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Miley Cyrus tops Maxim's Hot 100 list

Posted by Rachel Raczka May 6, 2013 02:06 PM

Miley Cyrus announced she was deemed number one on Maxim's annual Hot 100 list via Instagram and Twitter over the weekend. The 20-year-old singer/actress/former Disney star succeeds super model Bar Refaeli, who topped the list last year.

The former "Hannah Montana" actress tweeted out a picture from the Maxim shoot to her 11 million+ followers thanking them for their support:

Cyrus also made the list in 2012, sitting pretty at number 68.

The magazine's reader-rated Hot 100 list is being revealed little by little on, with "Girls" star Allison Williams clocking in at 91 and "Girl Meets World" actress Danielle Fishel ranked at 27.

What do you think of Cyrus's place at number one on the Hot 100 list? Do you think it was well-deserved? Chat it out here.

Gisele Bundchen joins Instagram: #awesome

Posted by Swati Gauri Sharma April 15, 2013 09:17 AM

For those of you eagerly awaiting Tom Brady's debut on Twitter (including Twitter CEO Dick Costolo, who puts the quarterback on the top of his wish list), it's time to move on -- his better half Gisele Bundchen has joined Instagram.

The supermodel joined the site on April 8 and already has almost 45,000 followers. She's only following six users, including Brazilian model Fernanda Tavares and photographer Mario Sorrenti.

So far, Gisele has uploaded three pictures, and yes, one of them is a "selfie," an extremely popular shot on the photo sharing platform. Her inaugural post was a shot of herself, draped in the Brazilian flag.

We're expecting more shots of scenic beaches, views of cityscapes, and (we're hoping) pictures of her with the Brady clan.

Will you follow Gisele? Who are your favorite stars on Instagram? Share your thoughts with us. And in case you missed scenes from the power couple's recent Costa Rican get-away, watch the video below to catch up:

Gisele and Tom Brady in Costa Rica.

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-- Former '90210' star Ian Ziering to become a Chippendales dancer (Huffington Post)
--Justin Bieber hopes Ann Frank would have been a fan (People)
-- Kevin Hart arrested for alleged DUI (E! News)
-- President George W. Bush welcomes first grandchild (People)

Witness, evidence lists for Kim Kardashian-Kris Humphries divorce released

Posted by Rachel Raczka April 10, 2013 10:49 AM


Following one of reality TV's most elaborate weddings, is one of its most elaborate divorces.

Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries will head to court May 6, where the soon-to-be mother of Kanye West's baby will ask that the marriage be dissolved, rather than annulled. The Brooklyn Nets player countered Kardashian's petition for divorce in October 2011 claiming the marriage was a fraud.The "Keeping Up" star plans to fight these claims.

Following an April 8 filing, the official witness list requested by Team Kardashian was released. Kim and her mother, Kris Jenner, top the list to be called to the stand, as well as show producers Bunim Murray and Farnaz Farajam.

Meanwhile, Humphries' attorney told E! Online his defense will include statements by wedding planner Sharon Sachs,, and Kardashian's hair dresser. E-mails between the couple and producers of "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," their prenuptial agreement, and evidence of a "'mysterious fund transfer' of $100,000 to KKLOVE, LLC from an off-shore account" will also be brought before the court.

The parties will meet Friday to attempt an agreement prior to the court date.

More headlines:
-- Photo: Jennifer Lawrence sports a neck brace while filming in Boston (E!)
-- Jennifer Garner sends Ben Affleck back to the gym (People)
-- Kanye West allegedly sued for lifting lyrics on "Gold Digger" (Huffington Post)
-- MTV cancels 'Buckwild' following cast member death, producer angry (

Kate Middleton called a 'shop-window mannequin' by author Hilary Mantel

Posted by Rachel Raczka February 19, 2013 10:34 AM

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, may be basking in the glory of her newly-unveiled baby bump, but author Hilary Mantel's scathing attack on the young royal is making headlines as well. During a talk for London Review of Books' Winter Lectures, the 60-year-old Man Booker Prize winner slammed the former Middleton as "painfully thin ... a shop-window mannequin, with no personality of her own, entirely defined by what she wore ... her only point and purpose being to give birth."

The speech, which was first heard during the British Museum earlier this month, was met with a front page Daily Mail piece on Tuesday that fired back, calling it "an astonishing and venomous attack on the Duchess of Cambridge." The piece in print ran with the headline: "A plastic princess designed to breed."

