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With her big Circus tour officially good to go and her life seemingly back on track, Britney Spears is welcoming an old friend back into the fold.

Former assistant Felicia Culotta, who most recently worked for The Jonas Brothers, has returned to Team Britney, just in time for the Circus tour.

"Britney has always held a special place in my heart, and over the course of the last year I have seen her work harder than she ever has in her entire life," Felicia Culotta said in a statement last night on Britney Spears' official site.

"Sadly, I am really going to miss the Jonas boys, but I felt I had to be a part of this exciting time in Britney's career. I love Britney and missed her dearly."

Britney Spears poses with then-husband Kevin Federline and then-assistant and BFF Felicia Culotta in front of a famous French landmark in this classic file photo.

One assumes Culotta has been sufficiently vetted by Spears' conservators, father Jamie Spears and lawyer Andrew Wallet, who still have total control over the sort of company the artist keeps. And does for a living, and spends money on, etc.

Jamie Spears recently sought and was granted restraining orders against Sam Lutfi and Adnan Ghalib, Britney's most infamous former hangers-on.

The Circus Starring Britney Spears kicks off March 3 in New Orleans. Click to enlarge more Britney Spears pics with Felicia from the good ol' days:

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Nick Lachey definitely got out at the right time.

The former 98 degrees and current solo singer used to star with his wife on the MTV series Newlyweds. Then they split up and she became tortured by food, while he hooked up with a gorgeous new girlfriend and avoided negative PR.

Now, he's even going to appear on One Tree Hill this season!

According to TV Fanatic, Nick will be playing a singer, former reality star and former boy band member who is dating Vanessa Minnillo. Yes, himself.

In the OTH story line, a record label wants to buy one of Haley's (Bethany Joy Galeotti) songs that she wrote for Nick Lachey's new album, but she's hesitant to sell any of her music, so Nick will appear in person to make the case.

The One Tree Hill quotes that follow? Sure to be cheesy.

In real life, Nick has a new album coming out this spring called Coming Up for Air, which includes a duet he recorded with American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi.

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How does he do it?

How can one man be arrested SO many times? We have often asked these questions about the incomparable DMX because, well... if one gets busted for serious crimes enough times, eventually you will be placed in some sort of jail.

Well, that's where he is right now - and that still hasn't stopped the rapper from going berzerk and incurring the wrath of the law enforcement community.

DMX is officially on "lockdown status" in Arizona's Tent City Jail after pulling one of the best moves an inmate can make - threatening to fight the guards.

Yet Another DMX Mug Shot

After he failed to report for his medication, officials say the rapper began cussing at officers and threatened to "assault somebody to get some respect."

DMX was immediately thrown into lockdown, separated from the other inmates and punished with a "special diet that is a form of bread and water."

It all started when he refused to report for work, telling officers, "I already have a job and don't need this s***." Hard to argue with that sound logic.

Sounds like he's finally reforming. Click to enlarge more booking photos of DMX (our career celebrity mug shots leader), past and present ...

  • Smiling DMX Mug Shot
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  • Earl Simmons Mug Shot
  • DMX Mug Shot (Yawn)
  • DMX: The Mug Shot
  • DMX Mug Shot (Again)

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It's finally official: Britney Spears will go on her Circus tour, and Sean Preston and Jayden James will come with her. But this comes at a hefty price.

Jamie Spears and Kevin Federline have both signed a document which clears the path for Britney taking her kids on the road for her upcoming tour.

What, you ask, is in it for the FedEx man, who could have nixed this arrangement and put The Circus Starring Britney Spears in serious jeopardy?

Just $5,000 a week. What a steal.

Kevin and Jayden James Federline

K-Fed has spent the vast majority of the time with Jayden James, above, and Sean Preston for the past 14 months as Britney regained sanity. [Photo: Splash News]

The way the tour deal goes is Jayden James and Sean Preston will follow Britney Spears to three "hubs" - New Jersey, New Orleans and Los Angeles.

Britney will commute back and forth from each hub during the tour.

