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Marisa Miller is the best in the world at what she does.

That being pose in swimsuits, or occasionally just naked for good measure, in various publications across the U.S. and the world. Some come close, but none compare to her greatness in this career. And we salute that at THG.

Very Sexy Splash

Her latest work comes courtesy of famed photographer Russell James, who earlier this month brought us a gallery of Heidi Klum nude. Okay, Heidi Klum could possibly challenge Marisa's claim to the hotness crown, but few others. Here's MM:

Russell James, you have done well. Although it's pretty hard to screw up when you have a subject that's probably Earth's hottest human being. Just saying.

Click to enlarge tons more Marisa Miller pictures ...

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Redmond O'Neal, quickly becoming a less hard-core DMX in terms of sheer number of drug arrests, was formerly charged with felony heroin possession today in L.A.

The 24-year-old son of Farrah Fawcett - who is currently hospitalized and in critical condition with cancer - and Oscar winner Ryan O'Neal was arrested on Sunday.

He was busted for attempting to sneak drugs into a jail in Castaic, Calif. Surprisingly, he was not a resident there at the time, but merely going to visit one.

That quickly changed.

Redmond O'Neal Booking Photo

DRUG ARREST HALL OF FAMER: Recent celebrity mug shot staple Redmond O'Neal remains in police custody and is being held on $75,000 bail for drug possession.

He will be arraigned on April 24. Last September, O'Neal and his father were arrested last September in their Malibu home on suspicion of meth possession.

His sister, Oscar winner Tatum O'Neal, was also arrested last year trying to buy crack. Maybe there's a rehab center somewhere that can negotiate a 3-for-1 deal.

Redmond O'Neal pleaded not guilty to those charges March 25, and has yet to be arraigned on the heroin charge he was just busted for. These arrests get confusing!

Farrah Fawcett is recovering from complications from a medical procedure to treat her anal cancer, which, her doctor announced Monday, has spread to her liver.

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It’s not exactly breaking news that Britney Spears finds her father Jamie Spears' conservatorship of practically everything in her life a little difficult at times.

In fact, rumors swirled last week that Britney teamed up with Sam Lutfi and Adnan Ghalib to torpedo the conservatorship - even calling a lawyer to do so.

A voicemail left for an attorney and the sworn testimony of Lutfi's sister, Christina, corroborate this, although Jamie remains firmly in control for now.

Today, though, the UK’s Star magazine claims their relationship has gotten so bad, she’s trying to end her Circus tour early and has forced him to take a vacation.

He's considering obliging, too, according to this account: “He’ll give Britney her space for a few weeks, if everything goes smoothly,” the magazine reports.

Britney and Jamie Spears Pic

PROTECTOR-IN-CHIEF: No word on how Jamie feels about Chase Benz.

Claims that Britney has been speaking to lawyers to end Jamie's control have taken a toll on her well-being, people close to her say, and the impact is measurable:

“[Her people] are scared she’s headed for a breakdown. Britney blames this tour for making her feel insecure. She feels none of her performances are good enough.”

You mean a fragile, unstable woman who was taken out of her home by a SWAT team twice and isn't allowed her own cell phone may not be able to handle a world tour bonanza? Shocking. Click to enlarge some Britney and Jamie Spears pics ...

  • Britney and Jamie Spears at LAX
  • Britney Spears and Jamie Spears Pic
  • The Conservator

[Photo Credits: Splash News Online]

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Back in December, Joe Galante, the head of Sony BMG Nashville, was furious with the antics of Jessica Simpson and threatening to drop her from the label.

Could these rumors be coming to fruition after her shaky tour with Rascal Flatts, during which she routinely forgot song lyrics and was letting herself go?

Looks that way, as Jessica is nowhere to be found on her label's websites.

As of right now, the alleged country singer's name appears nowhere among the artists listed on the sites of either Columbia Nashville or Sony Music Nashville.

