Losing the battle for Britney: Madame Tussaud's has just released a new wax sculpture of Britney Spears, and the likeness is somehow meant to call to mind the glory days of her pop-music career: Hanging upside down from what looks like a stripper pole, the wax Spears comes complete with animatronic breasts that heave, giving off the impression she's actually breathing. Adding to the creepiness, fans (or just Madame Tussaud's marketers) have launched an online campaign to bring back Britney -- it joins the recently launched Save Sean Preston site -- by circulating a petition to somehow "save Britney ... from herself, from her husband and from her relentless fertility." (Defamer, SaveSeanPreston, BringBackBritney)
Lohan gets her apology, sorta: Oil heir Brandon Davis has finally publicly apologized for all the awful things he said about Lindsay Lohan to paparazzi video cameras outside a club in Los Angeles last week, but his statement seems stiff and insincere compared with the fluid vitriol of the original outburst. "My behavior on May 16 was inexcusable," Davis says in the statement. "What started out as a joke got completely carried away and I am horrified at the words that came out of my mouth. I consider Lindsay a friend and I hope she accepts my sincere apology for my reprehensible actions last week." (Page Six)
Leto's so-called coming out: In an AOL IM interview yesterday that was ostensibly about his band, 30 Seconds to Mars, Jared Leto coyly teased with the gay rumor.
ThirtySecondLeto: I'll give you an exclusive ...
TyeinMusic: ooh. lay it on me
ThirtySecondLeto: I'm gay
TyeinMusic: please tell me you're serious
ThirtySecondLeto: as a goose.
He later compared himself to Morrissey, sexually speaking, though it's impossible to tell what that really means. (Gawker, AOL Music)
The judge in the Michael Jackson/Debbie Rowe custody case has ruled that all of the documents in the case are to be made public, meaning we might finally know for sure if Jackson is actually the biological father of Prince and Paris. (Fox 411) ... Pete Doherty was spotted leaving Kate Moss' London apartment yesterday as he tried to slip past paparazzi and got a ride from a passing garbage truck. (ContactMusic) ... Kevin Dillon and his wife, actress Jane Stuart, are proud parents: Stuart gave birth to a baby girl, Ava, via C-section in Los Angeles last week. (Us Online) ... Ska icon Desmond Dekker -- who had hits like "Israelites" and "You Can Get It If You Really Want" with Jimmy Cliff -- died of a heart attack at his home in England on Thursday. He was 64. (Associated Press)
-- Scott Lamb
On Friday, Lindsay Lohan and Jamie Lee Curtis swap bodies in "Freaky Friday" (ABC, 8 p.m. EDT). On Saturday, Sean Bean ("Lord of the Rings") appears in the debut of the BBC America series "Sharpe" (9 p.m. EDT), a historical epic that runs all summer, while on Sunday, CMT shows the one-hour documentary "True Grit: Evel Knievel" (9 p.m. EDT).
On the Talk Shows:
Larry King (CNN, 9 p.m. EDT): American Idol Taylor Hicks and runner-up Katherine McPhee
David Letterman (CBS, 11:30 p.m. EDT): Bill Maher
Jay Leno (NBC, 11:35 p.m. EDT): Dana Carvey; T.I. performs
Conan O'Brien (NBC, 12:35 a.m. EDT): Halle Berry
-- Lamar Clarkson