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Brit Bailed Out by Photog

12/10/2007 9:08 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

You can add one more thing that the paparazzi are doing for Britney Spears: Paying for stuff that she doesn't bother paying for.

Us reports that a photog actually went back to the Chevron in Sherman Oaks, Calif., and shelled out the $1.39 for the cigarette lighter that BritBrit filched on Friday. "[The manager] didn't want me to pay for it at first," says the snapper, Shane Partridge. "I told him it was no bother."

Don't encourage the girl to smoke, y'all.

Oprah Gets Down Down South for Obama


Hillary who? The biggest female on the campaign trail is, without a doubt, Oprah Winfrey.

The talk empress went out for what were putatively campaign stops but turned into rabid, full-scale rallies, especially in South Carolina, where 30,000 people filled a football stadium to see the O&O show, a record. Oprah even got 8,500 people to show up at an event in New Hampshire – are there even 8,500 in the state?

Party Favors: "Compass" Opens with Not-So-Golden $26 Mil ... Random Icelandic Teen Calls Into White House Red Phone


The much-hyped "Golden Compass" won the box office, but pulled in a disappointing $26.1 million, falling short of "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Chronicles of Narnia" as December fantasy releases. A minimum of $30 million was expected, and no word on how much Christian protests were to blame. ... A teenager from Iceland got through to a private White House line, reports ABC News, by posing as the president of Iceland, and paid for it – he was detained by police and questioned, though not charged.

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