Going Up? Britney Hits the Elevator for Madonna Concert Video

Here’s the scoop, bitch.

Cameras started to roll today on the video that Britney Spears is making for Madonna’s upcoming Sticky & Sweet tour, which, sources tell E! News, will be the opening video for each show.

The “Are you ready to rumble?!” video, if you will.

The shoot took place today at the Lot in West Hollywood, the former site of Warner Hollywood, United Artists and the Samuel Goldwyn Studios.

An on-set source said that Britney arrived at around 9 a.m. and was holed up in her dressing room by 9:30. The “Toxic” singer didn’t start shooting her scenes until noon.

According to our insiders, the planned “short movie” will take place inside an elevator, where seven cameras will be strategically placed to capture the magic. The scene-by-scene breakdown goes like this:

Britney, partially disguised by a gray hoodie, walks into the elevator. As she starts traveling upward, she seems particularly nervous and anxious. The popster starts pacing back and forth. Then she progresses to kicking and smacking the walls, all frantic-like. She screams into one of the cameras. Then she starts climbing the wall, pulls down her hood and, into another camera, says:

“It’s Britney, bitch.”

Well, at least she shouldn’t have trouble remembering her lines.

We’re told that the 26-year-old mother of two acted “very professional” throughout and, a day after the shoot was postponed due to technical difficulties, everything seemed to be back on schedule.

Meanwhile, despite rumors that Madonna was going to wing her way West for a quick set visit, the Material Girl stayed put in New York today. According to a witness privy to her comings and goings, she went to her studio this morning and then returned to her Manhattan apartment.

Where, if Madonna weren’t used to the current tabloid climate, she would have bolted the door, drawn the shades and pulled the covers over her head.

But she probably just ate lunch. source E


Britney Arrives in Louisiana to Be with Pregnant Jamie Lynn

Britney Spears is at home in Kentwood, La., to be on hand when her sister Jamie Lynn gives birth, people confirms.

After taking an early morning commercial flight from LAX, the singer, 26, touched down in New Orleans on Wednesday afternoon with her father, Jamie, 55, her brother, Bryan, 31, and her assistant, Brett.

The Spears clan then headed home to the Spears family Serenity mansion in Kentwood. Their arrival comes just before Jamie Lynn, 17, is expected to give birth.

In anticipation of the youngest Spears’s imminent delivery, Jamie Lynn has been preparing her nursery – with its pink, brown and “silver-green” color scheme – and buying furniture with her mother, Lynne, 53.

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Neil Patrick Harris: ‘Door Is Open’ for Britney’s Return to HIMYM

Britney Spears has made two guest appearances on CBS’s How I Met Your Mother, and as far as Neil Patrick Harris is concerned, she’s welcome back any time.

“The door is open for her,” Harris told people at an Academy screening of the show at McGee’s Bar & Grill in Manhattan. “We would love (guest stars) who get in the show’s world to stick around if they want to … but I don’t know what the writers have planned.”

Spears played Abby, a ditsy receptionist dating Barney (Harris’s character), but interested in Ted (Josh Radner’s character). Based on some foreshadowing in the script, the pop princess may very well return in season four, says Harris.

“I gave her the address to Ted’s apartment at the end of the last episode, so I wouldn’t be surprised if she showed up again,” he told people.

During a Q&A post-screening, the cast reminisced about Spears’s time on set.

“Carter [Bays, the creator] had a great line at the table read. He introduces all the guest cast. He said, ‘And I hope I pronounce this correctly, ‘Britney Spears,’” Josh Radner told fans at McGee’s, the bar that helped inspire the series.

“There were wristbands that we wore on set, so that people didn’t come on to the set. In her world, people go up in the rafters and take pictures,” Harris said.

“We wanted to give her the freedom in a closed environment to be as free to act, and fail, and succeed as she wanted to because that’s the process of doing this,” he continued. “She was lovely, and those two weeks were actually quite swell for us.” – Laura Hahn

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Court Says “Britney’s” Condition Still Tenuous

Britney Spears is still not ready for prime time.

The Los Angeles court commissioner overseeing the “Gimme More” singer’s conservatorship case deemed Spears’ condition “too tenuous” for her to take care of her own business just yet.

The comments by Commissioner Reva Goetz came during a hearing today skipped by both Spears and father Jamie, who is still overseeing his daughter’s estate.

