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Hey, it's the NHL. The unquestioned dumbest sport ever, if you'd even call it a sport, and hardly something that captivates audiences - even in person.

See below. Sandra Bullock (right) would rather converse with her husband, whose name is Jesse James (seriously) than pay any attention to the action on the ice, where the L.A. Kings squared off with the Detroit Red Wings.

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Meanwhile, a few seats over, Kid Rock (a.k.a. The Motor City Madman) and a blonde female friend look equally apathetic. Or they're trying to eavesdrop on Sandra. Not sure.

However, considering that Los Angeles bested Kid's beloved Red Wings, 4-2, one can forgive his look of apparent disgust. Plus, there's all that sordid stuff going on with his ex-wife, Pamela Anderson, her other ex-husband, Tommy Lee, and that crazy Borat.

And yes, we know that Ted Nugent is the actual Motor City Madman - but Kid Rock is gonna lose his mind one of these days and give him a run for his money.

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First, it was her ill-fated marriage to Kevin Federline.

Then, if only for a night, it was that greaseball J.R. Rotem.

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Now, Britney Spears has moved on to new and improved (well, probably not) mystery man - one that appears to fit the same dirtbag mould. The amazing pop singer and mother of two spent a weekend of wearing those big sunglasses, boatin', smokin' and getting wasted with this scruffy, as-yet-unnamed individual.

Pictures courtesy of breatheheavy.com and All Over Press:

As expected, given Brit's taste in men, he looks like a real winner. At least Britney received some good news. Yesterday, we talked about how she might get docked her appearance fee for getting wasted and passing out at Pure nightclub in Las Vegas.

Well, any publicity is good publicity, and at least while she was awake, she and the rest of the party-goers were having a blast. See Britney Spears pictures taken that night. A club spokesman confirms that Brit will be paid, as was originally planned, stating:

"The crowd LOVED Britney and they cheered her on everywhere she went... She is always welcome at PURE."

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A recent poll conducted by In Touch Magazine named the lovely Rachel Bilson the best-dressed star in Hollywood. That's all the reason and more for The Hollywood Gossip staff to pay tribute to the star of The OC on this Tuesday morning.

Just because. Any girl who can still look cute while wearing half a sweater gets full marks from us. We're particularly big fans of these outfits below:

Hayden Christensen and Rachel Bilson

Truth be told, there are no bad Rachel Bilson pictures. But we found a few that we thought were worth sharing. Cute, funny and talented, and perhaps best of all, great looking without being anemically thin, Rachel is one of our all-time faves. Another is Jennifer Garner!

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It looks like J.R. Rotem is at it again.

The quote-unquote music producer, best known as Britney Spears' first fling since ridding herself of FedEx, is on the prowl again.

Cameras spotted Rotem leaving a hot party at Paris Hilton's Hollywood Hills home with once-hot R & B singer Mýa this weekend. Rotem even made sure to open the car door for her. He really is a gentleman - something we remember from the good old days when he and Britney were seen together!

Also at Paris' place that night: Cuba Gooding, Jr., sister Nicky Hilton, buddy Brandon Davis a.k.a. Greasy Bear, Cris Judd and Kim Kardashian.

Wow. Inviting J.R. Rotem and not her former BFF, Britney? Ouch, Paris. That hurts. And who invites Cris Judd to anything?

Rotem, who has enough oil in his hair to join OPEC, has also been spotted with cuties such as Bai Ling and Hayden Panettiere since bidding farewell to Brit.

As for Britney, she doesn't appear to be losing much sleep over breaking things off with J.R. (really, though, who would), and was most recently spotted hooking up with Arizona Cardinals quarterback Matt Leinart at a club.

That guy gets around, and we're not talking about the pocket.

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We don't have to tell you that Mario Lopez has experienced a career revival in the past several months. And unlike a fellow Saved By the Bell cohort, his comeback doesn't involve him starring in a graphic sex video that may or may not involve a "body double." We can't wait for that Dustin Diamond sex tape to hit stores.

Actually, we can. But that's neither here nor there. The subject of this post is Lopez, who rose from obscurity to win the most recent season of Dancing With the Stars - and the heart of his dashing partner, Karina Smirnoff.

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Moreover, he was romantically linked to Eva Longoria and Britney Spears. While none of those stories held water, when you're rumored to be hooking up with Britney Spears, you've hit the big time (even if you haven't hit that).

Now, as he gets ready to host the Miss America pageant, he's one of the biggest stars out there - and judging by his face in this picture with one of The Incredibles, he knows it:

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Our friends at TMZ have learned that the LAPD is "interested" in singer/actor Tyrese - and probably not in the same way that The Hollywood Gossip is interested in Rachel Bilson.

No, definitely not like that. After his pregnant girlfriend accused him of punching her twice last week, the alleged R&B star is under investigation by the authorities.

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Sources close to the investigation have told TMZ that "an interview is trying to be scheduled with Tyrese and the investigation is moving forward."

Tyrese's live-in girlfriend says the two got into a heated argument around 5:30 AM last Thursday at their Los Angeles home.

Paramedics responded after Tyrese allegedly struck the woman, who is three months pregnant, and then drove away from the scene. As of yet, no charges have been filed.

