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Kim Kardashian threatens to sue over infidelity story; Edie Falco asks, Kim who?

Kim Kardashian might sue In Touch for defamation

Kim Kardashian doesn't like it when you mess with her, or her man. The reality TV starlet has denied allegations made by In Touch magazine that she cheated on her now-fiance Kris Humphries with the New England Patriots' Bret Lockett, and she plans to sue the mag for defamation and the NFL player for shooting off his mouth.

This coming on the heels of rumors that she might be pregnant, rumors that she adamantly shut down.

Kim Kardashian takes issue with In Touch In Touch's current cover story alleges that Kardashian was involved with Lockett for five months while she was courted by Humphries, who popped the question to Lady K after six months of dating.

The tabloid cited text messages exchanged between Kardashian and Lockett and quoted the NFL player as saying Kardashian was the one who "pursued" him.

"I knew this was a game to her, and this is what she does," Lockett is quoted as saying. The magazine adds that their flirtatious messaging started when Kardashian's friend Lauren London told Lockett's brother Colin that Kim wanted Bret's phone number.

"This is absolutely not true," Kardashian told E! News. "I have no idea who this person is."

"For the record, none of the facts ... are accurate," Kardashian lawyer Dennis A. Roach wrote in a demand letter to the magazine's counsel. He asserted that the facts cited by the mag were fabricated and were "at a minimum, damaging, defamatory and an invasion of her privacy."

Roach added that the weekly should "immediately refrain from publishing, distributing or disseminating any factually untrue and unsubstantiated information." If not, Roach said, he "will be forced to take appropriate legal action to protect my client's rights."

As for the blushing bride-to-be, she doesn't seem to appreciate the distraction from her wedding blitz.

"Remember, people only rain on your parade because they're jealous of your sun & tired of their shade," she tweeted Wednesday.

In other Kim K news, the reality star needn't worry about inviting Edie Falco to the wedding. The "Nurse Jackie" star apparently has no idea who Kardashian is.

"Like, forgive me, I don't know if you're friends with her -- but who the hell is Kim Kardashian?" Falco asked New York magazine's Vulture blog.

"Like, who are these people and why are they famous and why are they advertising things and being asked their opinions about things? I just don't understand what these people did to be in a position of having everyone ask their opinions about stuff," Falco said. "I mean, if there's something about her personality or something that she's accomplished or her philosophy on something -- but beyond that I don't understand what's happening. It's actually frightening."

Oh, Edie. If you only knew -- we ask ourselves the same questions every day.


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-- Nardine Saad

Photos, from top: Kris Humphries and fiancee Kim Kardashian; the latest In Touch magazine cover. Credits: Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images; In Touch

Hugh Jackman wants you to 'Live Below the Line' -- on $1.50 a day

Hugh Jackman Can you live for a day on a $1.50 food budget? What about doing it for five days? That's what Hugh Jackman is challenging people to do in a PSA for the Global Poverty Project's "Live Below the Line" campaign.

The Aussie triple-threat sits on the board of the Global Poverty Project, an international organization designed to target public policy to end extreme poverty, and appeared in the video for the "Live Below the Line" campaign. Jackman urged Americans to live below the extreme poverty line by going a workweek spending less than a buck fifty each day on food from May 16 through May 20.

"This is an incredible campaign that really gives us the chance to understand the realities of extreme poverty," Jackman said in a statement.

"It is certainly a challenge to eat and drink off of $1.50 a day for five days, but for 1.4 billion people, $7.50 is all they have not only for food, but also for living costs, clothing -- everything! 'Live Below the Line' highlights the challenges that over 1 billion people are faced with every day and urges us to do something about it."

The campaign was launched April 18 in London, but Jackman joined up with the Global Poverty Project about three years ago when he met founder Hugh Evans.

"I thought, this guy is a lot smarter than me, he's got better ideas, so I'm jumping on board," the "X-Men" actor said. "This is a simple way to get people's attention and more importantly get them to sympathize with the situation of the world.

