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Sep 27, 2008

Paris Hilton and Ellen DeGeneres: Lunch Mates

Prior to her big movie screening, Paris Hilton was spotted out on a very important lunch date - as the heiress grabbed a bite to eat with newlywed TV star Ellen DeGeneres.

The “My New BFF” reality starlet and her talk show host pal happily posed side-by-side while meeting up at the Apple restaurant in West Hollywood on Friday (September 26).

As previously reported by Gossip Girls, Miss Hilton then headed over to local gay bar, the Abbey, to screen her new movie “Repo! The Genetic Opera”.

The film, which is to be released on November 7th, is about “a worldwide epidemic which encourages a biotech company to launch an organ-financing program similar in nature to a standard car loan. The repossession clause is a killer, however.”

Paul Newman Loses Fight with Lung Cancer

To be missed by the many whom he inspired, Hollywood legend Paul Newman has lost his battle with lung cancer at the age of 83.

According to Paul’s spokesman, Marni Tomljanovic, the Oscar winning actor passed away on Friday (September 26) at his home in Westport, Connecticut.

Press reports tell that Newman had been given only weeks to live after completing chemotherapy treatment at a New York hospital this past month.

Newman, who was also strongly involved with charity and business ventures, is best known for his role in 1967’s Cool Hand Luke, and for starring opposite his close friend Robert Redford in 1969’s Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and 1973’s The Sting.

Throughout his glorious career, Paul was nominated for 10 Oscars over 50 years, winning the Best Actor prize for his role in The Color of Money in 1986. He also won two Golden Globe Awards, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Cannes Film Festival Award and an Emmy award.

In 2007, Newman announced his retirement from show business, saying “You start to lose your memory, you start to lose your confidence, you start to lose your invention. So I think that’s pretty much a closed book for me.”

He leaves behind his wife, actress Joanne Woodward, and their three daughters, Elinor, Melissa and Claire - along with two daughters, Susan and Stephanie, from his first marriage to Jackie Witte.

Kendra Wilkinson’s Miami Party Night

We’re used to seeing her cavorting around the Playboy Mansion, but last night Kendra Wilkinson was spotted in Miami, looking her usual stunning self.

The “Girls Next Door” babe attended the re-opening of Karu and Y night club, sporting a sexy, snug-fitting blue dress with black studded strappy heels as she mingled with a crowd including Girls Gone Wild founder Joe Francis.

And in a recent interview, Kendra revealed that as she transitions into her next season of life, she has something a little more conventional in mind.

“I want something I’ve never had. I do want to have kids. I do want to get married. I do want to have that whole, you know, American dream.”

Gwen Stefani Takes Kingston to the Fair

Proving that it’s possible to be a platinum-selling recording artist, award-winning fashion designer, and doting mother all at once, Gwen Stefani was spotted spending some quality time with her son Kingston yesterday.

The “Hella Good” songstress spent the afternoon with her 2-year-old at the Italian Feast/Fair of San Gennaro on North Highland Avenue in Hollywood.

And the mommy/son duo looked to be having a marvelous time, as Kingston enjoyed the rides while Gwen snapped up plenty of pictures for the family photo album.

In related news, Stefani was recently named the top celebrity fashion designer by InTouch magazine. And considering her competition, that’s no small feat. The top five are (in order) Gwen Stefani, Justin Timberlake, Paris Hilton, Victoria Beckham, and Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs.

Paris Hilton’s Private Screening of “Repo”

It’s not the most obvious choice for a film screening locale, but last night Paris Hilton took her new movie “Repo! The Genetic Opera” to the masses at the Abbey, a gay bar in West Hollywood that also happened to be playing host to Lance Bass’s birthday party.

Joined by her boyfriend Benji Madden, who sported a black DCMA t-shirt and black jeans, Miss Hilton looked sultry in a black corset-style top, black leather jacket, and skin-tight vinyl pants.

According to Paris, her relationship with Madden is stronger than ever. She told press, “We’re really happy. We just had our seven month anniversary. I’m really in love and excited to be in a great relationship.”

