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Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears and the clash of the Las Vegas contracts

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My, Las Vegas sure was busy locking down a pair of mega pop stars this week, and lucky for you, we’re here to answer the question on everyone’s minds: Who will rake in more dough, Jennifer Lopez or Britney Spears?

According to TMZ, Lopez was offered $350,000 per show at The Axis at Planet Hollywood, which is the same place Spears performs. J Lo will put on 70 shows, three times a week for 24 weeks over one or two years, guaranteeing her $26,383,326.

Spears’ first 50 shows at The Axis were so popular that she was just offered a new deal of $310,000 per performance, with 96 shows over two years. That comes to $29,760,000.

But her tickets sold so fast, actually shattering Vegas records, that Team Spears decided it would behoove them to score merchandising and other sweeteners. So, in the end, Brit will actually earn around $475,000 per show. Plus, Planet Hollywood added more dates to her schedule; she’ll lip sync 140 times instead of the originally agreed upon 96. And, just to make sure you feel as sick to your stomach about this as we do, we have to let you know that with everything else she has going on, Spears’ people deposit $1 million per WEEK into her bank account. …

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'Honey Boo Boo' future uncertain as report claims Mama June dating child molestor

Honey Boo Boo, Mama June and Kaitlyn Shannon.


Honey Boo Boo, Mama June and Kaitlyn Shannon.

Rejoice, for the end may be near for Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.

TLC is “reassessing” the series’ future after a TMZ report surfaced saying that Mama June is dating a convicted child molester, something that likely won’t jibe too well with a family show that follows a child beauty pageant contestant and the rest of her Georgian clan.

“TLC is not currently in production on Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. We are very concerned about this new information and are reassessing the future of the series,” a network spokesperson told the Washington Post in a statement.

Season 4 wrapped in August and a new season has yet to be announced.

In September, Mama June and Sugar Bear announced their separation on the show’s Facebook page.

“Sugar Bear and I have decided to take some time apart to figure out some things in our relationship,” they wrote. “We are taking things day by day, but regardless of what happens, the girls will always be our number one priority. We want to thank y’all for your support.” …

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Baby boom: Your guide to procreating celebs

Felicity Blunt and Stanley Tucci are expecting their first kid together. Tucci has three kids from a previous marriage.

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Felicity Blunt and Stanley Tucci are expecting their first kid together. Tucci has three kids from a previous marriage.

Must be something in the Evian, because there are tons of celebabies on the way. Here's a little roundup:

The Hunger Games actor and his wife Felicity Blunt are expecting their first child together. “I’m very excited to be a dad. It’s incredible,” Tucci told Us Weekly. “I’m most excited to have a baby with Felicity and for the baby to be healthy.” The 53-year-old met his literary agent wife through her sister, Emily Blunt, who was Tucci’s co-star in The Devil Wears Prada. They married in 2012. “The sex is of no concern to me. The sex of the baby, that is,” Tucci told Us with a laugh. Asked what kind of a mother his wife will be, the actor answered correctly: “A great one.” Tucci has three kids from a previous marriage. …

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Dustin Lynch's face split open by thrown beer can


Dustin Lynch had a bloody smashing time at his concert on Friday, and he’s got the tough-guy selfie to prove it.

The country singer was performing at the 2014 Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival, aka MulletFest, in Niceville, Fla., when a less-than-nice audience member chucked a can of beer at his face. Lynch went on with the show despite having blood pouring from an open wound above his right cheekbone.

“Who threw the beer?” he asked the audience, as seen in a video obtained by TMZ. “You did? Come here! You, come here! You threw a beer and hit me in the face! Come here! Who was it?”

Lynch told People the beer can was “completely full,” adding, “It felt like a baseball had hit me.”

He tweeted about it later so fans would know how rugged he really is.

“On my way to the hospital for a few stitches, I’ll be okay,” he wrote. “I appreciate all of you. Fyi the guy who hit me with a beer can got away ...”

Lynch was such a good sport he took a selfie with a fan’s phone after having his face split open.

“Some douchebag threw a beer can at this beautiful man,” @TaylorBoisjolie so eloquently captioned the photo on Twitter. “So sorry...Niceville really does have good people.” …

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Matthew Morrison marries girlfriend Renee Puente


Sorry, fans of song and dance and unthreatening, handsome face. Matthew Morrison is off the market.

The Glee actor wed girlfriend Renee Puente in an intimate ceremony in Maui on Saturday, People reports.

