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POSTED: Thursday, August 22, 2013, 3:34 PM
This Aug. 19, 2013 photo shows singer Kanye West, left, with host Kris Jenner during a (AP)

Please don't, we said when we first watched a snippet of Kris Jenner's interview with Kanye West. Jump on the couch, that is. 

The usually press-shy, paparazzi-loathing Kanye West opened up to his baby girl's grandmother Kris Jenner in a pre-taped, hour-long interview touted heavily in the finale of the Kardashian matron's Fox talk show. 36-year-old West reveals how he really feels about his girlfriend of two years, Kim Kardashian.

"I could have people saying, 'This is going to damage your credibility as an artist or as a designer, and I say, 'I don't care. I love this woman,' " the new dad shares. "Or someone could say, 'Everyone knows you don't like paparazzi. Why would you be with this person?' And I say, 'I'm being with this person because I love this person and she's worth it to me.' "

POSTED: Thursday, August 22, 2013, 12:27 PM
This image released by NBC shows co-hosts, from left, Al Roker, Savannah Guthrie, and Matt Lauer, talking with weekend correspondent Jenna Wolfe as she announces that she is pregnant during the "Today" show in New York on Wednesday, March 27, 2013. Wolfe, who is expecting a baby in August with her partner, NBC News foreign correspondent Stephanie Gosk, will chronicle her pregnancy experience on a blog. (AP)

The Today website is running a rather personal item this morning:

“Harper Estelle Wolfeld Gosk made her Today debut Thursday morning with her moms, sleeping in Jenna Wolfe's arms next to Stephanie Gosk.

‘This is the greatest gift,’ Jenna said. ‘Anyone who's a parent understands what I'm talking about.’

POSTED: Thursday, August 22, 2013, 10:18 AM

Bibbidi bobbidi Bey! A new, viral YouTube video is making pop culture waves by mixing a classic fairy tale story with Beyonce's music.

The video, released by former American Idol finalist Todrick Hall, tells the story of Cinderella by way of a mashup of the pop sensation's hits. Halo, Single Ladies, Countdown, and Love On Top are among the singles featured in the  8-minute production, which was uploaded just two days ago and already has over 100,000 hits. After all, who doesn't appreciate a reimagined - not to mention uber creative take on this classic story? Watch below.

POSTED: Wednesday, August 21, 2013, 12:42 PM

By the ghost of Earl Scruggs, this is banjo music, foilks.

What happens when an amphibian takes on a human for a rousing version of “Dueling Banjos”?

Well, it looks a lot like this actually. In this Funny or Die video, Kermit and Steve Martin pluck up a storm in a swamp.

POSTED: Wednesday, August 21, 2013, 8:45 AM
Snooki and JWoww star on their very own spinoff series. (AP Photo)

Snooki & JWoww can stay. For now at least.

On Monday, Ocean County Superior Court Judge E. David Millard said he won't stop production of MTV's "Snooki & JWoww" in a house on Pelican Island, the Asbury Park Press reports.

The town, which is currently in the process of rebuilding from Superstorm Sandy, presented concerns from municipal officials and its residents that the taping of the series - a spinoff from popular reality TV show "Jersey Shore" which was filmed in Seaside Heights, right across the bridge from Pelican Island - could disrupt recovery efforts.

POSTED: Wednesday, August 21, 2013, 4:47 PM
Kevin Hart at Philly 4th of July Jam on the Parkway, Thursday, July 4, 2013. (Steven M. Falk / Staff Photographer)

Poor Big Sean. The rapper’s new album, Hall of Fame, featuring Kid Cudi, 2 Chainz, Nas and others, is due out Tuesday. It leaked a week early. But that’s not the problem. A 7-minute track that got left off the CD, “Control”, is getting all the attention.

Primarily because of an aggressively boastful verse from young Kendrick Lamar, in which the Compton-born MC claims to be “king of New York” while calling out a number of rappers – by name, including A$AP Rocky, Wale, Mac Miller, Drake and Jermaine Cole – to bring up their games.

The track has been driving the hip hop community crazy.

POSTED: Tuesday, August 20, 2013, 1:21 PM
Author Elmore Leonard smiles during a 2012 interview at his home in Bloomfield Township, Mich. Leonard, a former adman who later in life became one of America's foremost crime writers, has died. He was 87. (PAUL SANCYA / Associated Press)

“I never thought of him as any kind of super-intellect...He likes what he does. That’s the main thing.”

That’s novelist Elmore Leonard talking about Raylan Givens, the character he created and that Timothy Olyphant brought to life in FX’s “Justified.”

But Leonard, who died Tuesday at 87 from complications of a recent stroke, might easily have been talking about himself.

POSTED: Tuesday, August 20, 2013, 10:18 AM
Elmore Leonard was honored in 2012 with a medal for distinguished contribution to American letters, joining a group that includes Arthur Miller and Toni Morrison. "I don't see any objection to my being on this list," he says.

Great American novelist Elmore Leonard, who passed away Tuesday after complications from a stroke at the age of 87, penned in 2001 for the New York Times a piece on the 10 rules of good writing. The following is an abridged version of Leonard's article. Read the complete piece, here.

1. Never open a book with weather.
2. Avoid prologues.
3. Never use a verb other than "said" to carry dialogue.
4. Never use an adverb to modify the verb "said”…he admonished gravely.
5. Keep your exclamation points under control. You are allowed no more than two or three per 100,000 words of prose.
6. Never use the words "suddenly" or "all hell broke loose."
7. Use regional dialect, patois, sparingly.
8. Avoid detailed descriptions of characters.
9. Don't go into great detail describing places and things.
10. Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip.

"My most important rule is one that sums up the 10," he wrote. "If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it."

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