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Ashlee Simpson is (somehow) on the rise.

In the last year, the 22-year-old Ashlee Simpson girlified her look, got a nose job, had a successful run as Roxie Hart in Chicago, and went from America's Backup Simpson to Favorite Simpson.

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Which is some feat, considering her sister dates John Mayer. Anyway.

In the May issue of Harper's Bazaar, the quote-unquote singer, whose third album is coming out this fall, finally addresses the nose job and plastic surgery rumors, as well as the criticism that she's copping Jessica's style, and also dispenses advice for troubled stars like Britney Spears. Here are some of the excerpts. 

On growing up:
"I've definitely learned a lot and grown up a lot in the past few years. I'm at peace on the inside. I'm at a really good place."

On her Saturday Night Live fiasco:
"I'm definitely okay with my awkward moments. I'm one of those people who gets knocked down, and it won't stop me. You kind of learn to be a fighter - but, truly, in my heart, I don't feel like I have anything to prove to anyone."

THG NOTE: What about Pete Wentz? Don't you want to impress him?

On living in the public eye:
"I don't get bothered by people saying what they say. I'm a happy person, and I'm happy with my looks. Everybody always has an opinion. One minute they'll love you; one minute they'll hate you. When you go home to sleep at night, [the important thing] is to feel good about yourself. And I do."

On changing her look and her rumored plastic surgery:
"I loved how I looked. I'm not an insecure person, nor was I before. It's a personal choice. I believe if somebody chooses to do plastic surgery, it [should be] for yourself. No one else."

On her style:
"You know, I was never a dress person, but now, if I'm going to an event, I like to put one on. I have to feel comfortable no matter what. I love Alexander McQueen, and, oh, gosh, I love them all â€" Fendi, Chanel."

On how her style differs from that of Jessica Simpson:
"We like some of the same designers, but we wear clothes differently. Oh, God, how do I say this? Jessica likes to be very put together, and I like something to always be a little off, whether my shoes don't match or something like that."

On criticism she's trying to look more like Jessica Simpson:
"Of course I look like her. She's my sister. It's like, God, please! We think it's quite funny."

On criticism that her father, Joe Simpson, is an inappropriate stage dad:
"People have the wrong perception of him, because he is a wonderful man. He would never hurt a fly."

On stars like Britney Spears, who are publicly battling their demons:
"I think that they should probably move out of L.A., to tell you the truth. I think that their parents need to help them."

THG NOTE: Score one for Jamie Spears!

On her rumored hookup with Ryan Phillippe:
"That was absolutely not true. I'm pretty sure I [went home] that night with my friend Nicole. I'm pretty sure we went to Taco Bell... can I not even talk to a guy?"

THG NOTE: Not if it's a member of our staff.

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Christie Brinkley's estranged husband, Peter Cook, has reached a settlement with Diana Bianchi, the teenager he had an affair with soon after he hired her as an assistant in his office.

Lawyers involved in the matter declined to disclose the details of the settlement. Rosemarie Arnold, the attorney for Diana Bianchi, would only say, "The matter has been resolved."

Peter Cook's attorney, Kathleen McKenna, did not return calls.

The Long Island architect's scandalous affair with Bianchi, who is now 20, led to the breakup of his 10-year marriage to Christie Brinkley, 53, last July.

The supermodel and mother of Alexa Ray Joel - as well as two younger kids with Cook - is still working out the details of her divorce and the couple is due back in court next month.

Despite the unthinkable heartbreak and humiliation she suffered, so far, Brinkley's only revenge has been a positive attitude. And a divorce, of course.

It was a saga that makes this week's Alec Baldwin voicemail rant seem tame. Well, sort of. But she's moving on. Though Arnold declined to disclose any details, her partner, high-powered lawyer Joe Tacopina, said last August:

"What [Peter Cook] did is prey on an 18-year-old girl. It's a textbook case of why an employer is not supposed to carry on a relationship with an employee."

Think about that, Britney Spears, the next time you feel like you want to seduce one of your backup dancers. Be strong, girl. You can handle it.

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Just when we were beginning to think Marilyn Manson dating Evan Rachel Wood wasn't all that weird... okay, sorry, we were never thinking that for a second.

But envisioning them together is even creepier now, thanks to Evan Rachel Wood's apparent transformation... into Manson's sultry ex-wife, Dita Von Teese.

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It appears as if Wood, 19, is trying awfully hard to meet Marilyn Manson's lofty expectations. Check out this comparison of the women of Manson: 

Oh yeah. If this keeps up, Wood (left) and Katie Holmes might have to get together and start a brainwashed babes of Hollywood support group. But at least she and Marilyn Manson (a.k.a. Brian Warner) seem happy together for now.

Which Manson better half do you prefer? Personally, we're a little biased, having gotten a glimpse of Dita Von Teese nude. Only Marilyn Manson truly has the background and experience to make an informed choice.