The couple exchanged vows in front of 50 of their nearest and dearest on a private estate in Kihei. Pianist Chad Whidden played for the crowd and Kiley Dean sang Feels Like Home as the bride walked down the aisle. Things got even more cheesy when Puente performed a Hula dance for her newly wedded husband — and then he joined in for a couple’s Hula and duet, singing Laura Benanti’s Starry Eyed/Video Games and likely making everyone in the crowd roll their teary eyes in unison.

Congrats to the too-happy couple.

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The real reason Bono wears shades

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All these years we thought Bono was just desperately trying to look cool. Turns out the U2 singer doesn’t wear sunglasses indoors and out, 24/7 just to look like a rock star; he also does it because he’s had glaucoma for 20 years.

The condition can make the eyes sensitive to light, which is decidedly inconvenient for someone who spends his waking hours in the literal spotlight. However, the condition is rather convenient for someone whose persona totally jibes with wearing shades.

Bono revealed his affliction on BBC’s Graham Norton Show but said “I have good treatments and I am going to be fine.” So don’t lose any sleep at night, fans. The rocker also said he’s pretty sure we’re all going to think of him from now on as “poor old blind Bono.” And he’s absolutely right about that.

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Missing 'Django Unchained’ actress Misty Upham found dead

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The body of missing Django Unchained actress Misty Upham was found late last week at the bottom of a ravine.

According to the Associated Press, the King County medical examiner confirmed that the Frozen River star’s remains were located Thursday near the White River in the Seattle suburb of Auburn. Upham’s purse and shoes were found at the top of the 150-foot embankment. The cause of death is still under investigation, but officials say there is no evidence of foul play.

Upham died on Oct. 5, the medical examiner’s office said. That’s the same day her family told police the Native American actress was suicidal, and one day before they reported her missing.

On the night the 32-year-old August: Osage County actress disappeared, police were called to her apartment because she was having a “psychotic episode” and wanted to take her to the hospital, her dad, Charles Upham, tells People. But she was already gone when officers arrived.

Her family is now saying they believe she did not commit suicide but rather slipped and fell while evading police. …

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David Letterman’s cue-card man Tony Mendez canned after altercation


David Letterman’s longtime cue-card holder has been fired after getting into an altercation with a writer.

According to the New York Post, Tony Mendez says he cued his own canning after grabbing a colleague, Bill Scheft, by the shirt while on the job at CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman on Oct. 9. The 69-year-old tells the Post he knew better but did it anyway.

“I know I shouldn’t have put my hands on him,” he said.

Mendez also said Letterman knew nothing about tensions between the two and that the tussle had been “coming for a long time.”

“[Scheft] encroaches on my work," Mendez said. "He tells me what to do, and I have to say, ‘I know what I’m doing.’ And a lot of time when I am making changes [to the cards], he’ll stand there looking over my shoulder, and he’ll say something like, ‘Put that on top,’ because he got an idea.

“Bill was always undermining me — making himself out as Dave’s No. 1,” Mendez added. “Trying to pretend that I wasn’t even in the room . . . little passive-aggressive things."

Letterman, Mendez and Scheft got into it on Oct. 8 while making changes to cards during rehearsal. Mendez was still fuming the next day when the altercation took place. …

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Lady Gaga put a ring on Taylor Kinney

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It appears this one is far from a Bad Romance. Word on the street, or Internet, is that Lady Gaga and her boyfriend, Chicago Fire’s Taylor Kinney, are maybe totally getting married.

Here’s what’s we know:

Two weeks ago, Fire alum Sophia Bush posted an Instagram of herself getting a super warm-looking bear hug from Kinney. All anyone who saw the photo could focus on was the ring Kinney was wearing on that one significant digit. Accompanying the photo: “#ThatsHisPersonalRing #NotForTheShow #EveryoneCalmDown,” the exact opposite of what you should write if you want everyone to calm down.

The Daily Star later reported that the Marry the Night singer, 28, and her actor beau, 33, recently gathered friends and family for a commitment ceremony in New York. It all went down at Joanne Trattoria, a restaurant owned by Gaga’s parents.

“Gaga wanted something visual,” a mystery source tells the Star, “a commitment ceremony with the people who matter most.”

The publication says the couple, who have dated since 2011, plan to wed in the near future.

“They will get married properly next year, when they have time to plan a wedding,” said the unnamed insider. …

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Elizabeth Peña dies at 55


Hollywood is mourning the loss of Cuban-American actress Elizabeth Peña, whose talent shined through versatile roles in film and television over the course of four decades.

Peña died Tuesday in Los Angeles after a brief illness, according to her manager, Gina Rugolo, the Los Angeles Times reports. She was 55.

Peña’s career included roles in The Incredibles, Jacobs Ladder, Transamerica, Lone Star, and La Bamba, among countless other films and TV series.

