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Simpson gives birth to a boy


Jessica Simpson’s daughter has a new playmate – a baby brother named Ace.

Simpson’s rep confirmed that the entertainer gave birth to Ace Knute in Los Angeles on Sunday via planned C-section. The details were first reported by Us Weekly.

This is the second child for Simpson and her fiancé, Eric Johnson. Simpson gave birth to daughter Maxwell last year.

Ebert honored

Late movie critic Roger Ebert has been honored by the National Society of Newspaper Columnists.

Ebert, who worked at the Chicago Sun-Times for more than 40 years, took first place for online columns or blogs on large websites in the the society’s annual column contest.

Ebert died this year at age 70 after a long battle with cancer.

O’Brien inks deal

Former CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien will be contributing reports to the new Al-Jazeera America network when it debuts in August.

The network said Monday that O’Brien will report for the network’s prime-time magazine series, “America Tonight.” Al-Jazeera has also made a deal with O’Brien’s production company to produce hour-long documentaries.

She has also signed on to HBO’s “Real Sports” as a reporter for the sports-oriented newsmagazine and is contracted to continue making some documentaries for CNN.

‘Monsters’ win

The top five movies from the weekend box office:

1. “Monsters University,” $45.6 million

2. “The Heat,” $39.1 million

3. “World War Z,” $29.8 million

4. “White House Down,” $24.9 million

5. “Man of Steel,” $20.7 million

Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today: Writer-director Larry David is 66. Model-actress Jerry Hall is 57. Actor Jimmy McNichol is 52. Singer Michelle Branch is 30. Actress Vanessa Lee Chester is 29. Actress Ashley Tisdale is 28. Actress Lindsay Lohan is 27.