Paris drops appeal, will serve her jail time

Paris Hilton won't appeal the 45-day jail term she was sentenced to earlier this month for violating probation, according to court documents filed Thursday.

A lawyer for the 26-year-old socialite notified Los Angeles County Superior Court that she is abandoning her appeal, said court spokeswoman Katherine Roberts.

Hilton was ordered to report to jail by June 5 for violating the terms of her probation in an alcohol-related reckless driving case. She initially called the sentence unfair, and lawyers representing her filed a notice to appeal.

She has since changed legal teams and is now represented by Richard Hutton, a lawyer specializing in defending drunken driving cases. Hutton and a spokesman for Hilton didn't immediately return calls for comment Thursday.

Hilton is likely to spend about 23 days in a 'special-needs housing unit' at the Century Regional Detention Center in suburban Lynwood, Los Angeles County sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said.

The shorter sentence reflects an expectation that she will be well-behaved behind bars.

Spears says prayers helped in hard times

Britney Spears wants her fans to know their prayers have helped her during a difficult time.

"I am so blessed that you care enough about me to be concerned and will continue to live in this brighter state with all of you by my side during this trying time," she wrote in the letter posted on her Web site.

"We are all the lights of the world and we all need to continually inspire others and look to the higher power," she added. "You are all in my prayers."

The pop princess recently performed what were thought to be her first public concerts in nearly three years. Her musical comeback comes amid a tumultuous time in which she divorced aspiring rapper

Kevin Federline, had a series of run-ins with the paparazzi and checked into rehab.

Depp gushes about co-star Richards

Johnny Depp has a man crush on Keith Richards, who has a small role in the new 'Pirates of the Caribbean' movie.

Depp, who received an Oscar nomination for his work in the first 'Pirates' film, said he drew inspiration for loopy pirate king Jack Sparrow from Richards.

"He was one of the people I admired for what he's done and how he's handled it," the 43-year-old actor tells Rolling Stone magazine in its issue on newsstands today.

"Forty-whatever years of being this god. And he's just cool."

The Rolling Stones guitarist agreed to play Sparrow's father, Captain Teague, in 'Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End,' the third installment of the blockbuster film franchise.

"It was the right place at the right time with the right guys," said Richards, 63, who also was interviewed.

"Me, I'm just a musician," Richards said. "And if the people like my stuff, thank God. It pushes me on to do more. And I want to do more. That's something that you don't factor in when you start this game."

"Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End," a Walt Disney Pictures release, is slated for release May 25.