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Wednesday: Nicole Kidman’s Pricey Flop

nicolekidman1024.jpgHeidi Klum and Seal: Singing Together?
Just what we never wanted to see – Heidi Klum singing with her hubby. Next up: Seal aufs a bunch of designers. [Us]

Nicole Kidman?s Career in the Toilet?
With a bunch of bad films under her belt and her new fantasy flick (that cost $175 million to make) already getting trashed in the press, it might be time for Nicole to stop botoxing her face and stick a little juice in her career. [NYP]

Brit Leaves Back Up Dancers Unpaid
Big surprise – Britney still owes her VMA dancers some cash for their work. Starbucks is expensive ya’ll! [Us]

Baby Shiloh Travels in Style
Shiloh’s spoiled and has already seen more of the world in 17 months than we’ll see in our lifetimes. But at least our parents let us eat sugar cereals! [Ok]

The Many Faces of Lindsay?s New Man
Isn’t it cute how Riley Giles looks totally hot in every one of his four mugshots?! Zexy! [TMZ]

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Mary J: Video Premiere Tomorrow!

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Mary J Blige made her name on articulating drama and storming around with eloquence, but damn, everyone’s got a sunny side sometimes. “Just Fine,” the lead track from her forthcoming Growing Pains, finds the singer bouncing a bit faster than usual, and declaring just how well things are going. It’s fairly irresistible. “No time for moping around,” she coos, “no time for negative vibes,” ultimately rocking an “ooooh” that rivals Michael Jackson‘s classic exclamations.

Growing Pains features collabos with Maroon 5 and Ne-Yo. But “this isn’t about throwing junk together. I want to amaze people,” she told Blender. “I’m constantly looking toward the new kids, like Rihanna, for inspiration; keeps me on my game.”

VH1 is premiering the “Just Fine” video on Thursday morning, starting at 6 am. Catch it once an hour through 10 am. Here’s a little tease from the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul herself. Get the big picture in Mary J’s Box Set.

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Hot Searches: Cholos and Tequila

Through an algorithm we keep under lock and key at our editorial labs, we have collected info on the search behavior of our savviest pop music fans. Here’s a selective guide for VH1.com queries covering Oct 15 through Oct. 21.

Down AKA Kilo Leans Like a Cholo

The Cholo Phenomenon

For months, countless users have been typing “Lean Like a Cholo” into our search box. This single from the Down AKA Kilo (pictured above) album Definition of an Ese was released last April. Our algorithm, advanced as it is, fails to explain the song’s high popularity relative to its unimpressive position at No. 53 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. But we’re guessing video spoofs related to the song (? la gangsta chipmonks and cholas) may be keeping interest strong.

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Hottie of the Week: Carrie Underwood

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American Idol winner Carrie Underwood is the 24-year-old pop-country singer with a mane of blond, blond hair and plenty of attitude. She has the honor of being the fastest-selling debut country artist in the entire history of everything, which should tell you a little something about how much down-home folks appreciate her musical sensibilities and pretty looks. But she’s not just for country and pop fans, either. Because she’s been a vegetarian since she was 13, she was named by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) as the “World’s Sexiest Vegetarian” in 2007. Victoria’s Secret called her this year’s “Sexiest Female Musician.” People magazine named her to their 50 most beautiful list. And her work visiting American troops in Iraq on USO tour has endeared her to practically everyone. What do you think? Sexiest do-gooder alive? Bono and Al Gore aren’t pretty enough for that award.

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Foxy Brown Locked Up and Alone

foxybrown_102307.jpgIf only we could be a roach on the cell wall of Foxy Brown – we’d give anything to hear the conversations the hip hop diva is gonna have with herself in solitary confinement for the next 76 days. The once on top of the world superstar got her ass thrown into the infamously lonely cell (she gets one hour a day out of her 12×12) after getting in three – THREE! – altercations with prisoners and officials at her Rikers Island jail. Foxy got in a shoving match with a fellow inmate at the beginning of the month, and then was verbally abusive toward officers and refused to take a random drug test. That kind of ‘tude may fly in Brooklyn, but not at Rikers! She ain’t got no blackberries to use as weapons on this island.

