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Britney Spears has been in rehab for two weeks.

Which is good. But doctors are still concerned about her condition.

Sparkle Pants

"They're in shock at what bad shape she's in," says an insider.

Another source says that since Spears checked in to Promises Treatment Center in Malibu, Calif., on February 21 (for the second time, after bailing after 24 hours the first time), the troubled singer "has been getting in tons of trouble."

In fact, the 25-year-old mother of Sean Preston and Jayden James has been formally reprimanded for making cellphone calls, has left the facility to shop, and now she wants to leave rehab for good.

"She's convinced she's suffering from postpartum depression and does not think she has an alcohol or drug problem," the source says.

"She's angry at her family and her manager, Larry Rudolph, for pressuring her to enter the program. She feels she was ambushed."

Never mind that Kevin Federline and the rest of the family members who "ambushed" Brit are worried sick about her - and her infant children.

However, according to another reformed wild child, Courtney Love, whether or not Britney Spears gets better is entirely up to Britney Spears:

"You don't stop until you want to stop," Love said. "You can't make someone stop."

The fact that Courtney Love and Daniel Baldwin are offering advice to our girl is somewhat amusing to T.H. Gossip. But hey, they mean well.

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Naomi Campbell likes to beat people.

Too bad she couldn't beat the legal system.

Campbell in Cannes

Well, not entirely. Her recent sentence - community service, in which she must mop the floors of New York's Sanitation Department, starting March 19 - is pretty light when you consider she assaults people.

The supermodel, who received the punishment after being found guilty of throwing a phone at her maid, will complete five days of court-ordered community service at the Manhattan garage for trash-trucks.

Campbell will wear an orange vest and workman's boots.

During the court case, lawyers for the British model told the judge that she would not agree to "do a Boy George."

We're not entirely sure what she means.

But the ex-Culture Club singer was once ordered to sweep the streets of New York wearing a bright orange jacket, after being found guilty of lying to police about a burglary.

Soon they might be calling this "doing a Nicole Richie."

Campbell will be allowed to stay inside the garage out of the public view, so as to avoid widespread ridicule. The 36-year-old, seen here with actor and friend Terrence Howard, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanour assault in January.

After being arrested for hurling a crystal-encrusted phone at Ana Scolavino last March, Naomi Campbell apologized and said she needs to take responsibility for her actions. Scolavino needed four stitches to the head.

Someone's gotta get Pete Doherty into one of those jumpsuits. He and Naomi can pass the time mopping like mad, shooting up on breaks and talking about the latest developments in the Anna Nicole Smith drama.

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The investigative staff of TMZ has learned that the Beverly Hills Police Department is investigating Good Charlotte singer Joel Madden after a female photographer filed a report claiming he attacked her.

The incident took place during a violent confrontation Sunday night, in which the wannabe bad boy and his anemic girlfriend, Nicole Richie, went out to dinner at a Beverly Hills hot spot.

Welcome, 2010!

According to police sources, the woman claimed Madden struck her on the left breast "with the heel of his hand" as the rocker tried to escort his anorexic waif, Richie, out of the back door of Mr. Chow restaurant.

Is this complete crap, or did Madden go Jason Wahler on the gal? The photographer tells TMZ that she has a welt to prove it, and had to see a doctor for treatment.

In video taken of the incident (which you can view here), Madden can be seen giving the Heisman - throwing a forceful, open-handed stiff-arm into the chest of another paparazzo - moments after the alleged breast slapping.

Police say they take every claim seriously (unless they involve Pete Doherty), and a crime report was taken on this incident. A rep for Madden had no comment.

Tisk, tisk, Joel. You can't go doing things like this. No doubt Nicole's previous beau, the great Brody Jenner, wouldn't hurt a fly. Heck, he tried to make Nicole eat!

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Tom Cruise hearts Katie Holmes.

A lot.

A Happy Family

So much so that the crazy, male half of TomKat is going to spend every day on the set of her new film.

Every. Single. Day.

According to the New York Post, Katie Holmes will be going to Shreveport, La., to begin work on Mad Money, a chick-buddy-heist flick also starring Diane Keaton and Queen Latifah, in the next month or so.

And the ever-present, possibly insane Tom has told the producers that he's planning to be on set every day, with baby Suri Cruise in tow.

What's more, an industry insider says that Tom personally chose the movie for Katie because there's no love interest for her and no love scenes.

In other words, no crotch shot potential.

Talk about a tight leash. For the record, a producer for Mad Money tells the Post he doesn't know if Cruise'll be around, and a TomKat rep had no comment.

