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Couples news and a “Doctor” announcement ruled the weekend headlines, and Celebuzz is rounding up the hottest stories just for you.

Papa William reports for polo duty

The Duke of Cambridge aka. Prince William made his first appearance since the birth of his son, HRH Prince George of Cambridge on Saturday in a polo challenge in Ascot. The new father, who was joined at the event by his brother Prince Harry, reportedly said “it’s just nappies, nappies, nappies” since the arrival of baby George.

Hova + celebrities + art = “Picasso Baby”

Jay Z finally unveiled the finished product for his performance art film for “Picasso Baby,” the latest single from Magna Carta… Holy Grail on Friday on HBO. The 10-minute visual included special appearances by pretty much everyone in Hollywood, the art world and beyond.

Elle Macpherson’s a married woman now

It was a huge weekend for Hollywood couples: Elle Macpherson reportedly wed longtime beau Jeffrey Soffer in Fiji,Mortal Instruments: City of Bones star Kevin Zegers married his talent agent ladylove Jaime Feld while Australian actress Teresa Palmer got engaged to actor/director Mark Webber.

Welcome to the world, Luna

A Spanish magazine is reporting that Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem named their second child, a daughter, Luna Encinas Cruz. Luna of course means the moon, while Encinas is actually Bardem’s first surname.

And the new Time Lord is…

After a really, really long wait (which in real time was only two months), the folks at Doctor Who and BBC *finally* revealed that Peter Capaldi has been hired to play the Twelfth Doctor on the series. The Scottish actor’s lengthy resume includes recent films like World War Z (in which he played a W.H.O. Doctor <- UM WHAT) and TV programs The Vicar of Dibley, The Thick of It and Skins.






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New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez has been suspended for 211 games for using performance-enhancing drugs.

Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig has suspended New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez through the end of the 2014 season for using performance-enhancing drugs, lying to the MLB about said drug use and for hampering the league’s investigation into the Biogenesis steroid scandal. The suspension begins Thursday and baseball’s top earning player will not be allowed to play for a total of 211 games.

This is the official statement from the MLB’s public relations:

Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig announced today that third baseman Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees has been suspended without pay for the remainder of the 2013 Championship Season and Postseason and the entire 2014 Championship Season for violations of the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program and the Basic Agreement.

Rodriguez’s discipline under the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program is based on his use and possession of numerous forms of prohibited performance-enhancing substances, including Testosterone and human Growth Hormone, over the course of multiple years. Rodriguez’s discipline under the Basic Agreement is for attempting to cover-up his violations of the Program by engaging in a course of conduct intended to obstruct and frustrate the Office of the Commissioner’s investigation. The suspension, which will become effective on Thursday, August 8th, will cover 211 Championship Season games and any 2013 Postseason games in which Rodriguez otherwise would have been eligible to play.

Under the terms of the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, Rodriguez’s suspension will be stayed until the completion of his appeal if Rodriguez files a grievance challenging his discipline.

Per said grievance, Rodriguez has said he plans to challenge the suspension, meaning he will be allowed to play, is is expected to do so Monday against the Chicago White Sox, until the case is decided by an arbiter. That could be a very long process.

Rodriguez initially tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) in 2003 while he was with the Texas Rangers. However, the results of the random testing that caught Rodriguez were supposed to remain anonymous and the New York Yankees offered to buy the Rangers out of their contract with the all-star to bring the highest paid man in baseball and the most successful franchise in baseball together. It was supposed to be an unbeatable combination. All he had to do was stay clean and out of trouble.

However, the results of the 2003 testing were published by Sports Illustrated in 2009 and in an attempt to save his good name, Rodriguez allegedly offered to buy evidence linking him to Biogenesis, the Miami clinic that distributed PEDs to many professional baseball players, from a clinic employee. That man, Anthony Bosch, went on to cooperate with the league’s investigation. It was that move that led to his unprecedented 211-game suspension.

Rodriguez was not the only player punished Monday for their involvement with Biogenesis. Each of the other players, however, only received 50 game suspensions, they include:

  • Nelson Cruz of the Texas Rangers
  • Everth Cabrera of the San Diego Padres
  • Fautino De Los Santos of the San Diego Padres
  • Jhonny Peralta of the Detroit Tigers
  • Francisco Cervelli of the New York Yankees
  • Fernando Martinez of the New York Yankees
  • Jordany Valdespin of the New York Mets
  • Cesar Puello of the New York Mets
  • Antonio Bastardo of the Philadelphia Phillies
  • Sergio Escalona of the Houston Astros
  • Jesus Montero of the Seattle Mariners
  • Jordan Norberto, currently a free agent

In a tweet earlier today, Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria, who is not involved in the scandal called it a “day of infamy for [the] MLB.”

