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by Casey Blake Lively at . Comments

Any reason to share a photo of themselves in the most adorably awkward stages of their lives, celebs will do it.

Enter the Throwback Thursday. It's a chance for celebrities (and all humans) to share old photos of themselves in a way that they seem to be making fun, but are really saying, "Hey, Look how cute I used to be!"

I mean, except for Drake. Poor guy...

Have a look...

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Drake in an old school class photo shoot, captioned, "Half Black Sheep"

by Katy Perry Ellis at . Comments
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Dueling divas?  Page Six is reporting that Maria Menounos is OUT at Extra, alleging behind the scenes drama between her and costar Mario Lopez.


Apparently Menounos isn't charmed by AC Slater's dimples like I was in the 90's.  One source told Page Six that Maria and Mario, "barely speak to each other."


Another source is simply blaming a busy schedule for the change of direction, stating that Menounos will be appearing in her own reality show on Oxygen.  The show, titled "Chasing Maria Menounos," will document her life with her family.


Another reality show?  Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Chasing Maria Menounos...is there any celebrity we aren't supposed to be running after?  I think I'll pass.


No word yet from Menounos' rep.  A rep for Extra simply said, "we don't comment on talent contracts or negotiations".  Boring.


Photo:  Wenn

by Meg at . Comments
britney and mario with their fashion dolls

Britney Spears sat down with Extra host Mario Lopez Thursday to talk about her two-year Las Vegas residency and hype a yet untitled album set to drop in December.

Lopez surprised the pop princess by bringing out a vintage fashion doll dressed just like Britney was in her 'One More Time' music video.   The still sealed box, circa 1999, featured a see-through window so that the real entertainer could get a good glimpse of her doll-self.

Mario said, "I want you to see how cute she is."  Spears wailed dramatically, "She's not cute..."

Then the former 'Saved By the Bell' celeb showed her his own boy doll, circa 1992.  Spears gushed over the Slater character and said she never missed his show back in the day.

She signed hers and he signed his and they exchanged the keepsake items and posed for a photo that he shared on Twitter.

Spears tweeted, "Lots of fun chatting with my friend @MarioLopezExtra!" She included a video of their amusing exchange--check it out below:


We found it interesting, and not surprising, that the sometimes controversial Britney had nothing but praise for Miley Cyrus.  When asked about her VMA performance, Spears said emphatically, "She is on fire right now.  She is on fire."


Photo:  Twitter-Mario Lopez

by Missy at . Comments
mario and courtney lopez

Extra host Mario Lopez, 39, and his wife Courtney welcomed their second child Monday night.

The proud dad announced the news on Twitter,  “It’s a boy!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Please welcome Dominic Lopez to the world. Couldn’t be happier… Courtney and baby are doing just fine.”

Baby Dominic will become little brother to his sister Gia Francesca, who will turn three on Wednesday.

The expectant parents posted one last photo before the blessed event with this caption, "Waiting for the Dr... @CourtneyMLopez & I are ready to go! Is it a boy or a girl???"

mario and courtney lopez baby

Mario told PEOPLE that little Gia was very excited about the new baby's arrival, “She’s been pointing at the baby bump and saying, ‘There’s a baby in there.'"

As for momma Courtney, she is hoping it will be as easy to drop the baby weight as it was after Gia, “My husband is the most supportive man on the earth. He loves my booty.  I lost the weight pretty quickly the first time, so I’m praying it happens the second time around.”

Mario's last tweet came three hours after the birth announcement:

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Photo Credit: WENN, Mario Lopez Twitter

by Meg at . Comments
mario lopez gets contract extension

It was announced yesterday that half of last season's 'X Factor' co-hosting duo has been invited back for Season 3.  Mario Lopez will become a solo act.

Simon Cowell and his executive team opted to drop Khloe Kardashian--a decision that should come as a surprise to absolutely no-one.  Rumors regarding her show demise have been around since February following her lackluster performance during the last cycle.

Cowell talked about his decision, "Hosting a live show and keeping the judges - especially Demi - in line is not an easy job.  Mario is a pro and we are glad he's coming back."

The 'Extra' celeb tweeted Monday:

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Season 3 will premiere in the Fall, with auditions already underway in L.A., New Orleans, Charleston, Long Island and Denver.


Regarding replacements to fill in for ousted judges Britney Spears and L.A. Reid ... that information is still a closely held secret.


