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With all the controversy surrounding Carrie Prejean, it's easy to forget that the lightning rod did not actually win the Miss USA pageant a couple of weeks ago.

That honor went to Kristen Dalton.

Prejean Press Conference

Immediately after the North Carolina beauty took home the crown, the spotlight turned to Prejean and her comments about same-sex marriage. But Dalton has no complaints, telling E! Online that all the commotion has actually been a good thing.

"I think it's great for the Miss Universe Organization, it's given us a lot of publicity," Dalton said. "A lot of people will be watching this Miss USA pageant next year."

Wonderfully PC answer. She should go into politics.

And as for the embattled Miss California, Dalton says the outspoken Prejean "was friendly to everybody, so I don't really think anyone has a problem with her."

As for her views on a certain divisive political issue?

"Everybody has the right to their own opinion," Kristen Dalton said, "Me personally, I think that everybody deserves equal rights, it's really as simple as that."

Donald Trump's Miss Universe Organization insists it didn't take issue with Prejean's comments but that she appeared to be shirking Miss California duties.

That, and the topless photos she took when she was 17.

Although dethroned Miss Nevada 2007 Katie Rees feels that Trump created a double standard by keeping Prejean but stripping her own crown due to older party pics that surfaced after she won, Dalton sees a difference between the two situations.

"If you look at the photos, they're completely different," the reigning Miss USA said. "Carrie's were modeling photos, and Katie's were in action."

She means girl-on-girl action, in case any of you are unfamiliar.

"Donald Trump approved [the photos]," Kristen Dalton added. "He's the owner of this organization and I fully support what he thinks is best.

"And you know, [Carrie Prejean] has the opportunity to go back to California and try to be the best Miss California USA that she can be."

More importantly: Who would you rather ...

 

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Britney Spears' conservatorship filed legal papers detailing her finances down to the last penny. And according to TMZ, there is, um, no shortage of pennies.

From March to December of 2008, Britney spent $447,633.69 ... on security alone. Six months of household repairs and maintenance? A paltry $49,387.22.

Britney also spent $625,000.00 to pay lawyers ... for Kevin Federline. A judge ordered this as a result of court proceedings stemming from her behavior.

In the documents, these payments are listed as "Federline Fees." They do not include legal fees paid to her own lawyers, estimated at over a million.

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Britney Spears certainly has a lot of expenses to pay these days. Good thing her worldwide striptease / S&M show has been doing quite well at least.

Despite reports that he wants a raise from Brit, K-Fed is rakin' in good coin from her as it is, grabbing $178,818.00 from March-December in child support.

Britney Spears' grand total of expenses between February, when the conservatorship was set up after she went bat$h!t, and December: $10,116,678.23.

At a certain point, what's another $3,400.00 on that pile? Not a lot. Brit definitely felt the Christmas spirit when she spent that much just to hang lights.

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After searching for love on both The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, Jen Schefft finally found it ...  in fellow Chicagoan Joe Waterman, who's not affiliated with the ABC reality series in any way! The two got married last night! Yay!

A "traditional yet modern" Windy City ceremony joined the two for life. Jen Schefft, 32, met Joe Waterman, 35, four years after giving up on reality TV romance.

"We clicked early on, and it happened so fast," she said. "We just got along so well, and it was so easy. I never worried when I'd see him again or when he'd call."

He proposed this past September, and that was awesome, but just one month after she got engaged to Waterman, Schefft was laid off from her sales job.

She was thus determined to have a low-cost wedding.

Joe Waterman, Jen Schefft

The small ceremony - which she promised wouldn't include any roses a la The Bachelor and The Bachelorette - included fewer than 100 guests.

"You don't want to exclude anyone, but I just wanted close friends and family," she said. "It's about Joe and me, not entertaining 400 people."

Before she found her soulmate in Joe Waterman, Schefft was the winner of The Bachelor's third season and engaged to Andrew Firestone. She moved to San Francisco to be with him, but their relationship soon fizzled and they broke up.

She turned down a proposal on 2005's The Bachelorette. On Monday, Jillian Harris stars on the new season and begins her quest for love!