Ultimately, although today will be a day of infamy for MLB, it is a tremendous step in the right direction for the game we love.

– Evan Longoria (@Evan3Longoria) August 5, 2013

Tips on How to Introduce Kids to Geography

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Most families don’t have the funds to fly the whole brood across the globe, let alone the whole country. But that doesn’t mean your children shouldn’t learn about who and what’s out there.

Thanks to Amy Norman and Stella Ma, there’s now a fun and easy way (Jennifer Garner is a fan!) to teach your little ones about other countries and states.

To help get kids excited about geography, the two moms created Little Passports, a kids subscription service that sends monthly packages full of cool activities about different cultures, major landmarks, historic events and more.

Ready to explore the world with your tots? Norman and Ma share some helpful tips that you can follow without ever leaving your hometown. Check them out below:

Pull out a map. Take turns closing your eyes and picking a spot on the map. Then open your eyes and read the country’s name and capitol, and then discuss where that country is in the world e.g. how close is it to the U.S.A., to the equator, or to the North or South Pole.

Try a new recipe. Cooking can also be an excellent learning experience. If you plan on visiting a state you’ve never been before, find a recipe that is traditional to that area and make it with your family. For example, N.Y.C. and Chicago are famous for their pizza and California is known for their authentic corn tortillas.

Share old travel photos. Did you visit somewhere special in your teens or even as an adult without the kids? Whether it was a ski trip in the Rockies or a visit to the Eiffel Tower, pull out those old photographs and share your stories with your children. You can take it a little further by pulling out a map or globe and showing your child the location in relation to where you live.

Explore music from other cultures. It’s easy to forget that a lot of American music was influenced by all the many people who came here from other countries. Give your child a lesson on a specific genre – jazz is a good one because it has a rich culture and history – by borrowing books and CDs from the library. You can also attend a local concert so they can see and hear the music performed live.

Little Passports Amy Norman Stella Ma

Courtesy Little Passports

Take a virtual trip. If your budget doesn’t allow for a journey that involves a flight and a passport, traveling the Internet can be just as educational and rewarding. For example if you have Irish ancestry, search the Web for cool facts (history, traditions, foods and more!) and photos of Ireland. The Little Passports Pinterest page can also help you visually explore a specific country.

Watch foreign films. Movies are a very powerful way to introduce your kids to other countries. Do a quick Web search on the best family-friendly foreign films and then set a date to watch at home. Once the movie is over, spend some time discussing not only the plot, but the cultural differences you noticed. Also keep an eye out for local kids film festivals. They often include foreign movies that are worth seeing.

Attend a cultural festival. Many cities hold events that celebrate different cultures and they’re often rich with experiences that feel just as authentic as being at the real thing. For example, Seattle holds an annual Bastille Day Festival to celebrate France’s Independence Day. And every July, Denver and Boston host the Chinese Dragon Boat Festival. On Labor Day, the West Indian Day parade makes its way through Brooklyn complete with beautiful floats from every island.

Little Passports Kids Subscription Company

Courtesy Little Passports

Anna Chlumsky Welcomes Daughter Penelope Joan

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Anna Chlumsky, who shot to fame as a child star in 1991 s My Girl, has a little girl of her own now.

Chlumsky and her entrepreneur husband Shaun So, both 32, welcomed daughter Penelope Joan So on Thursday, July 11 in New York City, she tells PEOPLE exclusively.

“She’s a really good mix between my husband and me,” the Veep actress tells PEOPLE. “When she’s with him, you see him, and when she’s with me, you see me. She’s a perfect mix.”

“We think she has my mouth, but it’s hard to tell. Even the color of her eyes, they are different in different light. But she has a really full head of hair.”

It’s been quite a week for Chlumsky, who on Thursday also earned her first Emmy nomination for her work on Veep.

“I’m still in shock. When I got the call I wasn’t sleeping because I was breastfeeding my daughter,” she says. “It was neat because it was me and my husband and my daughter all in the room getting the news at the same time. When [my manager] told me, it was that nervous, happy, appreciative laughter. I just laughed a lot! It feels really great to have your work noticed.”

