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THE DAILY DISH

A baby for Britney ...
After weeks of tabloid speculation, pop queen Britney Spears has at last confirmed that she's pregnant.

In a posting on her Web site, Spears, 23, told fans that she and husband, Kevin Federline, 27, are expecting their first child. "The time has finally come to share our wonderful news that we are expecting our first child together," the singer said. "There are reports that I was in the hospital this weekend, and Kevin and I just want everyone to know that all is well." Her publicist, Sonia Muckle, confirmed the pregnancy but refused to provide details.

The couple were married in September. Magazines and tabloids have speculated that Spears was pregnant, documenting her fuller figure, but she remained mum on the subject.

Federline has two children with his ex-girlfriend, actress Shar Jackson. Spears and Federline met last year when he was a backup dancer on her tour -- and Jackson was pregnant with their son.

Terminating the laundry ...
"Terminator" star Arnold Schwarzenegger is so adamant his children do their laundry, he'll throw out or burn any of their dirty clothes he finds lying around, reports ContactMusic.com.

The California governor is a stickler for neatness, and he believes his four children, aged 7 to 16, should clean up after themselves. "He's strict about laundry," says his wife Maria Shriver. "I go, 'Arnold, you're running a state -- don't worry about the laundry!' And he will call me, from the Capitol: 'Have they done the laundry? If I come home and they haven't done the laundry, I'm telling you, there are no play dates!'"

She continues: "He goes around our house, taking the kids' clothes that they leave. He throws it in the fire, or he hides it and they don't ever get it back."

Schwarzenegger also gets furious if his offspring waste electricity. "If you don't turn out the lights, he takes the lights out of the ceiling!" says Shriver. "I keep trying to tell him he has other things on his plate, but he goes, 'We have an energy crisis -- the children have no respect for the energy!'"

Phoenix to rehab ...
Actor Joaquin Phoenix, 30, has checked into a rehabilitation facility to deal with alcohol abuse problems.

"He was uncomfortable with the way that he was living his life and found the courage to deal with his disease," publicist Susan Patricola said in a statement.

Phoenix voluntarily entered the undisclosed facility two weeks ago and hoped that coming forward will encourage others to get help as well, Patricola said.

Phoenix starred in "The Village," was nominated for a supporting actor Oscar for "Gladiator" and will star as Johnny Cash in "Walk the Line," due out later this year.

His older brother River Phoenix died of a drug overdose in 1993 at the age of 23.

Out of recovery ...
Music Hall of Famer Billy Joel has finished a 30-day stay at the Betty Ford Center in California for treatment of alcoholism, his second stint in rehab since '02, the New York Daily News says.

Joel, 55, is reportedly fit, and according to an unnamed "pal," he "has completely sworn off all alcohol." Joel checked out Sunday morning, flying back to Long Island with wife Kate Lee.

Dreaming of Beyonce ...
Can Beyonce do Diana Ross?

According to Variety, the Destiny's Child singer is negotiating to star in a big-screen adaptation of the beloved Broadway musical about a group of early-1960s gal singers called the "Dreams" -- based on Ross and the Supremes.

Bill Condon, who will write and direct, is reportedly staying close to Tom Eyen's book and lyrics and Henry Krieger's music from the original. The flick will start filming this fall.

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