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12:40 PM ET, February 23, 2012

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Nikki Finke / Deadline.com:
SACHA BARON COHEN BANNED FROM OSCARS: EXCLUSIVE  —  Will Sacha Baron Cohen's ‘The Dictator’ Walk The Oscar Red Carpet?  —  UPDATED 5:30 PM WITH MORE DETAILS  —  EXCLUSIVE... BREAKING 3PM... The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has pulled actor Sacha Baron Cohen's tickets from the 84th Academy Awards.
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Matthew Belloni / Hollywood Reporter:
Academy: Sacha Baron Cohen Not ‘Banned’ From Oscars But ‘Dictator’ Stunt Unwelcome  —  “We haven't banned him,” says an Academy spokesperson.  “We're just waiting to hear what he's going to do.”  —  The mystery of Sacha Baron Cohen's plans for the Oscars has deepened …
Nicole Sperling / 24 Frames:
Oscars 2012: Sacha Baron Cohen not barred — yet  —  Sacha Baron Cohen, the master of buffoon antics, seems to be a good job of stirring up publicity for his upcoming film “The Dictator,” using the Oscars as a peg.  —  Not that “The Dictator” is a likely nominee for the 2013 awards.
Discussion: Cele|bitchy and New York Post
TMZ.com:
Rihanna & Chris Brown — Friends SCRAMBLING to Stop Blossoming Relationship  —  Rihanna & Chris Brown  —  Friends SCRAMBLING  —  To Stop Blossoming Relationship  —  Chris Brown and Rihanna are dangerously close to getting back together, sources close to the ex-couple tell TMZ …
Jessica / INF Daily:
Pics!  Jennifer Aniston Gets Her Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame  —  Jennifer Aniston finally received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this afternoon, and the timing couldn't be better - in two days Wanderlust opens in US theaters!  —  Jen was decked out in a pretty blossom-print dress …
Discussion: omg!, PerezHilton, Reuters and X17 Online
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Jessica / INF Daily:
Hot Pics! Tulisa Contostavlos Shows Off Her Bikini Body by the Pool in Miami Beach
Discussion: DrunkenStepfather and X17 Online
TMZ.com:
‘Seinfeld’ Star Daniel von Bargen Survives Suicide Attempt, Calls 911 — 'I've Shot Myself in the Head'  —  Survives Suicide Attempt  —  'I've Shot Myself in the Head'  —  Daniel von Bargen — who played Mr. Kruger in “Seinfeld” — is clinging to life in an Ohio hospital after shooting himself …
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Hollywood Reporter:
‘Seinfeld’ Actor In Critical Condition After Self-Inflicted Gunshot to the Head
Discussion: omg! and PerezHilton
PARADE Magazine:
Octavia Spencer's Surprising Post-Oscars Splurge … Sign up for our free online newsletter!
Discussion: Cele|bitchy and Bossip
Michael K / Dlisted:
This Is News: Zac Efron Drops A Peen Glove On The Orange Carpet  —  We're friends and I care about what happens to your ears, so I'm going to warn you that the clip above (via ONTD) has been smeared with the musical hemorrhoid pried off of the anus hole of music LMFAO.
Thailan Pham / People.com:
Amber Riley: I Dropped Two Dress Sizes  —  Glee star Amber Riley turned heads when she stepped out in a blue Theia sequin gown - and showed off a slimmer silhouette! - at the NAACP Image Awards on Feb. 17.  —  The actress tells PEOPLE she decided to revamp her eating habits last July …
Discussion: Digital Spy
Stephanie / X17 Online:
JENNIFER ANISTON REVIEWS BF JUSTIN THEROUX'S DANCE MOVES ON ELLEN  —  Jennifer Aniston's new man has moves to die for, and she was more than happy to help show them off for Thursday's episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show!  —  The Friends star sat down with Ellen to chat about her upcoming movie …
Patrick Gomez / People.com:
Lindsay Lohan Gets Another Rave Review from Judge  —  Attorney Shawn Chapman Holley (left) and Lindsay Lohan  —  Lindsay Lohan is one major step closer to putting her legal troubles behind her.  —  At a progress hearing Wednesday, the judge praised the actress for keeping up with her community service …
Discussion: Dlisted
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Amelia Proud / Daily Mail:
The Lycra, the Teen bride and the Wardrobe!  Courtney Stodden reveals the secrets of her boudoir  —  On her fervid, alliterative Twitter, Courtney Stodden is prone to making daily status updates about the way she feels, the food she eats and the clothes she wears.