Not surprisingly, Chlumsky is on cloud nine about all the new developments. “I’m really, really happy. I’m just smiley,” she says. “I have this new bundle of love that’s now in my life. She has made my life even better.”

And motherhood? “I’m really surprised how real it is,” she says. “What’s really strange is how fast it happened. You prepare for so long, and all of a sudden the baby’s here … It’s seriously the best thing. Holding her is fantastic. It’s one of the more enjoyable things. It doesn’t get boring at all. I could hold her all day.”

– Tim Nudd with reporting by Paul Chi

Hillary Scott Welcomes Daughter Eisele Kaye

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Welcome, little Lady!

Lady Antebellum’s lead singer Hillary Scott and her husband, drummer Chris Tyrrell, are the proud parents of a baby girl, her rep tells PEOPLE exclusively.

Born Monday, July 22, in Nashville, Eisele Kaye Tyrrell weighed 7 lbs., 13 oz. The names honor Chris’s mother’s maiden name (pronounced Eyes-lee) and Hillary’s mother’s middle name.

“She is incredibly gorgeous,” the proud dad tells PEOPLE.

This is the first child for the couple, who, following a six-month engagement, were married in January 2012 during an intimate ceremony in upstate New York.

Scott, 27, announced the pregnancy in December, and revealed in March that they were expecting a girl. She also revealed one little quirk of her pregnancy.

“There was one night where I looked at my husband and I was like, ‘We really have to go to the grocery store because I need a Pop-Tart right now,” Scott said. “That’s really one of the only cravings I’ve had, that and sleep.”

The band, which includes Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood, recently released “Goodbye Town,” the second single off their album, Golden.

-Tim Nudd and Mary Margaret

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Welcome a Son

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We have a new royal.

The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William have welcomed their first child, a son, PEOPLE confirms.

The news the world’s been waiting for since Kate went into London’s St. Mary’s Hospital early Monday morning was revealed Monday afternoon, some four hours after the Duchess, 31, gave birth.

The message was delivered in a press release, stating that a son was born at 4:24 p.m., weighing 8 lbs., 6 oz. After about 14 hours of labor, Kate had a natural delivery.

With a broad smile the couple’s press secretary Ed Perkins took the announcement to a waiting blue Jaguar to be whisked to the palace.

Kate and William wanted to spend a bit of time with their baby and make their phone calls. But William, 31, personally told the Queen, his father, Prince Charles and wife Camilla and brother Prince Harry.

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh “are delighted” by the news.

Kate’s parents were also called.

“It’s been a wonderful day and everyone’s delighted,” says a palace source.

British Prime Minister David Cameron is also among those informed, along with other high-ranking officials.

The waiting crowds celebrated near St. Mary’s. The theatrical presentation of the birth news will continue when the notice is placed on an easel on the Buckingham Palace forecourt. A gun salute in the royal parks in London is expected to follow.

The new arrival is third in line to the throne, following the baby’s father, William, and (first-in-line) grandfather, Prince Charles, 64. The public will get its first glimpse of the child when the couple leave the hospital in the coming days.

Kate’s pregnancy was revealed on Dec. 3, 2012, when she was admitted to the hospital in London suffering from severe morning sickness.

William spoke of the couple’s desire to have children when they announced their engagement in 2010. He told ITN they would get to planning after their wedding: “Obviously we want a family, so we’ll have to start thinking about that.” And he has since said that he wants two kids.

– Simon Perry

Laila Ali DesignCare

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She went her entire boxing career undefeated, winning 21 of her matches by knockout, but it looks like Laila Ali has finally met her match.

In this corner, at two years old, undisputed diaper belt champ of the world, Sydney J.

“Sydney is paying me back for all the hard times that I gave my mother, trust me,” Ali, 35, tells PEOPLE, while attending this weekend’s 15th Annual DesignCare benefiting The HollyRod Foundation.

“She is paying me back, and everyone says, ‘Hey, that was you!’ because I treated my mom bad in my teens, but Sydney just has a lot of energy. She has her own mind and she is going to do whatever she wants to do.”

And as far as Sydney is concerned, doing what she wants to do rarely blends with what her mother wants her to do.

“She’s like, ‘No!!’ Everything is, ‘No!!'” Ali says. “She just pushes me to the limit, where I am always trying to find new ways to discipline [her] so that she can understand that she can’t do certain things.”

