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Bryce Dallas Howard, Seth Gabel have 'Baby B'; grandpa is jazzed

Bryce Dallas Howard has had her second baby with Seth Gabel.

Bryce Dallas Howard has had her second child, and Ron Howard is sending out the tweets like the excited grandpa that he is and getting the Hollywood love in return.

Howard tweeted that "Bryce and Baby B are spectacular."  Then, costar Octavia Spencer -- recent Golden Globe winner for "The Help" -- tweeted: "@RealRonHoward: Beatrice Jean Howard-Gabel Born Jan 19 2012 8lbs 6oz Congrats Ron from bryce's help family! :-)"

Baby B's dad is Seth Gabel, of "Fringe" and "United States of Tara."

From M. Night Shyamalan: "@RealRonHoward Hey Ron, tell Bryce congratulations from our whole family. I'll be waiting to cast Beatrice in a few years!"

Dallas Howard played the snobby, villainous Hilly Holbrook in "The Help" as well as a voracious vampire in "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse." Her current role, though, is new mother.

Dallas Howard was deeply affected by postpartum depression following the 2007 birth of Theo, her son with Gabel. The actress was very frank about her struggle, which she wrote about on Gwyneth Paltrow's GOOP blog: "I felt I was failing at breast-feeding. My house was a mess. I believed I was a terrible dog owner. I was certain I was an awful actress. ... I definitely felt I was a rotten mother -- not a bad one, a rotten one."

Mothers, new and old, can sympathize. Here's hoping the second time around is smoother for Bryce.


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Photo: Bryce Dallas Howard at the MTV Awards in June. Credit: Paul Buck / EPA

'New Year's Eve' premiere: Hilary Swank sees every day as a new start

Ashton Kutcher and Lea Michele at the premiere of New Year's Eve
The significance of New Year's Eve has long been glorified on the big screen -- after all, who can forget Billy Crystal running dramatically to Meg Ryan to declare his love before the ball drops in "When Harry Met Sally"?

With the release of Garry Marshall's romantic comedy "New Year's Eve" on  Friday, a whole new set of over-the-top romantic gestures will likely set legions of young moviegoers up for future disappointment when the clock strikes midnight later this month.

At the premiere of the star-studded film in Hollywood on Monday night, even many of the movie's cast members -- including Ashton Kutcher, Lea Michele, Hilary Swank, Zac Efron, Katherine Heigl and Michelle Pfeiffer -- admitted they believe too many expectations are placed upon the holiday.

Photos: 'New Year's Eve' red carpet arrivals

"I'm sure we've all felt let down over this night," said New Kids on the Block member Joey McIntyre, who plays Rory in the film and whose birthday falls on New Year's Eve. "I admire those people that just keep it real simple. Stay inside. You know all the jokes -- 'It's rookie night,' and the whole thing. That's when the crazies come out."

Hilary Swank, meanwhile, said she wishes more people were able to view every day as a new opportunity to approach a resolution.

"I don't think you have to wait a whole year," the actress told us on the black carpet, which was decorated with stylish heat lamps and a disco ball. "Every day can be an opportunity to be a better person or to love more or to forgive."

Swank should know: She's spent the last few weeks trying to recover from the fallout from attending an event honoring Chechen president Ramzan Kadyrov, whom many say employs violent tactics to quiet his critics.

"Shame on me," Swank told Jay Leno last week of the mistake. "The bottom line is that I should know where I'm going, and do better research."

After making the appearance on "The Tonight Show," Swank said she hasn't had to face too much criticism about the international incident during the promotion of "New Year's Eve."

"It's been really great," she said. "I think people saw me talk on Jay Leno and felt like their questions were answered, and it was nice to be able to talk about because I hadn't really gotten an opportunity to say what had really happened."

Meanwhile, Swank's co-stars stuck to discussing lighter fare on the carpet: actor Josh Duhamel, for one, spent plenty of time gushing about his wife, Fergie.

Asked what he admired most about the Black Eyed Peas singer, he responded: "Her spirit." As for their plans this New Year's Eve, the pair will be heading to Las Vegas to celebrate.

"It takes a lot out of the equation when you have somebody you're married to to be with," he smiled.


