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10:55 PM ET, December 2, 2008

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Mike Celizic / MSNBC:
Pitt on family: 'They're driving me crazy — I'm proud'  —  Actor opens up about Angelina, their kids and New Orleans charity work  —  Brad Pitt was in New Orleans' 9th Ward, a place he loves, talking about the most important things in his life — his family and helping others.
Discussion: The Superficial and INF Daily
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The ‘Curious Case’ of Brangelina  —  Brad Pitt hit the red carpet last night at the New Orleans premiere of “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” — and opened up about the security guard scuffle he was involved in last month.  “Do we need to clear the air?”  Pitt asked “Extra” of the incident.
Discussion: Us Weekly and I'm Not Obsessed
Mandi Illuzzi / Us Weekly:
Brad Pitt: I'll Marry Angelina Jolie When “It's Important to Our Kids”
Discussion: Jossip
Access Hollywood:
Brad Pitt On Paparazzi: ‘I Hate These People’
Discussion: X17 Online
Lindsay Powers / Us Weekly:
Jessica Alba Shows Off Post-Baby Bod in Campari Calendar  —  Jessica Alba is the new face of Club Campari's 2009 calendar.  —  In the steamy photos - shot over a couple of days in Malibu - Alba is photographed in a bathing suit, evening gown and short shorts - dressed up as a “sort of femme fatale/screen siren,” she explains.
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People.com:
PHOTOS: Jessica Alba Bares Body After Baby for Calendar  —  Jessica Alba shows off her body-after-baby in the 2009 Campari calendar, and PEOPLE has a sneak peek of the pictures that the actress says allowed her “play out this sort of bombshell.”  —  “I'm usually walking around in comfy clothes …
Amy Diluna / NY Daily News:
Katie Couric's new 'do is a fashion don't  —  If it ain't broke, don't fix it, Katie.  —  Just when Katie Couric was hitting her stride, she tripped up last night - with a hair-raising new look that put the “ew” in the evening news.  —  The coif, a boyish pixie cut that channeled …
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People.com:
POLL: What Do You Think of Katie Couric's New 'Do?
Discussion: Mollygood and CandyKirby.com
TMZ.com:
Shauna: My Husband Beat The Crap Out of Me  —  Shauna Sand claims she was choked, punched and thrown across a room in front of her children — and the bastard behind the alleged beatings is her very own husband.  —  The former Playmate received a temporary restraining order against Romain Chavent yesterday …
People.com:
Patrick Swayze Responds to ‘Lies’ About His Condition  —  Continuing to remain positive as he battles pancreatic cancer, Patrick Swayze is hitting back against tabloid rumors about his health in an exclusive statement to PEOPLE.  —  “I'm very proud of the work I've done on my new series The Beast …
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Alex Dobuzinskis / Reuters:
Patrick Swayze denies reports he is near death
Discussion: Perez Hilton
Helen / Cele|bitchy:
Courtney Love claims to have set the stage for Britney's breakdown  —  Courtney Love has given a surprisingly intelligible interview, which really would be any interview which didn't involve her chewing the furniture while demanding ashes of Kurt and Internet access so she could broadcast her random thoughts her myspace.
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Beth Hardie / Mirror.co.uk:
Courtney Love: I paved way for Britney's crash and burn
Mandi Illuzzi / Us Weekly:
Jonas Bro Girlfriend Steps Out With Twilight's Robert Pattinson  —  Pattinson was even spotted opening and closing Belle's car door.  —  Despite the afternoon date, a source tells Us that Belle (who recently attended the L.A. premiere of Twilight) and Jonas have not split.  —  Stay tuned!
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Jennifer Fermino / New York Post:
I WROTE THE BOOK OF LOVE  —  9-YEAR-OLD REVEALS DATING SECRETS  —  He's only 9, but this pint-sized pickup artist already knows plenty about pleasing the ladies.  —  So much, in fact, that Alec Greven's dating primer, “How to Talk to Girls” - which began as a handwritten …
Mark Gray / People.com:
Julianne Hough and Boyfriend Talk Marriage  —  Julianne Hough has found the man she hopes to two-step to the altar with someday - boyfriend Chuck Wicks.  —  “We definitely want to go there,” she tells PEOPLE of the prospect of marrying her country singer boyfriend of five months.
Michael K / Dlisted:
Too Much Fug For One Cover  —  These are the last three hos I want to see naked on a damn magazine cover.  Are they trying to cause mass nausea with this s**t?  Most of you probably don't even know who these fuglets are.  It's the daughters of Rod Stewart, Ronnie Wood and Bob Geldof on Tatler shot by Bryan Adams.
Discussion: The Sun
MSat / Cele|bitchy:
69 year-old Tina Turner reprises Mad Max costume for NY concert  —  A few years ago, I went to see Cher during her very extended “Farewell” tour.  The fifty-something singer busted out that black fishnet body stocking she wore in her “Turn Back Time” video back in the 80s.
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Angel / CONCRETELOOP.COM:
CONCERT PICS: TINA TURNER AT MSG
Discussion: CRUNK + DISORDERLY
New York Post:
MADGE, A-ROD HUNT LOVE NEST  —  MADONNA and Alex Rodriguez are quietly shopping for love nests on the Upper East Side and on the East End, sources told Page Six.  —  A knowledgeable real estate source tells us the kabbalah-crazed pop queen and the skirt-chasing power hitter are …
People.com:
Lawyer: William Balfour Innocent of Jennifer Hudson Family Murders  —  Jennifer Hudson's estranged brother-in-law William Balfour, who was arrested this week in the October murders of her mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew, “did not commit these crimes,” the man's lawyer tells PEOPLE.
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TMZ.com:   Balfour Charged in Hudson Murders
Castina / Pop Crunch:
Miley Cyrus Divorce From Parents: Miley Cyrus Emancipation  —  Will Miley Cyrus celebrate her Sweet 16 with a divorce from her parents?  —  The Hannah Montana star is reportedly in discussions with her attorney about filing a Petition of Emancipation form after repeatedly butting heads with the parentals …
Discussion: oceanUP
Audrina Patridge:
On My Mind: My Confrontation With Lauren  —  In last night's episode, Lauren and I resolved things ~ I guess third time's the charm!  After the smoke finally cleared we were both able to sit down and have an actual adult conversation.  I didn't ask to be informed, falsely or otherwise …
 
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Daily Mail:
Barack Obama to buy rare £20,000 rhodium ring for his wife …
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