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Jimmy Fallon demands fancy, Art Deco marquee at 30 Rock


Jimmy Fallon must be feeling really, really cool right now. Either that or he’s in serious pain from pinching himself for the last few days.

Why, you are dying to know?

Because a new Art Deco-style marquee outside the Avenue of Americas entrance at 30 Rockefeller Center now features the Tonight Show host’s name.

“This makes it exponentially harder for them to fire me,” Fallon told the New York Times. “I guess this means they put a ring on it.”

Well, he sure deserves the honor simply for making that timely, original pop culture reference — and because this was all his idea and he managed to convince everyone to go along with it.

Via the Times: Fallon "had the idea himself to promote the show to New Yorkers (and tourists) with a permanent message above one of the most-traveled sections of Manhattan."

“We were looking for something that would make a splash and let everyone know we were bringing this institution back to New York City,” Fallon said, adding, “I don’t want to toot my horn too much.” Mmhhmmm. …

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Chris “CT” Tamburello proposed to Diem Brown days before MTV star died of cancer


Here’s a cheery holiday story for you. Just five days before Diem Brown died of cancer, her longtime, on again-off again love and fellow MTV star, Chris “CT” Tamburello, got down on bended knee and proposed.

How’s that turkey taste now? A little salty maybe? Salty like the tears of a reality enthusiast?

Insiders tell Us Weekly that CT showed up at Diem’s New York hospital room and presented her with a GoPro camera and a ruby ring.

“He proposed and filmed the entire thing,” the unnamed source told the mag. “Diem joked that she hated rubies and said no.”

But in all seriousness, she would rather die alone than be engaged to that guy, as evidence by CT showing up again the next day with a new ring and being rejected a second time.

“Diem knew she didn’t have much longer to live,” the friend said of Brown, 34, “and she didn’t want to be engaged under those circumstances.”

Now, history will forever show that she broke up with him last.

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AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd rides security guard's back, almost causes car accident after showing up late to court

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Get a load of this guy.

Phil Rudd, drummer for AC/DC, appeared in court in New Zealand on Tuesday to answer charges of hiring a hit man, but not without acting like a spoiled teenager for the duration.

Justice Timothy Brewer threatened to issue a warrant for Rudd’s arrest after the 60-year-old, who should know better, was a no-show at his 9 a.m. hearing in the Tauranga High Court, according to ABC News. The judge gave Rudd a 30-minute grace period, and the musician managed to arrive at 9:15.

To cover the less-exciting, legal part of this story, Brewer told Rudd his case will be sent back to the District Court because his charge of attempting to procure murder was withdrawn by police. He had been accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill two people.

After hearing the news, you’d think Rudd would feel appreciative and willing to, I don’t know, act right, but here’s where things get truly entertaining: After leaving court, Rudd jumped on his security guard’s back a la Justin Bieber and commanded him to “take me away!” Rudd then flipped the bird for the cameras, jumped in his car and reversed in front of an oncoming truck, which had to slam its brakes to avoid a wreck. …

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'Star Wars' trailer in some theaters this weekend


J.J. Abrams to the rescue of nerds yet again!

After Regal Cinemas tweeted Monday that the trailer to Star Wars’ long-awaited Episode VII would air in select theaters this weekend and then rescinded it, The Force Awakens director took to Twitter himself to confirm the trailer is coming!

Abrams’ company Bad Robot tweeted a picture of a hand-written note — J.J.’s favorite way to communicate with fans — that said an 88-second “peek” is coming in “select theaters” and wishing everyone “a most excellent Thanksgiving.”

Regal also posted and then removed a list of the selected theaters on its website — the closest “select theater” to us is in Atlanta. AMC Theatres later confirmed that it, too, will air the trailer starting Friday, but theaters were not yet announced.

We have hope the trailer will come to Tampa Bay, and, if not, confidence in the Internet’s infinite leaking powers. According to Yahoo Movies, earlier rumors said the trailer would premiere with The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies on Dec. 17; an inside source said Disney had “bigger plans.”

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Confirmed: Rachel McAdams starring in 'True Detective'

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Finally, we can put down Twitter and sleep at night, for HBO has confirmed that Rachel McAdams is the female star of True Detective’s second season.

Black Box alum Kelly Reilly and Taylor Kitsch of Friday Night Lights will play supporting roles in the show, now in production in California.

The new season revolves around three cops, a career criminal and a ton of controversy following a murder. Colin Farrell plays bad cop Ray Velcoro, who has to decide between his corrupt comrades and the mobster who pulls his strings. Vince Vaughn takes on the role of the bad guy, Frank Semyon, who’s spent his life in crime and may lose everything when his transition into a legit livelihood leaves a business partner dead. As for McAdams, she’ll play Ani Bezzerides, a straight-and-narrow detective who obviously fits in with zero of the aforementioned characters. Kitsch will play a motorcycle cop and Reilly a D-list actress whose day job is Frank’s loyal and supportive wife.

