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Did Tony really die? 'Sopranos' creator spills the beans

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It’s only been what, like seven years since Tony Soprano was whacked or maybe not whacked on the series finale of The Sopranos? And all this time we’ve been wondering what really happened when the screen went blank and credits rolled.

So, do you want to know? Do you really want to know?

Okay, spoiler alertathon:

Show creator David Chase finally gave up on all that matters to him and answered the question that everyone under the sun has been nagging him about for the better part of a decade. Without further ado, the reveal we’ve all been waiting for, excerpted from a super-long piece on Vox:

“We were in a tiny coffee shop, when, in the middle of a low-key chat about a writing problem I was having, I popped the question. Chase startled me by turning toward me and saying with sudden, explosive anger, 'Why are we talking about this?’ I answered, 'I’m just curious.’ And then, for whatever reason, he told me… He shook his head 'no.’ And he said simply, 'No he isn’t.’ That was all.”

Not dead. Happy now? All it took was badgering this poor man incessently for 2,600 days until he randomly lost it. …

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'Glee' star Heather Morris is engaged

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It’s a classic tale of romance: Woman falls in love, gives birth to an unplanned child and then a year later maybe gets engaged.

Just ask Heather Morris how well it all worked out. The Glee star has been flashing the rock longtime boyfriend Taylor Hubbell recently gave her, 11 months after their son Elijah was born.

“They’re super happy together and it just made sense,” an insider tells Us Weekly. “Heather was beaming when spotted wearing her engagement ring.”

When Us reported that the multihyphenate welcomed her first child last September, she told the mag how much her life has changed: “I never get to go out!” she said. Or meet anyone new!

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Lolo Jones joins 'Dancing With the Stars'

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Heeeere haters, haters, haters.

Lolo Jones, the Olympic hurdler and bobsledder everyone loves to hate, is reportedly joining Dancing With the Stars for its 19th season, which kicks off on Sept. 15.

ABC doesn’t comment on casting rumors, since they want to pimp out contestants on Good Morning America every year, but a blabbermouth tells E! News that Jones will be joined by Pretty Little Liars star Janel Parrish and former General Hospital hunk and Calvin Klein model Antonio Sabato Jr.

This will be the first cast to compete for the mirrorball trophy under the disapproving gaze of Julianne Hough, who apparently decided movies are just too hard. The former pro will be the fourth judge on the panel this year.

“I am warming up the paddles and the sass, and I’m ready to have fun in this new role,” Hough said.

While we don’t know the full lineup of “stars” who will be dancing, we do know that fan-favorite pros Derek Hough, Mark Ballas, Cheryl Burke, Val Chmerkovskiy, Karina Smirnoff and Tony Dovolani will be returning.

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Brad Paisley, record label on the rocks

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If you’re wondering how Brad Paisley and his record label are doing lately, let’s just say they’re proving to be one of the best tabloid relationships of all time.

As we chronicled recently, Paisley and Sony Music Nashville have been trading barbs since the guitarist extraordinaire started leaking album Moonshine in the Trunk (officially released Wednesday) via Twitter in July, sans management approval. The label team sent angry and pleading emails and texts aplenty to Paisley to no avail, eventually sticking the country star with the check at a group dinner in retaliation.

When Paisley turned down the team’s attempts to capitalize on the leaking, they turned to a bit of leaking of their own. Label CEO Gary Overton gave out Paisley’s personal email address (voxontherun@gmail.com, in case you were wondering) on Friday to country radio shows, who then entreated listeners to email him.

Of course, they did.

“I have 18,000,” Paisley told a Houston radio station, noting that he was being a good sport and replying. …

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Pamela Anderson calls off divorce from Rick Salomon

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These two again.

Pamela Anderson is hitting the brakes on her most recent split from husband Rick Salomon. Yes, the same Rick Salomon she was married to for two months, six years ago.

The 47-year-old Baywatch babe filed for divorce on July 3 after six months of the couple’s second marriage, according to E! News. But the pair was seen one week later swapping saliva all over Malibu, and just as recently as the end of July, witnesses spotted them sucking face in Sardinia.

So, it only makes sense that Pam decided to file a petition to toss out the divorce filing on August 21, roughly six years after the couple had their first marriage annulled.

For a little insight, excerpts from a lengthy poem penned by Pam just two days after she decided to call it quits again:

“No man knows what to do with me--
I blame myself--
To play with me, is eternal--
I’m not 'on the clock’ or...
on the 'payroll’—”

And:

“I knew it was wrong from the start--
primitive-- base instinct..
Never marry a rich man...
Euros from a Vagabond..”

Deep?

