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Lindsay Lohan may be in Playboy — now use your imagination

Lindsay Lohan may be posing for Playboy

Lindsay Lohan may soon grace the pages of Playboy, if reports out Monday and Tuesday are on target.

Now, nobody's confirming whether the actress who once said she wouldn't do a nude scene had changed her mind on the naked-for-my-art front, but she was in fact spotted heading into a Beverly Hills mansion for a photo shoot her mom later said "went well."

If the Playboy deal is real, Lohan should soon have a few more bucks to put toward the court-ordered counseling her lawyer said the actress couldn't afford — like, more than 750,000 bucks but less than a million of 'em, according to TMZ.

Lohan's current rep, Steve Honig, had a "no comment" for the Ministry, after telling E! News he could "neither confirm or deny at this time" what his client was up to. The actress went to a Beverly Hills mansion Monday for what a source told E! was the first day of a two-day, top-secret, non-nude spread for the January issue of the mag.

"The photo shoot went well," mom Dina Lohan said Tuesday to X17 Online, which had pictures of Lilo arriving at the mansion, allegedly with younger sis Ali in tow.

Last week, attorney Shawn Chapman Holley told Judge Stephanie Sautner that Lohan's problems completing probation as ordered stemmed in part from the reality that job opportunities for the actress and model, who supports her family, were primarily overseas. And Angelenos do go to all lengths to shorten their commutes, right?

The men's magazine previously pursued its dream of a nude Lohan in 2009, offering a million bucks and getting a "not considering it at this time" in return, a former spokeswoman told Gossip Cop that September.

Her "Machete" character's topless scenes in 2010 reportedly were the work of a nipple-baring body double.

"I'm not going to do a nude scene," Lohan told "Access Hollywood" in 2005. "Then there's no mystery for my private life." In the years that would follow, various of her body parts would be caught flashing and slipping by paparazzi cameras, but while promoting "Herbie: Fully Loaded," she said, "I think there's other things you can do to show people you have talent."


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— Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Lindsay Lohan at a New York runway show in September. Credit: Astrid Stawiarz / Getty Images.

Sightings: Heidi Klum and Sandra Bullock's girls night out

Sandra Bullock and Heidi Klum

While Heidi Klum is rumored to be heading to Broadway, she put on a more relaxed show this week with Sandra Bullock in Hollywood.

Supermodel-mom Klum and Bullock, an awards hopeful for "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," got their party on Wednesday, attending Beacher's Madhouse at the Hollywood Roosevelt hotel. They indulged in drinks and dancing at a private booth, according to Us magazine, rocking out to tunes including AC/DC's "You Shook Me All Night Long."

"They were just having fun by themselves," an onlooker told the mag, "nothing scandalous or anything."

Always inclined toward a bit more scandal, Marilyn Manson recently showed some love to the Abbey, a staple among West Hollywood gay bars. In the company of Steven Hirsch, chairman of adult-amusement enterprise Vivid Entertainment, Manson downed Belvedere until last call.

Over in Hollywood, the Sayers Club continues to draw flurries of celeb traffic. On the heels of a Gerard Butler visit, Jason Scoppa's Thursday sessions drew the likes of Kevin Connolly, Bryan Greenberg, "Old Spice" hunk Isaiah Mustafa and Ricki Lake's "Dancing With the Stars" partner, Derek Hough.

Also digging an artistic vibe was Josh Hartnett, who rolled through Jeremy Kenyon Locker Corbell's Bunraku Art Experience at Chateau Marmont, along with Kevin McKidd, Ron Perlman and Guy Moshe.

Though it didn't go into the wee hours, dancing pair Julianne Hough and Kenny Wormald of the "Footloose" remake made an appearance at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, where they surprised the little patients with a screening of their film in partnership with Give Back Hollywood.

On the other coast, hot off their Emmys performance, the Lonely Island -- comprising "SNL's" Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone -- were spotted at the launch of a new contest where folks have a chance to battle the funnymen for a chance at producing a $1-million Super Bowl ad spot with Doritos.


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-- Matt Donnelly

Photos: Sandra Bullock, left, at the Oscars in February; Heidi Klum, right, at her perfume launch in L.A. on Sept. 28, 2011. Credits: Kick McKoy / Los Angeles Times, left; Christopher Polk / Getty Images, right.

