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Love is in the air for hot young stars Katie Cassidy and Jesse McCartney, both 20, who have been together and smitten with each other for awhile.

But now, there's a rumor that they're engaged - and it comes from a source close to Katie - her good friend, The Hills star, Lauren Conrad.

Photo of LC

On a bulletin posted by LC on MySpace, Katie, Jesse and LC's pals Whitney Port and Audrina Patridge met Lauren for dinner. That was when, according to LC...

"Then he got down and asked her. It was so sweet! Everyone was clapping afterwards."

After dinner, the happy bunch made their way out to club Mood to celebrate - appropriately, the same club where just last year, a photo of an underage Jesse McCartney drinking beer surfaced, launching an investigation of Mood.

Good to see he's hanging out there again. So is this rumor for real? When a rep for the Nick Carter knock-off was asked for comment on the engagement rumors regarding McCartney and Cassidy, he replied simply, "No, not engaged."

Hmm. Maybe it was just wishful thinking on the part of Lauren Conrad, BFF of Katie?

We'll see. In any case, Heidi Montag and her new, fake boobs were nowhere to be seen.

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We sympathize with the gent below. When you work all day at a run-of-the-mill job just to make ends meet, and a certifiably fine piece of once-almost-royal ass struts past you… it's tough not to engage in some serious ogling.

On the flip side, you gotta watch yourself. The paparazzi follows Kate Middleton everywhere. You have to know that you're going to get busted… on film. Let's just hope this fellow isn't in a relationship. If he is… it's probably over by now. 

Duchess Kate Middleton and Prince William Photo

While Kate is still reeling from her breakup with Prince William, she's doing her best to move on. And she can at least take solace in the fact that she's got it goin' on. Plenty of Brits would undoubtedly date this lovely lass if given the chance.

Chin up, Kate Middleton. Chin up.

While Johnny Knoxville and Diddy set the bar high by ogling the rackage of hot actresses, The Hollywood Gossip gawking champion remains this guy, who was quite taken aback by the sight of Sienna Miller (and not shy about his approval).

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And people were saying that a photo comparison of Avril Lavigne and Elvira (Mistress of the Dark) was f*%ked up. They ain't seen nothin' yet.

When the world was introduced to Nicole Richie in 2003, she was known as that harlot Paris Hilton's sweet, chunky sidekick from the hit reality TV series The Simple Life.

What a Cute Baby

And we were cool with that. She seemed nice and harmless enough, despite the inherent awfulness of Paris Hilton and The Simple Life. We were Nicole Richie fans.

Fast forward three years, though, and the sweet youthful Nicole had been replaced with a svelte, fashion-forward model. And by svelte, we mean freakish. Anorexic. Gaunt. Yeah, this lack of sustinence puts Keira Knightley to shame.

Here's Nicole Richie, circa 2003 and 2006. Prepare to gasp in abject terror ...

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Britney Spears didn't even bother trying to fake-sing during her second comeback show last night, noticeably chewing gum throughout her lip-synching.

Then she left the stage even more quickly than she did the night before.

Britney Spears in Wax

Cellphones and cameras were taken from fans who waited two hours to get into the House of Blues in Anaheim, Ca., reports People, after video and live Britney Spears photos popped up everywhere on the Internet.

For its trouble, the crowd was treated to a 12-minute set (three minutes shorter than Tuesday's show in San Diego) during which Britney Spears chomped gum during songs, when she should've been singing, or at least making a reasonable simulation of doing so.

"She was a little off, a little slower than her dancers," one fan told People.

Shocking. It's like an Ashlee Simpson show... only shorter.

At 9:30 p.m., after the vast majority of the audience had made it past security, the chants of "Britney! Britney!" started, with one girl exhorting the crowd with shouts of, "She's got to feel the love!"

THG NOTE: Someone really needs to get out more.

A few minutes later, the lights dimmed, empty except for a single white chair. The crowd exploded into screams and applause as the four backup dancers appeared, two on each side, snaking their way across the stage.

As the first chords of "... Baby One More Time" were played, Spears emerged in a brown wig, white go-go boots, a white mini-skirt and a sparkling top.

Like the San Diego show, the set was a short medley of Spears' hits, with "I'm a Slave 4 U" following "Hit Me" and the crowd showering the star with shouts of approval each time she wiggled her hips.

The lights dimmed after the second song, going a soft red, with the back-up dancers exiting the stage and leaving the former Mrs. Kevin Federline alone to strut slowly to the lone chair as "Breathe On Me" started.

The crowd roared as she seductively gyrated on the chair before her dancers returned and pulled a male fan from the audience to be serenaded by Spears.

