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Whether it's a stay in the hospital where you actually receive care (Britney Spears), an 8:30 a.m. drunken joyride (Barron Hilton) or a week in Hawaii filled with a nude Katharine McPhee (Nick Cokas), all good things must come to an end.

Here, the former American Idol runner-up and her husband return from their week in paradise. Katharine may have just been released by her record label, and dissed by Simon Cowell, but we trust she's in good hands with Nick Cokas...

Kris Allen Performance

Days until Nick Cokas gets Katharine McPhee pregnant? We have no idea, but start the countdown now. The girl has babies on the brain. It won't take that long!

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Pregnant Jamie Lynn Spears took some time out from taking her l'il dog to the vet's, throwing a Super Bowl party and getting her GED in Kentwood, La., to attend to more important matters... at AutoZone and J.C. Penney.

Yup, the 16-year-old mother-to-be and her 18-year-old baby daddy, Casey Aldridge, are living the high life down South. Ding dang, y'all!

Jamie Lynn and Britney Spears

If Casey Aldridge hadn't gotten his piston lubed up in JL's undercarriage, we may never have known about this trip to AutoZone. Think about that.

A baggy t-shirt hiding her baby bump, Jamie Lynn Spears proceeded to ignore every question thrown at her and her boyfriend. Probably smart.

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Britney Spears' recently rekindled interest in dancing isn't entirely based on boredom or her love of little kids, the New York Post reports.

The buzz at the Grammy Awards (which she skipped) was that Spears' newfound focus on her dancing is preparation for an upcoming world tour.

Sergeant Spears

Britney "will be leaving the country in the next few weeks," a source told the Post. "She'll train in privacy for a month, then go on a global tour."

Would you pay to go see this in concert? Not us. Well, maybe we would ... if it were some kind of comedy tour in which her various personalities did standup.

In other Britney Spears news (and we use that term loosely), paparazzi who follow Britney Spears have been infiltrated by gang members - specifically, notorious L.A. groups the Crips and the Bloods, the New York Daily News reports.

Celebrity photo agency execs claim "rival agencies are arming thugs with cameras and sending them out to do battle with dozens of paparazzi" who hound the train wreck in search of the best Britney Spears photos.

Veteran paparazzo Nick Stern, who quit Splash News this month, said: "I've heard stories of fights, car tires being slashed, cars being blocked in."

All agency heads interviewed said they do not hire street toughs

"They may dress like gang members with large pants and tattoos, but to say they're gang members right now? Well, real gang members are not into Britney Spears," said Frank Navarre, a Frenchman who owns celebrity photo mainstay X17.

"[Spears] attracts huge numbers of photographers, and whoever muscles their way to the front gets the best picture. They're not AP photographers in flak jackets, but that's not to say they're thugs, either," said Chris Doherty, owner of INF.

Why the heck would real gang members would possibly throw themselves into the celeb news fray? How about cash. Spears' own boyfriend, Adnan Ghalib, works for Finalpixx, and has been reportedly made $200,000 a year covering Spears.

Things may be safer now that the singer is under psychiatric care and Jamie Spears has his daughter's vehicles garaged. But the troubled Britney continues to be the top story in the celebrity gossip world, day after day after day.

"I cannot say she's boring, no," Navarre said. "She's been pretty good at renewing herself. She doesn't accept any authority, or any boundaries. To some people, that looks crazy. She's stronger than you think."

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After dominating the Grammys (winning five!) on Sunday, Amy Winehouse is back "on the road to recovery," says her mom, Janis Winehouse.

"Well, it's Amy coming back, she's definitely on the way back," Janis said in a new interview with Britain's GMTV.

Drug Free (Not)

Winehouse, 24, delivered a polished performance via satellite at Sunday's show -- proof that she has already cleaned up her act a bit.

"As you saw, she looks good and it's a case of she's on the road - and that's what it's about - she's on the road to recovery," Janis said.

A rep for Winehouse said the Back to Black singer "is an outpatient and she is under medical supervision and the treatment continues."

Amy Winehouse stole the show - even via satellite - at the Grammys.

The troubled R&B / soul sensation went to rehab last month after Britain's The Sun released a video of her apparently smoking crack out of a pipe.

Her spiral into oblivion can be tied to Blake Fielder-Civil - her husband of about a year, and who she visited in jail yesterday. We hope he's doin' well.

While Amy's mini-comeback and haul of trophies were the talk of the Grammys along with Kanye West's performance, one past winner wasn't thrilled.

Natalie Cole, who hasn't been big since, oh, 1991, blasted the Grammy Awards for honoring the "Rehab" singer, claiming Amy doesn't deserve her wins as "it sends the wrong message" to award a musician "in the midst of her stupor of drugs."

First, Amy is at least trying to clean up.

Second, this is music, Natalie. We love Carrie Underwood to pieces, but she might be the only good girl in the entire industry. You want to bar everyone else? An award show in which she wins 87 of them might get a bit tedious.

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Hey, when you're crazy and can't see Sean Preston and Jayden James, you might as well do the next best thing. Teach other kids to dance!

It's a slow celebrity news morning.

Yes, Britney Spears was teaching dance to children not much older than her own boys on Monday at Millennium Dance Complex in North Hollywood.

Those kids' parents? Probably not aware of who the "instructor" was when they dropped the little tykes off. And probably not thrilled now.

In all seriousness, though, the dance studio is a great place for her to be. Brit needs to stay as far away from Sam Lutfi as humanly possible.

The pop star, who skipped the Grammys, introduced herself to each of the students - five-year-olds - and shooks their hands, a source said.

"She comes in, she winds them up, and then tells them, ‘I guess I have to introduce myself to you guys!'" said Robert Baker, Millennium co-owner.

