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Kelsey Grammer commits to a tattoo -- his first

Kelsey Grammer and Kayte Walsh

Kelsey Grammer has been married four times, but he's only now gotten his first tattoo. A tattoo, after all, is a big commitment.

Grammer, still toppling head over heels in his love affair with Kayte Walsh, landed flat on his back Saturday on a table in a Chicago tattoo parlor. He now bears the first name of his fourth wife, in cursive, on his person. Permanently. Unless he pulls an Angelina Jolie.

Depending on the source, Grammer got the tattoo on his "abdomen" or his "hip." The Chicago Sun-Times' nice article on Grammer's visit to the parlor puts the tat at his waistline. The site notes that a 21-year-old employee of the parlor didn't know who Grammer was and made him provide ID.

PHOTOS: Tattoos on the stars

Tattoo sites recommend avoiding ink on body areas that will likely sag or wrinkle up like an old Granny Smith apple over time. But you don't want to go for skin stretched over bone, necessarily, because inking that area may cause a bit more pain.  

Grammer, by settling on the abdominal area, had more padding to offer the tattoo artist.

Weight gain — even significant weight gain — shouldn't stretch Grammer's tattoo like Silly Putty ("Kayyyyyyte"), say those in the know. The real danger are the stretch marks that can accompany weight gain. Those can really gum up a great tattoo.

So, the actor — who appears to be in fine shape — now has even more incentive to avoid putting on the pounds.  But having a beautiful blond wife 27 years his junior probably provides more than enough incentive.

Grammer, who plays the mayor of Chicago in "Boss" on Starz, is set to become a father again as Walsh, who was a flight attendant, is pregnant with twins. In January at the Golden Globes, Grammer revealed that Walsh was in her second trimester, the New York Post reported at the time.

Their romance sparked some censure as it began while he was still married to third wife Camille.  Only about two weeks separated the old Grammers' divorce and the new Grammers' wedding

With the new kids, Grammer will be a father of six.  He has daughter Spencer, 28, with first wife Doreen Alderman; daughter Greer, 19, with Barrie Buckner; and son Jude, 7, and daughter Mason, 10, with third wife Camille.

His actress-daughter Spencer had a son last October, making Grammer a grandfather.


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— Amy Hubbard

Photo: The Grammers in January at the Golden Globes, where he revealed that his new wife was pregnant with twins. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times

New Susan Boyle: Jonathan Antoine floors 'Britain's Got Talent'

Simon Cowell likes contestant Jonathan Antoine, who has drawn comparisons to Susan Boyle.

Jonathan Antoine, when he appeared Saturday on "Britain's Got Talent," looked like someone's slouch of a kid brother with his faded T-shirt and baggy pants. But then he opened his mouth, and everyone else's eyes popped open.

Antoine, 17, is built like the stereotypical opera singer, and his voice is even bigger than he is. His performance was powerful and moving. As people were wiping tears from their eyes, you could almost see the Susan Boyle comparisons begin to form.

Antoine and partner Charlotte Jaconelli performed "The Prayer." Antoine said on the show that he had a confidence problem and that Jaconelli had helped him through that. Their singing teacher first suggested that they form a duo, she said. In their performance Saturday, Jaconelli had trouble holding her own. 

At times they seemed dissonant, and at moments she seemed overpowered. (The Antoine video is viewable on YouTube.)

Following the performance, Simon Cowell -- who had had one of his more charming transformations as a judge over the course of the performance, going from mean-spirited and skeptical to supportive and slightly less mean -- said to Jaconelli: "I worry, Charlotte, whether you're going to hold him back."

Antoine replied: "We've come on here as a duo, and we're going to stay here as a duo."

(More wiping of eyes in the audience.)

All four judges on the British show gave them the thumbs up, with a couple of the judges saying Jaconelli's voice was a lovely complement to Antoine's.

The Boyle comparisons were inevitable with Antoine's don't-judge-a-book-by-its-cover performance. But Boyle, as you may recall, didn't win on "Britain's Got Talent" in 2009.  She ended up in a clinic, suffering a breakdown after losing in the final. 

