Chris Brown Attempts To Rescue His Image By Rescuing Animals

  • Rihanna is reportedly attempting to help boyfriend Chris Brown save his public image by bringing him along on animal rescue missions, tracking down stray dogs and cats and placing them in safe foster homes. [TheSun]
  • "Diners and staff patrol the neighbourhood, looking for stray animals that need help," says a source, speaking about the program run by the LA restaurant Birds, "Rihanna has told managers she will be bringing Chris along to a rescue mission." [TheSun]
  • Sean "Diddy" Combs apparently had no idea that Chris Brown was using his home to reconcile with Rihanna: "Chris called and said he needed to crash at Diddy's house while he was recording. He said it would just be him and his mom," says a source. "Chris is a dog," another source says,"He's always been so critical and nasty to Rihanna, making fun of her accent." [PageSix]
  • Rihanna still isn't sure if she will testify against Brown or not. "It's very troubling to her family, her friends and her handlers," says a source, "Everybody's up in arms about her about-face. Some people think it could pose an obstacle to her career. Rihanna goes back and forth about whether she'll cooperate with the DA, or how much. There are days when she wakes up and says, 'I have to do this.' But, other days, she is willing to give Chris a break. Until she gets to court, I don't think anybody knows what she's going to do." [NYDN]
  • Mischa Barton's parents apparently don't quite understand what their daughter actually does for a living: "My mom and dad are still a bit confused and cautious about what I do," Barton says. Uh, so are we? [ShowbizSpy]
  • Turns out M.I.A. didn't name her baby "Ickitt" after all. According to her MySpace page: ""MY BABY IS NOT CALLED ICKITT, PICKIT OR LICKIT THANK YOU VERY MUCH. HES A BABY, HE DONT NEED PRESS! I DIDNT RELEASE THE BABY NAME BECAUSE I DIDNT THINK IT WAS NEWS!!!!" When there's any real news for her fans, she'll let them know. "TILL THEN," she writes, "GO PICK ON APPLE, SATCHEL AND MOON UNIT." [US Weekly]
  • An N.W.A. biopic is in the works. Ice Cube, Dr.Dre and Tomica Wright, Eazy-E's widow, will produce. [EW]
  • In more movie news, Tracy Morgan and Martin Lawrence have signed on to join Chris Rock in Neil LaBute's remake of Death at a Funeral. [HollywoodReporter]
  • Blind item: "This former high profile TV Personality is so happy to have a man, she can't contain herself. When they appear at public events, she is often loud and boisterous. When friends make suggestions to her to tone it down, she just rolls her eyes and gets louder. She wants everyone to see her and her new man." [BlindGossip]
  • "People say what they are going to say and there's nothing I can do about that. I've been doing this for so long and I've grown up really fast. I haven't got different responsibilities to other people my age, and it's taken me time to recognize that. I've gone through the phases that I have had to go through, now I am growing up."-Lindsay Lohan [ShowbizSpy]
  • For a lovely start to your Saturday, you might want to check out these pictures of Ryan Gosling. [JustJared]
  • Kelly Clarkson believes in the power of karma: "I don't think I'd fall in love easily - I had a boyfriend, who I discovered was only with me because he wanted to be famous," she says, "Oh, and he had a girlfriend the entire time we were together. I can spot a cheat a mile off these days. I was hurt but karma's a b***h and I'm sure he'll reap what he sowed." [ShowbizSpy]
  • Meanwhile, Clarkson will be joined by Kanye West on an upcoming episode of American Idol. Clarkson will plug her new album, and Kanye will perform "Heartless." [NYTimes]
  • Emma Watson was seen leaving a club with the words "Be Emma" scrawled on her chest. [DailyMail]
  • Fergie has no plans to have children anytime soon: "I'm not going to be because I'm going on tour," she says, "I wouldn't want to do that to the poor child." [E!]
  • Julia Roberts is a big fan of the Obama family: "I have such the White House crush happening right now for all four of the Obamas!" Roberts says, "[Michelle] seems to be a person who is really authentic and shows who she really is." [ShowbizSpy]
  • 50 Cent has some words of wisdom for aspiring rapper Joaquin Phoenix: "He should write about the things that he has real interest in, the things he has been influenced by. Because, when an artist writes something that's totally away from their experience period, it can't be embraced. Like when you have a former correctional officer (Rick Ross) write from the biggest drug dealer in Miami's perspective, they don't get it," 50 says, "It's not necessary for you to be involved in criminal activity at any point in your life for you to be a part of hip-hop. You can come in and write from a totally positive perspective." [DailyExpress]
  • Amy Winehouse dealt with her recent assault charges by partying pretty hard at a charity function: "She was clearly drunk," says a source, "She knocked candles off a display unit, then started climbing up a bookshelf." [TheSun]
  • Vanilla Ice is sorry to the extreme for his most famous hit: "I'm sorry," Ice says on his YouTube page, "Even though Ice Ice Baby sold over 40million copies worldwide. I'm sorry for the hairdos, the baggy pants, the scandals and I'm sorry about the music. I was young, manipulated and I was a puppet." Well, you know what they say, Ice. Anything less than the best is a felony. And now I'm sorry for getting that song in your head. Whoops! [TheSun]