Alicia Keys expecting baby #2… “The Big Bang Theory” holds out for more money… Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Kirstie Alley’s relationship… James Franco flirts with Lana Del Rey… and Arie Luyendyk, Jr. wants to be the next Bachelor!

Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz are expecting baby number two. Their son, Egypt, turns four in October. Alicia made the big announcement with a beautiful photo on Instagram. She captioned it, “Happy Anniversary to the love of my life @therealswizzz!! And to make it even sweeter we’ve been blessed with another angel on the way!!” Alicia and Swizz were married on July 31, 2010.

Production on season 8 of “The Big Bang Theory” was supposed to begin today, but the cast is pulling a “Friends” move — holding out for more money. A LOT more money. Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch have already negotiated their deals, but everybody else is holding out for a million bucks per episode, which is what the “Friends” cast eventually got. Executive producer Chuck Lorre told “The Hollywood Reporter,” “I want them all to be crazy wealthy because nobody deserves it more than this cast. It’ll work out.”

Maksim Chmerkovskiy was on “Watch What Happens Live” and Andy Cohen read a viewer’s question about whether his former dance partner Kirstie Alley tried to get him to convert to Scientology. Andy asked if Maks and Kirstie still get along, and he responded, “Until recently…she stopped getting along with me. I think the world of her. I’m not judging people by their religion. I’m Jewish. I don’t really believe in science fiction, whatever.” Maks says a mutual friend passed along a message to him from Kirstie. He explained, “Now that I’m associating with other people that she can’t be associated with, I am no longer to be spoken with.” The “other people” he’s referring to is Leah Remini who famously left the Church of Scientology. Leah is BFFs with Jennifer Lopez who may or may not be dating Maksim. He was at JLo’s birthday party last week, but Leah says she and Maks aren’t dating. To that, Maks told Andy, “Well, she’s the authority on everything JLo, so we should listen.”

James Franco got cleaned up for the NY premiere of his new movie “Child of God” last night. Maybe it’s because he knew Lana Del Rey was coming. James and Lana have been flirting over social media for he past few months and he is admittedly obsessed with her. He posted of photo of her music video with the caption, “HAPPY BDAY LANA DEL REY!! I’m OBSESSED with the RIDE video!” And then on Friday, he posted a picture of the two of them together saying, “LANA LANA LANA (My new friend).” But it looks like James’ pubic adoration is paying off because privately it looks like these two are dipping their toes in the dating pond.

Arie Luyendyk, Jr., is making no secret about it — he wants to be the next Bachelor! He tweeted, “No hiding it anymore! Would love to share my journey with all of you, but it’s up to #bachelornation. Open, hopeful and more than ready.”  It was rumored that Andi Dorfman reject, farmer Chris Soules, was a shoe-in for the next Bachelor, but apparently this is not the case. Sources told “Us Weekly” that Arie is under serious consideration and he’s already filmed a few promos, just in case. Producers even hired him a trainer so he’ll be ready to take his shirt off at a moment’s notice. But it looks like Arie is telling us that if we want him as the next Bachelor, we have to do our part and bombard social media with #bachelornation.


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