She prefers to keep her private life private, but Eva Mendes couldn’t help but make a fuss about her two-month-old daughter Esmeralda while chatting with The Violet Files.

The “Other Guys” stunner talked about the way she and her beau Ryan Gosling decided on their bundle of joy’s moniker.

 

"We were really excited about naming her. We both love the Esmeralda character from the Victor Hugo novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame and just think it’s a beautiful name. Her middle is Amada, which was my grandmother’s name. It means 'beloved' in Spanish."

Eva also commented on motherhood- "People always told me that [it was tough]. But I’ve learned that it’s way harder to be a baby. Everything is a struggle for her. For instance, I haven’t thrown up since the ‘90s and she’s thrown up twice since we started this interview. Motherhood is cake compared to what it’s like to be a baby."

Meanwhile, given that both Eva and Ryan are big movie stars, their daughter will be growing up in the spotlight. "Whether we like it or not, privacy is going to be very difficult for Esmeralda. I think it’s unfair but that’s our reality. So Ryan and I decided early on to give her as much privacy as we could. And my pregnancy was the first opportunity to give her that.”

"It’s such an intimate time for the mother, too. I know that it seems all very innocuous when you’re flipping through a tabloid at the doctor’s office or see a photo of a pregnant lady online, but I find the media’s 'bump watch' obsession to be both intrusive and stressful. So I made a decision to eject myself from it completely. I was like, 'Annnnd I’m out.'"

Miley Cyrus on ThanksgivingMiley Cyrus celebrated Thanksgiving this year in the most Miley Cyrus of ways.

The 22-year old took to Instagram to post a number of selfies and inspirational quotes, expressing gratitude for all she has while, of course, cursing.

"How did I get chosen to be the one with this life?" the artist captioned a picture. "Feeling f--king thankful & it's not the season."

Cyrus didn’t get drunk or dress up as a taco for the holiday, but she did continue.

"It's going to sleep in silence nothing but these baby angels and a book after a long loud day filled with making what I love," she wrote. "Alone time but I'm not alone! I'll take a soul over a voice box forever."

Miley has another reason to be thankful these days as well. She and Patrick Schwarzenegger appear to be going very strong.

Roseanne Barr Twitter PhotoRoseanne Barr spent her Thanksgiving this year backtracking from a joke most Twitter followers believe went way too far.

Late Wednesday night, the comedian posted a photo of her swollen/ravaged face online, quipping that she just "got in a tussle w bill cosby" and "U shoyld see that mfer.”

The former sitcom star later deleted the picture and the caption and explained that the following image was due to a "chemical peel" she got to "look more sexier."

Barr, of course, was originally joking about the ongoing Bill Cosby scandal in which that legendary actor finds himself at the center of numerous sexual assault allegations.

Multiple women have come forward over the past few weeks and accused Cosby of drugging them and raping them, with most alleged cases having taken place in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Most recently, celebrities such as Michelle Hurd and Janice Dickinson have joined the long list of accusers.

Cosby has remained awkwardly mum on the issue, while his attorney has released a handful of statement that deny all allegations made against his client.

However, it's clear where Barr stands on the controversy.

“I don’t wanna get sued or have [Cosby] send anyone to beat me up, but I think it’s obvious: 13 to 1," Barr told The New York Daily News in regard to the number of women who have come forward against Cosby.

Roseanne adds that this situation “is the best and the worst thing. It’s horrible when you peel back the curtain and see what’s behind it, but it’s so great that people now have the capacity to actually look at the truth and see how it adds up."

Alfonso Ribeiro Wins!He may have won Dancing with the Stars Season 19 due to his moves on the dance floor, Alfonso Ribeiro still feels like he's floating in the air right about now.

The actor spoke to Us Weekly not long after his DWTS victory last night, expressing utter consternation over the outcome.

"I was kind of in shock!" Ribeiro said upon hearing his name called. "I almost fell to my knees right there because it was so amazing. And what a happy moment. We so did not expect that.

"I said to [partner] Witney [Carson] right before, 'Be prepared to hear Mark [Ballas] and Sadie."

But while Sadie Robertson was impressive, Ribeiro remained a fan favorite from Day One.

"We stayed our course the entire time," the star said of why he won. "We said, 'Let's get out there, do the best we can that week, and not worry about what's coming next and what happened before. And that just kept us in the moment...We were in it, and it was a great experience."

Ribeiro also gave thanks to his partner, who helped the pair earn perfect scores throughout the season and said he's excited to go on the Dancing with the Stars tour.

But, first, a vacation with his pregnant wife is in order.

"We're going to Hawaii! We're going to lay on the beach. It's our next babymoon. We went to Hawaii last time for a babymoon and we loved it.

So much for an amicable break-up, huh?

In late September, the celebrity gossip world was thrown for a stunning loop when Jordin Sparks split from Jason Derulo.

Following rumors of infidelity on Derulo's side, the singer spoke out and simply blamed the break-up on pressure to get married, which created tension for both parties.

But Sparks came out today with "How Bout Now (Remix)" - and it sounds like the former American Idol champion has a beef that goes beyond marital pressure.

"Feeling like I have to get all of this off my chest/I know you are sitting there thinking 'What is she going to do next?'" Sparks sings on the track.

Making it very clear she's targeting Derulo, Sparks then references a neck injury he suffered in 2012.

"Remember I deleted all my other guys' numbers out my phone for ya?/Remember when you broke your neck and I had to wash your back for ya? You probably don't remember half of the s--t that I did for ya."

This remix will be featured on Jordin's upcoming mixtape, "#BYEFELICIA," which is a quote from the movie Friday. It essentially means a person is leaving and you don't care and it could also be interpreted as a shot at Derulo.

Sparks and Derulo dated for three years and he has admitted to dumping her over the phone.

Earlier this week, Bette Midler called Ariana Grande a "whore."

