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Elle Salutes Unsung Hollywood A-List Actresses

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The Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills had more stars than a Scientology recruitment meeting last night as Elle Magazine held its 17th annual Women In Hollywood tribute dinner. The gala provided a chance to honor the tinsel-town mega-celebs whose work largely goes unrecognized (not). Among the honorees were Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Hudson, Hilary Swank, Diane Keaton, Jodie Foster, Sofia Coppola, Kerry Washington and Diane Kruger; only six of whom have won Oscars.

Paltrow was arguably the one showered with the most praise, as friend and Proof costar Jake Gyllenhaal presented her award. “She is not a mere mortal like the rest of us,” he gushed, “She is an internet-savvy, award-winning, lifestyle guru, making all of us look lazy.” For real, this is what he said. We expected Jake to then unveil a three-hundred foot portrait of the actress and order the crowd to convert to Paltrow-ism. But he didn’t. This time.

Action legend Harrison Ford was overwhelmed with the star-power in attendance. “This event came to be back in the days when they said, ‘There were no good parts for women’ and ‘Women aren’t highly regarded,’” he told the Associated Press. “Now women run Hollywood. Absolutely run Hollywood. And I’m glad.”

Check out the glitz, glam, and Hollywood goddesses and gurus in the gallery below!

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Christina Hendrick’s Curves Are In Danger!

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Ok, what the hell is this? Seriously, this the second worst news we’ve heard all week (you will be missed, Mrs. Cleaver). Christina Hendricks, the full-figured bombshell, loved and admired by pretty much everyone for her style, talent and confidence…is now trying to lose a whopping 30 pounds. This comes after years of telling the press how much she adores her body and that she “feels beautiful”. Just last month she told UK’s Red Magazine that she is proud to make curvy women feel proud and good about themselves. What the hell happened?!

“Christina has got sick of all the talk of her being the curviest woman in Hollywood. For her it basically meant she was being called fat,” a friend told the Daily Mail. “Now she’s gone against everything she believed in before by going on the first diet of her life. Christina’s cut out carbs, and alcohol, although she’s not a big drinker. She’s eating fish oil to break down fat and pak choi and edamame nearly every meal. She hopes the first stone will fall off in the next month or so.”

If a bonified sex icon, literally voted the sexiest woman in America, still feels insecure about their body, then there’s a serious problem here. We get it, Christina. You’re tired of the big fuss that everyone is making over your curves. That must get super annoying and kind of embarrassing. And the fact that no designer in town will lend you a dress can’t feel great. But don’t change just to be like everybody else! Because then you’re just like…everybody else. And that sucks. Take a cue from Gaga. She’s never been like anybody else, and she’s done OK.

Hey Mad Men peeps: Remember that time Keri Russell cut her hair on Felicity? Yeah, multiply that by a hundred. Do something. As for us, we might just go on a hunger strike.

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Kanye Says Wal-Mart Banned His Album

Kanye West’s new album cover, which looks like a vaguely erotic finger painting, has been banned by a chain that sells firearms. West has stated on his Twitter that Wal-Mart is refusing to carry his upcoming “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” record because the artwork features a small image of a nude male being straddled an armless winged figure. “They don’t want me chilling on the couch with my phoenix!” he tweeted, summing up the assault on his first amendment rights.

“So Nirvana can have a naked human being on they cover but I can’t have a PAINTING of a monster with no arms and a polka dot tail and wings?” he continued. “I know that cover just blew yall minds … I wish yall could see how hard I’m smiling right now!!! In all honesty … I really don’t be thinking about Wal-Mart when I make my music or album covers #Kanyeshrug!” You know when he Kanyeshrugs he’s just getting started. “I wanna sell albums but not at the expense of my true creativity.”

Wal-Mart is the worlds largest CD retailer, representing a massive ten percent of the domestic music sales. Understandably, Kanye is a little pissed about having his “true creativity” messed with. Let it be known: Wal-Mart doesn’t care about armless phoenixes.

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Mel Gibson Attempts Career Rehab With Hangover 2 Role

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As the old saying goes, there are three things that will survive the apocalypse: cockroaches, Twinkies and Mel Gibson. No matter how many times a battered Mel stumbles around Hollywood like Sylvester Stallone at the end of Rocky, you cannot count this guy out. Just a few months after ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva released explosive voice-mails that threatened to end his career, Page Six reports that Mel is coming back to the big screen with a cameo in The Hangover 2.

“It’s a done deal,” says an insider, “Mel will make a cameo as a tattoo artist. Filming is taking place on the Warner Brothers lot, where a Bangkok set has been built. Mel is expected to film his role in two weeks. Then the production moves to Thailand at the end of October.” It’s probably for the best that he’s not going overseas with the crew, because that’s an international incident just waiting to happen.

We’re not sure if this really counts as a “comeback” yet, but The Hangover magic did work for Mike Tyson in the original. Is Mel in worse shape than a dude who bit a guy’s ear off? We’d venture to say yeah. Will Hollywood give him back his career, or is this the final curtain call on The Passion of the Mel?

