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Celebrity Chatter: Bilson and Christensen Reunite, Weisz and Aronofsky Split

Rachel Weisz and Darren Aronofsky-Did Oscar winner Rachel Weisz leave fiancé Darren Aronofsky -- the father of her four-year-old son – for her Dream House costar Daniel Craig? That’s what many tabloids are speculating. (Craig has been engaged to producer Satsuki Mitchel.)

-It appears Rachel Bilson and Hayden Christensen may be giving it another try. The formerly engaged actors are reportedly dating again. The two called off their wedding earlier this year.

-Congratulations to Karina Smirnoff and Brad Penny. The Dancing with the Stars pro and the baseball player are planning to walk down the aisle. Smirnoff was previously set to wed dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

-Is Christina Aguilera dating a set assistant from her upcoming movie, Burlesque? Not according to Matthew D. Rutler’s mother. Kathleen Rutler says her son is simply giving the soon-to-be divorced singer a “should to cry on.”


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Engagement Over for Karina Smirnoff and Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Television, Break-ups

Karina Smirnoff and Maksim Chmerkovskiy

UPDATE: It’s now being reported that Maksim dumped the “high maintenance” Karina over the weekend.

Wow. Wow.

If Tom DeLay had you turning off next season, this bit of news may have you turning back in. After nine months of engagement, Karina Smirnoff and Maksim Chmerkovskiy have broken up.

The dancing professionals - who recently performed together in Broadway’s Burn the Floor - had been scheduled to marry in June 2010. The wedding would have come a year and a half after Maksim popped the question.

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Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Karina Smirnoff Talk About the Proposal

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Television, Engagements


may be an expert on the ballroom floor, but he’s just a regular guy when it comes to proposals.

In the above clip, the 28-year-old Dancing with the Stars competitor and his fiancee, Karina Smirnoff, talk about the night he popped the question.

NOTE TO FUTURE RING BUYERS:  The phrase “I’ve been with a lot women” should never be uttered during a proposal.

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Engagement for DWTS’ Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Karina Smirnoff

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Television, Engagements


To call these dancers “quick movers” would be an understatement.

Although they’ve only been together for less than six months, Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Karina Smirnoff are now officially engaged. The two Dancing with the Stars competitors - who have known each other for about 15 years - began dating shortly after Smirnoff, 30, ended her relationship with Mario Lopez last summer.

According to sources, Maksim, 28, popped the question to Karina on New Year’s Eve while they were celebrating in Las Vegas. The proposal happened in between stops of their DWTS tour. (Both dancers are expected to participate in the next season of the ABC show when it returns on March 9.)

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Top 20 VIP Breakdown stories of 2008

Let’s face it, 2008 was a wild year for all the personalities from show business that we love (and despise.) We’ve published a bunch of news, rumors, and opinions here on VIP Breakdown over the past year, and we felt it would only be right to recap the top 20 most read articles for the entire year. So that is just what we’ve done, so you’ll find that below. Oh, and by the way, what the heck, y’all? We published an article at the end of 2008 about Robert Pattinson getting a hair cut, and it leapfrogged everything else we did for the entire year, becoming the most read, in a matter of a week? What gives? Anyhoo, here we go:

Top 20 most read posts in 2008:

  1. Robert Pattinson Shears His Shaggy Locks
  2. Taylor Swift Loses Joe Jonas to Camilla Belle
  3. Girl Next Door Kendra Wilkinson Now Engaged
  4. Cynthia Nixon Talks About Her Lesbian Relationship
  5. More Sexy Photos of Miley Cyrus
  6. Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens’ Sexy Photo Spread
  7. Tyra Banks Threatens to Sue Cancer Survivor
  8. Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Karina Smirnoff: DWTS’ Latest Couple
  9. Does Miley Cyrus Have Her Own Set of Sexy Photos?
  10. Lindsay Lohan’s Nude Photo Spread
  11. Hulk Hogan’s Uncomfortable Moment with Daughter Brooke
  12. Ali Lohan: She’s Supposed to Be 14
  13. Angelina Jolie’s W Photo Spread
  14. DWTS’ Shannon Elizabeth and Derek Hough a Real-Life Couple
  15. Divorce News: Pink and Carey Hart
  16. Shia LaBeouf Involved in DUI Accident
  17. Emma Watson Becomes a Lady
  18. Does Lindsay Lohan Have a Sex Tape?
  19. Why Men Should Feel Better About Jude Law
  20. Nicole Richie’s Come a Long Way

So, what do you think? We miss anything? Should there have been a story up there that was left out? Sound off.


Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Karina Smirnoff: DWTS’ Latest Couple

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Television, Hook-ups

Maksim ChmerkovskiyKarina Smirnoff

Over the past seven seasons, has had its share of interesting relationships. We’ve seen celebrity/instructor couplings (Sabrina Bryan/Mark Ballas, Mario Lopez/Karina Smirnoff, Shannon Elizabeth/Derek Hough), married pros (Alec Mazo/Edyta Sliwinska, Jonathan Roberts/Anna Trebunskaya), father/son competitors (Corky Ballas/Mark Ballas) and sibling rivalries (Julianne Hough/Derek Hough). But we haven’t yet heard of any romances between the ballroom professionals, at least up until now.

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Mario Lopez: People’s Hottest Bachelor

What could possibly be worse than finding out that your boyfriend cheated on you? Finding out that he’s considered People‘s Hottest Bachelor! (Sorry, Karina.)

While I’m certain the magazine selected Mario Lopez long before tales of cheating ways were revealed (that’s if you don’t count Ali Landry’s experience), his inclusion just goes to show that any guy with a dimple can come off as charming.


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Karina Smirnoff Talks About Slimy Mario Lopez

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Television, Break-ups, Rumors

Yesterday, we told you about the rumors concerning former Dancing with the Stars contestant Mario Lopez. According to a former Hooters calendar model, the Saved By the Bell star had been cheating on his girlfriend for almost a whole year. Well, wouldn’t you know it? Hours later, we got a special treat on Monday’s episode of Chelsea Lately: an appearance from !

While she did not go into specifics, the professional dancer bravely addressed the gossip. Unfortunately, instead of using the forum to rail on her slimy ex (like I would have hoped), she did her best to talk calmly and rationally with Chelsea Handler about the breakup. She did, though, appear to validate the cheating report.


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Did Mario Lopez Cheat on Karina Smirnoff?

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Television, Break-ups, Rumors

Mario Lopez and Meagan Cooper

What is that saying about a leopard never changing it spots?

Just two weeks ago we learned about an official breakup between Karina Smirnoff and Mario Lopez. Now we’re getting word about a possible factor in their relationship’s demise. According to a former Hooters calendar model, Lopez had been cheating on his partner for nearly a whole year.

In an interview with E!, Meagan Cooper said that she was led to believe Mario had broken up with his ex. She continued to buy that story despite the fact Karina had left belongings in his home…and despite the fact that he had cheated on his first wife. (Lopez and Doritos Girl Ali Landry were married for less than two weeks back in 2004; she reportedly found out about his alleged infidelities shortly after their nuptials.)

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DWTS’ Sabrina Bryan and Mark Ballas No Longer a Couple

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Television, Break-ups, Rumors

Mark Ballas, Sabrina BryanJust a week after rumors started circulating about Mario Lopez and Karina Smirnoff, we’re now learning of another Dancing with the Stars split.

Dancer Mark Ballas confirmed to Us Weekly that he and Sabrina Bryan are no longer a couple off the dance floor.  The two started dating last season when they were partnered for the show’s fifth season.

Although the former pair didn’t perform on last night’s results show (maybe things would have been a bit too awkward?), Ballas claims he is still friends with the Cheetah Girl.

So how about Mark’s roommate, Derek Hough?  Will he be able to drag out his relationship with Shannon Elizabeth for that much longer?  I think we’d have better odds of seeing Shannon actually produce some hip action.

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