The 68-year-old music legend offered some career advice to the 21-year-old pop princess by basically telling her to put some clothes on and stop humping furniture in her music videos.

Not surprisingly, Ari was less than thrilled with Bette's unsolicited pro tips. In fact, sources claimed Ariana is a huge fan of Bette's, and that she was shocked by the insults, as she always saw herself as following in Midler's footsteps. 

Ari is known for her hot temper, and were fans braced for a full-blown War of the Divas. Sadly, when Grande finally responded to Bette's comments on Twitter last night, she took the high road in admirable fashion:

"Bette has always been a feminist who stood for women being able to do whatever the F they wanted without judment," Ari tweeted.

"Not sure where that Bette went but I want that sexy mermaid back! Always a fan no matter what my love, and I will still quote first wives club every single day of my life lmao." 

Oooooh, snap! Not only did Ari play the feminist card, she also played the seldom-used "Remember when you used to jiggle your things for the whole world?" card. 

Sunday night's powerful, heart-wrenching Selena Gomez American Music Awards performance made a lot of headlines and impressed many people with its raw emotion.

Justin Bieber was not one of those people, however.

Millions of viewers watched her emote so hard, with Selena Gomez crying over Justin Bieber as she crooned through "The Heart Wants What It Wants."

The man-boy who inspired her new single was far from thrilled, believing his 20-time former girlfriend was “exploiting their relationship” with these theatrics.

“Justin thinks Selena was being so dramatic on stage and making it seem like he’s the heartbreaker in all of this,” an insider says of her AMA performance.

“At first he wanted to go to the show but then his team convinced him not to go because they said he would look like a fool,” the source goes on.

"Every time he gets too preoccupied with Selena, [he turns to religion]. He has not even reached out to Selena yet to congratulate her on her performance.”

“Instead he went to New York to listen to a popular preacher."

“Justin’s team and Pastor Carl Lenz convinced him to skip the American Music Awards and spend time at Hillsong Church in New York City instead."

"He’s been reminded to spread the gospel rather than dwell in the trappings of Hollywood,” the source said, apparently likening Selena Gomez to a "trapping."

He may be best known these days for partying, sending bodyguards after photographers and leading on Selena Gomez, but Justin Bieber has been very good at something else over the past year as well:

Making gobs of money.

Forbes has released its rundown of the highest-paid celebrities under 30 years of age, based on their earnings from June of 2013 through June of 2014.

And Bieber tops the list with a cool $80 million garnered via touring and releasing new music, while One Direction isn’t far behind and Taylor Swift sits in third place.

Only one actress is included among the Top 9, Jennifer Lawrence, unless you count Miley Cyrus as an actress still.

We're pretty sure she's just a singer at this point, however. A singer and a professional Weird Instagram Photo Publisher, that is.

Last night, a grand jury in Ferguson, MO decided not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in connection with the shooting of Michael Brown.

While most celebrity responses to the grand jury's decision consisted of outraged tweets and pleas for peace, at least one A-list recording artist took to the streets to join a Ferguson protest:

Rapper Macklemore attempted to blend in with the crowd while participating in a peaceful demonstration, but he was quickly spotted by a TMZ cameraman.

Asked why he'd decided to join the protesters, Macklemore responded, "It's not about me; it's about Michael Brown."

Hip hop artist Q-Tip also joined the demonstrations, but for the most part, celebrities who disagree with the grand jury's decision have stuck to expressing their anger through social media rants.

Now, the question remains: will other celebrities follow in Macklemore's footsteps in an effort to help keep the nation's attention focused on Ferguson, or do famous faces simply distract from the issues at hand?

While images of burning buildings and heavily-armed police officers continue to dominate the national media's coverage, the majority of Ferguson protests have been peaceful, and most violent outbursts have reportedly been quickly contained.

But while high-profile protesters may be unlikely to come to any harm, it's doubtful that we'll see a mass migration from Hollywood to this beleaguered St. Louis suburb.

The situation in Ferguson will likely remain volatile for several days to come, and it's one situation that doesn't require the star power in order to hole the nation's interest.

UPDATE: While several outlets reported that Macklemore traveled to Ferguson for the protests, witnesses now say that he simply joined a group of demonstrators in his native Seattle.

The relationship between Miley Cyrus and Patrick Schwarzenegger may be the most unexpected love connection of the year, but believe it or not, these two are actually making it work.

Witnesses at Miley's 22nd birthday party last week say Cyrus and Schwarzenegger were inseparable all night long. We've even heard rumors that Miley and Patrick are "falling in love" already.

However, initial reports claimed that Patrick's mother, Maria Shriver, was "horrified" by his relationship with Miley and was doing everything in her power to put a stop to it.

Now, the former First Lady of California has apparently done a complete 180 and welcomed Miley into the family.

So what changed? Well, according to insiders, Patrick was able to open his mother's eyes to the reasons he fell for Miley - she's funny; she's spontaneous...and she's nothing like Taylor Swift:

You see, back in 2012, Patrick's cousin Conor Kennedy dated Taylor briefly. This was back when Swifty was actually a psycho girlfriend and didn't just play one in her music videos.

Taylor went full-blown Stage 5 Clinger on Conor, even buying a house next to his family's home in Martha's Vineyard.

The relationship didn't work out, because - Surprise! - not every 18-year-old dude is looking to get married, and Conor reportedly had a very difficult time removing Taylor from his life. 

So perhaps it's not surprising that that situation came to Maria's mind when her own son began dating a different A-list pop star:

"Maria was terrified it would be another nightmare like the Taylor situation," an insider tells Radar Online. "Taylor was their biggest fear. They all thought it was going to turn out like that."

However, after seeing the two of them together on several occasions, Maria has apparently realized that Miley is more likely to get psychotically attached to a bong than to a boy.

These days, Miley and Patrick are making no effort to hide their relationship, and sources say the relationship is moving very fast.