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Photo: Lea Michele and Ashton Kutcher meet on the red carpet at the "New Year's Eve" premiere." Credit: Frederic Brown/AFP/GettyImages

Tony Awards 2011: Pictures from the Beacon Theatre red carpet arrivals

Tony-awards-pictures-2011 Neil Patrick Harris, ever the punctual host, hit the 2011 Tony Awards red carpet early at New York's Beacon Theater on Sunday, escorted by partner David Burtka and surrounded by faces familiar from the stage and big and small screens alike.

Nominees Edie Falco and Ellen Barkin made the scene, and David Hyde Pierce of "Frasier" TV fame was spotted, with former costar Kelsey Grammer and Ministry of Gossip favorite also expected. A 2010 Tony nominee for "La Cage aux Folles," Grammer married Kayte Walsh in February at that show's Broadway venue, the Longacre Theatre.



Joel Grey, father of "Dancing With the Stars" favorite Jennifer Grey and a directing nominee with George C. Wolfe, walked the carpet with "The Normal Heart" team, including acting nominee Joe Mantello.

Also spotted on the red carpet: "The Book of Mormon" acting nominee Andrew Rannells, Samuel L. Jackson and wife LaTanya Richardson, Annabella Sciorra,
James Earl Jones, Marg Helgenberger, Don Cheadle and Judith Light.

"The Book of Mormon," from "South Park" team Matt Stone and Trey Parker, is up for 14 awards, leading the pack for number of nominations. Other celeb names nominated for Broadway honors include  Bobby Cannavale, Billy Crudup,  Al Pacino and Vanessa Redgrave.

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Click the pics to see more glamour from the red carpet — and check back as we continue to add to the gallery.

Live blogging of the award ceremony will start around 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT on Awards Tracker. Starting at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT, Times arts and entertainment editor Lisa Fung and New York arts correspondents Patrick Pacheco and James C. Taylor will be providing commentary on the evening's event on The Envelope.


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Left photo: Andrew Rannells of "The Book of Mormon." Credit: Lucas Jackson / Reuters.

Right photo: David Burtka, left, and 2011 Tony Awards host Neil Patrick Harris. Credit: Lucas Jackson / Reuters.

Oscars: Helen Mirren, Channing Tatum, Gerard Butler party for 'The Fighter'

Helen Mirren at the Oscars kickoff event Its post-Oscar party is among the most coveted invites ever, so who better to kick off a week of Oscar excitement than Vanity Fair? 

Helen Mirren, Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan, Gerard Butler, Malin Akerman and nominee Amy Adams turned up at Hollywood's new fresh market joint District on Monday to kick off a week of events as part of VF's Campaign Hollywood -- specifically in celebration of the nominated flick "The Fighter."


Mirren was the belle of the ball, donning a prop championship belt around her waist as she buzzed about the venue, chatting up producers and procuring her own hors d'oeuvres from the kitchen for director husband Taylor Hackford, while Cuba Gooding Jr., Dulé Hill and Isabel Lucas chatted nearby. Click the pics to see more photos from the event.

"True Blood" hunks Ryan Kwanten and Grey Damon circulated, while Adams dutifully greeted producers and admirers of her Mark Wahlberg- and Christian Bale-lead film. 

Channing Tatum kicks off Oscar week with Vanity Fair GQ coverboy Tatum was in great spirits despite recent leg surgery, sticking close to wife Dewan, who was just cast on NBC's vintage "Playboy" pilot. 

Better late than never was the still-shaggy-haired Butler, rocking a casual track jacket and conversing with Relativity Media's Tucker Tooley

Sound like a decent Academy Awards kickoff? Tell us in comments.


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Photos: Guests at the Vanity Fair party for "The Fighter" included Helen Mirren, top left; Malin Akerman, top right; and Channing Tatum, bottom right, smiles post-surgery. Credits: Frazer Harrison / Getty Images

Dr. Oz, Kelly Osbourne get personal in support of 'Stand Up to Cancer' event [pictures] [videos]

SU2C-gallery-refer When Sharon Osbourne was diagnosed with cancer in 2003, the news rocked her family. Everything had seemed fine -- Ozzy, his wife and their children had been busy filming one of the first reality shows centered around a wacky family structure. And Sharon had been feeling a bit tired and looked more pale than usual, but she never imagined those symptoms could translate to colon cancer.

