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Oprah Winfrey concludes 25 years of her talk show tomorrow.

But a slew of huge names gathered in Chicago last week to tape a farewell to this television goddess. For a special that aired yesterday afternoon, Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes, Madonna, Halle Berry and Will Smith, among others, saluted Oprah inside the United Center.

The event also featured a couple touching musical performances: from Beyonce - who sang "Run the World (Girls)" and told Oprah "your persuasion can build a nation" - to Jackie Evancho, the 10-year old sensation from last summer's America's Got Talent.

Watch both below, and try not to get too choked up over the end of Oprah...

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It's down to Scotty McCreery versus Lauren Alaina on this week's American Idol finale. But the contestants themselves don't see it that way.

"We're friends. This isn't a competition, we're just singing our hearts out," Scotty told E! News, while Lauren echoed her pal's sentiment: "I think whatever is meant to happen will happen. I think if Scotty wins, I'll be happy for him because he's one of my best friends."

That's sweet and all, and it's the typical refrain from the two finalists - but wouldn't it be a fun change if they actually acted like enemies one season?

  • Scotty McCreery Performs
  • Lauren Alaina Performs

Both young singers are from small towns, but both hope to make it big, likely within the same genre: country music.

"I'm going to go in there and try to make a country record," McCreery said of his future plans, win or lose. "That's what I love. That's what I've grown up with, and if that crosses over, great. But if not, country is what I want to focus on. Country music is hip. Country fans are loyal. They've gotten us here so we owe all of this to them."

Who do you think will win?

 

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Lenny Kravitz has landed one of the few major roles remaining in The Hunger Games.

The musician, who impressed audiences with his range in Precious, will portray Cinna in the big screen version of this novel. That character is the personal stylist for Jennifer Lawrence's Katniss, a resident of the Capitol who grows more important, and sympathetic, as the story moves along.

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"When I saw Lenny's work in Precious, I was just knocked out," director Gary Ross said. "It was quiet and strong and understated and open-hearted: all qualities which define this character."

Despite joining a blockbuster whose cast includes Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, and Stanley Tucci, Kravitz isn't done rocking:

His next album, "Black and White America," comes out on August 30.

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Last night, they kissed on national television.

But now Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez are headed for a bit of privacy.

With the former having completed his recent tour, and the latter having wrapped up her latest music video shoot, insiders tell E! News that the adorable pair is headed for a vacation together. The destination? Maui.

"After working their asses off, they've carved out some serious time to hang out," the source says. "They're taking a well-deserved break together."

Enjoy the time off, Bomez. While you're gone, we'll try to come up with a better nickname than that...

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Jordan Ward, one of the stars of MTV's 16 and Pregnant, is knocked up again. And she doesn't care what you think about that, dammit!

"I've read every comment on here," Ward wrote on her Facebook wall when announcing the news. "Yes I'm pregnant again. I really do not care if you think it's wrong. I am married, we pay for everything, we aren't living off of family or anything. We pay rent, we own our car, for insurance, pay for food, pay for our cell phones, pay for clothes and whatever Noah needs. And we are moving in a house in August. && here's a kicker.....IAM THE ONE WHO TAKES CARE OF NOAH 24/7!"

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Jordan's son, now 17 months old, will soon be a big brother.

Brian, Ward's husband, is reportedly off to the Air Force in a month to work as a linguist.

And the couple has the blessing of at least one young woman who can relate to their situation: Teen Mom's Jenelle Evans. She Facebooked today:

"CONGRATS JORDAN WARD. She is pregnant again with a baby girl. I think she is mature enough and her and her man are doing very great so they deserve what they desire :]"

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Zach Galifianakis is bound to make audiences laugh in The Hangover Part II, as evidenced by that film's official trailer.

But the actor grew serious over the weekend when asked for his thoughts on January Jones. He told Shortlist about an encounter with the Mad Men star:

"if I remember correctly, she and I were very rude to each other. It was crazy. I was at a party - I'd never met her - and she was like, 'Come sit down.' So I sit at her table and talk for 10 minutes, and she goes, 'I think it's time for you to leave now.'"

  • Zach Galifianakis Photograph
  • Her Golden Globes

And how did the funny man reply?

"I say, 'January, you are an actress in a show and everybody's going to forget about you in a few years, so f--king be nice' and I got up and left."

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David Schwimmer and Zoe Buckman have a special reason to smile today: the married couple is the proud new parents of a baby girl!

Tweeted the former Friends star today, of the child born May 8: "Hey everyone. Please welcome my daughter, Cleo, to this crazy but wonderful world."

David Schwimmer, Wife and Daughter

Cleo is the first child for Schwimmer and Buckman, a 25-year old British photographer. They wed in a small, private ceremony last June.

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Details are emerging on why Oscar De La Hoya has entered a treatment facility.

Insiders tell TMZ the boxer recently started dabbling in cocaine, a dangerous habit that contributed to infidelity in his marriage.

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While De La Hoya has reportedly told friends he hasn't hit rock bottom, he checked himself in to a rehab center in California a few weeks to take care of the issue before it got worse.

Said the former champion, soon after news of this decision was made public:

"After doing an honest evaluation of myself, I recognize that there are certain issues that I need to work on. Like everyone, I have my flaws, and I do not want to be one of those people that is afraid to admit and address those flaws.

"Throughout my career and my life, I have always met all challenges head-on, and this is no different. I am confident that with the support of my family and friends, I will become a stronger, healthier person.

"I ask for respect and privacy as my family and I go through this process."

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The opening of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides was exciting enough for movie fans this week. The latest adventure of Captain Jack Sparrow set an international box office record.

But audiences got another thrill when they bought tickets to this blockbuster: the first official trailer for The Muppets, which opens November 23 and brings these classic characters to life.

Jason Segal and Amy Adams will share the screen with Kermit and company and you can sit back and feast your eyes on the new preview now. Will you be rushing out to the theater when it opens?

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It's safe to say that Matthew Morrison and Snoop Dogg don't exactly run in the same circles.

Unlike the latter and Charlie Sheen, we can't imagine the Glee star teaming up with the hip hopper on a duet any time soon.

Still, they both walked the red carpet at last night's Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas, prompting us to post the latest edition of a THG Fashion Face-Off. Which star is better dressed? Compare. Contrast. Vote.

Fashion Face-Off!

Two musical superstars square off here. Cast your vote for Matthew Morrison or Snoop Dogg! View Poll »