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Actor Matthew McConaughey attends a private dinner hosted by Domenico Dolce & Stefano Gabbana to celebrate the opening of the Dolce & Gabbana Madison Avenue flagship boutique and the launch of its mens fragrance campaign, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2007 at the Gramercy Park Hotel in New York.
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Will McConaughey Still Appear Shirtless With New Clothing Line Launch?

"Fool's Gold" actor Matthew McConaughey, known for appearing shirtless, showing off his killer bod, which David Letterman poked fun at, is pursuing his own beach-inspired clothing line called j.k. livin, after his production company, Us Weekly reported.

The 38-year old's j.k. livin brand ("Just Keep livin") has become a philosophy and way of life for the rugged actor.

His clothing will be available this summer on his Web Site, matthewmcconaughey.com, which will include T-shirts, swimsuits to Frisbees.

McConaughey is expecting a baby with Brazilian model Camila Alves, 25.

Reese Witherspoon: 'Avon Lady' On A Mission

2Reese Witherspoon was at the U.N. Tuesday as part of an effort to raise money for a fund to end violence against women worldwide.

The Academy Award-winning actress from Nashville, Tenn., was promoting a $3 bracelet with an infinity symbol signifying opportunities for women. She is the paid "global ambassador" and global face for Avon Products, Inc.


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The Avon Foundation pledged to match the first $500,000 in sales of the "Women's Empowerment Bracelet."

Witherspoon said the money would go to a trust fund managed by the U.N. Development Fund for Women, or UNIFEM, to provide more education and job training for women and to push for new laws that benefit their standing in some countries.

Defense Expert Believes Ritter's Death Was Inevitable

3The only cure for the condition that killed John Ritter was emergency surgery but he was too far gone for that to be performed the night he died, a cardiac surgeon testified Tuesday in the defense phase of a lawsuit against two doctors involved in the actor's care.

Dr. Douglas Zusman, who said he has performed 8,000 surgeries on the aorta, said it is a long and difficult procedure to repair a torn aorta, known as an aortic dissection, which is what Ritter had.

Zusman said it would have taken eight to 10 hours and Ritter most likely would have died anyway.

"My feeling was he had such a lethal dissection ... he would not have survived," the witness said.

Ritter became ill while working on his hit sitcom, "8 Simple Rules ... for Dating My Teenage Daughter," in September 2003 and died that night at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank after being treated for what was believed to be a heart attack.

Ritter's family has filed a wrongful-death suit against Dr. Joseph Lee, the cardiologist who treated him that night, and Dr. Matthew Lotysch, a radiologist who performed a body scan on Ritter two years earlier and allegedly did not discover an enlarged aorta.

Hollywood Looses Oscar-Winning Composer Leonard Rosenman

Film and television composer Leonard Rosenman, who won two Oscars and two Emmys during his 50-year Hollywood career, died Tuesday. He was 83.

Rosenman died of a heart attack at his home at the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital, said family friend Jon Burlingame.

A New York native, Rosenman was a concert composer when his friend James Dean introduced him to director Elia Kazan. Kazan asked the composer to write the score for "East of Eden," thus beginning Rosenman's film career. He went on to score dozens of films and television shows.

Rosenman won back-to-back Academy Awards in 1975 and '76 for his work on "Barry Lyndon" and "Bound for Glory." He was nominated twice more for his original scores for "Cross Creek" in 1983 and "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home" in 1986.

He also won Emmy Awards for his TV-movie scores for "Sybil" in 1976 and "Friendly Fire" in 1979.

Rosenman was survived by his wife, Judie Gregg Rosenman, three children and four grandchildren.

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Kevin Federline Packs On "Daddy-Weight"

4Usmagazine.com recently caught a glimpse of Kevin Federline's new bod while he played golf in Los Angeles, and he appears to have gained a significant amount of weight.

In his defense, Federline's ex, Shar Jackson, said "It's daddy-weight. When you are a fulltime parent, sometimes you can't focus on you. If gaining a few pounds is your only problem, life's not too bad."

According to his rep, "He's a stay-at-home dad, and people tend to gain weight when they are home with the kids. He's very happy with the way he looks," Usmagazine.com reported.

Federline has sole custody of Sean Preston, 2 and Jayden James, 17 months.

It's a Girl For CBS' "Shark" Star Jeri Ryan

5Jeri Ryan and her husband, French chef Christophe Eme, have a new family member.

The 40-year-old actress gave birth Sunday to daughter Gisele in Los Angeles, her publicist David Lust announced.

"Both parents are thrilled. Jeri is resting comfortably and Christophe is playing the part of proud new papa quite well," Lust said.

The baby, weighing 7 pounds, 13 ounces, is the couple's first. The pair wed in France last June and own L.A. restaurant Ortolan, which Eme heads.

Ryan has a 13-year-old son, Alex, from a previous relationship.

She currently stars on the TV drama "Shark" on CBS. Her TV credits include parts on "Boston Legal" and "Boston Public," and she gained fame as Borg character Seven of Nine on "Star Trek: Voyager," which wrapped up in 2001.

Plea Or No Plea, Backstreet Boys Creator Isn't Off The Hook

The creator of the Backstreet Boys and 'N Sync has agreed to plead guilty to charges he laundered money and made false statements during a bankruptcy proceeding.

Lou Pearlman will appear in court Thursday, according to a 47-page plea agreement released Tuesday.

Federal prosecutors accuse Pearlman of lying to investors to raise millions of dollars for fake companies. They say the total loss to investors is estimated at more than $300 million.

The plea deal says Pearlman will help investigators develop cases and testify against others who helped in his schemes.

Federal prosecutors still plan to seek a significant prison sentence for Pearlman.

Paris Hilton To Guest On Sitcom

NBC is pumping up the return of "My Name is Earl" with a guest shot by Paris Hilton.

Hilton appears as herself in a dream sequence. Earl has been knocked unconscious and various things from his life and imagination are bleeding into his fevered mind.

Her appearance will come in the one-hour episode on April 3 that is the first new material following the writers strike settlement, NBC said.


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"When we wrote the role of Paris Hilton in the script, we weren't exactly sure who to go with for the role," said Greg Garcia, the show's executive producer. "But after an exhausting search we finally settled on a relatively unknown actress by the name of Paris Hilton."

Hilton has just finished work on the movie "Repo: The Genetic Opera."

Hart Still Hearts Pink

Motorcross star Carey Hart says that he gets along just fine with his estranged wife Pink.

"She's the love of my life, and we will remain being friends," Hart told Us Magazine.

The couple announced in February that they were splitting up after two years of marriage.

A day after announcing their separation through a publicist, Pink wrote on her Web site, "This breakup is not about cheating, anger, or fighting. I know it sounds like cliché bullsh--, but we are best friends, and we will continue to be."


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Bad Taste: Celebrity Chef Fudges Resume

After rising to culinary stardom preparing impossible meals on his Food Network series, Briton Robert Irvine has met an obstacle his kitchen prowess could not overcome - an embellished resume.

The star of "Dinner: Impossible" has acknowledged fabricating some of the more fantastic parts of his resume, including having cooked for Britain's Royal Family and various U.S. presidents.

Following the revelations, the network announced it would not renew Irvine's contract, though it would air the remaining episodes of the current season, the series' fourth.

"I was wrong to exaggerate in statements related to my experiences in the White House and the Royal Family," Irvine said in a written statement. "I am truly sorry for misleading people and misstating the facts."