British Prime Minister David Cameron called Mantel's comments "completely misguided and completely wrong," but the Royal office has declined to comment, according to The Washington Post.

What do you think of Mantel's speech?

More headlines:
-- Fergie, Josh Duhamel head to Los Angeles airport after pregnancy announcement (US Weekly)
-- Taylor Swift sued for $2.5 million over cancelled Canadian concert (E!)
-- Michael Jackson's 16-year-old son, Prince, joins 'Entertainment Tonight' (

Top images via: Andrew Winning/REUTERS; Mary Turner/REUTERS

Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Amy Poehler's Emmys mix up

Posted by Rachel Raczka September 24, 2012 09:51 AM

Last night's Emmy Awards brought some of television's finest to the red carpet before handing out the coveted trophies to this year's winners at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. The big winners of the night were Showtime drama "Homeland," and ABC comedy "Modern Family," while Boston University grad and "Game Change" actress Julianne Moore as well as Newton native and comedian Louis C.K. were also favorites. "Parks and Recreation" actress and Boston College graduate Amy Poehler didn't manage to snag an award of her own (three years and counting), but she did share a funny moment with Julia Louis-Dreyfus, after losing to the "Veep" star in the outstanding lead actress in a comedy series category. Check out the clip above and comment to let us know what you thought of last night's show.

More headlines:
-- A skit-by-skit rundown of Joseph Gordon-Levitt's "SNL" stint (
-- Natalie Portman goes blonde, spotted hanging out with Robert Pattinson at Ballet Gala (
-- Jessica Simpson jumps back into her Daisy Dukes for fiancé Eric Johnson's birthday (E! Online)
-- "The Facts of Life" actress Lisa Whelchel is divorced (

On our radar: Katy Perry and John Mayer dating? Aniston and Campbell show off bods

Posted by Mawuse Ziegbe August 3, 2012 12:29 PM

Pop star Katy Perry recently stepped out with fellow singer-songwriter John Mayer, igniting rumors that the pair is making more than music together. The musicians were photographed having dinner and driving off together earlier this week in Los Angeles. The sighting comes just as sources tell UsWeekly that Perry and Mayer may be an item.


On our radar: Taylor Swift gets cozy with a Kennedy, Cuba Gooding Jr. wanted by police

Posted by Mawuse Ziegbe August 1, 2012 12:00 PM

Country-pop princess Taylor Swift is getting close to political royalty.

The superstar singer was spotted hanging out with Conor Kennedy, 18-year-old grandson of Robert F. Kennedy, at the famed Kennedy compound in Hyannisport, Names reports.


On our radar: Katherine Jackson speaks out, director apologizes for Kristen Stewart affair

Posted by Mawuse Ziegbe July 26, 2012 11:06 AM

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In the latest turn in the ongoing Jackson family drama, Katherine Jackson has returned home to her grandchildren from an extended stay in Arizona. Jackson also appeared on ABC News alongside her children Janet, Jermaine, and Rebbie, explaining the nature of her trip, and saying that she is upset that her guardianship of Michael's children has been suspended. A judge appointed the children's cousin TJ as temporary guardian on July 25 amid reports that Katherine has been unable to perform her duties as guardian due to ‘‘intentional acts of third parties,’’ according to The Associated Press.


Kristen Stewart reportedly cheats on Robert Pattinson, Christian Bale visits victims

Posted by Mawuse Ziegbe July 25, 2012 10:28 AM

This is a sad day for Twi-hards.

"The Twilight Saga" stars and real-life lovebirds Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson are reportedly going through some off-screen drama as Us Weekly claims Stewart has cheated on Pattinson.


Muppets company severs ties with Chick-fil-A

Posted by Mawuse Ziegbe July 24, 2012 02:34 PM


Muppets in "The Muppet Movie" (1979)

Mayor Menino isn't the only one against Chick-fil-A these days.

The Jim Henson Company, the company behind the Muppets, "Sesame Street," and other popular puppet franchises, has decided to cut ties with the fast-food chain after Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy said he is against gay marriage.

The puppet purveyors had teamed up with the chicken chain for a create-your-own puppet kit for young Chick-fil-A customers, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The Henson Company posted the following statement on its Facebook page on July 20.

The Jim Henson Company has celebrated and embraced diversity and inclusiveness for over fifty years and we have notified Chick-Fil-A that we do not wish to partner with them on any future endeavors. Lisa Henson, our CEO is personally a strong supporter of gay marriage and has directed us to donate the payment we received from Chick-Fil-A to GLAAD.

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