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As 2008 winds down, it's time to reflect upon those - from household names to relative unknowns, from A- to D-list - who made this year so memorable.

The Hollywood Gossip is unveiling 10 finalists for its 2nd Annual Celebrity of the Year award. They've given us their best, their worst, even their nude pictures in some cases. Now it is time for us to give something back with this moving tribute.

We previously profiled the incomparable cast of High School Musical. Today, we present Celebrity of the Year finalist #4 … Jamie Lynn Spears!

In 2007, Britney Spears was our Celebrity of the Year in the most lopsided race ever. But under the care of papa Jamie, she's had a relatively low-key 2008. Fortunately, little sister Jamie Lynn was there to carry on the Spears train wreck tradition!

Jamie Lynn and then-unborn Maddie Briann share a moment.

Desperate to follow the lead of her sibling and start makin' babies early, Jamie Lynn one-upped Britney (and most females) by getting knocked up at age 16. The proud papa? Boyfriend Casey Aldridge, 18, who then became her fiance.

Despite being thrust into the spotlight even faster and harder than she let Casey inside her, Jamie Lynn Spears persevered, battled back, made no excuses, and gave birth to a beautiful baby girl named Maddie Briann Aldridge on June 19.

Since then, she's been doing well, despite rumors of a second pregnancy and of Casey railing girls all over Southern Mississippi, mom Lynne selling her out in a lame memoir, and some stalker taking pics of her breastfeeding Maddie. Creeps.

Way to go, Jamie Lynn Spears. Here's hoping your 2009 is filled with joy... and perhaps baby #2. Here's a photo tribute to her we put together. Click to enlarge the pictures - including some classic celeb gossip magazine covers!

  • Destroyed By Lynne Spears
  • A Pregnant Jamie Lynn Spears
  • Pregnant Jamie Lynn Spears Picture

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Lily Allen and Britney Spears have things in common.

Making a living at music and being drunken messes, to name a few.

Well, the mega-wreck and British songstress are now linked in a different way, thanks to Lily Allen's new cover of Britney's hit "Womanizer."

Don't get us wrong, the original version is catchy. But it's interesting to hear the song performed by someone who can actually carry a tune, and without the monotonous, annoying techno beat. We're just sayin'. Here's Allen's rendition ...

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Madonna and ex-husband Guy Ritchie are mutually blasting a recent report about the supposed divorce settlement that gave Guy $76-92 million.

In a joint statement Wednesday, the two said:

"We have tried to maintain a dignified silence regarding the details of our divorce for the last few months whilst accepting obvious media interest. A misleading and inaccurate statement, specifically in relation to the sums of money involved, was wrongly issued to AP this week. The financial details of the settlement will remain private, save to say that both of us are happy with our agreement. Our primary concern, like any co-parents, is the care and well being of our children."

THAT'S HER GUY: Well, it was for awhile, anyway.

A formal custody arrangement for the couple's three children - Rocco, 8, David, 3, and Lourdes, 12 - has not been finalized.

It's been a whirlwind year for Madonna, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008, but dogged by divorce rumors throughout.

Her divorce from Guy expected to be final in January, at which point Alex Rodriguez will have to make a choice between Madonna and Melissa Britos. Or justdate both. Dude hits a lot of home runs, from November-August at least.

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Britney Spears may not be in the Christmas spirit after she sees this.

Her ex-husband and father of her two boys, Kevin Federline, reportedly has a new girlfriend, and from what we've gathered, she's twice the woman Britney is.

Seriously. Girl is like 5'10"!

Fedex Man

Victoria Prince, an ex-volleyball star, is a member of K-Fed's "Party Animals" bowling team, which is currently in second place in their local league.

Here's wishing Kevin Federline and Victoria Prince the very best of luck.

In bowling, as well as in life. Those leagues can be pretty cutthroat.

Anyway, here are some classic Victoria Prince photos - click to enlarge!


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Below is the full segment of Britney Spears and Ellen Degeneres, on the latter's talk show, surprising people with Christmas caroling and general holiday cheer.

It is truly magical, and actually pretty funny, even if Ellen may be the better singer. It's worth watching, if only to see DeGeneres blurt out, "It's Britney, bitch."

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What can one even say about the upcoming season finale of The Hills (Monday, December 22, 10 p.m.) that the preview below does not encompass?

Scruffy Spencer Pratt basically defies Heidi Montag's irate mom, Darlene, and heads to the courthouse to make their sham wedding in Mexico official.

Lauren Conrad then decides to make amends with one-time BFF Heidi.

Justin-Bobby makes up with Audrina Patridge and gives her a ring.

What a loser. Anyway, looks like a great episode on tap, culminating the "reality" show's best season yet. Take a look at the preview below ...

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In January's issue of Vogue, Anne Hathaway goes shopping in London to replace all the clothes she associates with her ex Raffaello Follieri.

Why all the bad memories? Perhaps because the jackass is now serving four years in prison for conspiracy, wire fraud and money laundering.

