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In 1976, if you told 14-year-old seminary student Thomas Cruise Mapother IV that one day he would become one of the top movie stars of all time, he probably would've laughed.

(Then jumped on a couch like a maniac and told you that his true ambition was to go bat$h!t and impregnate a hot young actress with the spawn of Scientology).

Taking the Questions

Just kidding. But the man who grew up wanting to be a priest certainly has had quite the career. Since bursting onto the scene in Risky Business a quarter of a century ago, he's appeared in countless hit films across many genres and become a mega-star.

Still perhaps underrated as an actor, Tom Cruise is best known for being insane as well as good looking. Once married to Nicole Kidman, he has moved on to Katie Holmes, forming one of the weirdest celebrity couples (and best couple names) ever in TomKat.

But for all his quirks, the 45-year-old Tom seems content raising baby daughter Suri Cruise and hanging out with weird friends such as Leah Remini, Jada Pinkett Smith, and David and Victoria Beckham. All is well. For a man we give massive amounts of crap to, he's not all bad, even if he has a few screws loose.

Don't ever accuse this celebrity news site of biting the hands that feed it. We are grateful for all the entertainment value - and good movies - that he's given us over the years.

So happy birthday, Tom Cruise, you lovable ol' nut. Hope you enjoy a nice dinner out with some robotic friends and your possessed wife.

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Here's some celebrity news we definitely maybe saw coming a mile away.

Nicole Richie is pregnant.

Yes, it's true. The pregnancy rumors have been swirling for weeks, but many believed the "bump" Nicole Richie has sported to be merely a sign of malnutrition.

Not that one could be blamed for assuming that. Nicole Richie hates food.

But as of this afternoon, the gossip sleuths at TMZ have officially confirmed that Richie is pregnant.

The starlet has been dating Good Charlotte frontman Joel Madden for over six months. Rumors have been running rampant on the Internets for months that Richie and Madden are expecting, but TMZ confirmed through multiple sources that she is, in fact, pregnant.

Congratulations! And gross!

In Touch is reporting that the couple will tie the knot this summer. Meanwhile, Nicole Richie is currently facing DUI charges stemming from her arrest last December.

The Simple Life "star" was found driving the wrong way on the freeway while on Vicodin and pot. She weighed 85 pounds at the time, and may have lost 5-10 since.

Pregnant or not, Nicole Richie will go on trial July 11. If convicted, she faces jail time. Will the poor baby inside her womb get her off the hook? Who knows.

One thing's for sure, though: Britney Spears must be psyched about this news: in nine months, she won't be the worst celebrity mother in town.

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The Hollywood Gossip tells it like it is.

As a celebrity gossip provider, that means you've occasionally got to get down, dirty, explicit and profane in covering the famous people that make the news.

That's been our philosophy since our first post (about Lindsay Lohan) 13 months ago.

Nonetheless, according to a new blog rating system, which rates gossip blogs the same way as movies, T.H. Gossip has been given parental guidance suggested, "PG" status.

How, we're not sure. It was a close shave. Not unlike that recently given to that shank Paris Hilton. Man, that thing was given a serious waxing!

Despite a consistent deluge of raunchy articles and censored nude / sexual photos, we were able to dodge the more risque "PG-13" or "R" designations.

Guess all those shots of Britney Spears wearing no underwear and all that talk about Amanda Beard and Garcelle Beauvais nude wasn't enough. Oh well. We'll work harder, we promise.

Here are a couple of good celebrity photos from our (apparently PG) archive.

Lucy Pinder, Michelle Marsh Go Nuts

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It's been awhile since we ran an Audrina Patridge story.

We've already heard from her friend and roommate, Lauren Conrad, today. But Audrina, who endeared herself to fans on Season 2 of The Hills, has been keeping a low profile.

Pic of Audrina

Until we came across these pictures of Audrina Patridge hosting a party at Cameo Nightclub on June 29. With the star of The Hills is a dude named Justin Brescia. Check it out:

Clearly, Audrina Patridge is a natural at the turntables.

