George Harrison tree killed by beetles

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Let’s file this one in the Isn’t It Ironic file: Beetles have killed a pine tree that was planted in honor of late Beatles guitarist George Harrison.

If only they had just Let It Be.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the sapling was planted in a park outside the Griffith Observatory in 2004 to honor the gardening enthusiast, who lived in L.A. until his death in 2001. The conifer had grown to more than 10 feet tall before it met the same fate as a number of Griffith Park trees that have been taken down by bark beetles and lady bug beetles.

Isn’t It a Pity?

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Revenge Marriage? Months after splitting with Big Sean, Glee's Naya Rivera gets hitched

Is this a classic case of "revenge marriage," as my colleague, and savvy student of lovelorn celebs, Stephanie Hayes dubs it? No idea, but we're digging the totally irrational concept. In April -- as in, a few months ago -- Glee's Naya "Santana" Rivera split with fiancee and rapper Big Sean. Instead of sulking about the breakup, the 27-year-old Rivera immediately started dating longtime friend -- and now husband! -- actor Ryan Dorsey (Southland, Parks and Recreation). The two were hitched up in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, over the weekend...or right around the time Big Sean and his former lady love were supposed to wed. "We feel truly blessed to be joined as husband and wife," the newly betrothed couple told People. "Our special day was fated and everything we could have ever asked for....True love always prevails." Every good revenge marriage deserves an even better revenge rap song! Drop the bass, Big Sean!   

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Video: Justin Bieber is new Calvin Klein model

Well, the headline pretty much sums it up, doesn't it? So feel free to click on that video and behold the Biebs in all his tattooed glory.

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Tim McGraw explains why he slapped fangirl

Stand back, ladies!

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Stand back, ladies!

She liked it, she loved it, she wanted some more of it — and then one unsuspecting fan at Tim McGraw’s Atlanta concert received a swift slap in the face, which we’re sure she’ll never wash again.

Now, McGraw is giving his unapologetic explanation of what exactly happened on the night of July 13.

As you may have seen, a video surfaced on TMZ last week showing McGraw slapping a woman in the front row of his show in Atlanta. The singer was performing Truck Yeah when the fan grabbed his leg and wouldn’t let go of his jeans. In fact, she was clutching them with such fangirl-induced fervor that she ripped them, ripped them good — not that that’s such an unimaginable feat, considering their distressed, already-torn tightness, but we digress.

Seconds after the woman loosened her grip, McGraw, in his words, “swatted” her away. In the face.

He has since spoken to ET Canada about the incident, saying, “It happened in a split second, it was pure instinctive reaction, I think you just got to move on.”

The country star added, “Nobody feels good about it, but there’s nothing that could be done about it.”

Except for, you know, not slapping a woman in the face. …

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Buccaneer Da'Quan Bowers calls cops on ex-Destiny's Child member Farrah Franklin

Farrah posted this Instagram hours before her arrest.


Farrah posted this Instagram hours before her arrest.

No, No, No. It can’t be.

Farrah Franklin, formerly and ever so briefly of Destiny’s Child, was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct in Myrtle Beach early Sunday morning. Now the details are coming out, and guess who was there when she flipped out — why, a Tampa Bay Buccaneer, of course.

According to TMZ, the 33-year-old singer was hanging out with Bucs defensive end Da’Quan Bowers and Houston Texans outside linebacker Ricky Sapp on Saturday, and the alcohol was a-flowin’ throughout.

When the trio decided to go back to Sapp’s place that night, it became apparent Franklin was pretty bombed. Sapp and Bowers say they think the singer was adding drugs into the mix, and Bowers claimed Franklin kept locking herself in the bathroom for long periods of time.

The NFL players called the cops after Franklin went nuts, screaming and slamming doors. When authorities arrived, the pair told them the singer had fled. Police eventually found her lying in a neighbor’s yard, where she appeared “highly intoxicated” and “unsteady on her feet.”

Franklin told police she had nowhere to go and planned on sleeping in the woods. …

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Leann Rimes is a butt woman

She likes almost-bare butts and she cannot lie.


She likes almost-bare butts and she cannot lie.

“I like butts and they do a really good butt.”

Who said that? Country singer LeAnn Rimes, speaking to the Associated Press after attending the Luli Fama show at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Swim shows in Miami Beach.

