People And Entertainment


November 27, 2008|By From Sun staff and news services

Family, fans: These are few of celebs' favorite things

Even with wealth and fame, celebrities still take stock of their blessings. The Associated Press has gathered some together:

* Joe Jonas of the Jonas Brothers: "I think we want to be, most of all, thankful for the fans. This year, they've been always sticking around for us, always been there for us. ... And we can't thank them enough."

* Singer Barry Manilow: "Health. It's all about health. My health. My loved ones' health. We're all here. We're all OK."

* Australian actor Simon Baker, star of CBS' The Mentalist: "I'm thankful that America actually stood up and did something quite extraordinary [with the election]."

* Entertainer Miley Cyrus: "Mostly it's my family. So many crazy ups and downs, and so many different things, and I've always had the same family to come home to that will treat me like the same Miley as I was in Nashville."

Broadway calls

Hugh Jackman, in the limelight these days for his role in Australia, is headed for the bright lights of Broadway, Fox News is reporting on its Web site.

Jackman, 40, who earned his stage cred - and a Tony - for his portrayal of Peter Allen in The Boy From Oz, will play Harry Houdini in the story of the life of the magician, spy and object of enduring fascination.

Kurt Andersen, a former magazine editor and current radio host in New York, is said to be working on the script.

We're so relieved

You'll be thankful to learn that Alex Rodriguez will be enjoying Thanksgiving dinner today with his ex-wife, Cynthia, and their two kids - and a large, extended family, Us Magazine reports on its Web site.

Earlier reports said the New York Yankee star would be with Madonna, his new love.

But a source close to A-Rod tells the magazine: "They have a large family get-together every year. It was always his intention to go to the family get-together with her family, and it includes a whole array of relatives." (Imagine the table talk!)

The couple - who finalized their divorce in September after four years of marriage - are parents to Natasha, 4, and Ella, 1.

Coming out on top

WBAL, Channel 11, remained the top TV news operation in Baltimore during the November sweeps rating period, while WJZ, Channel 13, remained the most-watched station overall.

With just one day left in the ratings period, Nielsen figures released yesterday showed WBAL with top-rated weekday news programs at 5 a.m., 6 a.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. WJZ's news show at noon topped WBAL's.

WJZ, however, was No. 1 overall, largely due to the popularity of its CBS lineup in prime time. For the month overall, that gave WJZ ratings 44 percent higher than WBAL.

From Sun staff and news services

today's birthdays

TV host Bill Nye, 53.

Caroline Kennedy, 51.

Actress Robin Givens, 44.

Actor Michael Vartan, 40.

Rapper Twista, 36.

Actress Alison Pill, 23.

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