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Thieves Work Out Amy’s Not At Home

Stars being snapped on their vacation tells us many things. How good they look in a bikini, for one. But most of all, it tells opportunistic thieves that they’re not at home, and this is probably a good time to rob their place. And that’s just what’s happened to Amy Winehouse, who’s still in St Lucia, giving some Camden burglars an idea.

“The raiders kicked in the padlocked front door and ransacked the Rehab singer’s home – escaping with her flat screen TV, five guitars and digital recording equipment,” the Sun reports.

Apparently, Amy is ‘devastated’ by the $21k haul. But frankly, knowing the sort of crazy behavior that went on in that house, we’d really think twice before breaking and entering. Just like Pete Doherty’s pad , we don’t even want to imagine what we might catch off her floor. Ew. [Photo: Splash News Online]

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Idol Apologizes For “Be Careful” Flub

On last Wednesday’s episode of American Idol, the judges got freaked out when Mark Mudd told them to “take care and be careful” after his failed audition. “That’s not a normal thing to say to people,” admonished Paula Abdul. “Was that a threat? That was a threat.” The producers promoted the tense moment in ads, suggesting that the audition had “turned ugly”—as if Mudd cocked a shotgun and told Simon Cowell he had a purty mouth. Turns out the phrase is a common send-off in Kentucky, and the Idol runners have apologized to offended Southerners on their site.

We apologize to any viewers who were offended by the misinterpretation of the contestant’s comment to “be careful” upon completion of his audition in Louisville, KY. Our visits to audition cities are relatively brief and sometimes regional greetings and salutations are lost in translation. We had not heard that phrase from any other contestants during the day, so it took everyone by surprise. We now know better and look forward to visiting Louisville again someday.

And next time, they’ll be careful.

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Citizen Scandal: Police Chase Woman In U-Haul For Two Hours

Leading the California Highway Patrol on a two-hour chase is one thing…but doing it in a U-Haul? Now we’re impressed. Alisha Mankin was merely riding shotgun when a male companion was pulled over by police for suspicious conduct, but when the cops put the man in cuffs, Mankin—who had two warrants out for her arrest—decided to hop back in the truck and see how far she could get.

The answer was pretty impressive, taking her through downtown LA, Westlake and scenic Malibu, as well as several major highways. During the chase, the nonplussed Mankin reportedly smoked cigarettes and bounced around to music. The U-Haul finally ran out of gas an a two-lane road in Oxnard, at which point Mankin fled on foot and tried to steal another car to no avail. Along with her earlier warrants, she’s now charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, recklessly evading peace officers, driving while under the influence of a controlled substance and misdemeanor hit and run. But she did get to be on TV!

Check out some video highlights—including her arrest—after the jump.

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Gossip Break: GaGa Got Dressed In The Dark

  • Lady Gaga‘s outfits are more ridiculous than her name.  [DListed]
  • Angelina Jolie wore her Sag Awards dress backwards, and it still looked good. It must be so hard being perfect!  [Seriously?OMG]
  • Thing in St. Lucia just got worse – Amy Winehouse was photographed playing Scrabble naked.  [BWE]
  • Whoop-dee-do, the Arrested Development movie is apparently happening now.  [Buzzfeed]
  • Elisabeth Hasselbeck is knocked up for a third time.  [Jezebel]
  • Nick Cannon has to ask his boss wife permission to talk to his friends.  [CelebSlam]
  • Penelope Cruz is working hard for her Oscar nomination.  [PopSugar]
  • Ashlee Simpson is busy trying to lose the pregnancy pounds she packed on, while defending her sister’s recent weight gain.  [I’mNotObsessed]

[Photo: FilmMagic]

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Only One Cheerleading Team At The Super Bowl?

Is a cheer curse afoot? For the fourth year in a row, only one of the teams competing in the Super Bowl has its own cheerleading team. The Arizona Cardinal Cheerleaders have been thrusting its pom-poms for over thirty years, but the Pittsburgh Steelers haven’t had their own squad since the Steelerettes disbanded in 1969.

With only six of the thirty two teams in the NFL without squads, you’d think this wouldn’t be as common an occurrence as it is. But between the Steelers, the Packers (using college teams at home games since ’89) and the New York Giants (who’ve never had ladies on the sidelines), one sided cheering has happened at almost half the Super Bowls over the last twenty years. It’s practically a cheer crime!

While this obviously hasn’t hurt any of teams mentioned—though some Chicago Bears fans blame twenty-odd years without a Super Bowl win on the firing of the Honey Bears in 1986—it must be demoralizing for the Cardinals ladies to have no one to compete against at the big game (Steely McBeam doesn’t count). Should every team be forced to have cheerleaders, or should the NFL get rid of the objectification parade all together?

