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Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis Welcome Baby Girl

Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis look on from the sidelines before the game between the Chicago Bears and the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sept. 22, 2013 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.
Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis look on from the sidelines before the game between the Chicago Bears and the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sept. 22, 2013, in Pittsburgh Justin K. Aller—Getty Images

PEOPLE has confirmed the birth of the former That '70s Show co-stars' first child

Congratulations are in order for actors Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis. PEOPLE confirmed Wednesday the two have welcomed a baby girl, the couple’s first child together.

The birth of their daughter is the latest big news for the former That ’70s Show co-stars, who in February announced their engagement, just one month before Kunis’ pregnancy was confirmed.

The baby is said to be “here and healthy” according to PEOPLE.

Read more at PEOPLE.com

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What Price Fame: James Dean Was “Barely a Celebrity” Before He Died

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From the Sept. 3, 1956, issue of TIME TIME

Sept. 30, 1955: James Dean is killed in a California car crash

James Dean’s career picked up considerably after he died.

The budding film star was killed on this day, Sept. 30, in 1955 after crashing his Porsche Spyder en route to a road race in Salinas, Calif., in which he was scheduled to compete. Just 24, he was “barely a celebrity” at the time, according to a 1956 story in TIME, which went on to report that within a year of his death he had gained more popularity than most living actors. Magazine and book publishers looking to memorialize the enigmatic icon were preparing “to jump aboard the bandwagon that looks disconcertingly like a hearse,” the piece proclaimed.

When he died, Dean had acted in only three movies: East of Eden, Rebel Without a Cause, and Giant, only one of which had yet been released. He had worked his way up from smaller to larger roles: from appearing in a Pepsi commercial to working as a “test pilot” for stunts on a TV game show called Beat the Clock — a sort of precursor to Minute to Win It in which contestants competed in absurd timed challenges — to a well-reviewed role as a young gigolo in a Broadway adaptation of Andre Gide’s The Immoralist.

After he died, though, his fame reached new heights. By September of 1956, TIME noted Deans’ bewildering ascent to Hollywood superstardom:

Today he ranks No. 1 in Photoplay’s actor popularity poll, draws 1,000 fan letters a week (“Dear Jimmy: I know you are not dead”) at Warner’s — more than any live actor on the lot. Marveled one West Coast cynic: “This is really something new in Hollywood — boy meets ghoul.” Hollywood’s explanation: Dean not only appeals to a “mother complex” among teenage girls, but his roles as a troubled insecure youth prompted many young movie fans to identify with him.

Business types were eager to cash in on his posthumous popularity. In 1956, the story continued, Dean was still “haunting” newsstands with “four fast-selling magazines devoted wholly to him.”

He hasn’t stopped earning since. Forbes reported that in 2000, Dean’s estate raked in $3 million, very little of which took the form of royalties from his three films. Most came instead from licensing and merchandizing: “The rebellious heartthrob currently hawks everything from Hamilton watches, Lee Jeans, and Franklin Mint collectibles to cards by American Greetings, funneling funds to James Dean Inc., which is run by cousin Marcus Winslow.”

One of the many teenage girls pining for the departed heartthrob wrote to the advice columnist Dorothy Dix in the year after Dean’s death, lamenting, “I am 15 and in love. The problem is that I love the late James Dean. I don’t know what to do.” Dix advised her that time would lessen the sting of love and loss. In this case, however, the platitude’s been proved not entirely true: more than half a century on, society’s love for the late James Dean is still going strong.

Read about James Dean’s legacy here, in TIME’s archives: Dean of the One-Shotters

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Walmart Faults Tracy Morgan for Not Wearing Seatbelt in Limo Crash

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Tracy Morgan speaks onstage at Spike TV's "Don Rickles: One Night Only" on May 6, 2014 in New York City. Theo Wargo—Getty Images for Spike TV

Injuries suffered by Morgan and fellow passengers "were caused, in whole or in part, by plaintiffs’ failure to properly wear an appropriate available seatbelt restraint device," company says in legal filing

Updated: 6:01 p.m.

Walmart said Monday that comedian Tracy Morgan and several others injured in an accident on the New Jersey Turnpike in June were partially responsible for their injuries, for failing to wear seatbelts.

A speeding Walmart driver allegedly hit Morgan’s limo on June 7, badly injuring the comedian and killing friend and colleague James McNair. Morgan and three others brought a suit against the company in July, alleging that driver Kevin Roper was fatigued and that Walmart acted negligently.

In a response Monday, the company largely refrained from responding to the allegations brought in the suit, citing National Transportation Safety Board regulations regarding ongoing investigations.

But in a list of affirmative defenses, the company said that the injuries “were caused, in whole or in part, by plaintiffs’ failure to properly wear an appropriate available seatbelt restraint device.”

