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Author J.D. Salinger, whose novel Catcher in the Rye has long been among the most popular and treasured titles in contemporary American literature, died Wednesday.

He was 91.

The author died of natural causes at his home in Cornish, N.H., his son said this morning in a statement released by Salinger's literary representative.

Notoriously private despite his fame, Salinger's last published work came in 1965, and he lived for the past several decades in self-imposed isolation.

Salinger earned his place in literary and pop culture history more than a half-century ago with his 1951 novel about rebellious teenager Holden Caulfield.

R.I.P. J.D. Salinger (1919-2010).

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Jason Mesnick and Molly Malaney, one of the most controversial (and successful) couples in the history of The Bachelor, are getting married in just over a month.

ABC will be televising it in a two-hour special.

Luisana Loreley Lopilato de la Torre and Michael Buble

The Bachelor: Jason and Molly's Wedding, will air Monday, March 8. We're fairly sure that's one week after the current season finale, which would make sense.

The big wedding special for Jason Mesnick and Molly Malaney will also show the bride's dress fitting, planning for the day, bachelor/bachelorette parties, etc.

Past participants of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette will be on hand, which probably goes with the territory when Mike Fleiss gets to plan your nuptials.

The Bachelor's 0-13 marriage steak is about to come to an end! Well, technically not, as Molly Malaney didn't receive Jason Mesnick's final rose ... but close enough!

The Bachelor wedding is only the second such event in the franchise's 19 seasons. The Bachelorette star Trista Rehn married Ryan Sutter on TV in 2003.

Jason proposed to Molly Malaney in New Zealand, the site of the infamous March 2009 season finale where he initially chose Melissa Rycroft instead of her.

He soon broke up with Melissa and asked Molly for another chance on the After the Final Rose special. She said yes, and they got engaged in October.

Mesnick first became a franchise fixture as runner-up on DeAnna Pappas' edition of The Bachelorette. He then became The Bachelor's first single dad.

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Unlike the Oprah Winfrey autobiography we wrote about earlier today, the following book is actually going forward. To the chagrin of numerous trees that will be killed in its name.

In response to her ex-husband's recent memoir, which labeled her an “abusive alcoholic,” Linda Hogan is preparing a tell-all of her own.

It will focus on her turbulent relationship with Hulk Hogan; her son's 2007 car accident; and "how much better life is now that she is no longer married," her attorney, Ray Rafool, said.

Rafool also labeled the upcoming book as "uplifting," which we can only assume is a reference to where her skirt ends up every night in bed with 19-year old Charlie Hill.

Linda Hogan Picture

“She will include all the trials she endured during the marriage, Nick’s accident and the things she has accomplished,” Rafool told Fox News. “Linda wants people to know her – she understands what it is like to get a divorce, to be a mother with grown children and establish a career and move forward.”

That career? Bitter ex-reality star.

Rafool adds that Hulk Hogan probably won't like the book. If it includes more references to her daughter's boob job and banging habits, Brooke Hogan might not be a fan of it, either.

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The State of the Union address by President Barack Obama Wednesday provided plenty of sound bites, but MSNBC's Chris Matthews probably had the night's best.

Or at least the most discussed.

"I forgot he was black tonight for an hour," said Matthews, to which puzzled people across the country reacted somewhere along the lines of [crickets] or "lol wut."

Taken in context, Matthews meant it as praise for Obama as a uniter, a "post-racial" president who has "brought us so far." Still, not the best word choice, Chris.

"I think he's done something wonderful," Matthews later explained. "I think he's taken us beyond black and white in our politics, wonderfully so, in just a year."

Here's the clip. Check it out and share your reactions below ...

Chris Matthews' comments on Obama are ...

 

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Jon Gosselin has been accused of dating Morgan Christie because she's loaded. What the 25-year-old sees in him, however, has remained a mystery.

Well, kind of. According to a friend of the Connecticut native, it’s all about the 15 minutes of fame. Wow. You're kidding. Who would have guessed?!

Publicity Hound

“No doubt she’s doing it for publicity. It’s all about getting her picture taken," said the pal. "I mean, there is nothing attractive about Jon Gosselin."

No argument there, pal.

He and Morgan have been parading around Park City, Utah, where the Sundance Film Festival is being held. Here's a shot of the snowy couple ...

"Why would Morgan want to be with an older, overweight man with eight kids?” the friend, a classmate of Morgan's at Emory University, continued.

“In my opinion this is just her way of rebelling against her family. And knowing her family, I’m really surprised that they’re okay with this.”

So are we. Morgan Christie, who has relatives in Utah, met Jon Gosselin while he was vacationing in Park City over Thanksgiving weekend.

The two have reportedly moved in together, or Jon is seriously considering moving to Utah to be nearer to her full time, according to reports.

Morgan is definitely getting her money's worth. But is her new notoriety worth the price - and is there any way this can possibly end well?

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With an original song, and a controversial background, Todrick Hall was featured on last night's Dallas-based audition episode of American Idol.

But there was another contestant in the city that impressed the judges enough to garner a ticket to Hollywood, despite not appearing on the actual episode:*

True Idols

Casey James is a Fort Worth resident and the lead singer and guitarist of The Casey James band. It features his brother Billy and a friend named Jacy McCann.

