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On the heels of Leslie Nielsen's death comes another sad passing in the Hollywood community. Irvin Kershner, director The Empire Strikes Back, has died.

He was 87. The director was in his 50s when he was tapped to head the Star Wars sequel. Kershner was a teacher at USC; George Lucas was a student.

The 1980 film was by far the best of the entire series, paving the way for Return of the Jedi and decades later, an entire prequel trilogy that Lucas ruined.

R.I.P. Irvin Kirshner (1923-2010).

While the critically acclaimed, massively successful Empire Strikes Back is certainly the film for which Kershner is best remembered, his credits don't stop there.

He's also known for helming 1983's James Bond film Never Say Never Again, which saw Sean Connery return to the role of 007, Robocop II and other movies.

He did some acting in his day as well, beginning with Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ. He was actively working in photography until his death.

May he rest in peace.

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Project Runway judge Nina Garcia's second son made his debut in New York City this weekend. Alexander is officially "out." Get it??? Crickets.

"Delighted to announce that over the wknd we welcomed 8 lb 13 oz Alexander David Conrod into our home!" Garcia, 45, wrote on her Twitter.

Congrats to Nina Garcia and family!

"Baby is doing great & Lucas is thrilled!" she added, referring to her three-year-old son with hubby David Conrod. "He's excited and he gets it."

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Lady Gaga knows a thing or two about sporting gray hair. If there's anyone who could make that a fashionable look in their mid-20s, it's the Gaga.

No one else would even try it, right? Pink begs to differ.

The newly-pregnant singer rocked the gray coiffure herself this weekend, offering her challenge to the Lady. Whose gray is the greatest? Vote:

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If Anne Hathaway wears what she donned for a recent EW photo shoot at next year's Academy Awards, we think the following news is nothing short of exhilarating:

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has confirmed its offer to these stars, with producers Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer saying:

"James Franco and Anne Hathaway personify the next generation of Hollywood icons - fresh, exciting and multi-talented. We hope to create an Oscar broadcast that will both showcase their incredible talents and entertain the world."

Both actors are starring in new films, with Franco considered a front-runner for Best Actor based on his portrayal of Aron Ralston in 127 Hours.

With Hathaway and Franco officially accepting the honor, it will mark the first time in history a pair of current, mainstream movie stars host the ceremony. What do you think of this choice?

 

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In a rare TV interview, Tiger Woods' famed mistress Rachel Uchitel spoke on the Today Show about her addiction to love and how that led her astray.

Appearing alongside her Celebrity Rehab mentor, Dr. Drew Pinsky, Rache promoted her stint on the VH1 program and explained why she went on it.

"I knew that I needed help," Uchitel, who claims she went on the program to deal with her love addiction. "And I wanted to get it from Dr. Drew."

Love Addict

Uchitel she needs help ... and had some lip injections.

The 35-year-old all-pro mistress also said she was being treated for addiction to Ambien and other prescribtion medications, which she did not identify.

Dr. Dew said Rachel Uchitel's condition is partly triggered by traumatic events in her past, such as the premature deaths of her father and fiance Andy.

She was set to get married before he perished in the 9/11 attacks.

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He's already a reality show judge and record producer. But Simon Cowell is looking to add another title to his resume: wedding planner.

Speaking to Extra, Cowell offered up an idea for who should sing at the royal nuptials between Prince William and Kate Middleton.

"Susan Boyle would be perfect," said the former American Idol panelist, adding that Boyle's "I Dreamed a Dream" would be the ideal wedding song for the pair.

  • SuBo with Flowers
  • Greeting the Public

As the world knows by now, William and Kate got engaged last month and have scheduled their exchanging of vows to take place at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011. Billions are expected to watch on television.

Would Boyle be able to handle that pressure? Do you think she'd made a good choice to sing at the reception?

 

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After spending Thanksgiving in New York City, Justin Bieber crossed the Atlantic this weekend and gave fans in Great Britain a treat...

... but many felt as if they'd been tricked.

The 16-year old icon performed on X Factor in England, though the Twitter-verse lit up soon after his appearance with talk that Justin ripped off British viewers by "miming" his renditions of "Baby" and "Somebody to Love." Tweeted a couple followers:

I am a massive fan of Justin Bieber - just pretty gutted he mimed on The X Factor!... Justin Bieber = Justin Mimer! Terrible performance on X Factor!

Do you agree with these assessments? Watch the following performance video, which is followed by an interview Bieber gave on the show:

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Legendary singer Willie Nelson was busted over the weekend in Texas for possession of six ounces of marijuana. Wait ... Willie Nelson smokes pot? Who knew.

Nelson’s tour bus pulled into a routine checkpoint in Sierra Blanca, Tex. and in an astonishing feat of law enforcement, an officer noticed a familiar herb smell.

Hudspeth County Sheriff Arvin West said: “It’s kind of surprising, but I mean we treat him like anybody else." And by surprising, he probably means not at all.

It wasn't Willie Nelson's first drug bust. Nor will it be the last.

As much of a joke as this sounds like, a criminal defense attorney in Austin says six ounces of pot could get Willie six months minimum and up to two years.

But Bruce Margolin, director of the L.A. chapter of NORML, thinks he has a defense that could spring the 77-year-old crooner by tracing the weed to Cali.

Specifically, Nelson can claim he forgot the California-grown pot was on the bus. The Golden State is cool with medicinal marijuana, after all. Stay tuned.

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Who likes anal sex? Who could go for just a tad bit of oral? These answers and a lot more await readers who peruse our intern's latest recap of The Real Housewives of Atlanta...

Talk about a booming episode! Kandi has moved her Kandi Koated Nights webcast over to her boutique, TAGS, for some self-promotion.  Nene, Kim and Sheree are her guests on a particularly raunchy segment.  Cynthia even shows up to get sex tips. But the girls got more than they bargained because Kandi apparently is getting her jollies these days by asking freakier and freakier questions.   

What's your freak number? Have you ever peed on anyone?  Sheree's willing to experiment, so she's a 9.  Kim doesn't mind anal, so that makes her a 7.  Nene's into just a little oral, so she's a 3. Cynthia's a 6.  The girls are then treated to a triple X visit from Mr. Luscious, a Hulk-like chocolate stripper with a humongous "sock."

Mr. Luscious

Cynthia takes 50-year-old Peter and her personal stylist to meet with Tony Conway, Atlanta's top celebrity event planner, to discuss her dream wedding. 

Going for a silver-and-chocolate themed, candle-lit evening motif with a mix of antique and modern, the planner promises 50-year-old Peter that he'll keep the budget under one million.  Gotta make it extra special for Cynthia... and Atlanta, of course!

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Lindsay Lohan looked smoking hot (or at least smoking while looking semi-hot) as she checked into an alcohol counseling meeting Sunday in Palm Springs, Calif.

Looking fresh-faced and more glamorous than we've seen in months, the rehabbing actress wore a cardigan and t-shirt with dark jeans and knee high boots.

Seriously, if you can get past the cancer stick, she looks great!

Smoking, Hot Lohan

SMOKIN': Lindsay Lohan certainly is ... if only literally.

Whether she's relaxing over coffee, attending AA meetings or spending the holidays with previously estranged family members, she's doing so much better lately.

Can she revive her career? That's uncertain. But here are some recent Lindsay Lohan pictures showing just how far she's come. Take a look below, then tell us ...

  • On the Down Lo
  • A Happy Shopper
  • Some Retail Therapy
  • Bound For AA
  • Lo-Ho-Ho

[Photos: Fame Pictures, Pacific Coast News]

Lindsay Lohan: Would you hit it?

 

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