SEE IT: Britney Spears shaves her head, marries Kevin Federline in first trailer for Lifetime’s ‘Britney Ever After’

Oops, she did it again. Britney Spears is re-living some of her worst life decisions in the first trailer for Lifetime’s “Britney Ever After.” Australian actress Natasha Bassett will play the pop star in the upcoming biopic — from the top of the charts to her lowest moments. “I’m not going to say I was fine, because I wasn’t,” Spears says in a voiceover in the 30-second trailer. The quick video covers some of Spears’ biggest moments, including shaving her head in a 2007 meltdown and her two-year marriage to Kevin Federline (Clayton Chitty). “Everything is just kind of this blur, you know, until you hit rock-bottom,” Spears says. “I want to be strong for my fans – they’re what keeps me going.” The movie also stars Peter Benson as Larry Rudolph, Nicole Oliver as Lynne Spears, Nathan Keyes as Justin Timberlake and Jillian Walchuck as Paris Hilton. “Britney Ever After” premieres Feb. 18 on Lifetime. Continue Reading

Britney Spears remains hospitalized following custody standoff

Britney Spears was derailed yet again in her struggle to get her career and personal life back on track. Hauled away from her Los Angeles home by paramedics and police, the 26-year-old pop star remained hospitalized Friday as attorneys met in Superior Court in her custody battle with ex-husband Kevin Federline over their two young sons. Lawyers spent 30 minutes in the court commissioner's chambers. Federline attorney Mark Vincent Kaplan said Friday a Superior Court commissioner issued orders, but they would not be released until sometime Monday. Kaplan said that he was not happy about any of the events and that there were "no winners here." Federline has temporary custody of 2-year-old Sean Preston and 1-year-old Jayden James because Spears, who has limited visitation rights, has defied court orders. Kaplan said he had been at Spears' hilltop home late Thursday before an ambulance whisked the singer through a throng of paparazzi to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after a nearly three-hour standoff with Los Angeles police. "I was up at the guard gate where (she) lives. I did not go in" to the home, Kaplan said. "I was up there only to bring a document ... that identified the existing court order" about the couple's custody arrangements and visitation schedule. He gave the document to a security guard. Kaplan said he later went to Cedars-Sinai, but he declined to provide any details about Spears, her ex-husband, or their two sons. Spears' mother, Lynne Spears, also would not disclose any information about her daughter's condition. "Just say prayers," she told the celebrity news show "Access Hollywood" by phone Friday. Hospital spokeswoman Simi Singer wouldn't confirm or deny reports in entertainment media that Spears would be held for 72 hours for psychological evaluation. The reports didn't identify their sources. Spears' latest troubles began around 8 p.m. Thursday when officers were called to her home because she refused to turn over her children Continue Reading

Britney Spears life to be portrayed in dance

LONDON - Britney Spears' life shapes the plot of a 14-minute dance called "Meltdown."The contemporary work by choreographer Hubert Essakow follows Spears as she deals with paparazzi and shaves her head. It ends with Spears being carried off on a stretcher."It will be performed Essakow told the British Broadcasting Corp. that Spears' story is "a modern day tragedy.""You can't open a newspaper without her being in it," he said. "I became obsessed by every detail of her life." Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Pop’s paid big to baby-sit Britney Spears

Being Britney Spears' daddy now comes with a paycheck.Jamie Spears will earn a $2,500-a-week stipend to handle his troubled daughter's $100 million estate, a Los Angeles court commissioner has ruled. The arrangement reached Wednesday also allows Papa Spears to lease a car and keep a mental health team on retainer to help the diva get her life together. The latest twist in the stressed-out songstress' saga comes after Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner Reva Goetz extended Jamie Spears' co-conservatorship from March 10 to July 31. Jamie Spears, who has worked as a food caterer, has taken his responsibilities to heart, moving into his daughter's mansion to keep a close eye on her. The father was named co-conservator of his daughter's estate after she shaved her head, attacked a paparazzo's car with an umbrella and, in January, was sent to a mental ward twice. Fueling Britney Spears' anxiety has been her ongoing child custody battle with ex-husband Kevin Federline. Since her father has been watching her, she has kept a low profile and last month was allowed to visit her sons Jayden James, 1, and Sean Preston, 2, for the first time in two months. As the pop star continues to rebound, photos taken of her Wednesday while on a shopping spree triggered new speculation that she's sporting a baby bump. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Britney Spears’ Dad to be paid weekly check for running her estate