“By failing to exercise ordinary care in making use of available seatbelts, upon information and belief, plaintiffs acted unreasonably and in disregard of plaintiffs’ own best interests,” the response says. “Accordingly, all or a portion of the injuries could have been diminished or minimized by the exercise of reasonable conduct in using the available seatbelts.”

Brooke Buchanan, a company spokesperson, provided an emailed statement on Monday.

“Walmart filed its official response to the plaintiffs’ lawsuit earlier today, and the company continues to stand willing to work with Mr. Morgan and the other plaintiffs to resolve this matter,” said Brooke Buchanan, a Walmart spokesperson, in an emailed statement.

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George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin Get Married in Venice

Clooney has tied the knot at last

Hollywood’s most-eligible bachelor is officially bachelor no more.

George Clooney married the human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin in Venice, Italy, in a private ceremony Saturday, the actor’s representative said. A brief statement from Clooney’s rep, Stan Rosenfeld, was the only communication on the marriage, which has seen a lot of hype but few remarks from Clooney.

Clooney, 53, was joined by friends to celebrate his marriage to the 36-year-old Alamuddin, 36 at Aman, a luxury hotel overlooking Venice’s Grand Canal. Families and close friends, including Matt Damon, John Krasinski and the Oscar winner’s producing partner, Grant Heslov were in attendance, People reports.

Clooney had mostly managed to keep their courtship out of the spotlight until he shared the news of their wedding date on Sept. 7.

The couple was married by close friend Walter Veltroni, who is the former mayor of Rome.

[People]

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Chelsea Clinton Gives Birth to Baby Girl Named Charlotte

Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky was born Friday, making Hillary and Bill Clinton grandparents

If Hillary Clinton runs in 2016, she will be the first serious presidential contender who is also a grandmother.

Chelsea Clinton, daughter of Hillary and Bill, gave birth to a baby girl named Charlotte, announcing on Twitter and Facebook early Saturday that she and husband Marc Mezvinsky are “full of love, awe and gratitude as we celebrate the birth of our daughter, Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky.”

Hillary Clinton, who is considering a second run for President in 2016, called being a grandmother her “most exciting title yet,” and has picked out “Goodnight Moon” as the first book she intends to read to her future grandchild, the Associated Press reports.

The 34-year-old Chelsea Clinton said last year in an interview that she was hoping to have a child in 2014. “I just hope I will be as good a mom to my child and, hopefully, children as my mom was to me,” she said.

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Chelsea Clinton Gives Birth to Baby Girl

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bill and Hillary Clinton are grandparents. The couple’s daughter, Chelsea Clinton, has given birth to her first child, a daughter named Charlotte.

Chelsea Clinton, the daughter of the former president and ex-secretary of state, announced the baby’s birth on Twitter and Facebook early Saturday, saying she and husband Marc Mezvinsky are “full of love, awe and gratitude as we celebrate the birth of our daughter, Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky.”

Clinton spokesman Kamyl Bazbaz said the child was born on Friday but did not immediately provide additional details. The couple lives in New York City. The Clintons quickly retweeted their daughter’s message on Twitter but did not immediately comment on the baby’s arrival.

The baby arrives as Hillary Clinton deliberates on whether to seek the White House in 2016, a decision that could put her on a path to becoming the nation’s first female president. Clinton is the leading Democratic contender to succeed President Barack Obama, her former 2008 campaign rival, and has said she expects to make a decision around the beginning of next year.

The baby has been eagerly anticipated as Hillary Clinton considers her political future — she has called the prospect of becoming a grandmother her “most exciting title yet.” She even has picked out the first book she intends to read to her grandchild, the classic “Goodnight Moon.”

She has said she didn’t want to make any decisions about another campaign until the baby’s arrival, pointing to her interest in enjoying becoming a grandmother for the first time. If Clinton decides to run for president, her campaign would coincide with the baby’s first two years.

The former president has been eager to become a grandfather. During an event with former President George W. Bush in September, Mr. Clinton’s cell phone rang on stage and he joked that only two people had the number “and they are related to me,” musing that he hoped he wasn’t becoming “a premature grandfather.”

“Every day I get up and I say, ‘You have to remember whose child this is. Do not interfere. Be there when you are welcome. Be loving but not judgmental,” Clinton said to laughs in an interview with CNN at his annual Clinton Global Initiative, only days before the baby’s arrival.

Even Obama got into the act. Addressing the annual Clinton confab, Obama quipped if Chelsea Clinton went into labor during his speech, “she has my motorcade and will be able to navigate traffic.”

