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One is the hottest thing in reality TV and fashion. The other almost had a shot at becoming British royalty. So you know darn well that when these two young ladies battle it out in a fashion face-off, it's going down to the wire!

To the left, Lauren Conrad - the star of Laguna Beach and The Hills - poses for her new MARK Cosmetics ad campaign in midtown Manhattan this week. This All-American girl looks great, as usual. Missed your chance, Jason Wahler.

Kate Middleton BAFTA Dress

To the right, the newly single Kate Middleton at the Cheltenham Festival in England. The photo was taken back in mid-March, when she was still dating Prince William. Like LC, this British beauty wears the outfit stunningly.

Whose classy, trendy, yet sexy look is tops? You be the judge.

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David Hasselhoff asked to be videotaped while intoxicated so he could see what he's like when he's drunk, according to Extra.

The show obtained footage of Hasselhoff, 54, sitting shirtless on the floor of a Las Vegas hotel room (see below). Off-camera, Extra says, a family member pleads with him to stop drinking and says:

Kym Johnson and David Hasselhoff

"The doctor is coming over here in the morning to check your alcohol level. If you have any alcohol in your system, you are going to be fired from [The Producers]."

Hasselhoff's lawyers said he requested that the video be taken. Pamela Anderson's former Baywatch co-star tells People in a statement that he needed to see himself at his worst:

"I am a recovering alcoholic."

"Despite [the fact] that I have been going through a painful divorce and have recently been separated from my children due to my work, I have been successfully dealing with my issues. Unfortunately, one evening I did have a brief relapse, but part of recovery is relapse."

"Because of my honest and positive relationship with my daughters, who were concerned for my well being, there was a tape made that night to show me what I was like. I have seen the tape. I have learned from it and I am back on my game. I thank God for the love and concern from my daughters. The tape was never meant to become public, but appears to have been obtained and released by my ex-wife. I hope that someone else will learn from the tape, as I have."

A rep for Debra Opri, the lawyer representing Hasselhoff's ex-wife, Pamela Bach, said in a statement Thursday:

"Pamela Bach and her attorney Debra Opri were not the ones who disseminated the tape [to the media]. Both Pamela and her attorney have not seen the tape, and Pam has no desire to."

In the video, Extra reports, Hasselhoff is asked why he continues to imbibe harder than Tara Conner, and he says: "Cause I'm lonely. I have trouble in my life." The family member responds, "You have me." Hasselhoff replies:

"I don't have you in my life. Bulls----. I don't have you." Says the family member: "You are throwing your life away. It is stupid."

Hasselhoff filed for divorce from Bach in January 2006:

Bach filed her own divorce paperwork the following day, which included claims of domestic violence. The two have been locked in an acrimonious battle over finances and custody of their two daughters, Taylor-Ann, 16, and Hayley, 13, one of whom reportedly attempted suicide in September.

In an episode of Access Hollywood airing Thursday, Bach, 44, tells the show that she doesn't trust the troubled star with their daughters, saying: "I don't trust that he can hold his disease at bay to not take that drink."

Someone ought to film Britney Spears the next time she gets faded.

David Hasselhoff, for his part, said to Access Hollywood:

"I have respect of my children and my fans, but most importantly my self respect. I will continue to keep my personal life private for the sake of moving on and living a happy life with my daughters."

A rep for Hasselhoff, who's been letting himself go for the better part of a year, did not immediately return calls for comment; his attorneys had no comment.

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As rumors fly about the state of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes's six-month-old marriage, friends of the pair are stepping forward to defend them.

Previously, we heard from Jenna Elfman. Now, Jada Pinkett Smith, who, with husband Will Smith, is a longtime friend of the couple, tells People what life is really like in the Cruise-Holmes household:

Tom Cruise Fan

I met [Katie Holmes] through Tom. I didn't know her before Tom. I think everybody has this image: Poor little Kate, she doesn't have the strength to take care of herself. People don't know that behind all that grace is a tiger. I've witnessed it! I've had conversations with Kate personally where the tigress comes out of her, that fight.

There was one incident when I turned to Will â€" we were in their dining room, just the four of us, we were sitting and talking â€" Kate made a comment, and that was the moment I was like, "You know what? I can ride with her." She made it very clear she wasn't standing for people messing with her family. She is extremely protective. But at the same time she's so graceful.

I can see how people wouldn't see this, but when you look at Kate now [compared to] when she first met Tom Cruise, she's more confident and more knowing who she is than ever before. You can see it in her pictures.

She looks more beautiful and more confident and more assured. I've watched that metamorphosis â€" how Kate has blossomed into this woman. Because her life changed very quickly, she moved from one person into another.