She's also renting houses in N.J. and New Orleans for K-Fed if he wants to come along. But K-Fed gets the $5,000 a week, whether he shows up or not.

Interestingly, the deal Jamie Spears and K-Fed signed effectively kills the custody arrangement they have all been following since last year.

Britney gets the kids three days and nights a week, according to the new agreement, which will remain in effect after the tour is over.

Many weeks, Britney will actually have the kids more than Kevin, so in effect it's 50/50 custody. Score one for Team Britney ... and for Team Kevin, since we all know the guy wanted more time to party in Las Vegas with Victoria Prince anyway.

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"I am really excited for the hometown visits. This is really where everything changed for me last season with DeAnna and I know it will be the same this year. Naomi, Jill, Melissa and Molly have huge hearts and that was my ultimate goal finding my final four. I am not nervous, just excited to see the girls in their element." - Jason Mesnick

Tonight on The Bachelor, after the President of the United States talks about some economic stimulus thing, Jason Mesnick will embark on critical hometown dates.

This is where things can really click or go terribly wrong.

It's where Brad Womack was turned off by Bettina Bell's dad, Tessa Horst caught Andy Baldwin's eye, Lorenzo Lamas made a ridiculous cameo with daughter Shayne, and on the most recent The Bachelorette, Jason fell for DeAnna Pappas.

Jason Mesnick: The Bachelor Star

Now that the roles are reversed and he's The Bachelor, what will tonight's hometown dates - to Michigan, Texas, Canada and California - tell Jason about favorites Molly Malaney and Melissa Rycroft - and underdogs Naomi and Jillian?

That remains to be seen, but it wouldn't be The Bachelor without some major surprises. For one, the previews have indicated that the parents of Melissa Rycroft do not approve of this show - and he won't be meeting them in Big D.

She's been considered the favorite by many - will tonight's trip to Dallas put Molly Malaney in the driver's seat? Or will Jillian or Naomi make a run?

Tell us, who do you think will win The Bachelor?

 

Melissa Rycroft of The Bachelor

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Who still wears short shorts? Jessica Simpson.

Who still can't carry a tune? Jessica Simpson. But at least she seemed in much better spirits than during her meltdown in Michigan on Thursday night.

Despite lingering scrutiny over Jessica's weight, the alleged country star busted out her daisy dukes - which she famously flaunted in 2005 while promoting The Dukes of Hazzard - for her concert at The Kohl Center in Madison, Wisconsin, on Friday:

Out with the Haters!

Jessica Simpson shows the haters where the exit is.

"Jessica had an off night," her rep said of the Grand Rapids meltdown, but she bounced back strong. "She's a perfectionist and wanted to start some songs over."

"She always wants to give the best performance for her fans."

Call her curvy or fat, in the photos below, our Caption Contest subject looks pretty darn good. Looks, not sounds. Click to enlarge pics of her performing in Wisconsin:

  • Daisy Duke in Short Shorts
  • Fat Rock Star
  • Short Shorts
  • Gripping That Mic
  • Squatting Down
  • Daisy Dukes
  • Daisy Duke

[Photo Credits: Splash News Online]

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After an incident that saw Chris Brown arrested on what should have been a celebration the biggest night in music, new details have come into play.

The singer is under investigation for domestic violence, allegedly against his girlfriend Rihanna, and cops say additional charges may still be filed.

No Herpes Here

Brown rented a silver Lamborghini - the car in which he allegedly fought with Rihanna - from Platinum Motorsport in L.A. for $2,000 a day. That vehicle has since been impounded as evidence, with Chris footing the bill of course.

Meanwhile, TMZ has confirmed Rihanna is alleged victim in the Chris Brown case and the allegation is that she was assaulted with a deadly weapon. The crime report gives the victim's name as Robyn Fenty - her real name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty.

Chris Brown and Rihanna and a pre-Grammy Awards party just a few hours before the incident in which he allegedly assaulted his girlfriend in a silver Lamborghini.

Law enforcement sources say the crime report calls the incident assault with a deadly weapon - though the exact nature of the weapon is still a mystery.

