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Taylor Swift surprises fan with heartfelt love advice

There may be no better person to seek love advice from than Taylor Swift, 24, the queen of heartbreak songs. A female follower reached out to the singer-songwriter via Instagram this week, asking for her guidance on that very topic.    "There’s a guy Taylor, a guy who’s sweet and charming and makes me laugh," the girl, named Hannah, wrote in a Tuesday post. "A guy who plays guitar like me. A guy who was my first best friend. A guy who I met when I was seven and he was nine. A guy who this one time, when we were younger, said that I was 'like' his girlfriend because I was a girl and his friend. I wish." Boy, this sure is sounding a lot like the lyrics in Swift's chart-topper "You Belong With Me." Surely Hannah knows the hit, as the photo tagged to her message touted a cutout collage of Swift pics. She continued: "A guy who I have the biggest crush in the whole wide world on, and he'll never like me back. (And he has a girlfriend who he adores and she's pretty and has an amazing figure...

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Jennette McCurdy insists she's no role model

Jennette McCurdy says she’s no role model -- never claimed or wanted to be one, thank you very much. The Nickelodeon darling delved into details in a public note via Reddit on Thursday. "There was a time when I tried to live up to the aggrandizing title [of role model], that pedestal of a thing. Maybe it wasn't so much that I was trying to live up to it. Perhaps I thought I could and I thought I was supposed to, so I gave it my best shot," the 21-year-old wrote. The title -- scuffed in recent months by a sequence of events that kicked off in March when a trio of racy pictures showed up online -- had emerged naturally for McCurdy. She first burst onto Nickelodeon screens and into young children’s noggins as spontaneous Sam Puckett in the channel’s hit live-action comedy "iCarly." With Miranda Cosgrove (Carly) and Nathan Kress (Freddie) as her onscreen best friends, she became instantly recognizable. "Back in my adolescence, I was more amiable, bubbly, and on lightly humid days, maybe...

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I Luh Ya 45! Jennifer Lopez celebrates birthday with starry bash

  Jennifer Lopez must have been waiting for Thursday night! The singer-actress celebrated her 45th birthday in style with about 100 guests in the Hamptons, according to several reports. Among the celebrity guests who toasted to the "I Luh Ya Papi" songstress at Grecian hot spot Nammos were her "Papi" collaborator French Montana and his girlfriend Khloe Kardashian, "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" costar Scott Disick, Lopez's longtime manager Benny Medina, rapper Fat Joe, TV host Kelly Ripa and husband Mark Consuelos, Bravo's Andy Cohen, designers Rachel Zoe and Brian Atwood, and Lopez's bestie Leah Remini, according to E! News and Us Weekly. Her rumored beau Maksim Chmerkovskiy reportedly made an appearance too, arriving at the festivities around 1 a.m. after finishing up a rehearsal. He and the birthday girl were "super cute" and "affectionate," the reports said. The festivities included a formal dinner and a dance party that reportedly went on to 4 a.m. There was also a "massive...

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Joan Rivers rails: Palestinians 'started it' with Israel

Joan Rivers is definitely not one of those celebrities who avoid paparazzi outside the airport. In fact, she just used such an opportunity to go on an absolute tear, defending Israel and slamming the mainstream media. Rivers held nothing back outside LAX on Thursday as she answered a TMZ video guy's question regarding the current flare-up of violence between Israel and the Palestinians. "If New Jersey were firing rockets into New York, we'd wipe 'em out. ... If we heard they were digging tunnels from New Jersey to New York, we would get rid of New Jersey," the comic said passionately. "So I don't want to hear any more 'We'll have a partial truce.'" She also didn't flinch when asked where civilians should go when Israel fires retaliatory rockets into Palestinian territory. The answer? She didn't care. And they shouldn't put weapon caches in civilian homes. "They started it. You're all insane," she said. "They started it. What are you all saying? They started it." Presumably the "you" she...

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Justin Theroux reveals a tawdry past peppered with mug shots

Justin Theroux is a bad boy. Or so he'd have the world believe. Thursday night found Theroux as a guest on Jimmy Kimmel's late-night show, with the host at one point compelled to sift through his guest's online past.  "I've got some skeletons," the star of "The Leftovers" admits. "I think you can't really come into Hollywood without a couple mug shots under your belt." Kimmel seems unconvinced that the actor, writer and Jennifer Aniston fiance had ever been arrested. "You think you know me, Jimmy, but you don't know me ...," Theroux says. "You can Google it. Everything's on the Internet. None of us can escape it." Hmm. That sounds like a challenge. One requiring the powerful oracle that is Google. And "Google" apparently delivers the goods. Kimmel's allegedly impromptu search turns up not one but many Theroux mug shots. A classic orange jail jumpsuit is featured in one. A chicken in another. There's a milk moustache. And, well, lipstick. Watch the video above for the full experience,...

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Charlize-Theron-Sean-Penn-engaged rumor becomes no-they're-not rumor

Sometimes a ring is just a ring, no matter what finger it's on. That according to a source who says Charlize Theron, and not Sean Penn, bought a bauble that sparked rumors about the couple being engaged.  The actress bought the Anita Ko ring, which ballparks around $5,000, for herself, a source told Us Weekly on Friday.  Us Weekly, of course, was the same outlet that on Monday had the couple eyeing a summer wedding and planning to adopt a child together. The engagement rumors picked up steam after Theron was photographed Wednesday at Los Angeles International Airport, using a jacket to hide her face from paparazzi and in the process allowing them to see a ring on her left hand, which she was using to hold up the coat. Penn, 51, and Theron, 38, who won their acting Oscars in the same year, 2004, have reportedly been friends for years. In January at a fundraiser for his Haiti charity, Penn made their couple status public. Follow Christie D'Zurilla on Twitter  @theCDZ  and Google+ . Follow...

