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Slumdog Co-Stars Find Love In Real Life

It was bound to happen – two young stars, a surprise hit movie, an overwhelming and intense surge of fame. The natural thing for them to do is seek solace in each other’s understanding arms (and beds, natch). That’s exactly what’s going on between Dev Patel and Frieda Pinto, according to their Slumdog Millionaire co-star Anil Kapoor. “They definitely make a great pair,” the actor said. “Both of them look very good together.”

While that’s not total confirmation, we’ll take it – as everyone goes nuts for a good love story and we’ve already seen their movie. Pics have also leaked of the fiance Frieda was apparently keeping under wraps. The starlet should feel no shame for ditching her dud of a guy for her hunky on-screen love. Brad Pitt copyrighted the move in 2004, so it’s totally acceptable!  [Photo: WireImage]

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Oscars Dispatch: Essence Celebrates Black Women In Film

Los Angeles is filled with the hype of the upcoming Oscars on Sunday, and the stars are already getting their party on. Thursday the Beverly Hills Hotel was buzzing with Oscar preparations as it hosted the Essence Black Women in Hollywood luncheon.

Guests like Taraji P. Henson snapped up gigantic gift bags, which were actually large brown duffle bags filled with goodies, while celebrating Black Women in Hollywood. Halle Berry, dressed in a short fitted gold gown mingled with Taraji and actress Dianne Carol.

Although the event celebrated all Black Women in Film, it clearly focused on Best Supporting Actress nominee Taraji, who brought along her mom. The actress looked smashing in a gray short dress with black piping while she mingled with guests and cracked jokes.

Although the party was quite enjoyable, guests appeared frustrated as they tried to leave the hotel. The valet line was fifty people deep and guests became extremely agitated while waiting for their wheels.

Not Taraji, however. The lady of the lunch whisked past the waiting guests into her awaiting black town car and sped off.

After all the guests had long gone, hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons stayed around to get some business meetings done. While meeting with a blonde woman and two gentlemen at the Beverly Hills Hotel’s prestigious Polo Lounge, Russell appeared to be discussing an upcoming business venture. [Photo: Getty Images]

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(Editor’s Note: Libby Keatinge, our gossip blogger extraordinaire, is hitting all of the parties before and after this year’s Oscars. Keep up with her latest Hollywood Gossip Dispatches in our Academy Awards Blog. Plus, don’t forget to join us for our Live Oscars Blog Party this Sunday at 6:30PM EST!)

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Oscars 2009: Live Blog Party

We’re live-blogging the 81st Annual Academy Awards. Help us determine who’s looking hot — or not — on the red carpet, who’s making the best — or worst — acceptance speeches and whether the Academy is giving its much-coveted statues to the right — or wrong — actors, directors and movies.

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Alexis Grace Has An Alter Ego, “Miss Grace”

Alexis Grace has only been in the limelight for a few weeks, but she’s already taken one of the trappings of singing stardom: an alter ego. In the tradition of Mimi, Dita, Damita Jo and Sasha Fierce, Grace told reporters in a conference call that while she’s a buttoned-down mom behind the scenes (“I’m a big fan of Scrabble and Scattegories, just to ease the tension a little bit”), she “might have a bit of an alter ego on stage.” Embellishing the idea for Ryan Seacrest’s radio show, she referred to this persona as “Miss Grace.” You have to wonder how her husband feels about her pretending she’s not married when she sings.

Odds that Alexis will bring up “Miss Grace” when the Top 12 finally kicks off in a few weeks? Pretty damn good. And if the judges don’t want to practice a double standard, they should give her all the grief they gave Nick Mitchell and his alter ego, Norman Gentle. What, are only women allowed to have a fantasy persona? Unfair!

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Was Hayden Almost A Teen Mom?

Heroes starlet Hayden Panettiere, 19, dumped boyfriend Milo Ventimiglia this month after dating for over a year. But it wasn’t their creepy age difference that did them in (Milo is 31) – apparently their love crumbled after a pregnancy scare freaked Hayden out. The Sun-Times says, “The test proved negative but apparently caused friction that sparked the breakup.”

However no one close to couple is spilling the baby beans. One source coyly said, “Milo and Hayden are an intensely private couple, so everything out there in the press is speculation and hearsay. Only they know what’s really going on. They never acted ‘together’ on set, and they still aren’t acting ‘together’ now.”

Another on-set source insists, “They’re still together.” We don’t know what to believe, but this plot twist is better than anything we’ve seen on Heroes this year.  [Photo: WireImage]

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Gossip Dispatch: Essence Celebrates Black Women In Film

Los Angeles is filled with the hype of the upcoming Oscars on Sunday, and the stars are already getting their party on. Thursday the Beverly Hills Hotel was buzzing with Oscar preparations as it hosted the Essence Black Women in Hollywood luncheon.

Guests like Taraji P. Henson snapped up gigantic gift bags, which were actually large brown duffle bags filled with goodies, while celebrating Black Women in Hollywood. Halle Berry, dressed in a short fitted gold gown mingled with Taraji and actress Dianne Carol.

