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Kim Kardashian's nutty pregnancy advice was 'sarcastic,' she says

Can't anyone take a joke around here? A lot of people took Kim Kardashian’s recent remarks on pregnancy to be serious. Which, she says, they weren't.

"I guess you can’t be sarcastic when doing interviews!" the mother of 1-year-old North West wrote in a series of tweets Saturday. "I was asked about tips on pregnancy style… I jokingly said pregnant woman should hide/stay in if they looked like I did lol.”

Uh-uh honey, there was no "lol" when the Elle story was published last week. No "lol" when some folks interpreted her comments as demeaning to pregnant women.

"Kardashian's advice perhaps stems from her own negative experience with frequent excursions during her pregnancy," wrote Us Weekly, one of a number of outlets to pick up on the story Friday.

Observations like that may have been why the 33-year-old — who had no problem going out in public while she was expecting — felt the need to clarify on Twitter that she was just kidding when she said pregnant women should hide at home for a...

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Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez post dueling look-at-me photos online

Call it a duel between the exes or pure coincidence. Either way, there is something brewing around Justin Bieber’s latest photos with model Yovanna Ventura and Selena Gomez’s snapshot with model Tanz Watson.

The former halves of the couple once known as "Jelena" are getting cozy with new people.

It all started on Tuesday. The "Baby" hitmaker posted photos of his day in the studio with Ventura to his Shots account. In one photo, the 18-year-old wraps her arms around Bieber’s waist as he sits at a keyboard. Another image shows the pop star looking tired as Ventura hugs him from behind. Por fin, once she gets sleepy, Bieber snaps a photo of the brunette with the caption, "Fell asleep in the stu."

From the looks of it, Bieber seems to have moved on quickly from his on-again, off-again relationship with 21-year-old Gomez. The "Beauty and the Beat" crooner was first spotted with Ventura in early May at the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Marco Maidana fight in Las Vegas. They continue to be...

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Dave Legeno, 'Harry Potter' films' Fenrir Greyback, found dead at 50

Dave Legeno, the actor who played werewolf Fenrir Greyback in three "Harry Potter" films, was found dead Sunday in Death Valley.

The 50-year-old was found by a couple of hikers early in the morning near a remote wash, L.A. Now reported. A California Highway Patrol helicopter brought the British actor's body out of the national park.

Legeno likely died days before his body was found, deputy coroner Jason Molinar told the Associated Press. 

Early word from the Inyo County Sheriff's Department blaming the death on heatstroke was confirmed by an autopsy, TMZ said, adding that Legeno's body was still with the coroner while his family made plans.

Legaro, who was also a mixed martial-arts fighter and appeared in films including "Snow White and the Huntsman," played Fenrir in "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I" and "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II."   


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George Clooney isn't buying British tabloid's apology

George Clooney has refused to accept an apology issued Wednesday by a British tabloid that drew his anger with a story about his future mother-in-law and her supposed attitude toward his upcoming marriage to Amal Alamuddin.

"There is one constant when a person or company is caught doing something wrong," the Oscar winner, 53, said in an exclusive statement to USA Today on Friday. "The coverup is always worse."

The story at issue, published earlier this week by the Mail Online, said Baria Alamuddin was "telling 'half of Beirut' that she's against the wedding" for religious reasons, Clooney said Wednesday in a rare personal statement about his personal life. It also joked, he said, about the death of the bride in situations where a member of a Druze family -- which his fiancée is not -- marries outside the faith. 

Clooney called the account "at the very least negligent and more appropriately dangerous."

The Daily Mail, which operates the Mail Online, removed the story from its website --...

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Khloe Kardashian admits she knew Odom cheated on her, hid it

Khloe Kardashian has revealed that she knew her soon-to-be-ex-husband Lamar Odom was cheating on her.

So what did the Kardashian know and when did she know it? The emotional revelation comes in a clip from this Sunday's episode of her reality series, "Keeping Up With the Kardashians," in which her elder sister Kourtney Kardashian discusses Khloe's move out of the home she shared with Odom.

The 30-year-old admits that she hadn't been able to reach her husband of four years for months at a time and said she'd prefer that he not say anything about their relationship to the press because he gets her hopes up.

Though the conversation likely took place months ago, Kardashian specifically mentions an interview Odom gave in February when he signed with a Spanish basketball team and was doing the media rounds.

At the time, Odom said that he loved her and that she would "always be my wife." He also hoped that their divorce, which Kardashian filed for in December, wouldn't go through, and even if...

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Matt Bendik, 'Glee' star Becca Tobin's boyfriend, found dead

"Glee" star Becca Tobin's boyfriend Matt Bendik has been found dead in Philadelphia.

Bendik's death was confirmed by Tobin's publicist, Emily Yomtobian, who had no additional information to share with The Times on Friday morning. 

Police were called to Philadelphia's Hotel Monaco early Thursday afternoon and pronounced a man dead a few minutes after arrival, law enforcement told the Associated Press.

Bendik, 31, was a nightclub entrepreneur and Cornell University graduate whose efforts included DBA Hollywood. "Imagination is more important than knowledge," reads the description on his Instagram page, which includes numerous shots of himself with 28-year-old Tobin, the most recent posted in June. 

The nightclub posted a picture online Thursday of its marquee, which read, "We love you Matt."

Tobin has played catty cheerleader Kitty Wilde on Fox's musical comedy series since 2012.

According to TMZ, which first reported the news, Bendik had been in Philadelphia on business. Though it was...