Last week, Ariana Grande released the video for "Love Me Harder," and the Internet responded with a collective "ick."

Sure, Ariana looks good, and at 21, she's free to express herself however she sees fit. 

But the fact remains that between her high-pitched voice, her fondness for furry cat ears, and the fact that she looks like the digits in her age should be reversed, there's something uncomfortable about the sight of Ari getting intimate with various pieces of furniture.

Fortunately, Bette Midler never shies away from speaking truth to divas. 

"It's terrible!" Midler said when asked about the video in a recent interview. "It's always surprising to see someone like Ariana Grande with that silly high voice, slithering around on a couch, looking so ridiculous."

"Sex sells. Sex has always sold, [but] you don't have to make a whore of yourself to get ahead...I don't know where you're gonna go from all that sex in your twenties. I don't know how you sustain it."

This isn't the first time that Ariana's overt sexuality has drawn criticism from other celebs. Back in September, Mayim Bialik complained about Grande's skimpy attire in a lengthy blog post.

Of course, it's also not the first time that Ms. Midler has offered up some harsh harsh words for a new generation of starlets.

Bette called Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan "sluts" way back in 2006 and she's been tossing in her two cents ever since.

Does she sometimes go too far? Sure, but considering most of the women she's talking about spend their days being told how great they are, a little bit of overstatement might be necessary when expressing an opposing view. 

Over the weekend, Miley Cyrus celebrated her birthday with Patrick Schwarzenegger and a few hundred of her closest friends.

But while the Twerk Queen certainly has no shortage of admirers, one fellow former Disney star will not be gettin' turnt up with Miley anytime soon.

During a recent radio interview, Demi Lovato opened up about her non-existent relationship with Ms. Cyrus when a fan called in to ask why they don't hang anymore:

"Um, yeah," Demi began awkwardly. "We're like...we're acquaintances. It's life and people change and I don't have anything in common with her anymore, and I wish her all the best."

In a sense, the news that Miley and Demi aren't on speaking terms isn't at all surprising.

Demi has denied that there's any bad blood between them, but Miley unfollowed Demi on Twitter back in March, following rumors of an ugly feud.

At the same time, however, the two were full-blown and BFFs at one point, and they navigated the troubled waters of teen stardom together, so many assumed they'd eventually patch things up.

Of course, Miley and Demi are following very different paths these days.

Demi checked into rehab in 2012 and has been a vocal proponent of the sober life ever since. By contrast, Miley's Instagram page is basically devoted to celebrating the singer's well-known love of weed and partying. 

So maybe this really is just a case of two former friends just growing apart. Or maybe there's some beef between the former Disney divas that we'll just never find out about.

Katy Perry in AustraliaKaty Perry is not living a teenage dream on her current trip to Australia.

In fact, like a firework, the singer has unleashed an explosive rant against members of so-called "press" Down Under.

"Australian PRESS: You should be ashamed of your paparazzi & tabloid culture. Your paparazzi have no respect, no integrity, no character. NO HUMANITY," Perry wrote.

She then went on to explain the origin of this negative assessment:

"I was stalked by many grown men today as I tried to take a quiet walk to the beach. These men would not stop as I pleaded over & over to let me have my space. Many other people stopped to try to help but the paps continued to laugh at me & hold their barrels up & shoot.

Perry, who rarely uses social media to do anything except show off her impressive boobs, wasn't finished, either.

"They told me to make a 'deal' with them. Give them a bathing suit shot and they would leave me be. This is PERVERTED & disgusting behavior that should NEVER be tolerated, especially by people who do NOT want this.

"I will NEVER make a deal with paparazzi and I will not befriend anyone who perpetuates this kind of behavior."

The singer is on her on Prismatic world tour and began performing in Australia on November 7.

Fortunately, Perry’s time Down Under wasn’t completely marred by this insensitive “journalists.”

She posted a photo online of herself standing and smiling on top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

"I DID IT," she wrote on Instagram. "Finally, after all these years talkin bout it I done climbed your bridge tonight Sydney! Thanks @bridgeclimb."

Selena Gomez did not take home any hardware at the 2014 American Music Awards.

But the young artist did likely put on the most memorable performance at the annual event.

She took to the stage to sing her latest track, "The Heart Wants What It Wants," a single Selena has admitted was written about her tumultuous relationship with Justin Bieber.

As Gomez sang emotional lyrics ("Hand over heart, I'm praying, that I'm gonna make it out alive…”), a video played in the background of a concealed shadow of a male.

This guy was resting his palms against a clouded glass panel, seemingly depicting Bieber himself.

As the performance concluded, Selena’s eyes welled up with tears and she started to cry.

Cameras then cut to Taylor Swift, never a huge fan of Gomez dating Bieber, who also had tears in her eyes as she peered sympathetically at her close friend from the audience.

Emotional stuff all around.

Gomez recently admitted on Ryan Seacrest's radio program that Bieber was the subject of the single and also a fan of it.

"He thought it was beautiful," Selena told the famous host. "I think it was really hard. I think he was a little jealous of the video guy at first [in the video].

"Honestly, music is an expression, and if you will be that voice for these girls, there are some people that feel this. This is universal."

Ariana Grande: The Diva?Pop star Ariana Grande's alleged diva ways are the subject of another tabloid report after an old Nickelodeon contract of hers was reportedly obtained.

Ariana, who got her big break on the show Victorious, was a diva in training even back before most people knew her name, the new report claims.

Life & Style claims her contract spelled out that her dressing room must be superior to that of all the other stars on the show, except for the "marquee" stars.

Apparently, Victoria Justice was big enough to meet that standard. But the rest of the hacks on that show? Not so much.

In response to the frequent Ariana Grande diva rumors, the 21-year-old recently defended herself and implied that she's just a hard worker, stating:

"There’s a big difference between being determined and being a bitch."

Anybody buying that? Is she a victim of tabloid exaggerations and lies?