Sources also say the typically book a suspect for the most serious crime he or she can be charged with - it's then up to the D.A. to file any additional charges.

Given there were allegedly visible injuries to Rihanna, the crime of making criminal threats may be viable - and is punishable by up to nine years in prison.

Domestic abuse, by contrast, only carries a maximum of four years.

On a lighter note (if there can be amid such a sad story), the completely unsubstantiated rumor going around the Internet regarding the cause of Chris Brown's alleged (and completely despicable) act of violence is this:

The fight started because Rihanna gave him herpes. Wow.

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A Radar Magazine reporter has an interesting account of partying at Crown Bar last week and passing out - no, not from drinking, but from shock.

It happened when the witness saw that Hayden Panettiere was all over Jesse McCartney. When they say all over, they mean literally. On top of him.

The source emphasizes this numerous times, even using the amusing analogy of Hayden holding him tighter than Michael Phelps gripping that bong.

The Heroes star was supposedly sitting on Jesse McCartney's lap while he kissed her neck. Then she got up and did a "crazy sexy dance" in his lap.

  • Jesse McCartney Pic
  • You Know What That Look Says

So, does this mean goodbye, Milo Ventimiglia? [Photos: Splash News]

No word of a Halo breakup has been reported thus far, but it must be over between Hayden Panettiere and her long-time squeeze, Radar theorizes.

Why? Because after her inside PDA with Jesse, they went outside to smoke and he wrapped his arms around her from behind and was kissing her neck again.

Not a move you'd pull if you were secretly moving in on some guy's girlfriend. You'd wait until you got her back to your place before neck-biting commenced.

On that note: "It started to look like an episode of True Blood," the Radar inteligence report reads. "Dude has some sort of neck fixation for sure."

Panettiere does have a nice neck, at least. Luckily for a fan, she even took a brief time out from mauling the lame singer to provide an autograph.

In the middle of this, a girl approached Hayden Panettiere to ask for sign the back of a store receipt for her. The actress was nice enough to oblige.

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Sweet Jesus. Especially on the heels of his past positive steroid test results getting leaked to the public, Alex Rodriguez is not going to be happy about this.

Madonna appears in a no-holds-barred W spread in the magazine’s March issue, romping in a hotel with a shirtless Jesus Luz - now her rumored boy toy.

It's not hard to see why Madonna would be tempted to submit to Jesus Luz - and we're not talking about the hot tattoo of his own name on his back ...

Jesus Luz, Madonna Pic

Madonna, 50, and Jesus Luz, 22, reportedly met during this steamy magazine shoot (with a Rio theme), as photographed by the legendary Steven Klein.

Earlier this month, the pair was spotted having dinner in NYC. They are said to be dating, but reports vary. Either way, they're spending time together.

A-Rod is said to be extremely jealous of Jesus Luz for moving in on his girl. Just hope he doesn't fly into a fit of steroid-induced rage. Sorry, we had to.

Click to enlarge more photos of Madonna and Jesus Luz in W ...

  • Madonna Mauls Jesus Luz
  • Jesus Luz Nude
  • Madonna in W
  • Jesus Luz Shirtless
  • Jesus Luz in the Sack
  • Madonna, Jesus Luz Kiss
  • Madonna Ogles Nude Jesus Luz
  • Post-Coital Cigarette

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As we've talked about previously on more than one occasion, Katie Holmes is modeling in the Spring 2009 campaign for Miu Miu, an offshoot of the Prada brand.

The photo shoot was taken last November by the same photographers who shot Victoria Beckham and David Beckham for their Emporio Armani underwear ads.

Previous years' Miu Miu models include Kristen Dunst, Lindsay Lohan, Drew Barrymore and Chloe Sevigny. A fairly exclusive celebrity fashion club, for sure.

Here's Katie Holmes taking over this esteemed role ...

Questionable Katie Holmes fashion choices of the past few months are well documented, but the company is apparently confident she can move merchandise.

Good luck with that. Click to enlarge more Katie Holmes Miu Miu ads ...

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