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Fashion WTF: Brooke Hogan is Fierce!

brookemaine.jpgThis is how Brooke Hogan showed up at the Fox Reality TV Awards show last night. And yes, everything with her outfit is technically “wrong” by fashion standards:

  • Black and blond highlights a la Christina Aguilera circa 2002
  • Neon animal print cut-out dress connected to neck with diamond chocker
  • Matching hot pink lip, nail and cheek color
  • Did we mention the dress?

Our pal Brooke will surely end up in the back pages of some crapola tabloid getting ragged on as a Fashion Don’t. But we’d beg to differ. Seriously. While the outfit may be questionable, her fearlessness is admirable! Brooke is at a reality TV awards show – so isn’t she really just showing up to a crazy theme party appropriately dressed? The girl clearly doesn’t give a crap what the rest of us think, and it’s kind of nice that she’s not another Olsen wannabee, traipsing along in 6-inch platform Louboutins and leggings while dragging a massive Balenciaga bag. You know what self-serious b*tches I’m talking about! Not to mention, that regular posse of Hollywood fashion followers have all ended up in jail, rehab, or knocked up, while Brooke’s just a nice, grounded girl with a flair for, well – flair. So let the girl do her thing – it may be unconventional but at least she’s not like everyone else. [All Images: Getty]

Check out more pics of Brooke’s outfits from last night:

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Biggie Smalls Open Casting Call

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As you may or may not have already heard, Fox Searchlight is producing a film entitled Notorious. The film, slated to come out next year, is about the life and times of Christopher Wallace, aka Biggie Smalls, the ’90s legend whose influence over hip-hop was so pervasive it’s still felt today. Rumored to be characters in the movie? Diddy and this year’s Hip-Hop Honors recipient, Snoop. (That’s going to be one harried casting director!) Biggie was a giant — not just in terms of his music — and whoever fills the man’s shoes is going to have to be pretty damn convincing. So Fox Searchlight has put out the word: They’re holding an open casting call this Saturday, October 6, in New York City. If you think you have what it takes, and you’re in the area, head to City Stages, 435 W. 19th St. Auditions start at 10 a.m. You’re going to want to get there early. If you don’t live in the area, you can always hit the producers up on their casting-call Web site, too. See the full ad after the jump. Read more…

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Wednesday: Christina Stinks So Good

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The singer has her own scent and a (kind of) sexy new commercial. She may have the best voice, but can she beat Mimi and Britney when it comes to stinkin’ up America? [Just Jared]

Brad Blabs about Copying Angie
Mr. Jolie sounds more like Mr. Mom in this interview, in which he dishes on politics, helping others, and his paparazzi-savvy son “Maddie.” Cute? [ICYDK]

Pics: Lindsay Acts like a Kid in Rehab
Just another little girl picking out her Halloween pumpkin! Except that she’s washed up and 21-years old. [X17]

Nicole Richie Shows off her Glow
In these pics Nicole proves the theory that pregnant ladies glow – or her hair highlights are just that good. [Just Jared]

Britney Hates Super Fan Chris Crocker
The singer was apparently “insulted” by Crocker’s “Leave Britney Alone” rant. We think she’s just a little jealous that someone else is getting all the attention. [Us]

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Celebs & Their Fave Old School Tunes

busta_rhymes.jpgMario is into Ice Cube (we won’t say which song). Diddy is down with Run-DMC (you can guess the track, can’t you?), Busta Rhymes salutes Public Enemy (no, not “Bring the Noise”). In fact lots of celebs still get a kick out of old school hip-hop tracks. We put together lots of lists for Hip-Hop Honors. Come see who chose which joint, and while you’re hanging out, check the 20 cuts we’re calling the best of 2007 (so far).

Hey, what’s your favorite old-school classic? C’mon, spill the beans…

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Hottie of the Week: Jes from Rock of Love

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We’re in that weird waiting zone between finale and reunion, so it only makes sense that Rock of Love winner Jes be our hottie of the week. The pink-and-blonde-haired spitfire, who resembles no one so much as ’80s cartoon hero Jem, won one for the nice girls, beating out Lacey and the like for a shot at Bret Michaels’ heart. Speaking to VH1.com, Jes explained how she stayed true to herself: “I stuck to my morals from day one . . . . I?m not going to sit there and show affection to a man who?s showing affection to 20 other women. I wouldn?t do that in front of chicks to make them jealous. I don?t play that game in my life and I refuse to play that game on TV.” She also explained how she remained calm, even when Lacey threw her into the pool: “They portrayed that in my favor. I did freak out and the producers rushed outside: ‘Jes, do not hit her.’ I was screaming, ‘Get her the f*ck out of my face right now.’ But I got over that quickly. I don?t hold grudges.” We’re kind of impressed. Are you?

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Did Lou Pearlman Molest a Backstreet Boy?

pearlman.jpgThis photo of Lou Pearlman seemed to be begging for a caption, something like “It was awesome!” Or simply, “Boys!” But both of these felt really wrong. In case you aren’t sure who that big old fat dude is, he’s the puppet master behind such boy band phenomenons as The Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC (and their insignificant copycats Take 5 and LFO). The problem is, he not only made these guys, he also maybe molested them. According to a new Vanity Fair article, Pearlman allegedly preyed on his young future stars, and traded sexual favors with promises of boy band stardom. His former assistant said, “I would absolutely say the guy was a sexual predator. All the talent knew what Lou’s game was. Some guys joked about it. I remember [one singer] asking me, ‘Have you let Lou [fellate] you yet?’ ”

Apparently Nick Carter, the youngest Backstreeter, was the main target of Pearlman’s, er…affection. One former BSB member said that Lou was “definitely inappropriate” with the star, and Nick’s own mom revealed, “Certain things happened and it almost destroyed our family. I tried to warn everyone. I tried to warn all the mothers . . . I tried to expose him for what he was years ago.”

