Celebrities

They said what? The week's celeb quotes

“Wow, thank you, I'm in shock right now. I was not expecting this.” — Britney Spears, looking spectacular in a shimmering silver dress as she accepted her third trophy of the evening for “Piece of Me” at the MTV Video Music Awards.

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“I just wanna say, it's not bad to wear a promise ring because not every guy and a girl wants to be a slut, OK?” — “American Idol” champ Jordin Sparks, defending the Jonas Brothers at the MTV Video Music Awards after host Russell Brand joked about the siblings, all of whom wear purity rings as a symbol of their vow not to have premarital sex.

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“You do the actuary tables, there's a one out of three chance, if not more, that McCain doesn't survive his first term, and it'll be President Palin. It's like a really bad Disney movie, ‘The Hockey Mom.' ‘Oh, I'm just a hockey mom from Alaska,' and she's president. She's facing down Vladimir Putin and using the folksy stuff she learned at the hockey rink. It's absurd.” — Matt Damon, on the selection of Sarah Palin as the Republican nominee for vice president.

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“For some reason, I don't think people appreciate just how beautiful a woman that she is. … She has everything that goes into a great face: great cheekbones, beautiful eyes, great smile.” — Elizabeth Banks, who portrays Laura Bush to Josh Brolin's George in upcoming film “W,” on the First Lady's underrated beauty.

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“I'd go insane. I'd be lying to you if I said I never think about it, but I really do try to think about it as little as possible.” — Daniel Craig, who is reluctant to discuss his Oscar prospects. Craig follows his James Bond adventure “Quantum of Solace” in November with the World War II Jewish resistance drama “Defiance” a month later.

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“You hate to sort of just sit around praising people. It sounds like, ‘I don't know, you're running for office.' But I think for most actors, they're sort of dream people to work for. They're highly accomplished, very nice, fun to be around, kind; they have kind of a Midwestern reserve and nice detachment from who they are.” — John Malkovich on working with Joel and Ethan Coen in the brothers' film “Burn After Reading.”

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“I'm a skeptic across-the-board of ghosts and elves and ESP and the afterlife. But it doesn't change the fact that the romance of Hollywood lets you take someone on board on a journey against their will, really, if it's done well. For an hour and half while I'm watching 'The Bishop's Wife,' I believe in angels. While I'm watching 'A Christmas Carol,' I do believe in ghosts, and while I'm watching 'Miracle on 34th Street,' I believe in Father Christmas.” — Comic actor Ricky Gervais, who portrays a dentist who sees dead people in the upcoming “Ghost Town.”

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