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Khloe Kardashian defends her Kardashian-ness, with mom Kris' help

Robert Kardashian and Kim Kardashian

Khloe Kardashian Odom is the daughter of Kris Jenner and the late Robert Kardashian, she says, and don't you forget it.

"The audacity you have to mention my father’s name like this!," Khloe said Wednesday in a pair of messages on Twitter. "Should be ashamed of urself! I let a lot of things slide but this one is really low… YOU ARE DISGUSTING! (yes you know who YOU are)."

The "you" she seemed to be referring to would be Robert Kardashian's second and third wives, who insinuated to Star magazine that Khloe was in fact not Robert's biological child. Kris and Robert Kardashian divorced in 1990; Khloe was born in 1984.

"Khloe is not his kid -- he told me that after we got married," said Jan Ashley, the woman who married Robert after his divorce from Kris, speaking in the upcoming Star (via Radar Online).  Ellen Kardashian, Robert's last wife, whom he dated for six years and married just two months before his death, piled on as well. "Robert did question the fact that Khloe was his," Ellen said. "Any normal man would if they knew their wife had cheated on him."

Kris, who married Bruce Jenner in 1991, admitted in her recent memoir that she'd had an affair full of "wild sex" while she was married, with Robert filing for divorce shortly after he caught the two of them at a restaurant together. Robert Kardashian died at age 59, in 2003.

"So stupid," Kris Jenner told E! Online. "All so silly. Just another day!!!" The family's publicist also issued a denial to E!, calling the allegations "absolutely ridiculous and not true."

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Photos: Robert Kardashian in 1994, and Khloe Kardashian in December. Credits: Associated Press

 


Michelle Trachtenberg was almost Bella Swan, she says

Michelle Trachtenberg almost played Bella Swan. According to Michelle Trachtenberg.

Television actress Michelle Trachtenberg says she was almost in the driver's seat of Bella Swan's "Twilight" pickup truck -- alleging that she was tapped to play Kristen Stewart's star-making role in the vampire franchise.

"I've known [director] Catherine Hardwicke since the movie 'Thirteen,' " she told Us Weekly. "I was actually supposed to star in that ["Thirteen], but I was on 'Buffy' at the time."  

Trachtenberg cites scheduling conflicts as the reason she didn't get to lurk with Robert Pattinson in the first "Twilight Saga" film, helmed by Hardwicke. But don't worry about Michelle: She's fine with sitting out the billion-dollar franchise.

"I already have 'Buffy,'" she said. "I've already done the vampire thing."  

Thank heavens! Not only do we find it graceless when actors cast themselves, it's worse to peck over the almost-were roles. Not only does it detract from the actor who, you know, won the role, but it's seriously unprofessional.

Trachtenberg's hubristic "Twilight" reveal is akin to saying she passed on "Salt" after her satisyfying experience on "Harriet the Spy." 

We're perfectly happy with Kristen's take on Bella, and as for Michelle -- give her and the gang our best over at "Gossip Girl." 

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Photo: Almost-Bella Michelle Trachtenberg appears at a press conference for the since-canceled 2009 NBC drama "Mercy." Credit: Matt Sayles / Associated Press



Michaele Salahi: Kidnapping, no; Journey rocker Neal Schon, yes.

Michaele Salahi wasn't kidnapped, authorities said.

Few people roll like Michaele Salahi and her husband, Tareq, late of "The Real Housewives of D.C." and originally infamous for allegedly crashing a state dinner at the White House.

Depending on when a person checked in on the Salahi drama Wednesday, Michaele was either kidnapped, according to Tareq, or just fine, according to police. Then there was the part about Michaele running off with a guy from a rock band.

But more about Journey guitarist Neal Schon later. Seriously. After the police stuff, and before the Montel Williams stuff.

Tareq reported Michaele missing very late Tuesday night, telling law enforcement that his wife had been gone for six hours, the North Virginia Daily reported. She'd called him from a cellphone with an Oregon number, he said, to tell him she was fine and on her way to her mom's house.

He said that after talking to his mother-in-law, who according to TMZ told Tareq she didn't know what was up with Michaele, he feared a kidnapping. The former house-husband of D.C. told NBC that his wife's "cryptic" behavior during the call made him think she was trying to convey a message to him in code, the way they'd play-acted in the past in case either one were, you know, kidnapped.

