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Q&A: How Elizabeth Berkley became a teen advice guru

Elizabeth Berkley has a best-selling advice book for teen girls Eighteen years after Elizabeth Berkley hung up her leg warmers as Jessie Spano on the late '80s-early '90s show "Saved by the Bell," the actress has found herself back in the teen-girl driver's seat -- this time as a mentor. 

In her bestselling book "Ask Elizabeth," Berkley explores the major themes in the lives of her teen audience: things like love, friends, body image and identity. The Ministry caught up with Berkley to get the scoop on ...

The inspiration: "About seven years ago, 'Saved by the Bell' went into syndication. I'd be with my husband [artist Greg Lauren] walking in SoHo or in a mall and girls would come up for an autograph or a picture, and I really enjoyed engaging with them," Berkley said.

She was approached so often that her husband suggested she start an advice column. Curious, and with a desire to do some volunteer work with that age bracket, she began hosting a series of workshops in schools across the country. 

"Forty thousand girls later ... 'Ask Elizabeth' was born," she said.

The experience: The product itself has the vibe of a scrapbook, full of memories and questions and feelings from her subjects. With a workshop setting seeming like a natural way to promote the book,  Berkley has been touring high school auditoriums for weeks.

"It's emotional and then, frankly, magical," she said. "These girls are from different places, different socioeconomic backgrounds, but a really supportive group dynamic takes shape when they're given the opportunity." 

With books donated by Macy's, Berkley personally guides them through the issues. Even the boys, she said. "We all have a teen girl inside of us."

What about work? "I had to pass on a few [acting opportunities] because this is where my energy needed to be ... but I love what I do. I love performing, I love doing film; this is just a project that I was lucky enough to get to because of my acting."  

About that one particular role: "Some people ask about 'Showgirls' and some don't, but I don't mind. I mean, I have so many other credits ... and if you love it, you're not alone."

From the auditorium to the TV screen? Berkley acknowledges the advice format lends itself to a talk show concept -- so can we expect her to take a seat on daytime TV anytime soon? "A few people have mentioned it. I'd be open to discussing it, and now that I've been doing these massive forum-type things, it's really been wonderful."

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Photo: Elizabeth Berkley attends the Candies Foundation gala in New York City on May 3. Credit: Andy Kropa / Getty Images 


Rick Springfield arrested on suspicion of DUI in Malibu

Rick Springfield arrested on driving under the influence charge Rick Springfield, the guy who sang "Jessie's Girl," was arrested in Malibu on Sunday night on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Sheriff's deputies pulled over the soap actor-turned-crooner in his 1963 Corvette around 8 p.m., making the traffic stop near Pacific Coast Highway and Trancas Canyon Road, said Steve Whitmore, spokesman for the L.A. County Sheriff's Department.

"He made a maneuver away from the light and it prompted them to stop and pull him over," Whitmore said. It was unknown what Springfield did that caught the deputies' attention.

When they pulled him over, deputies said, they smelled alcohol on Springfield's breath and asked him to breathe into a breathalyzer. The 61-year-old blew a 0.10% on the field sobriety test, according to Whitmore. The legal limit in California is 0.08.

Springfield was arrested and taken into custody at the Malibu/Lost Hills Station. After he sobered up, Whitmore said, the singer was released on $5,000 bond around 2:10 a.m.

That's the same station where Mel Gibson was taken after he was arrested "without incident" on a DUI charge in 2006. Once details of that arrest were leaked, it turned into quite an incident for the actor.

Rick Springfield arrested after appearance at Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

Earlier on Sunday at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, Springfield had joked that he would take his pants off to keep one bored audience member interested. Promoting his new memoir "Late, Late at Night," he said he would not be reprising his role as Dr. Noah Drake on "General Hospital," nor strutting his stuff on "Dancing With the Stars."

Springfield also divulged that he never did get the girl who inspired "Jessie's Girl," according to Jacket Copy.

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Photos: Rick Springfield's mug shot taken after his arrest on suspicion of DUI, right, and the author-actor-singer earlier in the day at the 16th Annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, left, at USC on May 1, 2011, right. Credits: L.A. County sheriff's department/ Reuters, right; David Livingston / Getty Images, left.


