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Lydia Harvey, Times Staff Writer

Lydia Harvey is a sports editor, copy editor and page designer at tbt*. She writes The Juice* blog, and her work has appeared in the Perspective section of the Tampa Bay Times. Lydia hearts fashion, politics and everything 1950s. Not to mention the heartbreaking pro teams of Tampa Bay, where she was born and raised. Lyd joined the Times in 2011 and made the move to tbt* in 2012. She lives in Tarpon Springs with her hilarious mini-hers and their maniacal Irish terrier, Teddy.

Phone: (727) 892-2939

E-mail: lharvey@tampabay.com

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  1. Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden are engaged

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    We’re well into the holiday season now, so it was about time someone kicked off the flood of Christmakwanzakah engagement announcements. This year, the honor goes to Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden, who have been dating for a whopping seven months and are now set to wed.

    Us Weekly broke the news on Friday that the pair are so smitten with each other they want to make their relationship semi-permanent. Though it seems like a crazy whirlwind romance, props go to Madden for keeping it a bit traditional. While the couple was vacationing with the Other Woman actress’s family in Florida, the Good Charlotte rocker asked Diaz’s mother for her daughter’s hand in marriage....

  2. Helena Bonham Carter, Tim Burton split after 13 years

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    After more than a decade of tolerating one another, Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter are calling it quits. Reps for the pair tell Us Weekly the couple “separated amicably earlier this year and have continued to be friends and co-parent their children. We would ask that you respect their privacy and that of their children during this time.”

    The exes first met when Burton, 56, directed Carter, 48, in 2001’s Planet of the Apes. They never married but have two kids together — son Billy, 11, and daughter Nell, 7. Though their relationship is a failure, their projects have been pretty successful. (See: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Alice in Wonderland and Dark Shadows.)...

    So sad.
  3. 'The Interview' will be shown in theaters Thursday

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    Sony says The Interview will be shown in select theaters on Christmas Day. The Seth Rogen and James Franco comedy will appear in independent theaters, and Sony plans to continue to roll it out slowly.

    "We have never given up on releasing The Interview," said Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton. "While we hope this is only the first step of the film's release, we are proud to make it available to the public and to have stood up to those who attempted to suppress free speech."...

    A merry Christmas, indeed.
  4. 'Super Troopers' sequel status: Happening

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    Christmas just came early for 'Super Troopers’ fans.

    The rumors started in 2012, sending a frenzied wave of anticipation across the land. And now, here we are, three years later, delivering the stellar news that a Super Troopers sequel is, in fact, happening.

    Steve Lemme, who played MacIntyre 'Mac’ Womack in the 2001 Broken Lizard comedy, confirmed to Us Weekly that Fox has picked up the announced production....

  5. Lance Bass marries longtime boyfriend Michael Turchin

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    Elton John’s wedding has got nothing on Lance Bass’s wedding.

    On Saturday, the former ’NSync member wed his longtime love, artist Michael Turchin, and you’re all invited! How does that work, you ask? Not via time travel, but via the E! special Lance Loves Michael: The Lance Bass Wedding, which is a real thing that airs on Feb. 8.

    To make sure you get your DVR space’s worth, Bass and Turchin called upon Kimye wedding planner extraordinaire Sharon Sacks to engineer the event. The ceremony went down in front of 300 guests (the list originally included 750 people) at the Legendary Park Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles....

  6. Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard welcome baby girl

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    She’s here! And she has a … unique name, just like her older sister. Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard welcomed their second baby girl on Friday, and they tweeted all about it. No photos, though, of course.

    Delta Bell Shepard is here,” the proud dad and Parenthood actor wrote. “She doesn’t look like either @IMKristenBell or me, but we’re gonna keep her anyway. #christmascameearly.”...

  7. In wake of leak, Madonna releases new music

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    Madonna has pulled a Beyonce — an incomplete, forced Beyonce.

    The singer surprised fans by releasing six songs from her new album on Saturday. After several incomplete demos were leaked, Madge decided to go ahead and release the tracks on iTunes and other streaming services, saying, “I would prefer my fans to hear completed versions of some of the songs instead of the incomplete tracks that are circulating. Please consider these six songs as an early Christmas gift.”...

