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Let's Get This Party Started: Top Stories for Tuesday 06/13/06

6/13/2006 9:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Britney Spears and MadonnaNot long ago, they were locking lips on MTV. Now, Madonna has ended her friendship with Britney Spears because Brit has publicly turned her back on Madge's beloved Kabbalah -- and she wants the wedding present she gave Britney and K-Fed back.

Plus, Jacko, Kidman and other top stories.




Madonna Dumps Britney

Not long ago, they were locking lips on MTV. Now, Madonna has ended her friendship with Britney Spears because Brit has publicly turned her back on Madge's beloved Kabbalah -- and she wants the wedding present she gave Britney and K-Fed back.

According to a report on MSNBC this morning, Madonna is miffed that her fellow pop diva has so openly ditched the trendy mystical religion that has been "adopted" by many Hollywood A-listers; on her personal web site, Britney recently wrote, "I no longer study Kabbalah, my baby is my religion." What's more, Spears has been reportedly consulting a "Christian life coach" to help her through her reported troubled marriage (which she denies) to Kevin Federline -- not exactly the Kabbalah way.

But after spending months teaching Britney the system and apparently spending a fair sum to help bring her into the fold, Madonna is displeased with her protege: "She feels she has wasted time, money and precious gifts on Brit," says a source quoted by Virgin.net. One of those "precious gifts" is a twelfth-century book on Kabbalah that Madonna gave the Spears-Federlines for their wedding, and now she'd like it returned, according to Walls.

Heather Mills McCartneyLady McCartney Under Siege – Again

Heather Mills McCartney faces another round of salacious allegations about her past, as a British tabloid digs up four-year-old rumors -- denied and discredited at the time -- that the future Lady McCartney was once a very expensive call girl who plied her trade with rich Arabs.

As Rush & Molloy report this morning, the News of the World tabloid said Sunday that Mills McCartney was in her 20s when infamous Saudi arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi supposedly paid her more than $10,000 for sex, and that a Saudi prince paid almost that much for a three-way encounter. Two former escorts were cited by an English tabloid as former "colleagues" of Mills McCartney, and a Khashoggi private secretary confirms the stories.

Her lawyer, Stephen Taylor, issued a statement Tuesday morning saying that Mills McCartney, who denied such claims when they surfaced four years ago, plans to bring legal proceedings against the News of the World as soon as her divorce from Sir Paul is complete and that she "intends to sue at that stage all parties, including individuals, who are intent on damaging her reputation."

The statement adds that Mills McCartney has been recovering from surgery and that the coverage of her divorce and the recent press has caused her "further distress and illness."

Another British paper -- the rather more journalistically refined Independent -- writes that all the negative press against Sir Paul's estranged wife, including the recent unveiling of old pornographic pictures of McCartney Mills in a German photo book, is "a deliberately orchestrated attempt to discredit the former model, who has always had a difficult relationship with the press." Sir Paul, for his part, has denied any involvement in such a smear campaign.


Michael JacksonJacko Ditches Depo

Despite a subpoena requiring his presence in Los Angeles Superior Court next Monday for a case with former associate and alleged pornography peddler F. Marc Schaffel, Michael Jackson won't be appearing in court at all.

Roger Friedman of Foxnews.com reports this morning that Jackson's lawyer Thomas Mundel "ripped up a subpoena" presented by Schaffel's attorney Howard King, and then announced at a London deposition that his client would not appear in court at all. Schaffel is suing Jackson for $4 million, and Jackson is countersuing Schaffel, alleging that he stole art from him and charged him fees he wasn't owed.

Friedman also says that Jackson's recollection of events is deeply vague, and that he is defending himself in the case by portraying Schaffel as a producer of gay pornography. Furthermore, Jackson is describing himself as a resident of Bahrain, and his lawyer says that he is now "the wealthiest homeless person in the world."

Nicole Kidman, Keith UrbanKidman Shuns Scientology -- And Eats Cheese

Though she never fully embraced Scientology while married to Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman has now re-adopted Catholicism in her preparations to marry country singer Keith Urban.

The actress, according to MSNBC's Jeannette Walls, has become more involved with the religion as she prepares for her wedding. "For Nicole, you know this is a spiritual homecoming, coming back to the church and her faith in her old parish," says Jesuit Father Paul Coleman in the Catholic News Service. It described Coleman as "a longtime friend of the Kidman family who advised them on the annulment of Kidman's marriage with Tom Cruise."