'Prom' movie premiere: Rebecca Black hits the red carpet with stars Aimee Teegarden, Thomas McDonell

Aimee Teegarden at the "Prom" movie premiere

A constellation of rising stars joined cast members of Walt Disney's "Prom" at the movie's red-carpet premiere Thursday. The teen flick's leading lady, Aimee Teegarden of "Friday Night Lights" fame, sparkled in silver on the arm of costar Thomas McDonell at the screening in Hollywood.

"Prom" chronicles a group of high-schoolers on the cusp of adulthood as they prepare for the most important night in their lives.

Rebecca Black at the premiere of the movie "Prom." Cast members Yin Chang ("Gossip Girl"), Danielle Campbell, Jonathan Keltz and Jared Kusnitz dolled up for the El Capitan premiere, and the film's director Joe Nussbaum and screenwriter Katie Wech beamed from the red carpet.

A slew of young celebs rocked dresses that could have twirled in movie proms of yore. "Modern Family" actress Ariel Winter and Joey King, the pint-sized star of "Ramona and Beezus," were both pretty in pink. Chelsie Hightower ("Entertainment Tonight," "Dancing With the Stars") and Aimee-Lynn Chadwick wore black-and-white stripes. Click the pics to see more pictures.

Rebecca Black, the singer of the YouTube hit "Friday," defied death threats to strut her stuff for the cameras in a white, balloon-skirt dress. "Spy Kids" star Daryl Sabara looked snappy in a gray suit. Kendall and Kylie Jenner ("Keeping Up With the Kardashians") hammed it up for the cameras.

Olympic gold medalist Tara Lipinski made an appearance, as did Rachel Smith, Zachary Gordon, Nathan Kress, Jake T. Austin, Francia Raisa, Nolan Sotillo and Debby Ryan, to name a few.

The event was followed by an after-party at the aptly chosen Hollywood High School, where pop/rock band Allstar Weekend -- which rose to popularity after competing in "Disney's Next Big Thing" --  performed for the young stars.

"Prom" opens in theaters April 29.

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Top photo: Aimee Teegarden signs an autograph for a young fan at the premiere. Credit: Chris Pizzello / Associated Press.

Left photo: "Friday" singer Rebecca Black enjoys the "Prom" spotlight. Credit: Kevin Winter / Getty Images


Demi Lovato reveals her diagnosis of bipolar disorder

Demi Lovato reveals she struggles with bipolar disorder Demi Lovato, who last week tweeted her support for Catherine Zeta-Jones' "brave" decision to be treated for bipolar II disorder, revealed that she too is bipolar.

The 18-year-old Disney actress discovered her diagnosis during her three-month stay at a rehabilitation center in Illinois, where she was treated for anorexia, bulimia and cutting.

"I never found out until I went into treatment that I was bipolar," Lovato told People. "Looking back it makes sense. There were times when I was so manic, I was writing seven songs in one night and I'd be up until 5:30 in the morning."

Lovato has recently opened up about what she calls "the darkest time" in her life, discussing in depth her struggles with self-mutilation and eating disorders.

In an interview that will air Friday on "Good Morning America" and "20/20," Lovato said her lifelong depression wreaked havoc on her body.

"[Cutting] was a way of expressing my own shame, of myself, on my own body," Lovato said in the interview. "I was matching the inside to the outside. And there were some times where my emotions were just so built up, I didn't know what to do. The only way that I could get instant gratification was through an immediate release on myself."

Lovato also said she was bullied at school, and discussed her decadelong "unhealthy relationship with food," saying she started compulsively overeating when she was only 8 years old and later began starving herself.

"I was performing concerts on an empty stomach," she said. "I was losing my voice from purging. I was self-medicating. I was not taking medication for depression, and I literally was so emotionally whacked-out that I took it out on someone that meant a lot to me."

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2011 'Dancing With the Stars' cast: Kirstie Alley, Wendy Williams, Sugar Ray Leonard and more

New Dancing With the Stars Cast for 2011 Season 12

This post has been updated. Please see the note below for details.

The 2011 "Dancing With the Stars" cast has been announced, with hot names for "DWTS" Season 12 including TV host Wendy Williams, Playboy bunny Kendra Wilkinson, boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard and pro wrestler Chris Jericho.

