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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Aflac Hires a New Duck to Replace Gilbert Gottfried

Aflac Hires a New Duck to Replace Gilbert Gottfried The fans suggested Fran Drescher. They got Dan McKeague.

The 36-year-old Minnesotan is the new Aflac duck, replacing Gilbert Gottfried who was fired for making tasteless jokes about the tsunami in Japan, where the insurance company does business.

And while McKeague, a father of three who works as a sales manager with some voice acting experience, is not well known, he certainly has the pipes to pull off the trademark "Aflaaaaaac!" squawk, as this video proves. – Mike Fleeman

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Ian Ziering Welcomes a Baby Girl

The actor's wife Erin delivered daughter Mia Loren Ziering at 10:09 p.m. Monday in Los Angeles, PEOPLE confirms. Weighing in at 7 lbs., 6 oz., the baby girl's name begins with 'M' in honor of Ian's late mother Micki, a source tells PEOPLE.

"Well, it's official, I'm a dad!," the former Beverly Hills, 90210 star, 47, wrote on his Facebook page.

"As I sit holding Mia, Erin sleeps the most beautiful sleep. My thoughts race with visions of a brighter future, only made possible by what happens today... or, last night! God bless us all."

The couple, who wed in May 2010, announced the pregnancy in October and celebrated with a baby shower last month.

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Idol Alum Justin Guarini Is a Dad

The American Idol alum, 32, and wife Reina Capodici welcomed a son, William Neko Bell Guarini, at 6:26 a.m. on Tuesday, April 26, his rep Jeff Ballard confirms to PEOPLE exclusively.

He weighed in at 7 lbs., 2 oz. and joins big sister Lola, 6, from Capodici’s prior relationship.

“Quite a polite fellow for waiting until late Monday, early Tuesday to make his entrance,” Guarini tells PEOPLE, who just wrapped his role in American Idiot on Sunday evening.

“With a full head of curly brown hair, wide open and alert eyes he came charging into the world.”

“Reina is doing wonderfully and should be given a medal for going 10 months and 1 week with child,” he adds.

“She performed beautifully and only had to push for 15-20 minutes before the babe arrived. We’re resting comfortably in the hospital and can’t wait to introduce him to his big sister (who was asleep for the whole experience) when visiting hours commence.”

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Jake Gyllenhaal Shaves His Head!

What’s round and cute and shiny all over? Jake Gyllenhaal‘s head! The actor, who usually flaunts quite a head of hair, was recently spotted on the Los Angeles set of his new film, End of Watch, with a totally shaved head. His rep tells PEOPLE that he did indeed lose his locks for the role, in which he and The Lincoln Lawyer‘s Michael Peña play devoted cops. This isn’t the first time Gyllenhaal has shaved his head for a film — he did the same for 2005's Jarhead — but considering we saw him earlier this month with all of his hair (not to mention a full mustache and beard), it certainly was a quick change. We think the actor looks cute no matter what,

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Did Kendra Wilkinson's Shimmy Save or Sink Her on Dancing?

Kendra Wilkinson's sexy samba to "Livin' La Vida Loca" heated up the ballroom and was mocked by judge Bruno Tonioli as "Dancing with Strippers."

After a continuous cycle of being in the bottom three, did her daring shimmy on Monday get her bounced from the show?

Or was lower-scoring Chris Jericho shown the door at Dancing with the Stars?

Or was there a surprise elimination? Read on to find out.

Wilkinson and pro partner Louis Van Amstel survived.

It was wrestler Jericho who finally hit the mat in Week 6 after finishing last with 22 points on guilty pleasures night with a dance to "Don't Stop Believin'."

Jericho departed by joking, "It's actually good timing that I got eliminated because I have to fly over to the royal wedding."

On a serious note, he praised his pro partner Cheryl Burke, saying, "The only reason I got this far is because of Cheryl. ... She's a great friend, a friend for life."

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Catherine Zeta-Jones Was 'Outed' in Treatment, Says Michael Douglas

If it were up to Catherine Zeta-Jones, she probably would have kept her struggle with bipolar 2 disorder private.

"Catherine's being quite open about it because she was outed," her husband, Michael Douglas, says on Tuesday's Oprah Winfrey Show.

According to Douglas, 66, his wife, 41, "Went to get some help, and some other patient probably said, 'Hey, you won't believe who's in here now.' So, once that happens, I think she felt best to get out her story."
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Katie Couric: I Am Leaving CBS Evening News

"I have decided to step down from the CBS Evening News," Couric tells PEOPLE exclusively. "I'm really proud of the talented team on the CBS Evening News and the award-winning work we've been able to do in the past five years in addition to the reporting I've done for 60 Minutes and CBS Sunday Morning. In making the decision to move on, I know the Evening News will be in great hands, but I am excited about the future."

What's next for the 32-year broadcast veteran? "I am looking at a format that will allow me to engage in more multi-dimensional storytelling," she says, adding that other details, including when and where the show will air, are "still being discussed."

As she launches the next phase of her career and her new book, The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons from Extraordinary Lives, she is also juggling exclusive interviews with astronaut Mark Kelly, husband of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, as well as British Prime Minister David Cameron – and she's covering the royal wedding.

"The bottom line is that I love doing all kinds of different stories," says Couric, 54. "I have a lot of areas of interest and I want to be able to fulfill all of that."


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LeAnn Rimes's Wedding Accessories: Old, New, Borrowed and Blue

LeAnn Rimes followed the age-old tradition of wearing something old, new, borrowed and blue when she married Eddie Cibrian on Friday night — and she did it in sparkling style. “Old” came courtesy of jeweler Neil Lane: Rimes pinned his $250,000 platinum art deco brooch (it has 25 carats of diamonds!) to the waist of her handmade Reem Acra gown. “It was an absolutely stunning vintage piece and I think it completed the dress,” Rimes — who also dazzled in a pair of Lane’s 10-carat diamond earrings — tells PEOPLE. “New” was represented by Rimes’ most meaningful jewelry yet: three wedding bands — standing for Cibrian and his two sons, Mason, 7, and Jake, 4 — from Cibrian’s childhood friend Brent Polacheck of Polacheck’s Jewelers. “From the very beginning, LeAnn was very expressive about the importance and symbolism of three bands,” Polacheck tells PEOPLE. “His boys are an incredibly important part of their lives and she wanted to incorporate her feelings for them into her rings.” The rose-gold bands with rose-cut pear-shaped and single-cut round diamonds also match Rimes’s 5-carat engagement ring. Polacheck describes the groom’s ring — sandblasted rose gold paved with black diamonds on the outer inside rims — as “sexy and tough at the same time.” To further personalize her husband’s ring, Rimes added an inscription inside: “I love you more.” “Borrowed” came by way of designer Ippolita, who lent Rimes $12,000 worth of her rose five- and two-diamond bangles. Rimes added a modern twist to her look by stacking a mixture of the bracelets — 10 on each arm — for her walk down the aisle. And for the final touch? “I had a blue garter,” Rimes playfully reveals. “And a blue Hanky Panky thong that said ‘I do’ [in Swarovski crystals].

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Cary Grant's Daughter Pens Memoir of Her Legendary Father

Hers was a Hollywood fairy-tale existence few, if anybody, can live: being the child of arguably the most famous movie star in the world – and, certainly, the most dapper, elegant and charming. His name was Cary Grant.

"Okay, I had a crush on Dad. Okay, more than a little crush on Dad," Jennifer Grant, 45, writes in her warm memoir, Good Stuff: A Reminiscence of My Father, Cary Grant, which Alfred A. Knopf is publishing May 3. "My other real crushes were Donny Osmond and Jean-Paul Belmondo."

But it was Cary Grant who picked up young Jennifer at school, who read to her, taught her life lessons and saved every photo, souvenir and scrap of paper that the two of them shared for the 20 years he was in her life. He died, at 82, in 1986.

Those mementos and Jennifer's memories of them form the crux of her book, which is dedicated to her mother, the actress Dyan Cannon. (Cannon and Grant, who was married five times and divorced four, were wed from 1965 to 1969.)

"Something in me has always felt that my parents came together to make me. Vanity? Perhaps," writes Jennifer. She says that although Grant and Cannon loved each other, both were far too headstrong to remain together, something they both must have known in advance.

While Jennifer concedes that George Clooney possesses a touch of her father's magic, some readers may find her book short on star gossip. Cary retired and disassociated himself from the screen in 1966, age 62, to spend his remaining years with his one and only child. What it is long on are tales of growing up privileged in Beverly Hills, Malibu and other enclaves of the rich and renowned. She also recalls playing board games with Princess Stephanie in Monaco and shares Howard Hughes's advice to her father on how to pack for a trip. (Take only two suits – one to wear and one to send out to be cleaned, he said.)

Though the book is a model of discretion – Cary himself was notoriously private about his life, and never wrote his own book – its author, who is an actress and a mother of a 2-year-old son named Cary Benjamin Grant, does not shy away from the rumors about her dad. Specifically, she addresses rumors that he was cheap and that he was gay.

"In my experience, Dad was neither cheap nor excessive," she writes. "Which, for a wealthy man, is remarkable." Even so, he did deny her expensive designer jeans, because, he'd learned, the denims at the Gap came from the very same manufacturing plant as the signature versions.

As for Cary Grant's sexuality, "Can't blame men for wanting him, and wouldn't be surprised if Dad even mildly flirted back," his daughter writes. "When the question arises, it generally speaks more about the person asking."

Then again, she says, "Dad somewhat enjoyed being called gay. He said it made women want to prove the assertion wrong."