He dated Rose McGowan at one point, too. The guy's a player!

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Jason Wahler fought the law, and the law won.

After all, there are only so many different states in which a person can get arrested (note: it's four) before one of the charges results in some kind of jail sentence.

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J-Wahl and his circa 1995 frosted hair have until May 4 to turn himself in to authorities and begin a 60-day sentence stemming from a battery conviction. But the dirtbag and former star of Laguna Beach and The Hills is taking it in stride. See below...

It's good to see that Wahler can sit back, puff on a cigarette and enjoy life on the outside world for a few more weeks. Man, like, jail is gonna suck, but as David Hans Schmidt says, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger.

Unfortunately, he's been arrested again for assault since this sentence was handed down, so he might not be so chill for long. And he won't be getting any conjugal visits from Lauren Conrad in the slammer, either.

Because, you know, they broke up. And because he's got zero game, according to recent reports regarding the alleged LC sex tape. And, as Office Space has taught us, because minimum security prison is no picnic.

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Mel Gibson may resemble Saddam Hussein. Alec Baldwin has also been likened to the former Iraqi dictator by some, though, and a recording we posted yesterday didn't exactly dispel rumors of the actor's tyrannical ways.

In case you missed it, Baldwin unleashed a tirade of threats, insults and general rage against on his 11-year-old daughter, Ireland, on her voicemail after she failed to answer his scheduled call from New York April 11.

Baldwin, Alec

The clip, obtained by TMZ, and which you can listen to HERE, pretty much speaks for itself. But in the past 12 hours, The Hollywood Gossip staff has learned of the following updates to the story:

UPDATE #1: On Wednesday of this week, Los Angeles County Superior Court commissioner Maren Nelson heard the voicemail tirade and has temporarily suspended Baldwin's visitation rights. A hearing is set for May 4, where the judge could permanently deny Alec Baldwin visitation or contact with Ireland.

UPDATE #2: Kim Basinger's publicist, Annette Wolfe, has released a statement, stating simply: "The voicemail speaks for itself."

UPDATE #3: A friend of Alec Baldwin's has spoken out on the matter, saying that the actor called Ireland last week and apologized for his outburst. The friend added that Ireland is the most important thing in the world to Alec and that he is frustrated because over the last six years, Basinger has "tried everything" to alienate Ireland from him.

UPDATE #4: Alec Baldwin's spokesperson officially released the following statement to the TV show Extra:

"In the best interest of the child, Alec Baldwin will do what Ireland's mother is pathologically incapable of doing ... keeping his mouth shut and obeying the court order. The mother and her lawyer leaked this sealed material in violation of a court order. Although Alec acknowledges that he should have used different language in parenting his child, everyone who knows him privately knows what he has been put through for the past six years."

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Last week, Alec Baldwin tore his 11-year old daughter, Ireland, a new one.

Now the great Jamie Spears (right) has done the same - albeit with a little less profanity and disturbing rage - to his 25-year-old offspring.

Britney Spears and Adam Carolla

Britney Spears' white trash dad has gone out of his way to publicly criticize his eldest daughter, saying she blames her family and her manager for problems that are her own damn fault!

In an e-mail to the New York Post's Page Six column, Spears defends Britney's former manager, Larry Rudolph, whom Britney reportedly gave the ax April 13.

"When Larry Rudolph talked Britney into going into rehab, he was doing what her mother, father and a team of professionals with over 100 years of experience knew needed to be done," Jamie Spears writes.

"She was out of control. Larry was the one chosen by the team to roll up his sleeves and deliver the message, to help save her life.

"The Spears family would like to publicly apologize to Larry Rudolph for our daughter's statements about him over the past few weeks. Unfortunately, she blames him and her family for where she is at today with her kids and career. Larry has always been there for Britney. For this, we will forever be grateful to him."

In a recent online video posted by a Los Angeles photography agency, the always entertaining Britney Spears makes an apparent reference to Rudolph.

"My management totally knew what they were doing when they sent me to rehab," she says sarcastically. "They were sooo right."

The crotch shot queen, who checked out of Promises Malibu Treatment Center in March after a month-long stay, told Page Six via her rep:

"I am praying for my father. We never had a good relationship. It's sad that all the men in my life do not know how to accept a real woman's love. I am concentrating on my work and my life right now."

All the men in Britney's life? Is that limited to Jamie Spears and her most recent ex-husband, Kevin Federline? Hasn't FedEx gone out of his way to be there for Britney Spears and their kids since she went off the deep end?

And does Britney's claim also include the fringe dudes such as Jason Alexander, J.R. Rotem, Columbus Short, Isaac Cohen, Jason Filyaw and Howie Day? Surely some of those fellas were decent dudes who cared about her.

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In the new issue of Time Out New York, Kevin Connolly - who plays Eric on the HBO hit series Entourage - dishes on what it was like to date Nicky Hilton, rumors that he's now with Haylie Duff, and other matters.

