, I need to take a pic of this!"

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Looks like the Olsen Twins are on an athletic kick of late. No, not playing sports themselves. Those anorexic waifs would faint in about two seconds.

They're apparently both dating athletes, however!

Olsen Twins Look On

We've talked at length already this week about Ashley Olsen and Lance Armstrong reportedly doing the horizontal mambo. Or at least having drinks.

In any case, now it's high time her twin, Mary-Kate Olsen, got herself a new athletic supporter - and she has, in New York Rangers hockey player Sean Avery!

Avery, who was previously linked to Elisha Cuthbert and rumored to be the subject of Justin Timberlake's hit "What Comes Around Goes Around," has reportedly been seen squiring Mary-Kate Olsen all over the Big Apple (that's New York City).

Sean Avery: Hot hockey lovin' for Mary-Kate Olsen?

Poor Max Snow. But good for Mary-Kate Olsen. Sean Avery definitely knows a thing or two about lining up on top of the crease and trying to slip one between the pads.

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Great news, High School Musical fans: Two of your favorite actresses are signed up for High School Musical 3!

According to Us Weekly, both Ashley Tisdale and Vanessa Hudgens will reprise their roles in the follow-up, with the latter even receiving a "substantial increase" in pay.

Totally Cute Couple

"Vanessa is locked for the movie," a High School Musical source tells Us. "She is very happy that the deal is done."

So are numerous fans, who can also rejoice over the fact that Zac Efron is reportedly also signed for the film.

"The contract will be signed within the next week," a Hudgens source says. "It is almost a done deal."

Hudgens' naked picture scandal - maybe you heard about it - led to reports that either Adrienne Bailon and Sabrina Bryan would replace Vanessa in the franchise.

High School Musical 3, the first in the hit movie series to be a theatrical release, is set to begin shooting in January 2008.

Co-stars Corbin Bleu and Monique Coleman are also in final negotiations, according to their publicist.

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What perfect timing for a Maria Sharapova crotch shot!

As the world talks about the photographed vagina of this tennis star, Tyra Banks plans on doing an entire talk show around the topic of... vaginas.

"I have wanted to do this show for two years," Banks said to People magazine. "I know for a lot of women talking about what is going on in our bodies is extremely difficult, but it is incredibly important."

We know what many women out there are thinking: guys should be the ones tuning in for this broadcast, if you know what we mean!

Banks continued: "We should be able to talk to our daughters, sisters, mothers and friends about our bodies and not be embarrassed. I hope after this show women will not be ashamed about what's up down there."

Nor should Tyra be ashamed for being so desperate for attention that she'd probably do a show where she dresses up like an overweight women in order to discover - gasp! - they are treated worse than someone as gorgeous as she is.

Oh. Wait. That already happened.

We're pretty sure women already are comfortable with their vaginas, Tyra. It's not as though Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, Tila Tequila or Mary Carey have any problems putting theirs on display for the entire world to see.

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An storm of controversy is brewing around The Hills.

Some sloppy editing in recent episodes, reported in several newspapers and celebrity news blogs, have raised the question of whether the show is staged.

Whitney Port and Lauren Conrad

Then last week, an online exposé by star Lauren Conrad's one-time date, Gavin Beasley, sent millions Hills fans into a tizzy trying to figure it out.

MTV has always 'fessed to doing "pickup shots," staged scenes that address issues of continuity, but not storylines. But in an interview last week, Beasley divulged the high level of manipulation that goes on in The Hills.

The revelations of Gavin Beasley are perhaps the most incriminating to surface s far supporting the (fairly obvious) allegation that at least a good part of The Hills' drama is largely manufactured by MTV and its producers.

Beasley divulged some details regarding his cameo, including how producers asked him to get Conrad's phone number and told him what to ask her.

"They wanted me to ask her about the runway show, how long she had worked that day, when would she get off, stuff like that," Gavin Beasley said.

Thursday, an MTV rep responded that producers "overheard" that Gavin Beasley was "planning to ask Lauren Conrad out on a date."

And while maintaining that the show is not scripted, the spokeswoman did acknowledge the producers sometimes help guide dialogue along for clarity:

"As there are no confessionals or interviews on The Hills to put the questions in context (as there are in shows such like The Real World), producers sometimes ask the cast members to rephrase to help tell the story clearly."

Gavin Beasley had also said that producers set up a barbecue party for the gang, specifically so Brody Jenner and he could meet, thus providing the fodder for an episode that would revolve largely around Jenner growing jealous of Beasley.

MTV denied this, saying the cast organized the party.

Scripted or not, watching L.A.'s most popular layabouts bicker on The Hills has been the definition of guilty pleasure since its launch in early 2006.

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Stephen Colbert's nascent and satirical presidential campaign came to an abrupt end on Thursday as the Democratic Party in South Carolina turned down his application to get on the primary ballot in his native state.

South Carolina is the only state where Colbert sought to get on the ballot. He did not try getting on the ballot as a Republican, which costs $35,000. The Democratic ballot cost $2,500, which Colbert paid by the deadline.