According to the Herald Sun, Antoine not long ago suffered a breakdown caused by bullying over his weight at school. The site quotes him as saying in October he had a "nervous breakdown. At that point, I left the school I was at -- me and school just don't get on."


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-- Amy Hubbard

Photo: Simon Cowell attends the "Britain's Got Talent" launch on Thursday in London.  An emerging star of the series is teen opera singer Jonathan Antoine. Credit: Ian Gavan/Getty Images

'Hunger Games' Jennifer Lawrence: Time for attitude adjustment?

Jennifer Lawrence of 'Hunger Games'

Jennifer Lawrence of "The Hunger Games" has called herself a troll, and although this self-deprecation seems to be making some people dreamy-eyed, it may be time for an attitude adjustment.

"The Hunger Games" is set to explode. As Company Town reports, interest in the film based on the literary teen epic is "so astronomical" that it's difficult to pin down just how well the movie will do in its debut, but it could generate as much as $150 million in ticket sales. The movie opens Friday.

Meanwhile, Lawrence goes on "David Letterman" and trashes herself: "I think the movie's great, but their biggest mistake was me."  ShowTracker's Meredith Blake found her "hilariously candid" and "refreshingly human -- if slightly troubling."

PHOTOS: "The Hunger Games" black carpet arrivals

The guy-oriented blog Road Fish was gushing after Lawrence's appearance. She "has reached a new level of amazing in my book."

The article goes on to say: "Fellas: Pick a girl who acknowledges her talents and assets ... but remains even-keeled about herself and life."

On "Letterman," however, Lawrence -- although certainly charming -- didn't seem appreciative of her talents or herself.

The Times' Alexandra Le Tellier decries Lawrence's attitude, saying when "someone as beautiful and as talented as Lawrence admits her insecurities as a matter of fact," it compounds the "culture of insecurity" -- for which there is an abundance of evidence online, including the "Am I Ugly?" videos.

After this weekend, things probably will change radically for Lawrence, who already is confronting the evils of celebrity, including hidden paparazzi.

She's poised on the cusp of mega-fame. Will she continue to call herself a troll?


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-- Amy Hubbard

Photo: Jennifer Lawrence attends a special signing event to promote "The Hunger Games" Tuesday at Barnes & Noble in New York's Union Square. Credit: Michael Loccisano / Getty Images

The Situation and rehab: 'Do not believe'? He meant believe

Mike Sorrentino -- The Situation sets record straight on rehab
"Do NOT Believe," Mike Sorrentino — "Jersey Shore's" the Situation — said Wednesday of "embellished" reports that he was in rehab for substance abuse.

On Thursday, his Official Situation website doggedly repeated that "many sources have been falsely reporting stories about The Situation being in rehab" — yet the same article quoted him: "I have voluntarily taken steps to get control of a prescription medication problem."

Now that the Situation appears to be backpedaling with his "setting the record straight" effort, there's likely some back slapping going on over at TMZ, which broke the rehab story.

But how big of a problem is this problem for the "Jersey Shore" star? And are prescription meds his only problem?

TMZ and the Chicago Sun Times are alleging alcohol abuse. The Sun Times on Thursday cited an unnamed "associated" with some less than complimentary remarks on Sorrentino's "really nutso" behavior.

TMZ says Sorrentino was checked into Cirque Lodge in Utah. The lodge is a celeb-favored spot for rehab and, as CNN reported in 2009, guests have included Melanie Griffith, Lindsay Lohan, Mary-Kate Olsen and Kirsten Dunst.

As for the Situation, he's not fessing up to anything but the prescription drugs: "I have spent the past several weeks getting treatment for this problem and recuperating from my work and appearance schedule."


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Ambercrombie tells 'Jersey Shore's' the Situation to take off its clothes

— Amy Hubbard

Photo: Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino in 2010. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times.

Kristin Cavallari: Not clear on what 'trying' to get pregnant means

Kristin Cavallari, newly pregnant in February, says she already wants a second baby.
Kristin Cavallari is thrilled about her upcoming baby with Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler. She's so happy, she already wants another baby.  (We'll check back in with her after labor.)