Related Scandalist Content: The Hottest Cheerleaders of 2008

[Photo: Getty Sport]

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Banned Super Bowl Ads: Too Sexy For TV?

Spike has done us all a favor by aggregating years worth of Super Bowl commercials. We’re sure sociologists could break down the sum total of American culture by watching them. But here at Scandalist we’re interested in only one question: Are the following ads too dirty for prime time or proof that America is one big puritanical beast? Watch the videos below and let us know whether you agree with our logic.

GoDaddy’s Basic Instinct Girl: Ban-Worthy Or Puritanical?

Synopsis: GoDaddy gratuitously gives you a Basic Intinct-esque glimpse between the legs of a model while urging you to buy a new web domain. Sure, it’s dirty. But is it any dirtier than the average cheerleader routine? Mark this down in the “puritanical” column.

Miller Lite Lesbian Mud Fight: Ban-Worthy Or Puritanical?

Synopsis: Comical violence. Girl-on-girl kiss. This is definitely explicit. But an action-filled Sapphic satire does us all a little good sometimes, no? Maybe Scandalist staffers are perverted, but we think the only dirty aspect of this ad is the mud in the tub.

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Patrick Swayze Denies That He’s Quit Cancer Treatment

Earlier today, blogs buzzed that Dirty Dancing star Patrick Swayze had supposedly ended his treatment for pancreatic cancer, after doctors caring for the star informed him there was no more they could do. A source told the National Enquirer that, “There’s nothing more doctors can do for him. We are down to the wire and the goal now is to keep Patrick comfortable. His condition is inoperable and they have stopped the chemo. He’s still losing weight and he’s very weak.”

Yet reps for the actor shot down the rag’s claim, insisting that The Beast star was “continuing his treatment.” Swayze was released from the hospital earlier this month after battling pneumonia, in addition to the cancer, which has ravaged his body for a year.  [Photo: FilmMagic]

To learn more about pancreatic cancer, visit Pancan.org.

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Paris Needs A Coat – And A Bra

Paris Hilton headed out on the streets of London this week dressed like she was still in Los Angeles. Needless to say, her breasts boycotted her decision to go without a coat. The, uh, actress has been busy convincing the Brits that she’s not dumb, telling the morning show GMTV that, “I just say jokes but they think I’m serious, which I think is funny, and I think I kind of play up the image sometimes because – whatever – it’s just entertainment.”

And what’s more entertaining than nipples? Nice work Paris. You win this round! [Photo: Splash News Online]

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Jake Gyllenhaal Kicks Photographer On Way To Jury Duty

Potential juror Jake Gyllenhaal was running back to the courthouse from lunch break when TMZ tried to ask him a pertinent, worthwhile question: “are you happy with the eleven dollars a day?” Rather than thank the pap and answer politely, the star kicked him in the shin.

“He just assaulted me! Jake, you just assaulted me!” cried the innocent inquisitor, giddy with the idea that he’d just won celebrity lawsuit lottery. Now that Jake has been excused by the LA court, he can go back to making movies and strutting with Reese Witherspoon—unless he gets charged with battery himself. [via Videogum]

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Mickey Rourke Will Probably Not Wrestle Chris Jericho After All

Mickey Rourke‘s spokesperson has denied claims that the Wrestler actor will take on Chris Jericho at the upcoming WrestleMania 25.

Mickey was very honored to be asked, as he has the greatest respect for WWE. However, he will not be participating in WrestleMania. He is focusing entirely on his acting career.

The irony is that the story came not from the usual unnamed source but from Rourke himself, who challenged Jericho at the SAG Awards on Sunday, saying he’d throw the pro “around the ring like a tossed salad.” The pair duked it out verbally on Larry King Live Tuesday night, with Rourke passing on a wrestling match, but trumpeting his career as a boxer. “[Wresting is] not my world, I was a professional fighter. Would I box him in a boxing ring or a bare-knuckle match? Yeah.” Jericho was not amused, and offered to fight any way, anywhere: “You offended me, and that’s the last thing you wanna do…I don’t have respect for you…I’ll be waiting.”

Some wonder if this is all just hype for the April 5th event—and who knows? By that time Rourke will know whether or not he’s won an Oscar, and can go back to making an ass out of himself in public without worrying it cost him the nod.

Related Scandalist Content: 5 Great (And 5 Horrible) Mickey Rourke Movies You Have To See

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