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Kristin Cavallari & Jay Cutler: 5 Things to Know About Their Romance

Kristin Cavallari and Jay Cutler are "very in love" and "so happy," a source tells PEOPLE, which stands to reason: Cutler popped the question over the weekend.

So what do we not know about the romance of the reality starlet and her NFL star fiancé?

1. They fell in love fast
They only began dating last fall, and their relationship has been primarily long-distance, but by January, Cavallari, 24, admitted Cutler already had her heart. "I'm in love and it's been great," she told PEOPLE. "Things are really good."

2. Cavallari has other ties to Chicago besides Cutler
"Chicago is great for me," Cavallari has told PEOPLE. "My mom and that whole side of the family is there … It's been nice to hang out with my mom." In fact, since the engagement, a source tells PEOPLE, Cavallari has been spending a lot of time out there.

3. Cutler has health problems, but they don't hurt his career
Noting he "had no energy," Cutler, who lost 35 lbs. in 2008, told the Associated Press that he'd been diagnosed with insulin-dependent diabetes. "It's a little overwhelming to get that news and realize you're going to have to completely change your life," he said, adding that the diagnosis is not expected to affect his play.

4. They share a love of charity
Cavallari has worked with One Kid One World, helping children in impoverished and war-torn areas. She recently traveled to Kenya and El Salvador.

Cutler does volunteer work for young people with developmental disabilities through Vanderbilt's Best Buddies program – and in 2007, he started the Jay Cutler Foundation, which partnered with Mile High United Way’s Youth Success Initiative to help at-risk youth overcome obstacles and graduate from high school.

5. They've both felt betrayed
Cutler, 27, was verbally attacked by some of his Chicago Bears teammates after the 2010 NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers for sitting part of it out due to a knee injury and appearing disinterested on the sidelines. Cutler later said the criticism "bothered" him.

Meanwhile, Cavallari's Hills pals Stephanie Pratt and Lo Bosworth staged a highly publicized drug intervention last year, telling her they were "worried." A shocked and upset Cavallari vehemently denied claims that she ever had substance abuse issues.

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Friday, April 22, 2011

Lindsay Lohan Out as Victoria Gotti

Lindsay Lohan can fuggedabout playing Victoria Gotti on film.

"We are not talking any further about Lindsay playing Victoria," says Marc Fiore, producer of Gotti: Three Generations. "She is no longer being considered. The talks have stopped. We are going to meet with other people [for the role]."

But just last week, it seemed almost a sure thing when Lohan popped up at the movie's April 12 press conference and looked strikingly like Victoria Gotti. Even John Travolta, who's playing Gotti Sr., in the yet-to-be-made flick said, "I always thought she was gorgeous and talented."

So is Lohan just too expensive and troublesome to insure with all of her past legal troubles?

For now it's omerta for Fiore, who would not explain why she's been "bumped off."

"She a wonderful person," he tells PEOPLE. "Her legal case has nothing to do with it. We just couldn't reach terms."

Meanwhile, Nick Cassavetes is also out as the film's director but Fiore says it's all due to scheduling conflicts. "Nick is doing the film Yellow and financing came through" says Fiore. "We were just not willing to put Gotti on hold so we decided to release him from the film."

But he's not worried about finding a replacement. "I've got about a million phone calls from directors" says Fiore. Anyone calling Martin Scorsese?

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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Catherine Zeta-Jones Is Back to Work with a Smile

Catherine Zeta-Jones Is Back to Work with a Smile Catherine Zeta-Jones is back in action and looking great.

The actress, 41, who revealed that she'd been diagnosed with and treated for bipolar II disorder, is already back to work – and beaming.

Zeta-Jones appeared to be all smiles Wednesday on the Shreveport, Louisiana, set of the comedy Playing the Field, which also stars Jessica Biel and Gerard Butler.

She's also already lined up her next project: Zeta-Jones has signed on to star in the film version of Rock of Ages, PEOPLE confirms. She'll play the wife of the L.A. mayor, a conservative character who wants to do away with rock and roll, according to

For much more on this story, including details of Zeta-Jones's private struggle and how she decided to get help, pick up this week's issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday
– Dahvi Shira

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Petra Nemcova Is Like Mother Teresa, Says Karina Smirnoff

 In most competitions, your competitors usually want to see you fail – unless, that is, you are Petra Nemcova.

While the quickstep proved a giant misstep this week for the Dancing with the Stars contestant, her fellow cast members had nothing but glowing praise for the supermodel and tsunami survivor who has dedicated her life to charity work.

"I don't know how to take [her elimination], because I love her," former rival Kirstie Alley told PEOPLE shortly after the announcement of Tuesday night's results. "She's the sweetest, most amazing, bright spirit in the universe."

Nemcova's spirit proved infectious – even at the lowest of times on the show.

"I was venting to her last night [about being in the bottom] and she goes, 'You know, sometimes it is a blessing in disguise,' " said pro dancer Karina Smirnoff, who, along with partner Ralph Macchio (and Kendra Wilkinson and Louis van Amstel), was also in last place Monday night. "I was like, 'Who are you, Mother Teresa?' But it's nice to know that there are people like her out there."

Even after being booted from one of the top-rated shows in America, Nemcova still finds a silver lining.

"I will be always thankful for all the support from the audience and mainly for everyone who got inspired and started to do something to help children who are forgotten after natural disasters," Nemcova said.

In 2006, the Czech model founded the Happy Hearts Fund after suffering a broken pelvis and other internal injuries during the tsunami in Thailand. Through the organization she is now helping to rebuild schools and improve educational programs in natural disaster stricken areas around the world.

Nemcova has also involved some of her DWTS family in the good work.

"She's just so giving and generous and her charity is so important to her – so much so that she has asked me to be a part of it," said Macchio. "And that's the beauty of coming together in a situation like this show. She's a sweetheart."

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Queen Elizabeth Meets Kate Middleton's Parents

With just nine days to go until the big day at Westminster Abbey, Queen Elizabeth hosted a lunch for Kate Middleton's parents Wednesday – marking the first time Prince William's future in-laws have met the monarch.

Despite reports that said they might not all meet until the April 29 wedding, the Queen, 85 tomorrow, and her husband, Prince Philip, 89, invited Michael, 61, and Carole Middleton, 56, to dine at Windsor Castle.

There are scant details available, but a royal source says there was a "warm atmosphere" at the gathering, which also included members of the royal household, some of whom have no doubt been involved behind-the-scenes in the upcoming wedding.

It is the first time they have formally met, although the Middletons would have seen William's grandmother among the parents and grandparents celebrating at the couple's graduation from St. Andrews University in 2005. The Middletons and the Queen and Prince Philip were also at the military academy of Sandhurst when William left there in December 2006.

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Miranda Lambert: No Kids for a While

Miranda Lambert is in the middle of planning her upcoming wedding to fiancé Blake Shelton – and having kids is not on her to-do list.

"We have seven dogs, so we're just taking care of them," the bride-to-be, 27, tells the May issue of Health, on newsstands April 22. "We have so much going on right now, we're gonna wait a while. The dogs are really good birth control!"

Lambert also gushes about her future husband, saying the pair are a solid match.

"We balance each other out," the country star says of Shelton, 34. "He's constantly joking, and I'm more serious. He can make me laugh at any point."

The curvy blonde, who earlier this month proudly proclaimed Shelton would love her at any size, also opens up about the pressure celebrities can feel to be waif-thin.

"I'm a normal-size girl, and I'm fine with that," she says. "All these stars are so tiny, and they spend their lives trying to be skinny. I want to look my best, but I'm not a model. I'm not an actress. I'm representing normal girls."

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Kate Middleton Spotted Shopping - for Honeymoon Gear? - in London

 Though the world may be focused on Kate Middleton's wedding dress, the princess-to-be has some other wardrobe worries – like what to wear on the honeymoon!

The blushing bride, who's just nine days away from her wedding, was spotted out in London Tuesday, picking up nearly $350 worth of summery items from British retailer Warehouse on King's Road.

Browsing the store for 30 minutes, Middleton purchased three dresses and a blouse from the shop, known for its reasonably priced womenswear. "She popped in and had a quick look around with a friend," a spokesperson tells PEOPLE. "It was very exciting, and everyone said how lovely and down-to-earth she was."

Store staffers were certainly happy to be in the presence of the brunette beauty: as she shopped, they Tweeted, "Think she is treating herself for a honeymoon wardrobe after buying this dress," linking to a bright floral bandeau frock ($72) she ended up purchasing.

Though the location of Middleton and Prince William's honeymoon has not been revealed – and will likely be kept under wraps – rumors are swirling that the royal couple plans to vacation in Jordan after their April 29 wedding.

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Demi Lovato: I Have Bipolar Disorder

 Three months after leaving a residential treatment center, teen star Demi Lovato is bravely opening up about her private struggles – not only with anorexia and bulimia, but also with bipolar disorder.

"I never found out until I went into treatment that I was bipolar," Lovato told PEOPLE in a candid interview that took place last month in her L.A.-area home.

But during her three-month stay at a treatment center where she underwent therapy for anorexia, bulimia and cutting, Lovato, 18, who said she's "battled depression from a very young age," discovered why she was having trouble controlling her emotions and actions.

"Looking back it makes sense," she says of her diagnosis. "There were times when I was so manic, I was writing seven songs in one night and I'd be up until 5:30 in the morning."

"I feel like I am in control now where my whole life I wasn't in control," she adds.

The new revelation explains why when actress Catherine Zeta-Jones announced that she has bipolar II disorder, Lovato was quick to Tweet her support.