As for her new show “Paris Hilton’s My New BFF,” she said that while the winner will attain BFF status, there’s no replacing her original BFF Nicole Richie. “Nicole is more than a best friend. She’s like a sister since we’ve been best friends since we were two… She hasn’t seen the show, but she’s looking forward to it.”

Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds Is a New Dad!

A baby for "Babyface": Grammy-winning R&B singer Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds and his girlfriend Nicole Pantenburg have welcomed their first child together, the couple confirm to PEOPLE exclusively.

Daughter Peyton Nicole Edmonds was born in Los Angeles at 6:55 p.m. on Sept. 9, weighing 5 lbs., 7 oz.

"Nicole and I couldn't be happier to have a new baby girl in the family," Edmonds tells PEOPLE. "And my two sons are thrilled to have a little sister."

The singer-songwriter-producer is also the dad to Brandon, 12, and Dylan, 7, with ex-wife Tracey Edmonds.

Besides his own hit songs, which include "Whip Appeal" and "Change the World", Edmonds has written for Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige and Whitney Houston, among others.

Jermaine Dupri: Travis Barker to Leave Hospital in About Two Weeks

After last Friday's devastating plane crash that killed four people and critically injured DJ AM and Travis Barker, Jermaine Dupri says his friend Barker is doing well.

"He's doing good, he's gonna be alright. He's just got a lot of healing to do," Dupri, who visited the former Blink 182 drummer in the hospital last Sunday, told PEOPLE exclusively Thursday night.

Dupri, who was celebrating his 36th birthday at Chicago's The Underground Nightclub after attending a concert by girlfriend Janet Jackson, said that Barker is also doing well emotionally.

"He's supposed to send a message out to everybody in a couple of days to let everybody know that he's feeling better," he said. "He's definitely feeling the love from everyone."

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Barker's improved spirits could be due to his newly outfitted hospital room: "He's just now getting everything in the hospital set up for him – iPods, computers, everything that he needs," says Dupri, who estimates Barker will be in the hospital another two weeks. "You got to make sure he is comfortable."

The music producer – and Barker's partner in the So So Def clothing line – said news of the crash put him in a state of shock. "I was at home, somebody called me early in the morning," he recalled. "It was kind of crazy and I didn't really comprehend what had happened."

Yet he says he has no doubt his friend will fully recover. "I think everything will be cool when I get back there [to see him]. He'll probably be up and talking crazy and all that – back to his old self."

Britney Spears Steps Out in Studio City

Double-fisting two of her favorite sugary Starbucks drinks, Britney Spears ventured out on a coffee run in Studio City, California on Friday (September 26).

Enjoying the comfortably warm temperatures, the “Gimme More” singer sported a light yellow tank top as she was escorted out to the car by one of her handlers.

Earlier today, Britney’s brand new song “Womanizer” finally made its release, four days later than scheduled due to an unexpected leak of the tune on the Internet.

According to Reuters reports, “The song is an upbeat if slightly repetitive electropop number lasting about 3:40. It comes off Spears’ album “Circus,” which is set to be released on her 27th birthday on Dec. 2. The song was produced by The Outsyders, a group based in Atlanta.”

Lindsay Lohan: Bad Behavior?

Stepping out to tend to her daily duties, Lindsay Lohan was spotted all over the Los Angeles area on Friday (September 26).

Dressed in white, the “Mean Girls” starlet headed over to a medical center in Beverly Hills, also visiting with a friend - with the two later heading out for a little quality girl time together.

The night before, LiLo reported caused a bit of a scene as she visited her DJ mate, Samantha Ronson, while she was spinning at a BlackBerry party at Il Cielo.

“There were a bunch of girls crowding around the booth, and Lindsay pushed them and flipped the group the finger,” a partygoer told E! News. “Her bodyguard was apologizing to people, saying she just gets tired of people taking her picture.”

When asked about her client’s bad behavior, Leslie Sloane Zelnik (Lohan’s rep) offered up the standard reply, saying, “This is not true.”