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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.

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It seems like just yesterday that Amy Winehouse was swimming topless, contorting her body into various positions and crawling around on all fours looking to steal beer from other tourists' tables in the Caribbean paradise of St. Lucia.

It was only a few weeks ago, actually.

Her December "holiday" turned into a 71-day drinking-fest as Wino tried hard to rest, relax, exercise a little and kick hard drugs in favor of beer and weed.

After a few weeks at home in London, Amy grew burned out from not working and decided she needed another vacation, so back to the island she went!

Here's a photo of her horsing around on the beach:

Horseplay

 We are worried about this poor creature. Either one of them.

This is not the first time we have seen Amy Winehouse mount some animal on this fine Caribbean beach. Only this time, its name isn't Josh Bowman. At least we don't think so. It could be, in theory. What a coincidence that would be, right?

Anyway. Click below to enlarge lots more photos of Amy horsing around, getting some food, wearing very little clothing, walking on the beach with an unidentified man and chatting up some other seemingly nice people in St. Lucia:

  • Back in Business!
  • Amy's Little Helper
  • Winehouse: Back in St. Lucia
  • She's Baaaaaaaaack!
  • Wino Horsin' Around
  • Pizza Delivery Girl?
  • Getting Her Kicks
  • Amy Winehouse and New Man?
  • Giddyap
  • Amy Winehouse Sports Bra Pic
  • Mount Up!
  • A-Dubs in St. Lucia

[Photo Credits: Splash News Online]

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Heidi Montag isn't exactly shedding too many tears as Lauren Conrad prepares for her swan song fifth and final season of The Hills, premiering tonight.

"We don't need her," she said. "We'll miss her. I just don't know if we need her."

The duck-lipped bimbo says she "wasn't surprised" that her former BFF is leaving the show that has made her a household name in the past few years.

"I know she hasn't been wanting to be doing this for a while, and [the life she really leads] is not on camera," Heidi Montag says. "So I think it's an appropriate closing chapter for her. I'm sure she'll have fun and success."

"She's gotta leave the drama to the pros!" adds Montag of The Hills (follow the link to check out some sneak previews from tonight). "I definitely don't want to go anywhere anytime soon. That's my home and I'm so grateful to be on it."

Meanwhile, Montag is at work on her debut album, which she hopes to release by the end of the summer. But don't expect Lady Gaga to make an appearance, as Spencer is quick to call the rising pop-dance diva "overrated."

"I can't get over that she is a huge pop icon of the world," Spencer Pratt said Friday on Atlanta's Q100. "People are acting like she's the new Britney Spears."

"I don't know why this girl gets so much attention and press. I guess if you dress like a fool and have crazy, ridiculous haircuts, people start paying attention."

Asked to name five artists Heidi Montag is more talented than, Spencer Pratt said, "Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Madonna, Beyonce and Christina Aguilera."

"I wouldn't even compare them to Heidi's level," he went on. "I am in the studio everyday with Heidi I know what's coming. I can make claims like that."

We could make some pretty undisputed claims about Speidi right now, but it's all been said before. In honor of tonight's season premiere at 10 p.m., click to enlarge more pictures of the plastic pair and the rest of The Hills stars below:

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With Britney Spears allegedly cozying up to backup dancer Chase Benz, her former favorite backup dancer and the ballooning father of her two sons, Kevin Federline showed off his ripped physique while picking up donuts (or pizza) on Sunday.

Whatever his junk food of choice might be, it's apparent that K-Fed (seen below with new girlfriend Victoria Prince) is living large. Literally and otherwise.

The FedEx man is large and very much in charge.

So far, former volleyball standout Victoria shows no signs of going all K-Fed on us and packing on the pounds, or of carrying his fifth child). But give her time.

Good to see both of them continuing to sidestep the recession. Click below to enlarge more Victoria Prince and K-Fed pics from the past couple of months ...

Taken By the Hand

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In the following clip from today's The Tyra Banks Show (airing today), Levi Johnston says ex-fiancee Bristol Palin - the mother of his 4-month-old son Tripp and the daughter of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin - wants nothing to do with him.

We heard Ashley Biden is available, Levi.

"Some days we have a regular conversation without fighting," said Johnston, 19, who split with Bristol Palin, 18, in March after they welcomed Tripp in December.

"Most times, she's usually in a pretty bad mood. She's short. She doesn't want me around, I don't think," Levi told Banks. "She says that I can come see the baby, and that kind of thing, but won't let me take him anywhere."

On Friday, a rep for the Palins lashed out at Levi Johnston for talking to Banks about his sex life - specifically, he said Sarah Palin was aware he was boning Bristol and allowed it by letting them sleep in the same room at her home.

"We're disappointed that Levi and his family, in a quest for fame, attention and fortune, are engaging in flat-out lies, gross exaggeration, and even distortion of their relationship," the statement from the Palin family said.

"It is unfortunate that Levi finds it more appealing to exploit his previous relationship with Bristol than to contribute to the well being of the child."