  8. In the Year of the Rear, Kim Kardashian is the Juice*’s 2015 Person of the Year

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    The stockings are hung, the Festivus pole installed, and this year’s embodiment of all that is wrong with celebrity culture has been crowned. To be named The Juice* Person of the Year, one need not be the most famous celebrity, and certainly not the most talented. In fact, the winner isn't necessarily the most controversial, either. All one must do is serve as the face of indignity.

    Therefore, Kim Kardashian at long last has been elected into the Juice* Hall of Shame....

    It was a banner year for Kim Kardashian, and for her keister. Big Kim married her ego equal in hip-hop artist Kanye West while Lil Kim, the celebrity’s Rubenesque rump, graced the cover of Paper magazine. In one photo, the dexterous derrière balances a champagne glass in the re-creation of a famous photo. We raise a toast to that, Lil Kim.
  9. Ashlee Simpson and Evan Ross are having a baby

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    These two don’t mess around!

    Ashlee Simpson Ross and new husband Evan Ross are expecting their first child together, People reports.

    The 30-year-old singer and her Hunger Games actor beau started dating in the summer of 2013, got married earlier this year, and now they’re giving Diana Ross her third grandchild. It all sounds exhausting, but the news should come as no surprise....

  10. Kris, Bruce Jenner finally divorce

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    After 23 years of captivity, Bruce Jenner has escaped. The Olympic gold medalist has finalized his divorce from momager of the Kardashian empire, Kris Jenner.

    A Los Angeles judge on Tuesday signed off on the couple’s divorce judgment, the Associated Press reports. The agreement says Kris Jenner must pay her estranged husband $2.5 million. Bonus!

    The couple had been married since 1991 and have two daughters together. You know the ones....

  11. Madonna: Leaking my music is 'artistic rape'

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    “This is artistic rape!! These are early leaked demo’s half of which wont even make it on my album the other half have changed and evolved. This is a form of terrorism. Wtf!!!! Why do people want to destroy artistic process??? Why steal? Why not give me the opportunity to finish and give you my very best?”

    That's what Madonna wrote in response to a version of her yet-to-be-announced 2015 album being leaked online. The 56-year-old singer called the songs “unfinished demos stolen long ago,” writing in an Instagram post on Wednesday that the music is “not ready to be presented to the world.” She then thanked her loyal fans for not listening, though we’d guess they were the first to do so....

  12. British man pays $150,000 to look like Kim Kardashian

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    $150,000.

    That’s how much a British man named Jordan James Parke paid plastic surgeons to make him look like Kim Kardashian. Some of what he had done: chin filler, Botox and eyebrow tattooing. Parke also had his lips filled over 50 times, and it shows.

    “I absolutely love everything about Kim Kardashian. I think she’s everyone’s guilty pleasure,” the 23-year-old makeup artist recently told The Sun newspaper. “For me, she is the most gorgeous woman ever. Her skin is perfect, her hair is perfect — everything about her is perfect. There’s no one I’d rather look like.”...

  13. Thanks to 'Interview' threats, Paramount cancels 'Team America' screenings

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    Something glorious happened in the wake of Sony Pictures canceling the Christmas Day release of The Interview, after hackers threatened a 9/11-style attack: Theaters across the U.S. decided to screen the 2004 North Korea-themed comedy Team America: World Police instead.

    Take that, censorship!

    But don’t get too excited. Just as the good news began to circulate, the terrorists, once again, ruined all the fun. Or, you know, Paramount Pictures did....

  14. Jim Bob Duggar says petition to cancel '19 Kids and Counting' has only helped

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    Not only will a petition to cancel 19 Kids and Counting fail, according to the reality show’s patriarch Jim Bob Duggar, but it has given the family even more exposure.

    The change.org petition, which urges TLC to cancel the show over the political views of the Duggar family, particularly their comments against LGBT rights, currently has more than 180,000 signatures. But Jim Bob isn’t worried, mainly because a Defend the Duggars petition on LifeSiteNews was approaching 210,000 signatures Wednesday night....

  15. '7th Heaven' actor Stephen Collins confesses to molesting minors

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    Man, you can’t even trust fictional priests these days. Stephen Collins, who played a pastor and father on 7th Heaven, has admitted to sexually abusing three young girls.

    Collins acknowledged “inappropriate sexual contact” with three minors between 1973 and 1994, People reports. The actor penned an essay to be published in the mag’s upcoming issue....