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Welcome, celebrity news readers around the world, to The Hollywood Gossip's Caption Contest - the 82nd edition of our Friday afternoon tradition!

All you have to do is think up a caption for the celebrity picture below, click "comments" and give it your best shot. It's very easy and fun to play!

This week: A pair of bored BFFs, Ciara and Kim Kardashian, texting, Twittering, or who knows what. Go to town. Give us your best caption(s) ...

Kim Kardashian, Ciara

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Let the record show that Paris Hilton and her beau of several months, Doug Reinhardt, are lovers, but not fighters. Reports of a screaming match in Reinhardt's driveway last night are "not true at all," Hilton tells E! Online today.

Rather, the ho-tel heiress says, someone prank called her. And it was a mean prank call. The culprit's joke of choice? Claiming her pooch was pancaked.

"We got home from the [T-Mobile launch] party last night and someone prank-called me and said that my dog, Tinkerbell, had been ran over," she recalls. "They told me 'Tinkerbell is dead. We just found it on Mulholland Drive.'"

Talk about doggie drama - and this time, Rick Salomon was not involved.

Rest assured, Tinkerbell is okay. But Thursday evening got weirder still. In addition to the prank call, keys to Doug's home were nowhere to be found.

"We couldn’t find the keys to the house," Paris Hilton says. "While Doug was looking for the keys, I was screaming on the phone. I'm on the phone crying calling my mom. Obviously I'm going to be crying; she’s like my daughter."

Luckily it was all a hoax: "I finally got ahold of my assistant. She went to the house and saw that all my dogs were fine," Hilton thankfully said.

Hilton explained that Doug Reinhardt lives on a cul-de-sac, so noise echoes through the neighborhood. Presumably, that's why neighbors called the cops.

"They came to the house and saw that everything was fine and said, ‘Sorry, Ms. Hilton,'" said Paris, who said this prank call was hardly the first.

"I don't know who called," she says. "It happens all the time. I've changed my number like 10 times in two years. Whoever made that call is sadistic."

LAPD spokesman Richard French confirms that law enforcement officers got a call at Doug Reinhardt's residence but found everything to be copacetic.

"Just before 1 a.m. Friday morning, a patrol unit was called to investigate a domestic-violence incident,” French says. "When police arrived on the scene, it revealed that no crime had occurred, so there was no police report."

TMZ reports that when cops arrived, the two were in the middle of a nuclear screaming match. Paris and Doug wouldn't open the gate, so they hopped the fence.

Paris and Doug then answered the front door, cops spoke with them and the arguing stopped. This is the third time this week police were called to one of their homes. A previous incident? Wednesday's late-night rager that led to vandalism.

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Kim Kardashian doesn't typically strike us as a kopy kat.

Sure, her first name starts with the same letter as everyone else in her family. But the reality TV star attempted a few unique shots in her sex tape with Ray J, while she takes pride in staying one step ahead of the latest fashion trend.

Another Birthday Party

That's why it seemed especially unusual when Kardashian showed up for this week's Maxim Hot 100 party looking exactly like Jennifer Lopez.

It's unlike Kim to follow in anyone's style footsteps, let alone a D-list celebrity who hasn't had a hit movie, song or album in years. Can you even tell the stars apart in the pictures below?

Who makes a better J. Lo?

 

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As people across America fall in love with Michelle Obama fashion, it might seem odd to hear any negative critique about her always flawless appearance.

But for Iman, the 53-year-old supermodel and wife of David Bowie, the First Lady of the U.S. is more than a pretty face ... she's just not that beautiful.

Kendall Jenner Fashion

"Mrs. Obama is not a great beauty,” Iman tells Parade magazine. “But she is so interesting looking and so bright. That will always take you farther."

Thanks ... right?

Iman thinks First Lady Michelle Obama isn't that great looking - but hey, looks can be overrated, you know. Easy for a supermodel to say, but we digress.

"When you’re a great beauty, it’s always downhill for you," Iman explains. "If you’re someone like Mrs. Obama, you just get better with age.”

