Free Britney

Free Britney

Teaming up with Hilton Hater to bring you the latest celebrity news, Hollywood rumors and gossip since 6/6/06.

at . Comments

Rosario Dawson, who split from beau Jason Lewis last year, says she's enjoying the single life. In fact, she thinks it's really good.

"It's really good," she told People.

Will Smith and Rosario Dawson

Note that Britney Spears also said this before experiencing a nervous breakdown, shaving her head and landing in rehab three times.

At an autograph signing for her upcoming movie, Grindhouse (which features a bit part by Fergie, among others) in New York City, Saturday, the actress opened up about her personal life.

"I'm really kind of crazy and so busy and everything so it's nice to just be spending time with my friends and family and also not having to worry about, you know, calling in and doing the check-in," she said. "I'm not really good at that."

Dawson and Jason Lewis started dating in 2004, and made their first red-carpet appearance together in January 2005 at a party in Los Angeles.

Also at the Grindhouse event, held at comic-book mecca Jim Hanley's Universe, were Dawson's costars Rose McGowan and Freddie Rodriguez, as well as the film's co-directors Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez.

Dawson, who stopped by Comic-Con in San Diego last year to promote her own comic-book series, The Occult Crimes Taskforce, said she felt gratified getting to meet fans face-to-face.

"You get to really hear what they have to say - I think that's so important," she said.

"I don't really have a connection a lot of times to that fan base. That's why the Internet's been really amazing in allowing fans more access, but still, you don't get that one-on-one."

Many Internet readers probably wish they could get a little one-on-one going with Antonella Barba. But alas, those nude pics are just so impersonal.

Also on the actress's busy schedule is working with the Girls Club, which is breaking ground on a new building next year.

"It's going to be the first Girls Club in all of Manhattan," said the New York City native. "It's a really, really big deal. It's very exciting."

What kind of club is this? Is Christina Aguilera in it? If not, does anyone care? Whatever. We're happy for Dawson and her new single life.

at . Comments

Justin Timberlake vowed to "break the slime barrier" at Saturday's 20th Annual Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards - and the show's host sure did deliver the green goo.

Timberlake, who won the award for favorite male singer, was slimed both at the beginning and end of the show.

Hayden Panettiere and Wladimir Klitschko Picture

During the opening number, Justin Timberlake, dressed in a tuxedo and an orange scarf, sang:

"You'll never get a drop of slime on old J.T." â€" but was soon covered with it.

Other stars who got drenched with the green stuff included Mandy Moore, Tobey Maguire, Steve Carell, Vince Vaughn, Chris Tucker, and Jackie Chan.

Even Nicole Kidman got slightly slimed when she accepted the award for the animated movie Happy Feet. The actress, who voiced a character in the film, was there on behalf of the film's director, George Miller.

The show, which featured performances by Gwen Stefani and Maroon 5, also included a daredevil bungee jump by stuntman Ron Jones, who plunged into a giant vat of green slime from a height of 225 feet.

Early in raucous show, Charlotte's Web star Dakota Fanning won for favorite female movie star and the Black Eyed Peas won for favorite musical group.

"I consider all of you my friends!" said Fanning, who was presented with the award by Blades of Glory stars Will Ferrell and Jon Heder.

Other awards went to Ben Stiller, who took home the Wannabe Award, Adam Sandler for favorite male film actor and American Idol for favorite the TV show. Idol judges Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul were on hand to accept the award.

In one of the show's gross-out moments, Heroes actress Hayden Panettiere announced Drake Bell of Josh and Drake as the winner of Nickelodeon's favorite TV actor by picking out the "world's largest booger" from a giant nose.

As for burping champion, Timberlake lost the the title after he was challenged by the entire 12,000-person crowd to a burp-off. Together, everyone at the Pauley Pavilion - with the help of some special effects â€" defeated the singer with a massive ensemble burp.

"Tonight I went head-to-head with every kid in the audience and I don't know if I stood a chance," said Britney Spears' ex-beau after the show. "They came in strong and I gave it a go but it just wasn't good enough."