Cavallari told Glamoholic magazine that she and Cutler were not "trying" to have a baby. Some sources have asserted that the baby news came as a "total surprise" to the 25-year-old, who wasn't planning for any babies right away. 


The former reality TV star told Glamaholic "we weren't not trying."  The couple left it up to "fate."  One could argue that "fate" is not good birth control, and that not not trying, when it comes right down to it, is as good as trying.

Either way, she's a happy mom-to-be whose mind is so focused on babies there's no room to spare for thoughts of a wedding. They might even "have one more, then get married," she said, according to People. And then maybe have a couple more.

Glamaholic reports that Cavallari plans on exiting Los Angeles and will raise the Cutler brood part of the year in Chicago and part of the year in Nashvile.  They want to get away from the Hollywood glare. 

Just forget Cavallari's reality TV history -- gone are the days of "Laguna Beach," "The Hills" and good ol' Justin Bobby.  Cavallari reportedly refuses to put her life with Cutler on camera. "My baby will never be on TV," Cavallari told Celebuzz.

So, it looks like that, unlike Snooki, Cavallari will not be asking Pauly D to "deejay the delivery room."


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-- Amy Hubbard+

Photo: On Feb. 14, about a month after she and Cutler announced her pregnancy, Kristin Cavallari attended the Dennis Basso fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City. Credit: Jason Kempin / Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

Kathy Bates on ovarian cancer: 'I was focused on my own survival'

It was nine years ago that Kathy Bates was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She waited years before talking about it publicly. Now she's come forward and wants to make up for lost time.

At the time of her illness, "I was focused on my own survival," Bates says in a video for the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance.

She recently talked to CNN's Anderson Cooper about what her struggle was like, but the video she did for the cancer alliance is personal and touching. In it she describes her own experience and the progression of the disease -- from one day spitting up "like a baby would" to undergoing chemotherapy and wishing she'd "just gone bald."

It was a difficult time for the Oscar-winning actress, who was "supposed to do a movie." The film was "Little Black Book," with the late Brittany Murphy. "I wore a wig in the movie," she says, but "that was the easy part."

"The hard part was when I didn't go to work and I had to deal with putting my own makeup on and wearing a wig or tying a scarf on my head," she said. "And now looking back on it, I wish I'd just gone bald."

Despite the hardships, Bates says "the whole experience was the best thing that ever happened to me because it focused me on what was important to me, and I wanted to live, and I wanted to enjoy what life was left to me."

Bates, who says she's in complete remission, urges women to "pay attention to what's going on in their body .... Whatever it is, something that's bothering you -- so what if they think you're crazy for going to the doctor? Go to the doctor."

Earlier this month, Bates went the talk-show route when there was speculation that she was retiring and that her TV series, "Harry's Law," had been canceled by NBC. 

Wrong and wrong, she said on "Live! With Kelly." "Harry's Law" was simply on hiatus, she said, and she would continue to act because "I've got to make a living."


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-- Amy Hubbard+

Rehab? 'Jersey Shore's' Situation plays 'are too, am not'

The Situation, Jersey Shore's Michael Sorrentino, implies story embellished.
Do not allow yourselves to be duped about the situation of "The Situation." So says Michael Sorrentino, the "Jersey Shore" reality TV star, who tweeted Wednesday morning regarding his reported stay in rehab:

"Do NOT Believe Everything You Hear, Especially from TMZ."

What TMZ said was that the Situation was in rehab for substance abuse after being on "a nonstop party train." Radar Online also was touting an exclusive that said prescription pills were at the root of the alleged problem.

Both sites reported that Sorrentino's representative was denying that he was in rehab. Radar Online quoted the rep: "He is not in rehab for substance abuse." That's a pretty flat denial.

The rep went on to say that Sorrentino had spent the last several weeks getting "rest and recuperation" at an "undisclosed location."

