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Gleeful living

It's not about making money, gratifying her ego and extending her brand, Glee starlet Lea Michele wants you to understand. Rather, she wrote a "guidebook" on life, love, exercise, make-up, etc. in order to teach everybody -- well, women -- how to live their dreams.

Brunette Ambition comes out May 20. The Random House blurb says Michele "reveals the lessons and advice that have worked for her -- from beauty and fashion secrets to fitness tips and career insights."

All in all, we're assured, "it's the book Lea wishes she'd had in her teens and early 20s: A practical and inspirational guide to harnessing tenacity and passion and living the fullest life, no matter what obstacles life puts in your way."


No glee here

NAYA Rivera has been given the heave-ho -- maybe -- from Fox's series Glee, after squabbling with Lea Michele, the show's big star. The N.Y. Daily News, among others, says Rivera will be written out in the final episode of Glee's current season, its fifth.

Rivera's PR person denied she'd been fired, but didn't say she'll return next fall, either. The show has been stumbling in the ratings, but a deal for Season 6 is in place.

The trouble started, some reports say, after Michele had a fling with rapper Big Sean, until then Rivera's boyfriend. Meanwhile Us Weekly has a source reporting a mid-April "major altercation" between Rivera and the producers.

Career tip: If you're going to feud with your show's star, don't also upset the producers.

Naya and Lea are both 27.


Ellen Page lightens load

Quote of the day: Ellen Page, who came out in February, tells Flare mag that "I feel more creatively inspired than I have in years... it has to do with a lot of bricks being taken out of the backpack."


The Clooney beat

-- George got down on one knee to propose to Amal Alamuddin at his home in L.A., after cooking dinner himself, says the N.Y. Daily News.

-- Kneeling, he offered her a "vintage-inspired", ethically mined, US$650,000 seven-carat diamond ring he designed, People mag says.

-- In March in Dubai, People adds, George met her relatives. They liked him. (Well, duh. Everybody likes George.)

-- Amal's father is a retired travel-agency owner; her mother is an editor at Al Hayat, a respected pan-Arab newspaper.

-- There's speculation about a September wedding.

-- Clooney's mom, Nina, told the Daily Mail Amal is "brilliant" (duh, again) and that -- get this -- "on an intellectual level, they are equal". (Oh yeah? How many Oxford degrees does George have? How many legal textbooks has he written? How many languages does he speak? How many legal opinions has he given the UN? Chill out, Mom.)


Life was too hairy

PRINCE Harry and Cressida Bonas have called it all off after almost two years.

The British papers are blaming the breakup on media attention, among other factors -- Cressy, as she is known, doesn't like media attention. The two remain friendly.

Their relationship hasn't been secret, but the two weren't seen formally in public together until just last month, at some charity event.

He's 29. She's 24.


Fake horse needs home

MANY viewers of late-night TV are not at their most alert, if you know what I mean, and it's getting more confusing all the time: Craig Ferguson says he will leaving his CBS Late Late Show in December. Evidently CBS was not exactly fighting to renew his contract, and Ferguson jumped before he was pushed. He's had the gig since 2005.

"CBS and I are not getting divorced," Craig said, "we are 'consciously uncoupling,' but we will still spend holidays together and share custody of the fake horse and robot skeleton" -- two frequently used props on the show.


Some clarity from Chris

CHRIS Martin is blaming himself for the split with Gwyneth Paltrow.

"About two years ago I was a mess, really," he told the BBC, "because I can't enjoy... the great things around me. I've got to not blame anyone else and make some changes.

"I wouldn't use the word breakdown," he went on, "this was more a realization about trying to grow up, basically. If you can't open yourself up, you can't appreciate the wonder inside. So you can be with someone very wonderful, but because of your own issues you cannot let that be celebrated in the right way." Clear?

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 4, 2014 ??65524

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