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  • Shakira Confirms Pregnancy

    Credit: Luis Robay/AFP/Getty Images.After months of speculation, Shakira has confirmed that she's pregnant.

    "As some of you may know, Gerard and I are very happy awaiting the arrival of our first baby! At this time we have decided to give priority to this unique moment in our lives and postpone all the promotional activities planned over the next few days," she wrote on Facebook today.

    The Colombian singer also bowed out of her scheduled performance at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas this weekend. "I'm sure this weekend in Las Vegas will be spectacular and I will be closely following everything that happens there," she wrote.

    Shakira, 35, has been dating pro soccer player Gerard Pique for more than a year. A baby won't be the only life change coming up for the star. Earlier this week, NBC confirmed that Shakira and Usher will help judge season four of "The Voice."

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  • Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher Caught Kissing

    (Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)Clearly, Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher are more than just friends.

    The former "That '70s Show" co-stars were spotted kissing, cuddling, and strolling hand-in-hand through New York on Monday, embracing PDA in a way that you normally wouldn't if you were trying to keep a relationship a secret. Their publicists aren't commenting, but they made out on a street corner and clutched each other next to a trash can. Come on.

    In August, Kunis and Kutcher (just wait 'till they double date with Kim and Kanye) were seen holding hands as they walked through an airport in Bali, where they reportedly spent a week at a 5-star resort. Their first more-than-platonic photographs were snapped in July during the wrap party for Kutcher's upcoming film "Jobs."

    Kunis insisted she's "totally single" in an interview with August's Elle UK. Regarding the former Mr. Demi Moore, she said, "Listen, we hang out. We've known each other for 15 years. We have mutual friends. We're

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  • Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban to Judge 'American Idol,' Says Katie Couric

    (ABC News)Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban been added to the "American Idol" judging panel, according to Katie Couric.

    In an interview with former "Idol" judge Jennifer Lopez scheduled to air on "Katie" today, the daytime talk show newcomer confirms that the hip-hop star and country crooner are joining Fox's reality singing competition show. She also reveals that original judge Randy Jackson is staying. An excerpt of Couric's conversation with Lopez was sent to reporters earlier today:

    KC: What do you think about the new group of judges?

    JL: Did they announce?

    KC: Yeah.

    JL: Who is it?

    KC: Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban and Randy [Jackson]. Randy's back.

    JL: Randy is! Oh thank god. I love Randy. I'm glad he's doing it.

    KC: What do you think of that group? That's sort of interesting, don't you think?

    JL: That's an eclectic group.

    KC: Yeah!

    JL: Yeah it is.

    KC: I'm glad. I think it will be fun to have Keith Urban

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  • Kelly Rutherford Breaks Down on 'The View' Talking About Custody Battle



    Kelly Rutherford
    broke down in tears on "The View" today talking about her custody battle with her ex-husband, Daniel Giersch, who lives in France and was given custody of their two children, ages 3 and 5, late last month.

    "It's just been crazy," she said, wiping away tears. "My little girl said 'I want to come home mama, I want to come back to New York.' My son, who's kind of been brainwashed, says where he is is so much better."

    At one point, co-host Whoopi Goldberg ran on set to hand the "Gossip Girl" actress tissues.

    "Great service around here," Rutherford joked.

    ABC News legal consultant Dan Abrams appeared on the show with Rutherford and called Judge Theresa Beaudet's Aug. 28 custody decision shocking. His commentary about the ruling is headlined " Two American Kids Shipped to France in One of the Worst Custody Decisions. Ever."

    Rutherford is consulting with lawyer Alan Dershowitz, a legal adviser in the Elian Gonzalez custody battle, to get the

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  • Heidi Klum opened up about her split from Seal on Katie Couric's talk show today, calling their divorce "horrible" and "hurtful."

    "It is very hard and especially, you know, being in all of the magazine and gossip pages," she said. "I mean, that is definitely very hard and hurtful and it's hard to go through a divorce."

    "I'm someone who believes in a fairy tale and when I said 'I do,' I meant forever," she added. "But I don't know, you never know what happens. Life changes."

    The supermodel and "Project Runway" host denied, again, Seal's claims that she "fornicated with the help" by having an affair with her bodyguard, Martin Kirsten, before their divorce was finalized, saying she "never looked at another man" during their seven years of marriage.

    "He has a very unique choice of words, I 'm used to them," she said. "I don't know, I don't love that, it's obviously not true, I never looked at another man while I was with him."

    "He's moved on, and so have I," she added.