"I swear to God," Tareq told NBC, denying that the kidnap report was a publicity stunt. "I'm missing my wife," he sobbed, breaking down in tears that you can see in the video embedded below.

The Sheriff's Department in Virginia's Warren County then issued a statement Wednesday afternoon saying essentially not to worry -- officials had been in touch with Michaele and were confident nobody had been kidnapped.

"She seemed calm, was engaged in conversation, and assured the deputy that she had left the residence with a good friend and was where she wanted to be," authorities said. She allegedly didn't want her husband knowing where she was.

Tareq Salahi told NBC a different story. "I think she's being forced by, whatever this Oregon phone number is, she's being forced to say she's OK," he said. "She's being forced to to say this to the local authorities." The couple had frequently dealt with stalkers and death threats, according to Tareq.

But the best was yet to come.

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Kate Gosselin gets a tip from Jon: Reality TV is not a career

Kate Gosselin should forget reality TV, Jon Gosselin says

Pearls of wisdom from Jon Gosselin? Really? Yes, really -- at least when it comes to ex-wife Kate Gosselin and her job uncertainty now that "Kate Plus 8" has been canceled. 

"To rely on reality television ... reality television is not a career," Jon Gosselin told RumorFix, even as Kate Gosselin's tale of "freaking out" was landing in mailboxes and on newsstands on the cover of People magazine. "Get back to normal life, simple life, provide for your family and go from there."

Plenty of pots and kettles here, of course: Jon wasn't shy about working the reality-star angle as he tried to earn a living after he and Kate split and "Jon & Kate Plus 8" morphed into just Kate and the kids. Ed Hardy sound familiar, anyone? How about Millions of Milkshakes?

Still, Kate told People that she realized that going back to 12-hour nursing shifts wouldn't let her "continue to provide well for eight kids essentially on my own." ("Essentially" = Jon is paying child support.)

While she said she was willing work her fingers to the bone so the kids could stay in their current house and school, weekend-dad Jon offered some perspective: "I don't have a farm with 24 acres, and the kids seem to have a good time at my house," he said.

"Obviously there are families out there that have several kids -- people work normal jobs and things work out," said Jon, currently employed as a computer support engineer.

Kate and the kids' "reality" reality comes to a close Monday, with their show's season finale.

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Photo: Jon Gosselin in Las Vegas in August 2009, when he was still looking to turn his reality-TV name into money. Credit: Ethan Miller / Getty Images


Kimberly Stewart, Benicio Del Toro have a baby girl

Kimberly Stewart, Benicio Del Toro welcome baby girl

Actor Benicio Del Toro and Kimberly Stewart, the second-eldest of rocker Rod Stewart's eight children, have one significant thing in common: an 8-pound, 9-ounce baby girl.

Stewart, 32, gave birth to the baby girl on Sunday in Los Angeles. The singer-model and the Academy Award-winning actor, 44, are not a couple, Del Toro's rep said in April when the pregnancy was  announced. However, the baby daddy is "very supportive."

And their lack of a relationship isn't hindering grandpa Rod Stewart's excitement.

"My joy is indescribable," he told People, calling the birth one of the happiest days of his life. Rod and third wife Penny Lancaster, Kimberly's mother Alana, new uncle (and Kim's brother) Sean Stewart and Del Toro were among the crowd who joined her at the hospital to welcome the newest member of the family.

Del Toro and Stewart's daughter will have a couple of younger uncles to grow up with too: In February, Rod, 66, and Penny had a baby named Aiden, who joined their other son, 5-year-old Alastair.

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Photos: Kimberly Stewart and Benicio Del Toro. Credits: Los Angeles Times


Soulja Boy? More like Balloon Boy: Rep denies $55-million birthday jet

Soulja Boy hasn't bought a $55 million jet

Soulja Boy? More like Balloon Boy.

A claim that rapper Soulja Boy bought himself a tricked-out Gulfstream G5 jet as a 21st birthday present has turned out to be just that: a claim -- and a false one, a new voice out of the rapper's camp said Friday.