Meanwhile, Kidman doesn't just stay skinny -- she works at it. According to a waiter at New York's Il Buco restaurant, cited this morning in Lloyd Grove's Lowdown column, Kidman dined over the weekend with Urban and, though the restaurant is known for its rich pastas and succulent meat dishes, ordered only a cheese course.

Alec BaldwinBaldwin Calls Designer "Fruit-Salad Head"

When Patricia Field, the costume designer for the upcoming film "The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing" starring Sarah Michelle Gellar and Alec Baldwin, quit the production late last week, she blamed Alec Baldwin's behavior for her departure.

But Lloyd Grove reports this morning that Baldwin, never one to hold back his ire, isn't taking the allegation lightly. He calls Field "a fruit-salad head" and a "whack job, 24-7," among other things. "When Pat left, virtually everybody on the film was relieved. She is a cranky, miserably unhappy woman." Gellar defends Baldwin, telling Grove, "Alec has been a doll, and anything else you've heard is entirely one-sided and untrue. Alec has been a dream co-star."

Field, for her part, declined to comment on the fracas.

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136.

Faubion    

Madonna is a washed up has been that only used Britney to revive her MTV
career.Nobody likes Madonna but transvestites or 40 something losers.
Kaballah & Scientology are both wacko religions that are sucking the $ out of the celebs & using the mindlesss idiots to line the pockets of the organizations.

3053 days ago
137.

dallan    

That poster named "Rinjo" is very hostile towards TRUE Christianity (no, not right wing religion, but TRUE faith) by saying Britney's stock because she contacted a Christian life coach. Tammy Faye Bakker and Jim Bakker were FRAUDS, do not connect them to CHRISTIANITY. That is very odd to do so.

Mr Rinjo. Jesus Christ's teachings are loving and accepting. I'm sorry for you at this time that you are so hostile to the word "Christian" that it appearing in a news story makes the person it is attributed to as someone who's stock went down today.

God bless you, and embrace the real Christ, He wants to show you real love if you'll let Him.

3053 days ago
138.

mom from alabama    

a gift should always be given unconditionally. To dictate what a person does
with it is just a person with control issues. Giving should come from the heart
with no expectations in return regardless of what happens in the relationship.
A true friend is only a friend when they allow you to be who you are even if it's
different from yourself. A religion that supports a selfish attitude is just that,
a "religion". Think about it....do you want to be a person of peace and loving
people for who they are or a religion.

3053 days ago
139.

Lee    

Madonna's behavior is disturbing and vindictive...she has become such an angry, preachy zealot that she has lost sight of compassion, humor and acceptance of others beliefs. She reminds me of the hardline ayatollahs and mullahs in the MIddle East....no tolerance for any way but hers. If she was really Britney's friend, she would be reaching out to help Britney when she needs it most, which is now. I am glad Britney is returning to her Christian faith....Jesus is the Way, the Truth aned the Life and as a believer myself, I'll be praying for her.

3053 days ago
140.

cb    

Madonna needs to get over herself!! She is not 20 any more!! All she thinks she has left is her SAGGING rear!! So? She can stretch & bend in ways may 40+ can't!! That's because she is & always HAS BEEN ready for every sex thing that comes along. Males & females in every perverted way.
Take your gift back... for some publicity. Poor thing... your CD didn't do that for you!! So you TRY to get headline attention another way. GO care for your daughter that thinks you are gay!!
STOP CONFUSING YOUR CHILDREN!! BE A PARENT!!!
IF YOU CHOSE, or not, to have a child, you have NO OTHER CHOICE than to devote your life to forming their current life and their future.
Choose your faith, and KEEP IT TO YOURSELF!! Be responsible! Stop PLAYING for the tabloids! Get rid of the Nannies and raise your children. The route you're on with these children is creating their disaster. Get a clue!!

3053 days ago
141.

Andy    

How Nice are U All.....It is amazing all i can read from this people that i have to post my comment.. It is this the reason why the world it is the way it is, TOO MUCH CONTAMINATING PEOPLE AROUND.If The only diference Madona, Britney and the rest of the famous people have it is just that they are Famous. I dont really want to know how can be the life of the writers here. Thats why u guys are not famous. Better stay here saying comments like those jejejejejejeje

3053 days ago
142.

charles    

Who really Cares? what they do or don't do..................................
They care for only what they want or think.
Only doing good things for others if they get good press for it.