While her "Bang Bang" collaborator Jessie J defended Grande along similar lines, others such as E! host Giuliana Rancic say the rumors are true.

As a woman in the industry, you have to be tough to get ahead. We do understand this, but there's also a point in which that line can be clearly crossed.

Iggy Azalea is no stranger to feuds.

The Iggy-Snoop Dogg beef made headlines last month, with the Aussie raptress eventually "winning" by forcing an apology from the Doggfather.

Prior to that, Iggy feuded with Nicki Minaj, and while the First Ladies of Hip Hop have occasionally shown love to one another in public, sources say that situation is unlikely to ever be resolved.

Considering how man beefs she's been involved with, you may think that Iggy intentionally seeks out drama, when in reality, she seems to simply be a favorite target for A-list emcees.

Her latest public throwdown is no different, as Iggy finds herself in the position of responding to some shocking comments from a hip hop icon:

Eminem seems to be using controversy to promote his new mixtape, Shady XV. Last week, Em rapped about punching Lana Del Rey during a freestyle, and this week he's set his sights on Iggy-Ig.

A recently released track on Shady XV contains the following lyrics:

"So what's it gonna be? / Put that sh-t away, Iggy / You gonna blow a rape whistle on me?"

Eminem's supporters have pointed out that he's made a career out of targeting potentially offensive threats and insults toward other artists through his Slim Shady persona.

Many feel, however, that this time Em has simply gone too far, and his critics have pointed out that the sort of lyrics that may have gone unnoticed in 1999 are simply not acceptable in 2014 - particularly now that Mr. Mathers is 42 and has a daughter in college.

Iggy brought up the topic of Em's age (and the fact that he remains an influential Rap God to many young men) when she responded to his controversial verse on Twitter:

"I'm bored of old men threatening young women as entertainment trend," Iggy tweeted. "It's especially awkward because my 14 year old brother is the biggest Eminem fan and now the artist he admired says he wants to rape me. Nice!"

Of course, the grand hip hop tradition requires that artists settle their differences in song form, and the fact that I-G-G-Y has never written a response track (despite her many feuds) is seen by many as further evidence that Iggy doesn't write her own rhymes.

Kim Kardashian and Daughter NorthWhen the now-famous Kim Kardashian nude Paper magazine photos first hit the web, public opinion was decidedly split.

While the Sir Mix-A-Lots of the world found no cause for complaint, other, more reserved types stated their belief that Kim was setting a bad example for young girls, her own daughter included.

Glee star Naya Rivera slammed Kim online, commenting, "You're somebody's mother," on one of the pics.

While rumors that Kim wanted to pose nude before she gets pregnant again continue to circulate, until very recently, Mrs. Kardashian-West had not spoken out about the relationship between her roles as nude icon and married mom.

Yesterday, Kim was asked in an Australian radio interview how she would feel if her 1-year-old daughter, North West, decided to pose nude in 20 years. Her response is sure to piss off plenty of Kardashian kritics:

"I would support anything she wants to do," Kim said. "But I don't do anything to promote anyone else doing it - that's not even what I'm trying to do."

Kim went on to say that the pics made her feel "empowered," after she "gained 500 pounds and looked like a huge slob" when she was pregnant.

Beyonce's new single "Ring Off" from her upcoming platinum box set has leaked online, sparking the latest obligatory round of Jay Z divorce rumors.

Speculation that she and Jay are enduring marriage problems behind closed doors are as old as ... well, like six months ago, after the Solange elevator video.

The superstar couple didn't actually split, of course, but working through problems behind closed doors is a lot less fun for gossip lovers than marital woes.

So believe what you want when you hear the new track describing a person left picking up the pieces after a failed relationship ... possibly due to infidelity.

Oooooh. Let the overanalyzing begin, Internet.

"In the mirror you would stare / And say a prayer like, 'I wish he said I'm beautiful' / I wish it didn't hurt at all / I don't know how I got here," the lyrics read.

"I was once the one who had his heart."

"Until you had enough, then you took that ring off/You took that ring off/ So tired of the lies and trying and fighting and crying/ You took that finger."

Over the summer, sources reported constantly on the Beyonce and Jay Z divorce inevitability, citing his "wandering eye" and countless other issues.

The power duo has remained a united front ever since, however, with Jay presenting a tearful Beyonce with the Video Vanguard Award at the VMAs.

The two have gone on vacations, posted countless cute photos of daughter Blue Ivy to Tumblr and have made plenty of under the radar appearances.

In other words, they're living a normal life. Happily.

You may remember Antoine Dodson as the star of the famous viral video in which he encourages viewers to hide their wives and kids, because - in his words - "they're raping everybody out here!"

That was way back in 2010, and a lot's changed for Dodson in the years since. For one thing, he got married and had a kid, after declaring that he's "no longer into homosexuality" last year.

Additionally, Antoine is apparently training to become a boxer, and he knows just who he wants to square off against in his debut fight:

Yes, we all know there are plenty of reasons to punch Justin Bieber, but while the rest of us just dream of knocking the Biebs back to Canada, Dodson is actually issuing a public challenge.

Even though Bieber's been training with Floyd Mayweather, it seems unlikely that he'll take Antoine up on his offer to step into the ring. 

Anyone who's seen the famous Orlando Bloom-Bieber fight video knows that Justin responds to physical confrontations by curling up into a ball and waiting for his bodyguards to intervene.

There's a reason you don't see many boxers taking that approach.

Then again, the only thing bigger than Bieber's bank account is his ego, so maybe he will put his money where his mouth is and fight Dodson. Then, hopefully, Antoine will put his fist where Bieber's mouth is. Run and tell that, homeboy!

You may not have known this, but Taylor Swift has been involved in a lot of high-profile relationships over the years.

Shocking, right? Anyway, one of Swift's most recent and memorable breakups was with One Direction heartthrob Harry Styles.