It's good to see that if a career in reality TV doesn't work out, Audrina can channel her inner DJ AM. Speaking of Adam Goldstein, he's probably plotting a way to date Patridge already.

Somewhere, meanwhile, Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag are kicking themselves for not hosting a party at a club or being photographed frolicking on a beach in the last 72 hours.

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Crazy Lindsay Lohan turned 21 yesterday. But according to the New York Daily News, that's not all that's gone on lately on the hoppin' Hollywood club scene.

You would expect the Human Torch to throw the hottest party in SoCal. Fantastic Four star Chris Evans did just that on Saturday, at a slightly belated bash for his 26th birthday.

Lauren Conrad and New Boyfriend?

Although he was mobbed by female admirers, a Daily News celebrity gossip spy reckons Flicka star Alison Lohman was a leading contender for his attention.

Evans' immediate ex, Friday Night Lights star Minka Kelly - now linked to Lohan ex and Pink Taco exec Harry Morton - was also in the mix.

None of them seemed to mind that sponsors p.i.n.k. vodka and Monster Energy chose to throw the party at Eleven, a West Hollywood gay club.

Cupid also smiled on the C-list that night! The lovely Lauren Conrad and recent Paris Hilton castoff Josh Henderson were spotted leaving the club hand-in-hand around 1 a.m.

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Isaiah Washington is out to clear his name, but in the opinion of this celebrity news purveyor, he's dragging it through the mud more with every ridiculous interview.

In fact, with every pompous remark that comes out of his mouth, the bitter actor illustrates what an arrogant jerk he can be - and the real reason he was fired. The irony.

The delusional actor blames co-star Patrick Dempsey's repeated tardiness to the set for the blow-up which resulted in Washington using a gay slur - which, lest we forget, was not directed at T.R. Knight, alright!?!?

Interviewed last night on Larry King Live, the man who compared himself to Malcolm X last week (really) said he regretted not confronting Dempsey the first time he was late to the set, so he challenged him when Patrick dared pull that crap again.

But Dempsey wanted to delay the scene more to wait for Ellen Pompeo, who plays Dempsey's love interest on the hit show, before shooting began.

"I said 'I don't need Ellen, I can act,'" Isaiah Washington told King. "And that was the moment that sent it into a different zone."

According to Isaiah Washington, this is when Patrick Dempsey erupted.

"He became unhinged, sprayed spittle in my face," said Washington. "I'm asking him why is he screaming at me... He just becomes irate."

That's when Washington said "a lot of things I'm not really proud of."

"I said several bad words," he said, quoting himself as telling Patrick Dempsey: "There's no way you're going to treat me like the B-word, the P-word or the F-word."

He said that the "F-word" was not meant as an anti-gay slur, but meant it not as a degrading term towards homosexuals, but rather just to signify "somebody who is being weak."

So he's not homophobic, just an arrogant ass. Glad we cleared that up!

Washington strongly denies he ever directed the word at costar T.R. Knight, who came out of the closet thereafter, as reported and insinuated by the press and fan sites.

"I am not homophobic, in no way, shape or form," Washington said.

As for T.R. Knight claiming the slur was directed at him, Isaiah Washington said that is false and that the actor used the incident to his advantage.

"That's a lie. He misrepresented himself," Washington said. "He has been very disappointed in playing the character he has been playing. He told me that."

But Washington said he felt badly about repeating the slur at the Golden Globes, when he dubiously attempted to explain the context in which he used it in the first place by grabbing a mic and stating angrily "I did not call T.R. a f@ggot. Never happened."

"I wish I could take that back," Washington admits.

Washington ultimately attended counseling and finished the filming Season 3 of Grey's Anatomy, but was released from his contract a month ago. Both he and Kate Walsh, who was given her own spin-off, will not return for Season 4.

Larry King said on the air that the Grey's Anatomy producers, as well as Patrick Dempsey and T.R. Knight, declined to comment on the incidents.

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We now pause for a break in the (girl-on-girl) action and offer you a brief reprieve from endless news about Paris Hilton in jail or out of jail, or new pictures of that tramp Lindsay Lohan passing out, or of the latest Britney Spears nipple slip.