Sorrentino's tweet links to his Sitch News, where the story is hazier than his rep's denial. It calls the TMZ story "ridiculous embellishments" and compares it to "the child hood game of 'telephone' -- someone hears a small rumor and blows it out of proportion."

Which is neither confirmation nor denial. Either way, it's good to hear that the Situation is getting help ... with getting his rest.

He'll need it as "Jersey Shore" returns for a sixth season. As Show Tracker reported Monday, "When its star meatball gets pregnant, another season is inevitable." That's a reference to "Shore" star Snooki, who confirmed earlier this month that she was expecting a mini-meatball.


Ambercrombie tells Situation to take off its clothes

Snooki is pregnant? Batten down the single-mom hatches!

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-- Amy Hubbard+

Photo: "Jersey Shore's" Michael Sorrentino visits Sirius XM Studios in January. Credit: Neilson Barnard / Getty Images

Reese Witherspoon pregnant, may be too sensible to name baby Tiger


Reese Witherspoon reportedly is pregnant, which means a brand-new opportunity for a wild celebrity new-baby name. 

Zuzu!  Moroccan! Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily!

Witherspoon may disappoint us on that front, though. Her 12-year-old daughter is Ava.  Then there's Deacon, her 8-year-old son.  Perhaps her second husband, Jim Toth, father of the bouncing-baby-to-be, will have an unsettling influence. (Inspired by Alicia Silverstone's son, Bear, we propose Tiger. Tiger Toth. Think about it, Reese.)

PHOTOS: Celebrity moms in waiting

Witherspoon, however, gives every indication of being a thoughtful, introspective individual, especially where it concerns her children. Earlier this month, she spoke in Washington at the World Conference of Women's Shelters on the issue of domestic violence. 

This is no dumb blond.

Witherspoon married Toth, 41, a year ago in a ceremony at her Ojai ranch. She began dating the CAA agent shortly after her split with Jake Gyllenhaal. Ava and Deacon are from her first, seven-year, marriage to Ryan Phillippe.

In the video above, the actress -- honorary chairman of the Avon Foundation for Women -- talks about how she has spoken with her children about the problem of domestic violence.  Impressive.

More impressive -- to moms, anyway -- was that she didn't appear queasy or pale in her Washington appearance. In its new-baby announcement, Us Weekly, citing "multiple sources," said Witherspoon was about 12 weeks along but planned no official announcement.

Here's hoping she feels like eating cake. Thursday is her 36th birthday and her family has something special to celebrate. Happy birthday and congratulations to Witherspoon and her family.


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-- Amy Hubbard+

Kate Middleton goes solo for a speech with Prince William away

With Prince William deployed in the Falkland Islands, the former Kate Middleton -- Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, since they wed -- has been bravely racking up several solo firsts. 

Last month, she made her first major solo public appearance when she attended a preview of the Lucian Freud exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery.

On St. Patrick's Day, Catherine marked her first solo military engagement with a visit to the Irish Guards, passing out shramrock sprigs just as the Queen Mother did in her day.

And now (drumroll) she’s given a public speech. OK, it wasn't that exciting. What was notable about the three-minute speech at the opening of the Treehouse children’s hospice in Ipswich on Monday was that it was Catherine's first solo public speech -- and she didn't mess it up.

The former Kate Middleton at the opening of the Treehouse children's hospice.

The duchess appeared a little nervous but poised as she gave the speech, which she'd composed herself. She didn’t rush but frequently checked her notes and began by apologizing for William’s absence, which brought some titters from the crowd.

She confided in her brief prose that she had had a "preconceived idea" of how the hospice would be but saw that, "far from being a clinical, depressing place for sick children, it was a home … a happy place of stability, support and care."

The Treehouse is run by one of the charities of which Catherine is patron, the East Anglia Children's Hospices.

Catherine also is a patron of the National Portrait Gallery. During her February visit there, the duchess -– who majored in art history at St. Andrews University -- reveled in the work of Freud, one of her personal favorites.

Catherine had been prepared for another first at the gallery:  As a new royal bride, she had broken with protocol, according to the London Evening Standard, by refusing to sit for a formal portrait. But with her patronage of the gallery, she has conceded and is now in talks to sit for her first official portrait.


