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Les Paul, who changed the course of music by inventing the electric guitar and multitrack recording, and had a string of hits of his own, died today at age 94.

He passed away in White Plains, N.Y. During the early 1950s, he and his second wife, singer Mary Ford, were among the most popular acts in all of show business.

As recording executive Ahmet Ertegun said in 1988 upon Les Paul’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, “Les Paul is an inspiration to a world of guitarists for his playing, for the instrument he created and his multiple-track recording innovations."

"Without him, it’s hard to imagine how rock and roll would be played today.”

Les Paul enjoyed enormous success in a performing career that lasted more than 80 years, selling more than 10 million records and earning 34 gold records.

“What he was doing on those hits couldn’t have failed to influence any guitarist,” Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page, a vastly different player, once said of Paul.

He will be missed!

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Aubrey O'Day, Emmy Rossum, Melrose Place star Ashlee Simpson-Wentz and her husband Pete are among the celebrities starring in the second PSA for the NOH8 Campaign, entitled "I'm Coming Out," to raise awareness about Propostion 8.

As Carrie Prejean rolls over in her grave, these celebs speak out against what they see as an injustice, that not everyone is allowed to marry who they wish.

It's a nicely put-together video. While he does not appear in the NOH8 PSA, we know Brad Pitt would approve of this effort to promote marriage equality ...

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If you think the headline above is too much information, Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt are just getting started. Just what you wanted, we know.

In addition to Heidi Montag Playboy photos, the men's magazine has treated us to an interview, conducted by Spencer, in which his better half reveals a lot about plastic surgery, former co-star Lauren Conrad, and of course, boning.

Some nauseating excerpts ...

Heidi to Spencer, on their sex life:

“I knew what sex was, but when I met you I entered a new realm of understanding, from fantasy to love, to experience a day with 20-30 orgasms. Before you, sex was just something that happened. Now it’s something I look forward to every minute."

Try to turn away from the keyboard as you vomit.

Heidi Pratt in Playboy

Spencer, on watching Heidi's Playboy cover shoot:

“It was f*%king torture! I got the biggest case of blue balls in history. I wanted to shut down production after the outfit change so I could enjoy you all to myself."

"I suggest they bring something like that to Guantanamo Bay. Who needs waterboarding when you can have Heidi Montag posing in these outfits in front of you, in front of the ocean, and not be able to make a move on her? I’m not kidding.”

Heidi, on shopping for fake boobs:

"I wanted the best, so I sat down and flipped through some Playboys. The women are so hot. Pamela Anderson, Carmen Electra, Marilyn Monroe, all the Playmates."

Spencer, on Heidi suggesting she enlarge her fake boobs even more:

“Don’t do it for me. I think you have the best custom made breasts in the world right now. I don’t need any changes. I’m already driving a Bugatti every day.”

Heidi, on Lauren Conrad:

“The millions of people waiting for season six of The Hills love us. It’s not about Lauren Conrad, because she’s not even on the show now. Which is fine with me.”

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We are of the opinion that NBC's sci-fi hit Heroes kind of sucks.

Hayden Panettiere, apparently, feels likewise about our profession.

Tattooed Hayden

The 19-year-old actress has spent a lot of time growing up in front of the cameras, having worked in the industry since she could barely walk.

But she’s still not used to the celebrity gossip limelight.

She blames the paparazzi for ruining her relationships, most notably the one she had with Heroes co-star Milo Ventimiglia. Panettiere said she’s pissed by the endless cycle of the public craving details about celebs, and the paparazzi who feed it.

Not that she plays into this by posing in Details or anything.

Hayden at the Teen Choice Awards, hating having her photo taken.

“It’s very, very difficult and people have no idea what they do to peoples’ relationships. They destroy them. The paparazzi and the public,” she told Company.

“The public wants to read about your personal life, and the paparazzi give it to them by nosing into your personal life and saying things that are horrible.”

Sure, she's got a point. But she also dated a 30-year-old guy when she was 18, and stars on a hugely successful show. That's going to attract some attention.

Since breaking up with Milo, she has been linked to British TV presenter Steve Jones (age 32, for those keeping score). She's sported some bikinis and a misspelled tattoo lately, both of which are going to be magnets for attention, too!

Hey, don't blame us. We are just giving the public (who buys tickets to her movies) what it wants. Check out more of our beautiful Hayden Panettiere photos!

