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January 2nd

Jan 02, 2013 -- 8:38am





A paparazzo attempting to shoot photos of Justin Bieber's Ferrari was hit by another car and killed this evening -- although Bieber was NOT behind the wheel of the Ferrari ... TMZ has learned. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ Bieber's white Ferrari was pulled over by California Highway Patrol for a routine traffic stop on Sepulveda Blvd. ... near the Getty Center in LA. According to our sources, Bieber was DEFINITELY not driving at the time. It's unclear at this point who was driving, and if Justin was even in the car.We're told a paparazzo -- who was following the Ferrari at the time of the pull over -- attempted to snap pics while officers conducted the traffic stop ... until CHP advised the photog to move back because the situation was unsafe. At some point, we're told the photog was struck by an oncoming vehicle and killed.Our sources say drugs and alcohol were not a factor for the driver of the vehicle that hit the photog.LAPD is now on scene investigating the incident.

New Year's Eve was indeed rockin' for Taylor Swift and Harry Styles. The new couple smooched at midnight in New York's Times Square – a romantic moment now being shared by millions thanks to a bystander's fuzzy photo sweeping the Internet.Just before Christmas, Swift, 23, spent a ski vacation with the 18-year-old One Direction singer, along with pals Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez. On Monday night, Swift performed "I Knew You Were Trouble" and "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest before stealing the kiss with Styles.

From the judges' table to the altar! Len Goodman of Dancing with the Stars tied the knot with his longtime girlfriend Sue Barrett on Sunday in London.The couple exchanged vows during a surprise ceremony in front of 30 family members and friends.Goodman, 68, and Barrett, 47, have been together for more than 10 years. "I've had a marvelous day and now my gorgeous Sue is the new Mrs. Goodman," the ballroom dancing expert tells the Daily Mail. This is Goodman's third marriage.

Introducing Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Hefner! The 86-year-old Playboy mogul married 26-year-old girlfriend Crystal Harris in an intimate ceremony at his famous mansion -- and the bride wore pink. "Today is the day I become Mrs. Hugh Hefner. Feeling very happy, lucky, and blessed," Femme Fatale lingerie shop owner Harris tweeted before saying "I do" in front of family and close friends in an evening ceremony. For her big day, Harris donned a floor-length mermaid-style soft pink strapless gown by Romona Keveza, while Hefner suited up in a black tuxedo. Hefner was equally as excited as his bride to swap vows on New Year's Eve. "Crystal & I married on New Year's Eve in the Mansion with [brother] Keith as my Best Man. Love that girl!" he tweeted after they were declared husband and wife underneath an archway of pink, red and white flowers






Kanye West made quite the declaration to a crowd of 5,000 when referring to girlfriend Kim Kardashian as his "baby mama" at a Sunday concert, and no one was more surprised to hear his announcement than Kardashian herself."[Kanye's announcement] was a surprise!" a source close to Kardashian, 32, tells Us Weekly just hours after West made the big reveal during a concert at Atlantic City's Revel Resort. At just three months pregnant, Kardashian -- in the audience at Sunday's show -- was "deciding when to announce and if she could hide it. She's not big or showing at all."On Monday morning, the pregnant reality star took to her blog to elaborate on West's weekend announcement. "It's true!! Kanye and I are expecting a baby. We feel so blessed and lucky and wish that in addition to both of our families, his mom and my dad could be here to celebrate this special time with us," the Kourtney & Kim Take Miami star wrote on her Celebuzz blog early Dec. 31, referring to her late father Robert Kardashian, Sr. -- who died of esophageal cancer in 2003 -- and West's mother, Donda, who passed away four years later.

Kim Kardashian's sex tape sales have exploded since Kanye West told the world they're expecting ... TMZ has learned. We spoke to the folks at Vivid Entertaintment -- which owns 'Kim K. Superstar' -- and discovered lots of Kim's fans are celebrating the baby with umm ... visual aids.Vivid says video-on-demand purchases of the sex tape have spiked 80% since Sunday night ... the fattest increase they've seen since Kim's wedding to Kris Humphries.

