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  • Groupon's Deal of the Day: Meeting Brad Pitt?!

    Brad Pitt at the Academy Awards in March. (Getty Images)

    This has got to be better than those discounted exercise classes you'll never actually attend. In fact, for one lucky Brad Pitt fan, it's the deal of a lifetime.

    Groupon — the group discount service that offers deals on everything from vacation getaways and fitness classes to botox treatments and boudoir photo shoots (for real) — is offering up a chance to get up close and personal with the 50-year-old actor at the Make It Right gala in New Orleans.

    By making a $10 contribution through Groupon to the charity, which Pitt founded in 2007 in order to provide affordable and eco-friendly housing for people in need, contributors are entered into a sweepstakes for the chance to win a trip for two to the foundation's annual bash in the Big Easy on May 17.

    And, yes, the prize involves rubbing elbows with Angelina Jolie's better half. A "chance for group meet-and-greet with Brad Pitt" is listed as one of the prize offerings, in addition to round-trip airfare, a two-night hotel stay, a private

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  • Kim Kardashian out earlier this year - and a new Elizabeth Stuart crop top wedding dress. (Splash News/Courtesy of Elizabeth Stuart)
    Kim Kardashian is ready to take the plunge, but will she do so in a crop top wedding dress?

    Believe it or not, that was a new trend on display over the weekend at bridal market in New York City, where top wedding dress designers revealed their spring/summer 2014 collections. Others styles making wedding editors do double takes included capes, sexier-than-normal plunging necklines, embellished backs, column beadwork, and "naked lace" (basically lace over a nude underlay). As for the new pink, the nontraditional color embraced by recent brides from Kaley Cuoco to Jessica Biel, that would be a silvery gray — something we've seen trending on TV already.

    [Related: Celebrity Brides Who Ditched the White Dress]

    While Kim, who's set to marry Kanye West on May 24 in Paris, certainly loves the crop topped dresses she's sashayed around town in many times this year, don't bet on her wearing one next month. We asked TheKnot.com editor Jamie Miles, who is hip on all things bridal fashion, to pick

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  • Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas on Tuesday. (Getty Images)Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas have made their reconciliation red carpet official.

    On Tuesday night, the couple stepped out for opening night of "The Library" at The Public Theater in New York City. The 44-year-old "Red 2" star looked stunning in a long black dress with a plunging neckline and showed off her newish blunt bangs while Douglas, 69, rocked a suit sans tie.

    It gives us warm fuzzies to see Douglas and Zeta-Jones together publicly because it's been almost a year since their last red carpet appearance — at the 40th Anniversary Chaplin Award Gala last April 22. Soon after, the Welsh actress went to a treatment center to help to control her bipolar II disorder, something she has been very candid about over the years, and they endured a rocky period from there, culminating in "some time apart" in the summer.

    But their rep had said they were doing "work on their marriage" and apparently they were. They soon started popping up places together: They spent time with their

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  • James Maslow Gives Ohio Teen the 'Amazing' Prom of Her Dreams

    James Maslow and Hannah Wackernagle (Facebook)James Maslow shows heart on the dance floor — and off.

    The "Dancing With the Stars" contestant nabbed the season's first perfect score Monday for his contemporary dance performance with Peta Murgatroyd to "Frozen" hit "Let It Go." However, what he's been up to behind the scenes deserves even more cheers.

    The Big Time Rush singer received a video invitation to attend a prom — aka a "prom-posal" — with special needs high school student Hannah Wackernagle of Grove City, Ohio. While he was unable to attend the event at her school because of his "DWTS" schedule, he gave the 18-year-old, who has Down syndrome, much more than one special night.

    The 23-year-old invited Hannah, her mother, and sister, to Los Angeles over the weekend, where they were given VIP treatment. They toured CBS Studio Center, visiting the sets of "The Price is Right" and "American Idol" before meeting James and Peta on the set of "DWTS." From there they went to Disneyland for a day of fun, including a ride on a roller

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  • Pet Pro Weighs In on Miley's Decision to Give Away New Pup

    Miley Cyrus said goodbye to Moonie. (Twitter)
    Miley Cyrus is a true dog lover, but she's not ready to open her heart to a new pet after losing her beloved pooch Floyd.

    The "Wrecking Ball" singer has been heartbroken since her Alaskan Klee Kai's sudden death, reportedly after a coyote attack, on April 1 and her mom, Tish, tried to fill the void by getting her a new furry friend, Moonie, just days later. And while the dog brought a smile to the 21-year-old's face, she's decided to give him away — a decision that, while debated, gets a thumbs up from a pet expert.

    Cyrus, who's on the road for her Bangerz Tour, posted this message on Sunday, publicly saying goodbye to Moonie: 

    And she explained the reasoning behind it — as well as where Moonie was headed:

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  • His One Desire! Nick Carter Marries Lauren Kitt

    Nick Carter and his bride, Lauren Kitt. (Splash News)Beyoncé isn't the only Mrs. Carter in town.