On reports that Holmes is a prisoner without bars:

It burns my soul â€" I see her in the house with Tom; he doesn't have that on her! It kills me. 'Tom's this monster and she's living a tortured life, he's got her chained up in the basement and he's forcing Scientology down her throat' â€" it's bulls---. Let me tell you: Kate ain't no little wimpy kitty cat. It's not that ballgame. For real.

I see how protective she is over her family and her husband. She very much carries the idea that people better not [mess] with my family. She gets fired up. When she gets to that mode, it makes me step back. I was like, 'Okay!' And Tom looks at me and goes, 'See? See? Did you see that?' And I go, "Yeah, I saw that â€" hell yeah.' It amazes me.

She's got a quiet thunder. When she walks into a room, or you see her in a magazine â€" it's a thunder that people are attracted to.

It's quiet and it's very subtle, but it's extremely powerful. What's great about Kate is that she doesn't wear who she is on her sleeve, and that makes people so interested in her. That in itself is quite a power, and she knows it.

Kate is smart, let me just put it like that.

People think Tom and the Church of Scientology got something on Kate? They don't. Kate is running her own show. And she's a great mother.

Her kids â€" Connor and Isabella and Suri â€" are some dynamic children and are extremely happy. And her husband is very, very happy.

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The Gossip just finished watching wacky video clip, obtained by celebrity gossip sleuths TMZ, from this season's VH1 "Celebrity Fit Club."

Just like the last time we talked about "Celebrity Fit Club," the subject is Dustin Diamond, a.k.a. Screech Powers, going absolutely nuts.

In January, Diamond proclaimed to fellow "Fit Club" contestant and American Idol castoff Kimberley Locke that he would "make a dildo of my c**k and f**k" her with it. Classy.

Time time, the Dirty Sanchez distributor goes absolutely crazy and drops a vicious rant against fellow D-list celebrity contestants.

Dustin Diamond spews slurs toward his fellow dieters, calling them "retarded" and "morons," then threatens each of them by saying, "I would like to slap the spit out of their mouths!"

He then singles out Locke once again, telling her she's a "big girl" and will always be.

That may be, but at least Locke didn't make a homemade porno with two low-rent sluts, then lie about it getting out accidentally (as celebrity image broker David Hans Schmidt, who bought and sold the Dustin Diamond sex tape, later called DD on).

Nor did Locke lie about her house being foreclosed upon. What an a$$hole.

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It's May 3. You know what that means:

New Britney Spears topless photos!

Caffeine Fiend

Yeah, we have no idea why Britney Spears decided to do this classic photo shoot, sporting her signature look (uber-sexy old man hat and wig), cupping her rather large boobs and holding flowers in front of her nipples.

But really, why does Britney Spears do anything (that includes procreation - best of luck to you, poor Sean Preston and Jayden James)?

The pictures appear to be little more than desperate cries for attention as Britney hungers for the spotlight, now that she's embarking on her comeback.

Then again, if her two weak, 15-minute lip-synched shows at the House of Blues are all we get out of this supposed "comeback," she may want to say in the dark.

Anyway, hope you enjoy the latest, sort-of-nude Britney Spears pictures, where the troubled pop star is smiling like she's on a huge cocktail of anti-depressants. Hottttt.

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Love is in the air for hot young stars Katie Cassidy and Jesse McCartney, both 20, who have been together and smitten with each other for awhile.

But now, there's a rumor that they're engaged - and it comes from a source close to Katie - her good friend, The Hills star, Lauren Conrad.

Photo of LC

On a bulletin posted by LC on MySpace, Katie, Jesse and LC's pals Whitney Port and Audrina Patridge met Lauren for dinner. That was when, according to LC...

"Then he got down and asked her. It was so sweet! Everyone was clapping afterwards."

After dinner, the happy bunch made their way out to club Mood to celebrate - appropriately, the same club where just last year, a photo of an underage Jesse McCartney drinking beer surfaced, launching an investigation of Mood.

Good to see he's hanging out there again. So is this rumor for real? When a rep for the Nick Carter knock-off was asked for comment on the engagement rumors regarding McCartney and Cassidy, he replied simply, "No, not engaged."

Hmm. Maybe it was just wishful thinking on the part of Lauren Conrad, BFF of Katie?

We'll see. In any case, Heidi Montag and her new, fake boobs were nowhere to be seen.

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We sympathize with the gent below. When you work all day at a run-of-the-mill job just to make ends meet, and a certifiably fine piece of once-almost-royal ass struts past you… it's tough not to engage in some serious ogling.

On the flip side, you gotta watch yourself. The paparazzi follows Kate Middleton everywhere. You have to know that you're going to get busted… on film. Let's just hope this fellow isn't in a relationship. If he is… it's probably over by now. 