Now Lovato is taking the same brave step while discussing the "darkest time" in her life. "What's important for me now," she says, "is to help others."

For more about Lovato's fight to get healthy, her time in treatment and how she repaired her relationship with best friend Selena Gomez, pick up this week's issue of PEOPLE.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Tim Hetherington Killed in Libya

Tim Hetherington, director of the Oscar-nominated documentary Restrepo, was killed Wednesday during intense fighting in Libya.

Hetherington, 41, was caught amid fighting between Moammar Gaddafi's forces and rebels in the besieged Libyan city of Misurata and was injured – along with three other photographers – when Gaddafi's forces pounded the city with mortars, The Washington Post reports.

Hetherington was rushed to a nearby hospital and was pronounced dead soon after, the newspaper reports.

Hetherington, a photojournalist and filmmaker, rose to fame with his documentary that followed the deployment of a platoon of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley. Hetherington co-produced Restrepo with journalist Sebastian Junger.

Born in Liverpool, England, Hetherington studied literature at Oxford University, and later photojournalism, and was also a contributing photographer for Vanity Fair magazine, according to CNN.

According to the Restrepo Web site, "Hetherington has reported on conflict and human rights issues for more than ten years. He was the only photographer to live behind rebel lines during the 2003 Liberian civil war – work that culminated in the film Liberia: an Uncivil War and the book Long Story Bit by Bit: Liberia Retold."

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Roommate Indicted in Rutgers Suicide Case

Authorities on Wednesday announced a grand jury has approved bias charges against one of the former Rutgers University students accused of webcam-spying on two fellow male students engaged in a intimate encounter and which may have resulted in the suicide death of one of the participants, Tyler Clementi.

New Jersey Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan said that a grand jury indicted Dharun Ravi, 19, on invasion of privacy and bias charges in a 15-count indictment. The victim in the case, which received national attention and helped heighten awareness of the dangers in bullying, was Ravi's roommate, Tyler Clementi, a violinist in his first freshman weeks at the school.

Three days after the webcam incident, which occurred in September 2010, Clementi, 18, leapt to his death from the George Washington Bridge. Ravi subsequently withdrew from Rutgers.

The grand jury also charged Ravi with three counts of evidence tampering and one count of witness tampering, in that, according to prosecutors, he "attempted to mislead investigators and witnesses in various ways" during the investigation.

It is also alleged that Ravi attempted to convince witnesses not to testify against him.

According to the prosecutor's office, "It also has been determined that charges previously filed against a co-defendant, Molly W. Wei[, 19] … would not be presented to the grand jury at this time."

Wei, say prosecutors, "is charged with two counts of invasion of privacy arising from the September 19, 2010, incident. The charges are pending and the case against her remains active."

Following the announcement of the additional charges against Ravi, Tyler's parents, Jan and Joe Clementi, released a statement through their attorney, Paul Mainardi. "The grand jury indictment spells out cold and calculated acts against our son, Tyler, by his college roommate," they said.

"If these facts are true, as they appear to be, then it is important for our justice system to establish clear accountability under the law. We are eager to have the process move forward for justice in this case and to reinforce the standards of acceptable conduct in our society."

Attorneys for Ravi and Wei could not immediately be reached for comment.

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Serena Williams's Hot Pink Bodysuit Explained

When Serena William posted a TwitPic of herself playing tennis in a hot pink bodysuit last week, she sent the fashion world into a frenzy. “Honestly, I just Tweeted a picture in the suit and I didn’t realize it would go that crazy,” she told PEOPLE Tuesday night at the Range Rover Evoque Event in N.Y.C. And while she finds the attention to be fairly amusing, the story behind the suit is a bit more serious. “After my hematoma, I have to wear something like a long bodysuit to keep my stomach warm,” she explained, adding the skintight suit helps for compression purposes. “My practices are really … interesting right now.” Williams, who was first sidelined from the tennis courts last year by a foot injury, then her health scare, said she hopes to return to the sport soon. But she wants the focus to be more on her form, and less on her infamous fashion. “I think I’m going to come back casual,” she shared. “I don’t want to shock too many people too much. I want it to be all about my tennis.” Off the court, her illness and injury have also affected her style: “I have to wear flats,” she said, not so happily. “Hopefully, in the summer I can wear heels. I am a girl that loves heels. I can’t wait.” Until then, Williams, who said she’s “on the up” and “feeling so much better,” is “counting her blessings” and planning her next practice outfit. When asked how long she’ll be wearing the bodysuit for, she cheekily replied, “As long as you guys want to see it.” –Jenisha Watts

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Robert Pattinson & Kristen Stewart Kiss in New York

Robert Pattinson & Kristen Stewart Kiss in New York Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson


Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart aren't known to show much affection in public.

But on Sunday, after Stewart, 21, joined Pattinson's parents at his Water for Elephants premiere in New York, the Twilight duo was caught getting cozy.

Stewart didn't join her British beau, 24, on the red carpet where he posed with costar Reese Witherspoon. But she certainly seemed to show her support after the party, as the two shared a smooch – and a smile – in a car before speeding off.
– Dahvi Shira

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Hines Ward Pulls Ahead on Dancing with the Stars

Although no one lost a shoe or tumbled to the floor on Monday's Dancing with the Stars, there was still plenty of sparkle as the contestants performed tributes to the U.S.A.

Keep reading to find out who's on top of the leaderboard and who's on the bottom ...

Hines Ward and Kym Johnson pulled ahead of the pack with a rumba to "Proud to Be an American" that earned them 27 points out of 30. "You make it look so easy," judge Carrie Ann Inaba told the NFL star. "You have the best hip action I have seen in a long time." Bruno Tonioli said Ward had "just the right amount of sensuality," and Len Goodman said he had "an ease and an elegance, which is charming."

They weren't the only couple who had a good night in the ballroom. Performing the show's 1,000th competitive dance – a foxtrot to "Yankee Doodle" – Kendra Wilkinson and her partner Louis van Amstel redeemed themselves after getting a harsh critique last week. "It's much better than last week," Len said. "It was fun and it was entertaining." Bruno declared Kendra "sweet as apple pie," while Carrie Ann said, "This is the most confident I've ever seen you." But the couple are still at the bottom with just 22 points – tied with Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff and Petra Nemcova and Dmitry Chaplan.

Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy danced a rocking foxtrot to "American Woman" that Carrie Ann called "bold, ambitious ... and borderline crazy." Bruno "loved it" but Len said, "It wasn't my cup of tea. There was very little excellent about the whole thing." They earned 23 points.

Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas did a sexy samba to Miley Cyrus's "Party in the U.S.A." and tied with Romeo and Chelsie Hightower, who performed a foxtrot to "New York, New York." Both couples earned 26 points, as did Chris Jericho and Cheryl Burke. Carrie Ann told the wrestler, "I feel like we've underestimated you," and called him a "contender" after he performed a strong Viennese waltz to "America the Beautiful." Bruno said their performance was "big yet graceful, strong yet delicate." And Len promised he would only give Jericho an elusive eight points when he deserved it. Apparently he did because the judge gave him just the score he was looking for.

Another couple will be eliminated on Tuesday's Dancing with the Stars, which airs at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Chris Hemsworth Gained 20 Lbs. of Muscle for Thor

It wasn't weightlifting that wore out Chris Hemsworth as he bulked up – big time – to star in Thor.

The actor, 27, says non-stop food consumption was the key to his 20 lbs. weight gain.

"I feel as if I've been busy, but all I've been doing is eating all day," Hemsworth tells Men's Health in its May issue. "Eating when you're not hungry and taking in that amount of food is exhausting."

He continues: "I ask myself, 'Why am I eating this chicken? For protein. Why am I eating this broccoli? For vitamins and fiber. Why am I eating this Ho Ho?' "

And overeating wasn't the only lifestyle change for the Aussie actor as he prepared for the action flick, which is due in theaters May 6.

"It wasn't until Thor that I started lifting weights," he says. "It was all pretty new to me."

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Chelsea Kane's Dancing Blog: A Patriotic Samba

Monday will be "American Night" on Dancing with the Stars and nothing screams "USA" like the samba, a dance that originated in Brazil. However, my patriotic performance pants make up for the foreign footwork, especially since they are being held up by a belt with a big bald eagle soaring just under my belly button. Uncle Sam would be proud.

What comes to your mind when you think of America? I think of hot dogs. Two of which I consumed while watching the Lakers lose to the Oklahoma City Thunder at the buzzer last Sunday. I think of apple pie, Mount Rushmore and the Super Bowl. I think of rock and roll and Route 66. Which is fitting, since it's the theme that Mark has chosen for our shakedown. Mark will be dressed as a macho mechanic who I seek out to help me with a flat. However, in the real world, I've changed six tires by myself. Oh yeah, the perks of being an only child to a dad who wanted to make sure I was independent.

I also think of McDonald's and Mickey Mouse and both have made guest appearances in my week. First off, McDonald's has been a go-to lunch stop since Mark and I have been on the run with rehearsals and press. We spent our Thursday at Access Hollywood Live and we loved chilling with Kit and Billy Bush. While there, I learned that Billy is the cousin of George W. Bush and it really doesn't get more American than that. This theme is falling right into my lap. Later, we were lucky enough to get our groove on with Ellen DeGeneres. To me, she is an example of someone living the American dream in so many ways and it was an absolute honor to meet her.

Now back to Mickey Mouse. Our song this week is being belted out by a fellow Disney kid and this jam is a guilty pleasure on my personal iPod. After being in jeopardy last week, I couldn't be more grateful to the fans who voted and kept me in the competition. I know a good number of those calls come from kids who supported me in my Disney days and that's why I am dedicating this dance to them.

