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No offense to Amy Winehouse, but the United States of America is already in the throes of an economic crisis. The last thing we need now is undue strain on our health care system and infrastructure compounding matters.

The troubled singer hit a hurdle in her hopes for a musical comeback, being forced forced to cancel her appearance next month at California's Coachella Music Festival because of the assault charges she currently faces in London.

Denying that she was actually denied access to the U.S., her rep Chris Goodman does confirm to celeb news sources that "She cannot go because of current legal issues."

In a piece of good news, Amy Winehouse has, however, been confirmed as a major act at a 50th birthday celebration of her British record label, Island, on May 31.

There's no way she'll actually show, but way to go, A-Dubs!

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Amy Winehouse: The personification of health and well-being. [Photo: Splash]

It is believed that Winehouse, who has been settling into her new home after a lengthy Caribbean vacation, had begun the process of getting a visa for Coachella but had not applied formally yet. Her London court date is March 17.

When she was formally charged last week, her management assumed that her legal case would not "be sorted out in time" for her to make the music festival.

Not the case.

This is the second time the estranged wife of Blake Fielder-Civil (who's said to be banging Francesca Morralee) has failed to appear live because of visa woes.

She didn't attend the 2008 Grammy Awards because of logistical issues, and ended up performing from London via satellite as she netted five awards.

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Relatives of ABC's first Canadian Bachelorette, the awesome Jillian Harris, are keeping their hopes up and fingers crossed that the restaurant designer and Jason Mesnick castoff will find true love a second time on reality TV.

"I hope she finds that best friend she is looking for, her soulmate," said her aunt Mona Harris from her home town of Peace River, Alberta.

"She's got a good personality; she's a good person and she's got a good job. I think she'll do just great," her uncle Mark Harris said.

Jillian's rising stardom has become the talk of her hometown since she was named the star of the fifth installment of The Bachelorette Tuesday night on the lame second installment of The Bachelor: After the Final Rose special show.

On The Bachelor, the fan favorite came in third behind interim winner Melissa Rycroft and Jason Mesnick's current girlfriend Molly Malaney.

Now Jillian Harris, 29, will have her pick of 25 eligible suitors.

Jillian Harris, Jason Mesnick Photo

Given that Jason controversially dumped Melissa for Molly on the first After the Final Rose special, Jillian's parents think it may have been a blessing in disguise that their daughter was eliminated before the series' final rose ceremony.

"I think Jillian realizes there is no guarantee, but sometimes magic happens," her mom Peggy said. "I'm not sure what she considers her odds to be, but I guess no different than meeting someone at the gym. It's going to be interesting."

While Jillian Harris is under strict orders not to speak to media about the show, she indicated in an ABC press release that she is confident she will ultimately find love starring on The Bachelorette, which debuts Monday, May 18.

Click to enlarge more Jillian Harris pictures below ...

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The countdown to the inevitable Pete Wentz cameo has begun.

Several sources confirm that the horrific singer-songwriter-actress Ashlee Simpson has become the latest tenant of The CW's remake of Melrose Place.

The alleged celebrity will reportedly play small-town girl Violet, a character whose disarming naiveté masks the calculating, shrewd sex kitten within.

Ashlee Simpson joins a Melrose cast that so far includes Katie Cassidy (as ambitious publicist Ella) and Michael Rady (as aspiring filmmaker Jonah).

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Ashlee Simpson and her husband on the road with his band recently.

Melrose 2.0 is considered a lock to land a spot on The CW's fall lineup (likely on Tuesdays after 90210), is being shepherded by Smallville's creators.

Rumor has it Simpson scored the part Mischa Barton had been circling, but other reports say the former OC star is still in talks to play straight-arrow medical student Lauren or revoltingly sweet schoolteacher Riley. No word if either is anorexic.

Good for Ashlee and sister Jessica Simpson for continuing to find work despite their utter uselessness. Click to enlarge more photos of Ash and fam ...

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[Photo Credits: Splash News Online]

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No, not at the same time. But on the same day.

After rolling into Miami on Saturday, Britney Spears' Circus Tour featured a sideshow for a worthy cause: a visit to 40 sick children at Miami Children's Hospital.

"Britney took pictures with the kids and she gave them autographed pictures," hospital spokesperson Cristene Martinez told People. "The kids were so excited to meet Britney, and having her here was a great distraction for them."

Britney Spears Visits Sick Kids

No word on whether the kids were invited to Britney Spears' kid-friendly show at the America Airlines Arena that followed. We kind of hope not, for their sake.

If they did, their parents basically paid $150 to take them to a gentlemen's club.

Seriously, the girl looks way too comfortable gripping that pole. At least she has a career to fall back on if the economy dries up her ticket and music sales.

Click to enlarge more Britney Spears pics, which she should put on her website ASAP if she ever needs to audition for a strip club job or Cinemax movie:

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[Photo Credits: Splash News Online]

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The Hollywood Gossip staff members do not fashion themselves celebrity fashion and makeup experts. Our business is celebrity gossip, not mascara.