Duchess Kate Middleton and Prince William Photo

While Kate is still reeling from her breakup with Prince William, she's doing her best to move on. And she can at least take solace in the fact that she's got it goin' on. Plenty of Brits would undoubtedly date this lovely lass if given the chance.

Chin up, Kate Middleton. Chin up.

While Johnny Knoxville and Diddy set the bar high by ogling the rackage of hot actresses, The Hollywood Gossip gawking champion remains this guy, who was quite taken aback by the sight of Sienna Miller (and not shy about his approval).

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And people were saying that a photo comparison of Avril Lavigne and Elvira (Mistress of the Dark) was f*%ked up. They ain't seen nothin' yet.

When the world was introduced to Nicole Richie in 2003, she was known as that harlot Paris Hilton's sweet, chunky sidekick from the hit reality TV series The Simple Life.

What a Cute Baby

And we were cool with that. She seemed nice and harmless enough, despite the inherent awfulness of Paris Hilton and The Simple Life. We were Nicole Richie fans.

Fast forward three years, though, and the sweet youthful Nicole had been replaced with a svelte, fashion-forward model. And by svelte, we mean freakish. Anorexic. Gaunt. Yeah, this lack of sustinence puts Keira Knightley to shame.

Here's Nicole Richie, circa 2003 and 2006. Prepare to gasp in abject terror ...

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Britney Spears didn't even bother trying to fake-sing during her second comeback show last night, noticeably chewing gum throughout her lip-synching.

Then she left the stage even more quickly than she did the night before.

Britney Spears in Wax

Cellphones and cameras were taken from fans who waited two hours to get into the House of Blues in Anaheim, Ca., reports People, after video and live Britney Spears photos popped up everywhere on the Internet.

For its trouble, the crowd was treated to a 12-minute set (three minutes shorter than Tuesday's show in San Diego) during which Britney Spears chomped gum during songs, when she should've been singing, or at least making a reasonable simulation of doing so.

"She was a little off, a little slower than her dancers," one fan told People.

Shocking. It's like an Ashlee Simpson show... only shorter.

At 9:30 p.m., after the vast majority of the audience had made it past security, the chants of "Britney! Britney!" started, with one girl exhorting the crowd with shouts of, "She's got to feel the love!"

THG NOTE: Someone really needs to get out more.

A few minutes later, the lights dimmed, empty except for a single white chair. The crowd exploded into screams and applause as the four backup dancers appeared, two on each side, snaking their way across the stage.

As the first chords of "... Baby One More Time" were played, Spears emerged in a brown wig, white go-go boots, a white mini-skirt and a sparkling top.

Like the San Diego show, the set was a short medley of Spears' hits, with "I'm a Slave 4 U" following "Hit Me" and the crowd showering the star with shouts of approval each time she wiggled her hips.

The lights dimmed after the second song, going a soft red, with the back-up dancers exiting the stage and leaving the former Mrs. Kevin Federline alone to strut slowly to the lone chair as "Breathe On Me" started.

The crowd roared as she seductively gyrated on the chair before her dancers returned and pulled a male fan from the audience to be serenaded by Spears.

A brief interlude allowed Spears to change into a tiny denim skirt, a plain pink bra and a short, white fur coat. Her "Do Something" routine included some air guitar, a lot of the hands-on-hips hip thrusts and a brief homage to the running man dance move.

Fans were definitely there to support Cue Ball: One group of young women wore matching pink tank tops reading "Bald Ambition" on the front and "The Comeback 2007" on the back.

THG NOTE: Please, tell us those were handed out for free.

She is planning several more performances this week, including shows at the Los Angeles House of Blues Thursday and the House of Blues Las Vegas inside Mandalay Bay Sunday.

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Channeling his inner Taboo, Busta Rhymes was arrested on a DUI charge early this morning in New York, after police stopped him for driving an SUV with "excessively tinted windows."

According to the NYPD, the rapper, driving a 2006 GMC Yukon Denali, was pulled over on the far West side of Midtown Manhattan at 12:48 AM.

The reason? His car's windows were too dark.

When cops encountered Busta Rhymes (real name: Trevor Smith), they noticed a "strong odor of alcohol" on his breath and issued a field sobriety test.

He was then taken into custody on a charge of driving while impaired and booked at the Midtown North Police Precinct. No word on whether he saw Jason Wahler in the holding cell.

A message left for Rhymes' lawyer, Scott Leemon, was not immediately answered. The Manhattan District Attorney's office said only that Rhymes "had not been arraigned."

The rapper awaits trial next Tuesday on assault charges from last year.

Busta was also busted for allegedly beating up a fan back in January.

Essentially, he's a more violent, East Coast version of Snoop Dogg.

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