Swift and Styles only dated for about two months, which is a shame, because their hyphenated married names would've been awesome.

Despite the brief nature of their relationship, however, the split seems to have had a serious impact on Taylor.  

Swift spoke about her breakup with Styles during a party she hosted for fans recently, and she's written several songs on the subject (her coping method of choice).

But despite the public airing of grievances, Styles and Swift have reportedly patched things up and are quickly becoming unlikely besties.

It all started during a recent One Direction press event, at which the topic of Taylor writing "Out of the Woods" about Harry came up. 

"We write from personal experience," Harry said. "So it would be hypocritical to be like, 'Oh, you can't write about us.'"

Harry's defense of Taylor led to rumors that the two are on speaking terms again. Those reports have now been confirmed by a source who spoke with Us Weekly:

"They have become pals," says the insider. "Taylor has been bragging to her trainer and celeb friends that she and Harry are talking again."

In sad news for Swift-Style 'shippers, however, the source confirms that neither party has any interest in reconciliation. Or to put it another way, Taylor and Harry are never, ever, ever getting back together.

Another week, another music milestone for Taylor Swift.

The artist’s latest single, “Blank Space,” has sky-rocketed to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, an historic achievement because Swift replace someone she knows well in that spot:

HERSELF.

Indeed, now that "Blank Space" has overtaken "Shake It Off," Swift has become the first female singer ever to supplant her own track with another one of her own tracks.

The 24-year-old superstar is also the only artist in 2014 to have a pair Hot 100 number one-songs.

Meghan Trainor‘s “All About That Bass” held on to the number-two spot, while “Shake It Off” landed at number-three, followed by Maroon 5’s “Animals.”

Swift, of course, has been all over the media over the past month or so, ever since her pop album, "1989," was released in late October.

She's covering magazines. She's giving interviews. She's lip-syncing to her own songs. She's pretty much owning the music world.

Tracy on intelligence:A lawyer for Tracy Morgan provided an update on the actor yesterday.

And the news is not encouraging.

Outside a federal courthouse in New Jersey, Benedict Morelli told reporters of Morgan, who was involved in a horrific car accident this summer:

Mr. Morgan is a fighter. He's fighting to get better. And if there's a chance for him to be back to the Tracy Morgan he once was, he's going to try to do that. But we just don't know because of the severity of the injuries that he sustained and the fact that he had such a severe brain injury.

The former 30 Rock star is pursuing a lawsuit against Walmart for negligence after one of the company's truck drivers ran into a limousine carrying Morgan and six others back in June.

The accident killed one of Morgan's good friends and mentors, 62-year-old James "Jimmy Mack" McNair.

Morgan was placed in critical condition after the crash and has been very slow to recover from the injuries he sustained.

The actor/comedian hasn't said much since this incident took place, but Morgan did respond in late September to Walmart's assertion that he and his passengers are partly to blame for the fallout from the crash because they weren't wearing seatbelts at the time.

"After I heard what Walmart said in court I felt I had to speak out," he said. "I can't believe Walmart is blaming me for an accident that they caused. My friends and I were doing nothing wrong.

"I want to thank my fans for sticking with me during this difficult time. I love you all. I'm fighting hard every day to get back."

And we wish him the best of luck as he does so.

Ryan Gosling in a TuxEarlier today, the world learned that Chris Hemsworth is People's Sexiest Man Alive for 2014. 

The honor forever cements Chris' place as the Awesome Hemsworth, and reminds the world that his brother Liam is the one who got engaged to a pre-twerk Miley Cyrus before going on to get like three seconds of screen time in The Hunger Games.

However, Chris may never have been able to add "Sexiest Dude" to a resume that already includes "Thor" and "more Thor" were it not for Ryan Gosling who's apparently just not into labels.

"They tried a few times, especially during his huge year in 2011," says a source close to Gosling. The Baby Goose reportedly had zero interest in the title and believed it would hurt his career.

Who could blame him? Look what it did to Johnny Depp, George Clooney, Matthew McConaughey, Brad Pitt, Channing Tatum, Ben Affleck, and Matt Damon. Where are those losers now?

A rep for People declined to comment on Gosling turning down Sexiest Man in the past, but did say that The Notebook heartthrob was not in the running for in 2014:

"While I look forward to the day when Ryan Gosling is named Sexiest man Alive, this was not the year," says the magazine's editorial director. 

"Our 2014 honoree Chris Hemsworth was our first and only choice. If you want to know why, just look at him. I mean seriously."

Pretty much every year, fans demand Gosling be named Sexiest Man Alive and the news that he flat-out doesn't want the title is unlikely to calm the rabid gals and guys responsible for the web's endless supply of "Hey, girl" memes.

Fortunately, plenty of other magazines have recognized that Ryan is an alright-looking dude. In fact, just last year, Gosling was named "most f--kable" celeb by Details magazine. Yes, apparently that's a thing.

Chris Hemsworth ImageActor Chris Hemsworth is dominating the movie world this year and next with The Avengers, Blackhat and In the Heart of the Sea, but he just won an even bigger role:

People Magazine's annual, prestigious Sexiest Man Alive title.

The star, 31, thought it was "pretty funny" when he first heard about the news, as did his wife, Spanish model, Elsa Pataky, 38, whom he wed in 2010.

"I think you've bought me a couple of weeks of bragging rights around the house," Hemsworth says in this week's cover story, referring to the wife.

He adds, "I can just say to her, 'Now remember, this is what the people think, so I don't need to do the dishes anymore, I don't need to change nappies."

"I'm above that," Hemsworth, 31, jokes. "I've made it now.'"

The Australian lives Down Under with Elsa and their daughter India, 2, and 8-month-old twin sons, Sasha and Tristan, and that's where his heart is.

"We just had a big beach day with the kids, swimming and kicking the ball around," he says. "That was the first time in a long time we've done that."

"That's what it's all about," he says of his perfect afternoon.

