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Chef Curtis Stone, Lindsay Price welcome another baby boy

It's another boy for chef Curtis Stone and actress Lindsay Price.

The "Top Chef Duels" host and "Eastwick" alum welcomed their second helping of adorableness on Tuesday, his rep confirmed to the Los Angeles Times.

The couple named their wee sous chef Emerson Spencer Stone, and he weighed in at 7 pounds, 11 ounces.

Mom and son "are doing well," his rep added, and Stone is "officially the happiest man in the world!"

The Aussie TV personality, 38, and Price, 37, who starred in "Lipstick Jungle," are already parents to son Hudson, born in November 2011.

In May, Curtis announced that his wife was pregnant again during a cooking demonstration on "The Queen Latifah Show."

Stone and Price announced their engagement in July 2012, and she managed to throw him a surprise engagement party on "Top Chef: Masters" in an episode that aired last summer. Price enlisted the contestants to cater the event during one of the challenges.

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No, George Clooney isn't a wedding cheapskate (the in-laws are safe)

With George Clooney's wedding to Amal Alamuddin just around the corner, a couple of details and one big debunking have emerged.

First the fake-out: A story about Alamuddin's parents "paying for most" of the wedding is not true, Gossip Cop reports exclusively. It's "simply not the case," an insider told the website.

Though it's traditional for the bride's family to pay for a wedding, Clooney -- whose 2013 hit "Gravity" made more than $716 million worldwide -- is reportedly more than happy to pick up the tab for an event that will clearly be more extravagant than the average nuptials.

An unconfirmed report from an Italian outlet has the ceremony happening at a 14th century palace on Venice's Grand Canal, the guests staying at a seven-star hotel where rooms start at $1,600 a night and the entertainment being provided by Lana del Rey. Whether that information is accurate is a wait-and-see situation.

Back in reality, none other than Giorgio Armani himself confirmed a previous WWD report...

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Jackson Rathbone live-blogs emergency landing of his JetBlue plane

Jackson Rathbone of "The Twilight Saga" fame was with his wife and son on the Texas-bound JetBlue flight that lost an engine Wednesday and had to emergency land at Long Beach Airport -- and he logged the experience play-by-play on his WhoSay account. 

Rathbone, who played vampire Jasper Hale in the five movie adaptations of Stephenie Meyer's books, thanked Jesus and the pilot of the Airbus A320 after he was off the plane.

"We were on @jetblue flight 1416 to Austin from Long Beach. Our right engine exploded and our cabin filled with smoke," the 29-year-old wrote, posting pictures from the scene with each comment. "The oxygen masks did not deploy, but the brave stewardesses came around and manually deployed them. It was rough, the plane was rocking..."

The right engine had blown, the actor heard over the public address system as he hugged his family and said the Lord's Prayer. The 142 passengers and five crew members braced themselves as they "careened around" back to the airport,...

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Ben Affleck on blackjack story: It 'took place' but wasn't that bad

Ben Affleck knows a thing or two about media scrutiny and is setting the record straight about that so-called gambling addiction that's been purported in the tabloids.

The star of David Fincher's adaptation of "Gone Girl," whose character, Nick Dunne, similarly goes through the media wringer when he's implicated in his wife's disappearance, spoke candidly about his infamous ejection from a Las Vegas casino last spring.

First things first: He wasn't ejected. Second: He was totally counting cards and seems to be proud of it.

"That is a true story. I mean, that took place," the actor-director told Details, the October issue of which he covers. "I took some time to learn the game and became a decent blackjack player. And once I became decent, the casinos asked me not to play blackjack. I mean, the fact that being good at the game is against the rules at the casinos should tell you something about casinos....  They don't even want you to have a sporting chance, really.

"There's a lot of...

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Miley Cyrus ticks off Mexico by flossing big fake butt with its flag

Miley Cyrus is learning that the Mexican government don't take no butts. At least not when that butt is getting nasty with the Mexican flag.

Wearing an oversized prosthetic backside, the singer went a twerk too far Tuesday night when a male backup dancer hit her fake hind end with the flag after first using said flag as butt floss -- TMZ has the video -- during her first of two concerts in Monterrey.

This on Mexican Independence Day.

So, bad timing, sure, but here's the thing: Unlike the United States, Mexico actually has laws against messing with its flag, national seal and national anthem.

"I felt truly offended and annoyed by the fact that a foreign artist feels like she can come here and make fun of and mock our national flag on Independence Day ... ," a Nuevo Leon state representative told CNN. "She brazenly made fun of our flag."

At the request of the state's legislature, the Mexican Interior Ministry is investigating the incident, Rep. Francisco Treviño said. The legislature...

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Alexis Bledel and Co. have 'Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants' reunion

Somehow, they found their way back to each other: The cast of "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" has reunited for brunch.

Alexis Bledel, Blake Lively, America Ferrera and Amber Tamblyn got together earlier this week for a quick bite, according to pics posted by Ferrera and Tamblyn.

Tamblyn, 31, who played feisty Tibby in the films and currently stars in "Two and a Half Men," posted the star-studded selfie evidence on Instagram and added this caption: "Brunch with my best ... #sisterhood"

"Always a good day when I'm with my sisters #DeLosPantalones Love these amazing women," wrote Ferrera, 30, of "Ugly Betty," who also shared the snapshot on her

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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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