Moreover, a search finds that any prior mention of Jessica Simpson pictures, profile, press releases - has been purged. Black ops. As if she never existed.

Wooo, Jessica!

One can still find old press releases about the giant-breasted, lip-injection loving celebrity in cached pages on Google, but they do not exist anywhere on Columbia Nashville or Sony BMG Nashville’s websites at present.

Jessica's rep says she "is and has always been an Epic artist. She was on loan to Sony Nashville for her country album, but continues to be on Epic's label."

Wonder how long that will be the case.

We would bad for Jessica, but Joe Simpson has made millions whoring her out to anyone that could pay, so how much sympathy can you really have. And occasionally remembering the lyrics isn't that much for paying customers to ask.

Regardless, it's looking like we're nearing the end of an error era. Click to enlarge some photos from Jessica's most recent (and hopefully last) country music tour ...

  • Glass Shatters Everywhere
  • Badonkadonk
  • Packin' on Pounds
  • A Touching Moment
  • Not Fat
  • Double Belted
  • Long, Long Legs
  • No Comment
  • Jessica Simpson in a Skort
  • The Bad Fashion Winner!
  • Fat Rock Star
  • Worst Jessica Simpson Picture Ever
  • Shaking That Thing
  • Look at Ma Hair Y'all!
  • Jessica Simpson Bustin' Out

[Photo Credits: Splash News Online]

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PETA says it's all for the ethical treatment of animals, yet wastes so much time on photo shoots of Holly Madison nude (not that we're complaining) that could be spent intervening when animals are actually treated unethically.

We saw two such cases yesterday.

Now back in St. Lucia after a tumultuous few weeks back home, Amy Winehouse rode a wild beast hard on the beach - and we're not talking about Josh Bowman.

Poor thing. Do heroin and cocaine give you contact highs?

Meanwhile, Miley Cyrus took time out from hating on Robert Pattinson to climb atop a beautiful, strapping being of her own in a shoot for Teen Vogue.

Of course, no one considers the innocent horse's feelings in being manipulated and used as a mere prop as part of Miley's constant bid for attention.

Whose noble steed should PETA rescued first? Tell us below ...

  • Riding Her Animal
  • Horse Play

Which horse do you feel most sorry for?

 

If you need a little more information upon which to base your decision, just click to enlarge some more photos of the respective stars on horseback:

  • Mount Up!
  • Wino Horsin' Around
  • Horseplay
  • Horsing Around
  • Giddyap
  • Wino Horsin' Around
  • Miley the Hippie

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Last night's season premiere of The Hills kicked off with a bang - sort of literally in the case of Stephanie Pratt's ex-boyfriend, who pushed Spencer too far.

The Hollywood Gossip's recap will consist of awarding and deducting points as we see fit. Season Five began at Lauren Conrad's birthday party on a yacht, and Stephanie convincing Heidi she could come too, despite not being invited and stuff.

Heidi Montag with No Makeup!

On to the rankings! Chime in with your own!

Audrina didn’t invite Justin-Bobby or Heidi to a surprise party for Lauren Conrad because she wanted to avoid drama. Plus 4 for being the rare voice of reason!

Minus 5 for Heidi being the worst liar ever and pathetically non-confrontational when telling Spencer her plans. But Plus 2 for his calling LC the "queen beeyotch" and describing his guys' night with just a techno beat - "nnts nnts nnts."

Minus 10 for instigator Stephanie Pratt's dishonesty and uselessness. Heidi did have reservations about coming, yet Steph lies and says it was all her idea. Weak sauce.

Spencer flirts with bartender Stacie at The Dime. He gets drunk and acts like a major tool, but this is completely in character and he does not care. Plus 6.

Stephanie's ex, Cameron, is present to witness Spencer's banter with Stacie, and texts Stephanie, who warns Heidi. We don't care if it's Spencer Pratt - what a d!ck move and blatant violation of the bro code, How I Met Your Mother style. Minus 7.