Holly Madison insures her two best friends for $1 million

Holly Madison has insured her breasts for $1 million

Holly Madison, one of "The Girls Next Door" who now appears in a topless revue in Las Vegas, is putting her money where her moneymakers are: She has insured her breasts for $1 million with Lloyd's of London.

The "Peepshow" veteran, who also has film and TV credits for portraying characters including "Playboy Bunny," "Hot Blonde," "Self" and "Blonde #1," told People she'd heard about performers insuring body parts and figured, "Why not?"

"Because if anything happened to my boobs" -- her word, not ours -- "I'd be out for a few months and I'd probably be out a million dollars," she told the mag. "I thought I'd cover my assets."

Hey, that's one way to put yourself in the same league as Betty Grable and Angie Dickinson. Though those ladies insured their legs, which probably makes it not the same league in the slightest, beyond the fact that everyone involved possesses two legs, with Madison owning two insured assets of her own.

Alas, Madison's assets were made, not born: She surgically boosted her cup size in 2001 from an A to a D-plus, which is about the grade the Los Angeles Times' reviewer gave "Peepshow" back in April 2009. Madison joined the cast in May of that year.

Reed Johnson described "Peepshow" as "an intermittently amusing but utterly predictable and cliche-besotted soft-core revue" with "a tribute to pink that involves a male stooge, some light bondage, a bucket of paint and a crunching rock ditty" ranking among the show's more inspired numbers, musically.

Madison apparently took to Vegas from the get-go, however, reportedly becoming a fixture at charity events and on red carpets in short order. That's not to say she doesn't have room in her heart for a dive bar or two.

Meanwhile, the Ministry is insanely unhappy that our recent bout with accidental nudity happened on a  Jennifer Aniston post, and not this one.


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-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photos: Holly Madison and her now-insured assets. Credit: E! Networks

Kate Gosselin 'freaking out' with 8 kids, no reality show [Poll]

Kate Gosselin

Like 9.1% of the U.S. population, Kate Gosselin is looking for work. Like much of the U.S. population, Kate Gosselin is "freaking out."

Like not so very much of the U.S. population, Kate Gosselin is a single mother of eight kids with a résumé that since 2005 includes "reality TV star" and "tabloid bait," with the added portable skills of getting divorced, dancing with the stars and, well, freaking out.

And that sort of freaks us out.

Gosselin told People she is "freaking out. Big time" and wasn't ready for "Kate Plus 8" to end.

"Nobody was," she said, including her costarring twins and sextuplets. "I've never quit a job in my life without having something else lined up. I don't know what's next."

Gosselin had said previously that she could go back to nursing after her TV run ended but has realized that won't work the way she thought it would.

"The scary reality is, 12-hour nursing shifts every day wouldn't let me continue to provide well for eight kids essentially on my own," she said. "When you think about it that way, it gets really scary."

Gosselin said she promised her kidlets she'd work her fingers to the bone to allow them to stay living where they live and going to school where they go to school.

One thing we know: She's unlikely to land a catering job with Anderson Cooper any time soon.

The final episode of "Kate Plus 8" airs next Monday.


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-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Kate Gosselin and her kids at the sextuplets' 6th birthday party, in 2010. Credit: TLC

Jillian Michaels adds indoor cycling to her fitness-guru empire

Jillian Michaels

The economy might be spinning, but Jillian Michaels is putting her money where her very vocal mouth is: "The Biggest Loser" alum is investing in an indoor cycling operation that puts the instructor front and center for everyone to see -- and hear.

Michaels will help open a new branch of the New York-based fitness outfit Flywheel Sports next month in Chicago -- there's a branch in Boca Raton, Fla., as well -- as the company takes a ride into the national arena.

The trainer said she was lured by "the authenticity and athleticism behind the brand."

Flywheel gives each rider real-time stats on the bike, allowing for in-studio competition among riders and Web-based access to individual performance over time. "I wanted to be part of the most innovative and effective indoor cycling program," Michaels said.

She'll take an inaugural ride Aug. 9 in Chicago alongside Flywheel co-founder Ruth Zukerman. Much like Michaels, Zukerman is seen as a guru of sorts by fans: The former stay-at-home mom got into the biz as she worked through a crushing divorce, now passing along her determination to her students.

(Any bets on who'll win that "in-studio competition"? The Ministry is not playing favorites at this point -- mostly because we're too intimidated, and concerned about revealing that possibly dusty low-tech recumbent bike lurking in the dining room.)

