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Naked Media Dolls Part II: Lohan Re-Creates Marilyn Monroe Photo Moment

February 19, 2008
By DEEPTI HAJELA, Associated Press Writer 

NEW YORK – Lindsay Lohan is following in the footsteps of the most famous blond bombshell of them all — Marilyn Monroe.
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In the issue of New York magazine on sale Monday, the 21-year-old star of “Mean Girls” and “Freaky Friday” poses nude for photographer Bert Stern in a recreation of one of Monroe’s most famous photo shoots, done shortly before she died.

Stern photographed Monroe in 1962 at the Hotel Bel-Air in California, six weeks before she was found dead from an overdose of barbiturates. Those images for Vogue magazine feature Monroe in next to nothing, posing nude with some scarves and jewelry as her accessories and sipping champagne.

Stern recreated those images with Lohan this month, at the same hotel, with Lohan wearing a blond wig and not much else.
Lindsay Lohan arrives at the Clive Davis Pre-Grammy Party in ... 
Lindsay Lohan arrives at the Clive Davis Pre-Grammy Party in Beverly Hills, Calif., Saturday, Feb. 9, 2008.
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In the essay accompanying the photos, Lohan, who admitted to a serious interest in Monroe, said deciding to do the photo shoot was easy.

“I didn’t have to put much thought into it. I mean, Bert Stern? Doing a Marilyn shoot? When is that ever going to come up? It’s really an honor,” she told the magazine.

Lohan described Monroe’s suicide as “tragic” and said it, along with the Jan. 22 death of actor Heath Ledger from an accidental overdose of prescription drugs, “are both prime examples of what this industry can do to someone.”

The actress, who has been in and out of rehab after two arrests last year on drunken driving and cocaine charges, said she didn’t know why the industry wreaked such havoc on some stars, adding, “I sure as hell wouldn’t let it happen to me.”
Lindsay Lohan poses as she arrives at the premiere of 'Cloverfield,' ... 
Lindsay Lohan poses as she arrives at the premiere of ‘Cloverfield,’ in this Jan. 16, 2008, file photo in Los Angeles. Hindsight is 20-20 for Lindsay Lohan. ‘When I look back on this last year, it’s like, what was I thinking?’ the 21-year-old actress says in the March issue of Harper’s Bazaar magazine, on newsstands Feb. 19.
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Stern told The Associated Press that he found women like Lohan and her tabloid companions Paris Hilton and Britney Spears “interesting.”

“They’re girls that draw attention to their notoriety and their celebrity through their behavior,” he said Monday.

He noted that Monroe and Lohan had similar problems with alcohol but added that — in contrast to the sessions with Monroe — there was no alcohol on the set when he photographed Lohan.

He said he thought the photo shoot would be good for the young actress, giving her the chance to portray herself as a grown-up. He also lauded her for her willingness to do it in the nude.

“I thought she was a natural, not at all squeamish,” he said.

A phone message left for Lohan’s publicist Leslie Sloane-Zelnik seeking comment Monday was not immediately returned.

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Another “Celebrity” In Trouble for Prescription Drug Abuse

February 8, 2008

PAHRUMP, Nev. – Former Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss was arrested Thursday on charges of illegal possession of prescription drugs and driving under the influence, authorities said.

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In this image released by the Nye County Sheriff’s Office, former Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss is shown in a booking mug released, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008, in Pahrump, Nev. Authorities say Fleiss was arrested Thursday morning on charges of illegal possession of prescription drugs and driving under the influence.
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Fleiss was pulled over at about 9:30 a.m. by sheriff’s deputies responding to a report of a possible drunken driver, the Nye County sheriff’s office said.

Fleiss was arrested on four counts, including possession of dangerous drugs without a prescription and driving under the influence.

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File photo shows US pop star Britney Spears at the Los Angeles County Superior courthouse in January. Spears was released from a hospital psychiatric ward Wednesday, six days after being admitted amid concerns for her mental health, US media reported.
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Spears’ dad to retain control until February 14

February 5, 2008

LOS ANGELES (AP) – A court commissioner on Monday extended the temporary conservatorship of Britney Spears to her father and an attorney until Feb. 14 and appointed a physician to evaluate her competence to make decisions.

The hearing came three days after her father, James Spears, and her attorney, Andrew Wallet, were granted temporary conservatorship after Superior Court Commissioner Reva Goetz ruled that Spears needed someone to take over her personal and financial affairs.

Goetz’s decision might not sit well with Spears, who remains in a hospital psychiatric ward undergoing a medical evaluation. Adam Streisand, who sought to enter the case as Spears’ lawyer, said in court that the pop star told him her dad shouldn’t be named the conservator of her and her estate.
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The decision came after lawyer Adam Streisand unsuccessfully sought to enter the case as Spears’ attorney, saying she told him by phone that her father, James Spears, should be removed from the case.

“She has expressed to me very strongly that her father not be the conservator,” Streisand said. “There has been an estrangement for quite some time. With him as conservator, that is causing her more agitation and more distress.”

Superior Court Commissioner Reva Goetz rejected Streisand’s request to represent the singer and extended her order granting James Spears temporary conservatorship until Feb. 14. He was given control on Friday.

She also appointed a physician to evaluate her competence to make decisions.

In addition, Goetz went a step further in distancing Britney Spears from her friend and sometime manager, Sam Lutfi.

The singer was ordered to have no contact with Lutfi, specifying she can’t reach him by phone, text message or any other means. Goetz also extended a restraining order against Lutfi.

Court spokesman Allan Parachini said the restraining order has not yet been served on Lutfi, but he declined to elaborate.