Hmm. We're still not sure if that's a compliment or not, but all we know is that if "going downhill" involves looking like Michelle, we'll take it.

Follow the link to check out the First Lady's fashion tips!

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Like Donna Martin years ago, Bristol Palin has managed to overcome one drunken mistake to graduate along with the rest of her high school classmates.

Looking like just another high school senior, America's most famous teen mom took the stage in Wasilla Sports Complex last night to receive a diploma.

Of course, she was still more worried mom than irreverent teen.

"Where's my baby?" Bristol mouthed, searching the front rows crowd where her proud family sat until she finally spotted son Tripp near the back door.

Bristol spotted and waved to her little guy - held by her Aunt Heather and being fed a bottle – and crossed "graduate high school" off her to-do list.

Previously checked off that list? Levi Johnston.

"I knew it would be hard work, but I knew I was going to do it," Bristol, 18, said, referring to finishing high school even after giving birth.

Her mom, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the former Republican V.P. nominee, was not always so sure she could do it. Palin said one of her first thoughts when Bristol announced her pregnancy last spring was, "Oh, there goes her education."

"And that's why I'm so proud of her ... and really relieved," said Sarah, who yesterday voiced support for another controversial figure in Carrie Prejean.

"It has been a very challenging and exciting year - her senior year - and I'm so pleased that we are where we are today," the Alaska Governor added.

Bristol Palin boasted a 3.497 GPA, "point zero-something" away from graduating with Honors. Now a budding activist supporting the prevention of teen pregnancy, she says she hopes to go to an area college and obtain a business degree.

Congratulations, Bristol!

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In a word ... seriously!?

As Grey's Anatomy faded to white, Izzie stood in the elevator in her prom dress from Season Two, with George in his new Army uniform staring back at her. The presumed afterlife encounter was the last we will see of either ... until September, anyway.

Katherine Heigl at New Year's Even Premiere

After almost an entire year of off-screen and on-screen drama regarding the future of Katherine Heigl (Izzie Stevens) and T.R. Knight (George O'Malley), their status remains ambiguous after last night's heart-stopping Grey's Anatomy finale.

Izzie was getting better, and George finally had a purpose, enlisting as an Army doctor. But then she coded at the end, while it a bus crash patient whose facial injuries made him unrecognizable turned out to be George. He crashed, as well.

Creator Shonda Rhimes was still coy in an interview this morning on the fate of Heigl and Knight. Here are some questions about the two beloved, likely-dead characters, and those who we know will be back, that linger as we await Season Six ...

  • Where does Dr. Bailey go from here?
  • Will Lexie and Mark move in together?
  • Are Cristina and Owen like, a couple now?
  • Will Jessica Capshaw (Arizona) be around next season?
  • As the baby bump becomes more and more visible, is Ellen Pompeo's pregnancy going to be written in, or will she go on leave?
  • Was the Meredith-Derek wedding - officiated by themselves, and with hastily written vows recited via post-it note - the real deal?
  • Will this be the most talked-about episode since the second season finale (2006), in which Izzie wore said prom dress as Denny passed away?
  • Is this ending the result of the producers' own ambiguity over whether George and Izzie will die - and/or the actors' willingness to come back?

What do you think? Was it outrageously bad? Are you exhausted in every way? Did you find the Grey's Anatomy season finale exhilarating?

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Sorry, fellas. But Melissa Rycroft has officially put to rest any rumors that she'd pose naked in Playboy.

"My father would kill me! Not only would I never do it, my father would never look at me the same ever again!" Rycroft told Us Weekly.

Tye Strickland and Melissa Rycroft Picture

We doubt your father would be the only one looking at you differently if this pictorial ever took place, Melissa.

Regarding the upcoming Dancing With the Stars finale, Melissa says she's trying not to put any pressure on herself.

"I'm completely excited because I've got Tony [Dovolani, her partner] to completely understand the word 'fun.' We're going to go out and have fun."

Of course, few interviews would be complete if Rycroft weren't asked about Jason Mesnick. Where does she stand when it comes to him and her love life?

"I know I'm happy in my life and my situation."

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