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The Hills stars Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag rang in 2009 with "Purefection" at Pure nightclub's New Year's Eve party inside Caesars Palace in Las Vegas - then managed to host a separate NYE bash at Christian Audigier nightclub.

Speidi danced and had a great time all night - the sums of money they raked in simply by showing up certainly warrants a champagne toast or 10.

Here's the gruesome twosome arriving ...

Heidi and Spencer Arrive

At midnight Spencer Pratt initiated the countdown with all the partygoers as Heidi Montag popped the bottle of Dom Perignon and got the party started.

Keep a trash can handy and click to enlarge more Speidi New Year's Eve pics ...

  • Caveman Spencer
  • Heidi Blows
  • Throw Your Hands Up!
  • Speidi Sucks
  • Cheers to a New Year
  • Shout-Out From Spencer
  • On the Scene

[Photo Credits: Splash News Online]

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Mmm. Yeah. Kathy Griffin will probably not be asked back to host New Year's Eve festivities on CNN next year, we're going out on a limb and guessing.

One minute, viewers are admiring Anderson Cooper's dashing good looks and listening to him talk about his favorite show, The Real Housewives of Atlanta.

The next? Kathy Griffin is screaming at a drunk guy heckling her on the street. While she had a decent comeback, you don't hear this on TV too much ...

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Britney Spears made it a cozy New Year's Eve with her family - seeing big brother Bryan Spears and Graciella Sanchez tie the knot in a private ceremony.

"It was beautiful," a source close to the family about the eldest Spears sibling's wedding to Graciella Sanchez, 36, the manager of his little sister Jamie Lynn Spears.

The wedding took place in New Orleans, Louisiana.

"It was only close family, very small and intimate."

Bryan Spears, 31, is by far the least-known, most-normal Spears.

While the couple's engagement may have caught many by surprise – they only recently started dating seriously – the two have been acquaintances for years.

In fashion news, the glowing bride looked stunning in her beige-white Carolina Herrera dress, while the handsome Bryan Spears sported a Marc Jacobs suit.

As for the guests, Graciella Sanchez's mom and brother were in attendance.

So was the entire Spears crew, including his sisters Britney and Jamie Lynn Spears; their children Jayden James, Sean Preston and Maddie Briann; Jamie Lynn's fiancé Casey Aldridge; and their parents Jamie and Lynne Spears.

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Alaska Governor Sarah Palin hasn't yet said anything publicly about her four-day-old grandson, Tripp Johnston, but she does want people to know that Tripp's parents – Palin's daughter Bristol and her fiancé Levi Johnston - are hard at work.

"You need to know that both Levi and Bristol are working their butts off to parent and going to school and working at the same time," Palin told People in a phone message Wednesday. "They are certainly not high school dropouts."

The former GOP V.P. candidate said she wanted to be clear about their continuing work toward high school degrees because suggesting otherwise "harms Bristol's reputation and Levi's reputation and their chances for good work opportunities."

Sarah and Todd Palin became proud grandparents when their oldest daughter Bristol Palin gave birth to her first child, Tripp, with Levi Johnston.

Bristol Palin, 18, who gave birth Saturday, is intending to finish her high school degree through correspondence courses. Levi, also 18, has said that he left high school to enroll in an apprenticeship program training him as an electrician.

Sarah Palin said at the time that she hoped Levi would eventually earn his GED, adding that "I respect that Levi is out there working hard."

We recommend that Levi follow the same career path as his mother, Sherry Johnston. Prescription drug dealing is a pretty recession-proof field.

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Dane Cook's half brother - who was also his business manager - has been arrested for allegedly embezzling upwards of $10 million from the celebrity.

Darryl McCauley was charged with three counts of larceny and forgery for bilking the unfunny comedian and alleged actor. Authorities made the arrest after searching his Wilmington, Mass., home and discovered more than $800,000 - in $100 bills.

Massachusetts State Police authorities allege Cook's brother was busted after his latest heist, in which stole the money they old fashioned way - forging a $3 million check from Dane and depositing it in his account. Simple, really.

McCauley, who has been in charge of Dane Cook's financial affairs since his early career in the 1990s, when he merely a little-known unfunny comedian, will be arraigned on Wednesday in Woburn District Court in Massachusetts.

He has surrendered his passport and is being held on $3 million bail. Authorities continue to investigate McCauley, who will return to court in Boston January 15.

We don't know what's more upsetting here - that some guy would actually do this to his own brother, or that Dane Cook possessed $10 million dollars.