Hemsworth, who is famously chiseled as Thor, says he tries to be disciplined when it comes to his diet and exercise but looks forward to his cheat days.

"Then it's pizza, hamburgers, beer, sugary things," he adds, saying his list of favorite foods basically amounts to "everything I'm not allowed to have!"

Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi Holiday CardEllen DeGeneres has a lot of history with Kim Kardashian.

The reality star renewed her vows with Kris Humphries in October 2011 on an episode of the comedian's talk show. She also accepted the Ice Buckett challenge alongside Ellen.

DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi also mocked Kim and Kanye West's "Bound 2" music video for their Christmas card last year.

And now the hilarious couple is up to it again. Consider their 2014 holiday card, unveiled today on an episode of Ellen:

DeGeneres's holiday cards are part of a partnership with Shutterfly in which the company donates money to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and the Humane Society.

So they're funny... they're creative... and they're for a good cause.

Oh, and they also poke fun at Kim Kardashian. Talk about a win-win-win-win.

Matt Lauer, you have messed with the wrong fan base.

During an interview on The Today Show yesterday, the embattled host spoke to Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan about their group's new album, "Four."

But first Lauer took note of Zayn Malik's absence, wondering aloud if perhaps something more than a mere stomach bug was to blame.

Is there any truth to those substance abuse rumors, Lauer asked?

This question elicited loud boos from those in attendance, though Payne handled it well and just reiterated that Malik was under the weather.

Now, Malik himself has spoken out against Lauer and the seemingly random, unfair implication that he has any kind of drug problem.

"I’m really angry and upset by what was said," Zayn tells The Sun. "I was really ill at the weekend, that’s why I couldn’t fly to America."

The artist's rep, meanwhile, expounded on the topic when speaking to The Daily Mail:

"Zayn was taken ill after recording the Band Aid single at the weekend and was unfortunately not well enough to fly to the USA yesterday. He will join the band for promotion for the new album as soon as he possibly can."

Soon after news of Malik's malady went viral, the hashtag "#GetWellSoonZayn" started to trend on Twitter.

And so did a lot of vitriol aimed in the direction of Matt Lauer.

Kim Kardashian: Naked for PaperKim is in no trouble at all with siblings after posing naked for Paper Magazine last week.

When asked by E! News for her take on Kim baring her birthday suit for the entire world, Khloe Kardashian responded with nothing but her full support a couple days ago.

"If you got it, flaunt it!” Khloe said. “People were just so hard on her during her pregnancy that I think she feels so liberated to show everyone ‘Look how bomb I look!’ So I kind of love that she’s saying a big eff you to the world."

Sure. That's one way to look at it, we suppose.

It is true that the tabloids often called out Kim for being fat while she housed daughter North West in her stomach, which was clearly unfair and ridiculous.

But many critics might take exception to this form of revenge.

Naya Rivera famously called Kardashian out for acting as an irresponsible mother for posing in the buff, though it's unclear why this is even a big deal at this point.

After all, this isn't the first time Kim Kardashian's got naked for a magazine.

Clearly troubled star Amanda Bynes now says she was obviously kidding when she fantasized aloud about killing her parents in a shocking new audio tape.

A friend of the star recorded Amanda Bynes talking about killing her parents in alarming detail while driving around with her in a car at some point recently.

She describes the hypothetical murders at length, and in detail.

Bynes rambled, ranted and raved about how her father deserves to be left in a ditch and that if you only knew what she's been through, you'd understand.

The friend sent the recordings to TMZ in hopes that medical professionals would realize what a dire situation she's in, but Bynes says it was all in jest.

In a series of tweets, she explains that obviously she's not really going to slit her dad’s throat and her mom’s wrists ... despite having said that and more:

"By the way - i was obviously joking about hurting my family - i straight up don’t believe in harming a soul,” Bynes wrote, going on to explain further:

“I said what I said in jest & if you don’t understand that then know I’m in therapy to talk about my dad issues and that will solve my concerns with ppl invading my private life.”

Absurd logic aside, she may well have been joking around or just ranting harmlessly, but her mental state these days makes it hard not to fear the worst.

Justin Bieber on ShotsJudge Facundo Cubas from Argentina has told Interpol to use all “necessary means” in order to alert Bieber to the fact that he has 60 days to appear before a court in his South American country.

The artist has been accused of sending bodyguards to attack a photographer outside a Buenos Aires nightclub on November 9, 2013.

Argentine photographer Diego Pesoa says he was chased down and beaten by Bieber’s entourage near the the INK nightclub while the singer and his pals partied inside.

This isn't the first (or second... or third... or fourth...) time that Bieber has been accused of using his bodyguards to attack members of the paparazzi.

One of his employees was arrested for stealing a photographer’s camera in February, while another bodyguard was caught on camera in November of last year going after a journalist.

If convicted of this latest crime, Bieber could face a year in prison.

Though spoiler alert... he probably wont.

Taylor Swift has been dateless for some time, and happily so, but one new rumor suggests she hopes to end the streak with none other than Chris Martin.

The serial monogamist turned proud single lady, who mocks her own relationship history in these classic Taylor Swift "Blank Space" GIFs, is supposedly smitten.

According to Star, she has a “massive crush” on Martin, despite his on-off romance with Jennifer Lawrence since consciously uncoupling from Gwyneth Paltrow.

“Taylor would love to make Chris her new boyfriend,” a source says.

She's already putting that plan into motion too, the tabloid claims.

“She’s taking advantage of how Jen’s and Chris’s busy schedules are keeping them apart,” the insider says. “She can sense that their relationship is on shaky ground."

"So she’s moving in ... fast.”

According the completely unreliable celebrity gossip publication, Swift has had feelings for Martin “for years,” ever since the two had dinner in 2012.

The two dined in London with Gwyneth, who was happily married to the Coldplay singer at the time, so of course she never thought anything could come of it.

