Actor Guy Pearce and actress Kate Winslet. (Evan Agostini/AP)

Kate Winslet not only escaped a fire at Richard Branson’s island home Monday — she helped save his mother’s life. According to Branson, the Oscar-winner carried the 90-year-old from the main house to safety. “She was wondering when a Director was going to shout CUT!” Branson joked on his blog. (Vulture)

Jared Gilmore, or “Mad Men’s” Bobby Draper No. 3, confirmed many people’s suspicions about mom-to-be January Jones. “Be careful around January [Jones],” the 11-year-old actor, who’s leaving the show, told TV Guide. “She’s not as approachable as the others. She’s really serious about what she does. Everyone else is so nice.” (TV Guide)

Nick Ashford, of the Motown songwriting duo Ashford & Simpson, died Monday after battling throat cancer. Ashford and wife Valerie Simpson composed huge hits like “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” for a number of artists. They had their own chart-topper with “Solid.”

The music world also lost “Hound Dog” and “Stand By Me” composer Jerry Leiber, who passed away from cardiopulmonary failure. Ashford was 70 and Leiber was 78. (Click Track ; Rolling Stone)

Jimmy Fallon will host “Saturday Night Live” this December, as he predicted he would in Alec Baldwin’s 1998 monologue. Crazy! (Vulture)

Natalie Portman was photographed for the first time since giving birth to baby who we think is named Alef. The Oscar-winner was walking her dog in New York City. (People)

After the jump, find out which pop star has separated from his partner.

George Michael revealed that he separated from his partner Kenny Goss more than two years ago. (Associated Press)

Hilary Duff dropped out of the film “The Story of Bonnie and Clyde,” leading many to speculate that her recently announced pregnancy had something to do with it. Not so, said studio executives. Simply a scheduling conflict. (The Hollywood Reporter)

Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen are the world’s highest-paid celeb couple. Together they made $76 million in one year. They beat out my favorite power couple, Beyonce and Jay-Z, who made a still outrageous $72 million. (The Early Lead)

Katie Couric’s daytime talk show, which doesn’t premiere until fall 2012, will be called ... “Katie.” (The Hollywood Reporter)