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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.

Britney Spears Cosmo Cover

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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Yes, that's right. Dustin Diamond is back in the news regarding his infamous sex video, which we first learned of last fall.

The Saved by The Bell alum said recently on The Dr. Keith Ablow Show that he unsuccessfully tried to stop the video from being distributed.

The Dustin Diamond sex tape, says its star, shows him cavorting with (and performing lewd acts upon) two young women, but it was just a dare from some poker buddies, and never was intended to get out.

Sure thing, says the tape's owner, David Hans Schmidt, who got his hands on the thing shortly thereafter. Singing a different tune, David Hans says the alleged comedian known as Screech was "in on this deal from the start."

What's more, Schmidt said that he's not even sure that it's all Diamond - at least where it counts - in the graphic sex video.

"You never see his face and his [manhood] in the same shot," said Schmidt, the celebrity sex tape broker who added that he might sue if Diamond is indeed misrepresenting himself.

One possible theory: It's Mario Lopez on the tape, not Diamond!

But anyway, don't go filing that lawsuit just yet, David Hans Schmidt. Diamond's girlfriend - really, he has one, and it's not Lisa Turtle - tells the New York Daily News that she can vouch for the package.

Who knew that more Screech sex tape controversy would arise. At least we know those nude Britney Spears pictures from last month are the real deal.

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Columnist Bill Simmons of ESPN.com is a funny man. He's an extraordinary commentator and humorist on all things athletics, but the so-called Sports Guy can't hold a candle to his wife when it comes to popular culture. Here are the most recent comments of his wife, The Sports Gal, on our troubled girl Britney Spears...

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This is How She Rolls

I'm never surprised by the things I read about Britney anymore. She just can't get one thing right. She dresses like a tramp, chooses the wrong guys (talking to you, J.R. Rotem), wears no underwear, befriends bad people and neglects her children.

She lost everyone's respect and her public image is pretty much shot. I always knew she made a big mistake when she cheated on Justin Timberlake and now she's paying for it. The only way to restore her image and get her life back on track is to find a good man and settle down.

And that's what she's trying to do; she's just going about it the wrong way. She reminds me of the promiscuous girl in college who can't get a boyfriend because nobody wants to date the drunk who always has ripped stockings and smells like tequila.

If I were advising Britney Spears, I would tell her to ...

1. Fire her stylist, stop smoking, stop drinking, stop chewing gum, burn her entire wardrobe, then burn it again. Especially that black lace "dress" where we can see her panties and bra. Is she for real? Brit, you're a pop star, not a porn star.
2. Stop flaunting those enormous breasts. What's with the sudden Double-Ds? We know she's not breast-feeding - that would entail being in the same room with Jayden James. If those are implants, either go smaller or beat them down with a tire iron every morning.
3. Get rid of that man-stealing tramp, Paris Hilton. Paris will never allow Britney to have a good guy that she could have for herself. I'm convinced she made Britney fat with the Mean Girls trick by getting her hooked on fattening "diet" cookies. She's evil.
4. Avoid any and all men who have dated Lindsay Lohan, the Hilton sisters, Nicole Richie, Claire Danes, the Olsen Twins, and anyone slated to do a movie with Angelina Jolie.
5. Change her dating criteria to include NO dancers, NO unemployed trust-fund kids and NO men that allow their pants to dip below their anus.
6. Stay home with the kids and stay out of Las Vegas. Apparently the saying "whatever happens in Vegas stays in Vegas" doesn't apply to Brit, because she can't spend three minutes there without us seeing a picture of her passed out or exposing her crotch.
7. Try to get back together with J.T. It's a million to one shot, but you never know.
8. Scrap tips 1-7 and just concentrate on showering and wearing underwear every day. It's a noble goal.

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The Gossip has learned that Britney Spears and her estranged husband, Kevin Federline, have mutually agreed to a custody arrangement during the month of January.

Under the terms of the agreement, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court yesterday, Britney and Kevin will have joint legal custody of their two children, one-year-old Sean Preston and four-month-old Jayden James.

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Britney Spears will have a much greater share of physical custody, while Kevin's physical custody is extremely limited.

He will be allowed to be with the children from noon to 4:00 on Monday, Wednesday and Friday... but only at Spears' residence.

The agreement states Spears can be present, but no one may interfere with Kevin Federline's right to be with the children.

That includes any vagrants Britney might have invited over, such as J.R. Rotem or sister Jamie Lynn Spears, and certainly the disgusting Paris Hilton.

Also under the terms of the stipulation, K-Fed is allowing Spears to take the children to Miami, Fla. for a week, today through the 11th.

No agreement has been reached on the parents' custody matters after January.

In her official petition for divorce, filed in early November, Spears asked the court for sole physical and legal custody of the couple's two children.

The aspiring rapper filed a countersuit one day later, asking for the exact same thing - along with an additional stipulation that Britney must wear pants.

Okay, just kidding about that last part. He did write a vengeful note, though.

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Two-time Academy Award winner Hilary Swank plays a real-life teacher who becomes an inspiration for troubled teens in the movie Freedom Writers, which opens this weekend.

At the premiere last night in L.A., Hilary met up with Patrick Dempsey, who plays her husband. Even though they worked together while filming the movie, she can't help but be struck by how good looking the Grey's Anatomy leading man is. The same goes for Patrick... when he sees (or even thinks about himself). Yes. He is that McDreamy, folks.

Patrick Dempsey Style

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Party-crazed media target Britney Spears has posted a new message on her official site owning up to past mistakes and thanking fans for their support.

