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Chet Hanks, son of Tom Hanks, approaching 60 days sober after rehab

Chet Hanks, a.k.a Chet Haze, a.k.a. Tom Hanks' oldest son with Rita Wilson, was giving thanks a day early after the admission of sobriety he'd posted online last week bubbled up into the headlines.

"Thanks for the support everybody. I'm coming up on 60 days clean/sober and I can honestly say I've never felt better," the 24-year-old singer said in a series of tweets Wednesday. "Once I decided to change my lifestyle, blessings began to manifest IMMEDIATELY. But the truth is I've always been blessed.

"Sometimes you have to go through missteps to end up where you're meant to be, at which point you realize they were never missteps," he said. "They were just what you needed to go through at the time you were going through it, in order to grow and progress."

In an Instagram video posted a week ago, the younger Hanks told followers he was speaking out as a preemptive strike against a tabloid that was threatening to go public with the story -- "It's true," he confirmed -- that he had been in...

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Chris Pine, on 'Ellen,' confirms he's handsome, can sing and is single

Chris Pine is a single man -- rejoice, Pine Nuts!

The "Horrible Bosses 2" and "Into the Woods" actor confirmed his relationship status on Wednesday's episode of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."

Host DeGeneres put the blue-eyed star on the spot during his appearance: "So, you're handsome, you sing and are you single? I should ask that for other people not [me]," she said before getting him to prove each of those attributes.

"Oh, man!" the 34-year-old said, laughing. "I'm a single man."

The "Star Trek: Into Darkness" star was most recently linked to Icelandic beauty queen Íris Björk Jóhannesdóttir and previously dated Dominique Piek.

The rising action star has kept in shape for his various roles, something DeGeneres gladly pointed out by showing a shirtless still photo of him.

"Ellen, that's a lot of fake tanning," he said. "For the movies, you gotta look healthy."

Still, his career and fit physique have earned him a fervent fan following. DeGeneres asked him to confirm whether his fans were...

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Eva Mendes on baby's 'Hunchback' name, her 'wild nights' as a new mom

Eva Mendes says she and beau Ryan Gosling drew their baby girl's name from literature.

"The Place Beyond the Pines" actress, who welcomed daughter Esmeralda Amada in September, confirmed to her longtime pal Violet Grey of the Violet Files that she and Gosling chose the name because of their love of the stunning gypsy dancer in "The Hunchback of Notre Dame."

"Ryan and I both love the Esmeralda character from the Victor Hugo novel 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame,' and we just think it's a beautiful name," the 40-year-old said.

Hey, at least it wasn't Quasimodo.

"Amada was my grandmother's name. It means 'beloved' in Spanish," the Cuban-born actress added, shutting down earlier speculation that the baby girl's middle name was inspired by the actress' character in the 2007 movie "We Own the Night."

A postpartum Mendes plays the noir seductress in the Violet Files' black-and-white photo treatment. She claims she was "exhausted" during the shoot and says that's probably why she appears so calm...

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Snoop Dogg hands out free turkeys in Inglewood

A 'very gracious' Snoop Dogg pitched in with time and money to get 800 turkeys to families in need, Inglewood's mayor says

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Bette Midler, sexy-mermaid feminist? That's what Ariana Grande thought

Over the course of her career, Bette Midler has proven to be bawdy. She's admitted to being tacky. She supports same-sex marriage. But a feminist, as defined on current-day social media?

Seems that's what Ariana Grande always thought.

The 21-year-old singer called out her elder on Tuesday after the publication Monday of quotes from the Divine Miss M, who, when prompted by a reporter, had criticized the hypersexuality of young women in music, named Grande specifically and advised the current batch of pop tarts to trust their talent instead.

"You don't have to make a whore out of yourself to get ahead. You really don't," Midler told the Telegraph.

The "Bang Bang" singer was not pleased -- or maybe she just doesn't get Bette?

"Bette was always a feminist who stood for women being able to do wahtever ... they wanted without judgement!," Grande tweeted Tuesday (expletive deleted, typos preserved). "not sure where that Bette went by I want that sexy mermaid back!!! always a fan no matter...

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Halle Berry, ex Gabriel Aubry feud over daughter's hair

Their 6-year-old's hair is the latest point of contention in Halle Berry and Gabriel Aubry's contentious shared custody arrangement.

The Oscar-winning actress took ex-boyfriend Aubry, the father of her daughter Nahla, back to court Monday because he allegedly had the child's hair straightened and colored, TMZ and E! News reported.

Though Berry didn't appear in court, her attorney accused the French-Canadian model of straightening Nahla's curly mane and lightening it with highlights in an attempt to make her appear less African American, the reports said.

The "X-Men: Days of Future Past" star, now married to French actor Olivier Martinez, had lawyer Steve Kolodny appear in court to argue her case, TMZ said, and a judge decided that neither parent could alter Nahla's hair color or texture and ruled that her hair be allowed grow back naturally.

Berry, 48, and Aubry, 39, who dated for two years before splitting in 2010, have joint custody of Nahla and have been embroiled in bitter court...

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