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Stephen Colbert’s Ego Approaches Astronomical Proportions

While promoting the upcoming animated film Monsters Vs. Aliens on the Today Show this morning, Stephen Colbert proudly detailed his latest stunt. NASA is hosting an online contest to name a portion of the space station currently called Node 3. The Colbert Nation has successfully put “COLBERT” in the lead by over half a million votes. Additional (and boring, in our opinion) contenders include “Legacy,” “Serenity,” and “Earthrise.” With voting ending tomorrow, and a promise from NASA that they’ll honor the voting results, it looks like Colbert may have entered a new level of stardom. Diddy will be so jealous.

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Ed And Jessica Grossed Out By Their Own Love

Gossip Girl stars Ed Westwick and Jessica Szohr are now totally “out” with their on-set relationship, but are they really into it? The pair first awkwardly kissed in public last month, and this week they strolled the streets of NYC with the token small dog and trendy hat in tow.

“Jestwick” (eh, we’ll keep working on it) locked lips, but they were more into wiping after the kiss than they were when their tongues were intertwined. Maybe Jess is as grossed out by Ed’s bizarre straddle stance as we are? Peep his moves below, tight Levis and all. [Photo: Splash News Online]

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LeAnn Rimes’ Alleged Lover Denies Affair

Eddie Cibrian, LeAnn Rimes’ alleged lover, is denying that he is having an affair with his Northern Lights co-star.

“It is a fabricated story that is using random snapshots as connective tissue to create a scandalous relationship,” he said in a statement.

LeAnn, who married former backup dancer Dean Sheremet at 19, and Eddie, who is married and has two children with model Brandi Glanville, have reportedly been getting hot and heavy on the set of their new Lifetime movie and were even caught smooching on security cameras.

LeAnn addressed the alleged affair in a somewhat vague statement yesterday on her blog. “This is a difficult time for me and my loved ones,” she said. Her husband, on the other hand, enthusiastically Twittered “I Love My Wife!!!!” [Source: FoxNews.com; Photo: Getty Images]

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Rihanna Shows Her Face, Pulled Over By Police

Rihanna made a rare public appearance sans-sunglasses last night, one of her first since the alleged assault by boyfriend Chris Brown (the couple are “taking a break” at the moment). The singer went to the Les Deux nightclub in LA, where she reportedly partied with Hayden Panettiere and Katy Perry. Shorty after leaving the club, her car was pulled over by police for having tinted windows and lacking a front license plate.

[Photo: Getty Images]

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Oasis’ Liam Gallagher Turns Fashion Designer

Want to dress like a has-been 90′s indie rock icon? Of course you do! So it’ll be right up your street that Oasis singer Liam Gallagher is joining the esteemed ranks of Gwen Stefani, P Diddy and, er, Katie Price by launching his own clothing line. The one-time hard man of Britpop, who was once better known for wearing cagoules back in the day, is going to turn his hand to designing a range for men.

“I’ve started a clothing range called Pretty Green. It’s going to do clothes I like; if people like it, cool, if they don’t, they don’t,” he says. Big on the hard sell, eh, Liam! The range drops in June, but we’re still unconvinced by a man who wears leopard-print loafers. [Photo: Splash News Online]

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Katie Holmes Gives Up On Glamor Again

When she rocked up to the Japanese premiere of Valkyrie looking like the glam tousle-haired princess of old, we thought Katie Holmes looked ace, sexy and gorgeous — and about ten years younger. But in actual fact, it was just a massive tease, as she’s quickly returned to “harrassed mom” look, taken out those extensions and replaced that showbiz grin with her trademark half pursed-smile, half cry for help (we like to think). Seriously, why bother? It must have been hours and hours of work just to make everyone remember how cute you were in Dawson’s Creek. Sigh. But at least Suri looks super-stylish (yet again).  [Photos: Splash News Online, ]