And now we shall stop reading/writing about it before we spoil all the fun.

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Country singers Ty Herndon and Billy Gilman come out as gay

Ty Herndon, left, and Billy Gilman came out within hours of one another.

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Ty Herndon, left, and Billy Gilman came out within hours of one another.

Thursday was a huge day for the country-loving LGBT community as singers Ty Herndon and Billy Gilman came out as gay.

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Herndon, who has been married twice, said, “Traditionally in country music, we don’t see a lot of support for the LGBT community, but that’s changing so much. Nashville is changing so much. I mean my goodness… Kacey Musgraves won Song of the Year for [the lyrics] 'follow your arrow, wherever it points’ and two amazing songwriters that happened to be gay wrote that song.”

That awesome, awesome song.

Herndon continued, “It gives me a lot of hope that that Nashville is ready for this. I get to be free today. I’m born again today, and I feel like I’m not gonna have any trouble sleeping tonight.”

Hours later, Gilman (that kid who sang One Voice when he was 12), took to YouTube to reveal that he too is gay. He also jumped to the conclusion that his sexual preference recently cost him a record deal after a photo of Gilman and his partner was posted online. …

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Report: Kathy Griffin to replace Joan Rivers on 'Fashion Police'

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It’s true! The heavens have opened up and angels are singing, or some such fairytale, because Kathy Griffin really IS replacing Joan Rivers on Fashion Police — if a new TMZ report is to be believed.

Griffin, one of Rivers’ BFFs, will join co-hosts Kelly Osbourne and Giuliana Rancic, as well as Melissa Rivers. As for George Kotsiopoulos, nobody seems to know what’s going to happen to him.

The show won’t air weekly anymore, but the gang will get together for all the red carpets that matter. “Event programming,” E! is calling it.

“Joan has always given her blessing to Kathy,” an insider tells Us Weekly. Rivers reportedly “wanted Kathy to be her successor. They talked about it many times. They have such a similar sense of humor and were the best of friends.”

Access Hollywood recently asked Griffin if the rumors were true, to which she replied, “I don’t know if the situation is correct at this time for me or right for me at this time.”

Very, very sneaky. Griffin hasn’t commented on the report.

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Tracy Morgan battling severe brain injury

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Tracy Morgan is fighting to recover from a severe brain injury more than five months after his limo was hit my a Wal-Mart semi.

According to the Associated Press, lawyer Benedict Morelli says it’s anyone’s guess if the comedian will ever be “the Tracy Morgan he once was.”

“He’s still fighting and trying to live his life at the same time and trying to get better, and he’s just not better,” Morelli said. “We’re hoping and praying to get him back to where he was. But the jury’s out.”

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Chris Hemsworth most lusted-after breathing male of 2014

Dear, everyone: Your new Sexiest Man Alive isn’t Ryan Gosling. We know… We. Know. He isn’t Neil Patrick Harris, either. He isn’t even Hunger Games star Liam Hemsworth, though that would have been a pretty close guess. Nope. All that eye candy was passed over (sort of — we’ll get to that later) for Chris Hemsorth, whom you may know from such hits as having pecs for days as well as that irresistible accent the Australians are lucky enough to develop.

The 31-year-old Avengers star was awarded People's honor Tuesday night after toying with the lady fans’ emotions during a mystery-guest guessing game on Jimmy Kimmel Live. His clues: under 35, played a superhero in a movie, had a famous brother — which brings us to Miley Cyrus’s ex-fiance Liam Hemsworth.

Asked via Skype what his younger sibling thought of all this, Chris replied, “Liam’s good. We’ve been throwing sexy looks back and forth all week and kind of workshopping ... he’s been a real team player for this one.”


Hemsworth thanked his parental unit “for putting this all together” and his wife, model Elsa Patakay, with whom he has three genetic lottery-winning kids. …

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Bono arm injury serious, to the tune of a shattered elbow piercing his skin

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UPDATE: Just for you, we have some gruesome details about Bono's bandmate-described "cycling spill." Turns out the U2 frontman was in a “high-energy” wreck while trying to avoid another cyclist on Sunday, orthopedic trauma surgeon Dr. Dean Lorich — who, by association, is a total rockstar now — told the Associated Press. The result: Bono fractured his left eye socket, his left shoulder blade in three places and his left elbow, leaving the bone in six pieces and protruding from the skin. Bono’s surgery lasted five hours and left him with three metal plates and 18 screws. The singer had another surgery Monday to repair a fractured pinky. Full Story

Bow down Beyonce: Solange the star of her New Orleans nuptials

Bow down, Beys.