In a world where celebrity gossip increasingly dominates headlines (not that our staff writers are complaining), you don't hear a lot about Hilary Duff. And that's why we love her. The girl is so genuine, so true to herself. Not to mention pretty damn cute.

The cover of Britain's Stella magazine, which features Duff, even goes so far as to make the claim that the pretty singer is the "acceptable" face of young Hollywood. We couldn't agree more. And we really wish crazy fools would quit stalking her.

Thank you, Stella, for reaffirming our love for Hilary Duff.

Ah. Wasn't that a refreshing change from the latest celebrity news? It sure was. Now, back to figuring out what's going on with that supposed Vanessa Minnillo sex tape ...

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What was it that spurred John Stamos' bizarre antics on an Australian talk show last week?

Could it have been too much liquor? Drugs? The inability to shake the image of a grown-up Jodie Sweetin from his brain?

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Or none of the above. The "actor" claims jet lag combined with a sleeping pill caused his bizarre behavior during a morning talk show and newspaper interview in the land down under last week.

"I was not drinking. I did not drink either morning," the ER star tells TV Guide. "I do not have an alcohol problem. I am not David Hasselhoff. This is not a pattern."

Hasselhoff, who earlier this year was videotaped shirtless and babbling incoherently on the floor of his Las Vegas hotel room, has said he is a recovering alcoholic.

Stamos, on the other hand, says jet lag and Ambien led to his odd interview with a reporter from Sydney's Daily Telegraph and on the Australian TV show Mornings with Kerri-Anne last month during which he slurred his speech, read from a teleprompter and made lewd gestures in front of her.

"By the time I got to Australia my body was so out of whack," says John Stamos, who has told TV Guide his travel plans had included stops in New York, New Orleans, Greece, Japan and Cairo before landing Down Under on June 21.

A couple of days later, when Stamos was scheduled to promote ER, he says he was still feeling jet lag so "I took a sleeping pill at 5 in the morning, Ambien."

He says he made a mistake.

"Now I know that Ambien is an eight-hour sleeping pill so if you take it, you better get 8 hours sleep," he says. "Do not take it at 5 in the morning."

But John Stamos says he does not regularly take the sleep aid, and would like to make up for the odd behavior.

"I really do feel bad. I hope Australia will give me a change to redeem myself," he said. "I love Australia. My plan is to retire there, still."

We hope he gets that chance, and certainly understand a desire to relocate to Australia. Get as far away from those creepy Olsen twins as possible.

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Britney Spears feels, like, totally betrayed by her mom, her soon-to-be ex husband, her former manager and Promises, the rehab facility she called home for nearly a month, y'all.

In short, she claims she never had a drug or alcohol problem but was railroaded into rehab.

Britney Not Too Happy

Sources tell celebrity gossip site TMZ that Lynne Spears, Kevin Federline and then-manager Larry Rudolph all pressured Britney to check herself in.

We're told Spears acknowledged having emotional problems after her second child, Jayden James Federline, was born, but strongly maintained she did not have a drug or alcohol problem.

Nonetheless, multiple sources say Kevin Federline effectively forced her into rehab - by threatening to go public by going to court to wrestle custody from her if she didn't.

Sources say Britney Spears could not withstand the pressure from her mom, Federline and Larry Rudolph, and checked in February 20.

We're told eventually the professionals believed Spears suffered from post-partum depression, made worse when she stopped taking Prozac.

Britney Spears was also emotionally crumbling at the time because of a messy divorce and increasingly intense media scrutiny.

After leaving Promises, as paparazzi waited for the golden shot of Britney Spears drinking again, she began getting angry that she was at a rehab facility in the first place.

Britney and her cousin/assistant, Allie Sims, called Promises on several occasions, asking for a copy of the report showing she tested positive for drugs or alcohol upon checking in.

TMZ says it took days to get an answer.

Two reports were sent to Britney Spears' rep, both showing no drug or alcohol use whatsoever. Most shocking, the first report was dated March 7. That's 15 days after Britney checked in.

Sources say one of Britney's reps then called the facility and asked for any evidence of a dirty test, but she was told there was nothing in the file.