The one thing I think America is missing? Siestas. Brazil has siestas. So, since I'm embracing the samba, I'm going to go ahead and immerse myself in Brazilian culture. This nap is going to be epic.

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Miranda Kerr Bares Her Post-Baby Bikini Body

The Australian model rocked the two-piece during a Victoria's Secret photo shoot in Malibu, Calif., on Sunday.

It's hard to believe Kerr, who married Flynn's dad, Orlando Bloom, last July, gave birth on Jan. 6.

But the model's figure shouldn't be too shocking – Kerr, 27, gave us a taste of her progress a few weeks ago when she attended an event in Los Angeles wearing a figure-hugging Hervé Léger by Max Azria zip front dress.

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President Obama's Tax Return Contents Released

It's tax season – and not even the President of the United States can escape the IRS.

President Barack Obama's tax returns were released Monday, showing he and First Lady Michelle Obama filed jointly and reported an adjusted gross income of $1,728,096. The couple paid $453,770 in total federal tax, and $51,568 to Illinois in state income taxes.

The majority of their income came from sales of the president's books, according to a White House press release.

Among their expenditures during the year: $245,075 in donations, while their largest charitable gift was $131,075 to the Fisher House Foundation, though they gave to a total of 36 charities.

The Bidens also released the contents of their tax return on Monday.

Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, reported an adjusted gross income of $379,178 – and paid $86,626 in total federal taxes for 2010.

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PHOTO: Neil Patrick Harris Shares Family Portrait

“Relaxing on a Sunday afternoon. My heart is full of love,” Neil Patrick Harris Tweeted, sharing this photo of partner David Burtka and their 6-month-old twins Harper Grace and Gideon Scott.

“We found an egg donor anonymously through a hilarious process of looking at people’s profiles and then an amazing surrogate who had helped a same-sex couple before,” the How I Met Your Mother star, 37, told PEOPLE of the surrogacy process.

“And then we inserted two eggs, one with my sperm, one with David’s sperm and they both took.”

Adds Burtka: “We don’t know whose is whose.”

RELATED: Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka: How We Met Our Kids

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Chely Wright Says Yes to the (Wedding) Dress

In the midst of planning an interfaith, same-sex wedding, country singer Chely Wright says she's all about tradition, right down to the gown.

"It will definitely be a wedding dress," she says. But there's a complicating factor in that fiancée Lauren Blitzer will also be wearing white.

"When two women get married, you want the dresses to coordinate, so we've been showing pictures to each other," Wright, 40, told PEOPLE after a Nashville Film Festival screening of Wish Me Away, an autobiographical film about her decision last year to come out.

One tradition they'll do without? "We're not wearing veils – we both like our hair too much!" she says.

Wright met Blitzer, an activist for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities, only 14 days after the singer came out. Their wedding is to take place Aug. 20 at the Connecticut home of Blitzer's aunt (the state recognizes same-sex marriages).

"We're old fashioned in that way – we want to be legally married," says Wright, who currently lives with Blitzer in New York City.

Because Blitzer is Jewish and Wright is Christian, their outdoor nuptials will be performed by both a rabbi and a reverend, and the celebration will feature barbecue from New York's Blue Smoke. "Lauren's idea – not my influence!" Wright is quick to point out. "I don't even eat meat!"

There will also be a deejay, not a band. "Bands at weddings make me nervous," says Wright. "Sometimes they're not great, and I'd be going, 'Ugh, that doesn't sound right.' So we're going to play all the campiest, cheesiest songs you can think of – 'Vogue,' 'You Shook Me All Night Long.' "

Though the guest list will include more than 200 people, it’s unlikely many will be from Nashville.

Since Wright declared her sexuality last year, she has received support from some in the country music community, including Faith Hill, who sent "a really beautiful email celebrating my coming out saying, 'I'm proud and happy for you,' " says Wright.

The singer also notes that Brad Paisley, whom she dated for several years while she struggled with her sexual identity, made a "very nice donation" to her Reading, Writing and Rhythm charity for musical education.

On the other hand, Wright says she has yet to be invited to any industry events since her big announcement. "My first performance on the Grand Ole Opry was in 1989, and I was kind of an Opry darling," she says. "I'd be called to perform at least every 10 weeks, until my coming out. Since then, I've not heard a peep."

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Evan Rachel Wood Dates Both Sexes

Evan Rachel Wood isn't necessarily looking for the man of her dreams.

The Mildred Pierce star, 23, would be just as happy if the right woman came along.

"I'm into anything," Wood tells Esquire magazine in its May issue. "Meet a nice guy, meet a nice girl..."

In the public eye, she's only dated men, but Wood – who was briefly engaged to shock-rocker Marilyn Manson – has experience with the same sex, as well.

Asked if she dates women, she answers bluntly, "Yes." As for what she's like in a same-sex relationship, Wood says, "I'm more kind of like the guy when it comes to [dating] girls. I'm the dominant one … I'm opening the doors. I'm buying dinner. Yeah, I'm romantic."

And Wood takes pleasure in her enigmatic persona. "I think I'm a little controversial," she says. "I just try and keep some mystery, so hopefully people can't really put their finger on it."

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Monday, April 18, 2011

Nicolas Cage Back to Work After Arrest

Nicolas Cage isn't letting legal drama affect his career.

Following his arrest on Friday for domestic abuse, public intoxication and disturbing the peace, the Academy Award-winning actor, 47, was back to work Monday on the New Orleans set of his latest film, Medallion.

"He is always extremely professional," a set source tells PEOPLE of Cage. "He is a dedicated actor when he is at work, and I don't think people would hire him so much if he wasn't."

Cage, who the source says is currently "in fine shape and ready to work," isn't wasting any time diving into challenging parts of filming.

The source tells PEOPLE Cage is "very excited about" doing some of his own stunts for some action sequences he will take on later this week.

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Hugh Hefner's Wedding to Crystal Harris: Think Pink!

Hugh Hefner and Crystal Harris know they are not a conventional couple. So, why settle for a convention wedding when the pair will exchange their vows on June 18?

"The dress is not going to be white," Harris tells PEOPLE of the Romona Keveza gown she's selected for the occasion. "I love pink! So, the dress will be pink and Hef and I want the wedding to be just a lot of different colors and to just look beautiful."

Harris, 24, and Hefner, 84, are in the midst of planning, "and it's pretty great that we haven't argued about anything yet," Harris says. "Things that I feel strongly about, he's okay with, and things that he feels strongly about, I'm okay with doing things his way, so it works out."

Still, Harris admits, "It's cute having him look through catalogs for wedding cake toppers! So that has been a lot of fun and seeing it all come together."

Hefner favors strawberry cake, and so that's coming from Torrance Bakery. The flowers will be fuchsia and turquoise, matching the Swarovski crystals that will adorn the more than 300 Papeterie custom-made invitations the couple is sending out.

"Hef's friend Ray Anthony, he has a band," Harris says, "so we're going to have a big band and we're going to have all kinds of instruments and we're going to have a deejay towards the end of the evening."

In terms of the wedding party, Hefner's brother Keith, 82, will serve as his best man, with Hefner's two youngest sons, Marston and Cooper, 20, his groomsmen. Harris will have her two older sisters as bridesmaids and friend Anna Berglund as her maid of honor.

When Hefner proposed, he placed Harris's engagement ring in a music box that played the theme from her favorite movie, The Little Mermaid. She is carrying that sense of whimsy to her big day.

"Usually, weddings just have two main colors," Harris says. "We just want it to be colorful and pretty and the backyard is full of colors. We have the koi pond, and the fish and the birds are all different colors, so we just want to fit it all together and make it look nice and pretty."

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Vienna Girardi 'Absolutely Scared' of Dating Kasey After Jake

Vienna Girardi is head over heels for her new beau Kasey Kahl, but admits she was nervous to be dating again after her highly publicized split from ex-fiancé Jake Pavelka.

The former Bachelor winner, 24, still has reservations about getting close to anyone, based on what she calls a "train-wreck" experience with her former love.

"Even opening up to Kasey, like, we were dating for a few months, but I didn't want it to go public because I wanted to make sure it was real," Girardi told PEOPLE this weekend at Reality Rocks Expo in L.A. "I am absolutely scared of the possibility of getting engaged again. It scares me 100 percent."

Luckily, Kahl is putting her at ease. "Kasey is genuinely a nice, caring, loving person, even when the cameras are off," Girardi says. "That's what makes the difference. When we're at home eating dinner or watching a movie, he's still that sweet charming guy that he is when we're out in public. I want someone who is going to love me unconditionally, all day every day – not just when other people are seeing it."

Kahl was equally hesitant at first about dating Girardi.

"I told myself I'd never date someone from the Bachelor franchise, but I met her, and everything went out the window," he says. "She's amazing. No matter what we've gone through, and no matter what she's gone through, I'm here now, and I will make sure she's the happiest girl ever."

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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Prince Harry Promoted to Captain In the British Army

Prince Harry will have new insignia on his uniform when he escorts brother Prince William to his wedding later this month.

For the best man now has a new title – Captain in the British Army. Harry, 26, received the honor Thursday, also qualifying as an Apache helicopter pilot the same day, the palace announced.

And there's some thinking that Harry's royal wedding outfit will be the gold brocaded state ceremonial uniform of the Household Cavalry's Blues and Royals, which was the army regiment he originally joined when he left Sandhurst military academy.

Palace aides won't confirm his uniform – or that of William – until the April 29 wedding day, and say anything else at the moment is "speculation."