However, we suspect that, just maybe, "Light up Your Eyes" may not have been the best tagline for a new Cover Girl ad starring pop star Rihanna.

Rihanna was, of course, beaten up so hard by Chris Brown that her eyes were partially swollen shut. We're just saying. Oh, "allegedly" beaten, sorry.

Rihanna Cover Girl Ad

While we await word on whether Rihanna will testify against Chris Brown, at least we know where we can go for makeup to disguise deep facial bruising.

Follow the jump for another ad Cover Girl has released with a more generic headline - possibly having realized the unintended double entendre above ...

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All hail America's finest celebrity baby!

Princess Suri Cruise is followed around and accompanied by her handlers, Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise, who carry her things as they arrive in Tokyo, Japan.

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Tom, Katie and Suri are seen here at Narita International Airport in Chiba, Japan. The Cruise family touched down in Tokyo after an 18-hour flight and were greeted by hundreds of screaming fans. Nevertheless, they were all smiles.

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[Photo Credits: Splash News Online]

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After a stunning turn of events to conclude an epic 13th season of The Bachelor, the controversy surrounding Jason Mesnick and Molly Malaney may finally be abating.

But will the lovebirds actually tie the knot?

Some critics have lambasted Jason for publicly dumping Melissa Rycroft, who he initially offered the final rose (and an engagement ring) on the series. Similarly, many others faulted Molly Malaney for taking Jason back after the whole charade.

Given these developments, and the fact that a whopping none of the previous 12 stars of The Bachelor have wed their final rose recipients, it would seem, at least on paper, that the odds are highly against Jason and Molly walking down the aisle.

Will they beat those odds? Tell us in the survey below:

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Will Molly Malaney marry Jason Mesnick?

 

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The queen of reality TV, Lauren Conrad, is opening up about her decision to leave The Hills (the fifth and likely final season debuts March 30 on MTV).

Combined with two years of Laguna Beach before that, she's had a heck of a run. But having turned 23 last month, LC is anxious to move on.

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"You see us on the show and we appear to have seminormal lives, but if you read any celebrity news, the cast is being swarmed by paparazzi," she says. "I'm excited to go back to having just one life. There were times that I got them confused."

But the decision to leave is still bittersweet.

"I've spent the last five years making every decision be about the show. The people I date have to be able to film, the places I work have to let us film and the places I live have to have set lighting," said the beautiful star.

"I loved doing it and had so much fun for the past couple of years, but it came to a point where I had done it long enough."

Lauren Conrad has kept her growing relationship with My Boys' Kyle Howard (above) off The Hills, which was a tall order. She says the balancing act is "very difficult, because when you're with someone, they become a very big part of your life."

She also admits it's stressful being followed 24-7-365.

"There have been some scenes - extra scenes that may never come out - of me getting upset, taking my mic off and locking myself in my room," she says. "There was a time I was really stressed, and would get sick a lot. I think all of Season Three!"

Producer Liz Gateley said they're still figuring out how to give Lauren Conrad a big send-off - and how to potentially continue the show without her.

Without her? Is that nuts? Would you watch The Hills without Lauren?

 

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She may not have a choice.

Despite the Rihanna-Chris Brown reconciliation a few weeks after his allegedly brutal assault on her, lawyer Donald Etra says the 21-year-old singer could wind up on the stand in the felony assault case against her boyfriend, like it or not.

"She is planning to do everything that the law requires her to do," Etra told celeb news magazine Us. "If she is required to testify, she will do so."

She is almost certainly not eager to, though.

Rihanna was not present Thursday as Chris Brown, 19, briefly appeared in court after being charged with two felony offenses (assault likely to cause great bodily injury and making criminal threats) in the now-infamous Feb. 8 incident.

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Rihanna did not request a restrictive order that Brown stay away from her, and Etra said his client has provided no comment on the outcome she wants in the case.

"The fact is, what Rihanna desires most is that it be quick and expeditious," he said. "She wants to get back to her life and her career. She is doing fine."

"She really appreciates the love and support of her fans."

The attorney declined to comment on reports that Brown is currently taking anger management classes, and dismissed questions about the new shocking details of the case. On rumors that Rihanna was pregnant at the time, Etra said:

"We are not going to discuss that. Rumors are just gossip. There is no point. Idle rumors are gossip, for which there is no basis."

Brown, who is free on $50,000 bail, is due back in court April 6.

Whether Rihanna testifies against him or whether there will even be a trial in this case remains up in the air. His lawyer is surely trying to get a plea deal worked out.

But regardless, should she stay with him after all that happened?

 

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Welcome, celebrity gossip fans, to The Hollywood Gossip Caption Contest, a Friday tradition, now in its 72nd week. Who won this week's Caption Contest?

This photo of The Bachelor's Jason Mesnick and Melissa Rycroft generated some great responses. We've chosen Denise as this week's winner. Congratulations!

Jason Mesnick, Melissa Rycroft Proposal

DeAnna, I mean Molly, no, sorry I mean Melissa. Will you marry me?

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