Duhamel gets a thumbs down

GROUNDED: Josh Duhamel delayed a flight by texting about . . . how late it was.
GROUNDED: Josh Duhamel delayed a flight by texting about . . . how late it was. (Kevork Djansezian)
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Saturday, December 4, 2010

Three celeb-centric stories on our radar this weekend:

1Josh Duhamel was reportedly escorted off a flight at New York's LaGuardia Airport on Thursday for failing to turn off his BlackBerry. According to TMZ, a flight attendant asked the "Transformers" star and husband of Black-eyed Pea Fergie to turn off his device three times before takeoff and, another passenger tells TMZ, Duhamel was "very rude" and "taunting the attendant." The plane, which was already running late for its departure to Kentucky, was forced to return to the gate, where security officers escorted Duhamel off. A rep for the actor says Duhamel was indeed texting about the delayed flight. "He's sorry," the rep adds.

2 Paul Sparks - who plays bootlegger Mickey Doyle on HBO's "Boardwalk Empire" - will be making the rounds of D.C. bars Saturday night in honor of Sunday's anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition. Sparks got involved courtesy of Batch 19, a "pre-Prohibition style lager" (whatever that means) crafted by Coors. And, the responsible actor even has a designated driver: He's scheduled to be squired around town in a vintage Rolls-Royce. Don't look for someone decked out in Prohibition-era togs. Sparks says he'll be going as himself, not Mickey Doyle. Festivities kick off at 9 p.m. at We The Pizza, then relocate to Pour House at 10 p.m. before landing at the 18th Amendment at 11 p.m. for Sparks to be on-hand for a midnight toast. Is the guy a beer aficionado? "Not at all," said Sparks in a phone interview. "Actually, I'm sort of a whiskey guy."

3 David Hasselhoff, whose new reality show launches Sunday on A&E, hasn't let his Baltimore roots dry up. The Hoff, whom we spoke with earlier this week, said most of his family now lives in Ocean City. "In fact," said the "Baywatch" vet, "I still get crab cakes from a Maryland crab house. I have them flown in every three or four months and they're in my freezer."

Go to washingtonpost.com/celebritology for a Q&A with actor Andrew Lincoln ahead of Sunday's "Walking Dead" season-ending episode on AMC.

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