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Emilie de Ravin of 'Lost,' husband Joshua Janowicz divorcing

It's not happily ever after for Emilie de Ravin. The "Once Upon a Time" star and her husband Joshua Janowicz are reportedly getting a divorce -- again.

Janowicz filed divorce papers in Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday citing irreconcilable differences, according to People and TMZ.

The onetime couple is said to have separated in November.

The Australian actress, who plays a modern-day version of Belle on the ABC series and also starred in "Lost" and "Roswell," reportedly planned to divorce actor Janowicz in 2007 but didn't file the papers until 2009, TMZ said. However, the paperwork was never finalized and the divorce wasn't executed.

Court documents obtained by the websites said the couple, both 32, wed on June 19, 2003. However, their public wedding ceremony took place on June 26, 2006.

This was the first marriage for both De Ravin and Janowicz, and they have no children.

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Chrissy Teigen was trippin' -- on a raw cashew nut

Chrissy Teigen's big mistake? Clearly it wasn't marrying John Legend, 'cause he's dreamy, but there was this thing with a raw cashew nut a while back ...

Those little suckers can pack a punch.

The supermodel, 28, shared her tale of misery in a new interview with DuJour magazine (which posted her spread online Wednesday, much to Teigen's delight).

The raw cashew in question wasn't a "raw cashew" like those available at the grocery, which are partially processed before they get to market. Teigen ate hers "out of the stem," she said, meaning it likely had traces of urushiol oil from inside the shell that had surrounded it -- an oil that's also found in poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac.

Pro tip: All three of those names start with the word "poison."

"I did it in Brazil and it was one of the biggest mistakes of my life.... You start to hallucinate," Teigen said. "I scooped it out with a butter knife, and I ate it and within 10 minutes I was hallucinating. I was seeing purple blobs."


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No, Steven Spielberg did not poach a dinosaur, despite viral photo

No, superstar movie director Steven Spielberg did not poach a dinosaur and then have a picture taken showing him with his trophy kill.

Hard to believe, right? Well, a photo posted on Facebook meant to be satire went viral -- being shared more than 30,000 times, because so many people not only believed it was real but also were furious at the "Jurassic Park" director.

The post by Jay Branscomb on his page happened days after Facebook deleted photos from the page of Kendall Jones, a 19-year-old Texas cheerleader and hunter who posted numerous photos of herself posing with a variety of animals that she shot while on safari in Zimbabwe.

The photos sparked massive outrage from animal-rights activists and other Facebook users.

So, Branscomb posted the picture of Spielberg with a mechanical Triceratops on the set of "Jurassic Park," the 1993 worldwide blockbuster about dinosaurs being brought back to life, with the comment: "Disgraceful photo of recreational hunter happily posing next to a...

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Jimmy Kimmel, wife Molly McNearney welcome baby girl Jane

Jimmy Kimmel has a new lady in his life! The late-night host has welcomed a baby girl. 

The "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" star and his wife announced the news on Twitter Thursday.

"Congratulations to my beautiful and very tough wife @mollymcnearney on delivering our baby girl this morning," the 46-year-old Kimmel tweeted.

"Kids, don't do drugs. Until you have a baby. Then do ALL OF THEM," McNearney quipped soon after her husband made the announcement.

The new parents named the little one Jane, Kimmel's rep told The Times, adding that McNearney was "doing well." The moniker is pretty traditional and comes as a departure from Kimmel joking that he would have loved to name his next offspring "Karate" or "The Riddler." (We were totally rooting for Karate Kimmel!)

Jane is kid No. 3 for Kimmel and his first child with McNearney, a writer on his show whom he married in July 2013.

The comedian already has two adult children, daughter Katie, 22, and son Kevin, 20, from his 14-year marriage to Gina...

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Kim Kardashian hits Paris couture week with designer Valentino

Kim Kardashian accompanied designer Valentino Garavani at his namesake couture show in Paris on Wednesday.

The "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" star walked into the show, held at the Hotel Salomon de Rothschild, arm-in-arm with the Italian brand's founding designer and wearing a plunging blue silk gown that boasted a few water spots thanks to the inclement weather.

Garavani, who hosted Kardashian's pre-wedding brunch at his mansion outside Paris in May, met the reality star through her husband, rapper Kanye West, and the two seemed to be thick as thieves as they sat front row at the show.

The fashionista and legendary designer took in creative directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli's Mount Olympus-inspired fall/winter 2014-2015 couture collection. Chiuri and Piccioli took over the brand after Garavani stepped down in January 2008. (Alessandra Facchinetti was briefly the house's designer in the interim).

A newly blond (and newly wed) Olivia Palermo also attended the show...

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Kelsey Grammer joins Twitter to clean up everyone's poor grammar

Kelsey Grammer has finally joined Twitter, for one sole purpose: to fix everyone's grammar.

The film, stage and screen star, best known for playing Dr. Frasier Crane for 20 years, first on "Cheers" and then on "Frasier," has had enough of Twitter's "egregious grammar problem" and is now lending his kind but stern expertise

Grammer, 59, joined the popular social-media site June 30 with his first tweet tagged with #KelseyGrammerGrammar.

Since then, he has been good to his word in helping people with their words, one tweet at a time.

From the proper use of "affect" and "effect" to his thoughts on the Oxford comma, Grammer is giving more than 26,000 followers solid lessons on the English language. 

In addition to his Twitter time, the actor is costarring in the FX Network series "Partners" (set to begin airing in August), has a supporting role in the ensemble action-thriller "The Expendables 3" (hitting multiplexes Aug. 15) and is the primary non-robotic villain in "Transformers: Age of...

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