Discussion: Hollywood Rag
Jessica / INF Daily:
Pics!  Katy Perry Wears 12 Shades of Blue to Launch Her New False Eyelash Collection!  —  In case you've ever wondered what Katy Perry would look like if she were doing her best Violet Beauregarde impression, now you've seen it.  Soooooo many shades of blue.
Discussion: X17 Online and Tabloid Prodigy
Us Weekly:
Cover Story: Bachelor's Courtney Robertson Calls Other Girls “Fatty,” “Horsey”  —  Courtney Robertson didn't take part in The Bachelor to make friends — that much is clear — and she's willing to play dirty to win Ben Flajnik's heart.  —  PHOTOS: Shocking reality TV romances
Justin Ravitz / Us Weekly:
Angelina Jolie Wrote Foreword to Billy Bob Thornton's Memoir  —  No bad blood — or blood vials — here!  —  Angelina Jolie has written the foreword to ex-husband Billy Bob Thornton's new memoir, The Billy Bob Tapes: A Cave Full of Ghosts, a rep for the book's publisher, HarperCollins, confirms to Us Weekly.
The Superficial:
Adam Levine's Terrified Of Christina Aguilera  —  Adam Levine apparently stopped by Howard Stern this week where he essentially made it clear he does not bitch about Christina Aguilera's weight delaying production on The Voice, but instead repeatedly shats himself out of unfathomable terror until …
Discussion: Socialite Life
Nellie Andreeva / Deadline.com/hollywood:
Ryan Phillippe Exits CBS' Nick Wootton-Greg Berlanti Drama Pilot  —  EXCLUSIVE: Less than two weeks after Ryan Phillippe committed to his first regular series gig, a starring role in CBS' untitled Nick Wootton-Greg Berlanti drama pilot (formerly Golden Boy), he has departed the project.
Discussion: PerezHilton and Just Jared
Justin Ravitz / Us Weekly:
Exclusive: Britney Spears to Become X-Factor Judge?  —  Brit marks the spot!  —  Britney Spears wants to join the judges' panel on X Factor, a source close to the pop star, 30, tells Us Weekly.  —  PHOTOS: How Brit and fiance Jason Trawick fell in love  —  With a keen interest …
Nellie Andreeva / Deadline.com:
Greg Grunberg To Co-Star In CBS' Greg Malins/Greg Berlanti Comedy Pilot  —  EXCLUSIVE: It's The Greg Show!  Heroes alum Greg Grunberg has been cast in CBS' untitled comedy pilot from Greg Berlanti and Greg Malins.  The Warner Bros./Berlanti Prods. project, also known as Oh F**k It's You …
Discussion: AfterElton.com and TV Fanatic
 
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Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
TBS Extends ‘Conan’ Through April 2014
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Access Hollywood:
Taylor Kitsch Talks ‘John Carter’ & ‘Friday Night Lights’ Movie Rumors
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Leonardo DiCaprio Helps Academy Acquire ‘Wizard Of Oz’ Ruby Slippers
Discussion: Digital Spy
Nellie Andreeva / Deadline.com:
Brandon Routh, Lucy Davis & Elizabeth Regen Join CBS' Comedy Pilot ‘Partners’
Zach Johnson / Us Weekly:
Chelsea Handler, Andre Balazs Back On!
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Dodai Stewart / Jezebel:
This Casket Photo of Whitney Houston's Dead Body Is Now on Newsstands Everywhere [Whitney Houston]
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Josh Grossberg / E! Online:
Stephen Colbert to Write Children's Book About a Pole
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Lauren Bans / GQ:
That S#!t Kreay  —  Kreayshawn's designer-bashing “Gucci Gucci” …
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Janet Hubert to Wendy Williams: You ‘Crucified’ Whitney when She was Alive
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People.com:
Jessica Simpson Shops for Pink Baby Clothes
Jethro Nededog / Hollywood Reporter:
'X Factor's' Rachel Crow Lands Nickelodeon TV Deal, Columbia Records Contract
Discussion: Hollywood.com and Gossip Cop
Us Weekly:
Exclusive: Bobbi Kristina Brown's Problems Are “Out of Control”
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