Anna Nicole’s AMA antics

People are still talking about Anna Nicole Smith’s jaw-dropping (or should that be slack-jawed?) performance at Sunday’s American Music Awards in Los Angeles. Poured into a black-and-red gown, the lass whose name is oft-linked with the phrase “bizarro behavior” appeared to have ingested something a tad stronger than TrimSpa, the weight-loss product she shills, before taking the stage to introduce hip-hop artist Kanye West.

Manic and incoherent, she became the night’s running gag. Emcee Jimmy Kimmel said, “I told her to stay away from Snoop Dogg’s brownies” and signed off with the wish, “May she rest in peace.”

Meanwhile, West, who went home trophy-less despite three nominations, pouted backstage, “I feel I was definitely robbed. … I was the best new artist this year.” He threatened, “I don’t know if I’ll be back at this award show next year.” The award he coveted went to country singer Gretchen Wilson, of “Redneck Woman” fame.

Wilmer, Lindsay call it off

Wilmer’s back on the market, ladies, and just to be sure you’re aware of this, he has proclaimed the news to People magazine.

It’s all over between him and Lindsay Lohan, announced “That “70s Show’s” Wilmer Valderrama, not giving up any details about when or why they split. His rep, Heidi Slan, issued the usual comforting words – “they’re still friends” – about Valderrama, 24, and teen star Lohan, who began dating in May and went public with their relationship at Lohan’s 18th-birthday party in July.

Valderrama was by her side when the “Mean Girls” star was hospitalized for exhaustion in Los Angeles recently. Just last week, she was a guest star on his sitcom. Lohan hasn’t issued a statement. We’re assuming she knows they’re through.

Cruz cruises on – to Matt

Can there possibly be life after Tom Cruise? A big question for the insanely saucy yet petite Penelope Cruz, who reportedly took her breakup with the megastar extremely badly.

But as they say, time heals all wounds and all that, and today Pen is happily dating none other than Matthew McConaughey. The Brit tabs claim Cruz herself confirms the new romance with the actor, who has been previously linked with Sandra Bullock and Ashley Judd and who enjoys playing bongos in his spare time. What’s more, “Entertainment Tonight” says Cruz’s publicist also confirms it.

You see, Pen and Matt worked together on the movie “Sahara.” And when really hot people have to touch each other on set – take after take after take – the touching, uh, takes.

EW picks top rap albums

Picking the greatest-ever hip-hop album might seem impossible. Even Entertainment Weekly admits its list marking 25 years since the birth of mainstream rap is subjective.

But there at the top is Eric B. & Rakim’s “Paid in Full,” which “made hip-hop a true art form, doing for rap what Bob Dylan did for rock in the mid-’60s,” the magazine said of the 1987 album. It was praised for its technical intricacy and poetic metaphors.

Some of today’s big names like OutKast, Eminem and Jay-Z might be surprised and disappointed not to make it into the top 10.

But “it’s not a record sales list,” said Neil Drumming, one of the writers at Entertainment Weekly who picked the top 25.

EW picked the 1989 album “3 Feet High and Rising” by De La Soul at No. 2, followed by “Ready to Die” by Notorious B.I.G. from 1994. Public Enemy and Run-D.M.C. make up the rest of the Top 5.


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