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Imprisoned NFL star Michael Vick will be allowed to serve the last months of his sentence under home confinement because there is no room at a halfway house for him, a government official told The Associated Press Thursday.

At least he'll have more time to contest the $63 billion lawsuit against him.

The former Atlanta quarterback is currently serving a 23-month sentence at the federal penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kan., after pleading guilty to bankrolling a dogfighting operation at a home he owned in eastern Virginia’s Surry County.

He also admitted to participating in the killing of underperforming dogs.

Michael Vick Booking Photo

Lawyers for Michael Vick expected him to be moved any day into a halfway house in Newport News. But because of a lack of space, Vick will be released instead to his spacious home in nearby Hampton at some point on or after May 21.

The Hampton house is one of four Michael Vick still owns, according to his bankruptcy court papers. He sold the Surry County property that served as headquarters for his Bad Newz Kennelz ring soon after his July 2007 indictment.

Vick will be on electronic monitoring and confined to the house, only allowed to leave for activities approved by his probation officer, the official said.

Most likely, that does not include murdering dogs with his bare hands.

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They're about as unreliable as a celeb gossip mag can get, but Star says is reporting that Brittany Snow has been cast in the lead role in the new Gossip Girl spinoff.

"Brittany is thrilled," a friend of the former American Dreams star says.

"She loves [Gossip Girl] and thinks the 1980s concept sets the spin-off apart. She can't wait to wear all the fabulous outfits and really sink her teeth into the role."

Brittany Snow - who has appeared in Hairspray and John Tucker Must Die - was the top choice for producers, who thought she would be the perfect choice for the part of young Lily. She was reportedly offered the role without an audition.

"Brittany always thought she was going to continue her career in films," a source said. "But this is a marvelous part and she just couldn't say no. This has the potential to be a huge show in the tradition of Melrose Place."

The "backdoor pilot" will air as part of the Gossip Girl episode May 11.

Hopefully, this story isn't made up, as we enjoy Brittany Snow. But either way, we've got an excuse to post lots of photos of her below! Click to enlarge:

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There’s just one rose left as Monday's season finale of The Bachelor approaches, and it’s down to Melissa Rycroft and Molly Malaney, two people as worthy of being called Mrs. Jason Mesnick as any we could imagine (sorry, Hilary Mesnick).

While spoilers abound as to who wins it, one mystery is solved: The single dad will be presenting this ring and doing some crazy name-dropping of product placement references when he gets down on one knee at the final rose ceremony:

The marquis-cut diamond-and-platinum ring from Neil Lane features a 1.94-carat marquis-cut diamond encrusted with 170 smaller ones for a total of 3.18 carats.

As is custom on the show, Jason Mesnick actually had three rings from which to choose, including pear-shaped and oval-cut diamonds. The hunk was torn between a marquis and oval-cut sparkler, but ultimately opted for the marquis.

Host-pimp Chris Harrison probably steered him in that direction.

“He loved the marquis because it had so much fine detail and he thought it was really feminine, and she would love it,” says a source close to The Bachelor.

So... who do you want to receive that sucker?

 

Melissa Rycroft of The Bachelor
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Audrina Patridge was robbed the other night - and we're not talking about her almost total omission from the new Hills trailer, or her dignity being stolen by Justin-Bobby ages ago. The girl's home was literally burglarized on Sunday.

Well, the loser duo who broke in didn't do a very good job disguising themselves, as the surveillance footage - posted by Audzo on her official site in an effort to ID and bring the perpetrators to justice - from the incident clearly shows.

Take a look at this two-minute clip from when Audrina got robbed:

A couple of things here: First of all, the melodic music makes committing a felony seem awfully pleasant. Second, way to take your sweet ass time, idiots.

Also, if you were the type of lowlife miscreant who would go and pull a stunt like this, wouldn't you at least be a little inconspicuous with your appearance?

Wearing trendy hats and looking blase as can be, the tools surely didn't know about the surveillance cams - but what if they were seen coming or going?

Enjoy jail, gang. We give it a day or two.

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Amy Winehouse may actually leave St. Lucia and return to the UK next week in a desperate bid to save her marriage now that Blaaaaaaaake is out of jail.