Alas, despite those bikes-versus-Jet Blue lessons of "Carmageddon," Flywheel for the time being remains a sort of fitness unicorn in Michaels' hometown.

Not for long, however: Rumor has it the company is determined to roll into L.A. next year. Maybe in time for Carmageddon, Round 2?


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-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Fan Sandy Johnson with Jillian Michaels at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books in April. Credits: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times

Melissa Molinaro has had a 'crazy week' (thanks, Kim Kardashian)

Melissa Molinaro

Melissa Molinaro, the woman who stars in the Old Navy ad campaign that sparked a lawsuit this week from Kim Kardashian, is having a bad week.

"I had a night mare last night...so scary :( wanted to run into my parents room like when I was little," she said Friday on Twitter, adding later, "I say I had a bad dream. And u guys just know what about...w out me saying. Its been a crazy week I can't wait for this all to be over :( "

This from the woman who back in February was calling the Kardashian comparisons flattering -- and who's rumored to be dating Kardashian ex Reggie Bush.

Kardashian filed a lawsuit Wednesday against Old Navy and its parent company, Gap, alleging illegal use of her public image in the campaign starring Molinaro. She was not named as a defendant, incidentally, but had expressed her disbelief to a friend via Twitter. 

"Were still talking about this?!," she wrote. "Its JULY this aired in February...some people have too much time on there hands."

Kardashian, meanwhile, is "a businesswoman who has to protect her brand" rather than allowing another company to use it to sell clothes, an insider told Us Magazine. "Bottom line."

The silver lining for Molinaro? Her "Dance Floor" music video on YouTube had more than 400,000 views by Friday. Check it out, below.


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-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Melissa Molinaro at a Victoria's Secret event in Los Angeles in May. Credit: Gregg DeGuire / PictureGroup / Associated Press


Kim Kardashian sues Old Navy over ads starring lookalike [Poll]

Kim Kardashian sues Old Navy over lookalike ads featuring Melissa Molinaro

Well, this is fun: Kim Kardashian is apparently unhappy seeing "Kim Kardashian" affiliated with a national brand. Of course, the fact that she has no deal with the brand, Old Navy, is a big part of the problem -- and presumably why she filed a lawsuit on Wednesday. 

Kardashian is suing the low-priced clothing chain, alleging that it deliberately infringed upon her public persona when it hired near-lookalike actress-dancer Melissa Molinaro for a new ad campaign that launched early this year. The campaign was "purposefully designed and intended to confuse, to cause mistake, and to deceive the public" into believing the reality TV diva was appearing in the commercials," the lawsuit alleges. 

Molinaro's similarity to Kardashian did put the campaign in the spotlight when the ads launched.

One February headline on a story about the "So C.U.T.E" commercial posed this question: "Were You Fooled by Old Navy's Kim Kardashian Lookalike?"

At the time, Molinaro called the comparison "extremely flattering. She is a beautiful woman .... That's an amazing compliment." She also told E! Online that her casting call had not been for a Kardashian lookalike but rather "for a true dance pop superstar."

"It's just crazy to me because I think I look like Melissa Molinaro," Not-Kim said. "I've been in the business for a long time and ... thank God I booked this commercial because I've gotten so much airtime."

And that's kind of the point, according to what Kardashian attorney Gary Hecker said in a statement. "Kim Kardashian is immediately recognizable, and is known for her look and style. Her identity and persona are valuable. When her intellectual property rights are violated, she intends to enforce them."

It's hardly the first time a Kardashian has had to police the moneymaking family name. When the Connecticut attorney general's office harshly criticized the fees on a prepaid "Kardashian Kard" MasterCard, the card deal was promptly cut up.

Though no dollar amount was attached to the Old Navy suit, sources told TMZ that Team Kardashian estimates the damage at $15 million to $20 million.  

Here's the ad -- did you do a double-take? Vote in the poll below.


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-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Kim Kardashian, left, with her wax-figure double last July at Madame Tussauds in New York. Credit: Evan Agostini / Associated Press

Hugh Grant revisits his role in News of the World's demise

Hugh Grant and the News of the World takedown

Hugh Grant played a role in revealing the phone-hacking practices used by the News of the World, and in light of the British tabloid's unexpected death this week, he's revisiting the details of his stealthy fact-finding mission to a Dover pub -- an establishment run by former NOTW journalist and paparazzo Paul McMullen.

