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Rapper-actor LL Cool J is far from pleased about what he describes as an old interview of his being lifted to promote Sarah Palin's interview special tonight.

Palin's Fox News special, entitled Real American Stories, features the former Governor chronicling lives of "people who have overcome adversity and more."

Among tonight's success stories: country star Toby Keith, former GE Chairman Jack Welch, a recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor and LL Cool J.

The problem LL Cool J has with it? He never sat down with the show. Now the star of NCIS: Los Angeles, LL (James Todd Smith) tweeted on Wednesday:

"Fox lifted an old interview I gave in 2008 to someone else and are now misrepresenting to the public in order to promote Sarah Palin's Show. WOW."

Wow is right.

Real American Story or not, LL Cool J takes issue with tonight's show.

When contacted for comment, Fox News explained that LL Cool J had been informed in 2008 that the interview was planned as a segment for Real American Stories, though and the network couldn't have known Palin would be hosting in 2010.

The Fox spokesperson also said in a statement:

"Real American Stories features uplifting tales about overcoming adversity and believe Mr. Smith's interview fit that criteria. However, it appears Mr. Smith doesn't want to be associated with a program that could serve as an inspiration to others, so we're cutting his interview and wish him the best with his fledgling acting career."

Fledgling? Cold, Fox. Cold.

We suggest a true American hero take his place: Levi Johnston.

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Looks like reports that Rachel Uchitel received a seven-figure confidentiality settlement from Tiger Woods were only partially true. She received that and more.

The first of many Tiger Woods mistresses to be exposed, and the one with the most dirt on the golfer, was rumored to have received $1-5 million to hush up.

Matt Hahn Photo

But sources now say Tiger was so concerned with the depth and detail of information from Rachel Uchitel that they "folded like a cheap suit" right off the bat.

Therefore, they made an initial offer of $10 million in return for an ironclad confidentiality agreement before she could expose any details that could ruin him.

The actual settlement could fluctuate $1 million either way, depending on future circumstances, but the baseline for Rachel to keep quiet is eight figures. Wow.

Rachel Uchitel: The world's richest adulterer.

Compared to his other alleged mistresses, the sum is even more staggering. Some allegedly received hundred thousand dollars, and others got nothing at all.

Heck, all Mindy Lawton got was a chicken wrap from Subway, according to an interview she gave about the dirty cheapskate who was nearly busted nailing her.

Anyway, it speaks volumes about what Rachel knows.

There were reports Woods was in love with Uchitel, whose affair with the golfer triggered the fight with Elin Woods after Thanksgiving that exposed everything.

Speaking of Elin, if she plug on her marriage to Tiger, the backdrop of Rachel's enormous settlement might bolster whatever prenup the couple has in place.

For instance, if there's a prenup in which Elin Woods gets $5-10 million, given what he just paid his chief mistress, she would likely walk away with twice that.

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Whitney Port and Ben Nemtin are heating up Chicago. That's right, the WINDY City!

The relationship made in MTV heaven, pairing up The City and The Buried Life stars, began earlier this year when they started "hanging out," and has gotten serious.

Nemtin recently helped Port celebrate her 25th birthday during an intimate bash at the Los Angeles restaurant Cecconi's. Things only got more romantic from there.

When Ben Nemtin needed to be in Chicago last week to film The Oprah Winfrey Show for an episode scheduled to air April 9, Whitney joined him in the Windy City.

Not that it was all business.

MTV HOTTIES: Whitney Port and Ben Nemtin.

The new couple kicked back at the Chicago hotspot The Underground on Saturday night. In between sips of Patron, Port chatted up and planted kisses on her guy.

Also on hand? The Bachelorette star Jillian Harris and fiancee Ed Swiderski chatting with club owner Billy Dec. But back to Port and Nemtin. Says a club source:

"They were definitely flirty and affectionate all night."

Here's hoping they stay that way - what a cute pair!

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On more than one recent occasion, Miley Cyrus has said she plans on taking a hiatus from music to focus on acting.

Let's hope her future efforts on the big screen go better than The Last Song.

Miley Cyrus in Brazil

A majority of film critics have come down hard on the movie, specifically citing Miley's acting as "stiff" and "unconvincing." Here are excerpts of what they had to say about the flick, which opens this week...

