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2:00 PM ET, February 21, 2008

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TMZ.com:
Lutfi Drug Probe — Full Steam Ahead  —  Law enforcement sources tell TMZ the LAPD investigation into Sam Lutfi allegedly drugging Britney Spears is well underway.  —  We're told the case has now been assigned to Robbery Homicide, primarily because of the sensitive nature of the allegations …
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Daily Mail:
Police deny claims Britney was drugged by her manager  —  Police today insisted they are not investigating claims Britney Spears was drugged by pal Sam Lutfi, despite reports robbery and homicide officers are on the case.  —  US websites reported an investigation is “well underway” …
Discussion: Seriously? OMG!
Mirror.co.uk:
Britney Spears pictured looking pregnant as judge refuses child visit
Discussion: MollyGood and Gawker
Brian Orloff / People.com:
George Clooney: I'm the Hillary Clinton of the Oscars  —  George Clooney is already practicing his “it's an honor just to be nominated” speech, telling Time magazine in a new interview that he doesn't have a shot at beating out Daniel Day-Lewis for Best Actor at Sunday's Academy Awards.
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Joel Stein / Time:
George Clooney: The Last Movie Star  —  George Clooney wasn't supposed to say yes.  A reporter interviews a movie star at a restaurant or a hotel lobby or an office, with his publicist lurking in the corner, ready to cut off any vaguely interesting questions.  But to come over to my house for dinner?
Discussion: POPSUGAR, Daily Mail, PageSix.com and Gawker
Cele|bitchy:
George Clooney on the cover of “Time”; Talks about how he hates Bill O'Reilly
Discussion: Time and Jezebel
New York Post:
NOT SO EASY?  —  NICK Lachey and his girlfriend, Vanessa Minnillo, don't really do anything beyond getting paid to show up at events or frolic at tropical resorts that need free press - so you'd think they'd appreciate their easy-money lifestyles.  Wrong!  According to a source at JC Penney's …
Courtney Hazlett / MSNBC:
Abdul pretends her bad video didn't happen  —  Plus: Vanessa Minnillo gets a job — finally; watch out for Camilla Belle  —  Paula Abdul is extremely disappointed in the new music video for “Dance Like There's No Tomorrow,” according to a source close to the “American Idol” judge.
Lindsay Powers / Us Weekly:
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's Double Date With Clint Eastwood  —  Talk about a double date!  —  Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie dined with Clint Eastwood and his wife Dina Ruiz at Italian restaurant Divino in L.A.'s Brentwood neighborhood last night.  —  Pitt and Jolie were the first to arrive …
New York Post:
JANET'S THIRD TRY  —  JANET Jackson is taking the marriage plunge again.  Although the pop star has remained mum on her engagement to rapper Jermaine Dupri, she recently hit up designers like Badgley Mischka, asking for bridal gown samples.  “She's preparing for her private nuptials,” said one source.
Brian Orloff / People.com:
Jessica Simpson Rules the Box Office - in Ukraine  —  Is Jessica Simpson the David Hasselhoff of Ukraine?  —  The blond starlet seems to be the toast of the Eastern European nation.  Her latest film, Blonde Ambition, hit No. 1 in Ukraine, grossing $253,008 for the weekend of Feb. 14-17, Box Office Mojo reports.
Just Jared:
Nicole Kidman Emphasizes Baby Bump  —  Nicole Kidman takes her four-month-old baby bump to promote her latest film at the The Golden Compass premiere at Yebisu Garden Hall in Tokyo, Japan on Thursday.  —  During the movie premiere, the 40-year-old Aussie actress was presented …
Discussion: OH NO!! and Celebrity Baby Blog
New York Post:
GIRL FOR MINNIE  —  SHE still hasn't confirmed or commented on our scoop about her pregnancy - but now we can tell you what Minnie Driver learned when Page Six caught her looking at her sonograms outside her doctor's office earlier this week.  A spy at Crewcuts, the J...
Discussion: Ayyyy! and Celebrity Baby Scoop
New York Post:
PEANUT PAY FOR HURLEY MAID  —  ELIZABETH Hurley and her husband, Arun Nayar, are multimillionaires many times over, but they're also accused of being skinflints - paying their Indian maid just $200 a week for endless hours of cooking, cleaning and baby-sitting, according to published reports.
Daily Mail:
Jennifer Lopez ‘checks in to hospital’ to have her babies ... and Jessica Alba is also expecting twins  —  Jennifer Lopez has been taken to the private hospital where she intends to have her twins, it has been reported.  —  An American showbusiness website said a private room …
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Life&Style Weekly:
In Life & Style now: kidnap threats against J.Lo's babies; Angelina collapses
Discussion: The Superficial
Kate Stroup / People.com:
Orlando Bloom Is a ‘Sweetheart’ Says Model Miranda Kerr  —  Miranda Kerr is happy to talk philosophy, but stays quiet as a monk when it comes to her personal life.  —  “I practice Japanese Buddhism,” the model told PEOPLE Wednesday night.  “At the heart of it all, it's about practicing peace.”
Discussion: Just Jared
Henry Seltzer / Us Weekly:
Jason Wahler Banned From Fiancee's College Apartment  —  Jason Wahler went to rehab last year after arrests for underage drinking and assault - and he hurled racial epithets at a cop.  —  Now, the 21-year-old former star of The Hills has been banned from fiancee Katja Decker-Sadowski's USC apartment …
Rfiorentino / PageSix.com:
Daily Debate: Who's Luckier?  —  And the debate rages on!  Which one of these two is luckier?  On one hand you have Ashton Kutcher, 30, who was best known for saying, “Dude!” before scoring big-time by sweeping Demi Moore off her perfectly pedicured feet, thus becoming the hero of straight men everywhere.
Discussion: Seriously? OMG!
 
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The Perfect Face?  —  What happens when you combine 007 Daniel …
Discussion: Defamer and Bitten and Bound
FemaleFirst:
Jessica Alba's twins
Beth Hilton / Digital Spy:
‘Lost’ star looking forward to leaving Hawaii
Nellie Andreeva / Hollywood Reporter:
No more ‘Order’ for Martin  —  “Law & Order” veteran Jesse L. Martin …
Discussion: Gawker
Mark Cina / Us Weekly:
Law & Order Star Vincent D'Onofrio Welcomes Baby Boy
Discussion: CelebWarship
Matt Donnelly / PageSix.com:
Etta is Going to Teach Beyonce a Thing or Two
Just Jared:
Dominic Monaghan is Beak, aka Blackwing
The Sun:
HERE's one to mull over this lunchtime.
 Earlier Picks: 
OK! Magazine:
Miley Cyrus: “I Need More Friends”
Michael Ausiello / TV Guide:
Exclusive: Bionic Woman Laid to Rest
Discussion: TV with MeeVee
Donna McConnell / Daily Mail:
Viewers' fury as Sharon Osbourne unleashes four-letter tirade at ‘drunk’ Vic Reeves
ComingSoon.net:
Walt Disney Pictures Sets '09/'10 Release Dates
New York Post:
BABY FAN  —  PARTY girl Tara Reid had at least one devoted fan.
New York Post:
UNREAL CONTROL OVER MONTAG
Discussion: Hot Momma Gossip
New York Post:
OUT AND ABOUT  —  JENNIFER Aniston's one-time love, Tate Donovan , is back on the market.
Alisandra Puliti / OK! Magazine:
Elisabeth's Baby Dance Party