Britney Spears reportedly looked happy and upbeat.

Madonna's "Material Girl" and "True Blue" were on her playlist. Britney led the class in "her favorite brown cowboy boots, fishnet stockings, a red short skirt, and a bluish greenish top that hangs down past her skirt."

A remarkably stable Britney Spears recently taught dance to some kids.

"She worked out this great little routine for them, they were dancing all over the place, she had them dancing in a circle like a choo-choo train."

"The kids loved it - they are having a ball right now. And Britney - she's just drinking it up. She's totally enjoying herself."

Fortunately, none of the kids were locked in a bathroom with a ballistic Britney Spears for several hours, and all left with smiles on their faces.

Spears last saw her sons January 3 when she was rushed to the hospital for a psychological evaluation. Her visitation rights were then suspended.

Less than a month later, Britney Spears was involuntarily committed to UCLA Medical Center for treatment of bipolar disorder.

We reported that last weekend, Kevin Federline was willing to allow Britney to see Sean Preston and Jayden James under the supervision of her mother, Lynne Spears, but it does not look as if this actually materialized.

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She may still be deciding between Obama and Clinton, but Hayden Panettiere left no doubt that she is one of the hottest celebrities around at the Fireflies In The Garden premiere - the event is part of the 2008 Berlinale International Film Festival held at the Berinale Palast on Sunday in Berlin, Germany.

A couple of pictures of Hayden Panettiere ...

A Glamourous Hero

Nowhere to be found? Hayden's boyfriend Milo Ventimiglia. Let's just hope he didn't accidentally find his way to the Playboy mansion this time.

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O.J. Simpson, who had a reasonably successful stint as an TV NFL reporter, star of some memorable commercials, and as a movie actor before sullying his reputation by killing two people, is reportedly going to be starring on a new TV show.

It's probably not the kind of show business move he'd prefer.

O.J. Mugshot

Instead, O.J. Simpson's January arrest in Las Vegas will be featured on the MyNetwork TV program Jail, airing Tuesday at 9 p.m.

"I'm baaaaack," Simpson, 60, jokes as he enters the Clark County Detention Center in one of two new promo clips from the show.

Here's the first:


"I didn't expect to be back here so soon," the Juice said, chatting amiably with his jailers as he was processed on charges of violating his bail stemming from a September 2007 kidnapping and armed robbery bust.

OJ Simpson has pleaded not guilty in that case, which involved him and seedy co-defendants allegedly kidnapping and robbing sports memorabilia dealers.

"Overall, I am feeling great today," Simpson tells the Las Vegas officers as he is being processed. "I had a poker game tonight at my house that I was hosting and today I finally found my golf swing - it was a good day."

Replies a police sergeant: "Until you got that knock on the door?"

"They must have known I was having too good a time," Simpson said.

Sort of speaks for itself, doesn't it? Follow the jump for the second clip of OJ Simpson chatting up peeps during his arrest...

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In a declaration filed in the Britney Spears conservatorship case, a lawyer for the conservators - Britney's father, Jamie Spears, and his attorney, Andrew Wallet - accused Sam Lutfi of demanding money from poor Britney.

Attorney Jeryll Cohen wrote:

"During the phone conversation, Mr. [Howard] Grossman [Britney's business manager] told me that he had numerous e-mails from Osama (Sam) Lutfi in which Mr. Lutfi made various demands, including demands for money. Mr. Grossman told me he did not comply with Mr. Lutfi's demands."

Cohen and other lawyers on the side of Jamie Spears have formally asked the court commissioner to let the conservators fire Howard Grossman, in part because they say he refused to provide copies of Sam Lutfi's e-mails to them.

Sam Lutfi reportedly demanded cash from Britney Spears.

Lawyers for the conservators accuse Grossman of ignoring their rules.

One lawyer wrote in a declaration that she told Grossman "he was not permitted to give Britney Spears any money, credit cards or access to money or credit cards or to meet with her ... at the Beverly Hills Hotel or anywhere else."

The lawyer claims Grossman defied the order by meeting Britney at that very hotel last week. Cohen is pissed because Grossman also directed Beverly Hills Mercedes to deliver one of Britney Spears' cars to her fave hotel.

Without, of course, first getting the conservators' permission.

Cohen says Howard Grossman's lame excuse was that "he wanted to build her [Brit's] confidence in him." Enjoy the pink slip, Howard.

Sam Lutfi, who was hit with a restraining order barring him from contact with Britney, was seen partying over the weekend with Alli Sims.

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Bridget Moynahan, the ex-girlfriend / baby-mama of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, recently made a special guest appearance ... on YouTube!

The 36-year-old actress is seen with her friend and birth partner, actor and former Star Search champ Sam Harris, on his Web site,

Bridget Moynahan Nude

Harris, who apparently helped Bridget Moynahan give birth to her first child, tells the camera, as part of his regular "Friend Friday" series:

"I wiped amniotic fluid from between [Bridget's] legs. It was the most amazing experience ever, ever. You were pretty incredible."

The actress replies, "So were you."

Well, okay then. Here's the video.


"Little John, he's perfection," Harris added, in reference to her baby son John Edward Thomas Moynahan. Bridget clarifies, "He's not so little."

Bridget Moynahan and Tom Brady broke up shortly before she announced her pregnancy. The actress gave birth to baby John last August.

When Harris asks, "What was the most difficult thing about the pregnancy?" Bridget laughs and responds, "What was the most difficult thing about the pregnancy? You know the most difficult thing about the pregnancy!"

Responds Harris: "Bad question."

No word on how Bridget, John and this random dude celebrated as Eli Manning and the Giants stunned New England and its stud QB in Super Bowl XLII.

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