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Monday, November 17

Kate Hudson was getting very friendly with antoher woman in the Hot Rumor of the Day.  She was at the opening of a hotel in Miami Beach on Friday night where a "witness" says, "She didn't care who saw them.  They were being very open in public.  It was quite shocking.  They looked like they were having a great time."  Organizers of a Las Vegas rally against California's ban on same-sex marriages got a surprise appearance from comedian Wanda Sykes, who happened to be in town performing at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.  "You know, I don't really talk about my sexual orientation. I didn't feel like I had to. I was just living my life, not necessarily in the closet, but I was living my life," Sykes told folks at the rally, hosted by the LGBT Center of Southern Nevada.  "Everybody that knows me personally they know I'm gay. But that's the way people should be able to live their lives," said the actress, who disclosed to the crowd that she married her partner on October 25.  However, the passage of California's Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriage, made her feel like she was attacked. "Now, I gotta get in their face," she said. "I'm proud to be a woman.  I'm proud to be a black woman, and I'm proud to be gay." Lindsay Lohan and Samantha Ronson were on their way into a Paris nightclub on Friday night, when an animal rights activist dumped an entire bag of flour over her.  The offender was apparently a member of PETA Europe and Lindsay was targeted because she still wears real fur.  In fact, she happened to be wearing one that night.  In her first public statement since the funerals of her mother, brother and nephew last week, Jennifer Hudson used her MySpace page to thank fans for their encouragement and support following the tragedy.  "I want to thank each and every one of you for your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time," the 27-year-old Oscar-winner said in a posting Thursday evening. "My sister and I take great comfort and strength from your love and concern."  In related news, The Gap had considered removing Hudson from its new holiday ads following the murders, but decided to keep the artist after Hudson gave her approval.  "We felt that it was really important first and foremost to respect what she wanted to do, so as long as she felt comfortable with her campaign being out there, we felt comfortable," Olivia Doyne, director of engagement marketing and public relations for Gap, told the Associated Press.  Jennifer's photos for the campaign were taken in July, some three months before the October 24th shooting deaths of her 57-year-old mother, Darnell Donerson; her brother, 29-year-old Jason Hudson; and her 7-year-old nephew Julian King.  "The minute we heard about the tragedy, we actually contacted her management team to ask if she wanted to participate or if she wanted us to pull her out of it," said Doyne.  "They checked in with her and said that she still wanted to participate. It was definitely our first thought."  Doyne said Gap Inc. wasn't concerned that Hudson's presence in the ads would register sadness instead of holiday cheer.  "Her pictures are absolutely gorgeous. She just looks incredible and she's got such this big, beautiful personality and I think it came through on the photos really well," said Doyne. "So I really hope that despite all the heartbreak that's been happening, she'll still bring a smile to people's faces."  50 Cent's new album, "Before I Self Destruct," has been pushed back from its original December 16th release date to an unspecified date in early 2009.  Interscope says the artist was "rushing" to meet the December date but "with the deadline to secure advertising and retail placement for the album imminent," the rapper opted to wait until next year.  "Before I Self Destruct" will be packaged with a full-length feature film of the same name, in which 50 plays a budding basketball star who becomes a criminal after his mother's murder.  Early pressings of the album will also include a second DVD with the documentary "Two Turntables And A Microphone: The Life And Death Of Jam Master Jay," which 50 Cent executive produced.

11/17/2008 12:33PM
Monday, November 17
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