The Social Climber: O.J. Simpson Denied Request for New Trial

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O.J. Simpson Denied Request for New Trial
PHOTO: O.J. Simpson Awaits Parole Board Decision
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It looks like O.J. Simpson will being staying put behind bars in Las Vegas, at least for now.

The former football player was denied a new trial on Tuesday for robbery and kidnapping convictions in Las Vegas in 2008, according to the L.A. Times. He was sentenced to 33 years after the convictions.

Simpson, 66, sought a new trial, claiming that he had received incompetent legal counsel.

"We're obviously very disappointed in the judge's decision," Simpson attorney Osvaldo Fumo said, according to the L.A. Times. "We plan to appeal the case."

"Dancing With the Stars" Has New Winner
PHOTO: Amber Riley and Derek Hough were crowned Season 17 Champions and awarded the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy, on the two-hour Season Finale on "Dancing with the Stars" on Nov. 26, 2013.
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And the mirror ball goes to … Amber Riley! Cue the applause.

After battling a knee injury for much of the season, "Glee" star Amber Riley won the mirror ball trophy Tuesday night over fellow finalists Corbin Bleu and Jack Osbourne at the conclusion of the two-night finale of "Dancing With the Stars."

Riley, 27, screamed with joy and hurled herself onto her pro partner, former "Dancing" pro champion Derek Hough, when co-host Tom Bergeron announced that she was the winner. It was the fifth win for Hough.

Now what? Social Climber assumes a mirror ball world tour where Riley will talk about world peace, right?

Jessica Alba is Blonde
PHOTO: Jessica Alba posted this image on Instagram, Nov. 24, 2013. She later posted another photo appearing as a brunette.

Hold the presses. Jessica Alba is blonde … again. And you care. Because it's trending.

Alba is currently shooting "Barely Lethal" in which she stars as assassin Victoria Knox. Either Knox can't decide if she wants to be blonde or brunette or Alba can't. She has been flip-flopping on the hair color more often than Social Climber cares to detail.

You can follow each color change on her Instagram page here. Don't get too excited.

Frankie Muniz Suffers Second Mini Stroke
PHOTO: Actor Frankie Muniz arrives at the world premiere of Disneys "John Carter", Feb. 22, 2012 at Regal Cinemas in downtown Los Angeles.
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Former "Malcolm in the Middle" star Frankie Muniz, 27, revealed that he has suffered another "mini stroke."

"Almost a year to the day, I experienced another mini stroke," he tweeted on Monday. "Hopefully that will be the last. Miserable."

Muniz had his first "mini-stroke" last December, saying at the time, "I was in the hospital last Friday. I suffered a 'Mini Stroke,' which was not fun at all."

Get well soon, Frankie.

Jennifer Love Hewitt Welcomes Baby
PHOTO: Jennifer Love Hewitt, in a 2013 publicity photo from her maternity collection
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It's a girl for Jennifer Love Hewitt!

The former "Party of Five" actress, 34, and her husband Brian Hallisay "are thrilled to announce the birth of their daughter. Autumn James Hallisay was born on November 26th," her rep confirmed to ABC News.

Hewitt's rep also confirmed she and Hallisay are now married, which means they secretly tied the knot.

Congrats, you crazy kids!

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