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Kelly Osbourne quits 'Fashion Police'

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First Joan Rivers, now Kelly Osbourne! Our little black-sheep-loving hearts can’t take anymore pain after hearing that Fashion Police is losing Osbourne, who is turning in her badge in the wake of the Giuliana Rancic hoopla.

“Kelly Osbourne is departing E!’s Fashion Police to pursue other opportunities, and we would like to thank her for her many contributions to the series over the past five years, during which time the show became a hit with viewers,” the network said in a statement. “Fashion Police will return, as scheduled, on Friday, March 30th at 9:00 p.m. and no decisions have been made on her replacement.”

The 30-year-old Brit threatened to leave the show after co-host Rancic said on air that Zendaya’s dreadlocks must smell of patchouli oil and weed. Zendaya is Osbourne’s friend, and, at the time, the daughter of Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne tweeted, “I DID NOT MAKE THE WEED COMENT. I DO NOT CONDONE RACISM SO AS A RSULT OF THIS IM SEREIOULSY QUESTIONONIG STAYING ON THE SHOW!”

The caps and terrible spelling prove that she really meant it. …

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Lady Gaga and fiance Taylor Kinney take the plunge


Sunday was a big day for Lady Gaga. The singer and fiance Taylor Kinney finally took the plunge — into the icy waters of Lake Michigan, that is.

The couple joined a record 4,500 participants, including Chicago-area native Vince Vaughn, at a fundraiser for the Special Olympics. Gaga recently announced her betrothal to the shirtless Chicago Fire actor, who carried her piggy-back into the water. Special Olympics Chicago president Casey Hogan told the Associated Press that Mother Monster’s appearance was “a very nice surprise.”

Vaughn, meanwhile, sported a Chicago Blackhawks jersey — as seen on nearly everyone in attendance at the Lightning game at Amalie Arena this weekend, for shame — while he eased himself into the water. The air temperature at the time of the Polar Plunge was a mere 20 degrees, according to the National Weather Service, so this was likely less comfortable than the Ice Bucket Challenge.

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Lupita Nyong’o’s stolen Oscars dress recovered


The good news: Lupita Nyong’o’s stolen Oscars gown has been found. The bad news: The fantasy world in which we imagined the Calvin Klein beauty’s 6,000 pearls were real is no longer.

TMZ became part of the story on Friday when the dress thief called one of its gossip gurus with directions to the gown’s location in a London West Hollywood bathroom. Sticky Fingers was pretty chatty, saying he entered Nyong’o’s room when the door was ajar and threw the dress off the balcony. An accomplice recovered it on the ground below. The man said he knew where the security cameras were placed in the hallway, which helped him avoid detection. None of the cameras were fixed on Nyong’o’s door.

So, why did he return the gown, anyway? The thief said he took two of its pearls to Los Angeles’s Garment District to have them appraised, but found out they were fake. The gown had been valued by outsiders as worth $150,000 to $10 million, but a Calvin Klein insider posed this question: “Did anyone ever say they were real from Calvin Klein? I always assumed everyone knew they were fake, but I guess not,” adding, “Do they really make dresses out of real jewels since Cleopatra died?” …

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Worry not, for Mark McGrath is still alive


Mark McGrath was the unsuspecting beneficiary of the weirdest ego boost ever on Thursday after a press release circulated saying the Sugar Ray frontman had been shot dead by a masked gunman. This resulted in Twitter blowing up with touching tributes along with the hashtag #RIPMarkMcGrath.

Here’s how it all unfolded in my inbox — aren’t I special?

10:10 a.m. (which happens to be my grandmother’s favorite time): An email with the subject line “BREAKING NEWS: MARK McGRATH IS DEAD” said the 46-year-old musician was confronted by a masked gunman on the set of entertainment show Hot Package and was shot multiple times. The email claimed that McGrath died in the arms of co-host Derrick Beckle, and also weirdly requested that in lieu of flowers, fans should honor McGrath by posting a “Sugar Ray Selfie,” which is a photo of oneself “holding a packet of sugar over their heart.” The press release ended with the hashtag #RIPMARKMCGRATH.

So yeah, Twitter blew up. And then…

11:46 a.m.: “Tomorrow night on the Season 2 Premiere of Hot Package, Mark McGrath is killed by a masked gunman and dies in the arms of his co-host Derrick Beckles. …

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About that foot in Giuliana Rancic's mouth...

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By now you’ve heard that Fashion Police co-host Giuliana Rancic made some racially insensitive comments about Zendaya’s flowing dreadlocks after the Oscars red carpet. But, in case you’ve had better things to do than be anywhere near the Internet for the last week, we’ll remind you that the E! personality (if you can call her that) said the K.C. Undercover actress looked like she smelled of weed and patchouli because of her hairstyle.

