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Oprah Winfrey enjoying vacation with pizza, summer reading after show's end

Oprahvacation2 Oprah Winfrey is enjoying a summer vacation after  the emotional end to her 25-year-old talk show. The mogul emailed fans on Wednesday to say that, after a long goodbye, she's indulging in pizza and beach reading at an undisclosed location.

"A week ago, I was saying goodbye. Now finally away on [vacation]. Relaxing. Trying not to eat too much. But had 2 slices of the best pizza ever in life today. WHITE TRUFFLE!" Oprah wrote. 

"Had to stop myself. Could have eaten the whole thin sliced, home made thing."

She's also curled up with "Unbroken," the Lauren Hillenbrand WWII novel that she can't tear herself away from. "I know so many of you have read already. It's as good as everybody says. 72 pgs. in, can't put it down," the email read.

In true Oprah fashion, she closed with thanks for the overwhelming response to her exit.

"Hope your summer's off to a good start, no matter where you are. My new ambition is to make a treasure of the small moments," she said. "All of your emails are mini treasures. As was that White Truffle pizza."


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Photo: Oprah waves goodbye on the final telecast of "The Oprah Winfrey Show." Credit: George Burns / Harpo


The Obamas meet Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Kate

President and Mrs. Obama meet the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

Power couple alert! President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama met newlywed royals William and Catherine on Tuesday.

Now the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the royal pair met America's first couple at Buckingham Palace, where the Obamas visited Queen Elizabeth II as part of a three-day state visit to the United Kingdom.

In an ornate sitting room, Michelle, in a bright bolero, chatted up Catherine, clad in a nude Reiss bandage dress. Kate didn't miss a few opportunities to whip that long brown hair, flashing her epic wedding ring.

The president and the duke exchanged their own words before Obama headed outdoors for a photo op with the queen. Although the glamorous intro was surely a highlight of his trip, the president acknowledged his sadness over issues happening stateside.

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Photo: Newlyweds the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meet President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at Buckingham Palace. Credit: Toby Melville / AFP / Getty Images

Pippa Middleton's Spanish holiday with ex-boyfriend George Percy

Pippa Middleton spent a weekend in Spain with ex boyfriend George Percy Pippa Middleton pandemonium rages on weeks after the royal wedding, as the sister of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, gets back to normal life following the occasion -- with normal life including a sexy little jaunt to Spain with former boyfriend George Percy

Pip, dubbed P-Middy by the U.K. newspapers, was spotted several times in Madrid over the weekend, partying with pals and ex Percy. The two were roommates at the University of Edinburgh.

Pippa stepped out Friday in a beige skirt and heels to Madrid nightspot the Penthouse -- an evening that raged until 4 a.m. Saturday, People magazine said. The athletic brunette was also reportedly seen at restaurant Fortuny with a bottle of Champagne in her handbag.

It wasn't all dark rooms and dancing as Pippa, Percy and a crew of friends enjoyed sightseeing during their days. The ex-lovers were even photographed in a rowboat at landmark Retiro Park. 

Middleton is currently dating former athlete Alex Loudon, an investment banker, who spent his weekend in London. 


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Photo: Pippa Middleton leaves the Goring Hotel on April 30, the day after sister Kate's wedding to Prince William. Credit: Suzanne Plunkett / Reuters

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It's official -- Prince William and the former Kate Middleton are headed in the direction of Hollywood!

The newlywed duke and duchess of Cambridge are confirmed to make a stop in sunny California on the heels of an official visit to Canada.

The date is set for July 8-10, a lovely little weekend visit where we can only pray David and Victoria Beckham will take them to Geoffrey's in Malibu, then a stroll around the Getty Museum grounds.

St. James' Palace is insistent that this getaway is not Kate and William's formal honeymoon but rather a quick trip following their Canadian jaunt, where they'll visit the country's Northwest Territories. 

It will be Kate's first visit in the United States.

[For the Record, 2:15 p.m. May 6: This post originally did not make clear that Prince William's wife is no longer known by her maiden name, Kate Middleton.]


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Photo: Kate Middleton and Prince William visit Northern Ireland in March, before they were married. Credit: Associated Press

Scarlett Johansson and Sean Penn heat up in Mexico

Sean Penn and Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson and Sean Penn seem to be heating up -- like Mexican beach hot.

After a week of dates and party appearances, the pair had an overnight getaway to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, Tuesday. After jetting out of the Van Nuys airport, Johansson, 26, and Penn, 50, were spotted dining together.

Lobster and margaritas were on their menu, according to People magazine. The day before, the two had hit the L.A. Cuban joint Versailles, after which photos of the actress draping her leg over Penn's lap surfaced.

Furthermore, the couple attended an Oscar celebration for "Black Swan" at the Sunset Tower Hotel, keeping to themselves and looking cozy, according to reports.

Johansson is currently in the City of Angels filming "We Bought a Zoo" with Matt Damon.

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Photos: Sean Penn at a discussion about Haiti in Washington on Jan. 10; Scarlett Johansson at the Vanity Fair Oscar party in West Hollywood on Feb. 27. Credits:  Alex Wong / Getty Images, left; Craig Barritt / Getty Images, right.