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Dr. Conrad Murray has been under wide scrutiny ever since Michael Jackson died June 25. The police and DEA investigation into the star's personal physician has centered around his use of Propofol, a hospital-grade anesthesia.

While that drug is believed to have killed the King of Pop on that day, sources close to the manslaughter investigation of Murray tell the Los Angeles Times that he may be charged with negligence. As in Murray essentially dosed-and-dashed.

One theory the police are working on? That Murray left the star completely alone after administering the fatal, final injection of Propofol. This is why they think there is just a gap between Jackson's time of death and the first 911 call.

Dr. Conrad Murray reportedly left Jackson in his bed in order to make phone calls and, when he returned, discovered the star was no longer breathing.

It's unclear how long the doctor was out of the room, though Murray told detectives he frequently left Michael alone and it had never been a problem.

Well, except for that last time.

Smiling Michael Jackson

Dr. Conrad Murray was the last person to see Michael Jackson alive.

Investigators are now trying to determine whether to slap negligence onto their existing manslaughter investigation, not only for leaving Michael Jackson alone that morning but for administering Propofol outside of a hospital in general.

Other drugs were found in Jackson's system at the time of his death, making it more difficult, potentially, to find Murray definitively guilty of manslaughter.

A law enforcement source also says that Jackson used Propofol for insomnia for nearly a decade, while Murray only came on as the singer's doctor this year.

Murray apparently told police he administered the drug in the early hours of June 25, after Jackson returned home from a rehearsal and could not sleep.

Murray's lawyer, Ed Chernoff, verified at least part of the sources' claims, confirming to the Times that his client did in fact chat with family members and employees in his medical offices prior to discovering Jackson's lifeless body.

As it is, while he's been netting all the headlines, Conrad Murray is one of five doctors the LAPD is investigating in connection to Jackson's death.

He is, however, the only one who has been publicly identified as a suspect.

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She's still wearing a ring, and Regis Philbin said he thinks her separation will end, but don't expect Kate Gosselin to ever get back together with Jon.

On today's Live With Regis and Kelly, Regis caught Kate off guard when he said he thinks Jon Gosselin will want her back and "live happily ever after."

Kate paused, sighed and paused again.

"You know, we definitely have different goals at this point," she said. "A lot has changed. It's not ideal and I can't say that I think you're right at all."

After Philbin continued and asked how she would respond if Jon told her to forget about the past and that he wanted to rebuild a future with her and the kids, she uttered the company line, "We can only go forward; we can't go back."

But the rumored diva said she does want to film more scenes with her ex.

"It's still going to be a lot of Jon and Kate, but it's going to be Jon and the kids and Kate and the kids, she said of the future of Jon and Kate Plus 8.

"I still hold out hope that it will be times where it will be Jon and Kate and the kids. My main goal is to do holidays and things together. I don't know. I'm really going into uncharted territory. I'm going to be with the kids every second I get."

She admitted that while some days are "better" than others, "most days are still difficult. At this point [the split] is starting to sink in."

Kate also said they don't have a "set schedule" for custody of their kids.

"It's based on what I'm doing versus what he's doing," she said, although she could have said who he's doing (Hailey Glassman, Kate Major, etc).

"Surprisingly that is the first peaceful part of it. We do work really well with the kids. I do live in the house with the kids and I disappear on my days off. This is certainly not what I envisioned, but what doesn't kill you makes you stronger."

Aww. Kelly Ripa was also very nice to pretend that she likes Kate's reverse-mullet, dead porcupine weave haircut, which made Kate happy.

Check out the video of Kate Gosselin's interview here ...

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It's not easy being Bar Refaeli.

Sure, you're one of the planet's most beautiful people, but the 2010 Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition requires her on the set six whole months early!

Fortunately, her hard work will not go unnoticed thanks to these behind-the-scenes Bar Refaeli pictures posted by crew members on Twitter yesterday.

You can't blame excited staff members for leaking pics online. If your job was to ogle Bar and make sure the lighting was just right, you'd brag, too:

Bar Gets Ready

Behind the scenes with Bar Refaeli and the 2010 SI swimsuit issue.

In any case, we're grateful for any sneak peak at what SI has to offer in the 2010 edition of its most popular issue. Note to SI crew members: please leak Marisa Miller pictures next if you get a chance. We appreciate your efforts.

