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Jennifer Hudson's estranged brother-in-law William Balfour, who was arrested this week in the October murders of her mother, brother and seven-year-old nephew, has been formally charged with the crimes after getting arrested yesterday.

He has been charged with three counts of first degree murder and one count of home invasion. Cops say Balfour hasn't confessed to the crime, despite prior reports he did. But they also say he has "talked about the investigation."

The 27-year-old is expected to held without bail at a hearing tomorrow, but says he "did not commit these crimes," his lawyer was quoted as saying.

"The delay between the crimes and his actual arrest shows weakness in the case," Joshua Kutnick said, despite Balfour being a person of interest from the start.

"This case is not a strong case against William. He is a convenient suspect."

William Balfour Mug Shot, Reloaded

William Balfour was transferred from an Illinois state prison – where he has been held on suspicion of a parole violation – back into police custody.

Jennifer Hudson's mother Darnell Donerson, 57, brother Jason Hudson, 29, and Balfour's own stepson, Julian King, 7, were slain last month. Balfour is married to, but separated from Hudson's sister Julia, the mother of Julian.

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Shauna Sand claims she was choked, punched and thrown across a room in front of her kids - and the bastard behind the alleged beatings is her own husband.

The former Playmate received a temporary restraining order against Romain Chavent yesterday, filing documents in L.A. County Superior Court.

Shauna Sand Naked

Sand alleges, with grammatical inaccuracy, that this weekend, her French hubby "hit me in the breasts, which I just had reconstructive surgery."

Shauna also says Romain once "threatened to sell nude photos of my children that he took of them when he was babysitting." Yeah. Real normal.

Shauna also claims in March 2008, Romain Chavent punched her in the stomach and threw her into a wall. In 2007, Romain allegedly strangled, punched and threw Sand across the room. Sand was granted a restraining order but later dropped it.

Romain has made accusations of his own - filing for a restraining order against Shauna in April because he claimed she threatened to ruin his life.

That claim was later dismissed. Shauna Sand was granted another court order that will remain in effect until the next hearing on December 22.

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The incomparable Britney Spears celebrated her 27th birthday Tuesday morning under the big top - and before the TV cameras - on ABC's Good Morning America.

Dressed as a (sexy!) ringmaster, our girl made a dramatic entrance atop a huge wagon, flanked by clowns, jugglers and performers dressed as circus animals.

In her first live effort in over a year, Britney Spears brought her A-game, lip-synching her way through the title track to her new album, Circus, with flying colors ...

In other news, Britney Spears' tour dates have been announced. You can see a show like the one previewed above for the low, low price of $158.50 for a good seat.

And here we thought consumer spending was down and Americans were cutting back. The Hollywood Gossip officially declares the U.S. economic recession over.

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Last week set the bar pretty high, but The Hills was still solid last night. As always, our recap will consist of us awarding and deducting points as we see fit.

Audrina Patridge is, like, still a mess over the scandalous Lauren Conrad-Justin-Bobby hookup that didn't actually happen. She doesn't know what to do next. Meanwhile, Speidi pays a visit to his Nana, and Spencer rips Stephanie a lot.

On to the rankings! Chime in with your own!

One second after showing up, Spencer Pratt rips Stephanie for decorating her kitchen like a bathroom. It's like he was determined to fire off an insult at the first possible opportunity and that's what he saw. Plus 3.

Obligatory Minus 5 for Heidi Montag's Times Square hooker / clubbing makeup. In broad daylight. At lunch with a nice old lady, no less. Tramp.

Whitney Port tells LC she's still in touch with Jay Lyon, who writes "xo" after, like, every sentence when they text. OMG, so cute, mate. Plus 7.

My, Casey Patridge was wearing a colorful top in this episode. Oh, wait, those are just her tats. Plus 4. And Plus 2 more for her wise words.

Audzo ranted non-stop about Justin-Bobby, yet the dirtbag did not actually appear last night. Normally, this would be cause for celebration, but in this case his mumbled, idiotic remarks would have fostered even more drama. So Minus 4.

Audrina Patridge sort of admits that she jumped to conclusions and treated Lauren unfairly over this, but then cops a pathetic excuse, "I don't even know who I am anymore" rather than just moving on. OMG, grow up, girl. Minus 9.

Not just a Brody Jenner sighting. A shirtless Brody Jenner sighting. Plus 16. And Plus 5 more for is query to LC about "banging Justin-Bobby."

Speaking of the great BJ, that promo for Bromance was comically bad. But come on, we know we're gonna watch that and The City. Plus 5.

Anyone else think Nana is kind of sweet? Maybe Spencer's adopted. Plus 3.

Stephanie says Spencer wouldn't be Nana's "favorite" if she knew more about him. Riiight. Spencer has actually talked about Nana on numerous occasions in celebrity gossip tabloids! She has a scrapbook! Nice try, Steph. Minus 4.

TOTAL: +21. Leave a comment with your own scores!

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Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt were all smiles and looked like the perfect, blissful wedded couple as they returned to Los Angeles from Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

Wedding rings? Not present!

Speidi reportedly tied the knot, eloping spontaneously in Cabo San Lucas (where they had been spending a regular, romantic vacation), on November 20.

The two held hands and walked to a waiting limousine. When asked about the ceremony, Spencer Pratt said, "I recommend getting married to anyone."

