MARK WAHLBERG AND TED TO APPEAR AT OSCARS: Mark Wahlberg announced on Anderson Cooper’s talk show that he and his stuffed bear co-star from Ted will be appearing at the Oscars. Ted was voiced by Oscar host Seth MacFarlane.
‘DEAR ABBY’ HAS PASSED AWAY: Pauline Phillips, creator of the Dear Abby advice column, has died at the age of 94. Pauline was battling Alzheimer’s disease. Her twin sister Ann Landers died in 2002.
PAUL DANO TO STAR AS BEACH BOY BRIAN WILSON: Paul Dano has signed on to play Beach Boy Brian Wilson in a biopic of the musician. The film will be called Love & Mercy.
LISA WHELCHEL TO APPEAR IN TYLER PERRY MOVIE: The Facts of Life star and recent Survivor contestant Lisa Whelchel has joined the cast of Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas. She will be playing a school principal.
ROSS MATHEWS SCORES A BOOK DEAL: Chelsea Lately staple Ross Mathews has landed a book deal. Man Up!: Tales of My Delusional Self-Confidence will hit stores in May.
SHARON OSBOURNE’S HOUSE CATCHES FIRE: A lit candle that Sharon Osbourne forgot to extinguish before bed time started a small blaze at her Beverly Hills home. The fire department arrived and put out the fire before any significant damage was done.
POLICE SWARM TOM CRUISE’S HOME: Police rushed to Tom Cruise’s house in Beverly Hills after a call to 911 reported an intruder on the property. The cops found nothing when they arrived on the scene and it was believed to be a prank call.
JEREMY RENNER WILL BE A FATHER: The Avengers actor Jeremy Renner is expecting a baby with his ex-girlfriend Jess Macallan. The star was overheard breaking the news to Eva Longoria at the Golden Globes.
EMMA ROBERTS INTRODUCED HER BOYFRIEND TO AUNT JULIA: Emma Roberts reportedly ran into Julia Roberts at the Help Haiti Home Gala in Beverly Hills and she got to meet Emma’s boyfriend Evan Peters. The couple made their first official appearance together on the red carpet at the Golden Globes.
UMA THURMAN REVEALS WHY HER DAUGHTER HAS FIVE NAMES: Uma Thurman explained to Jimmy Fallon her reason for giving her new daughter Rosalind Arusha Arkadina Altalune Florence five names. The Playing For Keeps star explained that she and husband Arpad Busson couldn’t compromise on a moniker so they chose all of their options.
The new Sex and the City prequel Carrie Diaries takes place in the 1980’s but the show’s creators opted to leave the world trade center out of shots of the New York City skyline. Executive producer Amy B. Harris explained the decision to The Hollywood Reporter.
Harris said it was a major discussion among the crew but ultimately it was a unanimous decision to leave out the towers. She explained, “I totally wouldn’t want it scratched out of movies and TV shows that [took place] before 9/11, but occasionally when I watch a sitcom that I love and the stock shots that come before the scenes has the twin towers, it gives me pause for a minute. If we had a choice, it felt like the more sensitive choice.”
- Amy added that a similar discussion was had at HBO in 2001 after the September 11th tragedy.
Malcolm in the Middle star Frankie Muniz thinks Lindsay Lohan and his former co-star Amanda Bynes need to disappear for a while. The actor-turned-musician appeared on Katie Couric’s talk show discussing the pitfalls of reaching fame at a young age and how his decision to leave Hollywood saved his sanity.
Frankie told Katie, “I wanna say, just take a step away. It wasn’t until I left the business essentially and moved to Phoenix where I went, ‘Wow, that (acting) was amazing, I’m so lucky to have experienced something so amazing’, because when you’re in it it’s just your life… I almost just wanna tell them, just go away for a little bit, get away from the world, get away from the photographers and the people following you around and find yourself and maybe you’ll be happier.”
- Muniz and Bynes both appeared in 2002’s Big Fat Liar.
- Frankie is currently playing drums in the band Kingsfoil.