With his success at training on the high-tech Apache attack aircraft (which included a stint in the French Alps) Captain Harry Wales, as he is will now be known in the military, is ready for the next stage of his training.

That will prepare him to operate the aircraft and its weapons systems in-operational scenarios. One day, that could mean him heading back to the combat zones of Afghanistan, where he served in 2008.

According to the palace, Prince Harry will be based at Wattisham Airfield in Suffolk and also spend some time training in the United States.

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VIDEO: Kate Middleton, Prince William Dance Down the Aisle - in Ad

For fans of the Royal Family, there might only be one thing better than watching Kate Middleton and company walk down the aisle – and it involves some hip choreography.

But if T-Mobile was calling the shots on April 29, that's just what wedding watchers would get: one big dance party at the Westminster Abbey.

In an ad for the cell phone provider, Middleton, Prince William, Prince Harry, Queen Elizabeth, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and Prince Charles doppelgangers boogie their way down the aisle to pop boy band East 17's "House of Love."

The video, which borrows inspiration from the couple who discoed down the aisle to Chris Brown's "Forever" in a viral video circa 2009, has racked up more than 830,000 hits – and counting! – since it premiered on YouTube Friday.

The ad, touted to the catchphrase "One's Life is for Sharing," might be a stretch – but who wouldn't watch Dancing with the Royals?

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Nicolas Cage Arrested in New Orleans

Nicolas Cage was arrested Saturday morning in New Orleans.

The actor, 47, who is filming a movie in the area, was taken into custody and charged with domestic abuse and disturbing the peace after an argument in the French Quarter with wife Alice Kim, according to the New Orleans Police Department.

"Cage and his wife were standing in front of a residence that he insisted was the property the couple was renting. She disagreed, and Cage grabbed her by the upper arm and pulled her to what he believed was the correct address. There were no visible signs of injury on his wife's arm," the NOPD said in a statement.

"The actor then began striking vehicles and later attempted to get into a taxi. At that point, an officer who had been flagged down by onlookers drove up on the couple, immediately observed that Cage was heavily intoxicated and ordered him out of the cab, which prompted Cage to start yelling. The officers subsequently took Cage to Central Lock-up."

"He was drunk," an inmate who was released shortly after the actor on Saturday afternoon tells PEOPLE. "He wasn't in a cell, he was behind the counter with all the other officers."

Cage is scheduled to appear in court on May 31.


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Petra Nemcova on Dancing with the Stars: What Supermodel Curse?

Has Petra Nemcova broken the Dancing with the Stars supermodel curse?

"What curse?" Nemcova says, smiling and shrugging her shoulders. "I don’t think about that."

Now entering her fifth week of competition, the 5'11" Nemcova has officially lasted longer than any other of her leggy model predecessors who performed on past seasons of the show, including Paulina Porizkova, Rachel Hunter, Kathy Ireland and Josie Maran.

"You can look at it in different ways," says Nemcova, 31. "Perhaps Dmitry (Chaplin, her pro partner on DWTS) knows how to work with tall people."

For someone who walks and poses for a living, Nemcova says her progression on the dance floor "is a miracle."

"I am learning how to move my body to music and it's very hard work but it's very rewarding," she says. "I was worried in the beginning because I was unbalanced, un-centered, uncoordinated. I couldn't do two things at once. But now when I do it, it feels so amazing."

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Kate Middleton Spending Night Before Wedding at Goring Hotel

Kate Middleton will spend her last night as a single woman in a room fit for a princess.

She will be in the Royal Suite of the Goring Hotel, a stone's throw from Buckingham Palace. Complete with four-poster bed and waterproof TV in the bathroom, the rooms have every luxury that the soon-to-wed Kate will need in order to relax before her big day.

And, as if she needs any reminder of the family she is set to marry into, there's even a framed prototype of the silk wedding gown that Queen Victoria wore – as well as a jokey portrait of fictional royal servant Blackadder, popularized on TV by British comedian Rowan Atkinson, hanging in the bathroom.

The palace confirmed Friday that Kate and her family will stay at the hotel on April 28.

At early briefings about the upcoming wedding, palace aides had said that Kate had not decided whether to stay at a palace or a private residence in the area. Today, they say that it was "the Middleton family's personal choice" to pick the Goring.

It's also been confirmed that the young bridesmaids and pages will also leave for Westminster Abbey from the Goring along with maid of honor, Pippa Middleton, 27.

Meanwhile, William, 28, will spend his night at Clarence House – from where he will leave accompanied by his best man, and brother, Prince Harry, 24.

It's been reported in U.K. paper The Sun that the hotel has undergone a $240,000 remodeling of its top floor in order to make it ready for its high profile guest.

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New Mom Danica McKellar Already Planning for Second Child

When Danica McKellar discovered she was expecting a baby with husband Mike Verta just months after suffering a miscarriage, the former The Wonder Years actress knew she wasn’t ready to share her happy news with the world quite yet.

However, her decision to keep things quiet added an interesting twist to her revealing Maxim photo shoot, shot when McKellar — already developing some extra curves! — was 11 weeks along in her pregnancy.

“I wasn’t really showing yet, but I couldn’t suck in my stomach,” she tells WebMd. “Let’s just say no one asked me if I’d had any work done.”

Determined to deliver now 7-month-old son Draco naturally, McKellar not only accomplished her goal, but admits her participation in the birth was the greatest reward for her hard work.

“[I was able to] pull out Draco myself,” she raves. “[The doctor said], ‘Come and get him!’ It was one of the most amazing moments of my life.”

Fully enjoying life as first-time parents, McKellar, 36, and Verta have already made plans to further expand their family. “The plan is to have them two and a half years apart,” she reveals.

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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Hugh Hefner's Wedding to Crystal Harris: Think Pink!

Hugh Hefner and Crystal Harris know they are not a conventional couple. So, why settle for a convention wedding when the pair will exchange their vows on June 18?

"The dress is not going to be white," Harris tells PEOPLE of the Romona Keveza gown she's selected for the occasion. "I love pink! So, the dress will be pink and Hef and I want the wedding to be just a lot of different colors and to just look beautiful."

Harris, 24, and Hefner, 84, are in the midst of planning, "and it's pretty great that we haven't argued about anything yet," Harris says. "Things that I feel strongly about, he's okay with, and things that he feels strongly about, I'm okay with doing things his way, so it works out."

Still, Harris admits, "It's cute having him look through catalogs for wedding cake toppers! So that has been a lot of fun and seeing it all come together."

Hefner favors strawberry cake, and so that's coming from Torrance Bakery. The flowers will be fuchsia and turquoise, matching the Swarovski crystals that will adorn the more than 300 Papeterie custom-made invitations the couple is sending out.

"Hef's friend Ray Anthony, he has a band," Harris says, "so we're going to have a big band and we're going to have all kinds of instruments and we're going to have a deejay towards the end of the evening."

In terms of the wedding party, Hefner's brother Keith, 82, will serve as his best man, with Hefner's two youngest sons, Marston and Cooper, 20, his groomsmen. Harris will have her two older sisters as bridesmaids and friend Anna Berglund as her maid of honor.

When Hefner proposed, he placed Harris's engagement ring in a music box that played the theme from her favorite movie, The Little Mermaid. She is carrying that sense of whimsy to her big day.

"Usually, weddings just have two main colors," Harris says. "We just want it to be colorful and pretty and the backyard is full of colors. We have the koi pond, and the fish and the birds are all different colors, so we just want to fit it all together and make it look nice and pretty."

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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Kendra Wilkinson: Did She Survive on Dancing with the Stars?

Although a crowd favorite, Kendra Wilkinson received the lowest score – just 18 out of 30 points – on classical music night Monday on Dancing with the Stars, leaving her on the brink of elimination.

Keep reading to find out if her waltz tripped her up, or if another celebrity had to go.

After a long, tense evening, the reality starlet and her pro partner Louis Van Amstel were spared for at least another week.

Instead, boxer Sugar Ray Leonard, who scored higher than Wilkinson, was knocked out of the ballroom.

"That's life and I fought a good fight," said Leonard on Tuesday's show. "I'll cherish this moment. Good friends, good show. I love the spirit of the show. I love the people on this show."

His pro partner Anna Trebunskaya added: "We had so much fun. It's just amazing that a boxer became a ballet dancer!"

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Lindsay Lohan & Victoria Gotti Meet Up in N.Y.C.

Not quite, but if Lindsay Lohan wants to play Victoria Gotti in an upcoming film about the famous family, Gotti: Three Generations, the actress certainly looked the part. Rumors have been circulating that Lohan, 24, is gunning for the role, and her appearance at a press event Tuesday in New York did noting to dispel chatter.

"Lindsay is a terrific actress," said Marc Fiore, the movie's producer, at the event at the Sheraton Hotel, which also drew out Lohan's mother, Dina. "Nothing has been finalized, but we are definitely in talks."

And while Lohan hasn't locked down the role, Victoria Gotti is a fan.

"I think she's incredible," Gotti said. "I think she's a great actress. I think she can do ... any role, really."

"I've always said that to her mom [Dina] when we met many years ago," Gotti continued. "Just watching her in The Parent Trap, I thought was adorable and she's a good kid."

Gotti: Three Generations is set to be directed by Nick Cassavetes, and John Travolta has already signed on to play Victoria's father, John Gotti, a mobster who was the boss of the Gambino crime family in New York City. Travolta's daughter, Ella Bleu, has also been cast in the film, though her exact role hasn't been announced. And Joe Pesci has been confirmed to play Angelo Ruggiero, John Gotti's second in command.

