BRUCE WILLIS AWARDED HIGHEST FRENCH CULTURAL HONOR: Bruce Willis was named Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters while promoting A Good Day To Die Hard in Paris on Tuesday (February 12th) night. Willis said, “It is an honor, a real honor, to be here. To get this very high honor for the commanders, I couldn’t be more pleased.”
‘THE WALKING DEAD’ PREMIERES WITH HIGHEST RATINGS EVER: Sunday night’s mid-season return of The Walking Dead earned the highest ratings the series has ever seen. The premiere, which aired up against the Grammys, was watched by 12.3 million viewers.
CHEYENNE JACKSON JOINS AMAZON COMEDY PILOT: Broadway actor and 30 Rock guest star Cheyenne Jackson has joined Jeffrey Tambor to headline Amazon’s comedy pilot The Onion Presents: The News. Jackson will play Cameron, a rising young anchor who threatens the job security of Tambor’s character.
HOWIE MANDEL IS RETURNING TO ‘AMERICA’S GOT TALENT’: Howie Mandel has signed on to return to the judging panel of America’s Got Talent. This will be his fourth season with the show and he told Access Hollywood, “I’m thrilled to be back.”
TWO ACTORS JOIN CBS’ ‘MOM’: Two more actors have been added to the cast of the Anna Farris sitcom Mom. Matt Jones will play the ex-husband of Farris’ character and Spencer Daniels will play the boyfriend of Farris’ daughter.
ALEC BALDWIN AND WIFE CONFIRM PREGNANCY: Alec Baldwin’s rep has confirmed that the actor and his wife Hilaria are expecting a baby. Hilaria announced the news on Extra where she is a special correspondent.
MATT DAMON RELEASES FUNNY PSA FOR WATER.ORG: A public service announcement has been released starring Matt Damon holding a fake press conference where he vows to stop using a toilet until everyone in the world has access to clean water and sanitation. Although the vow and press conference are fake, Damon still urges viewers to join the cause by donating to Water.org and supporting him by visiting StrikeWithMe.org.
MAMA JUNE NOT JOINING ‘DANCING WITH THE STARS’: TLC is denying rumors that Mama June Shannon is joining the upcoming season of Dancing With the Stars. The New York Daily News had previously reported the possibility that the Here Comes Honey Boo Boo matriarch would be part of the show.
ROYAL FAMILY UPSET ABOUT PREGNANT KATE MIDDLETON BIKINI PICTURES: Pictures of a pregnant Kate Middleton in a bikini walking arm-in-arm with Prince William that are set to appear in a few tabloids have upset the royal family. A spokesman at the palace told People, “This is a clear breach of the couple’s right to privacy.”
DICK CLARK’S FLINTSTONES HOUSE HAS BEEN MARKED DOWN: A Flintstones-themed house in Malibu, California owned by the late Dick Clark has yet to be sold for the original asking price of $3.5 million and has been reduced by $250,000. The house sits on 23 acres of land with 360-degree views.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s daughter Vivienne is co-starring with her mom in Disney’s upcoming Maleficent and the tot was reportedly paid $3,000 per week for her work. TMZ is reporting that she was also given a $60 per diem during her time on set.
Vivienne plays the role of young Aurora — the princess who eventually becomes Sleeping Beauty. Two of Brangelina’s other children, Pax and Zahara, will also appear in the film.
Fans of Elizabeth Taylor who were less-than-pleased with the Lifetime train wreck that was Liz & Dick will get another chance to see the story of her tumultuous romance with Richard Burton. BBC has announced plans to air their own version of the tale as a 90-minute film called Burton & Taylor.
According to Deadline, the film will follow the pair’s appearance in the 1983 Noel Coward play Private Lives which ran for 63 performances on Broadway. The Wire’s Dominic West will play Richard Burton and Helena Bonham Carter has landed the role of Liz.