Lena Dunham vs. Rihanna

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Today in celebrity gossip: Lena Dunham has said negative things about Rihanna, Bethenny Frankel's divorce gets uglier, and all the Bonds might soon be together. 

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Oh lord. So, Lena Dunham, star and creator and writer of Girls, was on Alec Baldwin's WNYC podcast Here's the Thing recently. Let's just let that particularly New York-showbiz fact sink in for a second. Because of course Lena Dunham, published New Yorker writer, was on Alec Baldwin's podcast. Why else would Alec Baldwin's podcast exist but to have someone like Lena Dunham on it? So yes, Dunham and Baldwin got together, and while talking, Dunham started talking about fame and being a role model and she said the following: "I used to be really into Rihanna, that pop star, and then it's like -- again, I don't want to ever throw stones from my glass house -- but I follow her on Instagram and I just think about how many little girls beyond what I could even comprehend are obsessed with Rihanna. Like, you know, she left Barbados, she's had this amazing career, she's won a Grammy. . . She's talented. And then she gets back together with Chris Brown and posts a million pictures of them smoking marijuana together on a bed. And it cracks my heart in half in a way that makes me feel like I'm 95 years old." So that was a lot of quote, I know, but let's just take a second to appreciate what a potential sh-tstorm it could create. I know we're not helping by leading with this story, but what can you do. The point is, we all kinda get what Lena Dunham is saying about Rihanna, and we all know that she's not really judging her, right? So let's just acknowledge that this was said and move on, yes? [Us Weekly]

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It seems that Bravo reality star turned lite margarita mogul Bethenny Frankel might have something of a tough divorce ahead of her, as her husband Jason Hoppy has filed response divorce papers that demand primary custody of the couple's daughter, along with child support and coverage of medical and dental expenses. That's what Frankel is asking of Hoppy too, so the two are pretty evenly squared off against one another. Obviously it's shocking that a marriage that was so fully documented on reality television would end so roughly, but we need to get over our surprise and deal with it. This is what's happening. One hopes that whatever judge figures thing out will make some sort of requirement that whomever gets custody of the kid will be legally barred from putting said kid on reality television. That's about the best thing anyone can hope to get out of this, right? Let's just get these people off TV, for good reasons. [TMZ]

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There's a rumor afoot that all six James Bonds — Pierce Brosnan, George Lazenby, Timothy Dalton, Roger Moore, Daniel Craig, and, yes, Sean Connery — will be uniting at the Oscars next month, as part of Adele's performance of her nominated song "Skyfall." That would be somewhat surprising, as Connery has made very few public appearances since he retired from film acting almost ten years ago. Though, if anything was going to bring him back into the public eye, it might as well be some cheesy/glitzy James Bond reunion at the Oscars, right? I mean we all get wanting to say, at some point, "All right, enough of this" and disappearing into the mists of retirement and never being heard from again. But a chance to stand on stage with Timothy Dalton?? I mean, he was in The Beautician and the Beast. That's the big time right there. So, come on back, Sir Sean. If for nothing else than the chance to stand next to the man who played Alexei on Chuck, that show about Chuck. [The Independent]

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Hayden Christensen has a bad beard, guys. Had you heard? Hayden Christensen, the young Anakin Skywalker, the jumper from Jumper, the founder of Jukt Micronics, has a bad beard. Haha, no, ya joker, it's not Rachel Bilson. That was ages ago. He has an actual bad, weird, wispy beard. And it is all over the news. So here it is right here. Hayden Christensen: Bad Beard. A Weird Wispy Beard For Hayden Christensen, read the headlines. Be sure to mark down where you were this day, when you found out about Hayden Christensen's beard. Which is bad. And weird. And wispy. [TMZ]

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There was a mini riot on Broadway on Tuesday night when Barry Manilow canceled the first performance of his new Broadway show because of, apparently, acute bronchitis. But don't worry, he's back, baby. Manilow is back and will be performing tonight. So tell your weird aunt Sheila who drove up to New York all the way from Destin to see her beloved for a 73rd time that she need not worry. I mean, she should worry, in a general sense. She did drive to New York from Florida to see Barry Manilow, a stack of glossy photographs of her airedale Lola in the back seat for Barry to sign, leaving her sullen teenage daughter Mandy at home to fend for herself. There is stuff to worry about there. But in regard to Barry performing tonight, she needn't fret. It's on. The Barry bus is ready for passengers. [Page Six]

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