Rimes, who looked on with husband and former Sunset Beach (Yay, ’90s soaps!) star Eddie Cibrian, says she was wowed by the selection of skimpy swimwear.

“Before everything sags I might as well,” Rimes joked of the string bikini and laser cut bottoms.

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Sandra Bullock came face-to-face with stalker

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Sandra Bullock’s recent encounter with a stalker in her home reads like a scene from a scary movie in newly released documents, painting a portrait of an obsessed fan who described himself as her “husband.”

Joshua James Corbett, 39, was later found to have a stash of illegal weapons including two fully automatic rifles and a machine gun at his home. But he was unarmed when he broke into Bullock’s home, affidavits in the case said.

Investigators said the sleeping actress was awakened at 6:30 a.m. on June 8 by banging noises, opened her bedroom door and saw a dark-clad stranger moving toward the stairs.

Bullock, who has portrayed brave, strong women on screen, took quick action, locking the door and summoning police.

“Sandy, I’m sorry!” the man shouted as he was being taken away. “Don’t press charges.”

Police determined Corbett had scaled the gates of the home and forced open a locked sunroom glass door. He remains in jail awaiting trial and could face more than seven years in prison. …

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Nick and Vanessa Lachey expecting baby No. 2

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Twice is nice for Nick and Vanessa Lachey. The couple announced via Twitter Tuesday that they're expecting baby No. 2 — and it’s a girl!

“Can’t think of a better way to celebrate 3 years of marriage to my beautiful Vanessa than this,” the singer wrote, sharing a photo of Camden, their 22-month-old son, running on the beach around a heart in the sand that reads, “It’s a girl.”

It’s no surprise the couple is expanding their family.

“We definitely want more kids,” Nick told Parents magazine in June. Plus, he thinks motherhood is super hot. “My wife’s maternal side is a new dynamic to her personality — and it’s definitely made her even sexier.”

So does this mean he’ll be recording a new album for the new arrival?

“Since Nick did A Father’s Lullaby for Camden,” Vanessa said, “we joke that if he doesn’t do one for each of the kids they’re going to think Camden is Daddy’s favorite!”

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Blink-182 confirms new album, apologizes for delay

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The Rock Show isn’t over for Blink-182, despite what their procrastination may have led their fan base to believe.

The band announced on Instagram Tuesday that they are indeed recording a new album, albeit after many a delay.

“Rehearsals start today…” Tom Delonge captioned a photo of his younger self with bandmates Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker. “And yes there will be a new album #SorryForTheWait #Blink.”

In May 2013, Delonge said the band was working on new material, with a planned release date set for mid-2014. Obviously that didn’t happen.

Later that year, the guys said they hoped to have some new material ready before the Reading and Leeds festival in August. But in early 2014, Hoppus tweeted that the band was still working on demos and Barker told OC Weekly that the band needed to “get their shit together” before an album would see the light of day.

So, it’s been quite the irritating ride for Blink fans. But you know what they say: Good things come to those who wait and wait and wait.

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Thor is a woman now, says Marvel comics

Here SHE is. It's Thor!


Here SHE is. It's Thor!

Here's one for all the women out there ready to drop some hammers.

Marvel comics announced Tuesday that come October, superhero Thor will be a woman in a brand new series. That's not a girl version of Thor, that's just straight-up Thor.

What's the deal? Said Marvel editor Wil Moss in a press release:

“The inscription on Thor's hammer reads ‘Whosoever holds this hammer, if HE be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor.’ Well it's time to update that inscription. The new Thor continues Marvel's proud tradition of strong female characters like Captain Marvel, Storm, Black Widow and more. And this new Thor isn't a temporary female substitute - she's now the one and only Thor, and she is worthy!”

Jason Aaron, writer of the new series, explained that this is not Thor's kid sister or Thor's wife or Thor's girly sidekick in a skirt or any kind of femme version of Thor. She's it. “This is not She-Thor," he said in the release. "This is not Lady Thor. This is not Thorita. This is THOR. This is the THOR of the Marvel Universe. But it’s unlike any Thor we’ve ever seen before.”

Via Marvel

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Bethenny Frankel defends flaunting 4-year-old daughter’s PJs


The Internet needs to lighten up, according to Bethenny Frankel, who apparently is very unfamiliar with it.