Oh! Don't forget Kirstie Alley -- 'cause we have a thing for her, and because it's always fun to see if someone loses weight while competing in the show.

With Williams, Wilkinson and Leonard/Jericho covering the "controversial," "hottie" and "athlete" categories held last season by Bristol Palin, Audrina Patridge and Rick Fox/Kurt Warner, "DWTS" was left to fill the Season 11 roles of "name from Gen Xers' childhoods" (Ralph Macchio is the new Florence Henderson?) and "someone who came from Disney" ("Jonas" alum Chelsea Kane is the new Kyle Massey).

Show Tracker has more details and the rest of the names, which were announced Monday night during "The Bachelor." Pictures too!

For the record, 7:50 p.m. March 28: This post originally described Chelsea Kane as a "Wizards of Waverly Place" alum. Though she appeared on an episode of "Wizards," she's done significantly more work on "Jonas" and "Fish Hooks." Thanks to commenter @Danny Nicholas for flagging the gaffe.

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Photos: Kirstie Alley, left, Ralph Macchio and Wendy Williams. Credits: Associated Press


David Cassidy pleads no contest to DUI, gets probation

David Cassidy pleads no contest to DUI This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.

So much for fighting those DUI charges -- David Cassidy pleaded no contest Wednesday to driving under the influence.

Cassidy, 60, will have his driving privileges suspended for six months, and will be on probation for a year. He was arrested Nov. 3 on the Florida Turnpike after law enforcement saw his car weaving. Despite dash-cam footage showing him failing a field sobriety test, and an open bottle of bourbon in the back seat, the onetime teen idol had said he would fight the charges.

On Nov. 30, he pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges of DUI, failure to maintain a single lane and driving with an open container. Breath tests had put his blood alcohol content at around 0.14, police said, above the state's 0.08 limit.

As a first-time offender on a misdemeanor, the "Partridge Family" star did not appear in court in Fort Pierce, Fla. His attorney entered the plea on his behalf.

[For the record, 6:15 p.m. May 2: This post originally put Cassidy's blood alcohol level at .014 rather than 0.14. Thanks to commenter @PhoenixFiresky for flagging the typo.]

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Photos: David Cassidy in 1972, left, and on Nov. 3, 2010, in his booking photo after being arrested on suspicion of DUI and related charges. Credits: Associated Press, left; Florida Highway Patrol, right.

 


Justin Bieber tells all: 'I'm not normal'

 

Justin Bieber news comes forth to please the rabid masses in the form of a dishy interview with Vanity Fair -- in which the Biebs discusses his signature hairdo, Will Smith's reading recommendations and Justin's own hero, Michael Jackson

Justin Bieber But first things first: He's nuts.

"Just the way my brain works. I'm not normal. I think differently -- my mind is always racing. I'm just … nuts. But I think the best [musicians] probably are," he tells the mag.

"Music is music, and I'm definitely influenced by Michael Jackson and Boyz II Men," Bieber said, adding that Tupac Shakur is among his faves. Though we'd pay to see him rock out to some "California Love," we'll focus on those Jackson aspirations.

"He was so broad, everybody loved him, and that's what my goal is -- to basically make people happy, to inspire them, and to have everyone root for me," Bieber said.

Bieber was photographed at a private residence in Beverly Hills, where a handful of lucky fans got to participate in the VF goodness (watch a behind-the-scenes video from the shoot, above). While these gals were invited to the party, it's often difficult for Bieber to find any privacy from his fan legion.

That's why when Justin's female "friends" -- like, we don't know, Selena Gomez -- want some alone time with the idol, his personal bodyguard makes it happen.

"I feel like I've become an expert at covert operations,” security head Kenny Hamilton said of the lady visits that occur on Bieber's mandatory days off (up to three per week). 

Other gems from Justin's world include his on-the-road tutoring (he hates school), during which he doesn't read much aside from Will Smith's recommendations, including "Rich Dad Poor Dad." Also, Justin's mother, Pattie Mallette, is super convinced that her son is here for a reason.

Mallette says that "after a personal encounter with God, she believes that she and Justin have been put on earth to bring light and inspiration to the world," the article says.

We'd like her to elaborate on that one. See for yourself when the issue hits stands Thursday.