Yes, Blake Fielder-Civil was released yesterday. But A-Dubs may not want to get her hopes up - one of his first comments was that their divorce is so on.

Wino at Court Hearing

In fact, the singer didn't even know her estranged husband was being freed.

And as news reached her in St. Lucia - where she has been "on vacation" since December - she pledged to fly home and patch up her relationship.

A pal revealed: "Hearing Blake was out brought lots of emotions back. Amy feels like she was the last to know he was getting released and that hurt. She is desperate to see him again and wants to work things out. She still loves him."

With Blaaaake free at last, Amy Winehouse hopes for a reconciliation.

Blake walked free from Edmunds Hill Prison in Suffolk yesterday and was handed his trademark hat and hugged by his delighted mum, Georgette Fielder-Civil.

He will now undergo a drug rehab program. Mmm. Good luck with that.

Do these two stand a chance? Blake vows he doesn't want one.

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In his weekly blog for EW, host Chris Harrison defended his show and vaguely denied some of the bombshell Bachelor spoilers that have rattled the show's fans.

The charge? That ABC conspired with Bachelor star Jason Mesnick to d!ck over Melissa Rycroft, with him proposing to her on the season finale only to dump her later for runner-up Molly Malaney, creating "shocking" aftermath footage.

The supposed evidence? A second "After the Final Rose" special scheduled to air Tuesday - after Monday's two-hour finale and first "After the Final Rose" special - and some classic misdirection possibly planned by ABC all season long.

Basically, Harrison denies it was all a set-up, but is purposely vague as far as whether the purported season-ending scenario involving Melissa Rycroft, Jason Mesnick and Molly Malaney, as alleged by a certain reality TV blogger, are accurate.

Here are excerpts of Chris' blog (written Saturday) ...

Chris Harrison, Jason Mesnick

"As much as I'm sorry that some of you have somehow found a reason to doubt my integrity and honesty, there's not a whole hell of a lot I can do about that.

If something you may have heard or seen from somebody you don't know has suddenly changed your opinion of me then is there really anything I could say or do that could change your mind anyway? I learned a long time ago (15 years of marriage) to pick my battles and this, my friends, is one I don't care to fight.

The Bachelor producers ... are not responsible for, nor have we ever scripted, the ending of this show. Let me re-type this slowly so all of you can read this:

We do not, and have not, decided the ending of any of our seasons.

Let's be honest, if we did that, don't you think we would do a much better job and have a much higher success rate?

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Chris Brown's scheduled court appearance might be off, according to reports.

The R&B singer's initial arraignment date was set for March 5 following his arrest earlier this month for his allegedly severe beating of Rihanna.

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But his court appearance "may not happen,” and may be pushed back, Los Angeles district attorney spokeswoman Jane Robison tells E! News.

“We don’t have the evidence yet. [Los Angeles police detectives] are still investigating,” says Robison. “If [detectives] determine that they require more time, then they’ll set a new date for [Brown] to return to court.”

Once the LAPD finishes its investigation, prosecutors must decide whether to file felony charges, reject the charges if evidence is insufficient, or refer the case to the city attorney’s office if they decide the behavior was simply a misdemeanor.

Depending on the decision, Chris Brown may not even have to appear.

“He only has to come back if and when we file charges,” says Robison.

On Wednesday, an LAPD source also told E! News, “The D.A. is being even more thorough than usual with this case. They don’t want to mess it up.”

Prosecutors have ordered the LAPD to seek evidence for a variety of felony offenses, including domestic violence, assault resulting in great bodily injury and - based on specific allegations made by Rihanna - even attempted murder.

But making any serious felony charges stick could prove difficult in a case where there are no direct witnesses other than Rihanna and Chris Brown.

While he has yet to face formal charges, Chris Brown, who is free on bail, is taking anger management classes in a preemptive move to repair his image.

Should he be charged and convicted, such a course would almost be a certain part of his sentence. The enrollment is said to have been masterminded by PR / crisis manager Michael Sitrick, whom Brown hired in the wake of his arrest.