A brief interlude allowed Spears to change into a tiny denim skirt, a plain pink bra and a short, white fur coat. Her "Do Something" routine included some air guitar, a lot of the hands-on-hips hip thrusts and a brief homage to the running man dance move.

Fans were definitely there to support Cue Ball: One group of young women wore matching pink tank tops reading "Bald Ambition" on the front and "The Comeback 2007" on the back.

THG NOTE: Please, tell us those were handed out for free.

She is planning several more performances this week, including shows at the Los Angeles House of Blues Thursday and the House of Blues Las Vegas inside Mandalay Bay Sunday.

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Channeling his inner Taboo, Busta Rhymes was arrested on a DUI charge early this morning in New York, after police stopped him for driving an SUV with "excessively tinted windows."

According to the NYPD, the rapper, driving a 2006 GMC Yukon Denali, was pulled over on the far West side of Midtown Manhattan at 12:48 AM.

The reason? His car's windows were too dark.

When cops encountered Busta Rhymes (real name: Trevor Smith), they noticed a "strong odor of alcohol" on his breath and issued a field sobriety test.

He was then taken into custody on a charge of driving while impaired and booked at the Midtown North Police Precinct. No word on whether he saw Jason Wahler in the holding cell.

A message left for Rhymes' lawyer, Scott Leemon, was not immediately answered. The Manhattan District Attorney's office said only that Rhymes "had not been arraigned."

The rapper awaits trial next Tuesday on assault charges from last year.

Busta was also busted for allegedly beating up a fan back in January.

Essentially, he's a more violent, East Coast version of Snoop Dogg.

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Naomi Watts is a quality actress, a cool chick and pretty darn good looking to boot.

So what's she doing with Liev Schreiber?

Moreover, what are all these celebrities doing getting knocked up before they're married? Or in this case, even engaged? Stephen Colbert was right to put these unwed baby mamas on notice:

The list goes on and on. Our point? We're not sure. Just that someone's gotta get married and have kids in the right order, don't you think?

Anyway, Schreiber, who is expecting his first child with Watts, can take comfort in the fact that his girlfriend (they're not even engaged) isn't being a big pain during pregnancy.

Asked if Watts, 38, has been experiencing any strange cravings, Schreiber, 39, said: "No. She's great. In fact, I've never seen anyone handle a pregnancy so well. She's amazing."

Liev is apparently used to seeing women handle pregnancy.

Schreiber was speaking Wednesday at a Drama Desk Awards nomination event in New York City (he is nominated for his role in the Broadway revival of Talk Radio).

He told People magazine he would be with the show through June 24 - because after that, "I'm going to have a baby."

Actually, she is. But nice try. So have Liev and Watts - a couple since 2005 - been making any special preparations for their impending arrival?

"Nope," he said. "We're just rollin' with it."

That's how Liev Schreiber rolls.

Nor have they selected a name. We recommend Jayden James.

"We don't even know the sex yet," he said.

One thing is for sure: The baby won't be named Liev.

"It's an awful name," Schreiber told Conan O'Brien in February. "It's probably the most oft-mispronounced name in showbiz."

True, it gives the surname of Kristine Lefebvre a run for its money.

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Keira Knightley says she was "sick" and "devastated" when images of her appeared on celebrity gossip sites and in articles covering the ongoing "skinny celebrity" debate.

Scarlett Johansson Nude Photo

"When all that blew up, I felt terrible," the actress, 22, tells the British edition of Elle in its June issue.

"It appeared that I were promoting something when I absolutely was not. I am thin because that's what I am, and I was thinner at that point because of the work I do. Nothing else."

In January, when the photos were taken, Keira Knightley had just finished filming the final installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy, At World's End.

"I had lost weight," she says.

THG NOTE: Noooooooooo kidding.

"We were filming in searing temperatures and shooting fight scenes in which you were wearing a wetsuit underneath a load of corsets, fighting with heavy weights in the water. Can you imagine a more advanced cardio workout than that done hour after hour?"

In January, the Love Actually star sued Britain's Daily Mail tabloid for implying she lied about having anorexia.

"I was completely devastated by all that," she tells Elle about the anorexia rumors, adding that she even visited her doctor for advice on how to put on weight. "Whatever people say about my weight they are all wrong."

"He told me that for someone of my body type to get to a [European] size 12, I would have to eat a lot of sh!t food, stop exercising and drink loads," she says.

THG NOTE: In other words, become Britney Spears, circa 2004-2006.

"But I don't want to have to go 'round eating crap and being really unhealthy in order for people to stop having a go at me."

She's also learning to get past her own insecurities about her body. "I wish I had longer legs, but I haven't," says the porn comic babe. "What I have does its job. Ironically, I'm learning to become more happy with myself as a result of this."