A more convincing star could make this a degree more tolerable, although in Cyrus's defense not much more. Allegedly, this is the film in which Cyrus gets all, like, dramatic. If by 'dramatic' one means pouty, sullen, and cute, then OK. -- The Boston Globe

Acting, for the moment at least, seems almost entirely beyond her... she pouts, slouches, storms in and out of rooms and occasionally cracks a snaggle-toothed smile, but most of the time she seems to be mugging for the camera, play-acting rather than exploring the motives and feelings of her character. -- The New York Times

Miley Cyrus met boyfriend Liam Hemsworth on the set of The Last Song. That's about the only positive thing to come from the movie.

It's the worst of both worlds as Disney cash cow Miley Cyrus makes the most dubious "dramatic" debut of any singer since Britney Spears. -- The New York Post

As likable a performer as she is, Cyrus simply can't act. Even Sparks' formulaic material proves too challenging for her. -- The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

All the obvious elements combine to manipulate the audience into a weepy time at the movies - again. -- USA Today

Will you go see The Last Song? If so, write in and share your opinion on the movie... and/or your advice as to what field Miley might wish to consider next.

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Newly-minuted Oscar winner Sandra Bullock was on top of the world just a few weeks ago. Now she's hit rock bottom amid the tawdry Jesse James cheating scandal.

James nailed Michelle McGee, Melissa Smith, Brigitte Daguerre and possibly others - but it was a shocking discovery of her own that sent The Blind Side star reeling.

Reeling so hard, according to reports, that it's left Sandra Bullock wondering if she can ever face her cheating hubby, who just checked in to rehab in Tucson, again.

Star reports that Sandra "mistakenly grabbed Jesse's laptop in the rush to move out of the house they shared in Sunset Beach, Calif." What she found? SICK stuff.

No, seriously. We're talking worse than the Jesse James Nazi photo.

Says a source, "the explicit material rocked her to the core... she stumbled upon some really twisted evidence proving he's not the man she thought he was." Uhh...

WHAT SANDRA SAW ... made her collapse and not eat?

"She found things on his laptop that she'd never thought her husband would be into," the source adds vaguely. "This was way beyond anything she could imagine."

Sandra was so horrified, she "had to have the computer removed from her house." Okay, what the heck was this guy doing, running a ... you know what, forget it.

The insider concludes his or her in-depth report with this brutally honest truth: "Sandra's just completely devastated that Jesse led a double life behind her back!"

Wow, ya think? Bold statement there.

So what was on the computer? We may never know, people. We may never know. But it sounds like it's some seriously nasty $h!t ... putting Tiger Woods to shame!

Below are two other tabloid covers this week broaching the issue somewhat less scandalously. But come on. How long until you think Sandra files for divorce?

Jesse James: Outlaw

Sandra Bullock should totally ...

 

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The Bank of Beek is open for Heather McComb.

James Van Der Beek is now one step closer to freedom, reaching a settlement with his estranged wife to amicably end their seven-year marriage this week.

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Per court documents, the former Dawson's Creek star and McComb hashed out the deal through mediation. He agreed to pay $7,750 a month until 2013.

Heather McComb, a onetime Party of Fiver who has guested on CSI and Prison Break, currently earns just $1,750 a month. The Beek? $35,000. Damn.

James van der Beek and Heather McComb are done for.

The actor will also retain possession of the couple's Hollywood home and keep residuals from his acting career and various projects/screenplays he's optioned/written.

Van Der Beek and McComb, 32, tied the knot in July 2003. He filed for divorce late last year citing irreconcilable differences. The couple does not have any children.

The divorce should be official later this year.

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My World, if you're in Justin Bieber's shoes, is not just the name of his album ... or his second album, My World 2.0. It's what the teenage baller rules. Hard.

The rest of us just live here. He should really charge rent.

VMA Appearance

Sure, the dude could keep a lid on it sometimes, saying Miley Cyrus isn't his type or that Mariah Carey is past her prime. But his sales back up his attitude.

My World 2.0 topped the album charts this week, making Justin Bieber the youngest male solo artist ever to score a No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart.