Hey, dude's gotta make a buck and find a new girl to knock up somehow.

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Let's hope Shaniqua Tompkins isn't reading this.

In hookup news nowhere near as random and probably a bit less disease-riddled than the recent coupling up of Tila Tequila and Billy Corgan, the New York Post is reporting that Ciara and 50 Cent recently spent the night at a Times Square hotel.

Fiddy Loves New Moon

Says their source, “there was only one bed in that penthouse.”

Surely 50 Cent must have take the couch like a true gent.

50 Cent and Ciara push it good.

Rumors have swarmed around the pair since their steamy video for "Can’t Leave ‘Em Alone" two years ago, but they’ve never admitted anything but friendship.

Looks like they're singing a different duet than pictured above, though. The only question is whether it's a one-shot deal or a friends-with-benefits scenario.

Ciara was also linked to Chris Brown at one point last year, but he is not believed to have tapped that booty, nor has he received any booty call texts from Ciara.

He is in one of these pictures below, though. What would Rihanna say? Click to enlarge some more images of possible sort-of couple 50 Cent and Ciara ...

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It's hard to top our previous pair of celebrity look-alikes, Justin Gaston and Billy Ray Cyrus. The two dudes below aren't the father and boyfriend of the same girl (which is just plain strange). One of them isn't even a real person!

But we were struck, nevertheless, by what we think is a strong resemblance between Chase Benz, the sexy backup dancer who's allegedly dating Britney Spears, and Matt Saracen, the Dillon Panthers quarterback on Friday Night Lights.

Mid-Air Boinkage

THG NOTE: You should really watch that show, it's great.

Below, you will see a picture Chase Benz looking like he's ready to hit his favorite tight end in the spread formation (if you know what we mean!) at a club in Dallas.

Think if he grew out his hair, he could pass for the west Texan high school signal-caller played by Zach Gilford? Take a look at both and tell us what you think ...

Do you see the resemblance between Chase Benz and Matt Saracen?

 

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Fast and Furious blew away its predecessors as well as box office weekend competition with a staggering estimated haul of $72.5 million from Friday-Sunday.

The performance was the year's best opening by a mile, and the car series' biggest by ... well, even more. But look out, a similar new film may give it a run.

Showcasing the same bi-curious nature we saw in "Iran So Far," Andy Samberg stars as a street racing fanatic, with Seth Rogen as his counterpart and rival.

There appear to be sparks flying before they even take the wheel ...

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"I thought this was going to be my last job."
- Celeb gossip photographer Rolando Aviles

This minor detail was, for some reason, left out of mainstream media reports of the decadent Tom Brady-Gisele Bundchen wedding in Costa Rica Saturday: a pair of paparazzi say they “narrowly escaped death” after being shot at.

Luisana Loreley Lopilato de la Torre and Michael Buble

Bundchen’s security guards apparently fired at celeb gossip photographers outside her beachside wedding to the New England Patriots quarterback. No one was reported hurt in the incident, but Costa Rica police are investigating.

“Are they insane?” asked photographer, who was covering the wedding for INF Daily. “I could have lost my life for the sake of some pictures Gisele didn’t want published. I couldn’t believe it when I realized what they had done.”

According to spokesmen for the celebrity photo and news agency, the shutterbugs were hiding in the brush near Gisele Bundchen’s estate taking some pictures when they were accosted by the newlyweds’ security guards.

The photographers, Cortez and Rolando Aviles, were marched up to Bundchen’s villa, where they were ordered to surrender photos and video. Bundchen had a deal with a Brazilian magazine for exclusive rights to the wedding pics.

They refused and fled with the security guards in hot pursuit.

Cortez and Aviles ran to a waiting SUV and jumped in as a guard fired a shot at them, the photo agency said. The bullet shattered the Suzuki’s rear window, passed between the two men in the front seat and bounced off the windshield.

“No one was hurt, but one of their cars was messed up,” the INF spokesman said. The agency posted pictures of a photographer standing by an SUV with a shattered back windshield. A second image shows a photographer holding a bullet.

It is unclear if Mr. and Mrs. Brady and their guests knew about the incident, but it gives new meaning to the term "shotgun wedding." Or maybe "38mm wedding."

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The Hills are alive for season five - and while the MTV quasi-reality show has been on a long break, the SoCal drama we know and love looks like it's continued.

Case in point: The much-hyped Heidi Montag-Lauren Conrad "reunion."

The former BFFs-turned-foes had apparently sort of patched things up and started texting and talking again, leading Heidi to think that she'd be getting an invite to Lauren's birthday party (which took place in February).

But things never go as planned - we are talking about Speidi here. Apparently Heidi didn't get asked to come, as Stephanie Pratt gives her the 4-1-1 ...

Follow the jump for two more clips from tonight's The Hills - in the first, Lauren Conrad tells Stephanie her problem with being friends with Heidi (Spencer), and in the second, Heidi and Steph plot to hang with LC behind his back ...

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