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Andrej Pejic now Andreja: Androgynous model reveals sex reassignment

For the model born Andrej Pejic, gender -- or more accurately, androgyny -- was very much a key to success. For the model who is now Andreja Pejic, gender has been redefined, reassigned and put on her list of dreams that have become reality. Pejic, who made headlines in 2011 by rocking both men's and women's high-fashion runways, has just revealed she underwent sex-reassignment surgery earlier this year. "I hope that by being open about this, it becomes less of an issue," the 22-year-old, who now goes by Andreja, told People. Pejic, who was born in Serbia, raised in Australia and started taking puberty-blocking hormones at a young age, had planned to finish high school as Andrej and then transition. Then came the discovery by a modeling agent at age 17. As jobs on both male and female runways came in, the transition was put on hold until a self-reevaluation "about a year and a half ago," Pejic said. Notable gigs included walking the Gaultier runway in 2011 in the prestigious bride role...

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'Fifty Shades'' Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson on 'sexual acrobatics'

Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson were slightly coy when they explained what went into filming their "Fifty Shades of Grey" sex scenes. The actors, who make their breakout debut in the film adaptation of E.L. James' bestselling erotic trilogy, spoke during a Vancouver, Canada, set visit with Natalie Morales of the "Today" show, which premiered the NSFW first trailer of the highly anticipated film on Thursday morning  By now, fans of the trilogy who've seen the trailer have revisited the lustiness they experienced while reading James' novels, which started off as "Twilight" fan fiction and has since been dubbed "mommy porn." The steamy trailer ramped up the characters' chemistry, relived their tense first meeting, saw Dornan's Christian Grey take Johnson's Anastasia Steele in an elevator and directly alluded to Christian's erotic playroom (all while giving fans a generous helping of Christian's abs and piercing stare). So what was it like filming those racy sex scenes? "The reality of it...

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Khloe Kardashian explains sex hiatus with new beau French Montana

Khloe Kardashian isn't afraid to put her new man -- rapper French Montana -- on blast! The outspoken "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" star was introduced to the rapper, real name Karim Kharbouch, by music mogul Diddy and has been linked to him since April. They've become pretty intimate since and close enough that Kardashian could crash his Power 105.1 interview with Angie Martinez on Thursday, when she dished about their relationship and their sex life -- or current lack thereof. The "I Luh Ya Papi" rapper is collaborating with Kanye West (Kardashian's brother-in-law) and said he was adjusting to the ubiquitous attention that comes with dating the reality TV star, who is currently in the process of divorcing Lamar Odom, pro basketball player without portfolio. Kardashian, 30, said Montana, 29, puts up a tough exterior but is extremely funny, though he keeps that -- and his soft side -- more private. Conversely, the Morrocco-born emcee joked that Kardashian was born in the TMZ meeting...

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Charlize Theron's big ring spurs rumors she and Sean Penn are engaged

Charlize Theron has been photographed wearing a big, sparkly ring on that finger, adding oomph to a rumor out earlier in the week saying she and Sean Penn are engaged. In trying to cover her face from paparazzi on Wednesday at Los Angeles International Airport, the 38-year-old Oscar winner inadvertently gave at least one photographer a better angle on her left hand -- and the image could be seen online Thursday courtesy of the New York Daily News. On Monday, an Us Weekly source said the actress and her boyfriend "want to get married very soon" and want to adopt a child together. Theron adopted her 2-year-old son, Jackson, as a single mom in 2012. Penn has two children from 13 years of marriage to Robin Wright, his second ex-wife. Their divorce was final in 2010. His four-year first marriage, to Madonna, ended in 1989. Penn confirmed the relationship with Theron in January, telling Piers Morgan the dish at a fundraiser for his Haiti charity. They'd been friends for years before that,...

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Alec Baldwin gets chance to 'be a good boy' in disorderly conduct case

If Alec Baldwin stays "out of trouble" for six months, a judge will dismiss the case against him for allegedly getting belligerent with cops in May when he was stopped for biking the wrong way down a one-way street. Baldwin said he'd rather pay a fine to settle the violations he's charged with, while Manhattan Criminal Court Judge John DeLury told the actor the court was just asking for an apology, the Associated Press reported Thursday. Despite that disconnect, and in a move that's apparently common for low-level issues, the judge put the case on track for dismissal if Baldwin keeps his nose clean for six months. "Looks like you have a short fuse," the judge told the actor, who's already infamous for that short fuse. "Can you stay out of trouble, Alexander?" DeLury asked, according to the AP. Baldwin responded in the affirmative, earning a somewhat snarky reply from the judge: "Be a good boy from now on. Have a good day!" Of course, the former "30 Rock" star had to have his public say...

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North West has taken her first steps, Kim Kardashian reveals

North West has reached a developmental milestone, according to mom Kim Kardashian.  The 13-month-old daughter of the reality star and rapper Kanye West has taken her first steps, and they came just after the starlet-to-be completed a totally different kind of lesson. "Our baby girl finished one week of swimming lessons today then took her 1st steps right when she got out of the pool!!!!" Kardashian wrote, sharing a pic taken by West of herself kissing their baby girl, who's all wrapped up in a yellow towel. "Mommy & Daddy are so proud of you!!!!" she added. Kids take their first steps anywhere between nine months and 15 months of age, according to various child-development sites. In high-profile contrast, Prince William and Catherine's son Prince George, who's a month younger than North, made headlines as he walked with the help of his mom at a charity polo match in June and was photographed walking on his own in early July. Perhaps that's to be expected from a future monarch? We...

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