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Heroes starlet Hayden Panettiere has apparently auditioned for director Kenny Ortega's updated remake of the classic 1980s flick Footloose.

The actress recently sang for filmmakers (the new Footloose flick is being turned into a full-blown musical à la the Broadway version), and "they were really impressed ... no one realized what a good singer she is," says an insider.

Hayden Photo

In addition to being the topic of myriad Heroes spoilers, Hayden Panettiere actually has a slew of musical credits to her name. Not only did she release a pop single, "Wake Up Call," but she's recorded tunes for various soundtracks.

If she makes it the next round, Panettiere will likely have a dance audition, followed by a script reading with Gossip Girl star Chace Crawford.

While Crawford isn't officially on board to star as Ren McCormack (played by Kevin Bacon in the original), sources say the gig is pretty much a done deal.

For those unfamiliar, Ren is a city boy who moves to small town where rock music and dance are prohibited. He decides to revolt and overturn the laws!

Hayden Panettiere would play Ariel Moore, who falls for Ren much to the chagrin of her boyfriend and her Bible-thumping father. The original flick included hits like the title track and "Let's Hear It for the Boy." Awesome.

The remake was supposed to star Zac Efron, who dropped out. Dancing With the Stars' Julianne Hough is also being considered for Ariel. Julianne says she's done with Dancing on TV, so she's got the time if she's interested ...

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Kelis has filed for divorce from fellow rapper Nas, according to reports.

The Milkshake star is currently seven months pregnant with their child.

A rep for Kelis apparently said: “I can confirm she has filed for divorce. We request the media to respect her privacy during this very difficult time."

It is claimed attorney Laura Wasser (who has also represented Britney Spears) filed a divorce petition on behalf of Kelis on Thursday, April 30.


The court documents apparently state the catch-all "irreconcilable differences" as the reason for the split between the music stars.

Nas and Kelis have been together for nearly seven years since meeting on a video shoot and have been married since January 2005.

Asked recently by MTV about Kelis, Nas said: “She's great, man. She's doing good. [We are deciding between] a few baby names. It's kinda hard.”

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A judge recently extended Britney Spears' restraining order against former manager Sam Lutfi through 2012, but don't expect him to go quietly into the night.

Lutfi has filed an appeal challenging the ruling and denying that there is a legal need to keep him 100 feet from the embattled pop superstar at all times.

Bryan Freedman, his attorney, told E! News that his client is fighting the order because, contrary to what Spears' camp claims, she initiated contact with him.

"There was absolutely no evidence whatsoever that Britney Spears was suffering substantial emotional distress as required by the statute," said Freedman.

"In fact, the evidence was just the opposite," the attorney added. "It was Britney reaching out for Sam's help, and all Sam did was get her a lawyer."

"There is no evidence of threats or stalking or anything whatsoever."

Freedman argued in the appeal, filed Wednesday, that Sam Lutfi never threatened or harassed Britney Spears, and claimed that he was only laboring at her behest.

"We believe the appellate court will overturn the ruling," Freedman said.

"Restraining orders were created for stalkers and people who make threats, and the only evidence in this whole case was that Sam sent 10 text messages to the hairdresser - none of which were threatening, vulgar, mean or anything else."

He said Sam Lutfi was simply looking out for Spears' best interests and that he doubted the singer herself felt there was a need for the permanent order.

"Sam got her a lawyer, and facilitated his sister, and she requested getting her a cell phone," he said. "If Britney Spears wanted this restraining order herself, why didn't she testify, come to court, send a letter to the judge or do anything?"

A judge's ruling that Britney Spears, who is under a legal conservatorship headed by her father, Jamie Spears, and attorney Andrew Wallet, "lacks the capacity" to testify is apparently not a good enough excuse for Freedman.

Jon Eardley, the attorney who tried unsuccessfully to torpedo the conservatorship, was also named in the restraining order and told to keep away. Adnan Ghalib, Spears' ex-boyfriend, is similarly barred from contact until 2012.

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Actress Kelly McGillis, who is best known as Tom Cruise's hot girlfriend in the 1986 hit movie Top Gun and has not been seen that often since, has revealed that she is single - but no longer searching for male companionship.

Yes, you read that correctly. Asked in a recent interview if she's looking to date a man or woman, the 51-year-old replied, "Definitely a woman."

Carrie Prejean is not gonna like this one bit.

The twice-divorced mother of two daughters – her movies also include 1985's Witness, with Harrison Ford, and 1988's The Accused, with Jodie Foster – said she's "done with the whole man thing. I did that. I need to move on in life."

"It's a part of being true to yourself. That's been a challenge for me."

Coming out as a lesbian was a long process involving difficult internal conflict, says Kelly McGillis (left, with Tom Cruise in Top Gun, and right, earlier this year).

It was "an ongoing process since I was probably 12. I had a lot of things happen that convinced me God was punishing me because I was gay," said Kelly McGillis, who was assaulted by an escaped rapist who broke into her apartment in 1982.

Now gray-haired and in rehearsals for The Little Foxes on stage in Pasadena, Calif., McGillis said she'd like to jump back onto the big screen – on one condition.

"Whenever I get an offer, they ask me to dye my hair," she says.

"And I just won't."

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Oksana Grigorieva made headlines earlier this week by going public with the recently-separated Mel Gibson. Oh, and those lingerie pics were pretty cool too.

Nadya Suleman made headlines in January by cranking eight artificially-inseminated humans out of her vagina. That's eight more children than she has jobs.

