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Two-time presidential candidate John Edwards has confirmed that he and wife Elizabeth Edwards are separated, but that he still cares deeply about her.

"It is an extraordinarily sad moment, but I love my children more than anything and still care deeply about Elizabeth," Edwards said in a statement.

A friend of Elizabeth Edwards also confirmed Wednesday that the couple is separated. Elizabeth's sister, Nancy Anania, said that she remains strong.

"She said, 'I've had it. I can't do this. I want my life back,'" Anania said. "I'm really proud of her. Somehow, she's doing as well as you could expect."

The statements from John and Elizabeth Edwards come ...

  • As a former Edwards aide, Andrew Young, is preparing to release a tell-all book, The Politician, that gives an unflattering portrait of him.
  • One week after John Edwards finally made a public declaration that he fathered a child, now almost two, with his mistress Rielle Hunter.
  • As Elizabeth continues her battle with incurable cancer, which she has had since early 2007, about when John was knocking up Rielle.
  • As a federal investigation into his campaign finances, from which he is accused of funneling Hunter hush money, is ramping up.

Yup, it's pretty hard to see how you'd come back from that.

Young initially claimed that he fathered the child with John Edwards' mistress in the weeks leading up to the crucial presidential primaries in 2008.

John Edwards publicly declared only last week that he is the father of the child with Rielle Hunter, who worked as a videographer for his campaign.

Young says Edwards tried to hide the affair, begging his "crazy slut" mistress to get an abortion and then wanting to have a fake DNA test done.

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Hayden Panettiere recently ditched her blonde 'do to become a redhead simply "Because I could! I was tired of being a blonde and being... you get stuck in one thing and known for one thing and as a cheerleader or whatever that image."

"It's fun to change things up, and now I feel I don't have to overcompensate as much personality-wise when I have red hair as I do with blonde hair."

"I'm typically a very fiery person anyway," adds the 21-year-old actress, and surely Wladimir Klitschko can attest to that, if you know what we mean!

Was it a good move by the Heroes cast member? Vote below!

Brunette Hayden

What do you think of Hayden Panettiere's red hair?

 

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Britney Spears had some errands to run yesterday afternoon in Calabasas, Calif. For Britney, errands mean getting Starbucks fix before heading over to the salon.

Of course, this being Britney, she managed once again to set off rumors that she is engaged to Jason Trawick, wearing a big ol' diamond on her left ring finger ...

  • 'Bucks Run
  • Britney Spears' New Ring

Britney was in good spirits despite the rain. It was also cold. [Photos: Fame]

What do you think? Did Jason Trawick put a ring on it? Or is that just one of many from Britney's vast collection? We'd put our money on the latter, sadly.

Perhaps one day, Jason will become the third Mr. Britney Spears, but the two have weathered some cheating rumors (not just engagement rumors) lately.

Better to take it slow for the time being.

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In one of many memorable Jersey Shore quotes from the show's first season, DJ Pauly D said he wants girls to "c*% in their f*%kin' pants" when they hear his music.

Well, ladies in Boston and the Greater New England area, this is your chance to do so as Pauly D (a.k.a. Paul DelVecchio) will be spinning in Beantown ... tonight!

Oh yes. It's "Jersey Shore night" at McFadden's, and the man, myth and legend will be on hand with turntables, tattoos and enough oil in his hair to join OPEC!

A pants-free Snooki is all you need to make this night truly epic ...

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DJ PAULY D. Live. Get ready to beat up the beat, Boston!

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A man with the nickname of Agent Zero deserves a good mug shot, don't you think? Gilbert Arenas was formally booked on a felony gun charge Tuesday.

The Washington Wizards star pleaded guilty January 15 to one count of carrying a pistol without a license - a felony - and will likely avoid any jail time.

He remains on indefinite suspension, however, and may be at risk of having his $111 million contract with the NBA team voided due to his conviction.

The charges against Arenas stemmed from a locker room standoff with teammate Javaris Crittenton late last year after a prank went horribly awry.

Here's Arenas' mug shot, which TMZ obtained (and a bonus Gilbert Arenas mug shot we found via an image search and added for good measure) ...

  • Gilbert Arenas Mugshot
  • Gilbert Arenas Mug Shot

Gilbert Arenas will be sentenced March 26.

Meanwhile, NBA Commissioner Daniel Stern announced today that the two players have been suspended for the remainder of the season without pay.

Stern released a statement claiming "The issue here is not about the legal ownership and possession of guns, either in one's home or elsewhere. It is about possession of guns in the NBA workplace, which will not be tolerated."

"It is not disputed that ... both Mr. Arenas and Mr. Crittenton brought guns to the locker room and displayed them to one another in a continuation of a dispute."

Stern claims both players have expressed remorse, and added that both of the men "have volunteered to engage in community service in order to turn the lessons they have learned into an educational message for others."

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Cameron Douglas pleaded guilty in Manhattan federal court to selling massive amounts of crystal meth and cocaine. That is not a small-time charge.

He faces a minimum of 10 years in prison.

The clearly troubled 30-year-old was busted back in July 2009 at the swanky Hotel Gansevoort with a load of crystal meth and more than $10,000 in cash.

He was arrested after allegedly mailing 215 grams of methamphetamine to a post office box in a package sent, unknowingly, to a government informant.

Cameron Douglas' mug shot from last year.

