People: Lena Dunham, Justin Bieber, Kandi Burruss, Ed Asner, Keith Olbermann, J-Kruz, Alicia Akrie
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Lena Dunham prefers to look like one of the ordinary girls, People reports.
The HBO series creator and star, 26, says, "There would be all kinds of weird challenges to deal with" if she had the body of a Victoria's Secret model.
"I don't think I'd like it very much," she tells Playboy in its April issue.
"I don't want to go through life wondering if people are talking to me because I have a big rack. Not being the babest person in the world creates a nice barrier."
But having the perfect figure does have its perks, she says, explaining, "That said, I probably would want to see if I could get free food at restaurants. Then I'd call a doctor and see if she could return me to my former situation."
Dunham, who has been dating the band fun.'s lead guitarist, Jack Antonoff, since last year, also says her taste in men has changed over the years.
"When I was younger, I liked men who gave me some guff," she says. "Now I'm much more into someone who is interesting and open with his emotions, has a really good sense of humor and a passion for what he does, wants to hang out with my parents and doesn't want to stay out too late."
Adds the actress, "If I can get excited imagining funny things he did as a kid, there's a pretty good chance I'm in love with him."
Justin Bieber has taken to Instagram to unload frustration over what he says are the "countless lies" being circulated about him, The Associated Press reports.
In a passionate post Thursday, Bieber wrote that he's "tired of all the countless lies in the press right now," denying rumors that he's going to rehab. Bieber railed against those he perceives as against him, writing that "I'm 19 and it must be scary to some people to think that this is just the beginning."
The pop star originally ended the post with a jab at Lindsay Lohan, suggesting any comparison between the two was wrong. Before deleting the line, he wrote, "Look at her 2012 tax statements."
Bieber recently collapsed backstage during a London concert, tousled with paparazzi and canceled a performance in Portugal.
Kandi Burruss thinks Kim Zolciak is a real party pooper, E! News reports.
"The Real Housewives of Atlanta" star -- whose legal counsel happens to be co-star Phaedra Parks -- and songwriter Rodney Richard sued Zolciak this week in federal court, claiming that they co-wrote the ex-Housewife's 2009 dance track, "Tardy for the Party" and were never paid their due share of the royalties.
According to the lawsuit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Georgia, "Tardy for the Party" sold upward of 102,000 copies/downloads and the plaintiffs want Zolciak to provide a complete accounting of all "substantial profits and ill-gotten gains" from the single.
Burruss and Richard are seeking an injunction preventing all further sales of the song (iTunes, beware), as well as all the money they feel is owed to them, plus damages for copyright infringement, unauthorized use/unjust enrichment and accounting/constructive trust.
For the moment, Zolciak doesn't appear to be shaking in her stilettos.
"Kandi tried to pull the song down in Dec on iTunes but after I showed documents and proved points song was immediately put back up," she tweeted Wednesday.
Both have new shows premiering April 9 on Bravo -- Zolciak's "Don't Be Tardy ..." and Burruss' "The Kandi Factory."
Ed Asner's publicist says the 83-year-old actor is out of a Chicago-area hospital after being diagnosed with exhaustion, the AP reports.
Publicist Charles Sherman says Asner was released Thursday and plans to fly home to Los Angeles. He likely will postpone some performances of his touring one-man stage show.
On Tuesday night, Asner was taken off the stage in Gary, Ind., and went by ambulance to the unidentified hospital.
Asner just completed filming several episodes of the TV series "The Glades" in Florida. He's been on a national tour portraying President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the play "FDR" for more than three years.
Asner is best known for his roles in TV's "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and its spinoff "Lou Grant."
Keith Olbermann and Current TV say they've settled their dispute nearly a year after Olbermann was fired by the network and responded with a $50 million lawsuit, the AP reports.
Both parties say in a Wednesday statement that the terms of the settlement are confidential.
Olbermann was fired last March as a host and executive at the left-leaning cable talk network.
Olbermann sued, claiming Current violated his agreement and engaged in shoddy production values. Current's countersuit accused him of breaching his contract, including taking vacation without notice.
The at-times volatile host came to Current in June 2011 after a stormy eight-year stint at MSNBC, which he abruptly left that January.
Current, co-founded by Al Gore, is now being acquired for $500 million by Al-Jazeera, which is owned by the government of Qatar.
Steelers fan, former McKeesport resident and Radio One personality J-Kruz of 97.9 the Beat in Dallas recently joined the CW Network's syndicated "Eye Opener" morning show as the host and co-producer of the new music segment "The Underground," which features urban independent artists from across the country.
J-Kruz, a 10-year radio veteran, picks the artists featured on "Eye Opener" each week. "Eye Opener" airs weekdays from 5-8 a.m. in Dallas/Fort Worth, Philadelphia, Miami, Houston, Portland, Ore., Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Fort Smith, Ark. J-Kruz's segment airs Thursday mornings and repeats at night on "Nightcap in Dallas" and on "NewsFix" in Houston.
"We're very fortunate to have J-Kruz contributing his in-depth knowledge of new and upcoming artists. 'The Underground' has quickly become one of the favorites among viewers and our own producers," said Justin Allen, executive producer of "Eye Opener."
A Queens, N.Y., native who spent his teen years in McKeesport, J-Kruz got his first radio job at Pittsburgh's WAMO-FM (106.7) and worked there for eight years. For the past two years he has worked as an on-air host at 97.9 the Beat weeknights from 7 p.m. to midnight. He also produces a weekly segment on his radio show, "Raising the Bar," where he promotes local emerging artists.
Alicia Akrie, a 2007 Pittsburgh Perry High School graduate and fashion student at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta will receive the M. Jack Anderson Emerging Talent Award, which recognizes students who have excelled academically and distinguished themselves as creative innovators in the field of fashion design.
She'll receive the award at the National Black Arts Festival Fine Art + Fashion event Thursday at Neiman Marcus in Atlanta. Akrie will receive a $3,000 honorarium, and her winning garment will be displayed in the Atlanta Neiman Marcus store window.
First Published March 15, 2013 12:00 am