Grant and McMullen had crossed paths when the actor's car broke down, affording the ex-journo the opportunity to snap long-lens photos for sale to the tabloids, the "Notting Hill" star wrote in the New Statesman in April. Grant, whose phone was among those hacked over the years, got a ride and a chat from McMullen in which the latter boasted about that hacking, detailing "all the dirtiest tactics" of the tab and its relationship with police and a series of prime ministers.

"I was revolted and astonished," Grant told the BBC this week, "and then I went back a few months later to the pub he now runs in Dover and pretended to be dropping in for a pint, and I bugged him. It seemed like symmetry. And I got him talking again about these things, and I published them all in the New Statesman."

Grant, appearing via satellite, said he'd recorded McMullen speaking about money regularly passing hands between the tab's publisher and the Metropolitan Police.

McMullen bantered back from the BBC studio that in fact no money had passed hands between him and the actor that day at the pub, telling Grant, "Two pints of Spitfire cost 6 quid -- you owe me 6 quid," and adding as an aside to the anchors, "He didn't pay for his beer."

A smiling McMullen then validated Grant's version of events and called the actor's undercover work "hilarious."

"I mean, how can Hugh Grant coming into your pub with a silly little pen trying to record you be anything other than hilarious? I didn't mind being turned over."

McMullen said he suspected he was being taped but didn't believe it, joking that "you can't believe an actor who's very well-known would lower himself to such tactics," noting he "was shocked and outraged" before adding, "No, I wasn't at all, it was fine."

So all's good between the former gossip hunter and the celebrity target? Not exactly.

Grant's mood darkened noticeably when talk shifted from prying into the lives of the privileged to the recent allegation that the tab had hacked into a missing 13-year-old girl's voicemail in 2002 -- deleting messages to make room for new ones and in the process possibly hampering the police investigation and giving Milly Dowler's parents false hope that she was still alive.

"You didn't care who got hurt so long as you were able to sell your newspaper. You're not journalists, you have no interest in journalism, it's just money, money, money," Grant said. "You should try real journalism because you're not an idiot, Paul. You could probably do it."


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-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Hugh Grant outside the Houses of Parliament in London, where a debate regarding allegations of phone hacking by journalists was being held Wednesday. It was announced the next day that the tabloid News of the World would shut down within days. Credit: Stefan Rousseau / Associated Press

Anna Faris cuts her hair, joins elite pixie squadron of fearless femmes


Yet another starlet, Anna Faris, has hacked off her hair and ventured out, naked-necked, into Hollywood. Let's not underplay the magnitude of the situation. Around here, an actress undergoing a pixie cut is the high-fash equivalent of Harry Houdini's Chinese Water Torture Cell Escape. Will she pull it off? Will she? Will she?

At any given time on planet Earth, exactly four women can pull off a pixie cut. Audrey Hepburn, after all, was built like a elf from "Dragon Age 2." And Mia Farrow got away with it because she has cheekbones on her cheekbones. There are two reasons why people still refer to that cut as the "Rosemary's Baby": One, Farrow wore the cut in a film by that name. Two, just thinking about getting a pixie cut is terrifying.

So why are so many actresses doing it? Faris isn't alone. Michelle Williams, Emma Watson, Mia Wasikowska, Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan, Elisha Cuthbert, Ginnifer Goodwin -- not to mention, in her own heyday, Halle Berry -- have gone nearly naked from the neck up in recent years. (Yes, we did say that only four women on the planet can pull off this cut at any given time. We'll let you figure out which actresses don't make the, um, cut.)

If you suspect that such a choice doesn't come easily and that there may in fact be a small conspiracy of people involved, you are correct.

Turns out, the gravity of the pixie cut has never been lost on Hollywood's most powerful suits. When a rising actress suddenly shaves her locks, the choice, likely, wasn't so sudden.

"Often it's a discussion between the talent, her agent, her publicist and manager," explains Prive salon's Carla Gentile, who maintains pop star Robyn's short locks. "They all agree that it's time to make a change.

"They might call you on the phone first to discuss it or even come in for the haircut and go over what we are trying to achieve first."

And that change isn't always for the benefit of the next director. Yes, Faris did it because she had to, for the upcoming film "The Dictator," costarring Sacha Baron Cohen. But that's not always the case. Sometimes there isn't even a gig at stake but rather a different kind of prize.