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Bow down, Beys.

Every girl whose big sister is a superstar knows that Solange Knowles’ struggle is real. She’s the Anna to Beyonce’s Elsa, the Kit to her Dottie. But for one glorious day — Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014 — Queen Bey played a secondary role as her singer-songwriter sister married video director Alan Ferguson in New Orleans.

Solange’s reputation as That Violent Elevator Lady almost could be forgotten while perusing Vogue’s eye candy-filled album of the artist’s funky, boho celebration.

After a weekend of pre-wedding festivities — movie night at the quirky Indywood cinema and a dance party with DJ Soul Sister at the Hi Ho Lounge — the couple showed up at the Marigny Opera House on white bicycles, the 28-year-old bride wearing a crisp, breathtaking, off-white jumpsuit with attached cape by Stephane Rolland.

After the pair made their entrance, Solange changed into a caped, ivory, floor-length gown by Humberto Leon for Kenzo as Beyonce and Jay Z arrived with daughter Blue Ivy in tow. …

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Katy Perry’s boyfriend Diplo welcomes son with ex Kathryn Lockhart

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Diplo took a break from throwing shade at Taylor Swift and Lorde for a second to welcome his second son with ex Kathryn Lockhart.

The DJ and music producer fittingly named his kid Lazer, because that’s what his music sounds like — you know, if lasers made a sound. Also, Major Lazer is an electronic music project Diplo created, so now he’s dipped into that well two too many times.

According to Us Weekly, the kid’s full name is Lazer Lee Louis Pentz, and he came into this world at a whopping 8 pounds, 10 ounces. Right now, the proud dad — already father to son Lockett, 4 — is spending time with his brood and stocking up on baby supplies.

In case you missed it while The Juice* was on Birthstravaganza Vacation last week, Diplo and Lorde have been bickering via Twitter after the DJ tweeted, someone should make a kickstarter to get taylor swift a booty. BFF Lorde jumped all over it, writing, @diplo should we do something about your tiny penis while we’re at it? …

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Reality that exists: Tila Tequila is a mom

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Tila Tequila has a real “shot at love.” The model and TV personality has welcomed her first child, and, guess what: She didn’t name her anything crazy! In fact, baby girl Isabella Monroe Nguyen has one of the best names ever, we do declare.

“I am so in love with her,” the MTV star told Us Weekly. “She’s so perfect and beautiful.”

Isabella measured 20 inches and weighed in at 7 pounds, 2 ounces. The new bundle arrived at 7:05 p.m. on Sunday, slightly past her due date.

A bit like envisioning that the sun would rise in the East, Tequila predicted in a recent blog post that baby would arrive soon after she passed her 40th week of pregnancy.

“I know for a fact that I am really going to miss being pregnant,” she wrote on her website, “because, to be honest, I have really, really enjoyed my pregnancy so far! I love being able to feel my baby move inside of me, I know when she’s happy, I know she hears me when I talk to her. I just feel this incredible bond with my daughter and I feel like she is so safe in there and protected from all harm!” …

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'Cake Boss' Buddy Valastro charged with drunken driving

Lay off the rum cake, Buddy.

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Lay off the rum cake, Buddy.

Walking in a straight line is a piece of cake, right? Not so much for the star of TLC’s Cake Boss. Buddy Valastro was arrested early Thursday morning and charged with DWI.

Police told NBC New York the 37-year-old was “driving erratically,” his yellow 2014 Corvette weaving in and out of lanes in Manhattan around 1 a.m. The reality star flunked a number of field sobriety tests, and, according to prosecutors, shouted, “You can’t arrest me! I’m the Cake Boss!”

Valestro insisted several times, “I’m a good guy,” adding, “Can you just put me in a cab? I don’t have to be arrested, I’m not a bad guy.”

In jail, Valastro blew a .09. So close! He was released without bail.

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Attention, everyone: Robin Wright is single

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It’s over for Robin Wright and Ben Foster. The House of Cards actress has called off her 10-month engagement to the Lone Survivor actor, Us Weekly reports. E! News confirms the couple have split completely.

“She got swept up in the engagement last Christmas, but then their schedules got crazy and she realized it wasn’t the right decision,” an insider tells Us. The summer was tough on the pair. Wright, 48, spent her time filming the Netflix hit and visiting her kids with ex-husband Sean PennDylan, 23, and Hopper Jack, 21 — while Foster, 34, was working on A Streetcar Named Desire in London.

An insider says their 14-year age difference was another source of tension.

“The gap just ended up being too much,” said a friend of the Princess Bride and Forrest Gump star. “Ben was kind of immature. She couldn’t deal with him anymore.”

So this just leaves us with one question: Will these two opt for cover ups or laser removal on their tattooed ring fingers?

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