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Father Of Kid Injured In Hogan Crash Tries To Kill Wife

Poor John Graziano. The Iraq War vet has been in a coma since his car accident with Nick Hogan and has missed all the drama – the lawsuits, the Hogan’s divorce, Nick’s trial and jails stint. But now the scandal actually involves Graziano’s family, after his dad was busted for trying to hire a hit man to kill his estranged wife.

Edward Graziano began meeting with an undercover detective he believed was an associate of a hit man in December 2008. Graziano – who had hoped the hit would help solve recent divorce-related troubles – wanted his wife’s murder to look like a car accident. He paid off the undercover cop with $1000 in cash, a personal check for $1000 and a $13 gift card to a pizza place. He was arrested yesterday – his wife is still alive, thank goodness.  [Photo: Splash News Online/GettyImages]

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Carmen Electra Gets Crazy With The Chelsea Girls

Former “Baywatch” babe Carmen Electra knows how to get sexy for the camera, and last night was no exception. Carmen introduced cover band The Chelsea Girls at the Roxy in Hollywood last night and then busted on stage halfway through the show to shake and jiggle that thang while the girls played. Check out our gallery of Carmen rocking it out and showing off her best assets. [Photo: Getty Images]

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Jodie Foster Caught Speeding By Speeders

Jodie Foster has put up with a lot of crap in her day, from president-shooting stalkers to messy romantic splits, and she’s always kept a strong face in public. So it’s no surprise she wouldn’t sign a release for the truTV show Speeders to show her arguing with cops over a speed ticket.

According to the New York Post, police pulled the two-time Oscar winner’s Prius over for going over 50 in a 35 mph zone last weekend. Foster argued that the radar gun was defective, which—if you’ve ever seen Speeders—you know never works.

Foster refused to sign a waiver to appear on the show, so the camera crew ceased filming and returned to the police car. But she grew quite agitated and angry, and kept insisting to the police officers that the radar gun must have made a mistake. She maintained to the officers that she was only going 30 mph at the time they pulled her over, and she kept interrupting and complaining that the process was taking too long.

Despite her complaints, Foster was still issued a citation. Speeders will have just have to wait for Jodie Sweetin to zoom by.

[Photo: Splash News Online]

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Gossip Geek: Brittany Snow Is Lil’ Lily

With Brittany Snow acting the winter fashion plate and attending a runway show with 90210‘s Shenae Grimes, we should have guessed she was gunning for Gossip Girl. The Prom Night starlet is set to play the young Lily van der Woodsen in that long-buzzed spin-off. Snow won’t have much need for her winter wardrobe—it’s set in LA—but we’re sure producers appreciated her effort to blend.

But why would an increasing successful movie actress decide to do a TV show? Because starring roles on the CW bring a little more name recognition than straight-to-DVD indies and supporting roles in Hairspray. This role could mean infinitely more magazine covers, and there will still be plenty of time for PG-13 horror movies between seasons. Assuming there’s more than one.

XDXD. Gossip Geek.

[Photos: WireImage]

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Jeremy Piven Cries In Hearing, Avoids Fine

Jeremy Piven may have skipped out on his role in the Broadway play Speed The Plow, but he sure put his acting skills to work yesterday. The actor appeared at a hearing made up of his thespian peers to determine if there was any wrongdoing in his abrupt exit from the show. In his 20-minute interview Piven managed to squeak out tears not once – but twice! – while describing how a bad case of mercury poisoning made him feel confused and exhausted during the production.

“At times I was incapable of getting enough oxygen to get my lines out on stage, and sometimes I’d forget where I was in the play,” Mr. Piven said. “This misconception that I was out partying was wrong.”

Piven wept as he told the group that, “I’ve never missed a day’s work or a rehearsal in my life.” Looks like the tears worked – he walked away without incuring any penalites. [Photo: FilmMagic]

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American Idol Recap: Results Feb. 26

During last night’s results show, three lucky (some would say very lucky) singers made it to the finals. Some of our predictions from yesterday came true and some did not. It seems that America loves an underdog (a Michael Sarver, if you will) and last night’s Michael Sarver was, inexplicably, Kris Allen. We did not see that coming. The one obvious choice, Allison Iraheta, made it through with no complaints from us, but of the two men who made it through in this competition, one could be an extra on Gossip Girl and the other could be an extra in The Unofficial and Unnecessary Story of Pete Wentz, and neither will beat Danny Gokey. We also learned we’re pretty crappy at making predictions.

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Watch Kendra And Hef Break Up

We all know that Kendra Wilkinson has moved on from the Playboy Mansion and is planning her wedding to NFL star Hank Baskett, but how did the breakup with her famous ex Hugh Hefner all go down? In this clip from Sunday’s Girls Next Door finale, watch Kendra tell Hef that she has met someone else and she feels “like I want to try to work things out with him.”

Hef is quite the understanding gentleman, telling Kendra, “I knew we were getting to that place.” [Source: Us Magazine]

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Mr T Attempts To Sort Out UK

Fed up with the recession? All you need to do is ‘man up’, apparently. For some random reason we can’t quite fathom, Mr T is in the UK and has decided to bully the British people out of the current economic woes.

“If you get knocked down, setbacks in life, like applying for a job if they don’t hire you, keep trying, keep getting up, keep doing it. Don’t give up, that’s what it’s about,” he said.

Wow – thanks! We would have never realized that before. Although, perhaps he should have thought twice before describing the UK’s national sport as ‘wimpy soccer’. Ah. We wouldn’t advise him to walk around certain parts of the country now, no matter how tough he is. Many ‘soccer’ fans won’t appreciate that advice coming from a middle-aged 1980s actor.  [Photo: FilmMagic]

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Mayor To Resign Over Racist E-mail

When word first got out that Mayor Dean Grose of Los Alamitos, California e-mailed a photo of watermelons on the White House lawn (“no easter egg hunt this year”) to a group including an African-American businesswoman, he claimed there was nothing racist about it (“I didn’t see this in the same light that she did”). Still, claiming that the negative attention has affected his ability to lead, Grose has promised to resign at a city council meeting on March 2nd. The soon-to-be-former Mayor continues to profess he was “unaware of the racial stereotype that black people like watermelons,” but has yet to explain why the hell someone would forward friends an image of watermelons on the White House lawn if they weren’t.

In other race-baiting Republican news, rather white Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachman yelled “you be da man!” at African-American RNC Chairman Michael Steele after his speech at a conference yesterday. Steele himself is offering “slum love” to Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal because Jindal is Indian-American and there’s that movie Slumdog Millionaire with all the Indians in it and gee isn’t that amusing.