After trying on a vintage Diane von Furstenberg sleeveless wrap dress, the 26-year-old actress - who has been cozying up to actor Adam Shulman - remarks, "I can go on a date in this. Oh, my God. That's such a weird thought!"

Anne Hathaway Vogue Cover

Overall, Anne Hathaway doesn't dish much about Raffaello Follieri: "It wasn't a huge, dramatic breakup: We were in the process of winding down when he was arrested."

Of her split with Follieri, the Rachel Getting Married star adds, "I don't talk about this, except when I'm asked. It's not a part of my life anymore. It's a complicated situation that has the ability to define me in ways I am not comfortable with."

Click to enlarge more Anne Hathaway photos from Vogue ...

  • Anne Hathaway, Vogue
  • Hot Hathaway
  • Hathaway
  • Stunning Anne

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Useless wife Ashlee Simpson is "awesome" in the sack, Pete Wentz told Howard Stern.

"We have an amazing sex life," the Fall Out Boy douchebag bassist said while promoting the band's album, Folie a Deux. "We have such sexual chemistry. If we had been on this show last year, we'd probably be doing it in the green room right now."

"Hopefully, the kid doesn't change it," he added, referring to their newborn son Bronx Mowgli. Currently, they don't have sex - "the kid's a few weeks old," Wentz said - but "we do other fun stuff." Wonder what he means by that.

Wentz said it took some time to convince Simpson to hook up with him. But once he did, it was "the single best sexual encounter I have ever had."

"It was at the Soho Grand Hotel in New York, and I'm looking in the mirrors, thinking, 'Oh my God, you are [sleeping with] the girl of your dreams, and you can watch yourself!'" said Wentz, whose dreams apparently weren't very lofty.

Wentz told Stern that Ashlee Simpson also "loves giving me lap dances. She gives a mean lap dance." She wears thongs and "sexy clothes."

He went on to say that Simpson's body is already hot three weeks after giving birth. Normally she wears a C-cup "but with breast milk, [she's] a D."

Wow, now that's hot. Nothing turns a guy on like breast milk.

She weighed "up to 150 [pounds]" while pregnant, Pete Wentz revealed, but "it's dropped nicely ... it's blazing off her." Funny how that works.

He also said he never fantasizes about equally worthless but significantly hotter sister-in-law Jessica Simpson: "I think about her as my sister," he said.

These days, Jessica is with Tony Romo, the star quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys. Pete Wentz said he "can definitely see" a wedding happening.

"There's a connection there," he said. "I think Jess has gone through a lot in the last couple years, and I think she's got her head screwed on straight."

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Last night's episode of The Hills was delightful, funny, poignant and nauseating at the same time. Our recap will consist of awarding and deducting points as we see fit.

When Whitney Port receives the call at work from Diane Von Furstenberg, she announces she's moving to The City. Meanwhile, Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag embark on a romantic trip to Mexico that ends with them getting drunk and married.

On to the rankings! Chime in with your own!

Like, nobody knows where Spencer and Heidi are, Stephanie Pratt says. Except the MTV camera crew that's filming you morons. Just ask them! Minus 6

Whitney getting the call about the job at work was so fake. But we loved Whitney's expressions (and LC's "OMG" face) so much, who cares? Plus 4.

Good Lord, Heidi's fake Mexican accent at the restaurant made us want to claw our eyes out. No amount of Patron should make you that lame. Minus 5.

Trying to railroad Heidi into getting married, Spencer says Heidi "makes him want to be nicer." Not a true romantic, but the best he could do. Plus 6.

Audrina fills the girls in on Heidi's absence. She's useless, but Minus only 3 for the obligatory (mercifully quick) Justin-Bobby cameo. We hate him so hard.

Heidi Montag rocks her typical outfit of clubbing makeup, a red bikini and high heels. LOL. What a skank. Minus 7 for lowering her standards each week, but Plus 14 for the Playboy spread she's subtly auditioning for and will get.

Talking About Feelings

Tell us that Lauren Conrad and Whitney Port talking about feelings during their lunch date at the end didn't elicit a tear or two from you. Pass the tissues! Plus 17!

No footage of the actual ceremony, except on Spencer's camcorder? MTV follows them all the way to Cabo and falls asleep at the wheel then? Fishy. Minus 11.

Oh, how totally sweet are Whitney's parents? Watching them interacting with her, they seem like just the sort of people who would raise Whitney. Plus 9.

Obligatory Plus 1 for the After Show, because we were too harsh on Jessi and Dan last week. They are actually okay. Lo was kinda boring last night though.

Heidi tells Spencer she'll "show him what a wife does." We think we know what she means. And we're talking about Spencer Pratt. *shiver* Minus 23.

Heidi says her mom is going to freak, which we already know is totally accurate. And we thought Darlene was crazy to suggest Spencer drugged her before the wedding. Alcohol could be considered a drug, technically ... Plus 10.

TOTAL: +6. Major swings, but great overall! Leave a comment with your scores!