"It changed everything," Kelly Osbourne, Sharon's 25-year-old daughter, said Friday on the red carpet, where she was one of many celebrities who gathered to support the second annual "Stand Up to Cancer" special. "... It made us love each other so much more because we're all we have. And if we would have lost my mom, I feel like I wouldn't be here talking to you right now."

Visibly emotional, Kelly told us she's only been hit by the gravity of her mom's cancer -- which Sharon has now recovered from -- as she's gotten older.

"It was something that over the last couple of years I've realized how much it actually affected me, because at the time, I just went into like, kind of survival mode and being there for my mum," she said. "I wasn't really thinking about myself. And it's now like when I start talking about it I'm like, 'Boohoo!' And I get really sad and I start crying." 

[Click the picture of Christina Applegate and Sofia Vergara, above, to launch a gallery of arrival photos.]

It seemed that everyone from the pool of music, film and television stars gathered on the Sony lot in Culver City had been affected by cancer in one way or another. And that's exactly why the cause matters, said Sherry Lansing, the former head of Paramount Pictures who helped found SU2C two years ago.

"I think cancer touches everyone -- one of two men, one out of three women," said Lansing, adding that the charity's first telethon in 2008 raised more than $100 million. "If you're in a room and you say, 'Raise your hand if you've been touched by cancer,' every hand goes up. The entertainment industry is no different than any other industry."

And no one -- even the healthiest among us -- is safe from the risk of cancer. Case in point? Dr. Mehmet Oz, who recently revealed that on his 50th birthday, a routine colonoscopy showed he had a pre-cancerous polyp.

"I was stunned because I had done everything right, I had no risk factors -- I was checking the box off," said Dr. Oz. "This was the furthest thing from possible realm of reality was that I would have a polyp. But as I thought about it, I said, 'You know what? I'm pretty typical.' Most people who have polyps don't have anything that's big or risky in their lives."

While waiting for the results of his pathology over a long weekend, Dr. Oz called his closest friends, including Oprah Winfrey.

"She was pretty cool and said, 'Maybe I should get this done again,'" he recalled. "Because like most people who are rational, you say, 'If you've got a procedure that will tell you for sure what's happening in your body, why wouldn't you want to do it?'"

For more personal accounts like this, check out our interviews with former "Survivor" contestant Ethan Zohn, young actress Abigail Breslin, "Desperate Housewives" star Marcia Cross and "Biggest Loser" host Alison Sweeney, after the jump.

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'American Idol' rewind: Jack Black's 'Kiss From a Rose'

We were just checking out pop critic Ann Powers' review of Tuesday's "American Idol" show and were happily reminded of Jack Black's performance of "Kiss From a Rose" on the 2007 installment of "Idol Gives Back." So, right up above, there you have it. (But note that Black names the wrong Caped Crusader movie: The Seal song wasn't used in the Michael Keaton / Tim Burton "Batman Returns," but in the Val Kilmer / Joel Schumacher "Batman Forever.") 

Simon Cowell weighed in back then with, "You were better than Sanjaya," and Seal dug the performance as well -- we'll leave it up to you to decide how Black ranked against the song stylings of current contestant Lee DeWyze, who performed the tune Tuesday night without a shred of irony (probably because he's not Jack Black). 

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Bret Michaels in critical condition after brain hemorrhage

Bret-michaelsLess than 10 days after an emergency appendectomy, Bret Michaels is hospitalized in critical condition due to a brain hemorrhage, People reports.

The rocker and "Celebrity Apprentice" contestant, who is also diabetic, was rushed to a hospital Thursday night with a severe headache. According to People's source, doctors are still trying to determine the cause of the hemorrhage.

He had an appendectomy in the wee hours of April 12 after first thinking he was suffering a bad bout of flu.

On his blog Wednesday, Michaels described what it felt like to have his appendix rupture, called the surgery a "wake-up call" and discussed how alcohol consumption is different for diabetics.

