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“Sweet Valley High” Gets Cody’d

Diablo Cody

We were pretty obsessed with the “Sweet Valley High” books growing up – 16-year-old twins Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield and their perfect size-six figures and blonde hair were all we aspired to be. (We are totally Team Elizabeth by the way – Jessica was too much of a bad girl for us to emulate, the way she dated seniors and dyed her hair black that one time.) Lucky for us, Sweet Valley is coming back, and it’s getting the Diablo Cody treatment.

Cody has signed on to write and produce an adaptation of the books series which ran from 1983-2003. While the books we know an love were quintessentially 80s, we’re curious to see how Cody’s adaptation plays out – will the sisters have dueling blogs? Will their older brother Steven run an ironic tee-shirt business? Will Elizabeth’s nerdiness shift from straight-A studiousness to comic-book geek chic? We can’t wait to see how Cody revives one of our favorite series. We can only hope she’ll start on “The Babysitter’s Club” next. [Photo: GettyImages]


Gossip Break: Ellen Pompeo Pops Out A Baby Girl

Ellen Pompeo

  • More baby news! Ellen Pompeo welcomed a baby girl named Stella last week. [Hollyscoop]
  • Britney Spears is back home in Cali – and she’s playin’ the Valley Girl part with her outfit. [PITNB]
  • We always knew Frasier was a little bit Satanic. [BWE]
  • Nicolas Cage dressed as Superman: funnier than it sounds. [Buzzfeed]
  • We only heard the rumor about “Charlie’s Angels” star Jaclyn Smith dying after we heard she was alive and well. Here’s the whole story. [PopEater]
  • In addition to using baby wipes on his bum bum, Terrence Howard wants to remind you to wash your hands. [Videogum]
  • Marilyn Manson has Swine Flu, which is perhaps his scariest move yet. [SOW]

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Are Justin Timberlake And Rihanna An Item?!


Waiiiit, what is this? Are Justin Timberlake and Rihanna secretly an item?! This is news to us (and we bet it’s news to Jessica Biel), but the rumor mill is hard at work trying to prove that the pop stars are in fact dating. Today a source noted to Showbiz Spy that “Justin and Rihanna have been seeing each other for the past few weeks,” and the rag also mentions that the couple were featured in a blind item in the New York Daily News recently that read, “two pop stars made sweet music together after the gal gave the guy a private lap dance” at a New York club. One witness corroborated the story, saying, “It was at 10ak in NYC and they left together. They are seeing each other on the low!”

This would be huge – imagine what a super-couple these two would make. We’re keeping a close eye on these kids to see what happens.  [Photos: GettyImages]


Mackenzie Phillips Reveals Shocking Sexual Affair With Famous Father


“One Day At A Time” star Mackenzie Phillips had a turbulent upbringing full of drug and alcohol abuse, not to mention pressure of living in her famous father’s shadow. John Phillips of the Mamas And The Papas had addiction problems of his own and theirs was obviously a dysfunctional relationship, but Mackenzie has only now just revealed JUST how dysfunctional it was: the father and daughter had an incestuous affair.

Our mind was blown when we heard this – it’s all in Mackenzie’s upcoming tell-all entitled “High On Arrival” – and it just seems too horrible to be true. In an excerpt from the book, Phillips writes, “My father was not a man with boundaries. He was full of love, and he was sick with drugs. I woke up that night from a blackout to find myself having sex with my own father.”

She explained that both of them were incredibly high and she doesn’t actually recall how many times this kind of thing may have happened – we can’t even fathom this, nor can we fathom that even once they both entered rehab, they continued to have an affair. Normally we (obviously) love juicy celeb gossip but this story deosn’t sit well with us at all, we’ve basically been in holy sh*t! mode since we heard it. However, if you’re anxious to know more, the book is out now.  [People. Photo: GettyImages]


Katy Perry Splashes Around


Look, we miss “Friends” as much as the next 90’s-obsessed young adult striking out on their own in the big city. But we’re not gonna go reenact the opening credits or anything like Katy Perry. Perry was recently snapped shooting some footage for her new video with 3OH!3 for their song “Starstrukk” and while she strikes a pose in a fountain (shot at the Rose Gardens at L.A.’s Natural History Museum), we can’t help but think of that miserable ditty,” so no one told us life was gonna be this way (clap clap clap clap).” [Photo: Splash News Online]