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Photo: Justin Bieber, kisses and all. Credit: Art Streiber / Vanity Fair  


David Cassidy pleads not guilty to DUI

David Cassidy pleads not guilty to DUI Onetime teen idol David Cassidy entered a not-guilty plea in writing Tuesday in a Florida court, a day after the Florida Highway Patrol released video of the former "Partridge Family" star failing a field sobriety test.

Cassidy, whose next court date was set for Jan. 18, did not appear in person, E! News reports. The 1970s heartthrob was pulled over around 6 p.m. on Nov. 3 after he was observed weaving and making an erratic lane change in his Mercedes, according to an FHP report.

In Breathalyzer tests given around 8:30 p.m., Cassidy logged .141 and .139 blood-alcohol levels, police said. The singer, who said he was tired after attending an early-morning funeral, said he'd had a glass of wine at lunch and a hydrocodone pill for back pain around 3:30 p.m., but denied being intoxicated. Police also said they found an open, half-full bottle of bourbon in the car's back seat.

TMZ has video of the sobriety test, in which Cassidy can be heard mentioning an eye that wanders when he's tired, and appears to have a unique interpretation of the officer's instructions in the touch-your-nose exercise. 

Cassidy faces a maximum $1,000 fine and six months behind bars if convicted on misdemeanor charges of DUI, failure to maintain a single lane and driving with an open container.

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Photo: A booking shot of David Cassidy after his Nov. 3 arrest on suspicion of DUI in Florida. Credit: Florida Highway Patrol / Associated Press



David Cassidy arrested on DUI charge, plans to fight it

David Cassidy mug shot from DUI arrest David Cassidy, the man "The Partridge Family" made famous, was arrested Wednesday in Florida on suspicion of DUI and spent nine hours in a county jail before posting $350 bail. 

The Florida Highway Patrol said the actor and singer failed a field sobriety test and two breath tests after being pulled over around 6 p.m. for driving erratically on the turnpike in Fort Lauderdale. Officers said they found a half-empty bottle of bourbon in the backseat of Cassidy's white Mercedes.

According to an arrest report obtained by People, Cassidy allegedly crossed the center divider line, then cut off another driver while attempting to merge onto an exit ramp. He was charged with DUI, failure to maintain a single lane and having an open container.

Cassidy, 60, says he was not drunk and intends to fight the charges, his rep, Jo-Ann Geffen, told TMZ. He told police he had had a glass of wine at lunch and took a hydrocodone pill in the afternoon for back pain. But Cassidy says the results of two breath tests -- both around 0.14 -- are inaccurate.

"He would never jeopardize anyone on the road, and he would not have been driving had he not had to go to a funeral," Geffen said. Cassidy lives in Fort Lauderdale with his wife, songwriter Sue Shifrin-Cassidy.

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Photo: A booking shot of David Cassidy after his Nov. 3, 2010, arrest on suspicion of DUI in Florida. Credit: Florida Highway Patrol / Associated Press

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Demi Lovato details: Alleged fight with a tattletale led to stint in not-rehab

Demi Lovato New details have surfaced in the Demi Lovato "not rehab" saga, chronicling the alleged events that led the 18-year-old singer to seek help for serious "issues."

When news broke that Lovato had left her spot as the  Jonas Brothers' opening act, initial speculation was that a fight with a female dancer from the tour prompted Lovato's check-in at a treatment center. 

A report in People magazine on the incident says the situation escalated during a night off from performing.

"As she did on most nights off, Demi invited her band, dancers and her parents to dinner," a source told the mag. "Afterward, she broke off with a very small group."

The remaining group then engaged in some "partying," the report says, later uncovered by Lovato's tour managers and stepfather. Lovato is alleged to have placed the whistle-blowing blame on a female Jonas dancer.

Not long after the discovery of her nocturnal activities, the group boarded a flight to their next tour stop, where Lovato and the dancer had a "short, physical altercation." Their source added that the altercation was "one-sided." 

Afterward, Demi "felt awful" about her behavior, the source concluded. "Because of this, and because of the battles Demi has fought throughout her life, both she and her family realized she needed to take steps to get help immediately."

What do you think of Lovato's dramatic time line? Tell us in comments below.

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Photo: Demi Lovato at the 2008 American Music Awards. Credit: Associated Press

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