3053 days ago
143.

Mimi    

I thought it was extremely tacky of Madonna until I read what the gift was. I can sort of understand, but I still think one should never ask for a gift (freely given) to be returned (other than an engagement ring if the bride is the one who breaks it off). Still, I kind of sympathize with Madonna in giving what to her was a holy object to someone who does not value it at present and openly says so. It isnt about money - but Madonna still needs to suck it up (or ask Brit privately and nicely if she would be willing to give it up - perhaps offering her an alternate gift that is more in line with her present priorities - like a set of parenting books or videos - which Brit obviously needs badly anyway).

3053 days ago
144.

Terra    

Who gives a BIG SHIT? They both get up in the morning and FART, and both leave stains in their $50.00 silk or satin panties just like all the other women in the Holly Wood mainstream.. I just look at it as a bunch of superficial bull shit. And I'm just as happy wearing Hane's 5pak 100% cotton from Walmart.. But that's just my opinion...lol And as far as Kabballah if it you're into it then go to a fabric store, get a spool of red yard. Then wrap yourself from head to toe in it. Oh yea' and don't forget to tie some on the antena on your car if you have enough left.
Hug's & Kisses
Terra

3053 days ago
145.

Michael Howard    

Does anybody care about EITHER Madonna or Britney? Especially Britney, what a dope. Anyone who marry and have 2 kids by K-FED is a whack job.

3053 days ago
146.

Amanda    

I think Madonna should back off ; and leave Brittany alone. You can't control her . You may think just because you are religious now that you can condemn people or judge them wake up sister you are not GOD,and who are you to judge , have you forgotten you will be judge to. If I were you I would stand beside Brittany and help her , remember when you were her age you weren't perfect either. Brittany may be married to a man who's no good for her; at least she didn't marry a freak like that basketball player " Rodman" . Let's not forget your own child thinking mommy is a lesbian. Just imagine at what age will you be a grandmother and your child go through what Brittany is experiencing;WILL YOU TURN YOUR BACK ON THEM TO, because if so you better be prepared to have a whole stack of them Kala... "Whatever" books . As a human being I don't think you r children have been raised up perfect . You'll see your children may experience life too soon or become the star with problems;and have everyone judge them . So like I said I think You should back off of Brittany and stop judging her and help her through whatever she may be going through. And to Brittany you are not a disgrace Keep your head up and belive in God and give life your best 100%. And always remember some of us still care about you. LOL !

3053 days ago
147.

tandj    

I wish Madonna would stop pretending to be so religious because she is no angel !!!!!!!!!!!! Britney will be fine.

God will still love Britney because I know that God loved Madonna when she was not into this Kabballaaaaah stuff, Good luck to you Britney! Madonna is not that great anyway and I don't think she is a good model anyone.

3053 days ago
148.

jenjen    

Madonna is still one of the greatest. Yes she acts high and mighty, but you have to admit, she is an intellegent and innovative woman. She clearly misread Brit and actually tookher seriously. That was dumb!!

3053 days ago
149.

tandj    

Madonna sucks!

3053 days ago
150.

Chantel    

OK what i want to know, Madge, is how can you criticize anyone for anything when you dress & dance like your looking to get laid (or in the midst of). This new relegion is just another phase for you, along with the fake accent, don't let ur kid watch tv ( Cause they might see you on it doin something disgracefull) yada yada. Give me a break & get some therapy. Everyone else is doing it so you should have no problem following suit (as is your nature) You watch the rest of Hollywood for a clue to a life, then you criticize someone else when they arent being your puppet.Arent you about 50 or so cause you act like youre 12. If i was Brit i'd tell u to bend over and crack a smile & i'd give you the book back alright. Along with a much needed foot in the rear!
Britany. Girl, please dont even get me started. You are just as bad as mean old Madge you dance around half naked & make lewd video's & music right along with her, if not worse. Grow up little girl play time is over quit havin innocent kids with this loser & get yourself a life! Geesh those poor kids are the ones that will pay for all this crap all 4 of them, seeing as the spears children have 2 other half siblings!! Stop! Then people wonder "whats this world coming to?

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