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May 19, 2009

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Ferrell, Pearl Jam set for O’Brien’s debut

Los Angeles — Will Ferrell and Pearl Jam will be part of Conan O’Brien’s first “Tonight Show.”

Ferrell joined O’Brien in February for his final “Late Night” show in New York. Now the actor-comedian will help O’Brien kick off his tenure on “Tonight” in Los Angeles.

Pearl Jam will be the first band on O’Brien’s show, playing songs from an upcoming studio album, NBC said Monday.

O’Brien takes over the late-night show on June 1, after Jay Leno wraps up his 17-year run as “Tonight” host on May 29. Leno is moving to a daily prime-time series for NBC in the fall.

Judge weighs dismissing suit over Trump’s worth

Camden, N.J. — Donald Trump is known for putting a positive spin even on news that doesn’t seem positive. But there is one way to get him down: Call him a millionaire.

Trump, who says he’s a billionaire, is suing the author of a book in which three unnamed sources said Trump’s net worth is between $150 million and $250 million. The Donald claims it was malicious, and it hurt his business.

A judge said Monday that she would rule within two months on whether the real estate mogul’s lawsuit against writer Timothy L. O’Brien should be dismissed before it gets a chance to go to trial.

Neither man was in Superior Court in Camden for a hearing on the matter Monday.

For years, articles have questioned Trump’s true net worth. But when O’Brien’s “TrumpNation: The Art of the Donald,” came out in 2006, Trump decided to act. He filed a lawsuit claiming that his reputation and brand were damaged and that he missed out on business opportunities because of it.

Trump said O’Brien, now an editor at The New York Times, knew the lower estimates were not true and that it was malicious to include them.

Nixon and Marinoni become engaged

New York — Cynthia Nixon is engaged to her partner, Christine Marinoni.

Charlotte Burke, a representative for the “Sex and the City” actress, confirmed the engagement. No other details were given.

Nixon, 43, showed off an engagement ring at an Action-Equals-Marriage Equality rally in midtown Manhattan on Sunday.

She has two children from her relationship with photographer Danny Mozes.

Allen, American Apparel settle for $5 million

New York — Woody Allen agreed Monday to a $5 million settlement in his lawsuit accusing American Apparel of using an image parodying him as a rabbi without his permission.

Both sides announced the settlement — to be paid by American Apparel Inc.’s insurance company — on the morning a trial was to start in federal court in Manhattan.

Allen, 73, sued the trendy clothing company last year for $10 million after the advertisements turned up on billboards in Hollywood and New York and on a Web site. Using a frame from the film “Annie Hall,” the ads depicted Allen as a Hasidic Jew — long beard, side curls, black hat — and featured Yiddish text meaning “the holy rebbe.”

Kennedy: Claim in new book ’nonsense’

New York — Caroline Kennedy denied Monday that she ended her quest for the U.S. Senate because her kids and husband complained she was becoming an angry, intense person.

Kennedy, the daughter of slain President John F. Kennedy and niece of Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy, said on NBC’s “Today” show that reports she dropped out of the race because her family no longer recognized her as a cool, composed mother and wife were “absolute nonsense.”

A new book, “Ted Kennedy: The Dream That Never Dies,” by Edward Klein quotes an attorney saying Kennedy became “loud, harsh and grating” in pursuing the appointment.

Asked why she pulled out, Kennedy replied, “That was the right decision. There are many ways to serve.”

Asked what she thought of Gov. David Paterson’s handling of the selection process to fill the seat vacated when Hillary Rodham Clinton ascended to U.S. Secretary of State, Kennedy answered, “I’ve moved on.”

When Paterson didn’t immediately name her to succeed Clinton, the book says, she became angry.

It was her children who “jerked Caroline back to reality,” the book said.

Alec Baldwin’s joke angers Filipino official

Manila, Philippines — Actor Alec Baldwin’s joke about getting a Filipino mail-order bride provoked a sharp response in the Philippines, with one senator saying Monday that the “30 Rock” star faces violence if he ever visits.

Baldwin, 51, who is divorced with a teenage daughter, said in a May 12 interview on “The Late Show” with David Letterman that he would love to have more children.

The Emmy-winning actor quipped that he was “thinking about getting a Filipino mail-order bride at this point … or a Russian one.”

Baldwin has been involved in a bitter dispute with his ex-wife, Oscar-winning actress Kim Basinger, over custody of their 13-year-old daughter, Ireland.

“Let him try to come here in the Philippines and he’ll see mayhem,” Philippine Sen. Ramon Revilla said Monday, using a local idiom that implies the speaker will personally administer a beating.

Revilla said Baldwin is apparently unaware that the Philippines has a law against mail-order brides.

The senator himself is a former action-movie star who occasionally still appears on Philippine TV.

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