OMG! LeAnn Rimes and I are totally one in the same!

LeAnn Rimes wrapping paper
Well at least she has the same wrapping paper as me.  

Except, of course, my Happy Birthday paper was bought at Walmart for like $2.99 a roll and hers probably came from some hoity toity Bev Hills gift wrapping boutique and cost $22.39 a roll. 

Other than that, though, just the same!

Yesterday, August 28th, was LeAnn's 29th birthday and she's been celebrating all weekend long which means that there are all kinds of bikini pics splashed around the web.  

My particular favorite BDay-weekend pictures are these ones where LeAnn appears to have hit the daddy and bonus mommy juice a little too hard.   

Which could explain why the group of pictures that the Eddie Cibrian one above comes from over on shows LeAnn looking a little, shall we say, needing a Bloody Mary and a couple aspirin. 

Miranda Lambert talks about loving an already married Blake Shelton

Miranda and Blake

Miranda Lambert is talking about the taboo subject of falling for a married man.  

In case you hadn't heard (and hadn't read my story about The National Enquirer talking with Blake's ex) Blake and Miranda fell for each other while he was still married. 


It's taken a while, but Miranda is finally comfortable enough now to talk about the controversial love-at-first-sight subject in her new Dateline interview that airs tonight, and E! has a sneak peek.   

"So you and Blake met on stage. Or you met, you met a little bit before. You get on stage and you're singing a song. And everybody who watched you two on stage that night said that there was something special there," says interviewer Hoda Kotb. "Like you were actually watching, they thought, two people fall in love on stage right in fornt of their eyes. Did you feel that?"

"I didn't know what to do with it," Lambert replies. "It was like my first duet with some other country star. And I didn't know if it was just initial butterflies because of tthat or, I don't know what it was. It was just this draw to each other."

And she admits she knew The Voice star was married—she even saw his wedding pics.

"Well I knew he was married," Lamber says. "I had seen their wedding picture in Country Weekly. I knew better, like this is off-limits…Because my parents are private investigators, for God's sakes. I've seen this my whole life, affairs. And I'm like, 'If all people didn't know better, I know better than this.' "

The preview is after the jump since it's an auto-play video.

Also, if you're curious about the duet that had the power couple falling for each other, you can check it out here.

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Loretta Lynn says thank you to fans

Loretta Lynn

Loretta Lynn has successfully undergone knee surgery.  From a note on her website today:

Dear Friends,

We are so thankful to let everyone know Loretta’s knee replacement surgery went well. She is back home at her Ranch in Hurricane Mills. Loretta would like to thank all those who have added her to their prayers. She is looking forward to a speedy recovery and seeing y’all soon!

Loretta was scheduled to return to the stage on September 3rd at her Hurricane Mills Ranch, but has asked friend Ray Price to step in in her place.  Her next scheduled concert is now September 15th in Pennsylvania.  

New mom Jewel decorates maternity pants for a good cause

Jewel's jeans

Awww, nothing better than a fashionable pair of maternity pants to make a pregnant mama feel pretty. 

Well getting that little alien out of your gut can usually help, but while you're stuck brewing a baby for 40 weeks, it's nice to be dressed for success.  

Jewel is a new mother, having welcomed son Kase Townes back on July 11, 2011, and now she's helping out other mothers (and preterm babies). 

Jewel has joined other celebrity moms including Heidi Klum, Naomi Watts, and others to help decorate and fancify a pair of designer (i.e. expensive) maternity denim jeans which are being auctioned off to help to raise money for the March of Dimes.  

From Look To The Stars:

“Celebrities 4 Maternity Denim” is an initiative between the March Of Dimes and Destination Maternity to raise awareness about the importance of preventing preterm birth so more babies can get a healthy start in life.

The denim will be auctioned off to the public from August 25 to September 22 on Bidding will begin at $300 per pair of jeans. All of the proceeds will support March of Dimes work to help moms have full-term pregnancies and stronger, healthier babies.

You can view all the jeans here and bid specifically on Jewel's jeans here.

Randy Travis bringing Rodney Atkins along for his newest movie adventure


Did you know that since 1992, Randy Travis has been a part of 38 (yes, 38!) different TV show, movies, videos, cartoons, etc.?  

Where the heck does the man find the time?

Well better make that 39 because Randy is currently early in the shooting of a new movie.

And he's bringing Rodney Atkins along with him for the ride.

Filming for Randy's new movie 16 South is currently underway in Texas with Randy signed on to play George Baker.  Rodney Atkins will play himself in the feature film.  

No word on what the film will be about other than that it's a "modern-day western." 

Shooting is reportedly taking place as we speak in the San Antonio/Austin area.  No word on when the movie is schedule to hit theaters, T.V., video, or wherever it will eventually land.

Taylor Swift skips the VMAs, loses to Lady Gaga

Taylor Swift shopping - no vmas
Taylor Swift is apparently a little over the whole awards show scene. 

Taylor, a usual awards show staple, chose to skip tonight's MTV 2011 Video Music Awards despite being nominated for Best Video with a Message category for Mean.

Instead of getting all gussied up and walking the red carpet, Taylor reportedly spent her Sunday shopping at a local flea market. 

A much funner way to spend a sunny Sunday afternoon if you ask me.  

It all ended up okay, though, since Taylor lost out to Lady Gaga who won the VMA's new video with a message category for her Born This Way

Kellie Pickler put the screws to a network when she eloped

Kellie-pickler wedding gownKellie Pickler and Kyle Jacobs wedding photo via

Well here's a story I hadn't heard before….Kellie Pickler's wedding day was meant to be part of a TV special.  You know, the big wedding that never happened?  Yeah, that one.  

Kellie Pickler ran off and married her new hubby, Kyle Jacobs , in a most romantic way by eloping and getting hitched on 1/1/11 on a beach in the Caribbean.  

Well come to find out this was a very last minute thing to do and the two were actually in the process of taping their wedding preparations for a reality show, or at least a network TV wedding special. 

Ooops, sucks to be the unnamed network!

Kellie told Arizona's KMLE recently: "Kyle and I were planning a big wedding, we had already done all the planning actually. There was a TV show, big, huge network that was documenting the whole wedding planning. We had the church booked, the flowers, the cake, everything, and it just didn't feel right, it's just not me.  I never wanted this big, elaborate wedding." 

She goes on to say, "Having a TV show film the whole thing, it was just so stressful….so we ended up calling our wedding planner and seeing if she could ax the whole thing."

Awww. It seems to have all worked out in the end, but I bet the TV network wasn't too thrilled. Wonder if they went along to tape the elopement?  That could still make a killer wedding special.  

You do have to love a celebrity who isn't afraid to stick it to the man once in a while. Power to the Pickler!

If Kellie looks a little green around the gills in the video, this was shot on the same day when she had to cancel a television appearance because of food poisoning, so I'm thinking she wasn't feeling totally up to par.