Sources state that James has advanced to this season's top 24, which will be announced on February 17. There's good reason to believe that rumor: all YouTube performances by the singer have been removed, a common step taken by American Idol producers for a contestant that advances in Hollywood.

For now, all we can offer is the following photo of Casey, as well as the news that he'll likely be features on this Wednesday's "Best of the Rest" audition installment.

* UPDATE: James does hail from Texas, but was actually shown on the Denver audition episode, which aired on February 2.

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Everyone on The Bachelor hates Vienna Girardi.

We're starting to understand the reason (or two reasons) why the only one who's opinion matters, star Jake Pavelka, has taken a liking to her, however.

ABC's official "bio" for Vienna Girardi, who has quickly become the enemy of every other girl left on the series, lists her as a "marketing representative."

Looks like they conveniently left out some of her free-time pursuits ...

  • Vienna Girardi Topless
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Vienna Girardi sure can strategically wear a scarf, and clean up nice.

The above pic, unearthed by some site called Hollywood Life, is from a pinup calendar sent to over 2,500 clients and friends of C.O.D. Trees, Inc. of Oviedo, Fla., in 2009.

We have no idea what any of that means. What we do know is that it will surely fuel the fire for V's haters (as if rumors of her dating someone else weren't enough).

One wonders how Jake will feel when he finds out about this.

The Bachelor spoilers we've read project Vienna as one of the final girls standing. If that's true, we can see this (topless!) bomb being dropped on Jake soon enough.

You know Mike Fleiss is salivating over this ... possibly in more ways than one.

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Heidi Montag, who has been widely criticized for her recent plastic surgery binge, says she plans on getting mom Darlene some of her own this Mother's Day.

While reports surfaced that Heidi's mom, Darlene Egelhoff, was horrified at her daughter, Heidi now says Darlene not only knew about it, but supported her.

Plastic Princess

"I've had this conversation with her several times. So I think she knew," the 23-year-old plastic cyborg princess says. "I already heard what she had to say."

Montag says the only thing she didn't tell her mom was the date of her plastic surgery, as "I didn't want it to be a circus. I didn't want it to be crazy media."

Heidi says Darlene "was excited and she's asking ... for her surgery next ... For Mother's Day, I have to ask Dr. Frank Ryan if he'll do a mommy makeover."

SURGERY GONE WRONG: For once, a supermarket tabloid headline speaks truth.

Should we actually believe any of this? Probably not.

It seems The Hills story editors can't figure out the most dramatic contrived story line, because conflicting reports say her family was very much in the dark.

In fact, People reports that Heidi Montag is heading home to Crested Butte, Colo., to confront her mom and “the new me,” with camera crews in lock step.

And camera crews for her MTV show are recording it all.

Montag, still in bandages she has to wear for portions of the day while her recovery continues, boarded a private jet bound for Colorado early Wednesday.

We can't imagine Darlene was actually supportive of her 23-year-old's decision to dismantle her natural face, or that she'll react well to Heidi 3.0 in person.

What do you think? When did Heidi look best?

 

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We can at least say this about The National Enquirer: it's one tabloid NOT making up rumors about a Brangelina break-up.

But the publication is teasing a false story in its latest issue, as it claims Oprah Winfrey is on the verge of publishing a memoir that will "finally reveal the truth about her relationships with longtime companion Stedman Graham and best friend Gayle King."

Late last year, the newspaper claimed Oprah would dump Stedman and move in with King. Shockingly, that never took place.

Oprah vs. Stedman

Sources say the upcoming autobiography will focus on Oprah's deepest secrets, such as the gay rumors that have plagued her for years; as well as the fact that she's allegedly spent $5 million over the years to control her weight.

"Oprah has long shrugged off the persistent story that she and Gayle are lovers, and that Stedman was just a cover for their secret relationship," an insider said, not actually divulging anything about the talk show host.

Professional, Winfrey is on fire: she's interviewed Barack Obama, Adam Lambert, Susan Boyle, Lady GaGa, Bristol Palin and Jay Leno over the last few weeks.

So far, The Enquirer is yet to link her romantically to any of those guests.

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Mark Kerrigan, brother of former figure skating champion Nancy Kerrigan, allegedly assaulted their father and thus caused the heart attack that killed him this week.

Now the Olympic medalist's sibling won't be allowed to attend the funeral, the Boston Herald reports, per the Massachusetts department of correction guidelines.

Daniel Kerrigan will be laid to rest today.

In the meantime, Mark Kerrigan, 45, who is clearly a very troubled individual, has been transferred to Bridgewater State Hospital for a competency evaluation.

This isn't Mark Kerrigan's first brush with the law - or violence.

During Mark's 2007 divorce from now-ex-wife Janet Guarino, the judgment wasn't exactly glowing. They divorced on the grounds of cruel and abusive treatment.

According to the Herald, Guarino took out multiple restraining orders against Mark Kerrigan, both when they were married and while they were still dating.

Se told authorities he "punched her, slashed her tires, threatened her with a bow and arrow, trashed her personal property and sent ex-cons to visit her."

Makes Tonya Harding seem downright angelic.

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