That was then, though.

Taylor’s decision to join The Voice as a mentor this fall was based in part on the fact that Chris had mentored the NBC series in the past, supposedly.

Swift allegedly sent Martin a letter, asking him about the show and before long, the two were emailing back and forth about that and other matters:

“The content of those emails were becoming more and more flirtatious as Taylor flattered Chris about his music and queried him about the single life."

Martin, who is said to be back together with Jennifer Lawrence, is “blown away by Taylor’s maturity and wit,” according to these rumors.

Taylor Swift Time Magazine CoverIt's one thing for a 24-year-old pop star to grace the cover of Rolling Stone, but when you see your face under the heading of Time magazine, you know you've reached a level of cultural significance few artists even dream of.

That's the honor that America's top-selling musician received today, as the new issue of Time features an in-depth interview and cover story, aptly titled, "The Power of Taylor Swift."

While the photo may not be as eye-catching as Taylor's Wonderland magazine cover, the interview inside might be Swift's most revealing to date, as she opens up about everything from accidental nudity to her surprising feminist role models.

On the challenges faced by women in the music industry: It's a little discouraging to see that women have to work so much harder to prove they do their own things...And we all know it's a feminist issue. In the beginning, I liked to think we were all on the same playing field.

On her role models: Mariska Hargitay. I think she has a beautiful life and an incredible career, and I think she's built that for herself...And Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa.I really love her business, and how she sticks to who she is.

On being a role model herself: It's the same thing as living your life based on what your grandkids will say one day...I'd rather have it be, 'Grandma look how awkward your dancing was in the 'Shake It Off' video!" rather than, 'Grandma is that your nipple?' I think about the people in my life that that would disappoint: my mom, my dad, my kids, if I ever have them."

Ever since Amanda Bynes was released from a psychiatric facility last month, she's been passing up the hotel room provided by her parents in favor of living a semi-homeless existence in West Hollywood.

Amanda had been crashing with her hairdresser and two other young women, but TMZ reports that they've now kicked her to the curb and filed a lawsuit after Amanda allegedly trashed their apartment.

The roommates reportedly contacted Amanda's parents, demanding cash for nearly 2 grand in damages.

Rick and Lynn Bynes replied - rather reasonably - that they were against Amanda moving into the apartment in the first place, and the girls should have known what they were getting themselves into.

The alleged damages actually don't sound that bad, considering some of the destructive behavior in which Amanda has engaged in recent weeks:

Bynes dyed her hair purple last week and her roommates claim she messed up their carpet and furniture with runoff from her lavender locks.

Also, they claim she burned cigarette holes in their rugs.

The girls also complained that Amanda was prone to wild mood swings and that her personality seemed to change dramatically from one moment to the next.

There's no word on exactly when they kicked her out, or where Amanda is staying these days.

Jen Lawrence PicJennifer Lawrence is a woman who knows what she wants in life, and in love. On the latter front, it's not really shocking what the star says she looks for.

In the new issue of French magazine Madame Figaro, the 24-year-old reveals that the ideal mate for her is "one who allows her to be herself in all situations."

"Otherwise, you might as well stay single."

Lawrence, who might be back together with Chris Martin, is currently overseas as part of a massive PR tour for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.

That's just part of her job as an A-list star, and the accompanying interest in her personal life is something she says she has been very reluctant to accept.

Admitting it took days to agree to portray Katniss Everdeen, she says, "I realized that whatever I do, at any level, I would lose a part of my private life."

"For each 'everyday' photo published," the paparazzi-averse Oscar-winner says, "I generally spent three hours playing cat and mouse with photographers."

"I always had a very clear idea of the type of course I wanted - acting, that's all. Of course, by contract, I must assure a media presence to promote my work.

"But if I had a choice," says the talented and versatile but world-weary actress, "you wouldn't hear me express myself except in movies."

So what about Twitter, Facebook and other social media?

"All that doesn't interest me for a second!" she says.

"I'm always hundreds of emails behind."

Given the fact that numerous Jennifer Lawrence nude photos were among the flagship leaks disseminated by The Fappening, her attitude is not surprising.

This has been true of her throughout, however.

For a woman of her stature, she keeps a surprisingly low profile aside from movie press and has done so long before she was as famous as she is now.

Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg PhotographBecause every couple that has ever appeared together on a reality series ends up living happily ever, Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg have agreed to a deal with A&E.

Tentatively titled “Donnie Loves Jenny,” the 10 one-hour episode season will chronicle the newlyweds as they navigate through their first year of marriage.

"We’re so excited about this deal and look forward to a long and successful relationship creating entertaining and provocative unscripted programming with our partners at A&E," said the couple in a statement.

McCarthy and Wahlberg, who will each produce the program as well, added:

"Our feeling is, who better to make our first show for the network about than about us? We love working together and with our crazy schedules this gives us the chance to both work and play together."

Macaulay Culkin is not dead, despite another fast-spreading Internet hoax indicating the Home Alone star's demise ... for the second time this year alone.

The troubled and sometimes reclusive actor, 34, who at one point was reportedly in the throes of heroin addiction and appeared gaunt, is alive and well.

According to the latest Macaulay Culkin death hoax, he was found dead in his Manhattan apartment. Facebook and Twitter users quickly bought in.

With fans linking to a story on something called MSNBC (dot) website (dot) com - obviously not the real NBC, MSN or MSNBC - the story went viral.

According to the unconfirmed and unsubstantiated reports, Culkin was found dead after police responded to a wellness check requested by a family member:

"At least one occupant of the Manhattan apartment confirmed the apartment belongs to Culkin but police have not confirmed the man’s identity at this time."

Det. James Patterson, allegedly of the Manhattan Police Department, said:

“The apartment was exceptionally clean and we found no signs of abuse or foul-play so we are depending on the coroner to make a final ruling of what happened.”

The actor turned musician was also reported dead back in April, with Facebook users mourning his alleged death and even a memorial page popping up.

