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Avril Lavigne-Chad Kroeger marriage rumored to be on shaky ground

Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger's marriage is rumored to be on the rocks just weeks after the Nickelback rocker gave his wife a massive ring to mark their first anniversary. 

"He has been going around L.A. telling people that they are divorcing," a source told Us Weekly.

A Lavigne friend reportedly told the magazine, "Chad is just a complete jerk in the way he talks to her, and the way he talks to people in general. A lot of her friends don’t like him."

However, an E! News source wasn't quite as certain. "I don't know what's going to happen," the source said. "She really wants to have a baby. She was hoping, after this album, to take time off and start a family."

Even though they're "fighting a lot" and "having a lot of issues," divorce would be an option of last resort, according to the E! source.

Kroeger, 39, and the "Hello Kitty" rocker, 29, dated for a month before getting engaged in August 2012.  They got married July 1, 2013, in a gothic-themed wedding held in a medieval castle in...

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Lauren Conrad shows off wedding dress: 'I am officially Lauren Tell'

Lauren Conrad may have designed her bridesmaids' dresses, but when it came to the one-of-a-kind wedding gown, she let some big names do the heavy lifting.

The Badgley Mischka Couture creation stars -- along with the bride and groom -- in the upcoming issue of Us Weekly. In one shot, the sleeveless number's lacy train seems to go on for days, puddling at the fashionista's feet.

Conrad and William Tell, who met two years ago on a blind date, got married over the weekend in Santa Ynez, Calif. They'd been engaged since last October.

"I am officially Lauren Tell," she tweeted Wednesday.

"I was so thrilled to have Mark [Badgley] and James [Mischka] work on my dress. Not only have I been a longtime fan of their designs and aesthetic, they are also the nicest guys," Conrad said in a statement. "They were so sweet and made the process really enjoyable. I love my dress."

That said, MTV's reading of the Us article hints at perhaps one bump along the way: The dress originally had long sleeves, a...

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Daniele Watts' boyfriend says pictures of them in car 'show nothing'

Actress Daniele Watts and her boyfriend Brian James Lucas might have been doing more than "making out" in a car in Studio City before their encounter with police last week, by the looks of photos that surfaced Wednesday. 

The pictures, obtained by TMZ and taken last Thursday, show the couple on the passenger seat of what he told police was his car. The car door is open and Lucas' legs are out the door, feet on the curb. One shot shows hands holding onto the edge of the open sunroof. Watts' back is to the sidewalk and she appears to bit sitting on top of Lucas.

However, Lucas, a raw-foods chef who lists a number of celebrities among his clients, told the Los Angeles Times via text message that "Photos show nothing cuz we were doing nothing."

An eyewitness who was working in the adjacent office told TMZ that Watts was straddling Lucas with her shirt pushed up to expose her breasts and was rocking back and forth on him.

Someone from the office went down and asked the couple to stop...

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Report: Joan Rivers doctor took selfie, began biopsy, source says

Joan Rivers' personal ear-nose-throat doctor took a selfie while the comic was under sedation and began an unplanned biopsy on her vocal cords before the 81-year-old went into cardiac arrest, CNN reported Tuesday.

A staff member at the Yorkville Endoscopy Clinic was the one who told investigators about the picture-taking, according to a source CNN described as close to the death investigation. The physician has not been identified.

The ENT doctor's alleged presence in the operating room was first reported last week by the New York Daily News, with sources telling the New York Times that he wasn't authorized to be there.

The "spur-of-the-moment" biopsy caused Rivers' vocal cords to seize up in what's called a laryngospasm, the Daily News source said.

The clinic had countered the biopsy allegation last Wednesday, saying in a statement that a "biopsy of vocal cords has never been performed at Yorkville Endoscopy," adding that although "monitored" or "light to moderate" sedation occurred...

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Leonardo DiCaprio gets a climate-change gig with the U.N.

Leonardo DiCaprio will be the face of the United Nations' effort to raise awareness of its climate change efforts. 

The "Wolf of Wall Street" star was bestowed the rather weighty-sounding title of "Messenger of Peace" on Tuesday, courtesy of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

"Honored to accept at this key moment for #Climate2014," DiCaprio tweeted, alluding to the U.N. Climate Summit set for Sept. 23 in New York, where he's been invited to speak.

"I feel a moral obligation to speak out at this key moment in human history -- it is a moment for action," he said in a longer statement given to the United Nations. "How we respond to the climate crisis in the coming years will likely determine the fate of humanity and our planet."

In addition to his reputation as a guy who loves dating models, DiCaprio is known as an environmentalist and activist.

"Mr. DiCaprio is a credible voice in the environmental movement, and has a considerable platform to amplify its message," the secretary-general said ...

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Kim Kardashian defends Kanye West in wheelchair kerfuffle

The story about Kanye West stopping his concert until a person in a wheelchair and another with a prosthetic leg stood up has been twisted by the media, Kim Kardashian says.

"What an amazing Australian tour! Its frustrating that something so awesome could be clouded by lies in the media," the reality star said Monday on Instagram before landing Tuesday morning at LAX with her daughter and husband.

West, of course, had walked a mile -- or at least the length of a stage -- in Joe Biden's shoes during one of his weekend concerts in Sydney, Australia, where he announced he was stopping the show until everybody in the audience was standing up. Unfortunately, the "Yeezus" rapper was a stickler for detail and waited -- and waited -- because he really wanted everyone to stand up.

"I can't do this song, I can't do the rest of this show until everybody stands up," he said. "Unless you got a handicapped pass with special parking ..."

