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Colombian-born actress Sofia Vergara gets plenty of laughs as Ed O'Neill's wife on ABC's new hit comedy Modern Family. Yesterday on The View, though?

Well, let's just say rape jokes aren't always knee-slappers.

Trying to make light of her youthful appearance, the 37-year-old Sofia reacted in a puzzling way when the panel was surprised that she has an 18-year-old son.

Sherri Shepherd said, as viewers saw a photo of Sofia and son Manolo: "You're a single mom of a teenage son, who's 18?! You have him when you were 12?'

Sofia Vergara's response: "Thirteen. I was raped."

Crickets.

It takes a lot to silence the women of The View. Kudos, Sofia Vergara.

Barbara Walters in particular looked shocked as Sofia made the remark, and even Whoopi Goldberg, who's rarely fazed, appeared surprised at the comment.

Gasps could also be heard from the studio audience.

Interestingly, Whoopi came under fire last month for saying on The View that Roman Polanski's alleged rape of a 13-year-old in 1977 was not "rape rape."

Check out the clip of Sofia Vergara on The View yesterday. The rape joke takes place around the four-minute mark, and it's as awkward as billed ...

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Having posted an impressive 15-1 record in fashion face-offs on The Hollywood Gossip so far in 2009, Lauren Conrad's style sense is seldom questioned.

That said, it's little surprise the ex-Hills star is unveiling some style tips in a new book, Lauren Conrad Style, to be published by Harper Collins next fall.

She’s a successful reality TV star, designer and fiction writer, and now we'll be treated to new fashion advice and Lauren Conrad pictures straight from LC.

Conrad says she wants to show her readers exactly how to interpret her classic and cool style into their lives, and is “really excited to write a style guide.”

“I think fashion should be fun and reflective of who you are. When you wear clothes you feel good in, it shows in everything you do," she adds. "I know this guide will offer simple, practical tips to help anyone look fabulous.”

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Lauren Conrad's latest business foray will be a fashion how-to.

Conrad recently began designing an affordable clothing line for Kohl’s stores, and launched her own line, the Lauren Conrad Collection, the year before.

This year, Lauren released her first book L.A. Candy, which was a #1 New York Times bestseller; the sequel, Sweet Little Lies, goes on sale in February.

As for a return to reality TV? She says don't bet on it.

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Sarah Palin entered the national political spotlight in August 2008 when she became Sen. John McCain's V.P. choice. They lost. Less than a year later, she resigned as the Governor of Alaska and became ... a D-list celebrity?

She has no job and no declared goals, but she sure keeps people interested, shilling for her memoir and firing off bizarre statements on just about everything.

Naturally, this rubs a lot of people the wrong way.

Earlier today, E! Online called her "an ordinary D-lister with a huge mouth, one that knows how to make people look, and keep looking, regardless of substance."

That's pretty harsh. You don't have to like Sarah Palin (and there are plenty of reasons not to), but think about it. Why wouldn't she stay in the public eye?

She's wildly popular among a segment of the population, is trying to make money in book sales (no harm in that), and, oh, might run for President in 2012.

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That doesn't make her correct when she calls the current Newsweek cover sexist, but you can't blame her for being ambitious ... whather her ambitions are.

Palin is trying to expand her reach, because many people relate to what is seen as a raw deal Palin received from the McCain team during the 2008 election.

If nothing else, her book tour lets her spin last year's campaign in a better light. And let's face it, lots of people think she'd be a great, honest, folksy leader.

Some think she's obsessed with fame, but it goes both ways. People are obsessed with her. She gets so much press, you'd think she were dating Jon Gosselin.

We can't believe we're saying it, but leave Sarah Palin alone!

Well, you can make fun of her for trading barbs with Levi Johnston, stretching facts in her book, or making verbal gaffes. But don't vilify her for the mere act of trying to broaden her appeal to America and further her career.

Heck, that's what politics are all about!

Do you like Sarah Palin?

 

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This is a new one from the geniuses at In Touch Weekly.

Rather than simply making up Brad Pitt-Jennifer Aniston rumors as they normally do (see Brad running back to her, or their secret meeting earlier this fall), the popular supermarket tabloid magazine is entering the prediction business.

Brad and Jen may not be back together yet, but according to In Touch intel, you can rest assured they will. The headline says it all: YES, THEY'LL REUNITE!

If that doesn't convince you, we don't know what will ...

Yes, They'll Reunite!

Brad and Jen will reunite! Seriously. Bank on it. In Touch said so.

Whether that's an older picture they used for the cover above, or an editing job even shadier than on Demi Moore's photoshopped W cover, the brief teaser on the cover leaves little doubt that this reunion is totally legit this time.

As Angelina Jolie, whose war against Jennifer Aniston never ceases, is panicking about her "battered reputation," Jen "waits for Brad" at a resort they love. Hot stuff.

You'll have to pick up a hard copy at the store to read about the "big steps" she and Jen are taking together in L.A., because they haven't posted the article online.

Our prediction, though, is that none of those steps have actually taken place. Call us crazy, but that's the hunch we get after the 19th interation of this same cover.

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Those rumors of Levi Johnston showing us "the full Johnston" in the upcoming issue of Playgirl was all just hype - dude was never gonna go full frontal.

That's according to Levi himself. The 19-year-old who put a baby in Bristol Palin says he never intended to get fully nude for the magazine photo shoot.

"I was never going to do that," Johnston said, denying that he wussed out at the last minute. "I'm not into x-rated stuff... come on now, I'm only 19!"

The archenemy of Sarah Palin says he put on about 15 pounds for the shoot and said he thought that despite some setbacks, the pictures are "alright."

"I wasn't in as good of shape as I wanted to be. But with the little time I had I couldn't have done better," he said. "We worked hard and are pleased."