Though reps for the actor denied the April reports, they have not yet spoken out on the latest hoax claiming that Culkin is dead ... but he's still not.

He was seen with his band, The Pizza Underground, last night, and even took a "Weekend At Bernies" inspired picture. 

Culkin has become much lower profile as an adult than when he was one of the biggest child stars of all time, so it's easy to see how one would believe this.

If you hadn’t heard, animal-loving Miley has a pet pig now. She adopted it over the summer. It’s name is Bubba Sue.

Miley, who at last count also has four dogs, so loves this pig that she treats it like a human, even giving it a pedicure as she shared with the world on Instagram Thursday.

Miley posted a photo of someone painting Bubba Sue’s toes a fashionable shade of red. “Pig pig gonna be lookin fresh,” she wrote.

More than 313,000 fans have “liked” the photo. But some were peeved by the porcine pedi, finding it more cruel than cute. And they roasted the megastar.

“Poor animal.”

“It’s not a toy.”

“You mad."

Amanda Bynes Walking the StreetBy the time she was 13, Amanda Bynes was starring in her own sketch comedy series on Nickelodeon. 

Now, at the age of 28, she's hoping to find a gig slinging drinks at an LA watering hole.

TMZ reports that Amanda is desperate for cash these days, and she's told friends to put the word out that she wants a bartending job.

Bynes is homeless at the moment, and while she may not be sleeping on the streets, as some outlets have claimed, she admits that with the court-ordered hold on her finances, she doesn't have enough cash for an apartment or even a hotel room.

Fortunately, Bynes has a lot of friends in the area and she's been able to secure shelter. Even former reality star Heidi Montag has offered Bynes a place to stay.

But to her credit, Amanda is reportedly not content to depend on the kindness of semi-famous strangers.

She's fighting hard for access to her $5.7 million fortune and in the meantime, she means to earn some serious tips.

Of course, it's not just an apartment and new clothes that she's after.

Amanda wants plastic surgery. Badly. Her comments on her own appearance suggest that she may be suffering from body dysmorphia or a similar condition.

Her parents are currently in charge of her finances, but they'll soon hand the reins over to a new conservator. Amanda's obsession with altering her appearance is one of the many reasons that those closest to her don't trust her with that kind of cash.

Taylor Swift on NBC's The VoiceThe so-called "feud" between Taylor Swift and Spotify isn't really a feud at all, but rather the result of a savvy business decision on Taylor's part.

Spotify compensates artists, but streaming doesn't pay nearly as well as actual sales, so it's not hard to see why Taylor would prefer for her fans to go to iTunes or Target if they want to hear her blockbuster album.

"I'm not willing to contribute my life's work to an experiment that I don't feel fairly compensates the writers, producers, artists, and creators of this music," Taylor said in a recent interview.

"I just don't agree with perpetuating the perception that music has no value and should be free."

But isn't 1989 the best-selling album of the year? Isn't Taylor on track to become the highest-paid female entertainer of 2014. Does she really need the money that comes from album sales when she has tours, endorsements and a million other revenue streams?

Well, it turns out there's more to the decision to pull her music from Spotify than just money.

Streaming services put the emphasis on individual songs rather than albums, and it seems Taylor believes 1989 works best as a cohesive whole:

"I'd really much rather write a novel than a bunch of short stories," she says. "I'd rather be known for a collection of songs that go together and live together and belong together."

And since Taylor's intense love for her fans sets her apart from most artists as much as her talent and business acumen, her millions of devotees naturally entered into her decision as well:

"I felt like [with Spotify] I was saying to my fans, 'If you create music someday, if you create a painting someday, someone can just walk into a museum, take it off the wall, rip off a corner of it, and it's theirs now and they don't have to pay for it.'"

Yes, though it resulted in some minor backlash, Taylor's decision to pull her work from streaming services was actually another carefully considered step in one of the most skillfully navigated careers in music history.

It's official: Bharlie is a go.

A day after rumors surfaced that Britney Spears is dating television producer Charlie Ebersol, the singer was asked about her romantic life during an interview with Extra.

Yes, there is a special someone. It’s very new,” Spears said as she was being awarded a key to Las Vegas, where she is in the middle of a popular residency at Planet Hollywood.

Charlie Ebersol is the son of the legendary NBC executive Dick Ebersol.

He produces such reality programs as The Moment and The Great Escape.

In 2004, Ebersol survived a plane crash that killed his younger brother, Teddy among others, with Charlie saving his father from the burning wreckage.

Amanda Bynes and ParentsIn light of recent events, the parents of Amanda Bynes are giving up their conservatorship over their troubled daughter and leaving the State of California.

What does that mean in terms of their relationship with the star?

In the coming days, they will file court documents handing over the legal conservatorship over their daughter to someone else. It's not yet clear whom.

Then they will be moving to Texas, according to a TMZ report.

After Amanda Bynes was released from a psychiatric hospital last week, the troubled star tried to go before a judge undo the conservatorship but failed.

Still, the writing is clearly on the wall for Rick and Lynn Bynes.

Amanda unleashed an epic Twitter tirade, calling her dad a sexual predator and showing a deep distrust of her parents as well as clear mental instability.

Rick and Lynn feel they can no longer control their daughter.

As such, the conservatorship - which gives the conservator(s) full control over Amanda's financial, legal and medical decisions - is about to be transferred.

A mental health professional who specializes in handling people with severe mental illnesses is likely to take over, in hopes that he or she can help Amanda.

Bynes claims she is bipolar and homeless at the moment.

As for leaving California, her parents will move to Texas to be near their older daughter, effectively throwing in the towel when it comes to Amanda.

They are hoping that when someone else controls her finances and medical care, Amanda will stop lashing out at them and they can have a relationship.

It may take awhile and it will be long distance, but given what we've seen in the past two years, that's what they feel their best course of action is now.

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