Photos:  Twitter-Mario Lopez, Twitter-Khloe Kardashian

by Meg at . Comments
khloe kardashian out after one season of x factor

According to the New York Post, reality celeb Khloe Kardashian will not be returning for a second season of 'X Factor'.

The publication quoted an insider who claims, "They are asking Mario Lopez to come back, but not Khloe."

One prominent website mockingly speculated that the "awkward" pair were secretly being paid off by rival singing show 'The Voice' to foul the water.

Last month FOX exec. Mike Darnell gave a decidedly weak response when asked to critique the season's X Factor hosts.

The president of Alternative Entertainment for Fox Broadcasting said, "I think the hosts were okay.  I think Mario knows how to be a host.  I think Khloe was new.  And I thought for someone new she did okay.  She never hosted before."

Season three of X Factor premieres in September 2013.  L.A. Reid and Britney Spears have already been dumped.  Under the circumstances, it seems doubtful that Khloe Kardashian will be given a second chance at hosting.  Stay tuned...

Photo:  WENN

by Meg at . Comments
mario lopez and khloe kardashian confirm x factor gig

It's official.  'Keeping Up with the Kardashians' reality star Khloe Kardashian and 'Extra' anchor Mario Lopez have signed on to co-host 'The X Factor' on Fox network.

Both celebs hit Twitter within minutes of each other to share the good news on social media.

Lopez tweeted, "Alright guys, it's official... I'll be hosting @TheXFactorUSA!  Looking forward to working with @SimonCowell and the rest of the amazing team."

KK fired off a similar message on her blog, "I'm sure you've been hearing the rumors and I'm SO excited that I can finally confirm the news--I am joining The X Factor as co-host with Mario Lopez!!!! I'm thrilled, overjoyed and of course a little nervous about this new step in my career, and I can't wait to get started.  Wish me luck!"

Photos:  Twitter-KK, ML

by Meg at . Comments
mario lopez painted gold to promote underwear line

Mario Lopez was transformed by gold paint this week in preparation for a photo shoot to promote a new underwear line.

The 'Extra' host, 38, shared the experience on Twitter while touting, "MaLo is all about 'masculine with an edge.'"

With the Olympics set to kick off at the end of the week, we find it particularly fitting that some of ML's poses feature him holding a javelin and shot put.

Check out more of his golden-hued photos below:

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by Missy at . Comments
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Once bitten, twice shy.  Former Miss USA Ali Landry married Mario Lopez in 2004.  Within a matter of weeks she discovered that her new husband had cheated and she filed for an annulment.

Best known as the 'Doritos Girl' from her 1998 Super Bowl commercial, she has moved on and sat down yesterday with talk show host Wendy Williams to talk about her first marriage fiasco and how she has done it differently the second time around.

She revealed, "I had heard something right before the wedding. He swore that it was not true, but I had that feeling in my gut.  All of my family was flying in – it was a destination wedding – and I really should have put the brakes on it at that point, but I was afraid."

A friend of Ali's suggested that she tap Mario's phone.  At first she was hesitant but went ahead with it.  "I was like, 'I don't want to tap a phone! I can't believe I'm doing this.'"

Right after the honeymoon she started listening to calls from women, "I confronted him and he still – to this day – denied it and never apologized. It was horrible.  I was so side-swiped by the whole thing ... I never really got angry."

"I discovered a lot about myself and I'm a better woman because of it.  I met my current husband at a theology class in L.A. – who knew? He was the person I was meant to be with.  Because of the situation I was in before, I was just treading lightly, and did not want to make any mistakes in this relationship.  We abstained from having sex until we got married."

She wed Alejandro Monteverde in 2006.  They have two children together, Estela, 4, and Marcelo, 5 months.

Watch Wendy and Ali's interview below.

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by Meg at . Comments
lopez and mazza wenn 3

Mario Lopez and his girlfriend Courtney Mazza are expecting a baby in the fall.  The host of Extra and MTV's America's Best Dance Crew said, "I'm really excited.  I'm happy.  I can't wait to be a dad."

Lopez, 36, and Mazza, 28, met in 2008 when he was doing the Broadway production of A Chorus Line.   He recently signed a deal with Celsius, a popular calorie-burning drink, to be their spokesperson in 2010.

When asked if he was ready for fatherhood, he said: "Of course.  I grew up in a large family.  I'm fired up!  I don't know what we're having.  I'm going to wait and see so it will be a surprise."

Several of the photos in our gallery below were taken in early March.  It is obvious that Mazza did not want to have her baby bump photographed, so she shielded herself with a large Armani shopping bag.

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