"The elaborate rumors circulating about Soulja Boy purchasing a jet for his 21st birthday are grossly over exaggerated and are not true," spokesman Greg Miller said in a statement. One source told Reuters that the rapper, real name DeAndre Cortez Way, recently used someone's private jet but had no plans to pick up one of his own.

TMZ said Saturday that its exclusive info about the jet buy earlier this week came via Soulja Boy, his assistant and Shai Storm, a member of the rapper's management team. Storm had not responded to multiple inquiries in the wake of Miller's statement, the website said.

The Balloon Boy saga, which unfolded in Colorado in late 2009, turned out to be a hoax perpetrated by the parents of the boy whose life was said to be in danger as he allegedly floated away in an silvery, experimental, UFO-looking balloon. Fortunately, no flight of Soulja Boy's alleged jet ever took place, the nation was not captivated by televised images and the National Guard was never scrambled in response to the report of custom travertine floors and multiple airborne wet bars.

That said, unlike Soulja Boy, a.k.a. "Is That Guy Still Around?," Balloon Boy and his family didn't have a red carpet, pay-per-view birthday party scheduled for later on the evening of their hoax.

Unlike Falcon Heene, a.k.a. "Balloon Boy," the rapper was not hanging out in a box in the attic, playing with toys and taking a nap.

The truth of the story? "Is That Guy Still Around?" turned 21 on Thursday.

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-- Christie D'Zurilla
Twitter.com/dzurillaville

Left photo: Soulja Boy in 2010. Credits: Gus Ruelas / Reuters

Right photo: The landing of Richard Heene's experimental balloon in 2009. Credit: CBS4denver.com / European Pressphoto Agency



Lindsay Lohan can't afford counseling, her attorney argues. Really. [Poll]

Lindsay Lohan and Shawn Chapman Holley

Lindsay Lohan needs to speed up her completion of court-ordered community service and get cracking on psychological counseling if she wants to stay out on probation, a judge said Thursday -- even if the actress doesn't have health insurance.

With Lohan at her side during the status hearing in L.A., attorney Shawn Holley argued that the actress hadn't been working on Screen Actors Guild projects and therefore was not eligible for health benefits, without which she might not be able to afford counseling. That, Holley said, was why Lilo hadn't yet hooked up with a doc after her house arrest ended more than three weeks ago.

The Ministry will pause a moment for all readers who have no health insurance and also do not live in a cozy beach shack to ponder how in the world they'd be able to figure out how to pay cash for court-ordered psychological counseling.

"I find it hard to believe that she can't afford counseling," prosecutor Melanie Chavira told Judge Stephanie Sautner.

After Sautner suggested Lohan might be able to find someone who could help her out with a few bucks inside the 21 days she has to get into therapy, Holley indicated that finding financial aid would not be necessary.

Also on Thursday, Lohan was hit with a $1-million civil suit filed by Dawn Bradley, the former Betty Ford Center employee who alleged the actress yelled at her, threw a phone and grabbed her wrist and twisted it last December at the rehab center.

In the suit, Bradley claimed she suffered "significant injury" to her wrist as well as "post-traumatic stress syndrome requiring several therapy sessions." So, yeah, after being let go from her job, Bradley apparently was able to find psychological counseling.

Incidentally, a quick online check of psychologists in the Venice area revealed a number of folks whose hourly rate starts around $100 an hour and tops out at $150 to$200 a pop. Get this: Some of them even take credit cards -- or cash!

Now, we're not saying all those M.A.'s and MFCCs and PhD's would be cool getting paid in shoes, but as a last resort to stay out of jail, it couldn't hurt to ask about barter, right? Bet those $1,195 Louboutins that L.A. Now spotted Lohan wearing in court Thursday would get her at least an hour or two of head-shrinking in trade.

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-- Christie D'Zurilla
Twitter.com/dzurillaville

Reuters contributed to this report.

Photo: Shawn Holley and Lindsay Lohan arrive at the Airport Courthouse in L.A. for Lohan's  progress report hearing Thursday. Credit: Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images



Kate Hudson and Matt Bellamy name their baby son [Poll]

Kate Hudson and Matt Bellamy name their baby son Bing

Kate Hudson and fiance Matt Bellamy have chosen a baby name: Bingham Hawn Bellamy, or "Bing" for short.