The 43-year-old former reality star and talk show host posted a creepy photo of herself wearing her 4-year-old daughter’s Hello Kitty pajamas on Instagram this week, captioning the pic, “This is my daughter’s nightgown and PJ shorts. Think we’re ready to start sharing clothes yet?”

Naturally, Instagram was not kind. To quote one over-analytical buzzkill: “I would just caution doing this as she gets more impressionable. She needs to develop a healthy self image because she may not have all of your genes … and it won’t be obvious to you, but it will look as though you are competing with her.”

Frankel responded on Twitter Monday, writing, “BREAKING NEWS! World Scandal: Former reality star, failed talk show host & cocktail maven jokes by wearing her kids’ pjs! #itcantbetrue.”

The Real Housewives of New York City alum also said she put on the tiny outfit at her daughter’s request, tweeting, “When ur 4 year old peanut says 'mommy please put my dress on’ & giggles uncontrollably, u do what ur told.” …

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Jenni JWoww Farley is a mom

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Oh, look. Another Jersey Shore baby is among us.

Jenni “JWoww” Farley of Kamikaze shot-drinking fame welcomed a baby girl on Sunday. Soon after, Farley and fiance Roger Mathews issued the most Jersey Shore birth announcement ever.

“Jenni and Roger are so excited to welcome the newest guidette Meilani Alexandra Mathews to the world weighing 7lbs and 13 ounces,” JWoww’s rep tells Us Weekly. “Meilani and her parents are doing great and are happy and healthy. Meilani is already looking to trade her baby bottle for barbells.”

Farley starred in Jersey Shore and a spin-off series with BFF Nicole Snooki Polizzi.

“We’re fist pumping in celebration of Jenni 'JWOWW’ Farley and Roger Mathews’ new baby girl Meilani Alexandra Mathews,” a rep for MTV told Us in a statement. “We’re so excited for the new parents and to welcome the newest member to the MTV family.”

As for Snooki, who’s also pregnant, she’s pretty pumped about little Woww’s arrival, too.

“I’m an auntie!!!!!” she tweeted Sunday. “Can’t wait to meet my baby.”

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Chris Brown and Drake recording an album together


Chris Brown and Drake are putting that 2012 Rihanna-induced NYC bar brawl behind them all for the sake of making some bread.

The pair (weird) have decided they’ll make more money together than they would separately — a safe bet — according to TMZ’s sources. Drake will produce Breezy’s album and perform on some tracks.

Per Drake’s Instagram, the duo was in the studio Friday, a smart move by Chris, because this means he’ll still be affiliated with Young Money and likely get to work with the likes of Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj. Oh, and Young Money’s Tyga was in the studio with Chris and Drake on Thursday, so it appears things are sort of looking up for Breezy — assuming he and Drake can keep their mitts off each other.

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'Beautiful Liar' loves beautiful game

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Shakira closed the World Cup with a raucous shaking of her money maker on Sunday, but only after she professed her love for the world’s game.

If it weren’t for the World Cup, she says, she never would have met her boyfriend, Spain defender Gerard Pique, with whom she has an 18-month-old son.

“I will never forget that I met the love of my life at the World Cup,” Shakira said as she prepared for her performance, according to Fox News. She met her footballing beau when promoting her 2010 World Cup anthem, Waka Waka — Time for Africa.

“If it wasn’t for the World Cup my son Milan would not be here,” she said.

Milan was in attendance Sunday when his mother put on quite the show in Rio de Janeiro. After her performance, the singer landed a wet one on Pique, inset, and carried their son onto the world’s greatest stage.

As for the hubby? Pique is definitely bummed about Spain’s early exit, Shakira says, but “I have a way of consoling him.”

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Eva Mendes pregnant with Ryan Gosling's baby

Eva's already practicing that half-asleep look.

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Eva's already practicing that half-asleep look.

Ready for the most beautiful cele-baby on the planet?

Access Hollywood reports that actor Eva Mendes, 40, is pregnant with 33-year-old boyfriend Ryan Gosling’s baby. This would be the first child for the couple, who have been dating on and off since 2011.

According to OK! Magazine, the 2 Fast 2 Furious star is seven months pregnant, which seems like quite the baby bump to hide. But it does jibe with pregnancy rumors earlier this year when Mendes refused to go through an airport body scanner in L.A. (For the record, she denied those.)

Oh, and that sound you just heard? That would be every single woman’s heart breaking all at once.

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