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10:35 AM ET, July 20, 2009

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Amanda Friedman / People.com:
Nick Lachey on Jessica Simpson: I Wish Her the Best  —  Although Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey, former spouses and stars of the reality show Newlyweds, now find themselves suddenly single at the same time, Lachey insists there is no reunion planned.  —  “I think it's fun storytelling …
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Nick Lachey Wishes His Ex-Wife the Best
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Kaiser / Cele|bitchy:
Nick Lachey is surprisingly gracious about Jessica Simpson
Discussion: Bitten and Bound and People.com
Allison Corneau / Us Weekly:
Christina Milian Confirms Engagement  —  Singer Christina Milian is set to say “I Do!”  —  After long dismissing claims of an engagement, the R&B singer and actress confirms to Us she will walk down the aisle with music producer boyfriend The-Dream.  —  “We don't have plans yet …
TMZ.com:
Welcome to Hollywood — Abdul Threatens ‘Idol’  —  Paul Abdul is hurt, angry and threatening to quit “American Idol” ... like “60 Minutes” wants to snatch her up.  —  It's absurd, but Abdul's manager told the L.A. Times, “Very sadly, it does not appear that she's going to be back on 'Idol …
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Elizabeth Leonard / People.com:
Fit & Trim Valerie Bertinelli Finishes Half-Marathon  —  Drop 50 pounds, check.  Don a bikini on the cover of PEOPLE magazine, check.  Run a half-marathon ... check!  —  After crossing the finish line of Sunday's Napa-to-Sonoma Wine Country Half-Marathon in yet another personal first …
Discussion: Bitten and Bound
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Access Hollywood:
Katherine Heigl Talks Revealing Too Much In Her ‘Ugly Truth’ Intimate Moment
Discussion: The Dish Rag
Lisa Barron / People.com:
Source: Jon Gosselin Didn't Start Dating Until After Divorce  —  When Hailey Glassman arrived at her parents home in New City, N.Y., on May 4 for an early Mother's Day surprise, she had a surprise of her own: Jon Gosselin, star of Jon & Kate Plus 8, was staying there.  —  Why?
Lesley Messer / People.com:
Ivanka Trump Converts to Judaism for Fiancé  —  Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump (and the ring!)  —  After a lengthy courtship, some celeb-watchers may have wondered what was taking Jared Kushner so long to propose to Ivanka Trump.  —  The answer was rooted in religion …
Alissa R / Us Weekly:
Mischa Barton's TV Series Postponed  —  Production on Mischa Barton's new CW drama The Beautiful Life has been postponed as the actress remains under psychiatric evaluation at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.  —  Shooting was to begin July 22 but will now start July 31, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Discussion: I'm Not Obsessed
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Lara Martin / Digital Spy:
Beckham heckled, jeered by fans in LA  —  David Beckham has reportedly confronted fans in Los Angeles after being heckled and jeered during his first match for LA Galaxy in five months.  —  The footballer, who had been on loan to AC Milan, endured boos every time he touched the ball …
Discussion: TMZ.com
Charlieblanko / Bossip.com:
Breaking News and Exclusive* Gucci Mane Back Locked Up  —  Sources close to Gucci Mane have exclusively told Bossip the reason Gucci Mane is locked up again.  Soulja Boy just tweeted that when he woke up this morning, Gucci was jailed.  This story is developing because you know how much of an attention whore this dude is.
Dana Kennedy / People.com:
Madonna Visits Workers Injured in Stage Accident  —  Madonna  —  Madonna continues to pay tribute to those killed and injured when part of a set collapsed on stage workers at a Marseilles stadium.  —  On Sunday she arrived in the French city with her two youngest children, David and Mercy …
News of the World:
Kate Middleton uncle drugs & vice shock  —  Tycoon who boasts of hosting Wills villa holiday supplies cocaine & fixes hookers  —  THE playboy uncle of Kate Middleton brags how he greeted her boyfriend Prince William for the first time with an outrageous four-letter salute: “Oi, you f***er!”
Discussion: TRANSRACIAL and Gawker
Michael Schneider / Variety:
Padma Lakshmi could heat up sitcom  —  ‘Top Chef’ host eyes possible NBC show  —  “Top Chef” host Padma Lakshmi is cooking up plans to star in a sitcom for NBC.  —  Lakshmi has sealed a development deal with the Peacock and sister Universal Media Studios, which plans to create a half-hour comedy for her.
Discussion: Starpulse
 
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