In a text message to The Associated Press, Lutfi said: “I have no problems with anyone writing anything negative against me. My image is not of concern, hers is.”

Lutfi did not immediately respond to further questions left in text and phone messages.

Streisand, who conservatively placed the singer’s estate assets at $40 million, said he believed he had been authorized to represent the singer.

Court-appointed attorney Samuel Ingham said he had interviewed Britney Spears on Sunday at UCLA Medical Center and determined that she didn’t understand the court proceedings, and that “she lacks the capacity to retain counsel.”

Streisand argued that she hadn’t been given any notice of Ingham’s plan to interview her, saying Ingham appeared at the hospital unannounced.

Vivian Thoreen, attorney for James Spears, said her client should continue to be conservator because “his daughter is in great distress.”

“He’s not here to take over her assets,” Thoreen said. “He’s here to get her medical help. He’s here to take over while she’s healing.”

Britney Spears was originally to be released Sunday after a 72-hour mental evaluation. But doctors and a ward medical officer cited California law to keep her for two weeks, said a person close to the pop star who requested anonymity.

The state law allows patients to be kept for medical treatment if they are found to be gravely disabled or a danger to themselves or others.

Streisand also said one of Spears’ entities is being audited by the IRS.

Earlier Monday, a child custody hearing was held but continued because of Spears’ condition.

Lawyers for Britney Spears, her ex-husband Kevin Federline and her conservators met behind closed doors. The hearing was to deal with efforts by Spears’ legal team to withdraw from the case, but the lawyers abandoned that effort last week.

Superior Court Commissioner Scott Gordon barred the singer from contact with her two small children after she refused last month to relinquish the children to representatives of Federline after a court-sanctioned visit.

On that occasion, she was also taken to a hospital for psychiatric observation but quickly released.

 

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Court: Spears’ dad has temporary control

February 2, 2008
By SOLVEJ SCHOU, Associated Press Writer  

LOS ANGELES – The father of Britney Spears was named her temporary conservator Friday, putting him in control of her welfare a day after she was whisked to a hospital for a psychiatric evaluation.

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Britney. Feb. 8, 2006, in Beverly Hills, Calif. .
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While James Spears was named conservator of the troubled pop star herself, he and an attorney, Andrew Wallete, were name conservators of her estate. The singer’s mother, Lynne Spears, also showed up for the unannounced hearing in Superior Court.

The court also issued a restraining order against Britney Spears’ sometimes manager and friend, Sam Lutfi, and gave permission to change the locks on her estate and remove anyone who is there.

A court creates conservatorships when a person cannot care for themselves or handle their affairs. Commissioner Reva Goetz said Spears would be under conservatorship until Feb. 4, at which time another hearing will be held.

“It is in the best interests of the conservatee to have conservatorship over her person,” Goetz told a packed courtroom.

The conservator will have the power to “restrict visitors,” have around-the-clock security for Spears, and have access to all medical records, Goetz said.

Goetz said conservatorship over the estate was “necessary and appropriate.” She gave approval for the conservator to “take all actions to secure all liquid assets including credit cards.”

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Britney Spears: “Dangerous to Herself”

January 31, 2008

January 31, 2008

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Britney Spears was taken from her house by ambulance early Thursday, police told The Associated Press.

It was the second time this month that Spears, 26, was taken from her house by ambulance.

US pop star Britney Spears arrives at the Los Angeles County ... 

On Jan. 3, police were called to her Studio City home when she refused to return her two young sons to ex-husband Kevin Federline, who has legal custody.

Officers at the time had paramedics haul Spears to a hospital for undisclosed reasons. She was released after a day and a half in Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

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Peace and Freedom Note: We will not diagnose Ms. Spears from afar.  That said, there are a few facts we are aware of.

1.  A person that is bi-polar needs intensive medical care.

2.  A person addicted to alcohol and/or drugs also needs intensive care and a lifetime program of recovery.

3.  Media stars have an even harder road toward recovery than “normal” people.

So our prayers and best wishes go with Ms. Spears and her family.  We hope she finds recovery.

J. E. Carey

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Britney brouhaha; Dr. Phil Fired

TV News reports on Thursday morning January 31 said Ms Spears was being held as a “5150.”  Section 5150 is a section of California’s Welfare and Institutions Code (specifically, the Lanterman-Petris-Short Act or “LPS”) which allows a qualified officer or clinician to involuntarily confine a person deemed a danger to himself, herself, and/or others[1] and/or gravely disabled. A qualified officer, which includes any California peace officer, as well as any specifically designated county clinician, can request the confinement after signing a written declaration. When used as a term, 5150 can informally refer to the person being confined or to the declaration itself.

Britney Spears’ 16 Year Old Sister is Pregnant

December 19, 2007

Comment from Peace and Freedom: If your kids are caught up in the “Pop Culture” of American and idolize people like Michael Vick, Paris Hilton, Britney Spears and her 16 year old sister Jamie Lynn Spears, it might be a good time to return them to reality in a faith-based school or envirnoment.  We, frankly, believe people such as these provide a negative and even a corrosive impact on America….

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Jamie Lynn Spears and Casey Aldridge
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Another Spears baby is reportedly on the way — and it’s not Britney‘s.Jamie Lynn Spears, the 16-year-old “Zoey 101” star and sister of Britney, tells OK! magazine that she’s pregnant and that the father is her longtime boyfriend, Casey Aldridge.

“It was a shock for both of us, so unexpected,” she says. “I was in complete and total shock and so was he.”

Spears is 12 weeks along and initially kept the news to herself when she learned of the pregnancy from an at-home test and subsequent doctor visit, she told the celebrity magazine, which hits stands in New York on Wednesday and the rest of the country by Friday.

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