Pattinson Popularity; Jamie Spears not to marry; Lance Armstrong and his 12 screws

Republican Whip Eric Cantor has skipped his party’s big annual fundraiser on Tuesday to attend Britney Spears’ concert in Washington DC.

As confirmed by GOP aides to the Huffington Post, the House Minority representative went to the show at the request of a fundraiser. Though he apparently didn’t enjoy the show, Cantor heroically stayed through the whole show for the conservative party.

An insider told the news trade, “If suffering through a Britney Spears concert will raise one more dime to help Republicans take back the House, then I’m glad Cantor’s willing to do it.”

WTF? I’m sure he “suffered” through her performance. Good grief.

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It seems Robert Pattinson may have to step up his game against major Hollywood player Sean Penn, if he is to win over Natalie Portman.

The Milk star – who was also recently romantically linked to Lindsay Lohan – was supposedly seen locking lips with Natalie after a private dinner at the Sunset Tower Hotel’s Tower Bar on March 17.

“They went to a bank of elevators that only goes to the spa or to private room,” a source tells Star magazine.

“They came back about 45 minutes later, and that’s when I saw them making out.”

More on Pattinson…

Robert Pattinson has another famous fan – Scarlett Johansson’s husband Ryan Reynolds.

Reynolds – who stars alongside Twilight’s Kristen Stewart in the upcoming comedy flick Adventureland – says he’s a huge fan of the 22-year-old Brit.

He says, “I love Twilight.

“Oh my God are you kidding me? Robert Pattinson in a word – dreamy.”

Ryan also said that he wouldn’t mind doing a film with Pattinson in the future.

Interesting.

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Webisodes meet the tube when ABC premieres the TV version of “In the Motherhood” on Thursday night — and ET is behind the scenes.

Cheryl Hines, Megan Mullally and Jessica St. Clair headline the comedy about juggling motherhood, work and love while raising kids that was adapted from the popular Internet series by the same name.

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Jamie Lynn Spears is putting off plans to marry boyfriend Casey Aldridge so she can focus on being a “hands on Southern mother”, it’s claimed.

The youngest Spears reportedly planned to marry her baby-daddy following the birth of their daughter Maddie in July 2008 – but after a change of heart, the wedding is off, says a U.S. publication.

A source close to the Spears clan tells OK! magazine, “The wedding’s off. They are still in love, living together and very happy, but they have no plans to get married.”

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Rumor has it that Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz are having trouble with their new domestic lifestyle. An insider told Page Six, “Ashlee and Pete are on the rocks. He is going out all the time and she’s stuck at home. It’s just not working.”

A rep for Simpson, who’s currently spending some alone time with her hubby in Australia without baby Bronx Mowgli, said, “This is not true. Everything is fine in their world.”

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The Gossip Girl spin-off, set to take off via a 20-minute flashback on the CW series’ May 11 episode, hasn’t even received an official pick-up, but executive producer Josh Schwartz already has a lot of ideas for it.

For instance, according to Schwartz, since the spin-off took place in the 80s when Serena’s (Blake Lively) mom Lily (Kelly Rutherford) was in high school, it’s very possible that she’ll meet and even hang out with several characters from The O.C.

“What we know is [‘OC’ characters] Kirsten Cohen, or Kirsten Nichols as she was born, and Jimmy Cooper lived in Newport Beach in the ’80s,” he said. “So there’s a total possibility that in one episode, Lily could have been friends with Kirsten or Jimmy Cooper when they were young. I would love to do that.”

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Lance Armstrong collided with two other bike riders on Monday.

He is now recovering in Austin, Texas, after a five-inch stainless-steel plate and 12 screws were inserted in his collarbone, Armstrong, 37, will be up and at ’em in a week, his doctor says.

“Our goal was to stabilize his fracture as quickly as possible, but in a safe fashion, and then allow Lance to do the things he does best,” Dr. Douglas Elenz says.

As Armstrong’s collarbone mends, his doctor will “advance him off the exercise bike on to the street and take it day-by-day, week-by-week and month-by-month … We’re going to have to allow him to train and even potentially ride with a fracture that is not 100-percent healed.”

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