We can only wonder if Scientology handlers will be on hand as well. You know, in case Katie should be propositioned by any impostors.

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Really, what's one more hit, shot or injection gonna do?

Below, the UK's uber couple, Kate Moss and Pete Doherty, walk the red carpet for the Shockwaves NME Awards 2007 in London. Chances are good, however, that they have no idea where they are right now. Seriously, has there ever been a bigger junkie than this guy? Or a more wasted celebrity couple than PeteMoss?

Kate Moss Baby Bump?

Forget about Britney Spears and her pansy, recreational drug use. This guy has been arrested more times than Jason Wahler and been in rehab more times than he can count. He likes his crack rocks the same way he likes his rock music. Hard.

What we're trying to say is, Pete Doherty's typical day consists of cocaine, heroin, booze, a bong hit or several, a little topless Kate Moss mixed in there, and then rocking out to the max with his mediocre band, Babyshambles.

It's a great life if you can get it. We're not ready to say he's giving Brody Jenner a run for his money in The Hollywood Gossip's Man of the Year race, but the guy's liver and his repeated victories over the legal system continue to amaze us.

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First, he's seen ogling Jessica Biel.

Then he gets a little cozy with Sienna Miller.

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Then, he tries to push around Grey's Anatomy star T.R. Knight at the Grammy Awards.

The bad press just keeps coming. Now, Sean Combs, a.k.a. Diddy, is denying that he assaulted a man after an altercation in February that stemmed from the Diddy hitting on his girlfriend.

The alleged victim, Gerard Rechnitzer, filed a lawsuit on Friday claiming that Diddy punched him outside the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel on February 25. He is seeking an undisclosed amount exceeding $25,000.

Diddy's attorney, Benjamin Brafman, tells People:

"Mr. Combs did not hit anyone and Mr. Rechnitzer suffered no injuries or damages whatsoever. This case is completely baseless. It is just another example of an opportunist seeking to fabricate a lawsuit based on a flat-out lie."

According to the lawsuit, Rechnitzer, 27, a real estate agent, left a hotel restroom at about 2 a.m. to join his girlfriend, who was waiting for him in the valet area. The couple had been partying at Teddy's, a popular club in the hotel.

Once outside, Rechnitzer saw his girlfriend and Dumb Diddy Dumb chatting it up, surrounded by a number of the artist's bodyguards, according to court documents.

When Rechnitzer called to his girlfriend, Combs allegedly said:

"What the f*%k you looking at, dude? I'll smack flames out your ass."

Wow. Sounds like a line Jason Wahler would use prior to one of his arrests.

At that point, Diddy allegedly punched Rechnitzer on the right side of the face, an LAPD investigative report reveals. The lawsuit says that Rechnitzer fell backward several feet, hitting a car behind him.

Like any real man, Diddy then allegedly fled the scene with his entourage. No word on how Kim Porter or the couple's newborn twins handled this upsetting news.

An LAPD spokesperson says an investigation is still pending, which involves interviewing numerous witnesses. No criminal charges have been filed against Cream Puffy yet.

Yeah. This Diddy character is looking more like a winner each day. Here's hoping that poor Puffy won't have to sell Christina Aguilera's nice baby presents to cover court costs.

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Boxers vs. briefs.

It's a time-honored debate.

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We've been wondering, what does Jake Gyllenhaal think?

Well, funny you should ask. A New York shopper in Bloomingdale's underwear department recently watched the Brokeback Mountain and Zodiac star shopping with a salesman - and deciding for himself where he stands on this hot issue.

Or at least trying to.

Here's the New York Post account of the trip to the department store made by Maggie Gyllenhaal's little brother and Ramona Sarsgaard's uncle:

"[They were] combing through every style... A good 10 minutes later, Jake was still at it... holding up a pair of tight white briefs that he pulled out of the package to examine, as if he'd never seen tighty whities before in his entire life," an eyewitness said.

"It was hilarious. He looked very confused and had a furrowed brow... He was examining underwear like an anthropologist in the city's most highly trafficked department store."

Alright, well, that tells us nothing, other than that Jake wears something for support. Which is more than we can say for other celebrities. Such as Britney Spears.

Or Jake's BFF, Matthew McConaughey, for that matter. At least we're guessing. This is a guy eschews clothing of all types.

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As another enthralling episode of The Hills began last night, Whitney and Lauren were scheduled to work on a major photo shoot at Teen Vogue.