Zendaya responded with an open letter, writing, “To say that an 18 year old young woman with locs must smell of patchouli oil or 'weed’ is not only a large stereotype but outrageously offensive.”

Zendaya went on to list a number of scholars, actresses, singers, and authors who rock the style and suggested Rancic educate herself before making such a judgment.

“There is already harsh criticism of African American hair in society without the help of ignorant people who choose to judge others based on the curl of their hair,” Zendaya wrote. “My wearing my hair in locs on an Oscar red carpet was to showcase them in a positive light, to remind people of color that our hair is good enough.” …

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James Franco sighting in Gainesville


They say it’s great to be a Florida Gator, and it pretty much is any time James Franco stops by to talk to a seemingly packed Stephen C. O’Connell Center, as he did on Wednesday night.

As part of the school’s ACCENT Speakers Bureau, Franco was interviewed by Mike Foley, former Tampa Bay Times executive editor and master lecturer of journalism at UF.

Regarding what the conversation would include, Foley told the j-school, “I have a rich field to plow here,” likely referring to Franco’s work as a whole as well as his recent dust-up with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Before stepping on stage, Franco posted a nervous-looking selfie on Facebook, captioning the photo, “GO GATORS!!!!!! I’m going to pretend this isn’t a crowd to hear ME talk. WTF?!?!?!?!”

Calm down, guy. It was free.

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Naya Rivera, Ryan Dorsey expecting first child

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Two things that happened on Tuesday: Big Sean dropped his new album, and Big Sean’s relatively recent ex-fiance, Naya Rivera, announced that she’s pregnant.

Coincidence? The Internet thinks not. But the Internet, it would appear, is wrong.

The Glee star — who married Ryan Dorsey just two months after her split with Big Sean — announced that she’s expecting on that particular day because, according to Dorsey, OK Magazine was about to spill the beans and tipped off the couple.

“S/o 2 whoever sold the 'news’ 2 the greatest 'magazine' in the world -OK Magazine, who informed us yesterday they were releasing it 2day,” Dorsey of FX’s Justified tweeted. “Even though it was way before we wanted to share...At the very least, thanks for the heads up OK so we could share it on our own. #Dadlife!”

Rivera, 28, announced the news in Instagram.

“First comes love, then comes marriage ...” she wrote, along with a photo of a bun in an oven that said, “XOXO, The Dorseys.”

“Ryan and I feel so blessed and can’t wait to welcome the newest member of our family,” Rivera wrote on her website.

So is it finally safe to assume Big Sean and Rivera are ready to forget the other ever existed? Fingers crossed.

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'Furious 7’ premiere canceled over Vin Diesel’s baby news

He didn't miss that Vanity Fair Oscar Party, though.

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He didn't miss that Vanity Fair Oscar Party, though.

My, Vin Diesel’s unborn child sure is a diva or divo; it’s because of his or her imminent arrival that the Furious 7 premiere in Abu Dhabi has been canceled, another bump in the long road (see what we did there?) to the release of the ridiculous street-racing franchise's next installment.

The super-private Diesel and longtime love Paloma Jimenez are expecting their third child, an insider tells the Hollywood Reporter, a well-kept secret, seeing as how baby is said to be due around the same time the flick hits theaters April 3. That’s why Universal canceled the March 10 world premiere at the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi, where part of the film was shot: Because Diesel, the face of the franchise and one of this film’s producers, decided not to go.

“He wants to be with his family at the birth; it’s a beautiful thing,” a source tells THR. “What human being wouldn’t?”

Probably all the squeamish ones, that’s who.

The premiere is now slated for April 1 in Los Angeles. A Universal source says the studio is “happy to premiere the film in L.A., birthplace of the franchise, where a core fan base exists.” Nice punning, Universal! …

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America's Next Top Model contestant Marjina Puhar killed in N.C.

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A 19-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the deaths of three people found inside a Charlotte, N.C., home, including former America’s Next Top Model contestant Mirjana Puhar, 19.

Police told local media outlets that Emmanuel Jesus Rangel was charged with three counts of first-degree murder. Other victims include Jonathan Cosme Alvarado, 23, and Jusmar Isiah Gonzaga-Garcia, 21.

Puhar competed on AMNT’s 21st cycle last year.

Rangel was also charged with a Sunday killing in a North Carolina motel.

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Robin Thicke performs in courtroom

We like to think it was this festive.

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We like to think it was this festive.

Man, we didn’t realize Robin Thicke was having such a hard time booking gigs.

The Blurred Lines singer performed his little heart out during his testimony in a copyright trial against Marvin Gaye’s family.

Weird, but for good reason.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Thicke sang, played piano and danced in his seat to prove that several songs sound alike, sheerly by coincidence. It was all in an effort to prove that he, Pharrell Williams and T.I. didn’t rip off Gaye’s 1977 song Got to Give It Up.