Instead, lawyers spent about 90 minutes meeting in the Goetz’s chambers.

Afterward, the commissioner said, “It’s my understanding that her condition is somewhat tenuous. Her medical condition remains the same.”

Spears’ court-appointed probate attorney, Samuel Ingham, agreed, telling the court that allowing Spears to contribute actively would be detrimental to her health.

“In fact it could be harmful to her to participate,” he said.

Goetz decided she needed more information on Spears’ diagnosis before deciding to appoint a more permanent conservator for Spears or whether to dissolve the conservatorship entirely.

“Though there have been changes in her medication,…the diagnosis is not complete,” said Goetz, adding that Spears’ doctor “wants to do additional testing in the not too distant future.”

“Without the diagnosis the timing of the remaining proceedings is something we need to address.”

Goetz recommended the court get an update on June 17 in advance of the July 31 hearing, when Goetz is due to make a final deicison about the future of Spears’ conservatorship.

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Mel Gibson whisks Britney away to his Costa Rican retreat for family holiday

The unlikely friendship that sprang up between Britney Spears and Mel Gibson in the wake of the pop star’s much publicised woes has been further cemented with a joint family holiday. The Australian actor is playing host to the Toxic singer and her father on his remote Costa Rica ranch this week.

The actor took the 26-year-old music star under his wing after she was hospitalised earlier this year. Now Mel and his wife have flown her to their remote Costa Rican hideaway
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Braveheart star Mel’s sprawling cattle farm on the country’s northern Pacific coast would seem the perfect place to unwind away from the stresses of privacy-challenged LA. Located in an area of outstanding beauty, the 163-hectare property encompasses rugged forests and tranquil beaches.

Having faced his own demons, Mel seems ideally placed to offer his support to the singer
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In March Britney and devout Christian and father-of-seven Mel, who has faced his own share of personal trials, were seen dining together. Friends explained that the actor, who’s admitted to being manic depressive, had become friendly with his former Malibu neighbour out of “an act of human kindness”.

The two families left for the sprawling estate on the country’s Pacific coast on Thursday
Photo: costarica.com

“Mel and his wife Robin clearly saw a woman in crisis and wanted to extend themselves in any way possible,” the source said.

“They are among a handful of people in the world who understand the kind of intense attention that Britney goes through and how to keep one’s family intact and out of the limelight,” added the pal.

The group are understood to have travelled to the central American country on a private jet on Thursday, planning to return to California early next week.
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Britney Helps Jamie Lynn Celebrate at Baby Shower|Celebrity News

It was a family affair Saturday as mom-to-be Jamie Lynn Spears was feted with an intimate baby shower in Kentwood, La.

About 30 guests were invited – including big sis Britney – to Kentwood for a ladies-only, catered celebration for the 17-year-old at the family’s Serenity mansion. (Spears hadn’t been back to her hometown since her aunt’s funeral early last year.)

“Jamie Lynn opened every gift,” says a source, adding that mom Lynne and fiancé Casey Aldridge’s mother lent a hand. “We all sat in a circle and she opened gifts and thanked every person. It was just a good old-fashioned baby shower.”

In March, the Zoey 101 star registered for baby booty at Babies “R” Us.

Though sheriff’s deputies were posted at the gate and paparazzi circled in helicopters, “it was a normal shower,” says the source. “A wonderful, sweet occasion.”
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Britney Spears Earns Raves as a Dance Teacher

Britney Spears headed back into the dance studio Tuesday night to teach a class of 15 children.


And her pint-sized pupils are singing her praises. “I like Britney,” 5-year-old Elissa Bouganim, who has taken three classes with the pop star,first we were dancing slow, and then faster and faster … Then we did the fish-move and lots of other fun things.”

The troubled 26-year-old has a semi-regular instructor at the Millennium Dance Complex in the past month – as she has settled into an uncharacteristically quiet routine overseen by her dad Jamie.

“It’s just amazing to watch Britney with the kids,” says Elissa’s mom, Pam. “Elissa won’t stop dancing now, that’s all she wants to do. Britney has really inspired her.”

In fact, Elissa has grown so fond of her new teacher, she even gave Spears a gift during Tuesday’s class. “It was a picture of [Peter Pan’s] Tinkerbell,” she says. “And she gave me a hug.”

These days, Elissa would be happy if Spears taught all her classes. “Britney is nice,” she says. “I want to dance with Britney all the time because it’s so much fun.”