LOS ANGELES - Being Britney Spears' father is now a paying gig - through most of the summer, at least.A court has ordered the troubled pop star's estate to pay James Spears' $2,500 in weekly compensation and authorized him to lease a car. On Wednesday, his authority to handle his daughter's affairs, which was scheduled to expire March 10, was extended until July 31.Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner Reva Goetz ordered the weekly payments in documents released by the court Thursday but signed on Wednesday. James Spears, who recently worked as a caterer, was named conservator of his daughter and co-conservator of her estate after she was hospitalized twice in January.Goetz also ordered Spears' estate to make a $58,800 payment to Samuel D. Ingham III, the court-appointed attorney who represents Britney Spears in the conservatorship case. She also authorized the pop star's psychiatrist to hire two other doctors and pay them retainers totaling $9,000 from her estate.An attorney for James Spears, Vivian Thoreen, argued in court documents that the extension of the temporary conservatorship was necessary because Jon Eardley, an attorney who made an unsuccessful attempt to move the probate case to federal court last month, had filed additional papers in U.S. District Court. Those documents were under seal.In the past year, Spears was caught on camera engaging in increasingly bizarre behavior. She shaved her head, beat a vehicle with an umbrella, wore skirts without underwear and left her own car on a busy thoroughfare after getting a flat tire.The strange outbursts and hospitalizations contributed to the 26-year-old losing custody of her young sons, Jayden James, 1, and Sean Preston, 2. Ex-husband Kevin Federline has sole custody.Spears was allowed brief visits with the boys beginning in late February after not seeing them for nearly two months. That happened after Spears and Federline agreed to modify the court order that had stripped Spears of her visitation rights, Continue Reading

Intoxicated Britney Spears hands over kids to Kevin Federline after dispute

LOS ANGELES - A bizarre new chapter is unfolding in the life of Britney Spears, with the troubled pop star hospitalized Friday "for her own welfare" after a three-hour standoff involving her two young sons. With paparazzi swarming the ambulance doors, Spears was whisked away late Thursday, nearly three hours after police arrived at her home in a gated community. No injuries were reported. Police initially said it appeared the 26-year-old Spears was under the influence of an unknown substance but Officer April Harding said Friday she could not confirm that or other reports that Spears was hospitalized for mental evaluation. "For her own welfare, she was transferred to a local hospital for medical treatment," Harding said, declining to elaborate. Spears was conscious as the ambulance left her home escorted by a row of police cars. A horde of paparazzi chased the ambulance, their strobes going off as they held their cameras up to the vehicle's rear window. Another group of videographers met the ambulance at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, banging on the ambulance doors. Cedars spokeswoman Simi Singer said she could neither confirm nor deny that Spears was at the hospital, citing patient confidentiality laws. Officers were called to Spears' house around 8 p.m. Thursday for an issue involving custody of 2-year-old Sean Preston and 1-year-old Jayden James, Harding said. By about 10:30 p.m., six police cars, two ambulances and a fire truck had entered the gated-community, where Spears has a $4.5 million, five-bedroom, six-bathroom home in the Santa Monica Mountains above Beverly Hills. Several police cars were seen in the area earlier in the night. Spears turned over the children around 10:50 p.m., Officer Jason Lee said. Spears and ex-husband Kevin Federline have been involved in a long and very public custody battle. Federline, 29, has temporary custody of the children because Spears, who has limited visitation rights, has defied court orders. The two Continue Reading

Britney Spears’ bodyguard feared she’d hurt self, kids

Britney Spears is so mentally unbalanced that at one point the fallen star's bodyguard feared she was planning to hurt herself - or her children.In an explosive interview in yesterday's London Daily Mail, bodyguard Tony Barretto said Spears sent her nanny and assistant home, along with her best friend, Alli Sims."Britney hates to be alone, so this was worrying," he said.Barretto, who was hired by the singer in March, said she also showed signs of "beginning to shut down as she had just before she shaved her head" and that she had talked at that time about committing suicide.According to Barretto, another bodyguard who had been with Spears longer than other members of her security team also admitted he was worried about the children."Don't let her go swimming with them," he told Barretto."Shocked, I asked, 'Is she going to drown them?' He said, 'I don't know.' I started to cry. How am I supposed to protect someone like that?" Barretto recalled."She's unpredictable. No one knows what she'll do next," he said. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Britney Spears turns herself in for Aug. 6 wreck

