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Chris Protects Rihanna, Attacks Photog

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Chris Brown went a little nuts protecting his precious Rihanna over the weekend, after a Florida photographer got too close with his camera. The drama took place as the couple was leaving the Kiss, Kiss crooner’s private b-day party, when Chris got pissed at the pap for snapping a pic and chased the guy away. His bodyguards also allegedly battled with the photog, and he is alleging that they knocked him to the ground and took his $3000 camera.

We’d say Chris’ defense was a little much – after all, he and Rihanna are just “friends!” But perhaps he went so ballistic because he was protecting his girlfriend. Even though they insist they’re not a couple, no one’s buying it, and Rihanna came pretty close to admitting their relationship truth in an interview with Elle. ” ?We?ve always been friends,” she cooed about Chris. “But we?re very close now.?

Sure sounds like it!

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Gavin DeGraw: Live from the Cubicle

Recently, Gavin DeGraw stopped by our offices to play a few of the hits off his brand new album Gavin DeGraw, out today. The hat-lovin’ troubadour dropped a heap of soul in the middle of our days when he played first single “In Love With A Girl” and “Cheated On Me.” Check out DeGraw’s pipes, as well as his witty banter, above and after the jump.

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Sting’s Show: Top 5 Rainforest Quotes

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Everyone’s getting green these days. No one want to die. Smaller cars, less paper, better recycling – it’s finally sinking in. One dude that’s been ahead of the curve vis a vis the elimination of greenhouse gases is Sting, and as much as wiseacres once teased him as a strident do-gooder, they’re thanking now him for being on the case. Each year the singer and his wife Trudie Styler corral an array of musicians at Carnegie Hall and put on a fundraiser to further one of their prime concerns, repopulating rainforests around the world. This year it takes place in on Thursday, May 8. Feist, Billy Joel, Brian Wilson, James Taylor and many other are on board. Here are the show specifics. In a recent chat, Sting filled us in on a few facts about the subject that’s so close to his heart. Ready for five intriguing quotes?

1. “You can’t save the rainforest all at once; you have to save bits of it at a time, and hope the idea will grow. And it kind of has. We’ve raised $25 million over the past 20 years. We’re now on four continents – Asia, Africa, Central and South America. And we’re helping indigenous people to protect themselves.”

2. “It’s important that we conserve energy where we live, and it’s important that we reduce transport emissions. But greenhouse gases are caused by deforestation – by a lot. That comes from real facts. What’s warming up the planet is the destruction of the rainforest. More and more, people around the world are getting the idea that this is one planet and what we do one part of it effects all of us. It’s a growing realization – particularly among young people.”

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by (@katespencer)

Gossip Break: The Hills Are Alive for a 4th Season

hills.jpgPoor Fantasia and her hair can’t catch a break. [Seriously? OMG!]

Never fear, Mariah is smarter than we thought and made Nick Cannon sign a pre-nup. [Fox News]

Uma Thurman‘s stalker was found guilty. Phew! [I'm Not Obsessed]

More Hills! The snooze-fest has been picked for a fourth season of 19 boring episodes. [Us]

OMG! BritBrit is gonna get more visitation time with her babies! You go girl. [TMZ]

Tom Cruise is obsessed with himself, and he’s got the website to prove it. [ICYDK]

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Diddy Gets A Star

Recently, Sean “Diddy” Combs received the honor of being the first rapper honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. VH1 News was there to capture the magic moment, where Diddy shared his heartfelt plans for the next stage of his life: “I’m going to Disneyland,” he told us exclusively.

You’ll be able to get a big dose of Diddy soon when his show I Want To Work For Diddy airs in August. Stay tuned.

by (@katespencer)

10 Stars Who Ruled Last Night’s Red Carpet

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Luckily, some stars managed to pull out the hotness and rock their superhero looks at last night’s Met Ball. Let these ten starlets remedy the nausea you felt after viewing Rachel Bilson’s hair disaster.

From the left: Gisele Bundchen, Beyonce, Blake Lively, Ashley Olsen (with her dud of a sister), Hilary Duff, Julia Roberts, Scarlett Johannsen, Thandie Newton, Taylor Swift, and our fave: Kate Mara with Zac Posen.

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Rihanna Makes Music with Maroon 5

Chart-topping fox Rihanna has teamed up with Maroon 5 on the band’s song “If I Never See Your Face Again” from last year’s It Won’t Be Soon Before Long. The above behind-the-scenes clip features a scantily clad Rihanna facing off against Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine for what the band’s label head described as a “battle of the sexes style duet.” Check back here next Tuesday to see the sparks fly between Maroon and Rihanna in the video.

There’s also a very interesting guest on the set of the video whose face is blurred out — can you guess who might have been visiting RiRi?

by (@katespencer)

Fashion WTF: The 10 Worst Outfits at the Met Ball

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Yep, that photographer is pretty much right. These outfits are hilarious and every seems to think so, except the stars flaunting them! Every May here in NYC the tulips bloom, the sidewalk cafes fill with people, and celebs come out in droves to show of their atrocious fashion sense at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala, which is thrown by Vogue editrix Anna Wintour each year (seen above in her haute couture moon suit). We’ve picked the top 10 worst wardrobe malfunctions from the event – which were supposed to reflect the night’s theme of “Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy.” The only fantasy I have is of a giant sheet to cover these messes.

From left to right: Anna Wintour, Kimora Lee Simmons, Fergie, Amber Valletta, Mischa Barton, Posh Spice, Piper Perabo, Rachel Bilston, Tilda Swinton, Venus Williams.?

by (@katespencer)

50 Cent’s Chain Snatched by Concert-Goer

Some dude in Angola has learned not to f*ck with 50 Cent, or his diamond chains! A concert-goer was arrested after he hopped up on stage at a concert in Angola and ripped Fiddy’s bling off his neck. The robbery stopped the show, and 50 allegedly hopped in the audience and punched the dude. Other reports reveal that the dude got away but was eventually arrested after his parents turned him in. Nice work, rents! The whole thing was caught on a camera phone, because that’s the way the world rolls these days. Check out the clip above to watch the whole thing go down. [via Bossip]

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Will Brit Look This Good in Court Today?

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Britney Jean Spears is set to actually make an appearance at a custody hearing today, and will reportedly ask the judge for more time with her sons Sean and Jayden. If she can remain mentally stable (no caffeine, girlfriend!) and brush her hair a bit, we think the judge should rule in her favor! Brit may be still be a bit crazy, but she’s currently clocking in low on the train wreck scale – a big improvement from her disastrous days earlier this year! We’ll be rooting for her – and for the stylist who does Brit’s hair, make up and clothes on the set of How I Met Your Mother(pic above). We hope Brit hires you for everyday help! [PopCrunch]