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Jennifer Hudson Bought Her Assistant a House and He Totally Lost His Shit

Jennifer Hudson‘s assistant, Walter Williams, isn’t just her employee — the two have been besties since elementary school, and he was her rock when her mom, brother and uncle were all horrifically murdered back in 2008.

So she decided to do something nice for him. Really nice. Life-changing nice.

In the Instagram video above, you’ll see Walter realize the papers he’s holding are the deed to a house Jennifer just bought for him. And then … well, he does what most people would do if someone just gave them a house. (In other words, you might wanna turn your speakers down.)

Amanda Bynes Is Out Walking The Streets

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Amanda Bynes has been awfully quiet lately. Too quiet. So quiet, in fact, we nearly missed the fact that she was released from rehab in early December (“It’s a Christmas Twerkicle!”).  Nevertheless, she’s out, and was recently spotted walking around L.A. looking moderately able.

Manders was snapped with parents Rick and Lynn Bynes taking her dog for a walk through their Thousand Oaks neighborhood, and looking pretty fierce. Her microdermal piercings are gone, and her hair appears to have come back in nicely. Family lawyer Tamar Arminak weighed in, saying:

“She is doing very well and reestablishing a close and loving relationship with her family,”

So it appears this story has a happy ending after all (for everyone except that bong, at least). And like 2013, the batshit crazy Amanda of yesteryear is gone forever. We hardly knew ye.

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Courtney Love’s iPhone: An Extraordinary Journey

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Given that Courtney Love is so rarely lucid, it’s not exactly surprising to hear about her leaving important things all over the place. Case in point: her iPhone, which she left in the back of a New York taxi cab. But what she didn’t expect is for a New York Times reporter to pick it up.

The Times’ Frank Bruni discovered the phone, and after perusing it for probably a whole second, discovered it was Courtney’s — leading to this tweet:

And at first, Court seemed fairly gracious:

After Bruni provided proof positive that he had her phone (she can’t be expected to figure out iCloud, you know), Courtney immediately began worrying about her sexts:

This is when Gawker editor John Cook picked up on the story, and did exactly what you’d expect a Gawker editor to do:

Courtney seemed kind of resolved to this fate. Maybe:

Then she made sure The New York Post didn’t have hard feelings:

Finally the phone was returned, Courtney’s sexts intact, and all was right with the world once more. After the incident, Bruni stated:

“It’s not exactly a column I could write but it is a fun story. Now Courtney and I follow each other on Twitter and I have a direct message from her. This is the beginning of a beautiful friendship, or at least a signed copy of a Hole album.”

When someone actually tells Courtney this happened, she’s going to laugh and laugh. In the meantime, we look forward to the entire thing playing out with different people next week.

Here’s Jennifer Lawrence Being Awesome. Again.

Newly-shorn Jennifer Lawrence was recently doing the red carpet thang at the London premiere of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” when she caught sight of a young female fan in a wheelchair crying. And because Jennifer Lawrence is made of class and compassion and peanut butter cups, she had security bust through the barriers so she could comfort the girl.

Look, you may be sick of hearing what a glittering gem Lawrence is, but it’s shit like this that makes everyone love her. And the best part is that she’s not doing it for show. She’s kind and gorgeous and goofy and a dork all at once, with no pretension about her. Notice her or don’t — she has few effs to give. She’ll still be fabulous either way.

Denise Richards Just Can’t Anymore With Charlie Sheen’s Twins

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Denise Richards, who’s had temporary guardianship of the 4-year-old twins her ex-husband Charlie Sheen had with nuclear hot mess Brooke Mueller, has finally reached the end of her incredibly generous rope.

In a lengthy and unbelievably sad letter (seriously, that thing reads like a Greek tragedy) that Richards wrote to the L.A. County Dept. of Children and Family Services, she says little Bob and Max are “violent and out of control,” and in light of how physically abusive they are to her dogs and to her other children, she can no longer have them in her home.

The trouble with the boys also extends to the school they’ve been attending since September, where “Bob in particular has harmed other kids and punched and slapped teachers in the face.”

In the letter, Denise connects the bad conduct to the time the kids spend at Brooke’s home, claiming they act out violently when they are returned to Denise. She also says the kids have had horrible nightmares after returning from Brooke’s home, where the kids would stay up with her til 4 AM.

In the long letter to DCFS, Denise — who has temporary guardianship of the boys while Brooke deals with her drug problems — says pediatricians have advised her to seek psychological counseling for the boys, but Brooke has blocked that effort.

Basically, Denise suspects she has a couple tiny budding sociopaths on her hands, and now she wants them the hell out of her house. No one can blame her — for Christ’s sake, she’s been taking care of two kids that aren’t even hers for months now just to give them some stability (and possibly a relationship with their half-sisters). She’s gone WAY above and beyond.