Britney Spears made time for a photo-op Monday night - albeit one with no red carpet - when she reported to a Los Angeles-area police station to be booked in connection with two minor fender-benders. Spears breezed in the front doors the station in the Los Angeles suburb of Van Nuys around 9 p.m. Monday, after declining an offer to sneak in through the back. Clad in black and sporting oversize sunglasses that she said were hiding a case of pinkeye, Spears spent about 30 to 45 minutes being processed, including having photos and fingerprints taken. "She was fine, cooperative," said LAPD officer Mike Lopez. "She did her business and came out." For her part, Spears described the police as "really nice." Spears showed up at the station with a male companion, who whisked her away in a Mercedes after she'd finished her official business. Spears' appearance at the station was a prelude to an October 25 court date on charges she bumped up against another car while turning into a spot in a Studio City parking lot on August 6. Spears checked out the damage before heading into an adjacent builing. The cadre of paparazzi who seemingly track the fallen pop princess' every move caught the fender-bender on camera. Kim Robard-Rifkin, whose car Spears' scuffed, reported the incident several days later. The booking is the latest in a string of legal embroilments for Spears. On October 1, she had custody of her two young sons taken away after a judged expressed misgivings about her partying and general lack of parenting skills. Last week she appeared in court and was granted overnight visits with the children with the presence of a monitor. Kevin Federline, Spears' former backup dancer and ex-husband, is the children's main guardian. Since filing for divorce from Federline in November 2006, Spears has passed out at a Las Vegas nightclub on New Year's Eve, been photographed cavorting on the party scene with no panties on, shaved her head, and Continue Reading

MTV lectures Britney Spears to behave on VMAs

LAS VEGAS - It could be the beginning of her comeback - or the end of it. When Britney Spears takes center stage tonight at the MTV Video Music Awards, she returns to the scene of past triumphs.If she does well, her performance of "Gimme More" could reinvigorate her shaky career. But if she flops, it will be before the whole world - and if she acts out before her sound check, she might not even get a chance to perform.Sources told the Daily News that MTV has already lectured Spears to behave in Las Vegas or risk her spot in the lineup."Britney knows she's on thin ice. When they agreed to the performance, they sat her down and told her she should not be going out, and instead focus on rehearsing and resting," an insider said. "She seemed to be thankful and appreciative for the chance, but who knows with her? MTV made it clear that her usual behavior will not be tolerated."Her antics in the past year have included a rampage of public appearances without underwear, shaving her head, attacking a car with an umbrella, a stint in rehab, and skirmishes with ex-hubby Kevin Federline over her alleged neglect of their two sons.Spears arrived in Sin City late last week, and she's been running through her routine at the Palms, where the VMAs will be held.But it hasn't been all work and no party.The pop tart was spotted sipping a frozen margarita before her VMA rehearsal Friday.Then Spears showed up at Snoop Dogg's bash at Body English in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino about 1 a.m. yesterday in a cute, black strapless dress. She had her people immediately call man-of-the-moment Criss Angel to meet her, sources said. Spears has denied the two are dating.One source said, "She's totally phoning this in. She doesn't seem to care how this goes. She's been drinking a bunch and not putting her all into rehearsing."But Spears' cousin and assistant Alli Simms dismissed such talk. "Her performance will be huge," Simms said. "She's very excited."Simms was later overheard telling a pal Continue Reading

Dueling Divas: Amy Winehouse vs. Britney Spears

From stints in and out of rehab to family feuds, Amy Winehouse and Britney Spears can't stop making headlines for all the wrong reasons this summer. These two sultry songbirds act as if they're in a race to the bottom. So which former national treasure is sullying herself, and national pride, to a greater degree: Winehouse for Team U.K. or Spears for the good ol' U.S.A.? Winehouse SPOUSAL ABUSE: Emerged from a bloody scrape with her husband in a London hotel last week, allegedly over her use of drugs. PARENTAL ISSUES: Father-in-law wants you to boycott her albums. WARDROBE MALFUNCTIONS: Preferred ensemble consists of wifebeater tank top, short shorts and ballet slippers. LIFE IMITATES SONG: "Rehab," "You Know I'm No Good" REHAB IS HOW LONG?: Hospitalized earlier this month in London for "severe exhaustion," checked into "retreat" facility for a couple of days, instead chose to go on holiday with her hubby to St. Lucia. CAREER STALLING: Canceled this Sunday's gig at MTV Video Music Awards as well as fall U.S. tour. European tour in doubt. At July concert in the U.K., she hit herself in the head with microphone and reportedly spit on fans. HAIR-RAISING IDEAS: Beehive, behave! NUTRITIONAL NUTTINESS: Does she eat? Spears SPOUSAL ABUSE: Introduced world to Kevin Federline; currently engaged in bitter custody battle with him over their two kids.PARENTAL ISSUES: On the outs with her mother for taking Ex-Fed's side; also being investigated for possible child abuse.WARDROBE MALFUNCTIONS: Tends toward unfortunate headgear and Ugg boots; tends to forget putting on pants and/or panties and/or clothes, for that matter.LIFE IMITATES SONG:  "Oops ... I Did It Again," "Toxic"REHAB IS HOW LONG?: Checked in and out of rehab multiple times this year. Life appears to be one big holiday for the former teen dream.CAREER STALLING: Rumored new material in the works, but brief comeback tour in May limited only to Continue Reading