The trio pre-emptively sued Gaye’s children, seeking a ruling that Blurred Lines was not a copyright infringement. Then Gaye’s children countersued.

Most of Thicke’s testimony centered around his claim that he was drunk and high during interviews in which he said he had told Williams they should write a song like Got to Give It Up. He also reminded the courtroom that he didn’t actually co-write Blurred Lines as he had previously claimed, so it’s not his fault if the ruling comes down in the plaintiffs’ favor.

“It felt like a little white lie that wouldn’t hurt his career and boost mine,” Thicke said on the stand. …

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Chris Brown denied entry into Canada

But he already has a fancy coat and everything!

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But he already has a fancy coat and everything!

We thought surely Justin Bieber would be the next celebrity to be denied entry into a North American nation, but nope. Chris Brown tweeted Tuesday that Canada won’t let him in, and his concerts in Montreal and Toronto have been canceled.

“Good people of the Canadian government wouldn’t allow me entry,” Brown wrote. “I’ll be back this summer and will hopefully see all my Canadian fans!”

Brown can apply to return at a later date, his spokeswoman tells the Associated Press.

The Canucks’ decision might have a little something to do with Brown’s attack on then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009, his altercation while on probation outside a Washington hotel, and maybe even all the shootings that tend to happen around him. In 2010, the U.K. denied Brown’s entry as well, citing his past criminal record.

Let’s face it, though: This is probably best for everyone. Brown won’t turn into an icicle, and Canadians won’t fear for their safety. Win-win.

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Leonard Nimoy hospitalized with severe chest pains

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Actor Leonard Nimoy — that’s Captain Spock to us Trekkies — was rushed to the hospital last Thursday with severe chest pains.

No word on his current condition, but Nimoy, 83, was feeling well/unwell enough to cryptweet this on Monday, “A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP”

Nimoy was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease a year ago and has been in and out of the hospital over the past few months, according to TMZ. He blames the illness on his many years of smoking, though he quit 30 years ago.

We suppose all we can do now is hope Spock will continue to live long and prosper.

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'American Horror Story' actor Ben Woolf dies

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We really didn’t see this coming. Ben Woolf of American Horror Story, who was hit by a car last week, has died. He was 34.

Woolf died of a stroke while surrounded by family at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on Monday, publicist Zack Teperman told the Associated Press. The diminutive actor had been in critical condition since Thursday after being hit in the head by a passing vehicle’s side mirror near Hollywood Boulevard.

Woolf played Infantana in American Horror Story in 2011 and Meep on American Horror Story: Freakshow. He also worked as a preschool teacher.

“He was a tremendous professional and an incredibly kind person, beloved by the American Horror Story family,” said FX and the show’s producers.

“We have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support from all over the world for our beloved Ben,” his family said in a statement. “He touched so many hearts in his 34 years. His memory will live on within each of us and within his work.”

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Video: John Travolta tries to redeem Idina Menzel flub, only makes things worse




Why can’t John Travolta keep his hands off everyone?

First, he imposed a pucker upon an unsuspecting Scarlett Johansson’s cheek while grabbing her around the waist on the red carpet outside the Dolby Theater on Sunday. Then came all the face touching.

Travolta showed up to present an award with Idina Menzel, whose name he infamously pronounced Adele Dazeem during last year’s awards show.

“Ladies and gentlemen,” said Menzel, after being introduced by Neil Patrick Harris. “Please welcome to the stage, my very dear friend, Glong Gazingo!”

Travolta walked out and admitted, “I deserve that.”

Then he grabbed Menzel’s chin and didn’t let go for what seemed like 1,000 lifetimes. Her awkward, too-big smile says it all.

“But you, you my darling," he said, "my beautiful, my wickedly talented Idina Menzel!”

Congratulations, John. You pronounced a name correctly while simultaneously creeping everyone out. Good job.

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Video: Lady Gaga's 'Sound of Music' tribute deserves all the Oscars


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On Sunday night, Lady Gaga caused me to completely forget where I was and what I was doing the moment she descended from the heavens and made sweet love to my eardrums.

Her tribute to The Sound of Music was so out of control, everyone from @JoeShmoe to the legendary Julie Andrews couldn’t stop raving about it.

“I was deeply honored by the Academy’s lovely tribute to The Sound of Music, and especially touched by Lady Gaga’s wonderful performance,” the Oscar winner told Access Hollywood.

Gaga’s medley was the perfect way to celebrate the film’s 50th anniversary and included The Sound of Music, Do Re Mi, Edelweiss and Climb Ev’ry Mountain.

“I have always been a fan, but last night we bonded and now I have a new friend,” Andrews said of Gaga.

So, when’s girls’ night because I’m totally clearing my schedule!

“Thank you, for that,” Andrews told Gaga on stage as the two received an appropriately stirring standing ovation. “It really warmed my heart.”

And reminded us all that Mother Monster has some serious pipes.

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