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Lady Gaga offered 200k for Perez Hilton chat show

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Holy Moly, scourge of celebrity culture, sells out to Endemol

Holy Moly began as an online message board with the intention of puncturing the inflated egos of celebrities. More than eight years later it has joined forces with Endemol, the company behind Big Brother. And to mark the occasion, Jamie East, the internet entrepreneur who has spent most of this century concealing his identity and answering to the name of Mr Holy Moly, has revealed himself to the public.

Lady Gaga 'to cast transsexuals in video'

Lady Gaga is rumoured to be casting transsexuals in the video for 'Born This Way'.

'Homewreckers' face New York's fury at a very public wedding

It is the world's window on the love lives of Manhattan's social elite, the directory of high-society marriages that seals any Upper East Sider's status as a true member of the establishment. But now the serene grandeur of The New York Times's weekly "Vows" wedding section has been rudely disrupted by a celebration of a relationship that tore two families apart.

Gooood morning, Afghanistan (and Abingdon and Bicester)

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Digital Digest: 18/10/2010

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Katy Guest: I was bullied, and it does get better

She is moved by a YouTube plea to prevent gay suicides

Hollywood's bitchiest blogger has a new target: to be a nice guy

Perez Hilton, the gorgon of Hollywood gossip who has built his widely feared and often despised internet empire on a reputation for shameless intrusions into the private lives of celebrities, intends to change his malicious ways – in part because he no longer wants to play the part of bully.

What’s so ‘inadequate, pimpled and single’ about this lot?

Cyberspace is currently riddled with anguish over remarks broadcaster Andrew Marr made about bloggers, calling them "socially inadequate, pimpled, single, slightly seedy, bald, cauliflower-nosed young men sitting in their mother's basements."



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