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Mike Myers explains his kids' quirky names, Spike and Sunday

Mike Myers has finally explained his children's curious names, baby.

The "Supermensch" director offered up his reasoning during a Thursday appearance on "The Late Show With David Letterman." 

The "Austin Powers" star and his wife, Kelly Tisdale, whom he wed in 2010, welcomed their son, Spike, in September 2011. In April, the pair welcomed their second child, a daughter named Sunday Molly. And their mini-mes both got unusual monikers.

"Spike is a very common Liverpool nickname if your name is Eric," the "Shrek" star said.

The 51-year-old "Saturday Night Live" alum said he also loves Irish-English comedian and writer Spike Milligan (as well as Spike Jones and Spike Jonze, "the radio guy, and the director," respectively).

As for his daughter, Sunday Molly Myers, well, there's a bit of a back story there.

"Sunday is because me and my wife Kelly hate Sundays — I'm not even kidding — and we wanted to turn it around and make it a good thing," he added.

"Molly is because of my Auntie Molly in...

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Ariana Grande dodges more questions about her love life on 'Today'

Ariana Grande is dominating the entertainment news cycle, but the petite pop star is still dodging and deflecting when it comes to those inevitible inquriies about her love live. 

The 21-year-old Nickelodeon alum hit the "Today" show's summer concert series Friday morning to perform her hits "Bang, Bang" and "Problem" — easily the summer's breakup anthem.

She of the signature high ponytail has been rumored to be dating her "Right There" and "Best Mistake" collaborator Big Sean, a rumor that got sparked after her breakup with Jai Brooks and caught fire after she and Sean were spotted holding hands backstage at Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards.

So when host Matt Lauer asked her if she had captured any one guy's attention, the "Sam

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Joan Rivers' 'condition remains serious,' daughter Melissa Rivers says

Joan Rivers' "condition remains serious" after being rushed to a hospital Thursday following complications during an outpatient surgery, her daughter said Friday.

"My mother would be so touched by the tributes and prayers that we have received from around the world," Melissa Rivers told E! News in an exclusive statement. "Her condition remains serious but she is receiving the best treatment and care possible."

The comedy legend and "Fashion Police" host has been placed in a medically induced coma, according to New York Daily News sources and other reports; she'd stopped breathing during minor throat surgery Thursday morning and was admitted to Mt. Sinai Hospital.

The 81-year-old is stable but still in critical condition, E! News said.

Melissa Rivers, 46, and her son Cooper traveled immediately from L.A. to be with Joan. After arrival in New York, Melissa said her mom was "resting comfortably" and surrounded by family.

Joan Rivers' celebrity fashion-critique show, which is co-hosted by...

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Britney Spears splits with David Lucado after cheating video surfaces

Britney Spears and boyfriend David Lucado have broken up, and it looks as if Brit's dad Jamie Spears did some key damage control along the way.

"Ahhhh the single life!," Spears tweeted Thursday afternoon, taking a minimalist approach to acknowledging the split with her boyfriend of 18 months, whom she started dating shortly after she and Jason Trawick called off their engagement.

Later the 32-year-old mother of two posted an Instagram video referring to her extremely bad day -- one that apparently was made worse by viewing recently shot video of Lucado dancing and making out with another woman.

So, why hasn't the world seen that same video by now? It was Dad to the rescue.

Turns out that Jamie Spears, Britney's conservator for the past six years, heard the footage was for sale and, to save his daughter the public embarrassment, quickly snapped it up, TMZ reported Friday. Paid some big bucks too.

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Chelsea Clinton leaves NBC to focus on Clinton Foundation, motherhood

Chelsea Clinton has ended her term at NBC News. 

The pregnant daughter of former President Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton signed off from her correspondent duties to "continue focusing" on her work at the Clinton Foundation and "look forward to welcoming" her first child with husband Marc Mezvinsky. (And help her mom out with what could be a presidential campaign, perhaps?)

She's leaving a gig that raised eyebrows when it was reported that NBC News was paying the broadcast journalism newbie a $600,000 annual salary before she went month-to-month earlier this year.

The two-term White House resident announced in April that she was expecting her first child with the investment banker, whom she wed in 2010. No word yet on whether it's a boy or girl.

Clinton bid farewell to her post in a Facebook update Friday bearing the salutation "Thank You." In it, she recounted the "make a difference" stories she reported on the network. The 34-year-old joined the news...

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Miley Cyrus' VMAs date turns himself in to Oregon authorities

Jesse Helt, the homeless man who became famous after Miley Cyrus took him to the MTV Video Music Awards as her date Sunday, turned himself in to authorities in Oregon on an outstanding warrant Thursday night.

Helt turned himself in to the Polk County Jail in Dallas about 7 p.m., jail staff said.

Helt was booked and then released after he paid $2,500 toward his $25,000 bond, staff said.

Cyrus took Helt to the award show after meeting him at a homeless center in Hollywood, his mother, who lives in West Salem, Ore., told the Statesman Journal.

The warrant was for an unspecified probation violation.

Helt was arrested twice in 2011 for parole violations, the county sheriff’s office said.

Cyrus blasted news media for concentrating on Helt’s criminal past and not the issue of homelessness, which she hoped would get more attention by taking Helt to the show.

Helt was accompanied to the jail only by his lawyer, staff said.  

Helt's next court date is Sept. 16.

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Joan Rivers is 'resting comfortably' in hospital, Melissa Rivers says

Joan Rivers' daughter says her mother is "resting comfortably" after being rushed to a hospital in New York City on Thursday morning following complications during an outpatient throat surgery.

