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Morales’ cool fashions

Natalie Morales’ preferred off-duty attire is a far cry from the chic dresses and blazers she rocks on NBC’s “Today” show.

“If I could wear yoga clothes all day long, I would – and I usually do on weekends,” the gorgeous Morales said before the Pamella Roland fashion show at Lincoln Center yesterday.

But when she’s at work, there’s one major must-have on her list: “a sweater or blazer because I’m always cold.”

Swift tops CMA nominations

Taylor Swift and Kacey Musgraves are the top nominees for the Country Music Association Awards, signaling something of a left turn for the usually traditional organization.

Swift will be going for her third entertainer of the year award and was nominated for album and female vocalist of the year as well for the Nov. 6 awards in Nashville. Newcomer Musgraves also is up for awards in the album and female vocalist categories.

The nominations were announced Tuesday morning in New York on “Good Morning America” and in a later news conference by Sheryl Crow and FGL.

Reigning entertainer of the year Blake Shelton and his wife, Miranda Lambert, are next with five nominations each. And Keith Urban and Florida Georgia Line have four apiece.

‘The Situation’ with drugs

Former “Jersey Shore” cast member Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino realized he had an addiction problem on a trip to Australia in February 2012.

He ran out of a prescription to treat an injury suffered during a 2010 stint on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” and couldn’t drag himself out of bed.

Soon after, Sorrentino checked into rehab where doctors prescribed him with a medication to treat opiod addiction. Sorrentino still takes it daily and says that drug, combined with counseling, is what works best for him.

The 32-year-old is now a paid spokesman for Reckitt Benckiser Pharmaceuticals, the company that makes the medication. He’s also helped launch a program called Reset Reality, to spread knowledge and understanding of opiod prescription painkiller addictions.

Ebert statue in offing

Organizers in Roger Ebert’s hometown of Champaign, Ill., announced plans Tuesday to try to raise $125,000 to build a life-size bronze statue of the late famed film critic.

The statue would go in front of Champaign’s Virginia Theatre, which has hosted the Ebertfest film festival for 15 years.

Ebert, a Pulitzer Prize-winning movie reviewer and television personality, grew up in neighboring Urbana and attended the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.

The sculpture will show Ebert sitting in the middle of three movie theater chairs giving his signature “thumbs up.” Artist Rick Harney of Bloomington will create the sculpture. Ebert’s widow, Chaz Ebert, selected the composition and organizers said she will work with Harney on the design.

Organizers hope to have the sculpture ready to unveil and dedicate at next year’s Ebertfest in April.

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