Damn. Maybe this explains all of Nick’s sh*tastic life choices thus far. Paris Hilton, the House of Carters TV show, that hair-do – there’s a reason the guy’s so messed up! Pearlman’s currently in jail for bank fraud, so boy bands across the country should feel safe to continue ruining radio with their crappy make out jams. As for Pearlman – Nick Carter’s got big muscles and one crazy brother. We hope one day he can put them to good use. [NY Post]

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John Mayer & Minka Kelly: K-I-S-S-I-N-G

johnmayer.jpgJohn Mayer has a new woman, Minka Kelly, who thankfully seems to be the exact opposite of his former obnoxious flame Jessica Simpson. She’s a casually dressed brunette and an actress (no, Jessica’s crappy movies do not count as acting) on our fave football drama “Friday Night Lights.” So far, we like. Nice work John! A couple interesting tidbits thanks to Wikipedia: Minka is the daughter of former Aerosmith guitarist Rick Dufay, and once dated actor Donald Faison, whose current gal pal is Jessica Simpson’s ex-assistant CaCee Cobb! The smallness of the world makes us so happy sometimes.

In case you aren’t yet familiar with Ms. Minka, we’ve got the visual goods below. Enjoy!

[All Images: Getty]

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Britney Spears’ Guide to Losing Your Kids

britneybabies.jpgCurious as to how to get rid of those two brats that clog up the backseat of your car? It’s easy! Just follow Britney Spears‘ simple guide and soon you too can get your children plucked from your arms!

Tip #1: If the judge in your custody battle gives you a strict and clear set of guidelines to follow and tasks to complete, don’t do any of them! Brit ignored orders to get drug tested, attend counseling and parenting classes and sign the judge’s order. Worked for her – and it can work for you!

Tip #2: Don’t ever get a valid license from the state in which you live. The judge will want to see it, so be sure to still use the one you got in high school in a different state. It’ll piss the judge off a lot! Once he takes your kids you can obtain a new one (just like Britney did yesterday) – but only after your kids are gone, natch!

Tip #3: Do something after your kids are grabbed that prove you don’t give a sh*t that they’re gone. Britney went tanning after she lost her children – what mundane thing will you do?

Tip #4: Once the kids are gone, you’ll probably be all smiles just like Britney! Everyone will expect you to be devastated, but let’s face it, you won’t be. You can finally shop in peace (right Brit?)!

Tip #5: If crazy rumors start circulating that you were doing coke or meth the night you lost custody, don’t freak out! Because if the rumors are true, then you’re kids will be gone for a longgggg time. [Image: Getty]

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Tour Survival Guide: Plain White T’s

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Our Tour Survival Guide checks in with rockers about life on the road. Here?s Plain White T?s Tom Higgenson on electrocution, his Diet Coke problem, and bad stage banter.

He Suffers For His Art
One time I was plugging something in on stage, like an amp, and I got electrocuted. I didn’t fly off or anything, but I had to play it off like nothing happened, but it was terrible. It was in a college town in Illinois.

Drug Of Choice
There’s this thing called Throat Coat that I use. It’s a miracle drug. If I can’t even talk during the day, I have a little Throat Coat before we go on stage and I can sing. Diet Coke is very important [on our rider]. It’s not an addiction. There was a point where I was drinking a lot more. I switched to diet for my girlish figure. Since switching to diet, if I have a regular coke, it’s disgusting.

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Queen Latifah’s Got a Jazz Jones

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Three years ago Queen Latifah flipped the script with The Dana Owens Album, letting us know that blues and jazz were just as much a part of her program as beats and flow. With a ?been there, done that? attitude, she left hip-hop behind and moved into other territories. Unsurprisingly, confidence was everywhere in the new music. The singer had already received kudos for another move that widened her career circle: starring in such films as Bringing Down the House, Last Holiday, and Chicago. The same swagger that marked her approach to rap was central to her acting and singing. (Check her latest VH1 show, Bridging the Gap, which connects her with Eve.)

Now she?s back with Travelin? Light, a smart follow-up to that jazzy debut that packs an even bigger punch. If performance is about charisma and commitment, Latifah is pushing all the right buttons. Some tracks explode, some get overtly sultry, and on the sweet bossa nova ?Quiet Nights? she makes some tough vocal maneuvers seem like a breeze. We sat down for a chat about her new musical persona.

VH1: You sang live in front of the band on some tracks. It must be exciting to have those horns wailing right in front of you on something like ?I?m Going To Live Until I Die.?

QUEEN LATIFAH: It?s the song I?m coming out to our tour. It?s my life anthem. I want to be someone who lives life to the fullest. I had a great example from my 94-year-old grandmother who took it ?til the end. The pace of the song and energy is fun. And yeah, it?s a kick. I?ve been a big Sarah Vaughan fan, but I didn?t know that one. Prepping for this disc I bought a bunch of jazz – a whole lot of Quincy Jones. And what struck me was how lush his big band sound was. I made myself calm down eventually, but I knew I wanted something strong like this.

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