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December 29, 2008

Best celeb slapfights of '08

Mtvs-celebrity-deathmatch1 In case you miss "Celebrity Deathmatch" -- not sure you should admit that out loud -- there were a number of non-claymation bitch fights among Hollywood royalty this year that provided a steady stream of entertainment for the bloodthirsty among us.

Hat tip to Defamer for summing up 10 standouts, among them Emmy-winner and Broadway-quitter Jeremy Piven vs. "Speed-the-Plow" writer David Mamet, David Letterman vs. John McCain (no doubt who got in the most body blows there) and a vacationing Nikki Blonsky vs. "Top Model" contestant Bianca Golden (the details of that one just never get any easier to read).

Overlooked? Current boxoffice champ Jennifer Aniston vs. Angelina Jolie, Russell Brand vs. The Jonas Brothers (and purity ring wearers everywhere), and 20th Century Fox vs. Warner Bros. over the rights to the much-anticipated "Watchmen."

For the latest on that convoluted legal matter, go here and see how Fox may pull off a $50 million coup.


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