Note: Celebritology went dark on Friday after the news broke about the shootings in Newtown, Conn. Today the blog resumes normal publishing to keep readers updated on the usual entertainment news, while also doing its best to remain sensitive to the fact that this is a sad time for many. With that said, here is today’s morning mix.

“The Hobbit,” box-office king. (James Fisher/AP)

“The Hobbit” earned $84.8 million at the weekend box office, easily becoming the No. 1 movie in North America. It made more than “Return of the King,” the final film in Peter Jackson’s ”Lord of the Rings” trilogy, did during its debut weekend and also set the record for the biggest December opener of all time. (Associated Press)

Kat Von D and Deadmau5 are apparently engaged. The electronica/house DJ and music producer proposed to the tattoo artist and former host of “LA Ink” Saturday on Twitter. His proposal went like this:

I can’t wait for Christmas so.... Katherine Von Drachenberg, will you marry me? @thekatvond…

— deadmau5 (@deadmau5) December 16, 2012

And her response was:


— Kat Von D (@thekatvond) December 16, 2012

That basically meant yes. Von D was engaged twice last year to Jesse James before the couple called it quits for good. She and Deadmau5 began dating earlier this year. (People)

Also getting engaged over the weekend: Kelly Clarkson, to boyfriend Brandon Blackstock. He did not propose on Twitter, but she did share the news on that popular platform for wedding and engagement announcements. (E! Online)

I’M ENGAGED!!!!! I wanted y’all to know!! Happiest night of my life last night! I am so lucky and am with the greatest man ever :)

— Kelly Clarkson (@kelly_clarkson) December 15, 2012

And speaking of weddings: Donald Faison and Cacee Cobb, his girlfriend of six years, tied the knot on Saturday at the L.A. home of Zach Braff, Faison’s best buddy from “Scrubs.” Jessica Simpson, a friend of Cobb’s, was one of the bridesmaids. (People)

In more pop culture money-counting news, Madonna’s MDNA tour was officially the most lucrative of 2012, bringing in $228 million. Coming in second place to the ever-outspoken singer was Bruce Springsteen, whose concert dates earned $199 million in ticket sales. (Billboard via Vulture)

Gerard Depardieu is apparently not happy with the French government. After purchasing a home in Belgium to avoid paying a new, higher tax on the wealthy, the actor wrote a letter to the French newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche in which he says he’s insulted by criticism of his decision and may turn in his French passport for good. So take that, France. (The Hollywood Reporter)

If you read a statement allegedly made by Morgan Freeman about the shootings in Newtown, please know that the statement was not actually made by Freeman. The actor’s widely circulated comments criticizing the media’s coverage of the situation were not made by him. Freeman’s publicist, Stan Rosenfeld, told The Wrap the statement was a hoax. (The Wrap)