HIS WORLD: Justin Bieber. Cannot. Be. Stopped.

The prepubescent singer is also the youngest male solo artist to score two simultaneous albums in the top five (as My World rounds out this week's list).

With his forthcoming national tour dates and an upcoming April 10 appearance on Saturday Night Live, Bieber is inching closer to pop culture domination.

Oh who are we kidding, he's already dominated. Just be grateful you can even check out our gallery of Justin Bieber pictures and bow down to the king.

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Kate Gosselin proved she's as good at being a diva as she is terrible at actual dancing, but she somehow survived to see another week on Dancing with the Stars

While Kate butted heads with partner Tony Dovolani this past week, wait until you hear what they have planned for next Monday's episode of the competition.

A Jon-and-Kate-themed dance.

We are totally serious. Tony will be channeling Jon Gosselin as Kate portrays herself in next week's storytelling assignment. Just let that sink in for a moment:

They will take her marriage implosion, which made celebrity news headlines for a year, into a high-step dance routine. And you think you've heard everything.

Dressed For Success

If Jon Gosselin makes a cameo next week, we'll retire.

"It's my story over the past two years," Kate said. "We're very, very excited." It will be very "Dramatic," promises Kate. To which Tony replies, "Lots of drama."

And ratings, most likely. Can Julianne Hough play Hailey Glassman?

Just to make sure we got the point, Kate reiterated, this time with a little more emphasis, that this is gonna be a dance with "Oh my gosh, so much drama."

As much as we could decry this shark-jumping, contrived nonsense as a low point in reality TV history, it's actually a pretty genius move on ABC's part since:

  • People love Kate and don't want to see her leave the show
  • People love watching Kate humiliate herself on the show

Either way, she's on the show. Punch her ticket to the finals now.

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Fans will ultimately have the final say, but to THG, Michael Lynche and Lee DeWyze stood out most on American Idol Tuesday. The judges were certainly impressed.

In fact, Simon Cowell said that it was his cover of India.Arie's "Ready for Love" that finally made him a credible artist in his eyes. For the surly Brit, that's saying a lot.

Slowing things down with an acoustic guitar, Big Mike sounded great and wowed the panel and audience alike. We're pretty sure the voters will turn out for this, too.

Here's Michael Lynche singing "Ready For Love" ...

Lee DeWyze also made a statement last night, perhaps propelling himself to contender status with a soulful, raspy, powerhouse rendition of "Treat Her Like a Lady."

"This was the night your life may have changed forever," Simon said. Again, high praise from the man. Follow the jump to see Lee do his version of the classic ...

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Miley Cyrus' first kiss with Liam Hemsworth wasn't the most tender of moments. It unfolded on camera – in front of an entire crew – during The Last Song.

Not that the Australian actor was disappointed when it happened.

"We turned up on set the very first day and originally it was just a scene where we were running through the water and splashing and having fun," he said.

All in her first movie acting gig. No wonder Miley's quitting music.

"And halfway through the scene, the director yelled 'Kiss!' And we got thrown into a kiss on the boat," he recalled on Ryan Seacrest's KISS-FM radio show.

While it was "hard not to get close" to his costar while filming in Tybee Island, Ga., "It was good, 'cause, you know, [you] get the first one out of the way."

Fancy Pair

"We were filming together every day, and hanging out every day," Liam added. "We really didn’t have any other friends down there, so we just hung with each other."

It also helped that Miley Cyrus' mother, Tish, whom Liam Hemsworth described as "the boss," gave a stamp of approval on the budding relationship early. Her dad?

Well, Billy Ray another pressing question for Hemsworth, which Seacrest relayed: "How serious is it gonna get?" Hemsworth's reply was simply: "It's pretty serious."

Gulp.

Recently, the couple stepped out for the first time as a couple on the red carpet for the Los Angeles premiere of The Last Song, which hits theaters on Wednesday.

Hemsworth said he's still getting used to the media spotlight – not to mention attention that comes with a high-profile girlfriend: "It's all very new to me," he said.

New and hot. Don't you think these two make a great couple? Much as we are often critical of Miley, it seems like Liam's been a good, grounding influence on her.

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