Brief news from here and elsewhere:

(Efrem Lukatsky / AP)

You know who else is sick? Elton John, recovering from a nasty case of appendicitis that forced some show cancellations and which he says nearly killed him. Seems it’s not the inflamed organ so much as it is the pus abscess that gets you, if you must know the grisly details. (The Sun, LA Times)

Elisabeth Hasselbeck, maybe the only reality contestant to find an enduring TV career, is leaving “The View” for Fox. (Style)

Harvey Weinstein claims the battle over ‘The Butler’ title is really an extortion attempt by Warner Brothers over his share of “The Hobbit.” (AP)

Looking for today’s Reliable Source? Start here: Michelle Obama, Valerie Jarrett head VIP fans at Washington Kastles opener