Maybe now, as The Hollywood Gossip urged yesterday, people will look past her flaws and continue to support the star for who she is. Here's what her note below:

Britney and Jason Stroll

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Dear Fans,

It has been a while since I've addressed you personally here on my official website. 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.

Behind every decision I have made in my public life there always seems to be an apparent contradiction. I have come to terms with that which is why I usually don't pay much attention to it.

The last couple of years have been very enlightening for me and now that I've had the time to be "me," I've been able to sit down and think about where I want to go with myself as an entertainer with absolutely no strings attached.

I am now more mature and feel like I am finally "free."

I've been working so hard on this new album and I can't wait for you all to hear it and to go on tour again! I would like to exclusively tell you that I am working hard to release the new album sometime later this year, but the date is of course not certain yet.

I look forward to coming back this year bigger and better than ever, and to also reaching out to my fans on a more personal level.

I noticed today that one of my biggest fan sites is shutting down soon and I want you all to know that I do understand all the reasons that went behind making that decision, and I am sad to see it closing.

If I were you I'd be unhappy too if I had to read what I've been reading every day. But trust me, I get it. I know I've been far from perfect and the media has had a lot of fun exaggerating my every move, but I want you all to know that I love my fans so much, and I appreciate everything you have done for me, so Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

Love,
Britney

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So does this mean no more nude Britney Spears pictures? If not, we're okay with that. She needs to figure herself out, which she seems to be focused on, according to this message. Maybe, instead of revealing shots of the commando queen, we'll be treated to something more wholesome - like Jayden James pictures! That and a new album would possibly make 2007 the best year of all time.

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Despite her ever-changing hair color, Mary-Kate Olsen (below, left) has kept one constant in her life - anorexia. Oops, we mean her boyfriend. That's Max Snow. He's a New York rocker type, people say. He may or may not be an actual musician (our research team is trying to confirm that), but he's a rock star in the eyes of Mary-Kate.

Max and his hobo lumberjack girlfriend, who have been an item since October, head out for coffee before checking out an L.A. art gallery on Thursday. Looks like they are having a fun time. Which is great, because Mary-Kate should enjoy herself now before Max Snow stars railing Paris Hilton, as is customary for her beaus.

Nate Lowman Picture

Meanwhile, sister Ashley Olsen, who's gone back to blonde herself, shows off her dark sense of style during a solo shopping outing in Beverly Hills on Thursday. Oh, those crazy Olsen Twins, always having to look the same. Which reminds us, there are probably some Full House re-runs on somewhere. That Kimmy girl is so hot!

Is it just us, or does Ashley look like an evil villain of some sort in that picture? Or a zombie? She and the vampire who possessed Britney Spears yesterday should hang out.

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Right after we finished discussing the latest in the Jim Lampley domestic violence arrest, we came across this mug shot of Carl Raymond Cheney - the dude accused of entering the home of a handsome soap opera star and attacking him on New Year's Eve.

Cheney allegedly ran into the back yard of Drake Hogestyn's Malibu, Calif., home, screaming "Where is he? I will cast him out!"

Referring to Hogestyn as his longtime Days of Our Lives character, John Black, the nutjob then confronted him, at which point the actor took control of the situation in a manner that would make his Days of Our Lives fans, and producers, proud.

Hogestyn "delivered a right cross to the chin" that sent Cheney flying down the stairs. Then he duct-taped his hands and feet together until the police arrived and arrested Cheney. Sounds like a case of life imitating art!

Cheney remains in custody on $150,000 bail. Hogestyn remains the man! If only we could convince K-Fed to break into his house next.

NOTE: While it's not really appropriate to put some random stalker in our exclusive gallery of celebrity mug shots, we went ahead and did it anyway.

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The woman who filed the domestic violence complaint against sportscaster Jim Lampley claims he repeatedly threw her against the wall of her apartment after drinking heavily and smoking pot.

In documents obtained by TMZ.com, Candice Sanders claims that on New Year's Eve, Lampley and his son Aaron joined her for dinner. Sanders says she was engaged to Lampley, who lived with her in the apartment.

Sanders alleges that after dinner, Lampley "was drinking vodka and whiskey and became drunk."

Sanders, who was crowned Miss California USA in 2003, says in the complaint that the trouble began when she wanted to finish watching a movie. Lampley then "pulled me from the sofa I was on" and "began to yell at me and chased me around the apartment."

Sanders says at that point all hell broke loose.

"He grabbed me and threw me against a wall. He then threw me against another wall. He then threw me against the door and I collapsed."

Sanders goes on to say that 14-year-old Aaron saw her on the floor and she asked him to call the police. She writes in the document:

"Jim beat Aaron to the phone and kept Aaron from getting [to the phone]. She says Lampley then drove away with Aaron. Sanders claims she suffered head, neck and back injuries."

After channeling his inner O.J. Simpson (save for two murders and a book bragging about them) the 57-year-old Lampley was placed under arrest Wednesday night on one felony count of domestic violence. He was also arrested for two misdemeanor counts of violating a restraining order and dissuading a witness.

Yikes. We have two questions:

  1. How does anyone, regardless of the situation, think it's okay to assault a woman like this?
  2. How the hell did Jim Lampley get Miss California 2003? He's a middle-aged, random HBO boxing announcer. Bob Costas, we could understand, but Jim Lampley?

Come on now. This is like John Leguizamo dating Miss USA, Tara Conner. Or some kid named Jason Alexander marrying Britney Spears. Just completel nonsense. Oh, wait...

Anyway, for no reason at all, here are some Candice Sanders pictures we found.