In the meantime, Charlie and Brooke, the boys’ actual parents, are providing plenty of backstory that’ll be used by a defense attorney someday. Because instead of figuring out how to provide a stable home for their sons, they’re trading insults and restraining order requests and fake hand grenades. You know, just like all loving parents do.

Tom Hanks Will Melt Your Heart

You may have heard about how nice Tom Hanks is. And awesome. Now we have some (more) video evidence.

When Sarah Moretti, a die-hard fan with autism, visited backstage at his show “Lucky Guy” on Broadway, Tom took time out to make sure she knew how special she was.

Tom flipped through a scrapbook Sarah made just for him, featuring snippets of his career, pictures with wife Rita Wilson and more, saying: “Sarah, this is so great! My mom doesn’t have something like this!”

It’s beautiful and lovely and we hate to say it, but we kind of have faith in humanity again. Check out one more video here.

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler Are Co-Hosting the Golden Globes for the Next Two Years and SQUEEEEE

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TWO YEARS, YOU GUYS. We get Tina Fey and Amy Poehler at the Globes for the next TWO YEARS.

On the Emmys red carpet, both ladies mentioned they’d been asked to host again and were going to meet later that very night to discuss it. We were just hoping for one year, but two? Dude. This is like Christmas and your birthday all rolled into one.

Taylor Swift may be unhappy enough to write a song about it, but the rest of us? Man.

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Lorde Shades Selena Gomez and Taylor Swift, Makes You Want to Hug Her in the Process

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Ella Yelich-O’Connor, the New Zealand-born singer publicly known as Lorde, may only be 16 years old, but her balls are coming in nicely.

In two separate interviews over the past few months, she managed to get digs in at Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez — and it didn’t sound catty either time. In fact, if you have a kid sister or a daughter her age (or if you are her age), you should be hailing this girl as the Gloria Steinem of the under-21 set.

First, back in June — well before she hit the top of the iTunes charts with the super-catchy “Royals” — New York magazine asked Lorde if any of her ex-boyfriends should be “worried” about the album she was working on. She replied:

“No, no. I try to stay away from talking about boys all the time. You can go to Taylor Swift to hear that.”

Zing.

And then, when Radio New Zealand asked her recently to comment on how women are portrayed in pop music, she said:

“A song came out recently by a big pop star [Selena Gomez] and the lyrical thing is ‘when you’re ready come and get it, I’ll be sitting right here just waiting’ and I just find that so pathetic and I don’t think girls should be listening to that kind of thing and I don’t think that is normal or healthy … I love pop music on a sonic level. But I’m a feminist and the theme of her cover, ‘Come & Get It,’ is ‘When you’re ready come and get it from me.’ I’m sick of women being portrayed this way.”

For chrissakes. Asking me a question like that at 16 would’ve yielded not much more than a slow blink in return, but Lorde is all articulate answers and take-no-prisoners sass and fearless honesty. And after months of Miley Cyrus‘ faux riot grrl bullshit, it’s almost enough to make one weep with joy.

[h/t Fishwrapper]

Johnny Galecki Makes Ladies Gay

Okay, that title was a little misleading. Johnny Galecki can’t make anyone gay. (Only Satan can do that.) But Sara Gilbert, who co-starred with Johnny for years on “Roseanne,” says it was while kissing him that she figured out she liked ladybits more than manbits.

“I thought he was super cute and I had a total crush on him,” Gilbert, now a co-host on “The Talk,” said yesterday on the show. “And we started dating and he would come over and we would, like, make out, and then I would start to get depressed.”

Okay, two things. First, since “The Talk” has been making news all week with this whole “secrets revealed” thing (giving us the MY EYES! MY EYES! visual of Sharon Osbourne riding Jay Leno‘s chin), it should really just change its name to “The Secret” and have a rotating cavalcade of stars dishing scandalous things about themselves. Like a self-confessional “Love Boat.”

And second, Johnny Galecki is a goddamn prince.

When Sara finally told him what was going on in her head, he not only supported her emotionally, he kept her secret for years until she was ready to go public with it herself (she did that in 2010). And if you watch “The Big Bang Theory,” you know they’ve stayed close, because she’s been on a slew of episodes.

That’s lovely and all, but most famous hetero dudes probably still wouldn’t want a girl going on national television and basically saying, “Having his tongue in my mouth made me realize I’m a lesbian.”

But when Sara asked if she could tell the story, he responded, “Of course. I love you and I think it’s really important and I’m so proud of you … If you want, I will be there and I will hold your hand.”

Next time you wonder why Penny has such a thing for Leonard Hofstadter, just remember that.