No comment on whether they are technically married in the U.S., if another (legal) wedding is planned, or just how "spontaneous" their elopement was.

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ALLEGED NEWLYWEDS: Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag caused a major stir by eloping in Cabo, but whether they're legally married is unclear. [Photo Credit: Splash News]

If you can stomach it, click to enlarge more Speidi airport pics ...

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  • Speidi at LAX
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New York's hottest new sort-of-confirmed celeb couple, Madonna and Alex Rodriguez, are quietly shopping for love nests on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, as well as on the East End of Long Island, sources tell the New York Post.

A knowledgeable real estate source reports that the kabbalah-crazed singer and the skirt-chasing slugger are "discreetly looking at properties between Fifth and Park avenues, from just above 60th Street through the 80s.

"Madonna personally came to look at one house a couple of months ago, and Alex has been looking recently," the insider said. "We're talking about private, double-width mansions in the vicinity of $30 million to $60 million."

Madge and A-Rod are also interested in scoring a house "with a garage that you can drive into for privacy - although those are rare and hard to come by," a spy added. Another source said they were also looking in the Hamptons.

A-Rod, meanwhile, continues to try to unload the home he shared with ex-wife Cynthia Rodriguez - dropping the price on the four-bedroom, 4,600-square-foot pad at Trump Park Avenue to $10 million, down from the original $14 million.

The Rod is also willing to rent it for $50,000 a month. What a steal. Madonna, meanwhile, is hanging on to her posh Central Park West apartment.

Last week, after celebrity gossip tabloids revealed he planned on dumping his kids on Thanksgiving to spend the day with Madonna, shame-faced A-Rod and Madge flew together on a private jet to Miami, where she performed.

While Alex did see his two daughters (ages 3 and six months) on the holiday, the lovebirds later flew to Mexico together for the weekend.

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Tina Fey rules. And she has rules.

They’ve guided the 38-year-old writer-comedian through marriage, motherhood, and a career that went into hyperdrive this fall, when her Sarah Palin impression convulsed the nation, boosting the ratings of Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock.

That's right. Between 30 Rock quotes and faux Sarah Palin videos, it's no wonder why Fey has officially arrived as America's comedic sweetheart.

Tina Fey in Vanity Fair

In the January issue of Vanity Fair, Tina opens up about dropping 30 pounds years ago for Saturday Night Live, her mysterious facial scar, staying a virgin into her 20s, what she thinks criticism of her Palin impressions, and so much more.

Click to enlarge more Tina Fey pics below, and check out the full Vanity Fair article, penned by the New York Times' Maureen Dowd. It's a great read.

Fey, Tina

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Gossip Girl star Kelly Rutherford, 40, and her entrepreneur husband, Daniel Giersch, are expecting their second child in June, her rep confirmed on Monday.

The couple are already parents to two-year-old son, Hermès.

Kendra and Son

One thing's for sure: Her newborn boy or girl will have plenty of available babysitters. Rutherford, who plays Blake Lively's mother, Lily van Der Woodsen, on Gossip Girl, revealed that Hermès is no stranger to the hit CW show's set.

"We have such a nice set because people bring their kids and their dogs. It looks like we run a doggy day care, it's really something. I don't bring him as much I used to because he's having so much fun at his classes during the day!"

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Jennifer Hudson's estranged brother-in-law, William Balfour, was arrested late Monday in the slayings of the Oscar winner's mother, brother and seven-year-old nephew, according to Chicago police and the Chicago Tribune.

Formal charges have not yet been brought by the Cook County prosecutor's office, but Balfour was transferred from an Illinois state prison – where he has been held on suspicion of a parole violation – back into police custody.

He has been considered the prime suspect for weeks.

Balfour, 27, who is married but separated from Hudson's sister, Julia, was arrested in the first-degree murders of Hudson's mother Darnell Donerson, 57, brother Jason Hudson, 29, and Julia's son - his own stepson - Julian King, 7.

William Balfour, who previously served prison time for attempted murder and car hijacking, was arrested hours after the first victims were discovered.

The bodies of Donerson and Hudson were found shot to death October 24 in the family home on Chicago's South Side by Hudson's sister, Julia.

The body of King, Julia's son, was found three days later in the backseat of Jason's abandoned Chevrolet Suburban. All died from gunshot wounds.

Balfour and Julia Hudson married on December 30, 2006.

They lived together at the family home at first, but their relationship was marred by myriad fights over money and infidelities, according to family members.

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At one point, it didn't look like she'd make it to 27.

But Britney Spears is nothing if not resilient. Tough. A fighter.

Since she burst on the scene, she's sold 83 million albums, gotten divorced twice, had two kids, dated many random dudes, shaved her head, gone on an epic crusade against pants and even gotten her crazy ass hospitalized twice involuntarily.

In short, Britney Spears is the best.

That's why The Hollywood Gossip is thrilled to wish its favorite star a happy birthday on this second day of December. With her album Circus dropping today, it's abundantly clear that Britney Spears is back and better than ever, baby.

Here's a little photo tribute to the birthday girl ...

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  • Britney Spears Nude
  • Britney Spears: No Underwear Yet Again!
  • Britney Spears: No Pants
  • Britney Crotch Shot: Censored
  • Absolutely Enormous Breasts
  • Check Please!
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