Knightley, who dates actor Rupert Friend, her costar in 2005's Pride and Prejudice, and who looks like her Pirates costar Orlando Bloom, also says she may eventually quit acting:

"I can see myself in five years or whatever just giving the whole thing up. I made a decision recently that I want a life instead."

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To prepare for her May shows at the House of Blues, which officially kicked off her big comeback last night, Britney Spears has been getting some makeover help.

The 25-year-old recovering pop princess enlisted Rick Henry, of L.A.'s Suburbia Salon & Spa, to oversee her post-shave styling and wig selection.

Under Her Um-br-ella

"She's tired of wearing wigs every day," a source says of Spears, whose real locks are now about an inch long and brown after her February buzz cut.

"She wishes her hair would grow faster."

Aww, the poor thing Maybe if she hadn't gone frickin' insane and shaved her head earlier this year, she wouldn't be struggling with such issues.

In any case, in order to make sure she's ready for all her rigorous dance numbers, Britney Spears turned to celebrity trainer Manny Bujold at Malibu Gym.

Bujold, who's different than the Manny (or male nanny) Britney used to hire to care for Sean Preston, has helped whittle her waist with four-days-a-week kickboxing, treadmill and resistance-band sweat sessions.

"It's no-nonsense when she's working," he says of the Spears, who managed to get that fine ass into the size-0 gown she tried on at L.A.'s Sweetpeas & Snapshots on April 27. "She comes ready to push herself."

"Britney busts her ass."

We bet she does. It's not like she wastes time hanging out with Jayden James.

One person she forgot? A stylist! Case in point, Spears put together her own outfit on April 21 in L.A. and left little to the imagination while heading to dance class on April 28.

"She is not using anyone right now," says her latest stylist, Britt Bardo.

Not that J.R. Rotem, who she's reportedly been working with, objects to her skanky outfits. Although we'd all like her to ditch this particular outfit.

And yes, Britney Spears' previous stylist was named Britt Bardo. What a great name. If she's not starring in a porno with Bevin Powers by the end of the year, we'll be disappointed.

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Our friends at TMZ inform us that actress Jennifer Esposito has filed for divorce from Bradley Cooper, who she was apparently married to for four months.

The documents, filed Tuesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, cite irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split.

Bradley Cooper: Sexiest Man Alive

Jennifer Esposito started dating Cooper over a year before getting engaged in October of 2006, and tied the knot December 21.

They didn't last as long as Britney Spears and Kevin Federline, but they edged out Pamela Anderson and Kid Rock, so Jennifer and Bradley can take comfort in that.

They gave it a heck of a run (even though his rep says they've been separated "a while.") Esposito is best known for roles on TV's Spin City and in the Oscar-winning film Crash.

Cooper has starred in the mega-hit Wedding Crashers as well as Alias.

A rep for Esposito had no comment other than:

"Jennifer asks that you respect her privacy at this time."

Yeah, that's happening. As Keanu Reeves knows, you just can't go anywhere or do anything in this depraved era without the paparazzi and celebrity gossip websites tracking your every move, ruining your day and making your life a living hell.

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Hyde set the bar pretty high.

Well, at least in the old days, before it got weak. Warren Beatty? Edward James Olmos? Come on, guys.

Andy Dick Mugshot

In any case, the L.A. hot spot Parc is stepping up its game in terms of celebrity denials.

The most recent example? Barring the one and only Andy Dick from entering the establishment.

Dick, who almost ran down a member of the paparazzi as he rode his bicycle to the Hollywood club, was apparently on the wrong list last night, and was told by the doorman to step off!

Sources inside the hot spot say Dick is no longer allowed in the club due to some outrageous behavior toward a female clubgoer the previous night.

Shocking. Andy retreated in defeat, then the Dick took his frustration out on a few nearby paparazzi who happened to be in the path of his bike.

Yes, he tried to run them over on a bicycle. Only slightly less ridiculous than the recent antics toward pesky photographers by Hugh Grant.

This is just the latest in a long line of Dick moments from the comedian, who was last in the news for screaming obscenities as well as his usual n-bomb outside of Area nightclub (where Heidi Montag works) in March.

In February, he was kicked off the set of Jimmy Kimmel Live after he kept touching Ivanka Trump's legs without permission. Last year, he rushed the stage during a comedy routine by Ian Bagg, heckling him, then grabbing the mic and unleashing a racist rant, telling the crowd, "You're all a bunch of n!ggers!"

Needless to say, this Dick is enjoying Spencer Pratt-like popularity in Hollywood these days, and it's not difficult to see why.

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