"I need to find something healthier to do on my day off then going out and finding a club to go hang out at," he wrote. "It’s part of finding balance in my life."

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Bret Michaels in Hollywood in April 2008. Credit: Gus Ruelas / Associated Press.

At the Ministry, we worry about celebs who are under the weather. If you worry too, follow us on Twitter for all the headlines (we're @LATcelebs) or tell us to get our rest and drink plenty of liquids on Facebook.

Johnny Depp, sexiest man alive? It's sexy opinion time

Johnny People magazine has released its annual list of the 100 Sexiest Men Alive, with Johnny Depp taking the lead as THE sexiest man alive in 2009.

Others on People's list? Adam Lambert, Nick Cannon, Robert Downey Jr. and the hot trio of guys from "Glee" -- Matthew Morrison, Cory Monteith and Mark Salling

We're not at all disappointed with People's pick -- even with the crush we have on Mr. Schuster. What's not to love about pirates and boy bands? (Though, hey, what about Chris Colfer?)

But your mileage may vary -- so the Ministry's Division of Absolutely Accurate Online Statistics is conducting research.

All results are, of course, completely nonscientific. And that's why we love them.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Is this guy sexy or what? Say what? Johnny Depp attends the Museum of Modern Art's film benefit tribute to Tim Burton on Nov. 17, 2009, in New York. Credit: Evan Agostini / Associated Press.

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Denzel Washington shooting for the 'Fences' on Broadway

DenzelLike so many of his Hollywood counterparts recently, Denzel Washington is headed for Broadway. He'll star in a revival of August Wilson's "Fences," Culture Monster reports.

The show opens in April and will run only through July.

We're excited!

With the likes of Scarlett Johansson, Daniel Craig, Hugh Jackman, Abigail Breslin and Jude Law hanging out in New York, Broadway can make some of those ads like Macy's runs, where all the famous people show up in the department store after hours and have dinner together and act as if they're great friends.

Except it would be in a theater. And they'd all probably still be in way-heavy stage makeup. And some people might just send their understudies because, really, who wants to keep hanging out in the theater that late at night, especially after leaving it all onstage?

Maybe it would be a better idea if we were talking about the Broadway.

Alas, we date ourselves.

-- Christie D'Zurilla 

Photo: We hope Denzel Washington isn't hoping for a little alone time when he heads to Broadway. Seems like half of Hollywood is making it a home away from home. Credit: Lucy Nicholson / AFP / Getty Images.

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'Zombieland's' Abigail Breslin beats 'Little Miss Sunshine' to Broadway

AbbyzombieAbigail Breslin is headed to Broadway, where she'll play Helen Keller in a revival of "The Miracle Worker," Culture Monster reports.

Guess the Oscar nominee couldn't wait for the next incarnation of "Little Miss Sunshine," which the Sundance Institute is adapting for the stage. (The Academy Award-winning "Sunshine" premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2006.) No worries -- at 13, Abigail's clearly way too mature to reprise the role of adorable, fashion-forward Olive.

The role is a big departure from her recent turn in the box-office hit "Zombieland."

From Michael Ordona's L.A. Times' review (emphasis mine):

"Clearly, the horror-comedy 'Zombieland' is not your average gore-nucopia. There are plenty of exploding heads, sure, but while there are a number of gross-outs and jolts in it, 'Zombieland' is mostly about character-based laughs. ... Emma Stone ( 'The House Bunny') is saucy as a hard-bitten survivor, and Abigail Breslin ('Little Miss Sunshine') is killer-cute as her rifle-toting little sister."

From where we sit, we think anyone who can tote a rifle and pull off this scene from the finale of "Little Miss Sunshine" has a dang good chance of rocking Broadway's house as well. (Please don't click that link, however, if a doctor, or your conscience, has cautioned you to avoid videos containing Rick James' funk-a-licious "Super Freak," or one tiny little f-bomb from Steve Carell.)

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photos: Abigail Breslin, above left, with Emma Stone in "Zombieland." Below, the future Helen Keller in the finale of "Little Miss Sunshine." Credits: Columbia Pictures, above; Fox Searchlight, below.



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