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August 27, 2009 

Secretly Engaged?

Are Derek Jeter and Minka Kelly ready to take the next step? "Derek and Minka are secretly engaged," an insider said. The Yankee captain and the actress are telling close pals to "save the date" for nuptials in the fall. "The wedding is being planned and will take place after baseball season is over," said the source.

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Spencer Pratt told MTV's The After Show that his wife Heidi is the "new, modern day, 2010 Michael Jackson."

When host Jessi Cruickshank pointed out Jackson is dead, Spencer gestures to Heidi and says, "Yeah, but here it is, it's living, like the holy spirit. "Like, Michael Jackson's in heaven," he continues. "The Holy Spirit now has Michael Jackson juice, so boom! For all we know, Heidi gets possessed with Michael Jackson's divine spirit."

"So Heidi is the new Michael Jackson?" Cruickshank questions.

"Oh, way bigger," Spencer asserts.

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August 26, 2009 

The End of Reading Rainbow

An era ends on PBS stations Friday, when the contract expires for Le Var Burton’s “Reading Rainbow.” After 26 years, and 24 national Emmys, the excellent children’s show will vanish from WPTD-TV and many other public TV stations.

The show premiered in 1983. It ceased production in 2006, when funding ran out. The PBS contract expires Friday, so it can no longer feed it to stations.

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The Williams Sisters Join the Dolphins

Serena and Venus Williams are ready for some football! The tennis stars are joining Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez and Gloria and Emilio Estefan in becoming limited ownership partners in the National Football League's Miami Dolphins.

The announcement that the Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., residents would become the first female African-Americans to hold an ownership stake in a NFL franchise and two of the few African-Americans league-wide to hold this unique distinction was made by Stephen Ross, owner and managing partner of the Dolphins.

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Lookin' Good

Mrs. Cosby shed 35 pounds with Jenny Craig.

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August 25, 2009 

Happy Birthday!

Happy 79th birthday to the best James Bond ever, Sean Connery!

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An Eternity With Norma Jean

The crypt above Marilyn Monroe's final resting place sells on eBay for $4.6 million

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I Said No, No, No

Melanie Griffith's heading to rehab...

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August 24, 2009 

Get the Hint, Doug

Doug Reinhardt, who's best known as Paris Hilton's latest boyfriend, is feeling a little left out. Cast members of MTV's "The Hills" were overheard recently at Harrah's Resort in Atlantic City "laughing about how Doug can't get a part on the show," said a source. "He's been begging MTV producers for a contract." Unlike cast members who are paid per episode, Reinhardt makes cameo appearances for free. "Doug keeps calling MTV, but they don't want him," said the source. Reps for Reinhardt deny he's trying to get a contract, and a show rep didn't return calls.

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The Bitch is Back!

We could be close to a return of Amanda Woodward!

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The End

Good riddance.

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August 21, 2009 

Hayden's New Man

"Heroes" starlet Hayden Panettiere has a new man. The actress, who turns 20 today, is dating Pink Taco owner Harry Morton. On Monday night, they had a romantic dinner together at Madeo in LA. Then, on Wednesday, the new couple was spotted on the beach in Malibu. He is the son of Hard Rock mogul Peter Morton.

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Babs On Sale

The ex-boyfriend who discovered Barbra Streisand nearly 50 years ago and convinced her to become a singer is auctioning off three tapes he made of her earliest performances, with bids starting at $1 million.

Barry Dennen -- whose memoir, "My Life with Barbra: A Love Story," came out in 1997 -- told Page Six yesterday: "I'm a little trepidatious. I don't know what the fallout will be. I don't like upsetting Barbra, and I don't want her fans angry at me."

Dennen, reached in California, said he met Streisand, now 67, in 1959 as castmates in a bad off-Broadway play, "The Insect Comedy." Soon they were lovers and she was living with him at Ninth Street and Sixth Avenue. After hearing her sing one night while a friend strummed a guitar, Dennen says he was blown away by her talent and persuaded her to perform in public. He had her listen to the records of Edith Piaf and Billie Holiday, selected her songs and coached her on how to sing them.

The tapes include Streisand singing "A Taste of Honey" and "Two Brothers" in Dennen's apartment, with him accompanying on guitar. There's also a Sept. 17, 1960, rehearsal at the Bon Soir nightclub, where Streisand sang "Keepin' Out of Mischief Now," "A Sleepin' Bee," "I Want To Be Bad," "When Sunny Gets Blue," "Lover Come Back to Me," "Nobody's Heart" and "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?"