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Here are some excerpts:

Time Out: You directed some episodes of Unhappily Ever After. How did directing a puppet compare with directing Lukas Haas?

Kevin Connolly: "[Laughs] Lukas Haas is great. He's a great friend. The puppet, that was weird because it was Bobcat Goldthwait and he had stolen my girlfriend [Nikki Cox]."

Time Out: Wow. How did it feel to lose a girl to Bobcat Goldthwait?

Kevin Connolly: [Sarcastic] "It felt great. Would it have been better if she'd left me for Brad Pitt? That's what my mom said to me when all that happened. It's an interesting point, right?"

Time Out: It's like if someone cheats on you, would you rather it be with someone of the same sex or someone of a different sex?

Kevin Connolly
: "Would you consider Bobcat someone of a different sex? Probably."

Time Out: He's someone of a different species. What was it like going out with Nicky Hilton?

Kevin Connolly: "It was a pretty normal relationship. I mean, look, there's a public end of it that can be annoying because people are in your business and that can be a pain in the ass, but that's just kind of the territory."

Time Out: Are you single now?

Kevin Connolly: "Yes, I am - contrary to what people may think, I really am single."

Time Out: Is Haylie Duff going with you to [the premiere of Gardener of Eden]?

Kevin Connolly: "No! Haylie Duff and I are really good friends. But I'm single."

Time Out: See, I'm doing the same thing, trying to stay single for a while. I'm afraid of blinking and waking up in a relationship I don't want to be in.

THG NOTE: In other words, Kevin Connolly is not going to be paying tuition at the Britney Spears School of Dating.

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Actress Amanda Peet, who welcomed her first child, daughter Frances Pen (named for her mom, Penny) in February, is feeling the rigors of new parenthood.

But she says it's worth it.

"I'm very busy with my baby - I have to get back to my projectile-vomiting baby," Peet, 35, told People at Wednesday's Oscar de la Renta boutique opening in West Hollywood benefiting the Women's Cancer Research Fund.

"In the beginning, it's very, very hard because you're so sleep-deprived. But she just started smiling three days ago, so I'm on cloud nine right now."

THG NOTE: You know who's been smiling a lot lately? Britney Spears. We think she's on massive amounts of anti-depressants. Moving on.

And Amanda Peet and screenwriter husband David Benioff are already thinking about adding to their family. "I think we want more [kids]," she said. "He wants three, but I'm old, I'm an old lady. Two is enough!"

Asked who has been giving her child-rearing advice, Peet said:

"My mom has been fantastic."

David Benioff also has been doing his part.

"Changing diapers. He's actually doing the night-feeding," Peet said. "He's letting me sleep right now. The hardest part is being so monumentally sleep-deprived."

Benioff and Peet dated for four years before tying the knot in September at Peet's prep school alma mater, Friends Seminary, in New York City.

Peet, like Salma Hayek, Keri Russell, Tobey Maguire's surprisingly average-looking fiance, Jennifer Meyer, and a host of other celebrities, got knocked up before tying the knot. It's the in thing to do.

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Holy crap.

That's all we can say after an enraged Alec Baldwin apparently unleashed a tirade of threats, insults and unrelenting rage against on his 11-year-old daughter, Ireland, a quote-unquote "little pig" who has "insulted [him] for the last time."

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Ireland failed to answer her father's scheduled call from New York April 11, causing Alec Baldwin to lose his freaking $h!t on her voicemail.

"Once again, I have made an ass of myself trying to get to a phone," the 30 Rock star seethed, before going off on a lengthy rant against his ex-wife and Ireland's mother, Kim Basinger.

"I don't give a damn that you're 12 years old or 11 years old, or a child, or that your mother is a thoughtless pain in the ass who doesn't care about what you do... You've make me feel like sh!t."

"This crap you pull on me with this godd@mn phone situation that you would never dream of doing to your mother," Baldwin, who has been called a tyrant bastard, continues, "... and you do it to me constantly over and over again."

CLICK HERE to hear the audio clip, obtained exclusively by TMZ.

This is disturbing stuff. All we can say is that this is one screwed up family... one that makes the family of Lindsay Lohan seem normal. Well, sort of. Okay, not really.

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Just kidding! Well, he surely does, on a regular basis. But it's not the coked-up model that Babyshambles singer and legendary junkie Pete Doherty decided to soak in this picture. 

It's a paparazzi dude… and it looks like Pete's efforts were successful. Last night, he kindly offered some water to a photographer lurking outside the bachelorette pad of girlfriend Kate Moss. What a true gentleman.

The lesson is clear: Mess with PeteMoss and you get drenched. Pete wasn't finished, though. He resumed his nice treatment of the press (Justin Timberlake would be proud) the next day by offering the paparazzi some ketchup! 

Apparently that's all that the often-nude Kate Moss has in her apartment - water and condiments. That and lots and lots of drugs.

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