"Even though the issue of global poverty seems big, there are really simple, practical measures and ways to change things. Write a letter to your [Congress representative], write a letter to a company like Hershey's, for example, to use fair trade chocolate or fair trade coffee. There's simple things and that kind of activation means a lot."

Will you take on Jackman's challenge? Watch the PSA below and tell us in comments.


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-- Nardine Saad

Photo: Hugh Jackman at the 'Live Below the Line' charity benefit in London on April 18, 2011. Credit: Ian Gavan / Getty Images

Faith Hill, Tim McGraw enlist Carrie Underwood, Miley Cyrus, many more for 'Nashville Rising' concert

Mcgraw-hill-webFaith Hill and Tim McGraw are bringing some major names to the table for “Nashville Rising: A Benefit Concert For Flood Recovery," designed to help Tennessee flood victims -- many of whom are outside Nashville.

The event, to be held June 22 at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena, so far will feature performances from Miley Cyrus, Carrie Underwood, Lynyrd Skynrd, Brooks & Dunn, LeAnn Rimes, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Jason Aldean, Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith and Luke Bryan.

"The damage that we’ve seen to people’s homes and the effect that the flooding has had on their lives is unimaginable," the two said in a statement on the "Nashville Rising" website. "But we’ve seen the spirit of our community first hand, as volunteers, church groups and our local business leaders rally to help. We all need to continue to support those in need in any way that we can." Money from the show will go to the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.

Great American Country TV's blog has a great roundup of celebrity fund-raising efforts, including ...

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Jay-Z, Beyonce get a White House visit with Obama

Beyonce and jayz So Jay-Z takes time out of his schedule to visit Barack Obama at work, but the president doesn't return the favor? What, too busy?

Alas, Obama didn't attend the rapper's Verizon Center concert Wednesday night in Washington -- and yes, we can think of a few reasons why he might not pop in for a show -- but the child of one White House staffer did get a birthday shout-out from the star of the show, who told the audience he'd just come from 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

MTV reports that along with Jay-Z, Beyonce and her mom, Tina Knowles, manager Kevin Liles and rapper Trey Songz got a White House tour and had an unscheduled visit with Obama on Wednesday. Check out the picture as the whole group waited for POTUS to arrive.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Jay-Z and Beyonce Knowles sit courtside on Feb. 24, watching the Los Angeles Lakers play the Dallas Mavericks in Texas. Credit: Matthew Emmons / US Presswire

Click the links and scroll down for all things Beyonce and even more Jay-Z. We've also got more on President Obama. Want the headlines? Follow us on Twitter (we're @LATcelebs) or become a fan on Facebook at facebook.com/ministryofgossip.

For Sarah Palin's 'Rogue' book blitz, a Barbara Walters interview

Palin During the 2008 presidential campaign, Sarah Palin was hardly known for slam-dunk television interviews. In person, the vice presidential candidate energized the GOP base, but audiences who saw her televised interviews with Charles Gibson and Katie Couric might have stepped away from the flat screen with a few select acronyms (what the?) running through their minds.

Now, the former Alaska governor will give it another shot, this time with Barbara Walters. The five-part interview will air over three ABC News programs starting Nov. 17, the day Palin's "Going Rogue," already a pre-sale bestseller, hits the shelves.

Palin's upcoming memoir, however, is not to be confused with "Going Rouge," a book she's unlikely to autograph. 

We think Walters can expect a treasure trove of an interview.

Incidentally, Palin didn't really tell Gibson that she could see Russia from her house -- that was Tina Fey. It is, however, possible to swim from Alaska to Russia. And the dinosaurs and book banning stuff? Matt Damon might want to click here.

Oh! Sarah! If Barbara asks you what papers you read, just say this: "I very much enjoy the Los Angeles Times, thank you for asking!" Couldn't hurt, right?

Any bets on whether Walters will get Palin to cry? Will Meghan McCain weigh in? Will Levi Johnston get any more mileage out of the whole thing?

We smell good TV on the horizon.

Actually, we can see it from here.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Then-Gov. Sarah Palin in Fairbanks, Ala., on July 10, before signing a gun-rights bill into law. Credit: John Wagner / Fairbanks Daily News-Miner/ Associated Press


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