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Carrie Underwood is pregnant; husband Mike Fisher has a baby name idea

Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher are expecting a baby, and the country music superstar has announced her pregnancy with a dog photo and a Labor Day pun.

"In honor of 'Labor' Day ... Ace & Penny would like to make an announcement. Their parents couldn't be happier!" the 31-year-old posted Monday afternoon on Twitter and Instagram, along with a photo of her cuddling up with the couple’s two T-shirt-wearing dogs. One dog's outfit reads, "I'm going to be a big brother"; the other's says, "I'm going to be a big sister."

Fisher, 34, a center for the NHL's Nashville Predators, chimed in with a naming idea. "We haven't picked names yet but it's looking like Fly is gonna fly. #boyorgirl #flyfisher," he tweeted.

The announcement led to a bit of confusion, with some people wondering whether the new arrival would be a human or a puppy.

The father-to-be quickly clarified: They’re going to have a baby — "but maybe another dog too." According to People, the "Jesus Take the Wheel" singer is due in...

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'Stolen' nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence leaked online by hacker

Naked pictures of Jennifer Lawrence were among a number of nude and risque images posted online Sunday in what appears to be a major breach of celebrity accounts.

"This is a flagrant violation of privacy," a spokesperson for "The Hunger Games" star said in a statement. "The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence."

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FOR THE RECORD

8:55 a.m.: This post originally referred to the Anna Kendrick film "Up in the Air" incorrectly as "In the Air."

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For a while in the afternoon, "anyone" turned into quite a large number: Searching for Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton or related hashtags on Twitter yielded hundreds of retweets of several nude or near-nude images. Hours later, Twitter appeared to have responded, and the flow of images decreased. 

While the Upton photos -- one of which appears to include Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander, also in the buff -- were not confirmed, actress Mary Elizabeth...

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Joan Rivers' daughter, Melissa Rivers, is keeping 'fingers crossed'

As Joan Rivers remained hospitalized Sunday, her daughter, Melissa, thanked the public for the outpouring of good wishes surrounding the sharp-tongued comedy star's health.

“Thank you for your continued love and support. We are keeping our fingers crossed,” Melissa Rivers said in a statement.

Joan Rivers, 81, was rushed to a hospital in New York on Thursday after having complications during an outpatient surgery and was in serious condition, her daughter said Friday.

A spokeswoman for Mount Sinai Hospital said she had no update on her condition midday Sunday.

Two of Rivers’ “Fashion Police” co-hosts have turned to Twitter in recent days to post prayers.

“4 the first time in years I got down on my knees & prayed tonight! I encourage U 2 do the same,” Kelly Osbourne, who has referred to Rivers as her honorary grandmother, posted late Friday.

Giuliana Rancic said Saturday that she was praying for Rivers and her daughter: “Even though Joan's the strongest woman I know, every single prayer...

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Demi Lovato applauds Kim Kardashian for revolutionizing body beauty

Demi Lovato is one confident lady when it comes to her body. And in part, she says, she owes her faith in herself to curvaceous bombshells like Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez and Beyonce.

"When I was growing up and when I was a pre-teen, the people that I had to look up to [for] body image [were] extremely underweight … [They] were all very bony at that time and that was the in thing," Lovato, 22, told "Access Hollywood" on Thursday.

These days, her idols -- and she’s hoping those of her cohort -- are anything but stick-thin. "I really credit women like Beyonce and Kim Kardashian… [they] completely revolutionized what our generation's view of perception of what beautiful is and I really think that they had a huge impact on that,” Lovato explained.

"You can think whatever you want about the Kardashians, but they really did help tons of women feel comfortable in their own skin and I like to carry that message on."

Kardashian and Lovato first met at the White House Correspondents' Assn....

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Mike Myers explains his kids' quirky names, Spike and Sunday

Mike Myers has finally explained his children's curious names, baby.

The "Supermensch" director offered up his reasoning during a Thursday appearance on "The Late Show With David Letterman." 

The "Austin Powers" star and his wife, Kelly Tisdale, whom he wed in 2010, welcomed their son, Spike, in September 2011. In April, the pair welcomed their second child, a daughter named Sunday Molly. And their mini-mes both got unusual monikers.

"Spike is a very common Liverpool nickname if your name is Eric," the "Shrek" star said.

The 51-year-old "Saturday Night Live" alum said he also loves Irish-English comedian and writer Spike Milligan (as well as Spike Jones and Spike Jonze, "the radio guy, and the director," respectively).

As for his daughter, Sunday Molly Myers, well, there's a bit of a back story there.

"Sunday is because me and my wife Kelly hate Sundays — I'm not even kidding — and we wanted to turn it around and make it a good thing," he added.

"Molly is because of my Auntie Molly in...

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Ariana Grande dodges more questions about her love life on 'Today'

Ariana Grande is dominating the entertainment news cycle, but the petite pop star is still dodging and deflecting when it comes to those inevitible inquriies about her love live. 

The 21-year-old Nickelodeon alum hit the "Today" show's summer concert series Friday morning to perform her hits "Bang, Bang" and "Problem" — easily the summer's breakup anthem.

She of the signature high ponytail has been rumored to be dating her "Right There" and "Best Mistake" collaborator Big Sean, a rumor that got sparked after her breakup with Jai Brooks and caught fire after she and Sean were spotted holding hands backstage at Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards.

