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Kim Kardashian-related tweet has EPA's water office apologizing

An errant Kim Kardashian-related tweet from the EPA's Office of Water earned some Official U.S. Government Agency Attention on Tuesday morning. "I'm now a C-List celebrity in Kim Kardashian: Hollywood. Come join me and become famous too by playing on iPhone!” said the initial Monday-night tweet, which included a link to the crazy-successful game app that launched in June with the reality-TV diva's endorsement. The curious tweet stayed live for about three hours and had Twitter abuzz. "Whoops…our bad. Sorry about tweet. Upside - more attention for the Office of Water (http://water.epa.gov ), thanks @KimKardashian," the Evironmental Protection Agency branch wrote Tuesday morning. See, even when she's not directly involved, Kardashian has a way of shining a spotlight on things. Including things as unglamorous as a faceless organization "working for clean water for all Americans." Kim Kardashian: Hollywood was the top downloaded app in the Apple online store Tuesday, according to the...

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'Twilight's' Nikki Reed dating Ian Somerhalder, reports say

The vampire franchises are crossing over! "The Twilight Saga's" Nikki Reed is reportedly dating Ian Somerhalder of "The Vampire Diaries." Good-bye, Damon and Elena; hello, Damon and Rosalie?! The hearthrob couple has been linked several times over the past week, Us Weekly reported, with a source verifying their new couple status. On July 15 they ate at Kiwami in Studio City and grabbed dinner in the San Fernando Valley, the mag said. Then, over the weekend, they were spotted jogging together in L.A. on Saturday, the Daily Mail reported. The playful "Lost" actor also got extra lovey-dovey with the brunet beauty as they shopped at the Studio City farmer's market on Sunday, according to E! News. That's an awful lot of unofficial joint public appearances, so it's no surprise the blogosphere is buzzing with budding romance rumors. Reps for both stars did not immediately respond to The Times' requests for comment. In March, news broke that Reed, 26, separated from husband Paul McDonald of...

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Robert Downey Jr. leads Forbes' highest-paid actors list again

It's good to be Iron Man — Robert Downey Jr. once again leads Forbes' list of top-earning actors. The movie star came in first for the second year in a row, the financial mag said, raking in an additional $75 million between June 2013 and June 2014. The magazine touted the 49-year-old as "indisposable" to the Disney-owned Marvel franchise, with Mickey Mouse willing to pay Downey Jr. "whatever he demands" to ensure his involvement in the high-earning films. The actor, expecting a third child, his second with wife Susan, has appeared in three "Iron Man" movies as billionaire playboy-turned-superhero Tony Stark and reprised his role in the 2012 blockbuster "The Avengers, " the third-highest-grossing film of all time.  Downey Jr. is filming "Avengers: Age of Ultron," slated for release in 2015. He "held out" during contract negotiations for that film, Forbes reported. Compared with Angelina Jolie's $33 million in earnings for the year that ended in June 2013, there's a stark male-female...

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Prince George's birthday: Bring on the baby photos!

It's time to celebrate Prince George's birthday! The third in line to the British throne, born July 22, 2013, is being feted with much fanfare and with what royal watchers want most: more pictures of the adorable little prince. The royals obliged by releasing three photos taken by John Stillwell to mark the rambunctious prince's first birthday. "We would like to take this opportunity on George's first birthday to thank everyone over the last year, wherever we have met them, both at home and overseas, for their warm and generous good wishes to George and our family," the Cambridges said in a joint statement upon releasing the second and third photos Monday. On Saturday, the monarchy released the first image. It shows the little royal in a navy blue polo and striped overall shorts walking during a July 2 visit to the Sensational Butterflies exhibition at the Natural History Museum, which counts his mother, Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, as a patron. The monarchy posted the first...

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Philip Seymour Hoffman didn't want 'trust fund' kids, filing says

Philip Seymour Hoffman didn't want to leave any money to his three young children with Mimi O'Donnell, court documents have revealed -- supporting wishes expressed by the actor in a nearly 10-year-old will that went public in February. Hoffman "did not want his children to be considered 'trust fund' kids," according to a new filing obtained by the New York Post.  And there's a bundle of money to be had: about $35 million, the paper said. Hoffman died of an overdose in February at age 46, leaving behind a son and two daughters: Cooper, 10, Tallulah, 7, and Willa, 5. In his October 2004 will, the "Capote" Oscar winner gave everything to his longtime girlfriend, with Cooper as a backup in case O'Donnell had passed away. At the time the will was signed, however, the girls were not yet born. The new details were gleaned from an interview of Hoffman's accountant that was conducted by a court-appointed attorney representing the children's interests in the resolution of the estate. The...

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Adam Levine, Behati Prinsloo marry in Mexico; Jonah Hill officiates

Adam Levine of Maroon 5 and Behati Prinsloo of Victoria's Secret Angel goodness were married Saturday evening in Mexico, according to reports over the weekend. The ceremony went down at the Flora Farm in San Jose del Cabo, northeast of Cabo San Lucas in Baja California Sur, People reported. About 275 guests attended, many in summer dresses and linen suits, the mag said. Levine, 35, and Prinsloo, 25, dated for a year before getting engaged almost exactly a year ago. Among the wedding guests: Robert Downey Jr., model Coco Rocha and Levine's Maroon 5 bandmates, with keyboard player Jesse Carmichael reportedly serving as best man. It must have been a beautiful wedding party too: Most of the bridesmaids were Victoria's Secret models, according to E! News. The bridesmaids wore white dresses in the tropical setting -- complementing Prinsloo's strappy, floor-length lace Marchesa gown -- while the groomsmen kept it casual in black pants and black Hawaiian-print shirts, the outlet said. Jonah...