"The fashion press is always looking for the next new young look, someone who is not afraid to take that chance," Gentile points out. "It can be such an amazing transformation. It can show off an actress's whole form: face shape, eyes, cheekbones."

Ergo, when Watson finally went pixie after wrapping the final "Harry Potter" film, those scissor snips were heard 'round the world.

Maybe that's why Gentile oftentimes has company when she is giving a pixie cut?

"It can be a really intense experience for everyone," Gentile notes, "because maybe you even have the agent or publicist in there when the cut is happening. They may stop in and leave, or come back.

"But it just shows it's really a huge transformation. We rely on the hair to give us our sex appeal, and when you remove it all, that really leaves just the person you are. You're exposed."

Or, really, maybe the word is "covered." After all, didn't we just give more press to every single one of these actresses?


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— Leslie Gornstein

Photos: Will Anna Faris, shown at left in the movie "Ally," have what it takes to pull off the pixie haircut? Fellow pixie-power starlet Emma Watson might know. Credits: Claire Folger / 20th Century Fox, left; Valerie Macon / Agence France-Press / Getty Images, right.

Justin Bieber survives a wild day in New York City

Justin Bieber fans at Macy's Herald Square

Justin Bieber attacked by a strange man? Justin Bieber knocked to the ground? Justin Bieber mobbed by fans gone wild outside Macy's Herald Square? The story people heard all depended on what time they checked in on the drama that unfolded Thursday around the pop star's appearance at Macy's Herald Square in New York.

Long story short: The Biebs is just fine, the strange man was actually a plainclothes cop, and police said the pop star wasn't touched, only his bodyguard. By the way, the NYPD said later, the misunderstanding was the bodyguard's fault -- which is why members of Bieber's security team were cited for disorderly conduct.

Now back to the real stars of the Macy's Herald Square appearance: the girls. The store was overrun with them in a frenzied, tweenage mess of pink and purple, a tangle of braces, braids and bubble gum, drawn by their idol's efforts to launch a new fragrance, Someday. (All proceeds from the perfume, launched Monday by Give Back Brands, will be donated to charity.)

Justin Bieber in New York Screaming in unison with faces flushed and arms thrust in the air, the deafening cacophony of 300-some girls' high-pitched wailing echoed throughout the store. Even the security guards were wincing and covering their ears.

At 2:30 in the afternoon, it had already been an exhausting day for the pop star. There was an early morning appearance live on the "Today" show, then "The View" and a taping of "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" -- all after having appeared on "Late Show With David Letterman" on Wednesday.

Bieber worked his way down the VIP purple carpet inside Macy's, greeting fans and a throng of media near a nearly 2-foot high Someday bottle topped with a pink and crimson flower. Perfume counters flanked the stage and walls of TV screens repeatedly played Bieber's sexy perfume commercial.

The chanting swelled: "Justin, Justin, Justin."  And then: "Hey everybody..."  Bieber was onstage -- cue an eruption of paparazzi-like flashbulbs and more shrieking from fans. Then: "OK, love you, peace," he said before sauntering offstage.

Who knew that was the tame part? The event was, understandably, not without a little drama. For the next several hours, Bieber would do a feverish junket of TV interviews upstairs on the 8th floor, where he also personally greeted and took pictures with the first 350 fans to buy his VIP gift set. One girl passed out, another child got lost, and the tears -- of both frustration and ecstasy -- flowed. Some mothers beamed as their offspring posed with arms around the man of the moment; other moms picked fights with Macy's staff, outraged that their kids hadn't gotten $135 worth of face time with the teen idol.

And of course there was the drama outside, when Bieber was greeting voracious fans outside the store. After the barrier-jumping brouhaha went down, he re-entered the store cradling his elbow as security hovered protectively around him.

But none of this dampened his fans' spirits. "It feels like he's a part of us," shrieked 14-year-old Melissa Lamorena. "He, like, made [the perfume]. And if we're wearing it, we're close to him!"

And doesn't Bieber know it: "#ilovemyfans and for those i didnt get to see today....thank u for your love and support. #wegohard #teambieber #someday," he tweeted late Thursday.


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-- Deborah Vankin reporting from New York, and Christie D'Zurilla

Justin Bieber fans in New York

Photos: Fans, top and bottom, hit Macy's Herald Square in Manhattan to see Justin Bieber, left, at the launch of his fragrance, Someday. Credits: (Top and left) Jennifer Altman / For The Times. (Bottom) Deborah Vankin / Los Angeles Times


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