But Whitney Port, bless her heart, is "just soooo over it."

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She's tired of being someone's intern - some of us here at the Hollywood Gossip feel the same way - and wants more out of this roller coaster ride they call life. Some of us (cough, Brody Jenner) are content with boring lives. Not Whitney!

But it's not abject misery at Teen Vogue yet. Whitney's sister, Jade, gets a totally awesome opportunity to be a part of a "real kids" photo spread for Teen Vogue, while Whitney works the shoot. Which is cool, except for the bitch photo editor, who is, like, a stickler for detail.

Needless to say, our girls do some serious eye-rolling.

Lauren's estranged BFF, Heidi Montag goes to Santa Barbara with her loser man, Spencer, for the weekend, leaving LC to sit and stew at the West Hollywood Villas.

The two make a plan to have a Heidi and Lauren alone night on Monday, after Heidi gets back from the weekend. Then things get real interesting when Audrina Patridge asks LC if she can set her up with her guy's roommate - and Lauren actually agrees!

When Audrina goes a step further and asks Lauren Conrad about Brody, Lauren makes a face like she's totally done with him. Yessssss. The man is hunky, no doubt - but after that crap he pulled last week, Lauren should have kicked Brody to the curb and we're glad she did.

The night of the exciting double date comes and Lauren's guy is, like a hockey player and he's soooo cute. In a very weird way, he reminds us of Jason Wahler. Only nicer. And not getting arrested every time we turn around.

Anyway. The girls have such a nice time and Lauren seems really happy for the first time in like, forever.

Up in Santa Barbara, Spencer Pratt and Heidi stroll along the beach and make all million viewers of the show simultaneously nauseous. They decide to stay another day, but Heidi calls LC and makes plans to meet at the apartment for dinner.

Audrina calls Lauren and asks if she wants to meet the guys for sushi, but Lauren turns her down for Heidi. Which is totally nice. But then Lauren gets home... and finds a note from Heidi saying she went to the movies with Spencer.

Oh. Snap. That girl has some kind of f*%king nerve.

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Are things falling apart on the set of Grey's Anatomy?

That remains to be seen, but we can say for a fact that American Idol isn't the only hit show mired in controversy right now. While the furor over Isaiah Washington's gay slur in reference to co-star T.R. Knight has mostly blown over, the New York Post reports that he's in the middle of contract negotiations and getting the shaft.

In a manner of speaking, of course. This isn't an Antonella Barba story.

Of course, there's a pretty good reason Washington (pictured) is getting screwed. With all the cast in contract negotiations, Washington's gay-hating tirades and hot-headed antics are giving more than people like Rosie O'Donnell stuff to complain about - they're giving ABC reason to keep from paying him more.

"Isaiah knows it is his fault he may not get the fat raise he was going to get ... this is going to cost him millions," a source dished.

Washington's rep declined to fan the flames on this one, stating "We are going to do our business in private, not in the press."

THG NOTE: You see, Britney Spears? You don't have to attack photographers. You can simply stop giving them as many reasons to follow you around and harass you.

Also last week, Grey's co-star Katherine Heigl was incensed when details of her contract negotiations were released to the media.

The blonde beauty was apparently angling for a raise, and didn't want that fact getting out. It did. She was pissed.

There are also rumors that other cast members, such as Ellen Pompeo, are up in arms over the potential spin-off of the hit series starring Kate Walsh.

We can only hope that everyone involved patches things up and gets down to the business at hand. If only they could all be as respectful, humble and McDreamy as Patrick Dempsey.

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Josh Hartnett (below, center) is apparently ready to audition for The Ninth Gate, a mystery involving a rare book dealer's investigation into the occult and directed Roman Polanski.

Unfortunately, that movie came out in 1999 and starred Johnny Depp (left, right). But who can blame Hartnett for wanting to resemble this talented and eccentric star. From smaller, dynamic roles in films such as the one discussed above to blockbusters like Pirates of the Caribbean, Depp never makes a bad career move.

Johnny Depp in Vanity Fair

Or it could be just an amazing coincidence. Regardless, it's certainly worthy of inclusion in our celebrity look-alikes feature.

Maybe Josh, who is still reeling from his breakup with Scarlett Johansson, believes that if he can copy Johnny Depp's signature look, he will have better luck with Natalie Portman. Nah, no way she's gonna let him hit that. Sorry man.

THG NOTE: This is the second celebrity look-alike we've featured using a Johnny Depp character - the first being Edward Scissorhands and John Mayer.