“My heart is broken!!!” Zoe Saldana tweeted Wednesday. “My prayers are with you and your family. We will miss you #ElizabethPeña –ZS”

You most likely recognize the founding member of the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors as the mother of Sofia Vergara’s character in Modern Family.

“The entire cast and crew are very sad to say goodbye to one of our Modern Family members,” wrote Jesse Tyler Ferguson. “RIP to the beautiful & talented #ElizabethPeña.”

The actress most recently starred in El Rey Network’s Matador. …

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How much did Erykah Badu earn singing on the streets of New York?



Yep, that’s how much Erykah Badu brought in while performing on the streets of New York City recently.

For about seven minutes, the four-time Grammy winner busked for change in Times Square, repeatedly belting something along the lines of, "I need money. Yeah. Please give me some money." On a video Badu posted to YouTube, you can see that during that time, precisely one person recognized the R&B singer (and shot an uncomfortably close photo of her — not with her — before moving on).

To be fair, though, the halfheartedly improvised “street hustle experiment” didn’t last very long, and had Badu sung for an hour at that rate, she would have made much more than we do in that amount of time. Nevertheless, we still have to facepalm at all the passersby who didn’t realize they just witnessed the closest thing to a new Erykah Badu album than we’ve heard in ages.

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Uma Thurman's ex-fiance Arpad Busson sues for custody of 2-year-old daughter

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Arpad Busson, the French financier ex-fiance of Uma Thurman, filed an emergency order in Manhattan Supreme Court on Tuesday, suing the Pulp Fiction actress for custody of their 2-year-old daughter Rosalind.

The couple, who dated on and off beginning in 2007, were twice engaged to be married but broke it off each time, most recently in April.

Their daughter, full name Rosalind Arusha Arkadina Altalune Florence Thurman-BussonLuna for short, thank goodness — was born in July 2012.

“It is unfortunate that this very private discussion regarding Mr. Busson’s visitation rights and his participation in decision making has been made public,” a spokesperson for Thurman, 44, tells the New York Daily News. “However, we are optimistic that a fair agreement for both sides will be reached out of court.”

Thurman has two other children — Maya, 16, and Levon, 12 — with ex-husband Ethan Hawke, who dumped her for their nanny in 2003. Their divorce was finalized two years later.

During a late-night interview with Jimmy Fallon, Thurman said her eldest daughter came up with the idea for Rosalind’s — er Luna’s? — lengthy name. …

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Katie Holmes to return as Jackie O

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Hey, remember that terrible miniseries on the Kennedys that everyone hated? Good news: It’s getting a sequel!

Katie Holmes, who played first lady Jacqueline Kennedy in the 2011 Reelz Channel miniseries The Kennedys, will reprise her role in the forthcoming four-parter The Kennedys: After Camelot, according to People. Holmes will executive produce the miniseries, and even direct one installment.

“Katie elegantly portrayed Jackie Kennedy in the first miniseries and now will continue the role as Jackie grows into the Jackie O that the world knows best,” Reelz CEO Stan E. Hubbard said. “Katie is brave, committed and perfect for this role. She is a strong, talented woman who understands how special and respected Jackie Kennedy, and then Jackie Onassis, was as an international icon.”

After Camelot will premiere sometime in 2016, a year in which we’ll all surely be clamoring for more coverage of political figures on television.

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Jack White keyboardist Isaiah 'Ikey’ Owens dies at 38


Isaiah “Ikey” Owens, member of the Mars Volta, founder of Free Moral Agents and touring member of Jack White’s band, has died. He was 38.

A publicist for White says the rocker is canceling his remaining tour dates in Mexico in the wake of the musician’s death. A statement on the website of White’s label, Third Man, said Owens died Tuesday morning in Mexico.

“It is with great sadness that we tell the world of the passing of the incredible musician Isaiah 'Ikey’ Owens,” the statement said. “He will be missed and loved forever by his family, friends, bandmates and fans. … We will miss you Ikey. You were and are an incredible artist.”

Mexican officials say an investigation is ongoing.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Owens contributed to work by Sublime, Reel Big Fish, Busdriver, Mastodon, Z-Trip and others.

Social media blew up with tributes for the late musician shortly after news of his death broke.

“ikey beautiful ikey on man love what a beautiful dude,” tweeted Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

“Dude. I’m so hurt over this man jesus,” wrote Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, drummer for the Roots and bandleader for The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. …

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Kesha sues longtime producer Dr. Luke for sexual abuse, forced drug use; he countersues

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Kesha was abused sexually, physically, verbally and emotionally over the course of a decade, to the point where she almost died, the singer alleges in a lawsuit against her longtime producer Dr. Luke.

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