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Son to dad: Thanks for nothing

"Nashville" actor Oliver Hudson, 38, posted a heartwarming childhood picture of himself and little sister Kate Hudson with their biological dad, Bill Hudson, on Instagram Sunday. But the attached message, "Happy abandonment day" was anything but warm and fuzzy. Page Six notes that both Oliver and Kate, 36, have long-regarded mom Goldie Hawn's longtime partner Kurt Russell as their real father. Kate underlined that by posting a pic of Russell, 64, with the caption, "I love you to the moon and back."

Birmingham honors legendary rock publication

They gave them innumerable parking tickets over the years, but now the city of Birmingham will unveil a permanent banner at 6:30 p.m. Thursday honoring Creem magazine, which brazenly dubbed itself "America's Only Rock 'n' Roll Magazine" in the 1970s. The banner will be erected directly outside where Creem's offices were from 1973 until the mid-'80s, at 187 S. Woodward Ave. Creem started out in the Cass Corridor of Detroit and moved to a farm in Walled Lake, but the Birmingham office was where legendary Lester Bangs wrote many of his memorable screeds. The News' Susan Whitall, a former Creem editor, will attend along with founding Creem art director Charlie Auringer, photographer Tom Weschler and others. The banner also ballyhoos the Birmingham Historical Museum's acquisition of Auringer's papers and memorabilia, which are to date the only Creem archive.

Playboy Mansion dust-up

Hugh Hefnerdismissed allegations leveled by former gal-pal Holly Madison, 35, that he was manipulative and turned her time in the Playboy Mansion into a "nightmare." Hefner, 89, cited sour grapes in a statement to People. "I've had more than my fair share of romantic relationships with wonderful women," he wrote. "I'm pleased to say (many of them) remain dear friends. Sadly, a few have chosen to rewrite history in an attempt to stay in the spotlight." Model and TV personality Madison's charges are detailed in her new book hitting stores today, "Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny."

Silly string & champagne

What could be better on your 32nd birthday? Back in Chicago to film season two of "Empire," breakout star Jussie Smollett celebrated his birthday with his co-stars Sunday at the city's chic RM Champagne Salon. Page Six reports that after shrimp cocktail, oysters and plenty of bubbly, Smollett's colleagues — including Trai Byers, 31, and Bryshere Y. Gray, 21 — gave the birthday boy cupcakes and sprayed silly string all over him.

mhodges@detroitnews.com

Today's birthdays

Laya DeLeon Hayes, 12

Donald Faison, 42

Kris Kristofferson, 80

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