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9:25 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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Kaiser / Cele|bitchy:
Nick Lachey is surprisingly gracious about Jessica Simpson  —  Just when I've grown to expect the worst, the most immature, the most gratuitous behavior from celebrities, I get a surprise.  It was a nice little interview with Nick Lachey in People Magazine.
Discussion: Bitten and Bound and People.com
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 …
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 …
Lorenzo Benet / People.com:
Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler Evacuate Los Angeles Hotel  —  While police were investigating a bomb scare at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles, actors Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler, inside the hotel promoting their upcoming film, The Ugly Truth, were forced to evacuate, along with 400 other guests.
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Access Hollywood:
Katherine Heigl Talks Revealing Too Much In Her ‘Ugly Truth’ Intimate Moment
Discussion: The Dish Rag
William Grimes / New York Times:
Frank McCourt, 'Angela's Ashes' Author, Dies at 78  —  Frank McCourt, a former New York City schoolteacher who turned his miserable childhood in Limerick, Ireland, into a phenomenally popular, Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir, “Angela's Ashes,” died in Manhattan on Sunday.  He was 78 and lived in Manhattan and Roxbury, Conn.
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and Gawker
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Reuters:
“Angela's Ashes” author Frank McCourt dies at 78
Discussion: Gabby Babble
Lachlan Cartwright / New York Post:
SUICIDE FEARS FOR MISCHA BARTON  —  She went from “The O.C.” to an OD.  —  Mischa Barton was so high on coke following a marathon three-day bender that friends called cops afraid she would kill herself, sources have told The Post.  —  Barton, 23, was taken away from her LA home by police …
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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
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.
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?
Discussion: PopEater and The Hollywood Gossip
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Caroline Howard / People.com:   The Gosselins Hit New York City
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 …
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 …
Discussion: omg!
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Access Hollywood:
Manager: Paula Abdul ‘Hurt,’ ‘Angry,’ May Not Return To ‘Idol’
Discussion: Idol Tracker and Bumpshack.com
Scott Collins / Idol Tracker:
Paula Abdul's manager: She'll leave ‘Idol’ …
Dan Wootton / News of the World:
Blake: I want £6m dump sum from Amy  —  Ex husband demands payout for being a rat  —  AMY WINEHOUSE'S newly-divorced husband has infuriated the star by demanding a staggering payoff of £6MILLION.  —  Incredibly, junkie Blake Fielder-Civil claims he is entitled to the fortune …
Discussion: Perez Hilton
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
Amy Elisa Keith / People.com:
Fred Durst Celebrates Wedding with a Concert  —  It's wedding bells for Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst and girlfriend Ester Nazarov.  —  Durst, 38, Tweeted on Thursday, “cheers to the universe from me and my lovely wife Ester Durst!!  We are now one and complete.”
Discussion: Bumpshack.com and Bitten and Bound
 
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