Imagine it – Foxy gets 23 hours to just talk to herself:

Bitch get out of my face! Oh wait – there’s no one else in here. I’m the bitch I was talking too. Wow, am I a bitch? Heyyyyy, I think I might be a difficult, misanthropic person. It probably stems from starting in the often rough n’ tumble entertainment industry as a teen singing about some fairly adult topics. Who you calling difficult, you motherfu-oh look sunlight! Sigh. I wonder who can get me some Crown Royale around here. That sure does remind me of the old days. Whatever happened to Blackstreet anyways? They owned the mid to late ’90s! What’s that little rat friend? You can hook me up? Sweet – high five! Wait – did you just give me the finger? Oh, that was your tail. Sorry about that. [NYP. Getty]

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People of the World, Spice Up Your Ears

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Here it is, the kinda anticipated new single from the Spice Moms Girls – “Headlines!” It’s got the same slow n’ sexy vibe that you may recognize from other earlier Spice hits. We’re curious as to which four lines belong to Posh – the skinny mama apparently only sings for fifteen seconds on the single. Was she too busy prancing around Beverly Hills to actually work? Maybe it was the “crying and strange spiritual stuff” that went down at their video shoot? Give a listen to the new jam and let us know what you think – are the Girls back and in business or is this just a mediocre attempt at a comeback by a bunch of hot has-beens? [Image: Getty]

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Hollywood Finds Its Kurt Cobain

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After several rumors and many delays, the upcoming Kurt Cobain biopic may have finally found its star. Scottish actor James McAvoy, who first caught Hollywood’s attention in the Oscar-winning Last King of Scotland, is the suspected frontrunner to play the reluctant voice of a generation. The film will be based on the Charles Cross biography Heavier Than Heaven, with Cobain’s widow Courtney Love producing and Troy (yes, that Troy) screenwriter David Benioff writing the script. Months ago, Love stated that the film would “of course be A-list and high-end.” We’re betting it’ll at least be better than that t.A.T.u. flick.

Is McAvoy a good match to play Cobain? Any thoughts on who should play modern day Yoko Courtney Love?

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Heidi Montag’s Cheap-Ass Video Shoot

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Heidi Montag and her boy loser Spencer Pratt are never boring, especially when what they’re doing is so downright pathetic! And honestly, what is sadder than having your boyfriend/manager/self-esteem ruiner shoot your music video (for her single “Higher”) with a hand-held camera (while playing your single on a boombox) as you prance around the ocean in a bikini, flailing your awkward arms? NOTHING! Check out video of the two “working” on the shoot and just try not to cringe. I hope Lauren and Audrina watched this and had a good laugh – and then shot it a couple times for The Hills.? [Mollygood]

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Britney’s Supporters Say Give Her Less

Britney_SpearsMySpace — it’s not just for hooking up and spying on exes anymore. Now you can save pop stars, or at least that’s what a few concerned former employees of Britney Spears would like to think. BeProactiveToHelp was started by a former back-up dancer, bodyguard and makeup artist who are imploring Britney’s fans to refrain from purchasing her upcoming album Blackout. Referring to Britney as a “very broken woman,” this Coalition of the Concerned is asking fans to put pressure on record executives, Britney’s management and publishing company and MTV in order to discourage coverage. “We feel it best to put some weight on these entities we feel need to be held responsible for allowing Britney, and any ‘over the edge’ entertainer to come back to work when clearly not yet ready to hold down a job.”

If you agree that the pop tart’s career is in a tailspin but still want to give her new tunes a listen, we’re streaming her new album here, a week before it comes out. Check it out, and let us know what you think.

by (@katespencer)

We Should Watch Dancing with the Stars

And we thought a show full of Z-List starts dancing the samba would be boring! Marie Osmond fainted on last night’s Dancing with the Stars as she waited for her score with her partner after doing some sultry dance. We didn’t actually watch the show, but we could marvel at this video clip over and over again – not just for her fall, but for the awkward moment where the audience laughs after her collapse. This isn’t the Donny & Marie Show, peeps! Girl’s like 60-years old now. Even better, the singer apparently responded “Oh crap” when she came to, which is odd because we thought Mormons couldn’t say such awful things. Osmond masters the ‘faint and rally’ just moments after her fall, and is frighteningly amped to “get her scores.” She deserves a gazillion “10s” after that spectacle. Who cares if her moves are good? She just spiced up my great-grandmother’s favorite show! [via People]