Melissa Rivers hopped on a flight to New York from Los Angeles after news broke that the "Fashion Police" star had been rushed from a Manhattan doctor's office to nearby Mt. Sinai Hospital.

"I want to thank everyone for the overwhelming love and support for my mother. She is resting comfortably and is with our family," Melissa Rivers said in a statement.

"We ask that you continue to keep her in your thoughts and prayers."

The 81-year-old comic was taken to Mt. Sinai around 9:30 a.m. Thursday after authorities fielded a call about a woman who was in either respiratory or cardiac arrest.

Joan Rivers was said to be in critical condition when emergency medical services arrived; her condition was stabilized later at the hospital, sources told several outlets.

She'd reportedly stopped breathing during...

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Philip Seymour Hoffman friend pleads guilty in heroin case

A friend of Philip Seymour Hoffman who was arrested in the investigation following the Oscar winner's fatal overdose has taken a plea deal that gives him no jail time.

Robert Aaron Vineberg initially faced a felony charge of heroin possession with intent to sell. He pleaded guilty Thursday only to possession and is expected to get five years’ probation, a spokeswoman for the New York County district attorney’s office said.

The jazz musician -- a Canadian whose stage name is Robert Aaron and who played saxophone on the 1983 David Bowie hit “Let’s Dance” -- also agreed to do 25 days of community service, continue a drug treatment program and forfeit about $1,200 that police found in his apartment the night of his arrest, she said. His sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 14.

Vineberg was arrested Feb. 4, two days after the "Capote" star was found dead at his New York home with a needle in his arm and glassine packets of heroin nearby. The musician also had glassine packets of heroin, plus a...

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Shakira, Gerard Pique confirm they're expecting baby No. 2

Shakira, Shakira! The singer and her boyfriend, Gerard Pique, are expecting their second child.

The pregnant "Voice" mentor announced the news in the Spanish edition of Cosmopolitan, saying, "Pues sí, la verdad es que sí, estoy embarazada." (Yes, it's true, I'm pregnant.)

Then she took to Twitter on Thursday to make the announcement in her native tongue and in English.

"Yes, we are expecting our second baby!! Thank you all for your well wishes!" the 37-year-old tweeted. Pique, 27, a defender for Spain's national soccer team, retweeted his lady love's news.

The Colombian-Lebanese folk singer-turned-international pop star, whose full name is Shakira Mebarak, and Pique welcomed their son Milan Pique Mebarak in January 2013.

The handsome couple met back in 2010 when the singer was promoting her World Cup anthem "Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)."

In July, the UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador told the Associated Press that she "will never forget that I met the love of my life at the World Cup."...

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Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie get hitched: the Brangelina wedding roundup

Mr. and Mrs. Pitt! Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have finally tied the knot after nine years together, six kids and more than two years of being engaged.

The much anticipated wedding news was delivered Thursday via the Associated Press by a spokesman for the "Maleficent" star, 39, and the actor, 50.

Not surprisingly, the ultra-private power pair has been mum on the details, so here's what we know (and what we think we know) so far:

The date: Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014

The venue: A small chapel at Chateau Miraval, the couple's private wine-making estate, in the south of France.

The officiant: The comely couple got their marriage license from a California judge, who also performed the ceremony, according to AP.

The ceremony: "It was a non-denominational civil ceremony. It was very much a family affair," the family's spokesperson said.

The rings: You might recall, Pitt had a near 16-carat engagement ring designed by Robert Procop for his lady love in 2012. The Oscar-winning "12 Years a Slave"...

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Heather Morris of 'Glee' reportedly engaged to longtime boyfriend

Heather Morris of "Glee" is reportedly engaged to her high school sweetheart, Taylor Hubbell. 

Us Weekly says that the actress, known for playing ditzy Cheerio Brittany S. Pierce on the Fox musical comedy, and her longtime beau are affianced.

"They're super-happy together and it just made sense," a source told the mag. "Heather was beaming when spotted wearing her engagement ring."

The 27-year-old and Hubbell are already parents to 11-month-old son Elijah, whom they welcomed in September 2013. Morris has enthusiastically expressed her desire to get hitched to Hubbell.

"I want to marry him so bad," the "Single Ladies" backup dancer told Fitness magazine in a 2011 interview. "That's what I really care about. I want to marry Taylor and have kids with him. I love acting, but if it affects my relationship, then I won't continue doing it."

Indeed, the actress left "Glee" after Season 4, when she was pregnant, to focus on motherhood. However, she did return for the show's two-part 100th...

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Joan Rivers, 81, hospitalized; daughter Melissa Rivers en route

Joan Rivers has been rushed to Manhattan's Mt. Sinai Hospital, New York police said Thursday morning, reportedly after suffering complications during an outpatient surgery at a nearby doctor's office.

"This morning, Joan Rivers was taken to the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, where she is being attended to," hospital spokesman Sid Dinsay confirmed. "Her family wants to thank everybody for their outpouring of love and support. We will provide an update on her condition as it becomes available."

Daughter Melissa Rivers was en route to her mother's side, said a spokesperson for E!, which airs "Fashion Police."

"E!, Fashion Police and NBCUniversal continue to send thoughts and prayers to Joan, Melissa and their entire family," the network said in a statement. 

Emergency medical services personnel brought the veteran stand-up comic and "Fashion Police" star to the hospital from "a doctor's office on 93rd Street," NYPD Det. Kellyann Ort told The Times. Ort had no comment about Rivers'...

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