LOS ANGELES – We are all well aware that Britney Spears is more than a little bizarre, but the mere thought of the starlet ever appearing on the screen as a teen mama who gives birth to baby Jesus II makes us want to make an emergency call to the three wise men.
French producer Phillippe Rebboah (whose most recent credit is as an associate producer on indie film "The Guitar," set to premiere at Sundance) reportedly is planning to start shooting a satire entitled "Sweet Baby Jesus" in March with Spears as Mary.
No, not Mary Magdalene, but the Virgin Mary, y'all.
"Spears, 26, would play a pregnant 19-year-old unsure of her baby's paternity who goes into labor on Christmas Eve in Bethlehem, Md., as rumors swirl that the birth is Jesus Christ's second coming," Rebboah told Us Weekly. "I had to convince my partners, because they were like, 'Oh, no. Britney?' But I thought it was brilliant."
And although the producer told the mag that Spears was "reviewing the script," a Brit buddy told Pop Tarts that Rebboah would have more chance of sleeping in a stable than of casting Spears in such an innocent role.
"Reading the script? It seems crazy," said our source. "A film career definitely isn't her focus right now."
Calls to Brit's rep were not returned.
But certainly there is something not so "sweet" about having a "Crazy" crooner take on the religious role. Does anyone else smell a publicity stunt?
Pop Tarts is also questioning why a producer would even want to run the risk of Spears playing the lead, especially given her (oops, she did it again) no-show in the courtroom on Wednesday (Spears had been scheduled to testify in her custody battle with ex-husband Kevin Federline but didn't show up, citing illness.)
Meanwhile, Spears was spotted sitting in her Benz outside West Hollywood's Hustler store on Tuesday evening, where she told onlookers that "she was scared."
Oh, Miley: Hannah Montana Hotter Than The Police, Van Halen & Justin Timberlake
Leading ticket-seller StubHub has released its 2007 Annual Concert Ticket Report, and it seems there is one little star who has one large bank balance.
Miley Cyrus' recent tour may have turned into turmoil and trouble as her tween fan-club couldn't get tickets as promised, but she still takes the No. 1 spot as the highest-selling tour of 2007.
The Hannah Montana mogul was the only female to make the Top 10 cut, and she even outsold music veterans The Police, Bruce Springsteen and Van Halen and brought more "SexyBack" into the bank account than fifth-place pop prince Justin Timberlake. Kenny Chesney, Jimmy Buffett, Bon Jovi and Genesis rounded off the regal 10.
But when it comes to actually seeing a show, it seems the average observer must almost have enough dollars and cents to sink the Titanic.
Tickets to Celine Dion's Sin City concert averaged $347, while peeps paid an average of $260 to watch Elton John's jaw open and close and $257 for Hannah Montana.
Eric Clapton ($253), Bon Jovi ($239) and Bruce Springsteen ($226) chimed in a little cheaper, followed by Van Halen, Genesis, The Police and Michael Buble.
Steven Tyler Made Kelly Clarkson 'Walk Away'
She may be the original and most successful "American Idol" to date, but it seems there is only one man (some years her senior) that Miss Kelly Clarkson just can't enough of, although he was the one who made her "Walk Away."
"Steven Tyler is an inspiration, he and his music. Sexy, sassy and in your face and just strong," Clarkson recently told us. "He makes me want to … write. One of the things that inspired me whenever I was writing on 'Walk Away,' the song, you know, the bridge, is like you're preaching at someone and it's very soulful with a rock vibe to it. So I totally would think of Steven Tyler — what would he do while he's performing?"
But the Aerosmith singer isn't the only older man that this music mogul is moved by.
"I love U2 — what I commonly love is when you believe, it's believability — it's real factor. You actually believe that they're feeling what they're saying, regardless if they wrote it or not. I think that's how people translate, [it] is so important," she said.
"You go watch U2 in concert and you're like 'ahhh,' you walk away half-inspired, half want to quit because you're never going to be that good. Or the same thing with Steven Tyler. You go see Aerosmith and you're like 'a part of me wants to go write 10 songs,' but the other half ... just wants to say, 'Why am I doing this?' Throw in the towel."
And even though she's one of the biggest music stars of the modern day, Clarkson still considers herself pretty amateur.
"I think it's totally important for us rookies to go and watch the professionals and see how they do everything, because you learn from it and you want to carry on those traditions — obviously they're great ones," she added.
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