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While the rest of us are out popping champagne this New Year's Eve, Jennifer Garner might be popping out the last celebrity baby of 2008 - or the first of 2009!

That's just us speculating, of course - but here's a picture of Jen and her husband Ben Affleck spotted about an hour ago going into Cedars-Sinai Medical Center ...

Ben and Jen at the Hospital

They could just be going in for a routine visit, or for something unrelated, but if this is the day Violet's little brother or sister is born, we couldn't be happier!

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  • Bennifer at the Hospital
  • Jen and Ben at the Hospital
  • Garner, Jen
  • A Baby is on Board!
  • Bennifer Baby Time!

[Photo Credits: Splash News Online]

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As 2008 draws to a close, The Hollywood Gossip looks back one more time on the events, people and gossip that made this year probably the best ever.

We present to you our official, First Annual 2008 Awards! The winners are ....

Celebrity of the Year: Kim Kardashian

Reality TV Star of the Year: DeAnna Pappas

Hottest Couple of the Year: Rihanna and Chris Brown

Nude Photo Scandal of the Year: Adrienne Bailon

Unwed Teen Mom of the Year: Jamie Lynn Spears and Bristol Palin (tie)

Celebrity Baby Name of the Year: Bronx Mowgli

BFF of the Year: Brittany Flickinger

Pal of the Year: Caroline

Olympic Story of the Year: Leryn Franco

Hugh Hefner Girlfriend of the Year: Kendra Wilkinson

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Britney Spears will not be spending New Year's Eve with Sandip Soparrkar - no matter what her spin-master manager Larry Rudolph would have us believe.

But the recovering pop superstar may be closing the book on a tumultuous 2008 and kicking off 2009 with some celebratory activities just the same.

Her older brother, Bryan Spears, is planning to marry girlfriend Graciella Sanchez tonight in New Orleans, according to In Touch Weekly and the New York Post.

Bryan Spears with sister Jamie Lynn and mom Lynne.

Graciella Sanchez happens to be Jamie Lynn Spears’ manager, so her wedding to Bryan Spears - if this is legit - would certainly be a festive, family affair!

According to celebrity photo agency X17 Online, Britney, Jamie Lynn and the rest of the Spears clan will be in Louisiana to celebrate the happy occasion.

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You learn something every day.

Drive 106 m.p.h. in a 65 m.p.h. zone and you won't just get a ticket - you will join the celebrity mug shot club! Matt Dillon, ladies and gentlemen!

On Tuesday night, the actor, 44, was pulled over in Newbury, Vermont, after state troopers clocked him driving 106 in a rented Chevy Impala.

That's too bad for him. But good to see that while GM may be one of the most terribly run companies in America, their cars can still haul ass!

Matt Dillon Mug Shot

Matt Dillon was taken to a station in nearby Bradford, where he did his best DMX, getting photographed, fingerprinted and given a citation.

The process typically takes 15 to 20 minutes, according to Vermont State Police Public Information Officer Sgt. Tara Thomas.

"I have every reason to believe he was cooperative," she says.

After committing one of the more serious crimes in the history of Vermont, Dillon is due to appear at Orange County Court on January 21.

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Is Britney Spears really dating Bollywood choreographer Sandip Soparrkar, as some celebrity news publications and sites have reported this week?

Are they planning on spending New Year's together? Was she even in India over the past week and a half? What is the nature of their relationship?

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India's Daily Times spoke to Sandip Soparrkar, his business partner Jessy Randhawa, the hotel where Britney was supposed to be staying, security forces that would normally provide cover for a star of her status, and got to the bottom of it.

It appears the pop star was in fact there for two days, Soparrkar's partner says, despite the strange lack of any Britney Spears photos to prove it.

Any real ones, that is. There is this obvious fake circulating, which is actually an old picture of Britney and Neil Patrick Harris (see comparison) ...

As for the timeline of Britney's whirlwind trip to India, "She came in late Friday night. Saturday morning. She left this morning (on December 29) at about 2-2:30 am. She came, she rehearsed and she left," Randhawa said.

Asked for comment, Sandip strenuously denied having anything romantic to do with Britney - who he did work on "Womanizer" with, but who says he did not meet at Madonna's 50th birthday party this year, as the rumors say.

But then who’s spreading these stories and sending fabricated pictures like the one above - which was circulated via Sandip's own email account?

The choreographer points the finger at one well-connected person ...

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