The 34-year-old Chelsea Clinton said in an interview with Glamour magazine last year that she and her husband had hoped to make 2014 “the year of the baby.” She announced her pregnancy in April at the end of a forum in New York on female empowerment.

“I just hope I will be as good a mom to my child and, hopefully, children as my mom was to me,” she said at the time.

Chelsea Clinton grew up in the public eye as a teenager in the White House, later graduating from Stanford and Columbia universities. She worked in finance in New York and in public health, earning a doctorate from Oxford University.

She serves as vice chair of her family’s foundation, which was renamed the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, and helps direct the organization’s humanitarian and philanthropic efforts around the globe. She recently departed NBC News, where she served as a special correspondent.

The new parents, who married in 2010, were friends as teenagers in Washington and both attended Stanford. Mezvinsky is a hedge fund manager and the son of former Reps. Majorie Margolies of Pennsylvania and Edward Mezvinsky of Iowa, longtime friends of the Clintons.

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From Goofy Teen to Dashing Groom: George Clooney’s Life in Pictures

In honor of the sexiest man alive becoming the sexiest husband alive, here's a look back at Clooney's life, loves and long career

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Taylor Swift Proves She Totally Gets ‘No It’s Becky’ Tumblr Meme

The "Shake It Off" singer showed off her "no its becky" shirt

When Taylor Swift isn’t shaking off her haters, she spends a lot of time on Tumblr. And the singer, whose new album 1989 drops next month, wants you to know that she is totally in on the joke when it comes to a certain Internet meme about her.

A post featuring a high-school photo of Swift paired with a caption claiming a girl named Becky died from marijuana use made the rounds on the blogging site after one user replied, “pretty sure that’s Taylor Swift.” One poster’s reply — “no its becky” — become a bigger joke than the caption itself, and now Swift has a T-shirt featuring with those very words.

Swift was spotted wearing the shirt Wednesday night, and on Thursday, the pop star showed it off in her own Tumblr post, where she joked about “rethinking the album cover” of 1989. Save it for the deluxe re-release, Taylor.

 

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Jersey Shore’s Michael ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino Indicted for Tax Fraud

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TV personality Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino attends the 2013 MTV Movie Awards at Sony Pictures Studios on April 14, 2013 in Culver City, California. Jeff Kravitz—FilmMagic

The Sorrentino brothers are accused of failing to properly file taxes between 2010 and 2012

Former star of MTV reality series Jersey Shore Michael “The Situation” Sorrentino was indicted Wednesday alongside his brother Marc Sorrentino for allegedly failing to pay taxes on $8.9 million of income.

We know what you’re thinking: how on earth did a has-been reality star make $8.9 million? We wondered the same. Apparently, “The Situation,” known for his abs and stellar personality, raked in the cash during his peak-Shore years—between 2010 and 2012— largely by exploiting his celebrity status, but failed to pay taxes on the cash he received.

Mike and his brother also launched a series of businesses which the IRS is alleging were used to funnel funds for personal use. Both are facing charges of failing to file tax returns and conspiracy to defraud the United States.

The pair is expected to appear in New Jersey federal court Wednesday afternoon. If convicted, they could face a $250,000 fine and up to three years in prison for the charges they’re facing — as Mike would say, looks like they’ve got themselves a situation.

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Threat to Expose Emma Watson’s Nude Pictures Turned Out to Be PR Hoax

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Actress Emma Watson attends the UN Women's "HeForShe" VIP After Party at The Peninsula Hotel on September 20, 2014 in New York City. ( Jim Spellman/WireImage) Jim Spellman—WireImage

Orchestrated by a group claiming to be celebrity publicists who say they want to shut down 4Chan

The threatened release of compromising photos of actress Emma Watson turned out to a hoax Wednesday, when it became clear that the website featuring a “countdown” to the big reveal was staged by a group that calls itself a P.R. firm and says they’re hoping to shut down the shadowy internet platform 4chan, which has been blamed for posting hacked private photos of celebrities in the past.

The group which calls itself “Rantic” claims they staged the fake countdown as a stunt to protest 4chan, and posted an open letter to Barack Obama asking him to crack down on the site. “We have been hired by celebrity publicists to bring this disgusting issue to attention,” the letter reads. “The recent 4chan celebrity nude leaks in the past 2 months have been an invasion of privacy and is also clear indication that the internet NEEDS to be censored. Every Facebook like, share & Twitter mention will count as a social signature — and will be one step closer to shutting down http://www.4chan.org.”; No celebrities have come forward to say that they’re working with Rantic, nor does the group have a publicly listed phone number or a working email.

Multiple news outlets reported on Monday that 4chan was threatening to release the nude photos of Watson, who made her debut on Saturday as Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations, while others argued that the whole thing was a 4chan hoax.

 

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