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Casey Kasem's body missing from funeral home, daughter's rep says

Casey Kasem's body is no longer at the Washington state funeral home that had been keeping it, a rep for the radio icon's eldest daughter said Friday. The situation is "pure insanity," rep Danny Deraney told the Los Angeles Times, confirming that the body was not at the funeral home where it had been held. "It's sad that it's gotten to this point." A judge awarded daughter Kerri Kasem a temporary restraining order Wednesday preventing her dad's second wife, Jean Kasem, from cremating or removing the remains from the funeral home pending a decision about who could conduct a possible autopsy, the Associated Press reported Friday. However, Jean Kasem had already filled out a death certificate indicating that the body should be transferred to a funeral home in Montreal, the AP reported, noting that on Friday the Canadian funeral home said the radio host's body was not there, nor was his name in its system. When news broke Thursday that the "American Top 40" host remained unburied more than...

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Blake Lively defends Paltrow, talks Martha Stewart, Ryan Reynolds

Blake Lively is launching a new lifestyle site, but it's not to be confused with Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop. The "Gossip Girl" alum officially announced the project -- Preserve, which was two years in the making -- in the August issue of Vogue, which she covers for the third time. The blond bombshell, photographed by Mario Testino, goes country chic for the mag's Age Issue in a Native American-print inspired gown and heavily lined leather jacket, dialing down the va-va-voom factor she's displayed on previous Vogue covers. The 26-year-old budding entrepreneur knows it's not novel for a celeb to launch a lifestyle brand, but said she hopes to carve out a niche with Preserve, which she expects will resonate with people seeking the small, batch-made products that appeal to those hoping to stay in touch with hand-crafted culture.  She said she's not trying to show people "the perfect life or the aspirational life." "It's real life," the self-made fashionista told the mag's Jonathan Van Meter....

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Jason Biggs apologizes, deletes joke tweet about Malaysia Airlines

Actor Jason Biggs was fully owning his Malaysia Airlines Twitter joke on Thursday morning. But by the afternoon, he'd switched to owning up. "Hey all- ok, so- I am deleting my previous tweets. People were offended, and that was not my intent. Sorry to those of you that were," Biggs wrote in the first of a series of four mea culpa posts.  "This is obviously a horrible tragedy, and everyone-including myself- is sad and angry about it. Sending positive thoughts to the victims and their families. P.S. No one is making me send these tweets- I simply understand that my comments might have come off as insensitive and ill-timed. For that, I apologize." The "Orange Is the New Black" and "American Pie" actor had drawn attention — of the not-good kind — with a tweet that joked, "Anyone want to buy my Malaysian Airlines frequent flier miles?" His comment was published a little more than two hours after contact with flight MH17 was lost. The jetliner, operated by the same airline that lost its...

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Tim McGraw swats one fan, serenades another in Atlanta

Tim McGraw's Sunday concert in Atlanta was an eventful one, it seems, with one fan getting handsy -- and earning a smack for her efforts -- while another enjoyed a personal, sit-down serenade from the country star.  The "slap" heard 'round the gossip world happened during an encore as McGraw dished out "Truck Yeah" from a part of the stage that extended out into the audience.  Rough cellphone video posted by TMZ on Thursday afternoon showed an interaction with a fan that happened so fast it had to be pointed out by an arrow superimposed on the footage. By Friday morning, a better recording from a different angle had surfaced. In the newer video, a woman can be seen reaching up from the crowd and tearing at McGraw's already fashionably torn jeans as he starts walking away. Held up by the grab, he takes a swipe back at her and apparently connects with her face, following up with an arms-wide gesture that seems to say something along the lines of, "What the what, lady?" Atlanta...

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Ryan Seacrest said to be dating model Shayna Taylor

Ryan Seacrest has a new lady friend! The ultra-busy "American Idol" and radio host was spotted with fitness model Shayna Taylor, 23, while vacationing in France and Italy earlier this month, according to People. The pair is said to be dating and "having fun," a source told the magazine. Indeed, Taylor, who's got a similar look about her as Seacrest's ex Julianne Hough, posted a pic of herself cuddling with the "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" mogul in front of Roman ruins last week. "The best," she wrote, adding a heart-eyed emoji. The Wilhelmina model reportedly confirmed the romance to photographers as the pair arrived together at LAX earlier this week. When a photographer asked her how it felt to date Seacrest, she replied (via the Daily Mail), "It feels great," later adding, "I'm a lucky girl." Seacrest, 39, famously dated former "Dancing With the Stars" pro Hough, 25, for more than two years before they split in 2013. The "Safe Haven" actress recently opened up about her love...

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Celebs need not apply at 'The View'? Casting takes a serious turn

Forget Barbara Walters' retirement: Rosie O'Donnell's return may mark the real end of an era on "The View." Rosie could be the last Celebrity-with-a-capital-C to snag a seat at the table. With the exception of creator Barbara Walters, "The View" has been populated since 2006 by women plucked from entertainment. Think Elisabeth Hasselbeck, "Survivor" star; Jenny McCarthy, Playboy model-turned-actress; Sherri Shepherd, comic and actress; Joy Behar, comic and actress; and of course Whoopi Goldberg, a comedian, actress and Oscar-winner. But change appears to be afoot. While the names being bandied about in recent rumors might belong to familiar faces from TV news, there's not a Playboy spread, reality show or stool-and-a-mike setup among them. No Twitter fights with Donald Trump. No tabloid-friendly divorces. No breakups with movie stars.  Replace all that with politics, punditry and journalism. This could get serious. Conservative radio host and Fox Newschannel contributor Tammy Bruce has...

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