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Flashback Lunch: Andrew McCarthy Returns To The ’80s For Gossip Girl

Andrew McCarthy will play the father of young Lily Van Der Woodsen in the upcoming Gossip Girl spin-off, giving the show some serious ’80s cred. During his heyday, McCarthy starred in Class, Heaven Help Us, St. Emo’s Fire, Pretty In Pink, Mannequin and Weekend At Bernie’s before fading from the spotlight at the end of the decade. Despite recent roles on Lipstick Jungle and Kingdom Hospital, McCarthy has yet to find the same belated TV success as Brat Pack-era co-stars Patrick Dempsey, Kevin Dillon, James Spader, Rob Lowe, Jami Gertz, Kim Catrall and Jon Cryer. Maybe this gig will turn his luck around.

[Photo: Getty Images]

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Lucy Liu Fails To Sell Painting For $28,000

We haven’t seen much of Lucy Liu since she bumped butts with Drew and Cam in Charlie’s Angels, and now we finally know why. The actress – not content with making millions prancing around on film – has been painting secretly under the name Yu Ling. Her most recent work – a painting of a couple kissing done on a linen canvas – is apparently for sale via the Eli Klein Fine Art Gallery for $28,000. Let that sink in for a second.

Is she really that strapped for cash that she needs to hawk her art for such a ridiculous amount of cash? Clearly her work can’t be that great, as her people had to finally reveal her name in order to get the piece to sell. Let’s hope James Franco fairs better in his second career – the handsome actor turned aspiring writer just sold a book of short stories. Still, we just don’t get it – why are these actors so eager to quit their cushy day jobs?  [Photo: WireImage]

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Zac Efron’s Mom Gave Him Condoms For Christmas

Zac Efron‘s mom gave quite an interesting stocking stuffer to her High School Musical star son – condoms!

After Zac and girlfriend Vanessa Hudgens were photographed looking at sex toys, his mom finally caught on to what the rest of the world thought was kind of obvious. “I knew you were being sexual!” she squealed.

What did she think they were doing? When your son is dating a girl who takes pictures like this, he likely is not spending his evenings playing chess with her.

Mama Efron not only supports her son banging Vanessa, she encourages his safe sex life by providing him with rubbers. “My stocking was full of condoms this Christmas,” Zac shared. “She buys me the economy box.” [Source: Elle; Photo: ]

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Hef Approves Of Bridget’s New Man

Bridget Marquardt‘s new flame Nick Carpenter has gotten the stamp of approval from all the important people in her life, including her family and ex-boyfriend Hugh Hefner.

“Hef said that Nick’s a really nice guy, and that as long as I wanted, he’s welcome at the mansion anytime I’m there, and at all the parties and events,” Bridget says.

Nick has also gotten a thumbs up from Bridget’s family. “He’s met all of my family,” she says. “My mom, stepdad, and brother all came to LA. And we all went out to dinner with my sister and her boyfriend. And then my real dad was at the mansion on the 4th of July, and Nick was actually there, but it was before we were dating,” Bridget shares.

Although her former GND co-star Kendra Wilkinson is getting ready to walk down the aisle, Bridget says she and Nick are far from that talk. “No, not engaged – not even talking about that kind of stuff!” she says. [Source: People; Photo:Splash News Online]

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Chris Brown Boozes After Big Day In Court

We thought Chris Brown had hired a crisis management expert to help him manipulate the public into liking him again, but so far his plan’s falling flat. The smug star showed up in court yesterday at his first post-Rihanna beat-down hearing for two felony charges looking somber and a bit scared. During the meeting, lawyers for Rihanna revealed that the singer is not seeking a restraining order against Chris, which could possibly be another sign that she has reconciled with him. Furthermore, if she chooses not to testify against him in court, the case could be dropped and Chris would luck out of a trial.

Chris shook off this court room blues later that night at the bar at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills. He spent most of the evening hanging with his bodyguards, and left around 3:45 AM. Drowning his sorrows – or celebrating?  [Photo: GettyImages]

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Fabulous Celebrity Engagement Rings

Getting Kendra Wilkinson‘s 2 1/4 carat princess cut diamond engagement ring was no easy feat for her fiance Hank Baskett.

