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I am a senior staff writer at THG and a big fan of Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Robert Pattinson. I believe Kim Kardashian is bad for society, but great for attention, and that The Real Housewives should all be banned from existence.

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A trio of THG favorites, all famous for very different reasons, celebrate a birthday today.

First, Mad Men star and Saturday Night Live host extraordinaire, Jon Hamm, turns the big 4-0. Does it get any cooler, funnier and more talented than this TV icon?

Next, House actress Olivia Wilde is now 27, as she's seen her career take off over the past year with a steady role on that Fox hit, along with lead in the sequel to Tron. We like when she poses naked.

Finally, Carrie Underwood, the most successful American Idol champion in history and a natural beauty, hits the age of 28. Send in your birthday wishes to these three stalwarts now!

  • Hamm, Jon
  • Olivia Wilde at the Golden Globes
  • Carrie Underwood at the Golden Globes

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Was it boring or did it result in roaring?

Of all the American Idol finalists who took to the stage last night, Haley Reinhart received the most mixed feedback from the judges.

Randy Jackson gave Haley props for going from Alicia Keys one week to LeAnn Rimes the next, but he also referred to her rendition of "Blue" as "sleepy" and "boring." Steven Tyler, conversely, said you could hear the parts of America who loved country western music "roaring" over the performance.

Jennifer Lopez? She just spouted praise-filled nonsense, as always. Watch Reinhart yodel her way through an interesting song choice below and gauge your own opinion on the contestant:

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One of three wild card entries, as chosen by the judges last week, Stefano Langone made a strong statement on American Idol last night: I belong!

The singer challenged himself by taking on Stevie Wonder's "Lately," mixing it into a ballad and a jazz-based arrangement. The performance left Jennifer Lopez laughing and referring to the version as a "dance remix."

Steven Tyler compared Stefano to a "soaring volcano," while Randy Jackson likely paid him the biggest compliment of all: "It's so hard to sign Stevie Wonder. He'd be proud of this, because you slayed it."

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Steven Tyler can't even judge Jacob Lusk. That's what the Aerosmith frontman told the American Idol finalist last night following his cover of R. Kelly's "I Believe I Can Fly."

Tyler meant is as a compliment, of course, as Lusk once again poured every ounce of emotion he could into every note out of his mouth. Gospel singers joined Jacob on stage at one point, as he soared along on a single perfectly suited for his voice and his style.

Lusk is at the "top" of J. Lo's list, she said after the performance. Where does he stand for you?

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Following a performance by Judas Priest last week, James Durbin channeled another famous hard hard metal artist last night in the form of...

... Paul McCartney?!?

This versatile contestant proved his range by going a bit soft during his first rendition as a finalist, covering "Maybe I'm Amazed" and earning wild praise from the judges. Said Randy: "You just kind of turned the other cheek, showed you have a sensitive side... James Durbin is dangerous, America."

Do you agree? Watch and react now:

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Prior to his performance on American Idol last night, Casey Abrams was told by Jimmy Iovine:"You can't sing like [Joe Cocker] and be casual."

At this point, though, we can safely say that Casey will never have an issue with being casual.

The Seth Rogen lookalike put on another unique performance with "A Little Help From My Friends," howling and shouting, yet remaining on key and even dropping in a falsetto when we least expected it. If the goal is to stand out, Abrams has accomplished it well through two weeks. Sum the singer up for us, Steven Tyler:

"You are a rainbow of talent, man. You are a plethora of passion."

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Making an apt statement, Pia Toscano chose a Celine Dion classic last night and covered "All By Myself" during the first night on stage for the American Idol finalists.

To many, including the judges, this New York native is all by herself atop the current leaderboard.

Toscano's rendition almost brought Jennifer Lopez to tears, while the audience rose up to give Pia a standing ovation during a soaring, sterling chorus. This woman knows how to sing a ballad, that much is certain. Watch her do so now:

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You go, Miley Cyrus! We don't say that often, but we're fully on the side of this young star in her latest beef with the paparazzi.

Following lunch with her mom this week, Miley was asked by a reporter whether or not Lindsay Lohan should be angry as her for a Saturday Night Live skit. Harmless enough. But then a photographer bumped into Tish Cyrus and Miley WENT OFF on him:

"What the... ? OK, are you serious? You just hit my mom with your camera... Don't you ever do that again. You just almost hurt my mom. Don't you ever even think about it. For real. That was crazy."

This isn't the first time Cyrus has handled a reckless celebrity gossip journalist in an angry, yet calm and straightforward manner. She actually stepped out of her car and spoke down to one in October, as seen HERE.

Take note, all paparazzo: this star's family is off limits.

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What is Charlie Sheen up to?

"Everything and nothing," that's what the actor told Dan Patrick today, as he re-visited the first stop on what Sheen now describes as a "media tsunami." Among the topics the unemployed star and the host talked about:

  • How he feels to be off Two and a Half Men, a "slag pit of redundancy," as he called the show: "There's a part of me that enjoyed taking all their money, so I have to find something between the two that makes me happy again."
  • Phony concern from the media: "At the end of the day its all about ratings, its about commerce."
  • Rob Lowe replacing him: "He's a buddy of mine, he's a beautiful man, a brilliant actor."
  • The end of the ride? "This could be my final interview, it's kind of symbolic... this is where it all began and where it all ends.”

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While his BFF continues to express disappointment in Barack Obama, Ben Affleck also stepped into the political arena this week, testifying before the House Africa, Global Health & Human Rights Subcommittee.

The actor, who founded the Eastern Congo Initiative, stated his case regarding the central African country, which is mired in violence, and why America must do more.

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“If we continue to place Congo on the back burner of U.S. policy, it will come back to haunt us," Affleck said. "The last time Congo collapsed, armies came in from across Africa and five million people died... We must learn from history."

The Oscar winner is asking Congress to protect Congolese civilians from ongoing attacks. He wants the U.S. to offer support in this November's elections and to appoint a representative to the Great Lakes region of central Africa.

"This is an ambitious agenda, but it can be accomplished," Affleck said. "The federal budget may be seen as a zero sum game but our morality, our sense of decency, our compassion for our fellow human beings, is not."

Cindy McCain, a member of Affleck's nonprofit organization, has joined the actor in his fight.

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