Dennen said Streisand invited him to see her in "Funny Girl" in 1965, long after they'd broken up. She kept him waiting for an hour and a half before she asked for the tapes back. "I said 'No. They are the only thing I have left of our collaboration,' " he relates.

Gary Zimet -- who's conducting the auction on his Web site, -- describes the music as "ethereal. These songs take you away." A spokesman for Streisand said, "Our lawyers are dealing with this."

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Lady Gaga Shows Off Her Goodies at Heathrow

I know this is what I typically wear to the airport.

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August 20, 2009 

Reality Show Mess

Vh1 announced that they have pressed the pause button on Megan Wants A Millionaire due to one of the contestants being a "person of interest" in the murder of his wife. They issued this statement:

"Ryan Jenkins was a contestant on Megan Wants A Millionaire, an outside production, produced and owned by 51 Minds, that is licensed to VH1. The show completed production at the end of March. Given the unfortunate circumstances, VH1 has postponed any future airings. This is a tragic situation and our thoughts go out to the victim’s family."

They have already erased traces of Megan Wants a Millionaire from their website.

TMZ claims that Ryan Jenkins was not only a contestant on I Love Money 3, but his friends say he won the entire thing.

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Welcome Back, Whitney!

Whitney Houston is coming to Oprah Winfrey's famous couch.

The Grammy Award-winning singer, 46, whose much-anticipated upcoming album, I Look to You will be released Aug. 31, will sit down with the talk show queen for her first interview in almost seven years.

Calling it "the most anticipated music interview of the decade," Winfrey, 55, will welcome Houston as her first guest on the The Oprah Winfrey Show's 24th season, which airs Sept. 14.

Houston held listening parties for her album in L.A., N.Y.C. and London. The CD is her seventh studio album and marks a comeback after a seven-year hiatus from the business.

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August 19, 2009 


Lay off the collagen, coke, and hair extensions, Lindsay!

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I Miss the Mullet Days

Happy 46th birthday, Uncle Jesse!

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You Go Rene!

Celine's preggers again.

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August 18, 2009 

Dumb and Dumber

Pam Anderson + Suzanne Somers = how many brain cells?

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Still Lookin' Hot

Happy 73rd birthday, Robert Redford!

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Another Day...Another Sex Tape

Dr. McKinky and friends...

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August 17, 2009 

I Can Relate

Tyra Banks doesn't appear to be much of a cook. The model-turned-talk-show host stopped by the Peas n' Pickles convenience store in Brooklyn Heights with financier boyfriend John Utendahl and picked up more than 20 frozen dinners and a dozen energy bars. "She bought $130 worth of food, which they had to ring up item by item," laughs aspy. "Her boyfriend paid for everything with his AmEx Black Card."

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Wedding Bells

Wedding bells for Alyssa Milano.

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August 14, 2009 

A Stunt For the Media, I'm Sure

Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth, best known for her diva antics on NBC's hit The Apprentice, is entering an Ohio seminary.

According to the Associated Press, she is slated to begin her ministry studies at United Theological Seminary in Dayton on Monday. She will spend about two years pursuing a doctor of ministry degree, says Ivan Hicks, the school's associate dean for African-American studies.

"She has expressed a calling in her life and it is our opportunity to provide leadership and guidance as she makes a transformation," Hicks says. "We're excited about her coming to school at UTS." He adds that she "has a heart for ministry" after doing work on behalf of the homeless and the poor in Haiti.

Omarosa's feisty reputation will actually help her as a minister, says Hicks. "Some of the good things and bad things we've done in our lives help us to actually relate and to be more widely accepted as a minister," he says.

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Poor Elizabeth

Former Democratic Presidential and Vice Presidential candidate John Edwards is expected to admit that he is the father of the 18-month-old daughter of former mistress Rielle Hunter, according to a new report.

Edwards has copped to the affair but has denied that he fathered the child, whose name is Frances.

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August 13, 2009 


"All everyone wants to do is be a Yankee fan because it's so easy. They win all the time. It takes a person of character to be a Mets fan"

--Die-hard Mets fan Matt Dillon , to the waiter at Rare Bar & Grill in NYC

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Mad Birthday

Happy 47th birthday to Mad Men star, John Slattery!

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A Preggo Kardashian

Kourtney Kardashian is preggo. I hope the dad isn't her d-bag ex-boyfriend, Scott.

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August 12, 2009 

J.Hud Has a Baby!

It's a boy for Jennifer Hudson!