Amazingly, the 2 Fast 2 Furious actor was only the third-most random star to be involved in a violent altercation that led to police reports last Thursday.

Sportscaster Jim Lampley allegedly became belligerent and assaulted his fiancee, while Days of Our Lives star Drake Hogestyn had to subdue a crazy intruder in his home after the nutjob claimed he was going to exorcise the devil.

We love our jobs.

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Desperate to escape prosecution for her latest DUI arrest, and hungry for some dank fish tacos, Nicole Richie made a run for the border this weekend.

Okay, just kidding. She wasn't on the run from the 5.0 and there's no way in hell she goes anywhere for the cuisine. But Nicole did head to Mexico for a little vacationing with new boyfriend Joel Madden.

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Although Halloween is nine months away, the duo arrived in Puerto Vallarta dressed in costume. Nicole dressed as a gypsy, fortune-telling vagrant and the 27-year-old Joel sported his standard, upper-middle-class poser / high school rebel wannabe gear.

Come on, Joel. We know Hilary Duff doesn't put out, and you've probably been going at it like a madman since dumping her, but it can't be worth downgrading this far.

Later, Radden took in the tropical views at a beachside bar. No word as to whether Vicodin and chronic were on the menu, but we're positive there wasn't any food consumed by her.

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Ah, those big sunglasses.

All celebrities seem to have them, and look absolutely absurd wearing them. Some stars, such as the Olsen Twins, look ridiculous no matter what - we will grant you that. But the huge-ass shades, which are sometimes donned even at night (talking to you, J.R. Rotem) make morons out of even the most good-looking stars.

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There's no end in sight for this fashion trend, though. That much as blatantly obvious as we take look at four Hollywood stars' sunglasses:

After returning to Los Angeles earlier in the week, a jet-setting Jessica Simpson (top left) gets ready to head back east, possibly to meet up with John Mayer, who sucks. Meanwhile, Paris Hilton (bellow right) manages to go about her business despite getting canned by her own night club, shopping 'til she drops in Beverly Hills on Friday.

Working actress Sienna Miller (top right) clocked in more time at Heathrow Airport in London on Thursday, while the incomparable Britney Spears (bottom left) hit up a Santa Monica beach hotel for some badly-needed R&R. Who's got the most ridiculous shades? Who's outfit needs to be tossed in the trash? You be the judge.

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At the Hollywood Gossip, a large portion of our news coverage is dedicated to stars who fall into one (or more) of the following three categories:

  1. Anorexic waifs (Nicole Richie)
  2. No-talent hacks (Ashlee Simpson)
  3. Slow-moving train wrecks (Britney Spears)

That said, we sometimes like to divert attention away from those people and focus on stars who can be classified as none of the above. As soon as we came across these Jennifer Garner pictures from this month's Elle magazine, we knew it was one of those times.

Jennifer Garner Smiles at Daughter

There are plenty of stars we love to hate. But with an adorable baby, a terrific career, a body that doesn't resemble a stick figure and a husband (Ben Affleck) who is sometimes annoying, but generally a good guy, Jennifer is one of those Hollywood stars we love to love.

Go Bennifer!

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Apparently, Britney Spears' hotly-debated New Year's Eve nap and subsequent exit might've cost her a staggering $400,000.

According to the New York Daily News, the pop princess, who just reached a temporary custody agreement with FedEx, won't be getting her six-figure appearance fee promised her from Pure nightclub in Las Vegas because instead of carrying out her obligation to the club, she had to be carried out by staff.

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What's more, Britney's official story - that she was tired and simply fell asleep - is making the club "furious" because it suggests that the joint is a snoozefest. Of course, we all know that's total bull$h!t and she really passed out drunk, so maybe the party was totally awesome!

In any case, TMZ refutes the Daily News' claim, with sources stating that Britney, who issued a statement saying she is cleaning up her act, won't be docked for her behavior at da club. Sources also say the fee was actually less than $200K, and that the club is thrilled with her - after all, any publicity is good publicity, right?

In other news involving Mrs. Kevin Federline, a post on the Miami Craigslist board has been flagged and removed after falsely advertising a new Britney Spears reality show. The bogus show was to focus on rebuilding Brit's tarnished image. Here's what the post read before it was taken down:

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In cooperation with Zomba Films and MTV films, LCAA prodcutions is working on a new reality contest for a major network.

Britney Spears is getting ready for a big comeback.

"The last couple of years have been quite a ride for me, the media has criticized my every move and printed a skewed perception of who I really am as a human being," the 25-year-old pop star says.

Her goal?

"I want to show my fans and critics that I'm coming back this year bigger and better than ever."

Britney Spears has agreed to open up her life again to the TV cameras. But this time, it won't be her in the spotlight. Instead, it is you! Britney is looking to surround herself with a new team. Each week, a new contestant will walk and work by her side 24 hours a day, for 5 straight days. Your job will be to give her guidance, perception and help her with comeback. For this 16 week audition/interview, we are looking for 8 males and 8 females to compete for a position on Britney's new team.

"I'm thrilled about this new chapter in my life and even more excited to involve my fans in my comeback," Britney said.

Please send a brief summary as to how you can help improve Britney Spears' image and why you are the right candidate.

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