"I know first hand that Lindsay Lohan happens to be a big fan of mine," Travolta said at the event. "I've always thought she was gorgeous and talented and filled with a lot of depth. So, I think that whatever she would like to do would be great with me."

And Victoria adds that Lohan has lots of fans and supporters.

"She had a little bit of a bumpy road recently," she said. "I think she's doing great; I think she's going to continue to do great and she's got a lot of people rooting for her."

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Scarlett Johansson: How a Pregnancy Rumor Can Start

Celebrities are subjected to a high level of body scrutiny, and for female stars this can lead to premature pregnancy predictions. Just ask LeAnn Rimes, Hilary Duff or Carrie Underwood.

Will Scarlett Johansson, 26, be joining the club?

Spotted out for a run with Owen Wilson and new beau Sean Penn recently, the in-shape actress bared a hint of a belly, leading to some online rumors about a baby bump. But a rep for Johansson warns not to jump to conclusions, and reveals a few common missteps that make up the anatomy of a pregnancy rumor:

Step 1: Catch the celebrity at an awkward angle
"She's outside running and it's simply the placement of her shirt that is misleading," her rep, Marcel Pariseau, tells PEOPLE of Johansson.

To avoid this very problem, Underwood said recently that she chooses her wardrobe carefully, saying "when I wear something a little baggier, I'm like, nope, people are going to think I'm hiding something."

Step 2: Single out the one photo that portrays her as a mere mortal
"She was followed and photographed for over 20 minutes and I'm sure there are other photos in the series that show and prove that she is not pregnant," the rep points out.

Step 3: Set the record straight
"Scarlett is not pregnant," Pariseau says, adding for good measure, "She's been training for The Avengers for over four months and is in the best shape of her life."

So there.

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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Long Island Serial Killer: Will He Strike Again?

As searchers uncovered Monday what may be victims number nine and 10, fears are increasing that the Long Island serial killer may murder again.

"He's going to continue to kill because they don't stop," says Vernon Geberth, a former NYPD homicide lieutenant and author of Practical Homicide, a textbook used in police academies around the world. "Now he's got to come up with a new plan, a new location. Psychologically this is stressful for him because that was a place he would go to relive the event, act out scenarios, therefore relieving stress."

In December, a cop on a training exercise found the remains of four women off Ocean Parkway in Gilgo Beach, N.Y. After the women were identified, searchers began looking for Shannan Gilbert, 24, who went missing in May and was last seen running out of a house in Gilgo Beach.

Then on Monday, in nearby Nassau County, authorities uncovered in brambles off Ocean Parkway what they believe to be two more sets of human remains, including a skull, says Nassau County Lt. Kevin Smith.

"We were hoping we would not find anything," says Smith. "No one wants to see another homicide was committed. The bottom line is we did and now that we have, we and the state police are conducting our own homicide investigation."

Only the first four cases have been linked to each other so far.

Some have speculated the killer has ties to law enforcement since he used disposable cell phones from crowded places to place taunting calls to the sister of one of the victims. But Smith says police are not focusing in that theory.

"We're not looking to prejudice the case," says Smith. "If anyone thinks they know someone who is suspicious, we want them to contact us."

Geberth doesn't buy the law enforcement angle either, simply because anyone can gather basic crime investigation techniques from watching TV, but does think the killer is a local.

He's also "highly organized," Geberth says. "He plans these things out. He had a disposal site. He had a reason to be there in case someone did spot him. This is a high functioning individual."

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PHOTO: Meet Rascal Flatts' Newest Addition, Baby Madeline Leigh

She may have been a model employee throughout her pregnancy, but Allison DeMarcus put her maternity leave to good use at the last minute!

“I worked [for CMT] up until the day before I went to the hospital. I did an Alan Jackson interview … and the next day I was texting my producer that I didn’t think I’d be able to do voice-overs, I’m having a baby!” the wife of Rascal Flatts bassist Jay DeMarcus tells PEOPLE.

“The last month or so was difficult. They were having trouble detecting her movement and then her heart rate started dropping a little bit, so that’s why I went early,” DeMarcus says of daughter Madeline Leigh, born via emergency cesarean at 37 weeks.

Convinced that they were having a baby boy, Jay was nothing short of thrilled when an ultrasound confirmed baby-on-the-way was in fact a girl — prompting Allison to congratulate him on his victory.

“I looked at Jay and said, ‘Well, you win.’ And he was like, ‘What do you mean?’ I said, ‘Because girls always love their daddy to death. She’ll get mad at her mother, but daddy can do no wrong,’” she laughs.

The proud papa quips, “Add to that I’m working on the road and gone a lot, so she’ll always be glad to see me! It’s like a special occasion.”

Welcoming their baby girl on Dec. 17, the couple says their daughter is the spitting image of her dad. “[Her hair] was coal black and she looked just like Jay!” says Allison. “She still does. My sister calls her Jayline!”

However, it was bringing Madeline home from the hospital that initially caught the new parents off-guard. “Pulling away from the hospital, I just wanted to say to the nurses, ‘Are you sure about this? I don’t think either one of us is trained to do this,’” Jay recalls.

“Jay was driving and I was in the back seat with her. That’s a scary drive, that first drive home. You’re thinking, ‘Just get us home safe!’” adds Allison.

Now three months into parenthood, Jay and Allison have divvied up the night shifts, although the first-time father reveals he often leaves the early morning feedings to his wife. “I don’t do that as much as Ali does, she is a saint about it,” he says. “We take turns getting up. I do late night. With my schedule, I’m up so late that I’m used to being up at 2 a.m.”

But Allison was nowhere to be found when Madeline was a month old and Jay was flying solo on daddy duty! “It was a Sunday afternoon and she was crying. And I’m mentally going through the checklist of everything you’re supposed to do when a baby cries, and nothing worked,” he shares.

“That was a moment when I stared at her and thought, ‘Now what? I am not qualified! I don’t know what to do. This is not a passing phase. I am responsible for this life for the rest of my life!’ It can be pretty daunting.”

For more on Rascal Flatts and all your favorite country stars, pick up the new issue of PEOPLE Country, on newsstands now.

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Kate Middleton Has Emma Watson's Sympathy

If only Emma Watson could wave a magic wand.

The Harry Potter star, who recently announced a break from Brown University because balancing work and school became "impossible," knows all about stress in the limelight.

But she says it must pale in comparison to what fellow Brit Kate Middleton faces as she prepares to marry Prince William on April 29.

"Poor girl," Watson, 20, tells the Associated Press. "That must be an incredible amount of pressure. I hope she's enjoying it. Must be intense."

Middleton, 29, admitted she has jitters about saying "I do" later this month.

When asked by a local reporter if she was nervous, she said, "Yes, of course I am."

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Tina Fey's Daughter Alice Is 'Psyched' to Be a Big Sister

Tina Fey appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show Tuesday to promote her book Bossypants and to participate in a Saturday Night Live reunion. But first she had to get something offer her chest – her baby news!

"You look great," Winfrey asked Fey at the top of the show, "Did I notice … ?"

"It's really happening," the smiling 30 Rock star replied with both hands on her baby bump.

Winfrey congratulated the mom-to-be before asking about Fey's daughter Alice, 5.

"She is psyched," Fey said.

Winfrey also brought up Bossypants, in which Fey wrote about agonizing over having another child, and asked her about the dilemma.

"You get to 40 and you think well, do I really want to do it or is it because I'm running out of time," Fey explained. "And also because I thought 30 Rock would be cancelled by now and I'd have time to do this."

But with her hit NBC show still going strong, Fey, who is five months along, says she decided to go ahead with getting pregnant.

"My husband and I really decided that we felt rather than risk having the show end in several years and feeling like part of our family is missing that we were going to prioritize our family," Fey said.

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Reese Witherspoon Returns from Her Honeymoon

Newlywed Reese Witherspoon is back from her honeymoon – and after a heady few weeks, it appears she's slipped right back into everyday life.

The actress, 35, married Jim Toth on March 26. And last week, the pair, along with Witherspoon's kids, Ava, 11 and Deacon, 7, were seen taking in the sights in sunny Belize.

Spotted back home in Los Angeles on Monday, Witherspoon and Ava headed out on a shopping trip, appearing tanned and relaxed as they lugged bags of groceries from a supermarket.

Next up for the couple: Toth, 40, is expected to get back to work at his job at CAA while she's due to continue promoting Water for Elephants, in theaters April 22.

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How Tori Spelling Told Her Husband About Baby No. 3

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Tori Spelling wanted to tell husband Dean McDermott that she was pregnant in a special way – and as fate would have it, the timing worked out just right.

"I found out on Valentine's Day," Spelling, 37, tells PEOPLE. "It was perfect timing."

How did she deliver the news? "I wrapped up the pregnancy test in a box and bow and gave it to Dean as his Valentine's Day gift," she says. "He was beyond surprised. Best gift ever!"

As for how she's physically feeling this time around, Spelling – who is already mom to son Liam, 4, and daughter Stella, 2 – says she's been "much sicker this pregnancy" than during her past two.

"I have been nauseous for the past three months straight," says the Tori & Dean: sTORIbook Weddings star. "Thankfully it is starting to get better now."

Son Liam, who has seen his mom pregnant before, was onto the news before she even told him about it. "Liam kept saying, 'Your belly is getting huge. That means there's a baby in there,' " says Spelling.

When she and McDermott, 44, finally did tell their kids the news, "They were really excited," says Spelling. "Now they are obsessed with telling people, 'My Mommy has a baby in her belly!' "

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Lady Gaga Tumbles Backwards on Stage

While performing her new song "You and I" during a concert in Houston on Sunday, a barely dressed Gaga, 25, had one leg on her piano and the other on the bench when she lost her balance.