At the end of the evening, Timberlake, with the help of Vince Vaughn, used a "detonator" to release a giant surge of slime that came up through the floor, spraying the actors and much of the audience and.

Awards are determined by kids who vote to pick the winners. Approximately 40 million votes were cast this year, according to Nickelodeon.

at . Comments

Once again, the incomparable Stephen Colbert has taken the time out of his hit Comedy Central show, The Colbert Report, to tackle more important issues. It's been a hell of a week. Who (and what) makes the latest edition of the "On Notice" board? Let's see...

It's impossible to argue with his selections. Divorce settlements are bad news all around (talking to you, Britney). And what's with everybody's fiancee getting knocked up before walking down the aisle? It's not just for Keri Russell and Amanda Peet anymore. Everybody's doing it this way. Was there some memo we didn't get?

As for the rest of the list...

  • It's the hair. What else could possibly keep Sanjaya Malakar on American Idol? Watching the guy is raw pain. Yet he stays. Every week. As our ears bleed. Literally.
  • We get it. Heather Mills has a prosthetic leg, yet is on a reality show about dancing! Amazing! Enough. Shouldn't science get the credit for making this possible, not the gold-digging former call girl?
  • Mortgage lenders are paying the price for issuing many thousands of home loans to borrowers with bad credit. If your credit is so poor that you can't qualify for low mortgage rates, should you really be buying a house at all? Think about it.
  • François-Henri Pinault, if you don't treat Salma Hayek right, we will end you.
  • What is it with Laguna Beach graduates and getting arrested? First Jason Wahler (x3), now Jessica Smith. This town should hire one of its less troubled alums, Lauren Conrad, to conduct an anti-DUI seminar.
  • Everyone's trying the pink hair thing. Scarlett Johansson. Kelis. Rachel McAdams. Joss Stone. In a word, it looks really friggin' lame. Get a life! Pink (the singer, not the color) is rolling in her grave.

at . Comments

TMZ has learned that a woman was arrested in front of the Beverly Hills mansion of Tom Cruise after someone inside the estate tipped off police.

According to police sources, and relayed to us by TMZ, 32-year-old Emily Diane Leatherman, a known transient, was arrested in front of the movie star's home for receiving known stolen property and for violating a court order. It is not yet clear which court order was violated.

Not His Best Look

PHOTO CREDIT: Mavrixphoto.com, TMZ.com

The crazy thing? This isn't the first time that Leatherman - who is currently being held at a Beverly Hills jail on $45,000 bail - has been in the news for stalking!

Last year, a judge ordered her to stay at least 500 feet away from John Cusack after the actor claimed that she showed "an unusual interest by stalking, throwing a long letter of interest over my fence in bags with rocks and screwdrivers inside."

Always classy. Leatherman insisted that she was only trying to contact famous people to have them tell her tale of being sexually assaulted and harassed.

Yeah, yeah. That's probably what Dominick Giordano said when he got busted for stalking Michelle Branch earlier this week. It's the oldest story in the book, lady.

We're just glad that little Asian cutie Suri Cruise and her brainwashed mother, Katie Holmes, weren't exposed to any harm as a result of this lunatic.

at . Comments

Victoria Beckham and David Beckham are still looking for a home in the U.S. - but don't think they'll overpay on their mortgage just because they're famous!

The couple refuses to get screwed on a house whose price has been jacked up simply because the famous pair and her huge breasts are in the market.

A Worried Fan

"It's pretty hard to keep identities secret when you are interested in multimillion-dollar mansions," a source close to the Beckhams said.

"Once sellers find out who's interested in buying, the prices immediately skyrocket. It's ridiculous."

As a result, says the source, "Victoria and David have still not decided on a house for when they move to L.A. They refuse to pay above the odds just because they are famous."

In January it was announced that the David Beckham would move to California after the former English soccer captain, 31, signed a lucrative five-year deal with the L.A. Galaxy - which apparently exists.

