ROMANCE REPORT – ROB KARDASHIAN: It looks like ROB KARDASHIAN may be more lucky in love than older sister, KIM. Word is this season’s “Dancing With the Stars” runnerup has a hot new chica!!! According to the New York Post, he’s dating singer Rita Ora.

Rob and Rita -- who is signed to JAY-Z's record label -- were reportedly set up two months ago by Rob’s friend, rapper LIL' ROMEO. They supposedly been keeping their budding romance on the DL but are said to be making their first pubic appearance tonight in New York at “Dream Downtown”, where Rob will be dj’ing an event for Macys.

WATCH - GENE SIMMONS CALLS MADONNA A 'KARAOKE SINGER': I'm sure by now you've heard MADONNA has been picked to play the Super Bowl halftime show. The announcement, which has sparked mixed reactions and divided the nation, had been widely rumored for some time but was only officially confirmed this past weekend.

TMZ caught up with "Family Jewels" star/KISS founder GENE SIMMONS to get his take on the NFL's pick, and let's just say their selection didn't wow him. "I love all karaoke singers," Simmons sarcastically replied. "I love all the girl singers who get up and sing with tapes" Gene later clarified that Madonna herself is "terrific" but "the tapes" not so much.

BABY POOP: Rumor has it BEYONCE and Jay-Z have a few names picked out for their baby, which is reportedly a girl. According to the rarely-if-ever-reliable Mediatakeout gossip site, among the list of names is 'Beyonce'. Their insider says Bey, quote, "thinks it would be cute to name her daughter BEYONCE also. She would be Beyonce II."

2. It's a boy for ROBERT DOWNEY, JR.! The 'Sherlock Holmes" star whose wife is pregnant with their first child together, revealed the baby's gender on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" earlier this week.

Downey also has an 18-year-old son named Indio with his first wife Deborah Falconer. The latest addition to the Downey brood is due in late February.

JESSE JAMES DISSES SANDRA BULLOCK ON NEW SHOW: Evidently JESSE JAMES isn't done talking smack about SANDRA BULLOCK. During an appearance on "American Chopper: The Build-Off" yesterday, the serial cheater dissed his ex-wife by referring to her as "some Hollywood actress."

He said, quote, "I became a big shot and married some Hollywood actress and didn't talk to anybody anymore, so I feel bad. I feel obligated to reconnect with all these people and show 'em that I'm still the same fabricator motorcycle guy. I'm not what I became."

SNAPSHOT: I think we can safely assume that RYAN REYNOLDS and BLAKE LIVELY are definitly sharing their down there parts. The love birds were recently photographed making out at a bed and breakfast in Utah ...


ALEC BALDWIN GETS BOOTED FROM PLANE FOR PLAYING GAME: ALEC BALDWIN was kicked off a plane yesterday at Los Angeles International airport after he refused to stop playing a game on his cellphone. The "30 Rock" star tweeted, "Flight attendant on American reamed me out for playing Words With Friends while we sat at the gate, not movin'." He ended up taking a later flight on the airline, but wrote, "Last flight with American -- where retired Catholic school gym teachers from the 1950s find jobs as flight attendants."

Although he had alot to say about it in cyberspace, Baldwin had no comment when approached by TMZ after landing on the later flight ...

Alec joins a growing list of celebs who've been kicked off planes. Earlier this week, country singer John Rich was booted from a Southwest flight after he displayed "drunken behavior" and Green Day frontman Billy Joe Armstrong was removed, also from Southwest, in September for wearing sagging pants.

R.I.P - 'DRIFT AWAY' SINGER DOBIE GRAY: DOBIE GRAY, who had a huge hit in 1973 with "Drift Away", passed away yesterday. He was 71. There's no word on a cause of death. "Drift Away" has been covered by many over the years, most notably by UNCLE KRACKER in 2003.