Messages of love, support and admiration have been pouring in for TLC stars Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar, whose 19th baby was born prematurely on Thursday at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences when doctors performed an emergency C-section on Michelle.
Josie Brooklyn was born three months early and weighed 1 pound, 6 ounces. People reported that the baby's future was still not certain. Michelle's doc, Paul Wendel, says the premature delivery was necessary because Michelle suffered from a rare condition during her pregnancy called preeclampsia, which causes dangerously high blood pressure. Michelle and her baby remained in stable condition.
"Michelle is resting comfortably and [the] baby is stable and in the NICU for extended care," TLC says. "The most important thing right now is for Mom and baby Josie to get as much rest as possible. The family is grateful for all the prayers and well wishes during their recovery."
Beloved American spiritualist Kourtney Kardashian, 30, yesterday gave birth to a baby boy, Mason Dash Disick, at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles. MDD, first baby for KK and her boyfriend Scott Disick, weighed in at 7 pounds, 6 ounces. KK, who displays her religio-ethical sagacity on two TV shows, Keeping Up With the Kardashians and Kourtney & Khloé Take Miami, had struggled with the question of whether to keep the baby and/or reveal its father. But as her lovely sister, Kim, explained on Dec. 10, KK came to embrace her fecundity: "She's changed so much, but I never thought before that Kourtney would have a baby."
John Mellencamp's son Speck Mellencamp, 14, has found the perfect way to force his dad to quit smoking. Speck made a deal with John that if 1 mil people joined Speck's Facebook page, the elder Mellencamp would quit.
"I think he would like to [quit]," Speck tells NPR's Scott Simon, "but I just don't think he ever had the willpower to."
SM says his dad thought only a few of his son's friends would join the Facebook group.
"He says if a million people and then somebody sees him [smoking], he'll seem like the bad guy," Speck says. As of yesterday afternoon, there were 232,924 members.
Playgirl has announced that it has no plans to publish a series of photos that allegedly show Tiger Woods in the buff. The mag, which recently honored the nation with images of youth leader Levi Johnston, says it was sent a series of pics of a man who appears to be Tiger. Marketing director Daniel Nardicio says the mag has refused to publish the photos because they could not be authenticated.
If early film awards are any indication, The Hurt Locker should have a healthy showing at the Academy Awards in March. Locker, which stars Jeremy Renner as a member of a bomb disposal unit in Iraq, was named best film by both the New York Film Critics Circle and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. Both also picked Kathryn Bigelow as best director.
The New York group, which announced its awards yesterday, chose Meryl Streep for best actress for the foodie flick Julie & Julia. George Clooney nabbed the best actor prize for two flicks, Up in the Air and Fantastic Mr. Fox.
Across the continent, the Lalaland critics on Sunday named Jeff Bridges best actor for Crazy Heart and Belgian actress Yolande Moreau for Seraphine.
Meanwhile, the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) yesterday announced nominations for its movie awards, giving eight nods to Locker. Inglourious Basterds and Nine each received 10 noms. The awards will air live Jan. 15 on VH1.
Even the American Film Institute salutes Hurt Locker. The venerable institution on Sunday released its list of the year's 10 best films, which includes Locker, Coraline, The Hangover, The Messenger and Up.
The History Channel will make a foray into scripted TV dramas with The Kennedys, an eight-hour series about the history of the political family. The show will include a look at Joe Kennedy's relationship with his sons, including John F. Kennedy. The show will also cover JFK's presidential career. No info on casting or production dates.
Federal authorities in Miami have announced that Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton, who was arrested Thursday on drug charges, was caught trying to buy more than five kilos of cocaine from an undercover officer in Sarasota, Fla. The music star faces a charge of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute. The Associated Press says Banton's independent record label has yet to respond to requests for comment.
Mexican officials have revealed that Latin Grammy-winning accordionist and Norteño singer Ramón Ayala was rounded up during a deadly raid at a drug cartel's Christmas party Friday. Ayala, who was released after being questioned, was performing at the party in a town near Mexico City. Three gunmen were killed during the raid and 11 others arrested. Ayala's reps have declined to comment.
Twilight distributor Summit Entertainment has signed to handle domestic distribution for Roman Polanski's new film, The Ghost Writer, which stars Pierce Brosnan and Ewan McGregor. The fate of the film has been in question since Polanski's recent arrest in Switzerland, where he awaits extradition to America in his 32-year-old sexual misconduct case.
Sean "Diddy" Combs is the nation's best hip-hop star, restaurateur, fashion designer - and lover. Just ask . . . Diddy himself.
"I dare you to write down all my achievements. It will be overwhelming," he tells Playboy. "And I'm not saying that in an arrogant way." His accomplishments truly are amazing. "I tried to lose my virginity when I was 7 years old," he says. "But it didn't happen." Diddy also shares of his lifelong love of pornography. (By 13, he says, he already had become a connoisseur.) Porn aside, the dude is a true romantic: "When you love hard, you would actually die for somebody." (Ahhhh!)