KATIE COURIC TO WED
Katie Couric is planning a second trip down the aisle. The talk show host, 56, got engaged to boyfriend John Molner over Labor Day Weekend. People magazine reports Molner, 50, popped the question at sunset on the beach in East Hampton, NY. The couple has been dating for nearly two years, and first went public with their relationship in May at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala. This will be the second marriage for Couric, a mother of two daughters. She has been a widow since her husband Jay Monahan died from colon cancer in 1998.
URBAN, LOPEZ & CONNICK, JR. CONFIRMED FOR IDOL
After weeks of rumors, American Idol has finally announced the judges for the upcoming 13th season. As expected, Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick, Jr. are on board, with Idol veteran Randy Jackson returning as in-house mentor. Ryan Seacrest, of course, will remain as host. Newbie Connick, Jr. is excited to join the Fox hit. “I have always been a huge fan of American Idol and really enjoyed my time as a mentor on the show,” he said. “And I am honored that they’ve asked me to be a judge this season. As an entertainer, I am truly excited to bring my perspective to American Idol and to help emerging performers find their way.”
J.LO HAS INSECURITIES
There’s no doubt that Jennifer Lopez is a huge superstar, but believe it or not, there was a time she felt very insecure about her talent. “It was after I had kids to be honest… The biggest insecurity I had was my singing. Even though I had sold 70 million records, there was this feeling like, I’m not good at this,” she tells Cosmopolitan magazine. “And while I was married to Marc [Anthony], he helped me get over it. He kept telling me, ‘You’re the only one holding yourself back from reaching your full potential as a singer. You have to let go’… I was always so insecure and just kind of going along.” She adds, “Then I grew, little by little, and realized, wait a minute, this is not a fluke. I’m not a mistake – I work my a** off. And I know what I’m doing.”
LAMAR HAS SPENT MORE THAN $50K ON DRUGS
Just how bad is Lamar Odom’s drug problem? Well, a man claiming to be the NBA star’s drug dealer tells Radaronline Lamar has smoked more than $50,000 worth of cocaine in the past three years. The man claims he’s witnessed Lamar get “high” as many as ten times since 2010, explaining that the basketball star liked to freebase cocaine. The anonymous man says he even saw Lamar go on a cocaine spree before an L.A. Clippers/New York Knicks game at Madison Square Garden in February. “I know it for a fact because I sold him the stuff and saw him smoke it,” said the source. “He spent about 16 grand.” Meanwhile, Lamar hired attorney Robert Shapiro to help him with his DUI case, and TMZ reports Kris Jenner was behind the move. The site claims Kris wanted Robert on the case because of his history with drug addiction; his son Brent died of an overdose in 2005. Kris wants Robert not only to represent Lamar in his legal troubles, but also try and urge him to seek help for his addiction.
KIM’S A BLONDE
New mom Kim Kardashian debuted a new look over the weekend. The reality show star attended a friend’s barbecue with baby North, and sister Kourtney Kardashian and her two kids, and was spotted with new blonde locks.
MILEY WANTED TO MAKE “HISTORY” AT VMAS
Miley Cyrus is finally talking about her controversial performance with Robin Thicke at last month’s MTV Video Music Awards. "Me and Robin, the whole time said, 'You know we're about to make history right now,'" Cyrus recalled. "What's amazing is I think now, we're three days later, and people are still talking about it." As for the media frenzy that surrounded the performance, it doesn’t seem to bother the 20-year-old. "They're over thinking it. You're thinking about it more than I thought about it when I did it," Cyrus said. "Like, I didn't even think about it 'cause that's just me." She adds, “I don't pay attention to the negative because I've seen this play out so many times. How many times have we seen this play out in pop music? Madonna's done it. Britney's done it. Every VMA performance, that's what you're looking for; you're wanting to make history."
BYNES’ COSTLY CARE
Amanda Bynes’ psych hold was extended over the weekend, and her medical care doesn’t come cheap. According to TMZ, Amanda’s stay at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles costs $3,500 a day, and she’s expected to stay there for at least the next 60 days. "The cost is so high because it covers not just treatment, but living expenses as well,” claims a source. “To put this in perspective, you can get a deluxe executive suite at the Four Seasons Hotel in nearby Beverly Hills for $815 a night.”
FANS FURIOUS OVER FIFTY SHADES OF GREY CASTING
Fifty Shades of Grey fans weren’t exactly thrilled by Monday’s announcement that Charlie Hunnam and Dakota Johnson had landed the lead roles in the big screen adaptation of the S & M best-seller. In fact, someone even started a Change.org petition that had over 7,000 signatures as of yesterday. (They want White Collar’s Matt Bomer and Gilmore Girls’ Alexis Bledel in the roles.) But producers of the film are urging fans to give the two stars a chance. "There is a lot that goes into casting that isn't just looks. talent, availability, their desire to do it, chemistry with other actor, etc," tweeted producer Dana Brunetti. "So if your favorite wasn't cast, then it is most likely due to something on that list. Keep that in mind while hating and keep perspective."
A SECRET MARRIAGE FOR SALDANA?
Has Zoe Saldana secretly tied the knot? Well, that’s what The Mail speculates, after the Avatar actress and boyfriend Marco Perego were both seen wearing what appeared to be wedding bands on their right hand. Insiders say Zoe was also wearing what looked like an engagement ring. The couple, who went public with their romance in May, reportedly tried to hide their hands from paparazzi when they stepped out in London Monday night. So far there has been no word as to whether the wedding rumors are true.
RACHEL ZOE IS PREGNANT
Rachel Zoe has confirmed rumors that she is expecting her second child. Zoe, who recently celebrated her 22nd wedding anniversary with husband Roger Berman, announced the news on her website. “Before we head into the chaos of fashion season, we wanted to take a moment to OFFICIALLY confirm that we are expecting another child,” wrote the 42-year-old. “We are beyond excited for Skylar to have a sibling and for us to fall in love all over again. We feel incredibly blessed.” The couple’s son Skylar is two.
UPTON WINS MODEL OF THE YEAR
Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover girl Kate Upton will receive the 2013 Model of the Year honor at the 10th Annual Style Awards in New York City today. The event, which kicks off New York Fashion Week, will be hosted by Nicole Richie. Upton is on the cover of Vanity Fair’s 100th Anniversary issue, where she shows off some major cleavage. Surprisingly, the 21-year-old tells the magazine some people thought she couldn’t make it in the modeling business. "I'm not going to name names, but one agency told me, 'You're too American, and everybody knows American women are lazy.' I was so offended!" she explained. "I've never been so offended! I was like, 'You know that you're in America, right?' And it wasn't 'American models'—it was 'American women are lazy,' period! I feel like a lot of women would disagree with that. A lot!"