Britney Needs Legal Aid

  • The law firm of Trope & Trope is trying to drop Britney Spears as a client, citing a breakdown in communication. The attorneys had been representing Brit in her child-custody battle against ex-husband Kevin Federline; her previous team of lawyers quit in the fall. Brit needs representation! Any takers? [Page Six]
  • By the by, Brit didn't show up for a deposition yesterday — for the fifth time. [TMZ]
  • Lindsay Lohan's been asking friends for money? We've heard this one before, which makes us inclined to believe it's true. Plus: The quit-smoking lozenge people whose product she carries around deny they're paying her, but they are. Huh. [Gatecrasher]
  • Meanwhile, Dina Lohan is so pissed that LL's ex Riley Giles sold his story to a UK tabloid that she called his mother and accused her of poor parenting. Hello, pot? This is the kettle. You're black. [Gatecrasher]
  • Madonna is on vacation in India this week: She is touring Rajasthan and celebrated the new year in a village near Jodhpur with hubby Guy Ritchie, her kids and a couple of friends. Expect sitar on her next track. [Times Of India]
  • "I was always a little bit afraid of men." — Diane Keaton, whom the jerks at the NY Post dare to call a "spinster." [Page Six]
  • Did Joshua "Pacey" Jackson pull a diva move on New Year's Eve, trying to boot a table full of people so that he and Diane Kruger could be alone? [Page Six]
  • Blind item! "Which still-young-but-past-his-prime TV star has been trying to ditch his actress fiancee? He already made her terminate a pregnancy when she was just 17." [Gatecrasher]
  • Time flies! Elisabeth Hasselbeck is returning to the view on Monday, sigh. [People]
  • MTV has ordered another season of A Shot At Love With Tila Tequila. Let the bisexual games begin! [People]
  • Beyoncé beat Kanye West at Connect Four nine times in a row. Pretty sneaky, sis! [Just Jared]
  • Volleyball star Gabrielle Reece and surfer Laird Hamilton gave birth to a son on New Year's Day; the kid is not named Beach, as one might assume. It's Brody Jo Hamilton. [People]
  • When Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes go out, he has his security people hand $100 bills to anyone who helps him and wife — even if it's just a dude opening a door. Classy! [MSNBC]
  • Russell Crowe is heading the anti-gambling movement in Australia; protesting against video poker machines. Are you not entertained?! [Reuters]
  • Two of The Spice Girls are admitting they had bulimia at the height of their success. And Posh isn't one of them! [Mirror]