She and fiance David Otunga -- who both opted not to find out the sex of their baby until he was born -- welcomed David Daniel Otunga Jr. late Monday, her publicist confirms to

"The baby is beautiful and perfect," Hudson's publicist tells Us. "His parents are ecstatic." Their son weighed in at 7 pounds, 14 ounces.

The Oscar-winning Dreamgirls star -- who is engaged to the I Love New York 2 contestant (and Harvard Law grad) -- has been looking forward to forming a family.

"I definitely want a family," the 27-year-old told Access Hollywood earlier this year. "You know, I'm almost 30 now, so we gotta get started sometime."

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Her Hairstylist Should Be Shot

WHAT was Heather Mills thinking?

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August 11, 2009 

Cook Roasts Hudge

I usually HATE Dane Cook, but this is pretty funny. And, she couldn't look less amused.

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Brooks and Dunn are dunzo.

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August 10, 2009 


Kathy Griffin brought Levi Johnston, the 19-year-old father of Bristol Palin's baby, as her date to Sunday's Teen Choice Awards in Universal City, Calif.

Griffin, 48, joked that the two have been an item for some time. "Long-distance relationships are not easy, especially when he's in his igloo and I'm in my Hollywood tower," she said.

Johnston - who was in town for a Vanity Fair photo shoot - was less vocal about being Griffin's date. "I just, you know, look at her, shut up and do what I'm told," he said when asked about being her date.

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Love It Or Hate It?

Kim goes blonde.

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Baby #3

Elisabeth Hasselback has given birth to a baby boy.

The View co-host gave birth to Isaiah Timothy on Sunday afternoon in a New York hospital, the Associated Press reports. "Elizabeth and Isaiah are doing great," her husband, Tim Hasselback, said.

This is the third child for Hasselback and her former NFL player hubby. He joins older sister Grace Elisabeth, 4, and brother Taylor Thomas, 20 months.

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August 07, 2009 

Bethenny's Bun?

"Real Houswives of New York City" star and natural-food chef Bethenny Frankel is trying to get pregnant. A spy spotted Frankel, 38, on Saturday afternoon in the bathroom of Cyril's Fish House in Amagansett. "Bethenny opened her blue Birkin bag, and inside was a pregnancy test," said the spy. Frankel confirms she was carrying the test with her, telling us, "Who has never bought a pregnancy test? Better to be sure before throwing back [her signature] Skinnygirl Margaritas all weekend." But don't expect to see a baby bump just yet. It seems the test was negative, because Frankel was making, and drinking, Rums of Puerto Rico Mojitos at the Mets game on Tuesday. She also plans to launch her new line of cocktails at the Montauk Yacht Club tomorrow.

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John Hughes


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August 06, 2009 

That'll Be One Hot Baby


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Sharon Shows Off the Girls

After what we saw in Basic Instinct, this is kind of blah.

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August 05, 2009 


"I'm disgusted by him. Here's a guy with eight kids who runs off to 'find himself' -- well, he should have found himself a condom."

--Joan Rivers on Jon Gosselin

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Stylish Little One

It's a boy for Tommy Hilfiger.

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What Will We Do Without the Tears?


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August 04, 2009 

Real or Hype?

Guy Ritchie's plan to put a gay spin on the relationship of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in his new movie about the detective and his sidekick could backfire.

Robert Downey Jr., who plays Holmes, has revealed the crimebuster will sleep with and have sweaty grappling scenes with Watson, played by Jude Law, in "Sherlock Holmes," due out Christmas Day.

"We're two men who happen to be roommates, wrestle a lot and share a bed. It's bad-ass," Downey told Britain's News of the World. Added much-in-the-news Law: "Guy wanted to make this about the relationship between Watson and Holmes. They're both mean and complicated."

But Michael Medved, a former Post movie critic, says Downey and Law must be joking. "There's not a seething, bubbling hunger to see straight stars impersonating homosexuals," Medved told us. "I think they're just trying to generate controversy . . . They know that making Holmes and Watson homosexual will take away two-thirds of their box office. Who is going to want to see Downey Jr. and Law make out? I don't think it would be appealing to women. Straight men don't want to see it."

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Even In The Water

Jack Nicholson, on a snorkeling trip in France

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August 03, 2009 

His Ego Knows No Bounds

"It's so sad to see Michael gone but it makes a path for a new King of Pop and I'm willing to take that on. There's nobody who can match me in sales and in respect so it only makes sense for me to take over Michael's crown and become the new King." --Kanye West

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Wedding Bells

There were two Hollywood weddings this weekend.

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