Although the event celebrated all Black Women in Film, it clearly focused on Best Supporting Actress nominee Taraji, who brought along her mom. The actress looked smashing in a gray short dress with black piping while she mingled with guests and cracked jokes.

Although the party was quite enjoyable, guests appeared frustrated as they tried to leave the hotel. The valet line was fifty people deep and guests became extremely agitated while waiting for their wheels.

Not Taraji, however. The lady of the lunch whisked past the waiting guests into her awaiting black town car and sped off.

After all the guests had long gone, hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons stayed around to get some business meetings done. While meeting with a blonde woman and two gentlemen at the Beverly Hills Hotel’s prestigious Polo Lounge, Russell appeared to be discussing an upcoming business venture. [Photo: Getty Images]

(Editor’s Note: Libby Keatinge, our gossip blogger extraordinaire, is hitting all of the parties before and after this year’s Oscars. Keep up with her latest Hollywood Gossip Dispatches and don’t forget to join us for our Live Oscars Blog Party this Sunday at 6:30PM EST!)

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Oscars Dispatch: Stars Are Already In Party Mode

The Oscars aren’t until Sunday, but celebrities are already in party mode. Thursday night stars came out for an intimate soiree at the 27-acre home of billionaire real estate tycoon Jeff Greene, who threw a star-studded bash to celebrate his wife’s birthday.

Russell Simmons, Paris Hilton, Brett Ratner, Bai Ling and other celebs munched on Asian-themed cuisine like Kung Pao chicken, rice, and stir fry vegetables while enjoying the breathtaking views of the property, which features a reflecting pool and vineyard.

Paris Hilton, pictured above before the party, arrived shortly after 10pm with a posse of gal pals. Two blondes and one brunette followed Paris, who was decked out in a short sparkly pink dress, rhinestone heels, and tiara, around the party while she mingled with fellow guests including Nikki Haskell and Kato Kaelin. Paris posed for photos with Jeff’s wife and joined the guests in serenading her happy birthday as a massive chocolate cake was wheeled out. Paris walked around the party laughing, giggling, and whispering with her posse.

After the candles had been blown out, guests started clearing out of the Mediterranean style mansion. But hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons stayed well past 12:30am, despite telling Scandalist that he’s “in town for work.” [Photo: FilmMagic]

(Editor’s Note: Libby Keatinge, our gossip blogger extraordinaire, is hitting all of the parties before and after this year’s Oscars. Keep up with her latest Hollywood Gossip Dispatches in our Academy Awards Blog. Plus, don’t forget to join us for our Live Oscars Blog Party this Sunday at 8PM EST!)

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The Hottest Oscar Parties Of 2009

Sure, the Oscar ceremony is a blast, but it’s where the stars go to let loose afterward that is the really exciting part. With champagne flowing, celebrity DJS, and delicious food by famous chefs, these bashes are sure to be a blast. Check out our gallery of where the stars will be celebrating on Sunday!

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Hollywood Gossip Dispatch: Stars Are Already In Party Mode

The Oscars aren’t until Sunday, but celebrities are already in party mode. Thursday night stars came out for an intimate soiree at the 27-acre home of billionaire real estate tycoon Jeff Greene, who threw a star-studded bash to celebrate his wife’s birthday.

Guests like Russell Simmons, Paris Hilton, Brett Ratner, and Bai Ling munched on Asian-themed cuisine like Kung Pao chicken, rice, and stir fry vegetables while enjoying the breathtaking views of the property, which features a reflecting pool and vineyard.

Paris Hilton, pictured above before Greene’s party, arrived shortly after 10pm with a posse of gal pals. Two blondes and one brunette followed Paris, who was decked out in a short sparkly pink dress, rhinestone heels, and tiara, around the party while she mingled with fellow guests including Nikki Haskell and Kato Kaelin. Paris posed for photos with Jeff’s wife and joined the guests in serenading her happy birthday as a massive chocolate cake was wheeled out. Paris walked around the party laughing, giggling, and whispering with her posse.

After the candles had been blown out, guests started clearing out of the Mediterranean style mansion. But hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons stayed well past 12:30am, despite telling Scandalist that he’s “in town for work.” [Photo: FilmMagic]

(Editor’s Note: Libby Keatinge, our gossip blogger extraordinaire, is hitting all of the parties before and after this year’s Oscars. Keep up with her latest Hollywood Gossip Dispatches and don’t forget to join us for our Live Oscars Blog Party this Sunday at 6:30PM EST!)

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Photo Of Rihanna’s Injuries Leaked

A truly distressing picture of Rihanna (click here to see the photo) after the alleged attack by ex-boyfriend Chris Brown has been leaked on the internet. TMZ posted the police shot, which shows cuts, bruises and swelling on the stars’ face. Police say the marks are in accord with that of a domestic violence investigation.

While we question the motives of whoever leaked this photo (LAPD are currently launching an internal investigation to nab the culprit), it’s a shocking reminder of the brutal physical consequences of the attack. While Chris Brown releases statements and begins damage control, it’s hard to believe that it will have any effect when this shot appears to tell the appalling truth. [Photo: WireImage]