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Neil Young divorcing Pegi Young after 36 years of marriage

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Once you’ve stuck it out for 36 years, is another 20 really too much to ask?

Apparently so for Neil Young, who filed for divorce from wife and musical collaborator Pegi Young on July 29, according to Rolling Stone.

A hearing is set for Dec. 12, and suddenly we've lost all faith in the institution. Young’s rep had no comment.

The couple first met when the 68-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer stopped by a California diner where Pegi was working as a waitress.

“I used to order just to watch her float across the floor,” he sang in his 1992 song Unknown Legend. “She grew up in a small town/Never put her roots down.”

Pegi, 61, is the subject of many of Neil’s love songs, and she began performing as his backup singer in the ’90s. She has released three albums since 2007 and toured on her own, sometimes with Neil as her guitarist.

The couple was scheduled to play Farm Aid in Raleigh, N.C., on September 13th, but Pegi’s been removed from the lineup, because, let’s face it, she’s no Neil.

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Suge Knight shot at Chris Brown's pre-VMA party

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It’s like 2005 all over again.

Death Row Records founder Suge Knight was shot multiple times at Chris Brown’s VMAs pre-party in L.A. early Sunday, a Los Angeles County sheriff’s sergeant tells the Associated Press.

Shots rang out around 1:30 a.m. at 1OAK on Sunset Boulevard, the site of an event co-hosted by Brown and Pia Mia. Knight and two other victims, a man and a woman, were hit, treated at local hospitals and expected to survive, authorities said.

A video obtained by TMZ shows the rap mogul moments after bullets ripped through his body, ducking behind a car and surrounded by cops with their weapons drawn. The scene is chaotic: club patrons are scattering and screaming.

Another video shows Knight walking under his own power to a sheriff’s cruiser just outside the club where he waits until he is transferred via stretcher to an awaiting ambulance. The clip also shows partygoers leaving the building with their hands up.

In yet another clip, Brown can be seen inside the packed club as patrons hit the floor.

According to TMZ, Brown was shot at but not injured. Knight was shot six times, the gossip site says, and was recovering from surgery in ICU Sunday afternoon. …

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Nick Cannon confirms separation from Mariah Carey

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So maybe bragging about sleeping with Kim Kardashian isn’t the key to a happy marriage.

Nick Cannon learned that lesson the hard way.

Yes, the not-so-unthinkable finally seems to be happening. Mariah Carey, 44, and her 33-year-old beau are separated and heading for divorce.

“We have been living in separate houses for a few months,” the America’s Got Talent host told Yahoo's The Insider on Thursday. “(Right now) my main focus is my kids.”

TMZ says the couple already have lawyers and are negotiating property and custody arrangements. The pair are parents to 3-year-old twins Moroccan and Monroe.

“Divorce is a done deal,” TMZ reported.

The songbirds’ six-year marriage hit a rough patch right around the time Cannon named Kardashian in a radio interview as one of five celebrities he’s slept with.

“That made Mariah insane and humiliated,” a source told TMZ. “She tore into Nick for weeks.”

That time he went on Howard Stern’s show and said Carey wouldn’t have sex with him until their wedding also wasn’t the brightest. …

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Carson Daly welcomes baby girl with fiancee Siri Pinter

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Looks like Vale Guthrie Feldman has a new bestie, because the Today family just got even bigger.

“Orange Room” anchor Carson Daly and fiancee Siri Pinter welcomed their third child on Wednesday. London Rose Daly weighed in at 8 lbs., 11 oz. and measured 22 inches. Daly and Pinter were already parents to 5-year-old Jackson James and 23-month-old Etta Jones, so they’re pretty much the best name pickers who ever lived. The 41-year-old TV personality and Siriously Delicious food blogger started dating in 2007 and got engaged in October.

On Thursday, The Voice host shared pictures of the new addition and FaceTimed with Willie Geist and the rest of Today.

“Baby and Siri are right here. They’re doing very well. It’s incredible. We thought this was going to happen on Saturday and it didn’t. We went home. It was a long couple days of waiting,” Daly said. “Like out of a movie, I sped to the hospital and they were literally waiting for me to get there and we had our beautiful baby girl.” …

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Meg Ryan, John Mellencamp split

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Just call him John Melancholy. Okay, that was lame. What we’re trying to say is Meg Ryan and John Mellencamp are over.

According to People, Megencamp, who had been dating for three very private years, have called it quits. In the end, the Sleepless in Seattle actress, 52, and 62-year-old musician couldn’t decide where to shack up.

“The distance got to be too much,” a source tells Us Weekly.

Mellencamp lives on a farm in Indiana. Ryan lives in New York. We really should have seen this coming. The Small Town singer oft has spoken of his contempt for city dwelling.