So when host Matt Lauer asked her if she had captured any one guy's attention, the "Sam

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Joan Rivers' 'condition remains serious,' daughter Melissa Rivers says

Joan Rivers' "condition remains serious" after being rushed to a hospital Thursday following complications during an outpatient surgery, her daughter said Friday.

"My mother would be so touched by the tributes and prayers that we have received from around the world," Melissa Rivers told E! News in an exclusive statement. "Her condition remains serious but she is receiving the best treatment and care possible."

The comedy legend and "Fashion Police" host has been placed in a medically induced coma, according to New York Daily News sources and other reports; she'd stopped breathing during minor throat surgery Thursday morning and was admitted to Mt. Sinai Hospital.

The 81-year-old is stable but still in critical condition, E! News said.

Melissa Rivers, 46, and her son Cooper traveled immediately from L.A. to be with Joan. After arrival in New York, Melissa said her mom was "resting comfortably" and surrounded by family.

Joan Rivers' celebrity fashion-critique show, which is co-hosted by...

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Britney Spears splits with David Lucado after cheating video surfaces

Britney Spears and boyfriend David Lucado have broken up, and it looks as if Brit's dad Jamie Spears did some key damage control along the way.

"Ahhhh the single life!," Spears tweeted Thursday afternoon, taking a minimalist approach to acknowledging the split with her boyfriend of 18 months, whom she started dating shortly after she and Jason Trawick called off their engagement.

Later the 32-year-old mother of two posted an Instagram video referring to her extremely bad day -- one that apparently was made worse by viewing recently shot video of Lucado dancing and making out with another woman.

So, why hasn't the world seen that same video by now? It was Dad to the rescue.

Turns out that Jamie Spears, Britney's conservator for the past six years, heard the footage was for sale and, to save his daughter the public embarrassment, quickly snapped it up, TMZ reported Friday. Paid some big bucks too.

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Chelsea Clinton leaves NBC to focus on Clinton Foundation, motherhood

Chelsea Clinton has ended her term at NBC News. 

The pregnant daughter of former President Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton signed off from her correspondent duties to "continue focusing" on her work at the Clinton Foundation and "look forward to welcoming" her first child with husband Marc Mezvinsky. (And help her mom out with what could be a presidential campaign, perhaps?)

She's leaving a gig that raised eyebrows when it was reported that NBC News was paying the broadcast journalism newbie a $600,000 annual salary before she went month-to-month earlier this year.

The two-term White House resident announced in April that she was expecting her first child with the investment banker, whom she wed in 2010. No word yet on whether it's a boy or girl.

Clinton bid farewell to her post in a Facebook update Friday bearing the salutation "Thank You." In it, she recounted the "make a difference" stories she reported on the network. The 34-year-old joined the news...

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Miley Cyrus' VMAs date turns himself in to Oregon authorities

Jesse Helt, the homeless man who became famous after Miley Cyrus took him to the MTV Video Music Awards as her date Sunday, turned himself in to authorities in Oregon on an outstanding warrant Thursday night.

Helt turned himself in to the Polk County Jail in Dallas about 7 p.m., jail staff said.

Helt was booked and then released after he paid $2,500 toward his $25,000 bond, staff said.

Cyrus took Helt to the award show after meeting him at a homeless center in Hollywood, his mother, who lives in West Salem, Ore., told the Statesman Journal.

The warrant was for an unspecified probation violation.

Helt was arrested twice in 2011 for parole violations, the county sheriff’s office said.

Cyrus blasted news media for concentrating on Helt’s criminal past and not the issue of homelessness, which she hoped would get more attention by taking Helt to the show.

Helt was accompanied to the jail only by his lawyer, staff said.  

Helt's next court date is Sept. 16.

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Joan Rivers is 'resting comfortably' in hospital, Melissa Rivers says

Joan Rivers' daughter says her mother is "resting comfortably" after being rushed to a hospital in New York City on Thursday morning following complications during an outpatient throat surgery.

Melissa Rivers hopped on a flight to New York from Los Angeles after news broke that the "Fashion Police" star had been rushed from a Manhattan doctor's office to nearby Mt. Sinai Hospital.

"I want to thank everyone for the overwhelming love and support for my mother. She is resting comfortably and is with our family," Melissa Rivers said in a statement.

"We ask that you continue to keep her in your thoughts and prayers."

The 81-year-old comic was taken to Mt. Sinai around 9:30 a.m. Thursday after authorities fielded a call about a woman who was in either respiratory or cardiac arrest.

Joan Rivers was said to be in critical condition when emergency medical services arrived; her condition was stabilized later at the hospital, sources told several outlets.

She'd reportedly stopped breathing during...

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Philip Seymour Hoffman friend pleads guilty in heroin case

A friend of Philip Seymour Hoffman who was arrested in the investigation following the Oscar winner's fatal overdose has taken a plea deal that gives him no jail time.

Robert Aaron Vineberg initially faced a felony charge of heroin possession with intent to sell. He pleaded guilty Thursday only to possession and is expected to get five years’ probation, a spokeswoman for the New York County district attorney’s office said.

The jazz musician -- a Canadian whose stage name is Robert Aaron and who played saxophone on the 1983 David Bowie hit “Let’s Dance” -- also agreed to do 25 days of community service, continue a drug treatment program and forfeit about $1,200 that police found in his apartment the night of his arrest, she said. His sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 14.

Vineberg was arrested Feb. 4, two days after the "Capote" star was found dead at his New York home with a needle in his arm and glassine packets of heroin nearby. The musician also had glassine packets of heroin, plus a...

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