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Billy Ray Cyrus brings ‘Hannah Montana’ home

Cyrus and daughter Miley are busy filming the upcoming “Hannah Montana” flick in their home state of Tennessee, but, as he told OK! magazine, that wasn’t the original plan.
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Thanks to Billy Ray Cyrus, “Hannah Montana” is headed home. He and the real star of the Disney show, his 15-year-old daughter Miley, are busy filming the upcoming “Hannah Montana” flick in their home state of Tennessee, but, as he told OK! magazine, that wasn’t the original plan.

“When I read the initial script, it was all about me bringing Miley home to Tennessee, and we were going to go film it in Louisiana,” Billy Ray said. “To me, that was a red flag.”

That’s when “Hannah’s” dad contacted the studio suits to point out the obvious. “I called a few different people, and I said, ‘Wait a second, I really feel that Tennessee is the right place to make a movie about coming back to Tennessee,’” he told the magazine.

In an effort to seal the deal, Billy Ray, whose upcoming album just happens to be titled “Back to Tennessee,” sent photos of his hometown to Disney honchos.

“Disney came here last week, and they pulled me aside and said, ‘Thank you for bringing this film to Tennessee,’” Billy Ray explained. But, for the record, he doesn’t want credit for the relocation, as he added, “The bottom line is Tennessee sold itself. I brought it to the table and said, ‘I think it’s the right thing to do.’ It’s a great state. I’m really proud of it.”

Women should ‘go for bitchy,’ says Kimora When in doubt, go for bitchy! That’s the advice Kimora Lee Simmons offers women in an interview with Giant magazine. The “Life in the Fab Lane” star feels it’s time fellow females stop fretting over public perception if they want to make it in the world.

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“As a woman, if you’re outspoken and you know what you want, you’re a bitch,” Kimora stated plainly. “And if you don’t know what you want, then you’re a ditz. It’s very hard to gain men’s respect, and men in the industry disrespected me all the time.”

According the model-turned-designer-turned-reality-TV star, the key to success is making one’s voice heard no matter what anyone else thinks.

“Many (women) don’t know if they should speak up and run the risk of looking stupid or bitchy,” Kimora told the magazine. “I always say, ‘Go for bitchy cause they’re gonna say you’re a bitch no matter what.’ If you’re smart and you speak up, you’re a bitch. But at least you get what you want.”

Dish on the fly While Mark Wahlberg and his girlfriend, Rhea Durham, anxiously await the arrival of their third child, the actor admits he’s unsure about their bigger brood ambitions. “When the kids are good, we want eight or nine,” Mark shared with People. “When they're bad, we (want) to stop at three.” … Sienna Miller may be ready to move on from her relationship with Rhys Ifans, but her ex isn’t ready to let go just yet. “He’s taken the breakup really badly,” a friend of the “Notting Hill” actor told The Sun. “He’s spent the week in the pub texting Sienna — begging her to change her mind.” … Rumors that Rihanna’s famous curves were surgically enhanced are just plain wrong, according to the “Umbrella” singer. “There was this report on the Web that I had secret surgery,” Rihanna said in a quote posted to DailyStar.co.uk. "But let me tell you, this is all me and I am proud of it.”

Tabloid Tidbits is compiled by Ree Hines.