    Nick Carter married his longtime girlfriend, Lauren Kitt, on Saturday in Santa Barbara, California. The 34-year-old singer is the last member of the Backstreet Boys, which formed in 1993, to take the matrimonial plunge.

    Nick and Lauren, 30, weren't secretive about their nuptials, which took place under a stunning altar adorned with white and purple blooms. The couple has been tweeting about the big day for weeks with the fitness expert, who competes in bikini contests, even creating a hashtag for the occasion: #NicknLowswedding. They also posted an Instagram photo of themselves affixing a love lock on a bridge in Cologne, Germany.

    The bride wore a strapless, mermaid-style gown with lace appliques to walk down the aisle while the singer had on a fitted black Anthony Franco tux. As for the guest list, Lauren's father walked her down the aisle, but it's unclear which of Nick's family members (including singer Aaron, 26) made the cut. Because of

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  • Chris Martin on Thursday night. (WireImage)
    Step one of "consciously uncoupling"? Go on a breakup-moon with your soon-to-be ex-wife. Step two? Remove your wedding ring.

    On Thursday, Chris Martin made his first public appearance since Gwyneth Paltrow's announcement that they're ending their 10-year marriage. The Coldplay rocker was in his element at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony and opted to go without his wedding band.

    [Related: Nirvana Steals the Show at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Celebration]

    Martin, who presented Peter Gabriel with his award, looked tan, rested, and, yes, happy on stage in black pants, a white T-shirt, and a black leather jacket. He was smiling and appeared happy as he told the crowd at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, "I couldn't be more thrilled to be here."

    While talking about Gabriel and praising him for helping "John Cusack get his girlfriend back in 'Say Anything,'" he asked, "Why do Peter Gabriel fans like myself love his music? Sometimes the songs are reassuring, like 'Don't Give Up,'"

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  • Katherine Heigl Sues Pharmacy Chain Duane Reade… for a Tweet!

    Katherine Heigl (Getty Images)

    Katherine Heigl is shopping mad.

    The "Grey's Anatomy" alum is suing pharmacy chain Duane Reade for upwards of $6 million for posting a paparazzi photo of her leaving one of its Manhattan stores on the business's Twitter and Facebook pages earlier this year.

    In court papers filed on Wednesday and obtained by "The Insider With Yahoo," Heigl's legal team argues that the company "misused and misappropriated the photograph," which was taken from the website Just Jared and posted to Twitter on March 18, "for its own commercial advertising, distributing the photo with Duane Reade's own promotional slogans … without Ms. Heigl's knowledge or approval." The retailer then "ignored a written demand that it stop this unlawful activity," which Heigl's lawyers say was sent on March 19, "and brazenly continues to exploit Ms. Heigl's image for commercial gain, despite her strenuous objection."

    The lawsuit describes Heigl, who has been paid to endorse products like pharmacy offering ZzzQuil and the

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  • Lena Dunham Opens Up About Her Sister's Coming Out Experience

    Lena Dunham at the Point Foundation Awards. (Getty Images)
    Lena Dunham has been a regular and passionate voice in the gay rights movement, which is a topic that hits close to home for the "Girls" star.

    The 27-year-old actress and writer was honored by the Point Foundation, a charity that, according to its website, "empowers LGBTQ students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential." During her speech — which was peppered with jokes, including how she that she was disappointed when she discovered she was straight — she opened up about her 22-year-old sister Grace, who is a lesbian, coming out.

    "I have always felt a strong and emotional connection to members of the LGBTQ community," Dunham said at the gala, which was held at The New York Public Library on Monday and attended by guests including Mariska Hargitay and Judith Light. "It was actually a huge disappointment for me when I came of age and realized that I was sexually attracted to men. So when my sister came out I thought, 'Thank God, someone in this family can truly

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  • Stephen Colbert to Replace David Letterman as 'Late Show' Host

    Stephen Colbert on 'Late Show With David Letterman' in 2011 (CBS)
    CBS has found its man. And it didn't take very long.

    On Thursday, the network announced the replacement for outgoing "Late Show" host David Letterman. Stephen Colbert, whose satirical "The Colbert Report" on Comedy Central competes in the same time slot, has landed the sought-after gig.

    "Simply being a guest on David Letterman's show has been a highlight of my career," Colbert said in a statement released by CBS. "I never dreamed that I would follow in his footsteps, though everyone in late night follows Dave's lead.

    "I'm thrilled and grateful that CBS chose me. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go grind a gap in my front teeth."

    [Related: David Letterman's Top 10 Career Milestones]

    Dentistry aside, Leslie Moonves, president and CEO of CBS Corp., said that Colbert is the right man for the job.

    "Stephen Colbert is one of the most inventive and respected forces on television," he said in the statement. "David Letterman’s legacy and accomplishments are an incredible source of pride for

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