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While Alex Rodriguez bashes meaningless Spring Training homers, Jesus Luz continues to circle the bases with the lovely object of both their affections.

Worse yet for A-Rod, Luz is making an impression with her kids.

While the nurturing of their romance through Kabbalah (and a steamy W mag photo shoot) is generating plenty of celeb gossip heat, there may be another dynamic worth noticing in the affair of hot Brazilian model Jesus Luz and Madonna.

E! Online reports that the pop queen took her 22-year-old paramour to Los Angeles' Kabbalah Center on trendy Robertson Boulevard last Saturday.

While the former Mrs. Ritchie may be making an impression on Jesus Luz, it was Luz taking the time to get to know Madonna's eight-year-old son, Rocco.

"He was playing with Rocco than paying attention to Madonna," a source says, noting that Luz was also seen with Madonna and adopted David Banda.

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Madonna and Jesus Luz in NYC. [Photo: Splash News]

Daughter Lourdes would be the last in the trifecta of children to impress as he strives to win family favor. Still, her PR peeps deny any romance with Jesus Luz.

"Clichéd as it sounds, they're really just friends," Madge's rep Liz Rosenberg said.

Of course, Rosenberg also vehemently denied Madonna and Guy Ritchie's marriage was in trouble until they divorced. Madonna and A-Rod were allegedly just pals too, until they were clearly getting it on. So basically she's full of it.

Is Madge just using Jesus Luz to make Alex Rodriguez jealous - after he ran home to ex-wife Cynthia Rodriguez in the wake of his positive steroid test - or did A-Rod blow his shot? Did he snooze and Luz out to a younger, hotter boy toy?

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Wow. Sam Lutfi may be even shadier than thought, and that's saying a lot, considering that's pretty much the only calling card of this bad seed.

Britney Spears's hairstylist testified in a Los Angeles courtroom Wednesday that Lutfi - the singer's shady, evil, manipulative former manager - was harassing her with calls and text messages over a period of three weeks in December.

"Someone kept calling me from a private number ... he said his name was Sam," Roberta Romero stated Wednesday. "He wanted information about Britney Spears. He said he was on her side. I told him, 'Leave me alone, stop calling me.'"

Lutfi allegedly sent Romero a series of 11 texts within a four day period, saying things like, "Please relay the truth to her. I did not do this to her," apparently referring to her father Jamie Spears' indefinite control over the singer.

This file photo shows what was a hauntingly familiar scene in 2007.

Sam Lutfi also allegedly sent the following text to Romero: "I've done everything I can to free her from this. Very close to getting her free now."

On another occasion he allegedly wrote: "I went to court to free her."

Romero says she repeatedly told Lutfi to leave her alone via text.

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Troubled R&B singer Chris Brown, who was arrested two weeks ago on suspicion of making criminal threats against girlfriend Rihanna, has started attending anger management classes in Glendale, Calif., on Monday, according to reports.

According to a source, Brown opted to seek anger management counseling at the behest of his public relations spin doctor, Michael Sitrick.

"Chris doesn't actually have to go by law," a New York Daily News insider says, "but he believes it will make him look better to the public, and he wants to try to get in a few classes before March 5," when he is due back in court.

The February 7 incident - in which Brown hit, choked and threatened Rihanna, leaving her with cuts and bruises to her forehead, lips and cheeks - didn't just leave Rihanna looking like this. It severely tarnished Brown's good-guy image.

Old School Rihanna and Chris Brown

But insiders believe he's not the only one with anger issues: "Rihanna is temperamental, too," says a snitch. "They're both too hot-headed for their own good."

Adds another source, in reference to a detail in the police report: "It didn't help that Rihanna grabbed the keys out of his rented Lamborghini and threw them down the street. She knew it would really infuriate Chris, and it worked."

The hottest couple in music is likely finished romantically after this, but when will their paths cross again physically? How about at Brown's trial.

"She'll be there - she has to testify," confirms a source close to the case, who does not foresee any jail time for Brown, regardless of Rihanna's level of cooperation. "If Chris is convicted, it would be his first offense. He won't go to prison."

Click to enlarge some photos of Rihanna and Chris Brown ...

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