The enduring question - if the first test was taken more than two weeks after she checked in, how could they treat her if they didn't know the problem?

Britney fired Rudolph and has now drawn a line in the sand with her mom.

Despite reports of a reconciliation, and her insistence that her family is strong (heh) Lynne Spears remains on the outs as far as her eldest girl is concerned.

As for Federline, with whom Brit has a temporary custody pact, he's threatened to go to court and question Britney's fitness as a mother with every disagreement, a source says.

Spears, who is extremely protective, does not want to expose Jayden James and Sean Preston to a public battle, so she's caved on many demands.

Britney's legal team has asked for a "private" judge to handle disputes in a private office (that's the M.O. of her divorce lawyer, Laura Wasser, in celeb divorce cases), away from the cameras, but Federline has insisted that everything be handled at the L.A. County Courthouse, where the media could record everything.

TMZ spoke with Dr. Donna Markus at Promises but she said, because of patient confidentiality, her facility had no comment regarding Britney Spears.

Larry Rudolph and Lynne Spears could not be reached for comment regarding their respective dysfunctional relationships with Britney Spears.

Mark Vincent Kaplan, the lawyer of Kevin Federline, says this in response to the questions of FedEx's wanting the matter in full view of the public:

"When one person in a divorce has great means and influence, and the other much less so, leaving the case in the public system makes that person more comfortable that they'll be on a level playing field as the case is heard."

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First, Stray-Rod.

Now, F-Rod.

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So many rods. This time, the Rodriguez under fire in the Big Apple is Cynthia. Yankee superstar Alex Rodriguez's long-suffering wife may have finally flipped her lid yesterday when she went to a game in The Bronx wearing a tight-fitting, white tank top bearing this on the back:

"F*%k you."

We've seen Britney Spears wear the same tank top in the past. But such lunacy is almost expected from that train wreck. With Cynthia Rodriguez, many were taken aback - especially those seated behind her.

The obscene phrase was visible to many fans - including kids - as she, 2-year-old daughter, Natasha, and another woman took their seats.

"[One] father, was so embarrassed, he got up and left and took his son," who appeared to be about 10 years old, a fan said.

"I mean this kid was right in back of Cynthia Rodriguez... his nose must have been about 4 inches away from the words 'F*%k you.'"

Cynthia Rodriguez's F-word faux pas also violates Yankee Stadium policy.

The team's policy prohibits any banners or signs that are not in "good taste" and also warns that security guards will eject anyone "using foul language" or "making obscene gestures."

Still, when fans let nearby security know about Cynthia Rodriguez's classy four-letter garment yesterday, nothing was done about it.

"It was noted by police and security," one fan said. "They were aware of it. I guess they didn't know what to do. I guess you don't kick A-Rod's wife out of the game."

Cynthia's shocking breach of stadium etiquette comes about a month after she was publicly humiliated by her straying hubby's catting around the country and Canada with a busty, blond Las Vegas stripper and Playboy wannabe.

His manly-looking mistress was later revealed as Joslyn Noel Morse and featured in a New York Post expose. Fans mocked A-Rod over Joslyn's unattractiveness.

Despite - or perhaps because of - those randy revelations, Alex Rodriguez, 31, has been on fire when it comes to the baseball diamond, batting a jaw-dropping 406 over the last month.

Howard Rubenstein, the spokesman for George Steinbrenner, last night said he could not reach The Boss or other executives for comment on Cynthia's stunt.

It's not clear who the target was of the Cynthia Rodriguez wrath: Yankee fans, management, the media, a nude Joslyn Noel Morse, or Alex Rodriguez himself.

A-Rod's agent, Scott Boras, was busy lighting cigars with $100 bills on his yacht while making calls on his new iPhone and could not be reached for comment.

However, Isaiah Washington was reportedly thrilled that someone else was getting $h!t over the improper use of an f-word. It's about time, right?

Incidentally, if C-Rod was trying to light a fire under A-Rod and the team with her F-Rod antics, it didn't work - the Bronx (Stink) Bombers got killed 11-5 by the A's. Pity.