Simon Cowell Dating Carmen Electra

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I’m not sure if I should post this as a Hot New Couple alert or not. Simon Cowell confirmed what’s been rumored for a little while now: he is, indeed, dating Carmen Electra. The two were co-hosts on ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ last spring (these pictures are from that show). Simon explained it to friend Ryan Seacrest on his morning radio show:

“She’s not my girlfriend. We’re people who date.”

But Simon added:

“She’s adorable, isn’t she?”

So, Carmen and Simon are dating. Do you think this qualifies as a Hot New Couple or not, since it seems it isn’t an exclusive relationship?

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Jennie Garth Plans For First Christmas As A Single Mom

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It’s easy to forget the holidays aren’t always a happy time for everyone. Sometimes, they can be the most difficult time of the year. Jennie Garth is facing her first Christmas as a single mom. It sounds like she plans to keep things low-key, but not so low-key she gets completely outshined by her ex, Peter Facinelli. The two have three daughters.

“This year we’re going to be celebrating it quietly at home, just the four of us. Then, we’re going to be taking a trip to see some dear friends in Virginia.

“I’m going to be taking them to a play for Christmas, and trying to up my fun game as a mom. They do a lot of fun things with their dad, so I’m trying to up my fun game. I’m going to look in L.A. and see what are some fun holiday things we could do. I know that Neil Patrick Harris is doing a play — we might check that out in Pasadena.”

Jennie also shared her strategies for co-parenting with OK! magazine.

“It’s about communication, and keeping the focus on the girls. That’s what makes it work as a co-parent. You need to take the focus off of yourself and maybe your feelings about something, and make sure you’re making the right choice for the girls — for the kids.”

Sounds like a great strategy to me! And hopefully Jennie won’t stress herself out too much about what fun things Peter may plan with the girls. Their daughters are sure to enjoy time with both parents!

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Hot New Trailer: Leonardo DiCaprio In ‘The Great Gatsby’

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I have been WAITING for this! Here’s the new trailer for ‘The Great Gatsby.’ Leonardo DiCaprio starring at Gatsby is more than enough. Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan are great in their own right, however. Watching this trailer, I realize just how long it’s been since I’ve read F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic book (for me, that’s high school).

I need to read it again. I don’t remember HALF this stuff in the trailer! Whether ‘The Great Gatsby’ makes it to the top of my TBR pile or not, I’m sure I’ll be seeing this in the theaters. I’m surprised it’s being released next summer. This seems like a holiday film. Are you looking forward to it?

Judd Apatow Shares Broadway Plans With GQ

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This is 40‘ writer-director Judd Apatow sat down with GQ. He shared his next professional plan, which is to write a play for Broadway. Can you imagine the writer of ‘The 40-Year-Old Virgin,’ ‘Knocked Up,’ and ‘Forgetting Sarah Marshall’ writing for Broadway? I bet the result would be hilarious! Here are some excerpts from Judd’s GQ interview.

Judd Apatow on “This is 40″: “One person said, ‘There wasn’t enough story.’ But that’s the whole point of the movie. It’s not about a gigantic incident happening. It’s about the normal ebb and flow of your family life and your relationship—the little moments of connecting or not connecting. And not understanding why.”

…on his idea to pursue writing a Broadway play: “I miss doing something where I’m interacting more with the audience. I like the idea of writing something and rewriting it every night based on how it’s playing. I have a great idea. Maybe like the best idea I’ve ever had. It requires me to create characters and situations that have absolutely nothing to do with my experience.”

…on the topic of his Broadway play: “It’s about victims of the criminal-justice system and the challenges they face. I am excited to write something which has a social conscience. That is not something I have attempted before, and I hope I am up for the challenge.”

…on ‘Freaks and Geeks': “[“Freaks and Geeks”] felt like a great family that got torn apart for no reason.”

Lena Dunham on Judd Apatow and his work: “The thing about Judd is he lives in two very opposite arenas—the desire to tell a truthful, emotional story and the desire to make people laugh in a hard-core way. I don’t think anybody’s merged that in the same way Judd has. In the process, he’s created a whole new idea about what comedy can be. …Judd is an anxious person who understands that’s not the most comfortable way to live and who doesn’t find his own affliction cute and who is looking for ways to deal with it. He has a deep desire to find a comfortable resting place.”

You can read Judd’s entire interview in the January issue of GQ, which hits newsstands on December 25.

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First Look: Jessica Simpson’s Weight Watchers Commercial (Video)

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Jessica Simpson is looking FAB here! This is her latest Weight Watchers commercial. You would never know she gave birth within the last year to look at her here. Okay, I’m going to go there. Looking at those slightly grainy pictures of Jessica as a bridesmaid at BFF Cacee Cobb’s wedding, it looks like she’s picked up a little weight. Maybe the rumors are true.

For her first pregnancy, Jessica reportedly kept quiet because she was trying to negotiate a deal with a magazine to make the big announcement. Apparently a deal couldn’t be negotiated before she started showing. Maybe Jessica’s trying to negotiate a deal to announce baby #2? Or perhaps she wants to be married to Eric Johnson before announcing a new pregnancy. Then again, Weight Watchers could want her to keep quiet for as long as possible so they can run these commercial. Whatever the reason, I will not be surprised AT ALL if Jessica ultimately announces she’s expecting (or starts flaunting a baby bump). Check out the commercial below.

Taylor Swift Introduced Harry Styles To Her Mom

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It sounds like things are getting serious between Taylor Swift and Harry Styles! Taylor reportedly has introduced Harry to her mother, Andrea. She is said to have made the introductions yesterday after Harry spent the night at Taylor’s home on Tuesday night. The three were seen leaving Taylor’s place to do some grocery shopping.

Taylor was also on hand when Harry got inked. Somehow, she managed to evade the paparazzi. Taylor reportedly chatted with a friend and played pool while Harry got his new tattoo.The tattoo was done by an artist who’s a good friend of them both: Ed Sheeran.

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Katy Perry Congratulated Russell Brand On 10 Years Of Sobriety

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Katy Perry sent ex-husband Russell Brand a congratulatory message for having stayed off drugs for 10 years. A source told The Sun:

“Although they’ve broken up, Katy knows how important this milestone is for Russell. She wanted to let him know that she was thinking of him and that she was still proud of what he has achieved. She also wanted to drop him the email to wish him a happy 2013 and to let him know that her heart was finally healing.”

That was nice of Katy! Ten years of sobriety is a HUGH accomplishment for anyone in recovery.

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