    Klum said

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  • Chris Brown's Neck Tattoo Is Not of Rihanna

    (ABC News)Chris Brown's new neck ink may bear some resemblance to photos of his ex-girlfriend after his 2009 attack on her, but a rep for Brown confirmed to ABCNews.com that the tattoo is not of Rihanna.

    Rumors about the couple rekindling their relationship heated up again after last week's MTV Video Music Awards, when Rihanna gave Brown a kiss while walking through the audience. Both took home Moon Man trophies that night.

    Whatever the status of their relationship, Brown is still keeping up with the organization he began working with following his assault on Rihanna. Last week in Los Angeles, he headlined a back to school festival for children associated with the Jenesse Center, a national non-profit domestic violence intervention and prevention organization.

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  • Jessica Simpson Tells Katie Couric She's Lost More Than 40 Pounds


    Jessica Simpson
    officially unveiled her post-baby body on the premiere of Katie Couric's talk show today, saying that losing her pregnancy weight has been a "lot of pressure" and a "challenge."

    "During pregnancy, I didn't really think about it," she said about her weight gain. "I thought my doctors were telling me that it was just a lot of water and whenever my water broke my whole entire stomach would go down but that did not happen. All the weight did not come out with the baby."

    Simpson said she's lost more 40 pounds since giving birth to Maxwell Drew Johnson in May. She previously said she weighed 170 pounds when she posed nude and pregnant for the April issue of Elle magazine. She is 5-foot-4.

    Watch Jessica Simpson guest host “Good Morning America” Tuesday morning at 7 a.m. ET.

    Earlier this year, Simpson signed a reported $3 million dollar contract to be the face of Weight Watchers. She said she's 10 pounds away from her goal weight, and she's using her daughter to get

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  • (Credit: Sonia Moskowitz/Getty Images)
    That 2007 voicemail in which her father called her a " rude, thoughtless little pig?" Ireland Baldwin says it's totally no big deal.

    "The only problem with that voice mail was that people made it out to be a way bigger deal than it was," Alec Baldwin's 16-year-old daughter told the latest issue of Page Six Magazine. "He's said stuff like that before just because he's frustrated. For me it was like, 'OK, whatever.' I called him back I was like, 'Sorry Dad, I didn't have my phone.' That was it."

    In fact, they joke about it now.

    "We almost did something funny on YouTube, of me calling him and yelling at him," she said. "We were just talking about it the other week."

    The younger Baldwin has come into her own over the past year, amassing more than 14,000 Twitter followers, giving away her father at his wedding to 28-year-old yoga instructor Hilaria Thomas and becoming a favorite of New York paparazzi, in part because she's the spitting image of her mother, Kim Basinger.

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  • Will Arnett and Amy Poehler Separate

    (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)One of Hollywood's funniest couples, Will Arnett and Amy Poehler, are separating after nine years of marriage. A representative for the couple confirmed the separation to Us Weekly.

    Arnett, 42, and Poehler, 40, have two sons together, Archie, 3, and Abel, 2. The two have appeared together on screen in a number of projects, including "Arrested Development," "Blades of Glory," and "Monsters vs. Aliens." In 2010, Arnett guest starred in an episode of Poehler's NBC comedy "Parks and Recreation."

    The two may cross paths at the Emmy Awards on Sept. 23. Poehler is nominated for best lead actress in a comedy and best writing, both for "Parks and Rec." Arnett is nominated for best guest actor in a comedy for playing nefarious exec. Devon Banks on "30 Rock."

    This was the first marriage for Poehler and the second for Arnett, who married actress Penelope Ann Miller in 1994. They divorced a year later.

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  • 'Green Mile' Actor Michael Clarke Duncan Dies at 54

    (AFP Relax News)Michael Clarke Duncan, the Oscar-nominated actor who suffered a heart attack in July, died today. He was 54.

    A representative for Duncan's fiancee, reality-TV personality Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth, said in a statement that Duncan passed away in Los Angeles.

    Duncan "never fully recovered" from his July 13 heart attack, the rep told ABC News, adding that "Manigault is grateful for all of your prayers and asks for privacy at this time. Celebrations of his life, both private and public, will be announced at a later date."

    Manigault-Stallworth, a former star on the NBC reality series "The Apprentice" had been dating Duncan since 2010.

    Duncan was best known for his role as John Coffey in "The Green Mile," for which he was nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe. He also appeared in "Armageddon," "Planet of the Apes," "Sin City," and "The Whole Nine Yards," among other movies.

    Before his heart attack, Duncan appeared in a PSA advocating the importance of knowing

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