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Jessica Simpson Out Of Hospital After Minor Kidney Infection

Jessica Simpson is feeling "much better" after being hospitalized with a kidney infection.

Simpson was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on Friday for a "minor kidney infection" and was released Monday, Simpson's representative Lauren Auslander told The Associated Press.

Auslander said the 27-year-old singer-actress is feeling "much better now."

According to In Touch Magazine, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, Simpson's current squeeze, wanted to be by Simpson's side but had prior commitments in Dallas.

Simpson is currently working on a country music album.

Wayans Brothers Drop Bid For Oakland Studio

2Hollywood's Wayans brothers have dropped their bid to build a movie studio and shopping center at the former Oakland Army base over conflicts with the nearby Port of Oakland.

Wayans business partner Britten Shuford said the brothers failed to get a commitment from the city to preserve the site's San Francisco Bay views.

The port, one of the country's largest, plans to stack storage containers and build a dividing wall that would block views of the bay.

Oakland business officials say the Wayans' decision to back out after long-standing negotiations over the 100-acre parcel clears the path for other proposals on developing the base, which closed in 1999.

Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums has released a list of 13 other developers interested in building on the site.

Nelly Eyes Collaboration With The Boss

3Nelly has teamed up with a bunch of artists, most notably with country star Tim McGraw.

Now, he has his sights set on Bruce Springsteen.

He says he and The Boss are interested in doing something together, but getting their schedules to mesh is another thing.

He tells The Associated Press he was trying to make the collaboration with Springsteen work, but "The Boss is all over the world."

Nelly says he hopes the pairing will come off soon and that they might even work out something for the holidays. Meanwhile Nelly has an album due out in June.

Heather Mills Among Celebrity Judges For Miss USA Pageant

4Heather Mills soon will be back in front of the cameras.

The former Mrs. Paul McCartney, who recently wrapped up a very public divorce from the ex-Beatle, is among the celebrity judges just announced for the upcoming Miss USA Pageant.

Other judges for the April 11 competition include actor/comedian Rob Schneider, actor/musician Joey Fatone, actress Kristian Alfonso, Olympic-champion swimmer Amanda Beard, actress Kelly Carlson and San Diego Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman.

Donny and Marie Osmond will host the telecast of the 57th annual pageant, aired live from Las Vegas on NBC.

Contestants from 50 states and the District of Columbia will be judged in the swimsuit, evening gown and interview categories.

Chris Brown Denies Relationship With Rihanna

5Know all the talk you've been hearing about Rihanna and Chris Brown being an item? Forget it.

Brown is throwing cold water on the rumor that he's dating the Caribbean beauty who had a big hit with "Umbrella."

Brown tells The Associated Press he and Rihanna are "not in a relationship or anything."

Brown says he is single and describes Rihanna as just a friend. What does Rihanna have to say about the rumors? Nothing. At least not this past Saturday when both were at the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards.

Though she walked the red carpet, OK, in this case the orange carpet, since it was Nickelodeon, she bypassed reporters and presumably their questions about her personal life.

March 28, 2008

Lohan Goes From "Mean Girls" To "Manson Girls"

According to E Online, film producer Brad Wyman confirmed that actress Lindsay Lohan has signed on to star as Nancy Pittman, one of Charles Manson's once loyal cult followers, in the movie "Manson Girls."

"Yes, I am doing it with Lindsay," Wyman of Junction Films, told E Online.

Although Lohan, 21, has had her bouts with the law and just wrapped up rehab, a source told E Online! that they weren't concerned that she would pull out of the production.

"The production company is insuring her for the film," the source told E Online.

Madonna Chimes In

Music legend Madonna was candid in an interview with Michael Yo for his "Yo on E!" satellite radio show.

The pop icon, who appeared in a music video with Britney Spears, feels bad for the troubled star.

"They need to step off … For real ... Let's go save her," Madonna said.

Her daughter Lourdes' gives the pop princess the benefit of the doubt.

"She knows Britney, but doesn't catch all that gossip stuff," Madonna told Yo. "So I think she sorta gets the drift of what's going on, and I think she's kind of protective of Britney."

The press has been spreading rumors that Madonna and her husband Guy Ritchie are headed for splitsville.

"You know how people are. It is ridiculous … I don't pay much attention to it," Madonna told Yo.

Madonna revealed that her Malawi-born son David is "the life of the party."

"He loves music, he's an amazing dancer, he's just a character," Madonna said.

Madonna's upcoming album, "Hard Candy," will be released on April 29.

"It is sexy… I think it's got some hard set beats, but there's some sweetness on top. I like the juxtaposition," Madonna said.

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