“I had to be sneaky about it because Kendra’s a little inspector, always picking up clues,” Hank said.

Part of his undercover work included finding out what ring size Kendra is. After some investigating, he found out that the ring fit “right about at my pinkie nail.”

Then it was on to designing the perfect ring for the Girl Next Door. “I wanted something unique just like Kendra. I wanted to get something she hadn’t seen anywhere,” Hank said. He ended up deciding on a floating diamond “so you can see it from all angles.”

Getting it done was another feat altogether, as inspector Kendra would always call Hank while he was in the store working on the ring. “Kendra would just happen to call me then. Every time. I would be like, I’m getting my computer worked on, I’m at the shoe store. I made something up,” he said.

Finally the sparkler was ready to go, but Hank had to wait for the right moment to propose, and so he kept it in a safe in his house. “I’d look at it every day before practice, then I’d clean it. I’d come home from practice and still clean it. No one else touched it, but I still cleaned it,” he said.

Of course Kendra loved her new sparkler, and the best part? She was completely surprised!

“I didn’t even know he was proposing,” Kendra said.

Hank and Kendra plan to marry at the Playboy Mansion in June.

Check out our gallery of other fabulous celebrity engagement rings! [Source: Celebuzz; Photo: Getty Images]

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Anoop Desai Pays Tribute To Chapel Hill Murder Victim On Idol

Anoop Desai confused Simon Cowell (and more than a few people at home) last night by interrupting his entrance to the Top 13 to give a shout-out to fellow residents of Chapel Hill, NC. “It’s been a tough day, we’re all thinking of Eve and I love you, Chapel Hill.”

The “Eve” in question was fellow University Of North Carolina student Eve Carson, who was murdered one year ago. The student body president had been kidnapped, shot and left in the middle of a street, with more than a thousand dollars taken out on her debit card. Two suspects are in custody awaiting trial.

More than a thousand people descended upon the UNC campus yesterday to honor Lawrence’s work for the community and school. “She was the quintessential Carolina student,” said classmate J.J. Raynor. “Someone that almost everyone knew or knew about, and was a real inspiration from the way she lived her life.”

[Desai Photo: Getty Images]

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Fugly Friday: Looking at Katie Makes Us Tired

Mrs. Tom Cruise is clearly not used to the strain of making movies (it’s been a while since her masterpiece Mad Money), and the actress is looking a bit worn out on the set of her upcoming flick The Extra Man. She always looks so fresh and put together when she’s toting her robo-daughter around Manhattan in five inch heels, so this frump funk is inexcusable.

Katie either needs to channel the power of Xenu to snap out of her slump, or study at the Britney Spears School of Caffeine Intake and start downing Frappucinos like a pro. Come on style icon – inspire us (or at the very least, look alive)!  [Photo: Splash News Online]

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Rihanna’s Father: “I Don’t Know What’s Going On Anymore”

Chris Brown may be allowed to contact Rihanna, but her father’s having a hard time getting to her. I’ve heard so much. But I can’t get on to her,” Ronald Fenty told Us Magazine. “Her mother can’t get on to her, her brother told me she changed her email. Somebody has a stranglehold on her. I’m lost.”

I’ll text the old numbers she had, and I call them. One girl answered, and she said, ‘This is not Robyn’s [Fenty, a.k.a. Rihanna] number anymore.’ I asked, ‘Do you work for Robyn? Do you deal with Robyn?’ and the girl hung up, so I don’t know what’s going on anymore.

She said [in her last message], ‘Daddy, I miss you.’ And that’s it. And I could not reply. I saw a number and texted back, ‘I miss you too.’ And I didn’t get another reply from her.

Acknowledging that his daughter appears to be back with Brown, he said “I would tell Chris, ‘Don’t ever try again, don’t even think about it.’ I’m hurt and disturbed at that scenario.”

[Rihanna Photo: WireImage]