Names & Faces: Marge Simpson, Soulja Boy, Elizabeth Taylor and More
But What Will Homer Say?
Here's a sentence we never thought we'd type: Marge, the blue-beehived wife of Homer Simpson on Matt Groening's animated show "The Simpsons," will grace this month's cover of Playboy, which hits newsstands Oct. 16.
It's a first for the magazine, the Associated Press reports. Covers have featured women from Marilyn Monroe to Cindy Crawford to Hooters waitresses to Jerry Seinfeld . . . but never a cartoon character. New Playboy CEO Scott Flanders (no relation to Homer's neighbor, Ned) says he wants to attract more people in their 20s to the mag, whose average reader is 35.
But Marge has standards! She won't bare it all. Her three-page pictorial inside the issue will feature "implied nudity" only, Playboy says.
Soulja Boy Arrested
Say it ain't so, Soulja Boy! After telling police that an unruly gathering at an abandoned house was a music video shoot, the 19-year-old rapper was arrested and charged with obstruction Wednesday night in Georgia.
When police arrived to investigate complaints, almost half of the 40 people assembled fled by foot. Later, a man identified as DeAndre Cortez Way -- Soulja Boy's given name -- returned and said the group had been shooting a music video. (No word on whether any camera equipment was found.)
Soulja Boy was freed on bond Thursday, AP reports.
Taylor Fine After Surgery
Elizabeth Taylor is feeling fine after heart surgery this week.
The 77-year-old actress shared her post-op news with her Twitter followers Thursday, writing: "My heart procedure went off perfectly. It's like having a brand-new ticker. Thank you for your prayers and good wishes."
On Tuesday, Taylor shared via Twitter that she would have a procedure to fix a leaky heart valve "using a clip device, without open-heart surgery, so that my heart will function better."
-- Spotted: Mark Cuban (T-shirt, jeans), in town with his Dallas Mavericks, lunching at the Palm on Friday. Lovely manners, great tipper, bigger in person than you'd expect. Had the swordfish and mixed greens. . . . Richard Gere having dinner with some friends at Obelisk on Thursday. The casually dressed actor, in town for the Dalai Lama's visit, was polite and "looked great." . . . Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, at Ardeo on Thursday night with a family friend. The veep had to leave after the appetizer. . . . Actor Wes Studi having lunch at Ten Penh on Thursday. He spoke at the National Museum of the American Indian later that day.
-- Born: Another Duggar. Mackynzie Renée Duggar -- the first grandchild of TLC stars Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, who have 18 children and another on the way -- was born Thursday night in Arkansas, People magazine reports. Mackynzie's mom, 21-year-old Anna, married the Duggars' oldest son, 21-year-old Josh, in September 2008.
-- Quoted: "I know that men marry women hoping that they will not change, and women marry men hoping that they will change, and inevitably everyone's disappointed." -- Actor Vince Vaughn, sharing his thoughts on marriage with London's Independent newspaper. Vaughn, who proposed to girlfriend Kyla Weber on Valentine's Day, says they have yet to set a date.
-- Marissa Newhall, from staff, wire and Web reports