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have already made a huge decision about their unborn child -- he or she will not be a reality TV star not as an infant, anyway, TMZ has learned.

Sad news for Katie Holmes as Broadway show "Dead Accounts" is cancelled.

Adam Lambert gives a Les Mis recap: 'Les Mis: Visually impressive w great Emotional performances. But the score suffered massively with great actors PRETENDING to be singers. It's an opera. Hollywoods movie musicals treat the singing as the last priority. (Dreamgirls was good).'"One more clarification: DO go see it for Anne Hathaways performance. It's was breathtaking."

Brooke Mueller is starting the new year with a big wad of cash, courtesy of a settlement with The Canyons rehab facility over a breach of confidentiality ... TMZ has learned.TMZ broke the story ... Brooke sued The Canyons after someone from the facility allegedly leaked private information about her while she was staying there, including her admissions documents -- which detailed the nature of her addiction. Sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ the settlement is for somewhere around $250,000.

P!nk forgot the little people on her way up the ladder ... at least according to a new lawsuit accusing her of cheating her ex producers out of $36k in royalties.A company called Specialists Entertainment filed docs in NYC last month, claiming P!nk signed a deal with them, and Thunderstone Productions, to produce on her debut album back in 1999.According to the suit, the two companies agreed to split producers' royalties 50-50 ... before cranking out 2 songs, "Can't Take Me Home" and "Hiccup" for P!nk -- real name Alecia Moore.Well, the album blew up -- selling 5 million copies, according to the docs -- and helped launch P!nk's career. Only problem ... SE says the royalties they agreed to never showed up.Now, SE is suing P!nk for $36,213.31, the remainder of the unpaid royalties.A rep for P!nk told us this isn't the singer's problem, because ... "Sony are responsible for paying the producers."

Chelsea Clinton was visibly upset as she left the NYC hospital where Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is being treated for a blood clot in her head -- although doctors now say things are looking up for Madam Secretary.Chelsea was photographed outside New York Presbyterian Hospital Monday after visiting her mom ... who's been there since Sunday when doctors discovered the blood clot during an MRI.Docs say Hill is now on blood thinners, but she's expected to make a "full recovery." They also confirmed the clot did not cause stroke or brain damage.

American Idol season eight winner Kris Allen was in a car accident today. Luckily, he's mostly fine. Even luckier, he's going to be a daddy!"From Kris: he's in a lot of pain, arm broke, may not play guitar for a while. Prayers welcome please! #headoncollision," his mother, Kimberly Allen, tweeted this evening, including a picture of a good-natured Allen looking rather shocked as he clutched his wounded arm.She continued, "Kristopher and Katy [Allen, Kris' wife] are both pretty beat up but ALIVE! Thank you Jesus! They are setting his arm now and will have surgery tomorrow." As for the "Vision of Love" singer's adorable French bulldog? "Zorro is fine too!" Kim wrote. "Very shook up, but not injured."Later, Kris took to his Twitter to reassure his fans...and let slip some exciting news! "Thank you @ford for equipping me with a car that kept my whole family @katyallen @ZorroPup and the little one we have on the way safe," he wrote."Yes I got in a really bad wreck tonight and yes I'm having a lil baby. #gonnabeadaddy." And as for a musical hiatus? "Don't worry everyone I may have broken my wrist but the #OutAliveTour is still on," he clarified. Well, 2013 is certainly looking up from here!

Piers Morgan is responding to the wave of ticked-off gun owners who have signed a petition seeking to deport him.After his rants calling for increased gun control following the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn. earlier this month and taking on pro-gun advocates like Larry Pratt on his show, the 47-year-old CNN host is defending his crusade and suggesting that as a father of four, he'd consider moving back to his native Britain if little change came about to stop the senseless killings."I can spare those Americans who want me deported a lot of effort by saying this: If you don't change your gun laws to at least try to stop this relentless tidal wave of murderous carnage, then you don't have to worry about deporting me," Morgan concluded in a lengthy op-ed in the U.K.'s Daily Mail. He added: "Although I love the country as a second home and one that has treated me incredibly well, I would, as a concerned parent first—and latterly, of a one-year-old daughter who may attend an American elementary school like Sandy Hook in three years' time—seriously consider deporting myself."

