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BRITNEY SPEARS
Spears Walks off Stage at Smokey Circus

Britney walked off the stage after performing just three songs at a Vancouver concert last night. Why? Supposedly it was too smokey in the arena for the singer—who smokes herself, and doesn’t sing live.

All the lights were turned off for over 20 minutes and an announcement was made that the show would not go on until fans stopped smoking marijuana and cigarettes in the smoke-free arena, because it was unsafe for Britney and crew. Britney, no stranger to drugs, didn’t come back on until nearly 40 minutes later!

Before running off the stage for a final time, Britney yelled, "Thanks Vancouver. You were wonderful. Drive safe. Don't smoke weed!"

Britney’s camp has released a statement about the incident, which either gives it a little merit, or simply saves her ass: "We were concerned for the lighting guys and everyone else working on the show."

DRUG BUST
Actor from Harry Potter Involved in Drug Bust

It looks like the objects students were practicing their levitation spells on weren’t the only things getting high at Hogwarts last semester. TMZ is reporting that “Jamie Waylett, the guy who played Vincent Crabbe in all five Potter flicks, was arrested in London on Thursday after cops say they found eight bags of weed in a car that Jamie and another man were in.”

And the reefer madness didn’t stop there. Apparently, when the police raided the young actor’s home later in the day, they found that “the 19-year old was keeping a weed garden in his home,” which consisted of multiple plants and “equipment for the cultivation of cannabis.” According to Perez Hilton, there were eight bags of marijuana in Waylett’s car, and about $3,000 worth of plants growing in his home.

JOHNNY DEPP
Stars coming to SpongeBob

I never would have guessed that celebrity fashionista Victoria Beckham would be starred in a TV show alongside SpongeBob Square Pants. That’s the case in an upcoming episode called “Neptune’s Party, scheduled to air in the summer of 2010.

The former Spice Girl, 34, will be the voice of Queen Amphitrite, goddess of the sea, on Nickelodeon’s hit cartoon.

Posh isn’t the only star to appear in an upcoming episode. SpongeBob is currently celebrating its 10th anniversary with a special episode starring Johnny Depp as surfer Jack Kahuna Luguna. SpongeBob vs. the Big One will air on April 17 (8PM ET) on Nickelodeon.

HUGH HEFNER
Mr. T is Too Cool for the Playboy Mansion

There’s a lot of people that are ‘too cool for school,’ as the dated phrase goes, but how about ‘too cool for the Playboy mansion?’ This probably wouldn’t apply to many individuals; we all know someone, whether it’s the creepy kid from your dormitory or the sketchy lurker at the local library that would literally give their left arm in exchange for an invite to Hugh Hefner’s luxurious pad. Even professional athletes and world-famous entertainers aren’t beyond its grip.

Except for one world-famous entertainer, that is. Hef is a guy who probably isn’t used to being turned down, especially when it comes to invitations, so I wonder how he felt when Mr. T turned down an invitation to his Playboy Mansion not only once, but on a reported 25 separate occasions?

CHARLOTTE RONSON
Ronson Family is Fed Up!

The Ronsons (Samantha’s mother Ann and sister Charlotte) were recently seen at the Beverly Hills Police Department discussing with the BHPD clerk the possibility of filing a restraining order against Lindsay.

Apparently the Ronsons staged an intervention the week prior to rid Sam’s life of all of its “threats” aka LiLo. Charlotte explained that in response she acted like a child at a get together the designer had this past Friday at the Chateau Marmont.

"She does these things to get attention… She was trying to get into my party this weekend," Charlotte explained to the clerk. "We had had to tell security to keep her out. Then she booked a room at the Chateau Marmont. Her room was right below [us]… She also followed our brother Mark around."

COLUMBIA NASHVILLE
Country Star No More

“Country Star” Jessica Simpson seems to have had her dreams stripped down and taken away from her. Earlier this morning no official statements were confirmed, but her rep has recently confirmed with USmag that Jessica has been dropped from her record label. Although her CD ‘Do You Know’ debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard country charts, it must not have stuck with her used to be fans, as none have become followers. “Simpson was unable to sell enough records”.

Now that she’s been wiped from the roster of Sony Music Nashville and Columbia Nashville – what will be next? We are pretty sure her makeup like had faded away as well, and her relationship seems to always be in question – but there is always her shoe line. Don’t worry Jessica – you know how to approve a good shoe sketch, you still got that going on for ya!

BIRTHDAY
Leighton Meester a Songstress?

Today on Perez we witnessed Leighton Meester’s leaked tune named “Birthday”. It seems the GG starlet wants to be a singer, or maybe she’s just taking a stab at it. Either way, we do really like the song. It’s catchy for sure. The one thing we are not sure of however, is if she may have gotten a bit of “help” in the studio – is that for sure her voice? We will keep you posted.

In the meantime, listen here for yourself.

RETIRING FROM ACTING
Viggo Mortenson to Retire from Acting

In what will be tragic news for anyone who was hoping for another Lord of the Rings movie, Viggo Mortenson (that’s Aragorn for you supernerds) has announced that he is retiring from acting in films. Giving an interview with Britain’s The Times, Viggo vented on what he saw as the unhealthy Hollywood lifestyle, saying:

"In the past week I've been from LA to Japan to Korea to Poland to here. It's ridiculous . . . it's not a healthy way to be. But, as it happens, I'm taking measures to change that. No more movies. I haven't said yes to one in over a year. I've been in all these well-received movies and it seems like I should be doing some more, but there are other things I want to do."

FAST AND FURIOUS
Hunks, Cars and Guns = $

Over the weekend, while many good people where innocently doing some pruning in their gardens and rejoicing in spring’s first blossoms, many Americans shelled out some of their hard-earned cash to go see the latest installment of the The Fast and the Furious franchise. The film, starring Paul Walker and Vin Diesel, took in $72.5 million on opening weekend, easily making it this year’s most successful debut.

What was it that gave the film such a successful turnout? Was it the brilliant dialogue? (Brian O’Connor: “This is where my jurisdiction ends.” Dominic Toretto: “And this is where mine begins.”) Was it the re-pairing of Diesel and Walker, a contemporary brawn/beauty combo that makes one yearn for the Bud Spencer/Terence Hill films of yore? Perhaps it was the cunning move by the people in marketing who decided to omit the “thes” from the original film and give the new movie the crisp, laconic handle of “Fast and Furious.”

The verdict: amazing!

JAY LENO
Leno May Get Axed by Boston’s NBC Affiliate…

Sometimes, when the world has you feeling down, it’s nice to spend some quality time at home where people appreciate you (at least you hope they do). But if you can’t get any love in your hometown, where do you turn to next?

I don’t know, but that’s the conundrum facing late night television host Jay Leno, now that Boston’s local NBC affiliate (WHDH) wants to preempt his new show with a ten o’clock local news broadcast. Leno will be relinquishing his role as the host of NBC’s Late Night and venturing into the uncharted waters of primetime with The Jay Leno Show. MSNBC is reporting that “Ed Ansin, who owns WHDH’s parent company, told the Boston Globe he did not believe Leno’s new show would be successful. He said the station would do better financially with a news show that competes with Fox-affiliated WFXT-TV’s highly rated 10 P.M. newscast.”