At the party, LC talked to Heidi, who rationalized that fighting is what boys do. Plus 4, because that is kind of totally true, and Plus 2 more for Lauren calling Spencer an a$$hole to her face, after which Heidi apologized for causing drama.

Spencer decided he was gonna go all Chris Brown on Cameron, and made good on that boast. Quite uncalled for, but Plus 5, because he landed like six good punches before getting thrown out, which is impressive, and the dude sort of had it coming.

Lauren to Heidi: “You were my best friend but you started dating this person who did really mean things to me. I don’t like him but I still love you.” Sniff. Plus 3.

Minus 2 for Stacie throwing Spencer under the bus when Heidi came around, then doing the same with the circumstances reversed! Shrewd, but a bit duplicitous.

Side note: Anyone know who makes the lipstick LC was wearing? We weren't huge fans of the color, but it held up throughout the weekly deluge of tears. Plus 5.

Heidi's mom, Darlene, really hates Spencer Pratt - and offers to set Heidi up with a high school ex named Colby! A noble thought, but Minus 4, because no way Colby even recognizes the silicone, duck-lipped Barbie doll Heidi has become.

Obligatory Brody Jenner sightings and dueling heart-to-hearts! Plus 4.

Lauren to Steph: “I think it was inappropriate for her to be there and if you were really my friend you would have been like, ‘Hey don’t go.’ You have to stop pushing [her] on me. It’s not fair.” A tough overdramatic, LC, but kind of true. Even.

TOTAL: +7! Not a bad season premiere for The Hills. Comment away!

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After hearing the news that Chris Brown formally pleaded not guilty at his arraignment, where he faced charges of allegedly pummeling Rihanna, Ronald Fenty, her father, said that Brown "needs to stop being in denial" about the attack.

"So what happened? Somebody else did this to Rihanna then?" Fenty said to Us Weekly. "I just would like justice, to see it go in the right direction."

The singer, 19, entered a not guilty plea on both of his felony charges of assault and making criminal threats to Rihanna, 21, on Monday afternoon.

"I don't want his career to be damaged - it’s damaged already," Fenty said.

"I think [Chris Brown] is a very talented guy, but everybody should have to pay. When you do the crime, you do the time. I don't want to see him locked up for a long time - I just want him to acknowledge and get some help."

Rihanna: Prince?

If Chris Brown is not guilty, as he claims in court, of attacking and threatening to kill Rihanna February 8, Ronald Fenty wants to know who is responsible.

"Who did it - that’s the question now," he said.

"If he’s not guilty, who did it? He should say 'guilty' and let the court be leaning into him and try himself to the mercy of the court, see if he gets a fine."

The father of Rihanna, who's home in Barbados, added: "He’s going to go beyond that and it could go longer, it can be even worse for him in the long run."

We don't think it's a stretch to say that Brown is very much guilty of his role in the attack on Rihanna. The plea of not guilty is just a formality, buying time while his lawyers and the D.A. try to reach a deal to avoid a trial.

The last thing Chris Brown or Rihanna want is a protracted court scenario that drags this out for weeks. The question is if the D.A. will allow Brown not to serve time, or if he's willing to serve some to make this end sooner.

Follow the jump for a video of Chris Brown in court yesterday: A two-minute clip that shows his not guilty pleas to both felony charges ...

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Not exactly.

The First Lady's appeal is widespread, but she hasn't emerged as a celebrity magazine-selling fixture equivalent to the late Princess of Wales, despite publishers' hopes.

Vogue's March cover story on Michelle Obama called her "The First Lady the World's Been Waiting For." No doubt she's been embraced by the media world, appearing on magazine cover after cover, from People and Us Weekly to Newsweek.

Michelle Obama fashion is all the rage these days, and her approval ratings are quite high, but magazine sales of issues featuring the First Lady are mixed.