"Django Unchained" had a big Saturday and beat out "Les Miserables" at the domestic box office, but couldn't catch "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," which rolled to its third consecutive weekend win with $32.9 million. "Django" is doing better than expected in part because it is connecting with female moviegoers. Women made up 46 percent of the weekend audiences, a surprisingly high number given the film's violent subject matter and the fact that it's up against "Les Miz,' which skews very much female and played to audiences that were 67 percent women this weekend.




As celebrity breakups go, the splash from this one doesn't even reach the pool deck. But Olympic gold-medal hog Michael Phelps is back in open dating waters, it seems, after pulling the plug on his romance with Megan Rossee, an aspiring famous person whose talent seemed mostly to be posting pictures of herself with Phelps on Twitter. Some cryptic tweets from her over the holidays, however, suggested there had been a split, and now reports say Phelps decided the relationship "wasn't going anywhere."


Less than a month after suffering serious burns in a propane grill accident, sports broadcasting pioneer Hannah Storm returned to TV Tuesday, hosting Southern California's historic Rose Parade.Storm, host of ESPN's morning "SportsCenter," was using a propane gas grill outside her Connecticut home three weeks ago when it exploded, ABC said, causing her first- and second-degree burns. Storm lost her eyebrows, eyelashes and much of her hair, according to the network."Can't begin to thank you all enough for your kindness and support," Storm tweeted Tuesday before the parade. On Monday she tweeted, "Especially thankful this New Year's!"The only on-camera evidence of her accident was Storm's bandaged left hand, which was visible at the beginning of the parade broadcast."The healing process has begun, and you look as good as ever," said her co-host, Josh Elliott, Storm's former partner at ESPN."The best medicine is being with you," she said. In an interview with ABC's World News, Storm described the accident. She checked on the propane grill on a chilly night and discovered the flame had been blown out. "The cover of the grill was open so I assumed ... that there wouldn't be any gas in the air. Well, propane is actually heavier than air and especially in cold weather it tends to sit on top of the grill, pool inside," she said. "So the second i relit the flame -- after i turned the gas off ... it was a wall of fire, a huge explosion. So much force that it blew the doors of the grill completely off. "A neighbor clear across the street had thought a tree had fallen through his roof, that's how loud the explosion was, and it happened in a split second," she said. "And immediately I was on fire, so my hair was on fire, my chest and the whole top of my shirt was on fire. I didn't know what to do other than -- I'm left handed -- reach and just get the shirt off of me as quickly as possible."I yelled inside to my 15-year-old daughter who was in the kitchen, 'Mommy's on fire! You have to call 911!' " Storm said, becoming choked up.Before Tuesday's Rose Parade broadcast, she spent an hour in the makeup room and wore false eyelashes and hair extensions, she said. At one point during the parade broadcast, Storm added a personal note as a float honoring the parade's president -- a nurse -- passed by. "Thanks to all the great nurses at Westchester burn unit" who have "been to my house every day for the last couple of weeks helping me be here today," Storm said.






A new year brings new beginnings, and CNN allegedly wants to begin again with Ann Curry in its top news hour. Murky Internet mentions say Jeff Zucker, once the Today Show’s executive producer and former head of NBC/Universal, is trying to replace Anderson Cooper with Curry in its coveted 8 p.m. time slot. These sites have been describing CNN as ‘the fledgling’ network – no doubt they meant ‘floundering’ as CNN has been around for more than thirty years – and the latter would be true. This past summer, the news source posted its biggest ratings losses in 21 years, even with the two-punch efforts of Anderson Cooper 360 and Piers Morgan.Whether or not Curry and NBC are tussling, it’s an interesting possibility. While personalities are usually at least partly to blame for losses, it’s also likely that viewers have been pulled to news channels that feature more sharply polarized viewpoints, like Fox, which enjoyed all-time highs during election coverage.


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