Beyoncé, Lady Gaga Top VMA Noms
Britney secures her comeback with seven nods
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 4, 2009 12:17 PM CDT
In this 2008 file photo, Britney Spears performs on ABC's "Good Morning America" show at the Big Apple Circus in New York.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Beyoncé and Lady Gaga lead the pack with nine MTV Video Music Award nominations each, People reports. E! adds another notable: Britney Spears, with seven. The awards are set for Sept. 13. Elsewhere:

  • One of the two police chiefs charged with breaking into the home of Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker’s surrogate has been placed on paid leave, the AP reports. Both cops, who are from neighboring townships, pleaded not guilty.

  • OJ Simpson could be free again if his lawyers get their way: They argued at a hearing yesterday the Juice should be allowed to post bond and leave prison while his kidnapping and assault case goes to appeal, the New York Daily News reports.
  • Is Guy Ritchie trying to make Sherlock Holmes gay? That’s what some think, considering the character shares a bed—and often wrestles—with Watson in the upcoming film. “There’s not a seething, bubbling hunger to see straight stars impersonating homosexuals,” one film critic tells the New York Post. “I think they’re just trying to generate controversy.”