No Lovato in Phila.
Teen pop star Demi Lovato has pulled out of the Philly 4th of July Jam, the free fireworks and music Independence Day celebration set for Thursday night on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
The reported reason is a sore throat. The former Disney star has had a rough time of it in recent years. She spent time in rehab in 2010, and her father, from whom she was estranged, died last month.
Her spot on the bill, which also includes the Roots, John Mayer, Jill Scott, Ne-Yo, Grace Potter and Ben Taylor, will be taken by clean-cut country star Hunter Hayes, 21, who is apparently close friends with Stevie Wonder as well as being quite popular with the teenage girl demographic Lovato specializes in.
- Dan DeLuca
Cosby's sweater war
Which of the million sweaters, pullovers, and jumpers Bill Cosby wore as Cliff Huxtable on The Cosby Show do you love most? Go see them at http://billcosby.com/polls and vote for your favorite.
Celebs who dare to love
More reports Henry Cavill has taken Kaley Cuoco as his gal of steel. Splash News has pictures of the two hiking near Kaley's home in Sherman Oaks, Calif. People mag says they had some post-hike sushi.
Country singer and 7th Heaven actor Beverley Mitchell and husband have debuted their baby, Kenzie Lynne Cameron, in the media with a chat and photo spread in People.
"We have fallen instantly in love and can't wait to be the best parents we can to our beautiful little angel," the new mom, 32, tells the mag. She gave birth on March 28.
Ashlee Simpson may or may not be dating 90210 star and singer Evan Ross, 24, the actor and musician son of Diana Ross. They have been seen holding hands!
Johnny Depp gave Jimmy Kimmel a passionate smooch this week on Jimmy's show. It seems to be catching: Adam Carolla also kissed Jimmy recently. Adam also proposed.
The Finnish government sent Kate Middleton a rather odd baby shower gift: pink and blue condoms. The New York Daily News says the care package also included leggings, a snowsuit, a hooded bath towel, hairbrush, diaper rash cream, teething toy, and a picture book.
Displaying his vanity
Jay-Z proclaims that the cover art for his 12th LP, Magna Carta Holy Grail, will be put on display at Salisbury Cathedral in England, alongside one of the four surviving original copies of the 1215 Magna Carta document, USA Today reports. A great injustice to the rapper, whose work far outstrips one of the foundation stones of civil society.
Marie Osmond canceled
Lifetime has canceled Marie Osmond's talk show after one season, says Deadline.com.
Wale knocks out Kanye
Kanye West's hyperhyped LP Yeezus has been knocked out of first place on the Billboard album charts! The top spot belongs to rapper Wale's The Gifted, which sold 158,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. J. Cole's Born Sinner is at No. 2 with 84,000, while Kanye's magnum opus is in third place with 65,000.
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