He was tossed in the slammer after, police say, his girlfriend, Kelly Sott, tried to smuggle the dude heroin concealed in an electric toothbrush in August.

Douglas, the son of actor Michael Douglas and grandson of actor Kirk Douglas, was previously arrested in New York in 1999 for buying drugs.

He was also arrested in 2007 on cocaine possession charges.

Needless to say he won't be dealing again anytime soon.

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Simon Monjack, much-maligned husband of Brittany Murphy, is only days away from filing a wrongful death action against Warner Brothers, claiming that the studio is responsible for the unexpected death of the 32-year-old actress.

“They killed her,” he told The Daily Beast matter-of-factly.

Two weeks prior to Murphy's sudden death December 20, the studio fired her from the Happy Feet sequel, where she was to reprise the role of penguin Gloria.

"She was devastated," Monjack said.

Murphy's cause of death has yet to be released by the coroner's office, but Simon Monjack says her heart attack was a direct result of the cancelled contract.

"It's a cruel town," Simon Monjack says of L.A.

"You're disposable as an actress or actor. But I am tough. I litigate when somebody does something wrong to me. It's one of the reasons I make enemies."

Monjack acknowledges in his latest of many interviews defending his marriage that it surprised many. “I was never the right guy to marry Brittany,” he says.

"She was supposed to marry a young dashing star with a million-dollar smile, not end up with a balding, heavyset guy who doesn't play by their rules."

He recoils, though, at accusations of freeloading.

"I spent over a million on her engagement rings ... probably $3 million on clothes," he said. "When Brittany died she had 60 pieces of unworn Louis Vuitton ... The dog had Louis Vuitton. This was all me. We kept our money separate."

Did his controversial presence "ruin" her? "Brittany's films had grossed $100 million before she met me," he insists. "But her career ended before then."

He adds, "She trusted some people who she shouldn't have." Plenty of fans agree there - they just consider Simon Monjack to be one of those people.

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Just hours after sending Conan O'Brien into Tonight Show retirement with a rendition of "Free Bird" on his final episode on NBC, Will Ferrell was still rocking.

He and wife Viveca Paulin welcomed their third son - a boy by the rock n' roll approved name of Axel Ferrell! The little guy arrived on Saturday morning.

"All the Ferrells are well," said his rep, who confirmed the news.

Baby Axel joins older brothers Magnus, 5 1/2, and Mattias, 3.

Will Ferrell and Viveca Paulin, who met in an acting class 15 years ago and wed back in 2000 – announced her third pregnancy back in September.

Congratulations to the happy couple - and family!

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Paul Shirley, a former journeyman NBA basketball player turned writer, is under fire today for recent comments about earthquake relief efforts in Haiti.

Namely, they put themselves in this mess, so he's not going to be donating any money. He has a right to that opinion, certainly, but his word choice?

In an essay published at FlipCollective, he says he "has not donated a cent" to Haiti and likens it to giving a homeless guy money. It's a lost cause.

"I don't think the people of Haiti will do much with my money either," he says.

The questions posed by his missive as a whole - whether events like the Hope For Haiti telethon are worthwhile, and whether a certain level responsibility for such a disaster lies with the victims of the disaster - are not entirely off base.

However, Paul Shirley might have considered an alternate ending.

In arguing that there should be some discourse on how the millions poured into Haiti will be spent, he writes a hypothetical message from the world to Haiti:

Dear Haitians –

First of all, kudos on developing the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Your commitment to human rights, infrastructure, and birth control should be applauded.

As we prepare to assist you in this difficult time, a polite request: If it's possible, could you not re-build your island home in the image of its predecessor? Could you not resort to the creation of flimsy shanty- and shack-towns? And could some of you maybe use a condom once in a while?

Sincerely,
The Rest of the World

Damn, P-Shir. Was the condom bit necessary? ESPN has already said he won't be back as a freelancer, and we suspect he may find other gigs hard to come by.

What do you think of Paul Shirley's comments on Haiti?

 

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Rumors of Angelina Jolie cheating on Brad Pitt and their relationship being on the rocks got so bad that the couple actually hit back at the tabloids this week.

Well, the tabloids just collectively retaliated tenfold!

According to OK! Weekly, a publication with reporting so terrible that even Kourtney Kardashian kalls them out, Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston are back on!

Leave it to George Clooney to play matchmaker, their story hilariously says. He allegedly arranged for the former spouses to to bump into each other Friday.

And they did just that at the Hope For Haiti Now Telethon, reuniting at an elaborate backstage buffet while Brad’s partner, Angelina Jolie, was away in NYC!

The drama! Angie had already been in a jealous rage over Jen and Brad. Just imagine when she stops in to pick up some groceries later and learns that ...

Jen and Brad Back On!

TOGETHER AGAIN: That 15-second Haiti telethon run-in was something! Nice line through the pics, guys. Too bad they didn't pose together for this made-up story.

The magazine's in-depth reporting goes on to describe Brad and Jen's "emotional reunion" and state that the actress is ready for a future with her ex-husband.

But why trust OK! alone? Three other celebrity gossip weeklies got in on the same action this week, declaring a messy end to the couple known as Brangelina:

  • Jen Split 'Em Up
  • I'll Take You Back!

BRAD'S MISERY: Jennifer Aniston broke up Brangelina, according to myriad fake sources. In other news, Spencer Pratt created a monster named "Franken-Heidi."

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