At one point, he asked the crowd if they wanted any holdouts to...

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Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes are parents to a baby girl, reports say

Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes -- who never confirmed they were expecting a baby -- are reportedly new parents.

A baby girl was born to the costars of "The Place Beyond the Pines" on Friday, sources told Us Weekly on Tuesday. No details, including the baby's name, were immediately available.

People magazine said it had confirmed the birth as well.

News that Gosling and Mendes had a baby on the way broke early in July, with OK magazine declaring her to be seven months' pregnant and other publications chiming in afterward with their own sources confirming the story.

The couple, who've been living in his Studio City home, adjusted their lifestyles immediately after learning she was pregnant, People reported in mid-July.

Mendes "barely left the house" in recent months, a source told the magazine at the time. "Ryan has been taking care of her, picking up food and running errands. He has been very supportive about keeping things a secret," the source said. 

Mendes appeared at a New York & Co....

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Rosie O'Donnell says weight loss came with 'emotional turbulence'

Rosie O'Donnell, who took her dramatic weight loss mainstream Monday with the premiere of a revamped "The View," had a confession to make after the show: Being thinner isn't all daisies and unicorns.

"The fact that I look so different has been difficult and unexpected," O'Donnell told ABC News. "Everyone assumes that obese people would just be jumping for joy that they were healthier and thinner and able to fit into store-bought sizes, we don't have to go to the plus store.

"But it's also filled with a lot of emotional turbulence you wouldn't expect."

The comic and talk-show host had gastric-sleeve surgery after she struggled to drop from her 230-pound starting weight by dieting following an August 2012 heart attack. The procedure left her stomach 20% of its original size.

In April, the 5-foot-7 O'Donnell posted before and after photos on Twitter, showing she'd achieved that doctor-advised weight loss.

"Almost 50 lbs off - I can see it," she wrote at the time. 

Now, she told ABC News,...

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Samira Wiley's 'OITNB' writer girlfriend files for divorce from husband

An "Orange Is the New Black" writer who was actress Samira Wiley's Emmy Awards date back in August has reportedly filed for divorce from the guy she married just months before joining the staff of the women's prison show. 

Lauren Morelli and Steve Basilone, also a TV writer, have filed for divorce jointly, according to TMZ, which obtained documents it said illustrated an amicable split. Makes sense that it's not ugly: Morelli has referred publicly to her estranged husband as "the person I loved most in the world."

But while the divorce filing is new, most of this saga has been out there for months.

Morelli went public with her sexuality in a May essay for Identities.mic that was written about six months after she and Basilone -- who'd been together for six years before tying the knot -- decided to end their marriage.

The writer had gone to New York with "OINTB" in 2012, only five months after getting married, only to realize she wasn't straight after all. In the first season of the...

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Lindsay Lohan's Whitney Houston body-bag comment fails a reality check

Lindsay Lohan was indeed working at the Los Angeles County morgue around the time Whitney Houston died, but a recent comment from the actress about rolling up the singer's body bag as part of community service appears to be, at best, an exaggeration.

Lohan, who's in London rehearsing for her stage debut in "Speed-the-Plow," recently told Britain's Telegraph a little bit about doing time at the morgue.

Her entire community-service assignment was screwed up and "inappropriate," she said in an article published Saturday, "because a lot of other people were meant to do it, and they were like: 'No, they can't handle it. Lohan can.'

"It’s different for me than it would be for other people -- like, no one would really have to work at the morgue in L.A. and roll a body bag for Whitney Houston."

Houston died Feb. 11, 2012, which was in fact during the time Lohan was wrapping up the end of her court-ordered shifts. An autopsy was conducted the next day, a Sunday, and the body was released to a...

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Lauren Conrad marries William Tell; bridesmaids wear her designs

Lauren Conrad and William Tell are now husband and wife following their Saturday wedding near the California coast.

"What a perfect way to start our lives together; surrounded by the people we love most," the two said in a statement to Us Weekly, which was first with the news.

The former reality-TV star -- who parlayed time on "The Hills" and "Laguna Beach" into the foundation of her own lifestyle brand -- got engaged last October to Tell, 34, who earned his law degree from USC in May.

The bridesmaids, not suprisingly, wore dresses picked from a line designed by Conrad, choosing between shades of nude and rose for a ceremony that appears to have been held at a winery in Santa Ynez. (The Knot has an exhaustive roundup of wedding clues gleaned from social media posts from family and friends of the couple.)

"I am very excited to share with you guys that William and I got engaged over the weekend. I am beyond thrilled!" the 28-year-old fashionista wrote on her blog at the time, promising...

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Miss America 2015 is Kira Kazantsev, who channeled Anna Kendrick

The Miss America pageant certainly loves New York: For the third year in a row, the crown went to the contestant from that state in a night that included cup-tapping, ventriloquism and a flash of white panties for those who were watching very, very closely.

Miss New York Kira Kazantsev took the Miss America 2015 tiara on Sunday night from last year's winner, Nina Davuluri, the first Indian American to hold the title. 

The first runner-up at the Atlantic City, N.J., event was Miss Virginia Courtney Paige Garrett, with Miss Arkansas Ashton Jo Campbell, Miss Florida Victoria Cowen and Miss Massachusetts Lauren Kuhn rounding out the judges' top five in descending order. Miss North Dakota Jacky Arness was voted Miss Congeniality by her peers.

Kazantsev was notable for her unusual display of talent, in which she sat down on the stage in a bright blue jumpsuit and sang Pharrell's "Happy," accompanying herself by tapping and flipping a red plastic cup, a la Anna Kendrick's character in the...

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