"So happy! Just had a baby boy, Bingham "Bing" Hawn Bellamy. Born 7Ib 12Oz, on 9th July," the Muse frontman said Thursday on Twitter.

While it might sound a tad celebrity-wacky, there's actually family logic behind the choice, Bellamy explained. His mom's maiden name was Bingham, and her mom's -- well, Kate's mom is Goldie Hawn. Hudson was raised by Hawn and her longtime partner Kurt Russell, whose dad is Bing Russell.

"Family connections all round!," Bellamy said.

Despite having delivered son Ryder Robinson -- her child with ex-husband Chris Robinson -- via C-section seven years ago, Hudson mixed it up this time around and, according to Bing's dad, went through "4.5 hours of intense pushing."

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-- Christie D'Zurilla
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Photo: Matt Bellamy and Kate Hudson in October 2010. Credit: Jason Merritt / Getty Images


With the newest Beckham baby name, a brief moment of hope for normalcy

The Beckhams' choice in baby names has been interesting. David and Victoria Beckham have a new baby. Given that this is Posh Spice's infant we're talking about, the bambina probably has her own line of skinny denim by now, but that could not be confirmed at press time. What we do know is this: The baby has a name that's almost normal. Almost.

The first name, we have learned, is Harper. With all due respect to the creator of Scout Finch, as well as women who currently bear this name, Harper is only sort of obnoxious -- moderately chafing, as celebrity names go.

(By contrast, recall the all-out preciousness we suffered under the naming of the other Beckham children, Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz; not to mention Gwyneth Paltrow's kids, Apple and Moses; Pink's new daughter Willow; Natalie Portman's baby son Aleph; as well as less recent tot monikers such as Peaches Geldof, Kal-El Coppola and, natch, those of the Jolie-Pitt brood, aka Those Who Shall Not Be Uttered Lest We Drown in All That Specialness.)

When we at the Ministry learned that the new Beckham baby was named Harper -- as opposed to Delphinium or Flypaper or Muse -- a bit of hope rose in our gnarled hearts. Maybe, we supposed, this was the signal of some new era in celebrity baby names. Maybe this next wave of celebrity spawn will spare us from all the twee, and bathe us in soothing monikers such as John or Hope or Fabio.

Then we saw Harper's middle name. It is Seven.

So much for moderation.

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Photo: Victoria Beckham, with cleverly named sons Romeo, left, and Cruz and ordinary-named hubby David Beckham in October 2009. Credit: Andrew Gombert / European Pressphoto Agency

 


Angelina Jolie-Brad Pitt marriage plans alleged again. Really.

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt getting married? Yeah, right.

A new report that Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are finally getting married is making the rounds — coincidentally, or perhaps not -- in the wake of the shutdown of Britain's News of the World tabloid Sunday.

We link the events only because NOTW was the tab that in January 2010 breathlessly reported Pitt and Jolie were absolutely, positively breaking up. That episode had a happy ending for the couple's charity when the paper paid an undisclosed but presumable satisfactory pile of cash to settle the ensuing violation-of-privacy claim. That suit was supported by a statement from the divorce lawyer who'd been named in the story that he'd in fact never even met the couple.

The most recent Brangelina marriage report — and there have been more than a few over the years — comes from "three separate sources" who told Us Weekly, anonymously, that an "intimate and informal" ceremony "could" take place at the couple's home in France.

Hey, anything's possible, right?

Brangelina have famously said they would not wed until same-sex marriage is universally legal in the U.S., though Angie admitted to ABC News last summer that she and Brad might marry if their kids asked them to. "The kids ask about marriage," Pitt told USA Weekend in May. "It's meaning more and more to them. So it's something we've got to look at."

That said, Pitt reiterated his marriage-equality stance last week, noting in a statement that while it was "encouraging that New York has joined the movement to grant equal marriage rights to its citizens" he still hoped that "someday soon this discrimination will end and every American will be able to enjoy their equal right to marriage."

In other rock-solid celebrity news, neither Charlie Sheen nor Wesley Snipes is currently dead, while as of a few days ago, Prince William and Catherine, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, remained married.

Not that anyone said they'd split, of course. But hey, anything's possible, right?

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Photo: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt at the "Salt" premiere in Hollywood on July 19, 2010. Credit: Jason Merritt / Getty Images.



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