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FULL FRONTAL SELLOUT: Levi's manager played us on this one.

The first Playgirl pic featuring Levi was leaked earlier in the week, with the rest of the spread - hockey stick and all - to come any day now. Calm yourself.

It sounds like the whole experience was traumatizing for the Alaska native, who said that any hope of doing Playgirl again in the future is off the table.

"I think this was a one time gig for me," he laughed, adding that his family had different reactions to the pictures. "My sister just laughed," he said.

"I haven't heard any feedback from my old man yet. I hope I don't!"

Do you wanna see Levi naked in Playgirl?

 

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Critics have assailed Britney Spears' lip-synching during concerts during her Circus tour of Australia. Fortunately, a knight in shining armor is riding to her rescue:

Michael Buble.

The hot Canadian crooner, also in Australia to promote his album Crazy Love, told Melbourne's Herald Sun that he can't believe the vilification of Spears.

"You'd think she killed someone," he said.

"Okay, she lip-synchs her show, people know that, they make the decision if they want to go and see her do that. People need to lighten up a bit."

Buble added in his passionate defense of Britney Spears, "Does she deserve the way she's been completely bashed by the media here? No."

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Michael Buble says he finds criticism of Britney Spears "nasty."

One report Spears' camp objected to: that Australian fans were so unhappy with her concerts that they walked out of at least one Circus show in droves.

That's not true, her management says, claiming that it is only one or a handful of Australian critics making this a story and Britney Nation is thrilled.

As for Buble, he's firmly in her corner - and he can even relate. "Mind you, I lip-synch all my concerts," he said, joking. "I'm the Milli Vanilli of jazz."

Michael Buble also discussed one blip in his relationship with his girlfriend, Argentine actress Luisana Lopilato, 22, a star in her native South America:

"My Spanish is not great. I'm learning slowly. She's showing me up. Her English is flawless, I sound like a caveman when I try to talk Spanish."

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When he's not beating up Jayde Nicole, Joe Francis certainly isn't paying taxes.

The IRS wants some serious money from the sleaze, filing a lien against him for a staggering $33,819,087.14 in unpaid taxes from 2001, 2002 and 2003.

In 2001, the IRS says Joe didn't pay $17,658,358. In 2002, the delinquency is $11,238,582.14, and in 2003, he owes a much more modest $4,922,147.

It was less than two weeks ago that Francis got out of a sticky situation - and not the kind he's used to - copping a plea in a federal tax evasion case.

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Giant sleaze Joe Francis doesn't pay taxes. [Photo: PacificCoastNewsOnline.com]

Joe responded to the move by the IRS, saying "I have no idea what it is."

He says he does not owe any money and, "This is total retaliation for me beating them in court." Joe says the law the IRS is using hasn't been used in 20 years.

He did not elaborate on what that is.

Joe Francis says Wednesday, the feds seized more than $100,000,000 in his accounts, forcing him to file for personal bankruptcy, which he will do today.

Couldn't happen to a better guy.

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Everyone knows magazines extensively airbrush the stars on their covers to make them look appealing as possible (well, except any Newsweek Sarah Palin cover, they leave those alone because they're so sexist, according to her).

Usually, celebs appreciate a little touchup and there is no photoshop controversy. But imagine Demi Moore getting her first look at the latest (December) cover of W and finding that a huge chunk of her hip has been digitally removed?

NOT SO HIP: Demi Moore, Photoshopped on the cover of W.

If you look at the left hip (your right) of the self-proclaimed puma, it seems that what used to be skin is now a great deal of white space. Ouch!

Magazine covers go through such an exhaustive process of approvals, so it's puzzling that this one made it to press with a mistake so obvious.

One can only guess what else they put in - or took out here.

Think we're seeing things? Check out this enlarged view ...

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We're sure Russell Brand is a fan, but is Katy Perry's soccer-themed lingerie appropriate as fashion that you'd wear anywhere outside the bedroom?

Brand’s favorite soccer club, West Ham United, provided three shirts for 25-year-old Perry’s stylists to fashion into skimpy stagewear for her. Nice.

The "Hot N Cold" singer wore them while hosting the MTV Europe Music Awards earlier this month. What do you think? Hot or not? Vote below ...

Katy Perry's soccer lingerie is ...

 

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Michael David Barrett, the man who allegedly secretly filmed ESPN reporter Erin Andrews nude in various hotel rooms, stalked her around the U.S. to do so.

That's according to federal investigators building their case against him.

The feds claim that Michael Barrett called seven hotels in Columbus, Ohio from January 28-29, 2008, trying to find out where the reporter would be staying.

After striking gold with a Columbus Hotel, the peephole perv got a room next to hers, altered the door of her room and secretly shot the Erin Andrews tape.

Barrett then got on the Internet to send the Erin Andrews nude video to his email account. Bada bing, you've got yourself some authorized, creepy footage.


Michael Barrett is Erin Andrews' alleged peeping tom.

Fast forward to July. He called 14 hotels in Milwaukee, Wisc., and found where she was staying. Again, he checked in, altered the peephole and shot video.

In September, Barrett called a hotel, located Andrews' reservation, requested a room next door and the next day, altered the peephole and filmed her nude.

The email he sent the video to: handsfouryou@yahoo.com. Eww. He also posted the tape on Google video account, calling it "Erin Andrews Naked Butt."

Classy guy, that Michael Barrett.

Two questions: 1. Does this guy have a job? 2. Why would multiple hotels possibly reveal that a semi-famous guest is staying there, and in what room?!

A statement from Barrett's lawyer reads: "Mr. Barrett would like to express deep regret for the circumstances that caused the issuance of the charges against him today. It is his hope that this matter can be resolved as soon as possible."

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