A morning mix of entertainment news...
Update: Actually this really is significant. Chris Brown confirmed to E! News that he and Karrueche Tran have indeed split. “I love Karrueche very much, but I don't want to see her hurt over my friendship with Rihanna. I'd rather be single, allowing us to both be happy in our lives." He did not say he and Rihanna were together romantically but that seems like a fair leap at this point, right?
In a watershed moment for neglected prog-rockers, Rush finally made the list of nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Also on the list of potential 2013 inductees: Public Enemy, N.W.A., Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Heart, Kraftwerk, Randy Newman and Donna Summer . Once again, I do not see Duran Duran on this list. How long must this injustice continue?! (Associated Press).
Nicole Kidman refused to say the “n-word” in “The Paperboy” because she didn’t feel it was right for her character. “I have a son who is African American and I just didn’t feel it was right,” she added, referring to son Connor Cruise, during a press conference at the New York Film Festival. Director Lee Daniels eventually let her have her way and avoid the word because, you know, he had already made her pee on Zac Efron . (L.A. Times)
You know that TV anchorwoman in Wisconsin who became a hero when she told a viewer to stick it after he wrote a letter suggesting she lose weight? Turns out she’s Ron Livingston’s sister, and he’s very proud of her. “My sister Jennifer ... brings an exceptional dedication to her job, her family, and her community, and has been a role model of mine for many, many years,” the “Office Space” star said in a statement. Then he added, “And don’t ask her to put cover sheets on her TPS reports either.” (Fine. He didn’t add that. But the point is: the Livingstons will not put up with a bunch of garbage at work. So do not even try to bring it.) (People)
The mother of Lark Voorhies, aka Lisa Turtle from “Saved by the Bell,” says her daughter has a bipolar disorder. But Voorhies, who recently gave a somewhat incoherent interview to People, says she does not and is fine. (E! Online)
In case you don’t feel old enough today, one of the guys from Hanson — Taylor, to be specific — and his wife, Natalie, had a daughter named Wilhelmina Jane earlier this week. And she’s their fifth kid. Fi-ifth. (Us Weekly)
Tina Fey’s baby monitor is really scary, guys. It’s like a scene from “Paranormal Activity 87,” or whichever number of those movies that we’re on.
Oh, man, you could win a walk-on role on “Arrested Development.” All you have to do is create some awesome and creative tribute to the Bluths and share it on Instagram, Tumblr or Twitter, using the hashtag #BluthWalkOn. But the deadline is Oct. 16. That means you have less than two weeks to make something artistic that refers to Steve Holt and a cornballer. So, hurry up. (Gawker; YoureGonnaGetSomeWalkOns.com)
Celebritology live chat: Today at 2 p.m., join me for our weekly live discussion, which, oddly, will focus on Steve Holt and cornballers. Well, if we’re lucky.