A Michelle cover doesn't hurt a general-interest magazine, the numbers suggest, but it doesn't produce more than an occasional lift either. New York magazine's March 23 issue (below) looks to have produced only average sales.

When Michelle appears in a magazine with strong African-American readership, however, or when she appears with the president, sales seem to jump more.

Essence, O and Ebony covers featuring Michelle solid far more copies than usual.

Celeb gossip magazines are mixed. Us Weekly's November 17 cover, "Their Amazing Journey," sold 923,161 copies, 16 percent more than average. Yet summer's "Michelle Obama - Why Barack Loves Her" cover sold just 2 percent above average.

On the bottom end? The September Ladies' Home Journal, picturing both Obamas, sold 182,233 copies - 21 percent below average. Although the teaser about saving money at the pump didn't help. Way to play up your cover photo.

Click to enlarge Michelle Obama photos on magazine covers in the past year:

  • Barack Obama New Yorker Cover
  • Michelle Obama Vogue Cover
  • Michelle Obama's Life in the White House
  • The Obamas at Home
  • At Home with the Obamas
  • A New Day
  • Barack Obama and Michelle Obama
  • Barack and Michelle Obama

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Racking up another ten, maybe twenty grand at least in legal fees, Britney Spears' lawyers were back in court yesterday for a conservatorship hearing.

These are usually fairly routine arguments about money - but this hearing could mean Britney Spears is taking her tour to Australia. Hide the Fosters!

Lawyers raised the idea of expanding Britney Spears' Circus tour to include dates in Australia and Europe, bringing the hotness to the whole world.

I Love Y'all!

Currently Britney's tour dates are in the U.S. and Canada, with a few dates in London in June. Because she is under the control of her father Jamie Spears and attorney Andrew Wallet, all such moves must be okayed by the court.

Jamie's control has been a point of contention lately, with reports surfacing that Britney even conspired with Sam Lutfi to break free of the conservatorship.

Nothing was decided upon re: the tour, with a new hearing set for April 14. We can only hope Australia and Europe are treated to images such as these, from Britney's show in Minneapolis. You can even make out Chase Benz in one!

  • Bad Cop
  • Going Down ... Under!
  • Britney and Dancers
  • Great View
  • Chase Benz, Other Dancers
  • Behind Britney

[Photo Credits: BritneySpears.com]

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Chris Brown entered a plea of not guilty to two felony charges - aggravated assault and making criminal threats - in court this afternoon at 3:26 p.m. PST.

With ex-girlfriend Rihanna, the victim in the "alleged" incident, nowhere in sight, Brown showed up at L.A. County criminal courthouse to officially face the music for "allegedly" pummeling her into oblivion back on February 8.

He is due back in court on April 29.

After hearing the counts against him, Brown was asked for his plea by the judge. The singer answered with a hushed, short "not guilty, your honor."

Brown's legal camp, headed by attorney Mark Geragos, has been working on a plea deal around the clock, with the goal of preventing him from having to serve jail time (he is looking at up to years and eight months if convicted).

As of now, though, there is no deal.

All in all, the star's arraignment was uneventful. What happened outside the courtroom, however, is another matter. Donald Etra, who is Rihanna's lawyer, spoke to reporters - and did so almost as if he were speaking on behalf of Brown.

Etra said Rihanna, who is chilling in Barbados and distancing herself from the case right now, would be pleased "if it [the case] were over quickly."

As in, if a plea bargain for Chris Brown were finalized ASAP. Asked what kind of deal she wants, Etra said the singer recognizes that it isn't up to her.

She has made it clear, both implicitly and explicitly, that she does not want to go to court, although Etra says Rihanna will cooperate if ordered to.

Geragos didn't speak to the press, but prosecutors would surely be far from thrilled if he did so while negotiations for a plea deal are ongoing. So it is all the more intriguing that Rihanna's lawyer answered all of the questions.

Stay tuned ...