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— Amy Hubbard

Photo: Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, speaks with a girl in the crowd during a visit to the Treehouse children's hospice in Ipswich, eastern England, on Monday. Credit: Kirsty Wigglesworth / AFP / Getty Images.



Davy Jones' death: A chance to say thanks to our heartthrobs

  • "The Brady Bunch" -- Davy Jones and Maureen McCormick
  • Bobby Sherman, of "Here Come the Brides" and law enforcement fame.
  • David Cassidy and Shirley Jones. Cassidy looked good on a school bus.
  • Leif Garrett had his stumbles, but he gave us that hair.
  • "The Brady Bunch's" Barry Williams (in bold stripes) became sexy after moving upstairs to the attic.
  • Donny Osmond, with or without Marie: Hot.
  • As Wally, Tony Dow made watching "Leave It to Beaver" worthwhile.
  • Adam West and Burt Ward. Holy bird legs, Robin made girls' hearts flutter.
Adam West and Burt Ward

Davy Jones' death hit many hard. Monkees band mate Peter Tork tells "Inside Edition" in a broadcast to air Thursday night that the phone call "was a true jolt."

His death also was a blow to a generation of former giggling teen girls. We didn't care that he was 5 feet 3 — or even a decade or two older than us. He was only three years shy of 30, after all, when he went to the prom with Marcia Brady.

"The Brady Bunch's" "Getting Davy Jones" episode was, by the way, No. 37 on TV Guide's 100 Greatest Episodes of All Time. It was the dreamy brown eyes and the ability to look 15 at age 27. (Maureen McCormick — that'd be Marcia — was an authentic teenager, 16, when that episode aired.)

PHOTOS: Davy Jones | 1945-2012

McCormick said in a statement Thursday that Jones was "a beautiful soul who spread love and goodness around the world."

His death Wednesday provides an opportunity to remember a host of '60s and '70s heartthrobs whose stars have sputtered but who remain lodged in the hearts of a certain category of women (those for whom 40 is firmly in the rearview mirror).

Here are a few highlights — plus you'll find a few surprises among the photos above.

Burt Ward. Ward, born Bert Gervis Jr., skated in his father's traveling ice show, "Rahpsody on Ice," according to the Bat Site.  Robin in the "Batman" TV series was his first big break.  He was 19 and already married for the first time when he starred for three seasons with Adam West.  Ward still likes to talk about his days as the Boy Wonder.

Bobby Sherman. Sherman was young brother Jeremy on "Here Come the Brides" and went on to other acting roles and to sing before screaming girls in concert. In 1998, he took part in the Teen Idol Tour, which included, at various points, Peter Noone from Herman's Hermits and the Monkees' Jones. 

Sherman proudly went on to a career in law enforcement, serving with the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department from 1999 to 2010 and founding the Bobby Sherman Volunteer EMT Foundation

Leif Garrett. Garrett's more recent stumbles, involving heroin and subway stations, can't totally dim his early singing and acting efforts, and that sunshine-blond head of shining hair. As a youngster he was in movies ("Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice," "Walking Tall") and TV shows ("The Odd Couple," "Family").  Girlish hearts throbbed, though, with his 1976 release, "Leif Garrett."

More recently, he was on "Celebrity Rehab." He told the Los Angeles Times: "I didn't want to have a camera stuck in my face while I was trying to kick," but then he realized, "Why not get paid for it? And show the world ... I am no longer using?"

David Cassidy. Cassidy, musician and actor, is best known for his role as Keith on "The Patridge Family"; only young Cassidy could look sexy driving a school bus. The son of two actors, Cassidy has held on to his celebrity, hard, over the years. Last year, he talked to CNN about missing out on a "fortune" in net merchandising revenues from "The Partridge Family" and his plans to recover it.

On Thursday, he saluted Davy Jones on his official website. "I am going to be doing a lot to honor Davy's memory and our friendship," he wrote. He says "Entertainment Tonight" is set to interview him, and he planned a tribute to Jones at an upcoming show.


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