Alex Rodriguez and Cameron Diaz: bikinis, bonding in Cabo

  Alex Rodriguez and Cameron Diaz Alex Rodriguez and Cameron Diaz, they of the on-again-off-again-no-we're-not-but-we-really-are relationship, have been luxuriating in Los Cabos, Mexico, this fine holiday week.

Diaz departed from a rainy Los Angeles on Sunday in her boots and jeans only to peel off the layers at a luxurious Cabo resort where she greeted the New York Yankee and his  daughters, Ella and Natasha.

While November rumors had the pair broken up after seven months, the bonding time south of the border would suggest the two are as strong as ever.

On Wednesday, Diaz greeted her pal George Clooney, who was staying at the resort in his own fabulous quarters -- with his fabulously built girlfriend Elisabetta Canalis. Thursday, Diaz and her man A-Rod got physical.

As in, the two were spotted paddle-boarding in the ocean.

Sounds like a lovely long holiday in the sand, no?


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Photos: Alex Rodriguez after a win over the Baltimore Orioles in Maryland on Sept. 17, left; Cameron Diaz promotes "The Green Hornet" in Spain on Dec. 2, right. Credits: Joe Giza / Reuters, left; Carlos Alvarez / Getty Images, right. 

Christina Aguilera celebrates the single life in Hawaii

Christina Aguilera After a rough two weeks in her personal life, Christina Aguilera took a mini-break a few steps above going to Disneyland: The singer and budding film actress hit tropical Hawaii to celebrate her singlehood at the opening of Ian Schrager's new resort the Edition.

After her official filing for divorce from music exec Jordan Bratman, Aguilera rounded up female pals and trusted friends such as producer Tricky Stewart for a long weekend.

On Friday evening Xtina and crew enjoyed a casual luau, calling it an early night ahead of luxuriating all day Saturday in a poolside private cabana. A magnum of Grey Goose served the party well, sliding the group into a high-brow tasting on Saturday night prepared by "Iron Chef" star Masaharu Morimoto.

"Hawaii Five-0" actress Taryn Manning played DJ for the crowd, and Aguilera chatted with the likes of Bijou Phillips and Danny Masterson between courses. Partygoers said the singer was in high spirits, rocking skin-tight Herve Leger dresses all weekend.

Other stars attending the Edition opening included Vanessa Hudgens, Rashida Jones, Shanae Grimes, "True Blood" hunk Ryan Kwanten and Amber Valletta

— Matt Donnelly

Photo: Christina Aguilera is ready to mingle at the opening weekend of the Edition. Credit: WireImage.

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Dave Annable gets husband training with lessons from golf pro Ricky Barnes

ActorDave_Chris_59711557_Max Recently engaged "Brothers & Sisters" star Dave Annable is already on his quest to be the perfect husband — starting with his golf game. 

The actor hit Arizona this week for Oakley's Learn to Ride Golf, where he scored a private two-day lesson with PGA pro Ricky Barnes

Outfitted in Oakley gear, natch, Annable was joined by "Melrose Place" star Shaun Sipos and MTV gal Lo Bosworth for the desert getaway.

In between the green, the celebrities enjoyed a dinner party at the Mondrian Scottsdale followed by a performance from singer Kelley James.

Annable proposed to actress Odette Yustman over Valentine's Day weekend, after almost two years of dating. 

"I was terrified," the actor told People magazine, "and she could tell."

Once she accepted, however, the pair were virtually acrobatic with happiness.

"We were doing cartwheels and screaming, 'We're getting married!' " Yustman said.

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Photo: Dave Annable looks right at home on the golf course in Scottsdale. Credit: Polk Imaging

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New Year's Eve party report: Jersey Shore hits NYC; Fergie and Josh Duhamel kiss in Las Vegas [Updated]

Jersey Shore While we at The Ministry hope you were drenched in confetti and kissing a loved one when the clock struck midnight on New Year's Eve, we've got the scoop on where the stars toasted 2010.

Although we told you Thursday that the likes of Lady Gaga and Nicole Richie would be hosting their own bashes across the country, a few surprises popped up in between the hyped happenings -- like the spontaneous showing of MTV's "Jersey Shore" cast at New York's Tenjune nightclub.

Snooki and her lovable gang sipped from a magnum of champagne alongside club owners Eugene Remm and Mark Birnbaum, as rapper Ron Browz performed his track "Pop Champagne." 

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Jude Law, Sienna Miller, Simon Cowell and more betray Saint-Tropez for Barbados

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While celebrities frolicked and played over the holiday weekend, the Ministry observed a not-so-merry Christmas for one charming French luxury village: Saint-Tropez.

Has the historic and glamorous city jumped the shark?

It looks to us as if all the famous lovelies decamped to Barbados, the teeny paradise in the east of the Caribbean Sea.

Most notably in attendance were Jude Law and Sienna Miller, taking their alleged reunion on tour. Sienna was spotted in a bikini, splashing around in the water with two of Law's children, while the "Sherlock Holmes" star looked on (perhaps contemplating that $65-million opening?). After some one-on-one romance in New York City, it would seem the pair are kicking it up a notch by incorporating family time.

Another big fish throwing his weight around in Barbados was ...

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