Since then, Victoria Beckham, a.k.a. Posh Spice, 32, has made several trips to the west coast to check on possible homes for themselves and private schools for their sons Brooklyn, 8, Romeo, 4 and Cruz, 2.

Although schools have been narrowed down, the family is struggling to find a suitable mansion. Britney Spears is currently experiencing the same thing!

"They will definitely buy in or around Beverly Hills. It makes sense for them," a pal says. "But they will not pay excess prices purely because of who they are. They're careful with money."

Reps for the couple were not immediately available for comment.

"They don't want to get stuck in a bidding war. One mansion recently went up by millions as soon as the owner found out the Beckhams were interested," says the source. "The problem is they need a big house."

Doesn't Tom Cruise have guest quarters or a pool house or something?

One thing's for sure - wherever they land will be recorded for TV cameras, since Posh has signed to star in a six-part, NBC reality show that will coincide with the family's move to L.A.

"They have a lot of work to do before David finishes playing soccer in Spain," says the source. "Their house in Madrid needs to be sold before they move in July."

Otherwise, they could get saddled with two mortgages. Which is a concern every relocating homeowner faces. No clue how they'd be able to afford that on his $50 million salary. Maybe with a bridge loan?

at . Comments

Is Isla Fisher knocked up with a baby Borat?

An inside source, who is not unreliable at all, said that Fisher announced she�s expecting Sacha Baron Cohen�s baby at the Cat and the Fiddle pub in Los Angeles this week.

Bruno Picture

�Isla called everyone to a toast and gushed, �We have got good news. I am pregnant.��

�We have got� good news? Most awkward toast phrasing ever.

The couple are currently engaged, but a rep for the Wedding Crashers actress won�t confirm or deny the pregnancy.

Somehow we�re guessing this rumor is about as real as the Ryan Phillippe / Ashlee Simpson hookup some tabloids were reporting a week or so ago. But hey, our fingers are crossed!

Cohen, whose hit movie Borat won numerous accolades last year, was said to have stayed in character for months as it was filmed. No doubt Fisher was happy to see that end.

If she�s pregnant, it will be the latest in a long line of unwed celebrity pregnancies. Salma Hayek (via the seed of François-Henri Pinault)> and Jennifer Meyer (the mother of Tobey Maguire�s baby, Ruby) come to mind.

at . Comments

Embattled actress, singer and America's Got Talent judge Brandy Norwood appears to be searching for some enlightment.

According to TMZ, the troubled Brandy finally surfaced in West Hollywood on Wednesday outside the Bodhi Tree bookstore, which specializes in New Age and other spiritual texts. Bet Britney Spears is on her way there as we speak!

Ray J and Brandy

The R&B diva and former Moesha star hasn't been seen on the town much since her involvement in a freeway crash that claimed a woman's life. But here she is:

Brandy, the sister of Ray J, has yet to hear if charges will be brought against her. She is seen here, notably, entering the passenger side of a shiny new silver Range Rover. Daaamn. Nice ride! Try not to kill someone with it!

Brandy was not under the influence of any kind during the accident, though she has been ruled at fault. The actress' car troubles follow the shocking, similar case of Lane Garrison, who's also staring at vehicular manslaughter charges.

Other notable, D-list celebrities to be busted for DUI in recent weeks are Taboo of the Black Eyed Peas, Vivica A. Fox and Laguna Beach star Jessica Smith.

at . Comments

Britney Spears and Kevin Federline reached a divorce settlement Thursday, T.H. Gossip has learned.

"The parties signed a global settlement on all issues of their marriage and the custody of the children," Michael Sands, a spokesman for Federline's attorney, Mark Vincent Kaplan, tells People.

Britney O-Face

The deal was worked out in five-hour meeting in the Los Angeles high-rise offices of Spears' attorney, Laura Wasser. At the bargaining table were Spears, Wasser, Kaplan and FedEx.

Details of the agreement haven't been released, but a source close to the couple tells Us Weekly that reports of a $1 million settlement and a "50/50" custody agreement are "inaccurate."