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Sunday, April 10, 2011

Real Housewives of New York's Cindy Barshop: 5 Things to Know

New season, new Housewife, new drama.

Cindy Barshop, 46, has joined the cast of The Real Housewives of New York, which kicked off season 4 on Thursday. Will she be able to hold her own against her new costars – Ramona Singer, Alex McCord, Jill Zarin, Kelly Bensimon Sonja Morgan and Countess LuAnn de Lesseps? Only time will tell, but here are five facts about the Big Apple's newest Housewife.

1. A certain cast member intimidated her
Barshop has likened joining the cast to being on a "battlefield." She admitted to being nervous about meeting Zarin, but told PEOPLE, "Jill was actually the sweetest girl. She really welcomed me. And also Kelly – I heard she's not nice but she was."

2. She's used to hairy situations
Barshop is the owner of Completely Bare, a popular chain of hair-removal spas. She was working in telecommunications for IBM when she uncovered Epilight, a machine that uses light to permanently remove hair, and decided to open her first spa in New York City in 1998. Barshop now has nine stores across the country.

3. She's a (proud) single mom by choice
Barshop has 15-month-old twin girls, Jesse and Zoe, whom she chose to have on her own. "I've had serious relationships, but I wasn't in one when I had my girls," Barshop told "I guess what's also unconventional about me is that I'm the breadwinner, taking care of everyone in my life."

4. She has friends in high places
Bethenny Frankel's replacement didn't come out of nowhere. "I got interested in the idea of being on the show because I knew some of the ladies," she has said. "I know Ramona Singer from the Hamptons and Jill Zarin was a client at Completely Bare."

5. You can thank her – or blame her – for "vajeweling"
Barshop is credited with inventing the "vajewel" treatment, which is applying crystal designs to a woman's private parts for decoration. Her spa also offers "vatoos," a temporary airbrushed design for down there.

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Nikki Reed Dating American Idol's Paul McDonald?

Is it a match made in showbiz heaven? Just a few months ago American Idol contestant Paul McDonald was an aspiring folk singer with one heck of a two-step. Now he's wooing Twilight's Nikki Reed.

After meeting on the red carpet at the premiere of Red Riding Hood in March, McDonald tells PEOPLE that they have "just been kind of hanging out."

Sparks were evident when they first met. "You're amazing," Reed, 22, told McDonald, 26, while shaking his hand (watch a clip below). "I'm blushing," she continued. "I should go."

How serious is their budding relationship?

McDonald says they still manage to squeeze in the time to hang out despite busy schedules. "There isn’t too much time," he says. "She's super busy and I'm super busy. [But] we'll figure it out."

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Saturday, April 9, 2011

Karina Smirnoff Didn't Get into Trouble at Dancing over Playboy

Karina Smirnoff will be the first pro on Dancing with the Stars to pose nude in Playboy, but the news didn't come as a surprise to her bosses.

Despite reports that producers angrily felt she hurt the program's image, a source close to the show says, "They did know ahead of time and they still gave her one of the best pairings."

Smirnoff, 32, is dancing with point leader Ralph Macchio. Her photo shoot was done before the season started and will appear in the May issue of Playboy.

Although no other Dancing pro has posed for the magazine, Smirnoff is not the first from the show to do so.

Co-host Brooke Burke and competitors including Kendra Wilkinson, Lisa Rinna, Pamela Anderson, Holly Madison and Denise Richards have appeared in Playboy.

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Robert Pattinson Wants to 'Beat the (Bleep)' Out of the Paparazzi

On the big screen, Robert Pattinson kicks major butt as the ever-undefeatable vampire, Edward Cullen.

And while he won't be sprouting fangs in real life, those moves he's mastered for the Twilight movies might just come in handy one day – paparazzi, you have been warned.

"When the whole thing dries up and there's hardly any paparazzi around – I don't know, in 15 years or something – I like the idea of just one paparazzo coming out and trying to get a picture, and I just beat the s--- out of him," Pattinson, 24, tells Elle magazine. "I mean, out of nowhere, when my picture's not even worth [money], and I've spent all my money, so you can't sue me!"

Until then, the British hunk, whose rumored real-life romance with costar Kristen Stewart has thrust him even further into the public eye, is fighting off the attention without actually fighting anyone.

Pattinson says he out-smarted – and angered – photographers in a recent run-in at Venice Beach. "A bunch of paparazzi were following me, and I thought the best way to deal with it was to stop my car in the middle of the street and say, 'I'm not leaving, and I'm not going to speak to you anymore,' " he says. "They got all pissed off because they can't just keep taking the same picture."

But it was no laughing matter: "They kept trying to get all these drug dealers to come up to the car. I was like, 'Oh my God, this is insane.' "

As for rumors printed about him, Pattinson tries to take them in stride. There was one story a few years ago that reported the British hunk was pregnant, about which he quips: "Yeah … That was true, though."

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Real Housewives of New York Premiere: Has Jill Zarin Changed?

The women of The Real Housewives of New York City aren't wasting anytime whipping up drama. In fact, Thursday's season 4 premiere seemed to start right where it left off – with and icy meeting between Alex McCord and Jill Zarin at Ramona Singer's end-of-summer party.

"I think that it was incredibly aggressive to walk into the party and just pretend nothing ever happened," Alex said, still upset about their run-ins from last season. "Jill did some horrible things – not just to me but to other people – and you can't just pretend that didn't happen."

Jill, it seems, wanted nothing more than to move on.

"I was always her cheerleader. Why does she hate me?" she tells Kelly Bensimon. "I just hope that we can resolve it. I hope that Alex and I can get to a much better place."

Throughout the episode, Jill expressed regret about last season's drama and claimed she had learned her lesson. "I just don't have the energy to fight with Alex anymore because that fight with Bethenny took years off my life," Jill said. "I'm never going to let that happen to me again."

Later, at a friend's wedding, Jill was surprised to see Alex outside the church. They had an awkward conversation about whether or not they knew each other were going to be at the wedding and at an upcoming march for Marriage Equality.

"I said I couldn't change and I have changed," Jill said. "And no matter what anyone does, I will always be nice and kind."

But when Jill sees Alex socializing at the wedding reception, she's anything but nice. "That f––ing bitch Alex McCord has the nerve to come up to me at the church and [ask about the march]," she tells her friends. "She's a bitch. Look at her – she's socializing at a party that is so above her."

Following the Real Housewives premiere, Jill appeared on the 100th episode of Andy Cohen's late night talk show, Watch What Happens Live, and addressed the comments she made about Alex.

"Since you brought it up you're going to have to hear the truth answer," she said. "Those words coming out of my mouth don't match the audio track. I was talking to a producer on the side and they put my words in my mouth and I didn't like that."

When asked if she said those words, Jill had little trouble answering: "Yes, but it wasn't meant – no, but it wasn't, you know, meant to be

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Charlie Sheen Tour Hits New York

Charlie Sheen Tour Hits New York Charlie Sheen and Lindsay Lohan

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Charlie Sheen's tour is rolling on – and Friday night the actor is making the first of two sold-out stops at New York's Radio City Music Hall. But will the audience be filled with celebrity fans?

Lindsay Lohan, who has been spending time in New York City with her family, will have to cheer from California: The actress just arrived back in Los Angeles, but has recently professed her love of Sheen. On Thursday, she Tweeted how the former Two and a Half Men star cracks her up.

"Youre with a winner, you wont regret this"-charlie sheen as bud fox in Wall Street (winner-winning!) made me laugh lol," Lohan wrote.

But other stars say they will try to go. TMZ reports that sundry reality stars are clamoring to get into the afterparty, which is scheduled to be held late Friday night at Dragonfly Nightclub in Carlstadt, N.J. So far, Real Housewives of New Jersey star Caroline Manzo's sons Albie and Chris have requested VIP-list status, as has an unnamed male Jersey Shore star.

One name definitely not attending Friday's show despite being in the Big Apple: Sheen's former Two and a Half Men costar Jon Cryer.

In fact, he's got a competing engagement, a production of the Stephen Sondheim musical Company with the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center, just over a mile away. Cryer costars with Neil Patrick Harris, Christina Hendricks and Stephen Colbert in the show, which has an 8 p.m. curtain Friday.

Meanwhile, the City of New York is prepped for Sheen this time around. According to local news reports, police commissioner Ray Kelly said, "We have a big police force. We are ready for him."

According to reports from the road, the actor has been evolving his live Violent Torpedo of Truth show from city to city after getting a disastrous start in Detroit, where he was booed off stage. Most recently, Sheen was given a standing ovation in Cleveland Tuesday night.

Sheen's second New York City performance is scheduled for Sunday night.

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Nicole Richie: 'I Am Not Pregnant'

Nicole Richie on Friday shot down pregnancy rumors fueled by new photos of her.

"Contrary to recent speculation, I am not pregnant," she says in a statement. "This irresponsible reporting continues to feed an atmosphere of self-doubt and insecurity. To publicly point out a change in anyone's body is mean-spirited and cruel. People's bodies change and change again. This is not newsworthy and is a waste of valuable media space that should be used for more important issues."

Richie, 29, is mom to daughter Harlow, 3, and 1 1/2-year-old son Sparrow. – Blaine Zuckerman

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Snooki, JWoww and Pauly D Get Their Own Shows

Thanks to the Jersey Shore, what happens in Seaside Heights doesn't stay in Seaside Heights – when the "GTL" crew are in town.

