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Posted at 08:31 AM ET, 11/20/2012

Custody hearing for ‘Modern Family’ star to be held today; Peter Jackson denies mistreatment of animals on ‘The Hobbit’

A morning mix of entertainment headlines . . .


Ariel Winter, at the center of an unpleasant family battle. (Richard Shotwell - Invision via AP)

The custody situation involving Ariel Winter — the actress who plays Alex on “Modern Family” and was recently placed under the temporary guardianship of her older sister — will be addressed today in Los Angeles Superior Court. A judge will decide whether Winter, 14, should continue to live apart from her allegedly abusive mother, Chrisoula Workman. Complicating matters: Winter’s dad has filed an objection to the existing guardianship because he says he wants to care for his daughter. Does anyone else wish this poor kid could just live with the Dunphys for real? (Associated Press)

Peter Jackson denies that the 27 animals who have died during production of “The Hobbit” suffered from mistreatment. Animal handlers who worked on the Tolkien adaptation, however, say that its horses, goats, chickens and sheep were kept on a farm filled with “death traps.” PETA is planning to stage protests at various premieres of the Bilbo Baggins tale. (Guardian)

Rob Schneider and his wife, Patricia, now have a daughter. Miranda Scarlett Schneider was born last Friday. It’s the couple’s first child, but Deuce Bigalow’s second: He has a 23-year-old daughter from a previous marriage. (People)

Lord, I am fatigued of stories about Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez being spotted at various establishments, therefore indicating they are back together or never broke up in the first . Last night, apparently, they ate at a Benihana, which I think we all know is no way to renew a romantic relationship. (E! Online)

Here’s another photo of Mary-Kate Olsen and boyfriend Olivier Sarkozy to add to these recent, unseeable-once-seen photos of them at a basketball game. Is it possible this isn’t a relationship but a hostage situation that none of us is doing anything to stop? (E! Online; Buzzfeed)

Crazy theater story No. 1: R. Kelly’sTrapped in the Closet” could become a Broadway show, according to R. Kelly. (Gawker)

Crazy theater story No. 2: Wait a minute, wait a minute: “A Christmas Story: The Musical” is actually . . . good? (New York)

Crazy theater story No. 3: Paul Rudd had some thoughts when a member of the audience threw up during a performance of his Broadway play, “Grace.” He shared 10 of those thoughts on “The Late Show with David Letterman.” (CBS)

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