On the afternoon of March 29, Britney Spears left her Beverly Hills home in a black Escalade with her bodyguard and arrived at Wasser's Century City office.

Kevin Federline arrived in a white Chevy Yukon 20 minutes later with two bodyguards and parked in in the underground garage in the same building.

At one point during the meeting, K-Fed went outside to smoke a cigarette, yo, and was joined by Britney.

"They had a 15-minute conversation," Sands said.

Wonder if it involved some of the stuff Isaac Cohen said about her. Regardless, the pact comes just days after Spears left rehab on March 20, after just under a month in detox.

Spears and Federline got married in September 2004 in a surprise ceremony and soon settled into a Malibu mansion. The couple had two sons, Sean Preston in September 2005 and Jayden James in September 2006. For a time, all was well. 

But Spears filed for divorce on November 7, 2006, irreconcilable differences being cited as the primary reason. In a temporary agreement, Spears had custody of the boys with three days of visitation for Federline.

The singer began months of hard partying in New York, Miami, Las Vegas and Los Angeles, hooking up for awhile with Paris Hilton and deciding panties were just too constricting.

She initially defended her partying as long-overdue fun, but by January, her manager, Larry Rudolph, acknowledged she was having a rough time.

After a wild weekend in which she shaved her head, Britney Spears entered rehab at Promises, where she stayed for about four weeks. K-Fed, who took care of Sean and Jayden during her treatment, declined to return custody to Brit until he was satisfied with her rehab.

at . Comments

When a couple of our favorite cuties get together, it's always cause for celebration. Here, Christina Milian and Lauren Conrad set their sights on making a bold fashion statement at the Oakley Women's Eyewear launch party at the Sunset Tower Hotel in West Hollywood.

It's good to see Lauren Conrad, the star of MTV's The Hills, out and about, happy and doing her thing - not getting sucked into a dangerous life of crime that has already claimed two of her former Laguna Beach cast members.

So Many Choices

Earlier this month, Conrad's ex, Jason Wahler, was arrested for the 718th time in an underage drinking sting, then was sentenced to 60 days in jail for an unrelated assault charge.

This week, Jessica Smith - the less-attractive girl Wahler cheated on LC with - was busted for DUI and held in an Orange County jail for three days.

at . Comments

Eight months into his relationship with Jessica Simpson, John Mayer has passed an important, severely annoying, untalented hurdle:

He's won the approval of Ashlee Simpson. Whoop dee do.

Eric Johnson and Jessica Simpson

"Ashlee loves John Mayer," a Simpson pal tells People in its new issue. "She thinks he is great for her. More importantly, Jess is happy."

Ashlee Simpson isn't the only one in a positive mood.

"John seems very smitten," says another Simpson pal.

Just back from a romantic trip to Rome, Mayer and Simpson have been making the amore last back in L.A., with kisses over lunch, nuzzles at a James Morrison concert and hand-in-hand strolls.

On March 20, Simpson, 26, and Mayer, 29, happily snapped pictures with fans at a gig of Mayer's bandmate David Ryan Harris at the Hotel Cafe.

And catching Morrison's show at the Roxy, "They were smooching throughout," says a fellow concertgoer. Afterwards, over plastic surgery cocktails at Parc restaurant with Ashlee, 22.

"They were holding hands and laughing constantly," says an onlooker. "Jessica looks really comfortable with him."

Friends say Simpson is relishing this romance, which is low-key compared to her time with ex-husband Nick Lachey (or her sex romp with Bam Margera).

"When she was with Nick, she was really under her family's thumb," says a friend. "This is a relationship that is all hers."

Kind of how Ashlee feels about her new nose, chin and boobs. Oh, snap. Observes another pal, Christina Milian, who was in Simpson's "Public Affair" video:

"Clearly this is a relationship that's not for the cameras. It's not about celebrity. It seems like they truly have an attraction to each other, and they're both clearly very talented as well."

No word on whether Pete Wentz approves of John Mayer. Or whether he tells his friends that he's not dating Ashlee Simpson.

× Close Ad