• Simon Cowell will become a dad this February when his girlfriend Lauren Silverman gives birth. Fellow 'X Factor' judge Paulina Rubio says his impending fatherhood, along with the influence of the 'X Factor' cast this season, have made the curmudgeonly Brit a whole lot nicer. “He is all around girls, and he is a better Simon,” Paulina says. “He’s cuter!”

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    Paulina also revealed a surprising conversation she had with the notorious judge. “He told me the other day he was going to breastfeed,” Paulina says. “I said, 'Well, good luck.' Because he’s Simon, he can do whatever he wants!”

    As a judge on a high-stakes competition, Paulina sometimes finds it difficult to hurt the hopes of the competitors. “In your decisions are the lives of so many talented people,” she says. “But you are a judge and you have to tell them what you think. It’s hard, sometimes I cannot sleep.”

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  • Amber Galloway-Gallego has worked for Lady Gaga, Madonna, and others. But she has a job you've probably never heard of: She translates music into sign language at live concerts.

    Before a video of Amber translating the lyrics to a Kendrick Lamar song went viral earlier this year (we should warn you: this link contains strong language) it didn't occur to many concertgoers that there were hearing-impaired people in the audience. But Amber has been working her magic at live shows for more than a decade.

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    "First, I'm a huge music lover," Amber says. She had deaf friends and extended family growing up and would translate music for them at parties. "I was showing them ... it's not just lyrics, and there's actual tones and riffs that come with each part of the music."

    Amber has interpreted all kinds of music, but she has a special affinity for rap. "Whenever I was challenged with rap, it was a huge challenge for me to delve into the language more and

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  • Maxwell Ryan has been helping people avoid design disasters for years as the founder of ApartmentTherapy.com. Maxwell once lived in a 250-square-foot apartment with his ex-wife and daughter, so he knows the best tricks to enhance a tiny room.

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    First tip, declutter. "You have to have breathing room," Maxwell says. "If you have a bookshelf that can take 30 books, put 25 on it. Don't fill it up right to the edge. ... Good organization is leaving a little empty space."

    Second, good lighting can make a room appear much larger than it actually is. "You want three points of light in every room," he says about avoiding shadowing. "You can light it badly and it will feel small, because your eye won't go where there's no light."

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    Another tip is to stick with lighter paint colors on your walls. "The basic rule is that light colors expand and dark colors contract," Maxwell says. "But you don't want to

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  • Diego Klattenhoff is best known for playing Mike Faber, the Marine captain who fell for his best friend's wife on "Homeland." And it seems plenty of other men have fallen for the actress who plays her, Morena Baccarin. "I have so many guys that come up to me, whether it’s in airports or somewhere, and they’re like, ‘Oh, I love that show. The wife is so hot. Tell me about the wife,’” says Diego. "It's like creepy-guy syndrome. I can't imagine what it’s like for her."

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    For now, Diego is focusing on his latest project, NBC's "The Blacklist."

    "James Spader is the world's most wanted man who turns himself in to the FBI after 20 years of being on the lam, selling secrets to the highest bidder," Diego says. "He says 'Screw your most wanted list — it's all about publicity. I have the biggest, baddest list of criminals around the world, and I'm going to help you solve them.'"

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  • If you're a "Star Trek" fan, you might be a bit unnerved the first time you meet Red, the tough Russian prison cook played by Kate Mulgrew on Netflix's hit series "Orange Is the New Black. "The first image is slightly overwhelming when you're used to Captain Janeway," Kate says. "Suddenly, looming in front of the camera is this huge face, and this magenta spiked hair, and this voice, and it's unrecognizable."

    Kate Mulgrew as Red

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    In Season 1, viewers learned bits and pieces of Red's story, and Kate reveals that there's big drama ahead for the character in Season 2. In addition to the audience getting to know Red's sons, she says, "There's going to be a big problem for somebody else with me. It's going to be dangerous, it's going to be unexpected ... it could be fatal."

    And while Kate's role is fun to watch, she says it's just as exhilarating to play. "Do you know what I think you might be reading?" she asks after Ali comments on her transformational role. "My absolute

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