Octomom Bikini Pic

Besides names that start with O, and a propensity for making celebrity gossip news headlines, do these two ladies have a slight resemblance in common?

One of our readers suggested as much, so let's put it to the test.

What do you think? Do Oksana Grigorieva and the attention-seeking loon who has birthed 14 humans look at all alike? You be the judge in the poll below?

Do you see an Oksana Grigorieva / Nadya Suleman resemblance?

 

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As if her multi-colored cardigan collection, affinity for reasonable J.Crew outfits and endless supply of adorable Jimmy Choo heels weren't enough ...

... Michelle Obama now rocks sneakers?

Yesterday, the First Lady of the United States and member of People's 100 Most Beautiful list visited the Capital Area Food Bank in D.C., where she helped assemble more than 2,000 bags of food for hungry children. How nice.

But what was even more awesome was her fashion - Michelle wore a typical J.Crew sweater, natch, but paired them with gray sneaks with a pink toe. OMG!

Well, technically they're not sneakers, according to fashion experts, just shoes - really unexpected ones by Lanvin that cost $540 at Barneys, in fact.

So they might not sell out as quickly as some previous Michelle Obama fashion ensembles. But hey, still neat. What other First Lady could pull this off!

What do you think of Michelle's sneakers/shoes? Vote in our survey to voice your opinion, then click to enlarge more photos of the fashionable Mrs. O ...

 

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The man on trial for stalking former supermodel-turned-TV talk show queen Tyra Banks was found guilty today, but he won't get any jail time.

Instead will get psychiatric help, according to the New York Post.

Awesome Tyra Banks Fashion

Brady Green was arrested in March 2008 after harassing Tyra Banks at her Chelsea studios following the taping of The Tyra Banks Show.

Manhattan Criminal Court Judge James Burke ruled that Green's actions were "knowingly and inherently invalid and the behavior was hounding."

The judge, however, opted not to sentence Chelsea Green to 90 days in jail and instead ordered that the Georgia native get mental treatment.

Hopefully Tyra Banks won't have to look over her shoulder anymore.

In his bench-trial verdict, Burke said Green will have to return to court on June 18, where a place and length of treatment will be made known.

Burke said treatment is "something that can help Green in the future."

On Wednesday, Tyra Banks testified she was scared for her safety on March 18, 2008, after her staff told her Brady Green was in the building - the same man who had been stalking her by sending her flowers and love letters.

Outside court, Green's lawyer Jeffrey Berman said he was "disappointed with the verdict," but was glad the judge "didn't send [Green] to jail."

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While a judge yesterday set a preliminary hearing date of May 28 in the case against Chris Brown, Rihanna remained in her native Barbados, trying to lay low.

Since Chris allegedly pummeled her brains out (Brown is facing charges of assault and criminal threats, both felonies), Rihanna has yet to speak publicly.

But her father, Ronald Fenty, told this week that the time in the sun has taken the singer’s mind off of the February 8 incident and Chris Brown in general.

“Chris sounds like old news to me,” Fenty said, according to MSNBC. He says his daughter is “a different person, back to herself. It’s like Chris never existed."

"She seems reborn,” he said.

Rihanna's Ex-Boyfriend

Others close to Rihanna also speak of her "new trajectory."

Rihanna, who was just given back the jewels that had been held as evidence since the attack "is really realizing how precious life is,” says the source.

“She could lose it all if she’s not smart. She’s starting to see that one wrong choice about who she loves could turn her into the next Whitney Houston.”

Ouch, Bobby Brown. Bet that one stung.

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A Vienna art gallery expressed its disappointment after discovering that a visitor it had believed to be Beyoncé Knowles was in fact a doppelganger.

A local radio station admitted pulling the prank on the Albertina museum, which houses one of the world's largest collections of graphic art.

Erroneous reports first indicated that the music star had sent the double herself for the private tour so that she was free to do some shopping.

The Albertina's director, Klaus-Albert Schröder, was photographed beaming next to the Beyonce imitator and leading her around the exhibition...

Fake Beyonce looks nothing like the real deal!

Recent (actual) celeb visitors to the museum, which is in the heart of Vienna, include Hollywood stars Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and Nicolas Cage.

"We consider it an absolute cheek," said a museum spokeswoman, Verena Dahlitz. "We had a grain of doubt that it might have been her because she avoided eye contact with the director and she acted a little bit strangely."

The radio station spent the day with the faux Beyonce double "to see how people reacted when they could get up close to her," the station marketing manager said.

"But it wasn't our aim to pull the leg of anyone in particular."

Unlike last year's Jamie Lynn Spears impersonator, who ended up filing a complaint against the city of L.A. after standing in for the teen mom at LAX, we don't imagine this will result in any negative ramifications.

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What happens when edgy celebrity fashion meets swimsuit photos?

That's actually unclear, as we're fairly certain that question has never before been asked. But we post the photos at The Hollywood Gossip, that's for sure!

V Magazine enlisted Mario Testino to shoot six supermodels for its first-ever swimsuit issue. Kate Moss and Gisele Bundchen were among those to suit up.

Mrs. Tom Brady appears on the cover, looking beautiful as always ...

Gisele Bundchen covers the first-ever V swimsuit issue.

Naomi Campbell and Claudia Schiffer are also among the participants in this swim-fashion event. Talk about a star-studded roster from the modeling world.

The much-anticipated issue of the magazine doesn’t hit newsstands until May 6, but we've gotten an early sneak peek of Kate and Gisele’s sexy pictures.

Click to enlarge the two images below:

  • Gisele Bundchen Swimsuit Pic
  • Kate Moss: V Magazine
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