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Interview: Jason Segel Wants A Man Date With Barack Obama

Jason Segel, who made a name for himself by starring on Judd Apatow‘s cult TV hit Freaks & Geeks, has the same laid-back, California vibe that he exudes in Forgetting Sarah Marshall. He also has a razor-sharp wit. Maybe this is why he seems like a natural fit to co-star as Paul Rudd‘s new Best Dude Forever in I Love You, Man — an exploration of male friendship that opens tomorrow (March 20). We spoke with Jason about the real-life nature of his man friends, whether he’s a “girlfriend guy” or a “guy’s guy” and what Hollywood hunk he’d most like to have a man date with. Answer: The First African-American President of the United States is more his type.

Scandalist: I Love You, Man has a hilarious cast, including you, Paul Rudd, Andy Samberg, Rashida Jones, Jon Favreau and Jaime Pressly. Which one of you was the “class clown” while filming the movie?

Jason Segel: I’d have to say Andy. Andy Samberg. He’s hilarious from the moment he arrives on set, which is 6 a.m., to the moment he leaves. But there was this one moment … Forgetting Sarah Marshall had just come out when they began filming I Love You, Man, and I was feeling a little down because Forbidden Kingdom had beat it by $1 million. A woman approached me on the way to set, and said: “I just need to tell you I saw the movie this weekend and I loved it.” When she walked away, Andy turned to me and said, “She thinks you’re Jet Li.”

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Idol Recap: Alexis Grace Cut. Right Or Wrong?

Ryan Seacrest told us early on last night that the final results might shock us, so right off the bat we knew that someone big, someone key to the entire Idol early prediction process, would face the judges. When it came down to Alexis Grace and Michael Sarver in the bottom two, it was Alexis who had gotten the lowest number of votes and had to sing for her young life. The oil-rigger was safe, but it’s okay because he pulled at our heartstrings earlier in the night talking about his daughter. After reprising “Jolene,” it turned out Alexis wasn’t worthy of the elusive Judges’ Save like all those blogs were saying. Maybe this show isn’t rigged after all. Wait a minute, rigged…oil-rigger…holy crap, is Michael Sarver this year’s American Idol?? Here’s our five favorite moments.

5. I’m A LITTLE Bit Country. But Not Much.

We’re not the worlds biggest country fans, and having a bunch of amateurs sing music they’re not thrilled about, arranged in ways we’ve never heard before can be trying. But the lesson we learned last night is that country music when done right can be good. Brad Paisley, who we’re not all that familiar with but who has a nice stage presence, performed “Then” (with no sitars), and later Carrie Underwood and Randy Travis debuted their duet “I Told You So” that was so good that it made a bird sit very still on Carrie’s head for the entire performance without flying away. Really though, it was nice to hear a couple of songs written and performed by people who really knew what they were doing in this genre and didn’t muck it up.

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Natasha Richardson Dies At 45

Tony Award-winner Natasha Richardson passed away today in New York City after being removed from life support. She was just 45 years old. Richardson, who was married to actor Liam Neeson, suffered serious head injuries after falling on a Canadian ski slope on Monday. She was airlifted to Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, where she later died.

The family has released the following statement:

“Liam Neeson, his sons, and the entire family are shocked and devastated by the tragic death of their beloved Natasha. They are profoundly grateful for the support, love and prayers of everyone, and ask for privacy during this very difficult time.”

Friends say “a small funeral” is being planned. Our thoughts and prayers are with Natasha’s family and friends at this difficult time.  [E! Online/TMZ. Photo: Getty Images]

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Kanye West Charged With Battery

Remember when Kanye West went wild on that paparazzi last September? Looks like the Los Angeles attorney’s office has a long memory. West and his manager, Don Crowley, have been charged with multiple counts of grand theft, battery and vandalism based on the stand-off over half a year ago. If found guilty, Kanye could face 2 1/2 years of prison. Arraignment is scheduled for next month.

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