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Gossip Break: Heather Locklear Returns To Melrose, Someone Will Get Pushed In The Pool


  • “Melrose Place” is getting a healthy dose of Root Lift again – Amanda Woodward (a.k.a. Heather Locklear) is back. [DListed]
  • Matt Damon and Ben Affleck – still BFF’s. [SOW]
  • Is that a gun in your sweatpants or are you just happy to see me? Plaxico Burress gets sentenced to 2 years in prison. [TMZ]
  • What won’t they turn into a musical these days? Little Miss Sunshine is coming to the stage. [Jezebel]
  • New Moon soundtrack to be even more indie-tastic than the Zooey Deschanel/Ben Gibbard wedding. [PITNB]
  • “30 Rock” just got even better, if that’s possible: Betty White is filming a guest appearance. [ONTD]
  • And we though Pink‘s harlequin bodysuit at the VMA’s was bad. [Buzzfeed]

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Christina Aguilera Discusses Painful Past


Christina Aguilera has always been relatively closed-off when it comes to her personal life, but she is speaking up now about the abuse she and her family dealt with from her now-estranged father, Fausto. Aguilera opened up to E! for a TV special revealing that as a child she, “witnessed a lot of unpleasant things – a lot of pushing and shoving and fighting and quarreling. Growing up I did not feel safe. Feeling powerless is the worst feeling in the world. I turned to singing as an outlet. The pain at home is where my love for music came from.”

Christina, her mother and her sister were all abused physically until they moved in with Christina’s grandmother. Aguilera has chosen not to have contact with her dad, saying, “I let him back into my life briefly but I soon realized that he is not necessary in my life.” [Photo: GettyImages]


Jessica Simpson Suffers After Dog Disappears


Jessica Simpson had to come to grips with the fact that her Maltipoo, Daisy, who was snatched by a coyote last week, was gone. It’s not easy to lose a pet, but we can only imagine the horror she felt when she actually watched Daisy get scooped up by a wild animal, so it’s no surprise that she’s taking the loss pretty hard. Daisy was like a child to Jessica, getting pampered left and right, eating steak, taking naps, traveling to more places than we’ll ever go in our lifetime, and friends are saying that Simpson is not doing well and is missing Daisy terribly.

Several of Simpson’s friends have talked to People about her current state of mind and though they are all concerned, some are more dramatic than others. Says one friend, “It’s going to put her into a tailspin. It will put her into the worst place ever,” while another pal is more optimistic, saying “She’s really upset, but she’s not spiraling out of control by any means. She’ll get through this but it is like losing a family member. She’s focusing on work and spending time with her family and friends.”

Ugh, it’s one thing to mourn the loss of you beloved pet (not to mention having to deal with a well-publicized break-up) and it’s another to have multiple friends discuss your mental state over it. We’re sure she will be just fine. [Photo: GettyImages]


Lindsay Lohan Was Pals With Her Burglar


Last week we mentioned that the man that police had arrested for breaking in to Lindsay Lohan and Audrina Patridges homes was 18-year-old Nicholas Prugo, and we struggled to figure out what his deal was. What’s his connection to these ladies, if any? Turns out, Prugo, who has previously been arrested for cocaine possession, was chumming it up with Lohan last year and the burglary was not at all random. We knew it!

Folks who worked on the set of LiLo’s 2008 straight-to-ABC-Family movie “Labor Pains” (you remember, the one with Lindsay wearing a pregnancy belly? We saw the ads nonstop while watching “Gilmore Girls” reruns) say they saw Lohan and Prugo hanging out together at least ten times. We’re still unclear as to whether Prugo had any previous relationship with Patridge, but we can only assume LiLo and Prugo’s friendship was not filled with good intentions. [Photo: GettyImages]


Paramedics Called For Kristin Chenoweth After Emmy Win


Tearful Kristin Chenoweth, who is about as big as the Emmy she won last night for Best Supporting Actress, required medical attention last night in the press room at the award show. When we first heard that news, we worried that she maybe the weight of the Emmy tipped her over, but Chenoweth was actually experiencing severe migraines and complained of not being able to see when the EMTs were brought in.

The “Pushing Daisies” star had one of the more emotional acceptance speeches of the night and was given a clean bill of health after being checked by doctors. She later Twittered that she wasn’t going to let her headache stand in the way of celebrating, saying she was about to hit the town after the show. [Photo: GettyImages]