Carol Fowler, chairwoman of the S.C. Democratic Party, said the executive council believed that Stephen Colbert did not meet two basic requirements:

  1. That he be generally acknowledged as a viable nationwide candidate
  2. That he be actively campaigning for the state's primary

The council voted 13 to 3 against certifying Stephen Colbert.

"The council really agonized over this because they really like him, they love his show, and everyone thinks it's wonderful that he cares about us," Fowler said, adding that his check will be returned.

Stephen Colbert is the host of The Colbert Report on Comedy Central.

Supporters of Colbert's candidacy have said it cast an amusing, revealing eye on the hype and folly of politics and could have gotten younger voters involved.

But it also drew critics, who said it was a self-promotional distraction that was draining media time and attention away from a serious campaign.

Alas, what would have been one of the great stories of the coming year is not to be. Somewhere, Barack Obama is breathing a deep sigh of relief.

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In TV commercials for her sponsor, Canon, Maria Sharapova encourages viewers to "make every shot a power shot."

A Maria Sharapova crotch shot probably isn't what she meant.

The head of a Japanese ad agency secretly took crotch shots of the tennis icon as she posed for a Canon ad in 2005, according to a new federal lawsuit.

The gist? Toyo Shigeta, CEO of Dentsu Holdings, snapped the Maria Sharapova upskirt pictures to satisfy an obsession with women's private parts, according to the suit filed by Dentsu's former creative director, Steve Biegel.

Well, you know, to paraphrase one of the classic Seinfeld quotes, a woman's body is like a work of art, while a man's is like a Jeep - serving utility purposes only. 

Maria Sharapova Crotch Shot

This Maria Sharapova crotch shot is not the one in question.

"Taking closeup crotch shots of women is a personal obsession of defendant Shigeta," Steve Biegel says of the Maria Sharapova photos in his lawsuit.

Biegel, 44, said the company actually fired him after he complained about Shigeta's propensity for pornographic picture taking.

Biegel also says he was forced to go to a bathhouse and a Prague brothel, where Shigeta urged the married Biegel to have sex with a prostitute.

And the alleged Maria Sharapova crotch shot? It's attached as physical evidence to Biegel's complaint, and labeled as Exhibit B.

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Britney Spears' attorneys sure are busy these days.The latest in a long line of legal woes for the "singer" came Thursday as a lawsuit was filed against her by former manager Johnny Wright.Britney Spears and Johnny Wright parted ways in 2003. The manager claims she contractually owes him commissions for deals negotiated on her behalf through February 2008. According to Wright, Brit stopped paying in December 2006.

Britney Spears: Sued yet again. Nothing new here.

"I have a great deal of affection and empathy for her. As you know, I was a part of her career from the early days," Wright said. "But a contractual disagreement can unfortunately only be resolved in the courts, despite my wishes!"Britney Spears later sacked Wright's replacement, Larry Rudolph.Meanwhile, financial details in the ongoing custody battle between Britney Spears and Kevin Federline were unsealed Thursday... and are eye-opening.According to papers submitted to the courts by Britney Spears:

  • She earns $737,000 a month.
  • She spends an average of $102,000 on entertainment, gifts and vacations; $16,000 on clothes; $4,758 on dining; and $2,500 on phone bills a month. She spends $49,267 on mortgage payments.
  • She gives $500 a month to her charity, the Britney Spears Foundation.

Her ex-husband, Kevin Federline, meanwhile:

  • Earned more than half a million in 2006 (mostly from endorsement deals), but only grossed $7,436 after business expenses.
  • Receives $15,000 a month in child support from Spears. He could get more if he receives permanent custody of sons Sean Preston and Jayden James.
  • rossed a staggering $3,330 in royalties from his 2006 debut track "Popozao." Talk about raking in the big bucks.

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We know she's out to save the world (and save the dolphin), but how does Heroes actress Hayden Panettiere match up in a fashion face-off against Jane Seymour?

Hayden dazzled in this hot turquoise Dina Bar-El in September at a Declare Yourself event, while the Dancing with the Stars contender and former Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman showed off her fit figure in a satin sheath at a movie premiere recently.

Kylie Jenner Fashion

Hayden Panettiere vs. Jane Seymour: It's a difficult battle. Which star would you rather ... see in this dress at a formal affair? You tell us, celebrity fashion fans.

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Katie Holmes fueled another round of pregnancy rumors at the L.A. premiere of husband Tom Cruise's new drama, Lions for Lambs, Thursday.

A glowing Holmes, 28, appeared to be sporting a mini bump as she worked the red carpet in a one-shouldered, silk charmeuse Monique Lhuillier gown...

Tom Cruise and Fans

TomKat: New spawn on the way?

Though she didn't address questions about a possible pregnancy, the actress and her husband â€" who celebrate their one-year wedding anniversary November 18, were happy to give the crowd a display of their mutual affection.

"Tom kissed Katie a few times lightly near her ear and whispered to her," a witness told Us Weekly late this week. "She would turn to him and smile."

Cruise recently said that he and Holmes could handle having another little one around. He told Entertainment Tonight November 1 that he and Holmes have already made it work while raising their 18-month-old, Suri Cruise.

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