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The Word: Katherine Heigl still insists she's not difficult to work with

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Katherine Heigl has a new TV series debuting in a couple of weeks, which means she's doing lots of publicity — which in turn means she has to deal with a lot of inquiries about her "difficult" reputation. Like in a recent Facebook Q&A session when a fan asked Heigl about "rumors that you're very rude." Boy, this should be good.

"Yeah I've heard those too," Heigl responded. "Honestly, I don't think I am. Nothing makes me more uncomfortable than confrontation or hurting someone's feelings, and I would never, ever actively do so on purpose. Of course, just like any human being I've made mistakes and unwittingly or carelessly spoken or acted, but I always try to make any wrong right. That doesn't mean I won't stand up for myself by drawing boundaries and asking to be treated kindly and respectfully, but I don't do that with any rude or unkind intentions, just with the same strength and honestly I think every one of us is entitled to." Dang it, if she's going to keep being so reasonable this isn't going to be any fun. Now what do I do? Mock her for ending a sentence with a preposition? Sheesh.

That's Lord Kanye to you, buddy
Kanye West wants to name his new, $20 million Los Angeles home after the fictional home on " Downton Abbey" because of course he does. West, a noted master of subtlety and understatement, "wants the home to resemble ' Downton ' in its grandeur and ' regalness ,' and there will be a sign naming it Highclere Castle," a source tells the Sun. " Kanye loves calling [wife Kim Kardashian ] 'lady.' He basically thinks he's an even cooler version of Lord Grantham." It could be worse, I suppose. Just imagine if he'd been watching a lot of "He-Man" instead and wanted to call it Castle Grayskull .

Selena Gomez's friends continue to be worried
It's been a bit since Selena Gomez's well-intentioned friends have expressed their concern about her attachment to on-again, off-again boyfriend Justin Bieber, so let's refill that tank, yeah? Gomez is supposedly dating noted Bieber sparring partner Orlando Bloom now, but her friends are worried her heart isn't really in it. " She is absolutely not into Orlando because she is still obsessed with Justin and always will be," a source tells Radar Online. "Everyone is really sick of hearing the same old story. Nothing changes with them. She gets back with him, he lies, he gets caught, she gets upset and then tries to make him jealous. She needs to just let go." Or maybe these friends need to take their own advice.

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Idris Elba spoils "Avengers" Loki cameo
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DAILY VIDEO: How about a throwback Tuesday?
In honor of BBC News declaring the Spice Girls' "Wannabe" the catchiest song of all time, here's the, ahem, classic video for the 1996 hit single, filmed in a single take at London's former Midland Grand Hotel. The song beat out 1,000 other hit singles from the past 75 years, with study participants able to recognize it in an average of 2.9 seconds. Now if that doesn't deserve a " zig-a-zig-ah ," I don't know what does. If you want to torture yourself further, by the way, the second catchiest song of all time is Lou Bega's "Mambo No. 5," followed by "Eye of the Tiger." You're welcome?

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