Monkees member Peter Tork released a statement on Facebook: “It is with great sadness that I reflect on the sudden passing of my long-time friend and fellow-adventurer, David Jones. His talent will be much missed; his gifts will be with us always.” Monkees drummer and vocalist Micky Dolenz told the “Today” show’s Ann Curry, “He was always the go-to guy for fun and a laugh. ... He was a jokester and always was.”(Entertainment Weekly; Today)
Target has pulled a greeting card that has a distasteful message about the late Whitney Houston on it. The card reads, “Next time you think of dating the bad boy, consider Whitney Houston. That’s all I’m going to say.” The superstore chain said in a statement, “It is never our intent to offend guests with the products we offer.” (AP; TMZ)
Bristol Palin, daughter of politician Sarah Palin, will star in her own Lifetime reality show, “Bristol Palin: Life’s Tripp.” (TV Column)
Emma Watson will play a thief in “The Bling Ring,” directed by Sofia Coppola. (Vulture)
Shirley MacLaine travels to “Downton,” after the jump.
See a picture Shirley MacLaine in costume on the “Downton Abbey” set as Lady Grantham’s mother, Mrs. Levinson, at the link. (Unless, you don’t want to know what kind of hat she wears.) (Vulture)
Rapper Tyga responded to a report about him by MediaTakeOut.com by making anti-gay slurs on Twitter. Not the best way to respond, I think. (Buzzfeed)
Is Taylor Swift dating Christian quarterback Tim Tebow? That’s what the New York Post would like you to think. (Page Six)
Watch a trailer for Richard Linklater’s black comedy “Bernie,” starring Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine and Matthew McConaughey.