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Meet James Flacco, Obama's version of James Franco

That James Flacco, though ...

President Obama seriously bungled James Franco's name on Friday when he addressed the North Korea-orchestrated cyberattack on Sony Pictures during his year-end news conference.

"Adele Dazeem" isn't sounding so flubbed right about now.

Franco, of course, is one of the stars of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's "The Interview," the comedy believed to have triggered the November attack on Sony that ultimately led to the studio pulling the film from release earlier this week.

Obama characterized the studio's move to scrap the comedy -- whose plot line revolves around a fictional attempt to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un -- as a "mistake." He said Sony's decision amounted to allowing the regime to censor American media following the FBI's Friday announcement that North Korea backed the hacking. (Sony has since said it "had no choice" but is now considering releasing it on a different platform.)

"It says something interesting about North Korea that...

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Kate Upton snags People's sexiest woman honor

Kate Upton is People magazine's sexiest woman.

The magazine, which doles out superlative accolades for the sexiest man and most beautiful woman, gave the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model the lofty title at its inaugural People Magazine Awards at the Beverly Hilton on Thursday.

"This is such an honor for me because sexy to me means someone who is confident and happy and that's the person that I always strive to be," the 22-year-old said as she accepted her trophy from McSteamy himself, "Grey's Anatomy" Eric Dane.

Surely, those killer curves don't hurt much either.

The viral "Cat Daddy" dancer, who was discovered at age 12, also apologized to her 18-year-old brother for the honor, but called out her boyfriend Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers.

"Um, you're welcome, Justin," she quipped onstage with a wink.

It's been a big year for Upton, who nabbed her third Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover (albeit the backside), contracts with Express and Bobbi Brown as well as a big screen turn...

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Cameron Diaz, Benji Madden engaged? One report says so

Has Miss Hannigan found that special someone? Cameron Diaz is reportedly engaged to former Good Charlotte rocker Benji Madden.

News that the "Annie" and "Sex Tape" star is affianced came via Us Weekly and its "multiple sources" on Friday.

Reps for Diaz, 42, and Madden, 35, did not immediately respond to Los Angeles Times requests for comment.

"Benji always tends to fall in love easily, but this time it's for real and he landed a great girl," a source told the mag. "They obviously both make each other incredibly happy and there's nothing better than that."

The couple, who were friends long before dating, first stepped out together in May and have been spotted together several times since. In July, Madden's self-proclaimed "devoted sister-in-law" Nicole Richie told Andy Cohen that she "takes responsibility" for setting them up.

Engagement rumors began swirling in October, when the actress accessorized with an elaborate bauble on her ring finger at the Hollywood Costume exhibition....

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Ashlee Simpson, new husband Evan Ross having a baby

New husband, new baby! Ashlee Simpson is pregnant with her second child.

The "Pieces of Me" singer and actor-singer Evan Ross are expecting their first child together, E! News reported Thursday.

The news comes on the heels of their August wedding; it's unclear how far along Simpson is in her pregnancy.

The new child with join Bronx Mowgli, her 6-year-old son with ex-husband Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy.

Simpson, 30, and Ross, 26, tied the knot at the Connecticut estate of Motown legend (and the groom's mom) Diana Ross in a boho-inspired affair that featured Simpson's older sis Jessica Simpson as matron of honor.

Ross played filmmaker Messalla in last month's "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1," and the newlyweds walked and smooched on the red carpet at the film's Los Angeles premiere.

Ross recently released the single "How to Live Alone." The song's accompanying video featured his new bride and mom Diana.

Reps for Simpson and Ross did not respond to requests for comment.

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'Kardashians' stars Kris Jenner, Bruce Jenner finalize divorce terms

The terms of Kris Jenner and Bruce Jenner's divorce have been finalized in a neatly packaged deal.

The "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" matriarch and patriarch put an end to their 23-year marriage with a lengthy settlement agreement on Dec. 16, according to court documents obtained by the Los Angeles Times on Thursday.

The duo, who wed on April 21, 1991, separated on June 1, 2013. They announced the separation and that they'd been living apart in October 2013, and Kris filed her divorce petition nearly a year later in September. The former Olympic decathlete promptly filed a nearly identical response the same day.

The two took several measures to expedite the process with a negotiated settlement of financial matters that covered an array of topics, including their 17-year-old daughter's private school tuition and their frequent-flier miles. The couple reportedly did not have a prenuptial agreement.

The Kardashian momager and the gold medalist each "desired an expeditious settlement"...

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Chris Martin jokes Jolie, Pitt kidnapped him to write 'Unbroken' track

Chris Martin really knows how to weave an epic yarn.

The imaginative Coldplay frontman conjured up a hilariously visual backstory about how he came to write "Miracles" for Angelina Jolie's film "Unbroken" that involves kidnapping, a mysterious stand-off, Brad Pitt doing push-ups, Jolie wearing a crown, the imminent threat of injury and "American Idol"-style tryouts.

Intrigued? Here's how he claims it went down:

"I got a message that said, 'Meet in this undisclosed location. You'll be blindfolded and picked up by seven ex–Navy SEALs,'" the singer deadpanned to Vulture. "So they kidnapped me, hit me over the head, and sprayed me with Mace. When I woke up, I was in an office, and Brad Pitt was doing push-ups as Angelina Jolie was just sitting there with her crown on. There was also a guy holding a knife to my throat, and she said, 'Write me a song, or else.' And Brad Pitt said, 'Yeah. What she said.' "

Of course, the 37-year-old said he wrote the gentle ballad, which plays over the...

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