“I’m too sensitive to live (in New York),” he told Rolling Stone last year. “I can’t see poor people. I can’t see the suffering. I can’t see the trash on the streets.” He swore he’d never leave Indiana, telling the mag, “I’m going to die here.”

Alone.

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Ding, dong, Justin Bieber's 'stache is dead!

Why?

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Why?

Vomit bag officially retired.

Justin Bieber hit a huge milestone on Thursday, finally shaving off those seven stray hairs he’s been attempting to cultivate on his upper lip since he was 12. How do we know this? Well, the Boyfriend singer provided us with a stomach-turning Instagram video — of course — because like his in-bathroom moral support, we really needed to be a part of the experience, which included awkward gazes and chill-inducing whispers.

Yes, friends, you too can peer up the Maple One’s nostrils and rejoice in the glory that is his abandoning that ridiculous Joe Dirt look he long tried to achieve but never could. As for the shirt, well, one miracle at a time.

Maybe now we can finally source photos of the Biebs without tittering at the fuzz that was. #blessed

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Robin Williams to be honored by Billy Crystal at Emmys

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Robin Williams fans will be happy to know the late actor will get a special tribute at the 2014 Emmys. Something they may be less excited about: The comedian’s longtime friend and Father’s Day co-star, Billy Crystal, will lead the segment Monday, according to the Associated Press.

“We felt we needed to do something powerful and memorable,” Emmys producer Don Mischer said. “Billy seemed like the perfect choice.”

Let’s just hope he doesn’t mess this up like he did the entire Academy Awards show in 2012.

Crystal has yet to speak publicly about Williams’ suicide; he simply took to Twitter to say, “No words.”

At last year’s Emmys, Williams honored his friend and mentor Jonathan Winters during the tribute segment. This year’s memorial segment will include a performance from Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles.

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Nicki Minaj 'Anaconda' video is, um, visually stimulating?

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My, Nicki Minaj sure put the hump in hump day.

The rapper released her very NSFW Sir-Mix-A-Lot-sampling video for Anaconda on Wednesday, and it made us completely forget about all the unenthusiastic twerking attempts in Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off video, also released this week.

Where shall we begin? With the near-naked costumes, the overflowing beverages, the booty-shaking — So. Much. Booty. Shaking. — the comparably dressed and similarly proportioned women gyrating their rumps while Minaj grinds all over them, or the no-hands-allowed Drake lap dance? There’s just so much.

The entire video is, let's say, visually stimulating, but we are left with one big takeaway: If your brain was able to function beyond merely taking in all the butt, you may have noticed the blatant product placement. Among the plugs: Beats by Dre, obviously, MateFit, a natural weight loss tea, and Myx, a “refreshing fruit infused Moscato beverage” co-owned by Nicki Minaj.

Yeah, she knows what sells. By Wednesday night, the video had garnered 12 million YouTube hits.

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Robbie Amell engaged to Italia Ricci

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The Flash actor Robbie Amell, younger cousin of Stephen Amell, is officially off the market. Amell asked longtime girlfriend and actress Italia Ricci to marry him on Wednesday, and he has the Instagram to prove it.

“She said yes!!!... I think. I can’t really be sure,” the 26-year-old captioned a photo of the couple kissing. “I’m going marry my best friend. @italiaricci.”

Amell and the 27-year-old Chasing Life star have been together for six years. “Happy 6 year anniversary to my favorite person in the entire world. I love you so much,” Ricci wrote on Instagram last month. “Also, you’re pretty good-looking. @robbieamell.”

So is his cousin, Stephen, who stars on CW’s Arrow and married America’s Next Top Model contestant Cassandra Jean.

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Christina Aguilera welcomes baby girl

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Well, Christina Aguilera's baby was born to be a hippy.

The Voice coach and her producer fiance Matthew Rutler welcomed a baby girl, their first child together, on Saturday, the Los Angeles Times reports. So far, baby’s measurements are top secret.

“So proud to welcome our beautiful daughter Summer Rain Rutler into the world,” the singer tweeted early Monday. How seasonal.

Aguilera is already mom to 6-year-old son Max Liron Bratman with ex-husband Jordan Bratman.

Rutler, who met the singer on the set of Burlesque in 2000, popped the question in February, and by March we all knew they were expecting a baby girl. In the months that followed, Xtina turned up the heat, posing for the obligatory naked-and-pregnant cover photo for V Magazine — “As a woman, I’m proud to embrace my body through all stages of life, staying fearless and confident in surrendering to the unknowns the future has in store,” she told the mag — and enjoying a rather Dirrty baby shower cake that depicted a nude and generously bosomed pregnant woman giving birth spread-eagle on a hardwood floor.

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