But for fans who want to know more about the lives of some of Shore's craziest characters, MTV just confirmed two new, still-untitled spinoffs staring Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi and Jenni "JWoww" Farley, and Paul "DJ Pauly D" Delvecchio.

"The Jersey Shore cast is at the center of the show's success, and Nicole, Pauly D and Jenni have become household names as a result of their unique, sometimes outrageous and often hilarious personalities," Chris Linn, MTV executive vice president of programming, says in a statement. "We're excited to put the spotlight on their lives away from the shore as they pursue their individual passions, careers and relationships."

Polizzi and Farley, who shot the pilot for their series earlier this year, will bring their antics to a different, not-named locale, dealing with the usual dose of "life and love."

DelVecchio, who filmed his pilot late last year, will show his business side in his project, which follows his life in the DJ booth.

The two reality TV projects begin production later this year and are set to air in 2012.

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Friday, April 8, 2011

Jennifer Lopez Tells American Idol's Pia Toscano to 'Have Faith'

Jennifer Lopez disagreed with America's choice on Thursday's American Idol, and says she's still miffed that Pia Toscano was sent home so soon.

"She was one of the most talented singers we had," Lopez said, calling into Ryan Seacrest's KIIS-FM radio show Friday morning. "I'm still shocked."

Why does Lopez think Toscano was eliminated?

"Honestly, I don't know what happened," she said. "[Maybe] people thought she was safe, as I did ... Maybe there was something that wasn't connecting [with the audience] that we didn't see."

Lopez, who likened the ousted singer to a prized student, said she and her fellow judges – Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler – pushed Toscano every week because they had high standards for her and saw her talent. "Honestly, I always had the best intentions," Lopez said. "I just wanted to see the growth every week. I wanted her to shine."

After the show, Lopez, who cried at the decision, came up on stage and had a heart-to-heart with Toscano.

"I told her to stay pure in her heart, to have faith and to know that if this wasn't the path for her that there was something bigger for her," Lopez said, recalling their conversation. "That there is something bigger for her. And I believe that."

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Drea de Matteo, Shooter Jennings Welcome a Son

It's a boy for Drea de Matteo and Shooter Jennings.

"Waylon Albert 'Blackjack' Jennings has arrived," Jennings, 31, Tweeted Thursday. "Thanks for all the kind words folks! We're super lucky to have so many kind friends!"

Baby Blackjack joins big sister Alabama Gypsyrose, 3, and carries on his father and country crooner grandfather Waylon Jennings's first name.

Jennings and Sopranos alum de Matteo, 39, have been together for nine years and got engaged on stage in New York in June 2009.

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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Which of Carrie Underwood's ACM Awards Looks Was Your Fave?

Talk about a quick-change artist! Though she didn’t take home a trophy Sunday night, Carrie Underwood still made quite an impression at the Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas, wearing three different outfits during the star-studded ceremony. The country cutie arrived at the MGM Grand in a floor-skimming, royal purple Jean Fares Couture gown, accented with sparkling straps and some elegant baubles (including her gorgeous engagement ring!). Later, for a duet of “Undo It” and “Walk This Way” with American Idol judge Steven Tyler, Underwood slipped into a custom WTB bolero of black silk suiting, with pink metallic mesh trim and black Swarovski crystals (the line is designed in part by Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora). To take the look even further, she added some pink highlights to her hair — and shared a kiss with Tyler! Afterward, Underwood went green in a strapless sequin A-line mini cocktail dress from Farah Angsana, paired with nude Brian Atwood heels and a black Swarovski clutch — perfect for post-ACM Awards partying. We think she looked stunning in all of her dresses, but we want to know what you think.

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Reese Witherspoon's Wedding Dress: Pretty and Pink!

March 26 may have been a nice day for a white wedding, but radiant bride Reese Witherspoon was thinking pink! The actress walked down the aisle at her Ojai, Calif., estate in a custom-designed Monique Lhuillier blush-hued gown with a Chantilly lace corset bodice and full tulle A-line skirt before exchanging vows with agent Jim Toth. The gown — which matched Witherspoon’s 11-year-old daughter Ava’s custom Lhuillier dress — also featured a double-face silk satin ribbon with cascading silk flowers. The actress, 35, “wowed,” says a guest. “She took your breath away.” Underneath her dress, Witherspoon sported Jimmy Choo’s classic “Macy” satin platform sandal, giving her a boost next to her tall beau. When it came time to party, the bride ditched her long look and changed into a second Lhuillier design, a white silk minidress with a festive party skirt. But the party’s not over yet: since her nuptials, Witherspoon has been seeing wearing a large platinum wedding band from the William Goldberg Diamond Corporation, which matches the sparkling 4-carat diamond engagement ring (by the same brand) Toth presented to her when he proposed in December 2010. For exclusive photos of Reese’s wedding — and all the details of her emotional, joyful ceremony — pick up the new issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands today!

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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Katie Holmes Reveals Suri's Girly 5th Birthday Party Plans

Mother knows best when it comes to planning the perfect celebration for Suri Cruise's birthday.

"This is my favorite day of the year, so we're going to have a little tea party," Katie Holmes told Ryan Seacrest on his KIIS-FM morning radio show on Monday.

Suri, who turns 5 on April 18, will have her wishes granted on her special day.

"She wants a piñata, and wants her girlfriends to come over [for] some swimming," Holmes, 32, said. "And we're going to make a cake together."

No word on whether or not Suri's father, Tom Cruise, will take part in the planning process, but it sounds unlikely, considering Holmes says she plans to "girl it up" for the bash.

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Miley Cyrus Rejoins Twitter - for Charlie Sheen

harlie Sheen's Violent Torpedo of Truth Tour may have imploded in Detroit, but he's earned at least one new Twitter follower: Miley Cyrus.

After a year-and-a-half sabbatical from the social networking site, the teen star rejoined Twitter on Monday. She took over the official feed for her upcoming Gypsy Heart Tour and posted this message: "'Do not fear...the Sheenius is here!' I'm not gonna lie. I came back to twitter for 2 reasons. My fans and to follow @charliesheen #winning."

Cyrus had 1.1 million Twitter followers when she abruptly quit the social networking site in October 2009, saying, "I want my private life private". Her then-boyfriend, Liam Hemsworth, was also blamed as the reason she quit Twitter, since Cyrus referenced him in her final Tweet. "FYI Liam doesn't have a Twitter and he wants ME to delete mine with good reason," she wrote.

Although Cyrus Tweeted that she doesn't plan to resurrect her old @mileycyrus account "any time soon," she's using the @gypsyhearttour account as a personal account, posting a photo of her dog Lila and Tweeting about eating dinner with her family.

She also reached out to Jaden Smith, writing, "Let's take over the world together! Starting with Disney Land! PS I'm totes laying around eating chocolate watching Hancock."

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Justin Bieber Sets His Mom's Hair on Fire on Stage

 Justin Bieber celebrated his mom's birthday on stage Saturday night – with some unexpected pyrotechnics.

The pop star, 17, surprised Pattie Mallette with a birthday cake at the end of the concert at Berlin's O2 World arena. But as she leaned over the cake to blow out the candles, a few strands of her hair caught on fire.

Bieber quickly put out the flames, and then said, "Mama, I'll always be your baby," according to Germany's Bild newspaper.

Mother and son both Tweeted about the incident later. Bieber wrote: "sick show in Berlin...brought @studiomama on stage 2 sing her happy bday but she lit her hair on fire with the candles. lol. i saved her."

Mallette wrote: "Thank u @justinbieber for the cake (& embarrassing me on stage lol)."

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How Husband Hank Baskett Influences Kendra Wilkinson's Dancing Routines

How Husband Hank Baskett Influences Kendra Wilkinson's Dancing Routines Kendra Wilkinson and Dancing partner Louis van Amtel

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Things will get personal on Monday's Dancing with the Stars when pro Louis Van Amstel hits the ballroom with partner Kendra Wilkinson and takes on the role of her husband Hank Baskett.

"Next week is definitely a more spiritual, sexy story. It's a love story," Wilkinson, 25, told PEOPLE of their upcoming performance. "It's about my husband and me. It's about how we fell in love and what went on behind the scenes of falling in love."

While there's practically no comparison between the dancer and the athlete, Van Amstel, 38, is ready to put his acting chops to the test.

"I'll take the challenge," he says. "If she has to take the challenge each week, I'll take the challenge in storyline week. I'll have to up my game."

Fortunately, the pro dancer has met the inspiration for his role – and walked away with a good sense of the man he'll be impersonating.

"They are a very huge, big inspiration to young Hollywood that you can have it all and still be down to earth, have love, have kids at a younger age ... and be very supportive of each other," Van Amstel says.

The meeting also gave Baskett, 28, the opportunity to share an important – though perhaps unexpected – suggestion with his wife's new partner. "He didn't even give me advice," Van Amstel says. "He gave me a green light. 'Push my wife! Do anything you want with my wife.' "

When it comes to coaching, Wilkinson prefers her hubby just keep quiet.

"I told him, 'Look, I just want you to know, you have your way of going into a football game, and I have my way of coming into a dance. My way is just look at this day as any other day,' " she says. "The energy just messes with me ... It's a lot of pressure, and if you say just one thing different than you would any other day, it's going to throw my mind off."

In fact, Wilkinson is so determined to treat her Dancing days with normalcy that she has banned her husband from praying for her in her presence.

"It's just so nerve racking!" she says. "Before the first dance, he's like, 'Can I pray for you?' I'm like, 'No! I told you, Hank, don't make this day any different!' "

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