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The 10 Worst Celebrity Dads Of All Time

Some fathers know best, and other fathers know hookers. Some fathers play golf, and others play the field. Some dads mow the lawn, and others mow down mailboxes with their Mercedes while drinking and driving. Some fathers make plans to take their wives out for dinner, while others make plans to “take their wives out.” And then there are some dads who pretend they’re not dads at all! Think we’re kidding? We wish.

It’s safe to say that not all fathers know best. Join us while we count down the ten worst pops of all, ranked by the standard unit of bad dads: the Woody-Allen. If your face is in the gallery below, you’re probably not getting a tie for Father’s Day this year.

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10. Joe Simpson
9. Matthew Knowles
8. Eddie Murphy
7. Mel Gibson
6. Tiger Woods
5. Jon Gosselin
4. Joe Jackson
3. Michael Lohan
2. O.J. Simpson
1. John Phillips

Honorable Mention: Billy Ray Cyrus

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Is It Over For Beauty And The Beef?

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It’s a tale as old as time: boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy throws coffee at a photographer. We’ve  heard reports that Carey Mulligan and Shia LaBeouf are over, leaving incredibly boring couples all over the world without a role model. Although last spotted at the premiere of Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps last month, the New York Post says that two have hardly spent any time together since.

The Beef has been in Washington D.C. filming Transformers 3 with not-Megan-Fox bombshell Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, while Carey’s been spending time in London doing press for Never Let Me Go. But did she let Shia go? Are they just busy? Does anybody care? Guys?

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The Cast of Man Men Still Enormously Attractive at Finale Party

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Hey, guess what? The cast of Mad Men are still the most attractive grouping of people ever assembled outside the pages of a Victoria’s Secret catalogue. Seriously, they could wear tablecloths and curtains like in The Sound of Music and they’d still turn the red carpet red hot.

Last night Jon Hamm looked his Don Draper-y best in a dark suit as he attended the Season 4 finale screening in New York. Elisabeth Moss rocked a loose-fitting flapper inspired dress that transformed her into a 1920s film starlet. Cara Buono went more gypsy-chic in a flowing green cocktail tail dress and tasseled necklace, while Christina Hendricks proved that a rose by any other name would still look amazing.

We hope this show goes for another ten years, because we can’t wait to see how these folks rock the platform shoes and leisure suits.

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Evil Genius Harry Potter Worth More Than British Royals

It’s official: Harry the Wizard has got more dough than Harry the Windsor. It’s just been announced that Daniel Radcliffe’s personal fortune has surpassed that of Prince William and Prince Harry. Next up, he plans to buy Canada. OK, that’s not true, but apparently the boy wizard is also a financial wizard, doubling his fortune in the past year.

According to accounts reported in the Daily Mail, Radcliffe is worth about $45 million, to the Princes’ $44 million. He has around $30 million tied in up “current and fixed investments”, and owns several properties in London and New York. Oh yeah? Well we’ve got a bunch of returnable bottles and cans to take back to the supermarket and you don’t hear us bragging about it.

This announcement comes on the heals of Radcliffe’s proposed sexual conquering of Broadway. Will he stop at nothing!? Although at the end of the day it doesn’t really matter how much cash Dan Rad has, because someday Wills is going to be king and could totally have him burned as a witch or something. So it all evens out.

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Taylor Swift In Talks For Glee Episode

Andy Warhol famously said, “In the future, everyone will be famous for fifteen minutes.” Maybe what he meant was, “In the future, everyone get an episode of Glee.” It looks like Taylor Swift is being sucked into the Glee vortex that has claimed the street-cred of an untold number of artists. Although to be fair, her tunes about teen-romance drama seem perfectly suited for the halls of McKinley High School.

T-Swift told Zap2It that there have been talks, but “it usually comes down to scheduling. I’m a huge fan of the show, and I think it showcases music in a great way, so I would be really excited if anything were to happen there.” Sounds to us like Taylor better make some time, or else she’s going to have an army of Gleeks to answer to. And we’re pretty sure they’ll make Kanye look like a teddy bear.

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For Michael Lohan, Going On A Bender Means “I Love You”

Hallmark, it’s time to come out with a new line of cards. “Here’s a card to say I love you. Because at the moment I’m too drunk to form words with my mouth.”

In a touchingly stupid display of paternal love, Michael Lohan is threatening to go on a drinking binge in order to show his daughter how much he cares about her. Big Mike is considering getting intentionally sent to the Betty Ford Clinic in an effort to get close to Lindsay, who still refuses to see him. According to TMZ, he intends to show up at the clinic and “cause a scene” in order to gain admittance. Don’t try to follow the logic, because it isn’t there.

In what seems like a bizarre and dark Mrs. Doubtfire sequel, the elder Lohan is even willing to stage his own arrest to convince the Betty Ford doctors that he is serious. Err, we’re pretty sure that’s not how it works. But more importantly, we finally have concrete proof that Michael Lohan thinks that drinking will literally solve his problems. No wonder Lindsay’s in such a mess. If you love her, let her go, Mike. She’ll come around. Just don’t give up the cranberry juice.

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