Every parent knows the difficulty attached to navigating through those terrible twos, but as far as Ali is concerned, her daughter has taken being a toddler tyrant to a new level, one that amuses even while it exasperates, but invariably leaves the busy mama searching for answers.

“Am I going to count her down?! Am I going to give her a time out?! Am I going to take her bunny?!” Ali says to PEOPLE while letting out a bewildered laugh before asking, “What am I going to do? Because with her, everything stops working.”

Well, almost everything.

“I give her M&Ms,” admits the stunning Ali. “That’s a pay-off. I will say, ‘Sydney, I will give you a piece of chocolate.’ And that is bad! I love the girl to death, don’t get me wrong, but she tries me!”

– Reagan Alexander

Start your work week off right with Monday’s must-read links:

  • Kristen Bell: Motherhood is almost “too much joy” – E! News
  • 6 essentials you shouldn’t leave behind when going to the beach – giggle GAB
  • Kristin Cavallari: Jay Cutler and I are ready for another baby – E! News
  • 12 Victorian baby girl names that are on the rise – HuffPost Parents
  • Tracy Anderson: I’m looking forward to getting Kim Kardashian back in shape – EXTRA

Hollywood will get a chance to honor the late Cory Monteith at the 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards.

In an interview with Deadline Hollywood, the show’s executive producer, Ken Ehrlich, said there are plans for “something that reflects an homage” to Monteith, 31, who was found dead on July 13 from a toxic mixture of heroin and alcohol . But “what the extent of that is, or how we’re going to approach it,” he added, “well, it’s too early to tell.”

Ehrlich has felt pressure to pay special tribute to the Glee star separate from the traditional Emmy’s “In Memoriam” segment, a moving video salute to those TV notables lost over the past year. But with just weeks until the Sept. 22 telecast, the producer’s planning is under a time crunch.

“If Cory had passed away in March, we’d have had four months to look at this with a little more perspective,” he explained. “The reason we’re getting all of this discussion now is because he passed away two weeks ago. But we are going to deal with it.”

The 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, to be hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, come just ahead of Glee returning. After being delayed by creator Ryan Murphy in wake of Monteith’s passing, the show’s fifth season will premiere on Sept. 26, with the third episode paying tribute to their fallen cast member.

Teresa and Joe Giudice in Court

Like Teresa Giudice, her house hubby Joe will also plead not guilty to the a 39-count indictment against the reality couple filed Monday by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

But Joe has a lot more than the charges (and over 50 years in prison) he’s facing. Given that the reality star, unlike his wife, isn’t a U.S. citizen, he could also be deported – a possibility that’s weighting on him, according to his attorney.

“It’s natural to worry, but he’s worried not as much for himself but for Teresa and his family,” Miles Feinstein told Celebuzz. “He’s mainly concerned about Teresa and the kids and his family and staying in the country with them.

“If he was even found guilty on one of the 39 charges, that might deport him,” including mortgage fraud and bankruptcy fraud, revealed Feinstein, adding that the charge stemming from Joe’s failure to file his tax returns from 2004 to 2008 are “probably not deportable.”

Joe is also facing state charges of fraud in which he’s been accused of obtaining a driver’s license using his brother’s name. Those allegations also make it more of a reality that the 43-year-old father of four may be asked to leave the U.S.

“Sometimes you see it on the Real Housewives [of New Jersey] and sometimes you don’t, but they support each other and love each other. And they love their kids tremendously,” said Feinstein.

Joe’s attorney tries to explain why his client has been in the country his whole life without becoming a naturalized citizen.

“Joe has an Italian passport, not a U.S. passport. He came to his country when he was one year old. Because his family I suppose didn’t realize they should have done something.

“He came when he was one so I assume they thought he was a citizen.

“It would be a shame one way or another if he was deported since he’s been here since that young age. It’s unfortunate that he wasn’t naturalized.”

For now, the often financially troubled TV pair – who withdrew bankruptcy in 2011 after claiming $11 million in debts – have been released on their own recognizance despite the whopping $500K bond each that was set during their first court appearance on the federal charges July 30.

“People have thought they had to put up half a million dollars, but they didn’t have to put up a thing, no house, nothing,” explained Feinstein. “No property, bonds, no money.

“It was equivalent of bail but no bail.”

But they better show up in court or they’ll be the hefty price to pay.

“It’s to ensure the person’s presence in court every time. They would be responsible for $500,000 each if they didn’t show up in court,” he added.

“Their roots, family and kids are here so they are going to be there.”

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