Last year, Bar bagged the cover and from the looks of these leaked photos, don't bet against her going back-to-back when the issue comes out in February:

A Bar Refaeli Bikini Photo

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Sources say a DNA test shows what we already knew - that former presidential hopeful John Edwards fathered former campaign aide Rielle Hunter's baby.

The National Enquirer, which last year broke the story of Edwards' affair with the weird campaign videographer, said the test was taken after Hunter tried to get financial help from Edwards for her 18-month-old daughter, Frances Quinn.

Rielle Hunter agreed to testify to a federal grand jury investigating John Edwards for allegedly paying "hush" money out of his campaign coffers to Hunter and another former aide who claimed paternity of the child, Andrew Young.

Fall guy Young is rumored to have turned on Edwards. Rielle Hunter was spotted last week in Raleigh, N.C., entering a federal courthouse and staying nine hours.

John Edwards adamantly denied during a confessional interview with ABC News that he fathered the child with Hunter, saying he welcomed a paternity test.

Conveniently, Rielle said at the time she would not allow it.

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Rielle Hunter's daughter Frances has her daddy's eyes, doesn't she?

Also convenient for John Edwards? Andrew Young has said from the start that he was the child's father, and fell off the face of the Earth. Problem solved!

Until the feds got involved, that is.

Investigators want to know the real reason Edwards' political action committee paid Hunter's "production company" $100,000 for "work" in 2006, then paid her another $14,086 on April 1, 2007. Suspicious for four brief web videos, no?

Grand jury proceedings are kept secret until charges are filed, and the U.S. attorney's office in Raleigh has declined to confirm or deny there is an investigation. However, Edwards has already acknowledged his finances being scrutinized.

Andrew Young hasn't spoken publicly since saying he was the father in 2007. He is rumored to have possess a Rielle-John Edwards sex tape, too.

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While Gossip Girl's two million fans pale in comparison to the Twilight saga and its mobs of obsessives, the palpable chemistry of co-stars Leighton Meester and Ed Westwick reminds us a bit of Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart.

Like Robsten, fans desperately long for Leighton and Ed to be together based solely on their smokin' Gossip Girl characters, Blair Waldorf and Chuck Bass.

Minka Kelly Emmys Dress

Heck, their only problem with the (now denied) Leighton Meester sex tape was not that it was dirrrrrty, or she was underage, but that Ed was not its co-star!

The fact that both date other people (co-stars on the show, in fact) in real life is neither here nor there. Have you seen how he looks at her? Chair forever!!

This photo from the upcoming issue of Elle, which features Leighton and Ed lookin’ all kinds of HOT (and goth) will only stoke those imaginary flames:

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Of course not. It was just a crazy rumor, right? One would think, but the Meat Seen 'Round the World has had surprising celeb gossip staying power.

Reports that Lady Gaga is a hermaphrodite - as in, she has both male and female genitalia - have been blowing up on the Internet for a week now.

Is it true? Will we ever know?

Until the Lady Gaga hermaphrodite rumors are addressed directly by the singer, or she wears a bikini and/or poses nude live, without any possible cover-up courtesy of Photoshop, people can (and will) think what they want.

But what's the most likely answer? Let's look at the "evidence" so far:

1. That video and photo. Around the 1:10 mark, fans swear that's something dangling up in there. Still pictures sure make it seem that way, as well ...

Lady Gaga Hermaphrodite Picture

Of course, the video shot at a music festival at Glastonbury is poor quality. The Lady Gaga pics are grainy, and far away. Could be lighting, or other things.

2. Gaga supposedly "confirmed" this with a quote blogs have gone nuts with, saying she has both man and lady parts and "it's not something I'm ashamed of."

Not a single legitimate news source confirms this statement ever happened, however. The statement does not appear on Gaga's blog or any video format.

3. Lady Gaga has confirmed her bisexuality in the past, no doubt adding fuel to this rumor. But bisexuality has nothing to do with being a hermaphrodite.

In the only direct comment on the topic, Gaga's manager released a statement to ABC News calling the rumors and the alleged confirmation "ridiculous."

Sure, a rep for a famous person can lie, too, but at least the manager is lying to a legitimate news outlet if so. It's all we have to go on right now.

What do you think? Is Lady Gaga a hermaphrodite?

 

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