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FILE - In this June 16, 2013 file photo, George Lucas, left, and longtime girlfriend Mellody Hobson. They've just had a child by a surrogate mom.


FILE - In this June 16, 2013 file photo, George Lucas, left, and longtime girlfriend Mellody Hobson. They've just had a child by a surrogate mom.

Tebow is chicken: no, really

Write if you get work: Tim Tebow, the most exciting quarterback that nobody wants to be their starter, has found it prudent to seek out another income stream.

So he is investing in several franchised branches of a restaurant chain. It's called PDQ - for "People Dedicated to Quality" - but those people are not dedicated to chicken welfare: The menu consists of chicken burgers, chicken salads, chicken tenders, chicken and turkey sandwiches... you get the idea.

All of Tebow's outlets will be in northeast Florida. Construction on the Jacksonville branch has started.

TT is currently the number-three passer with the New England Patriots.


A pregnant pause

Trying frantically to calm the story down, Simon Cowell met 10 days ago with his ex-pal Andrew Silverman. You'll recall the friendship was strained to breaking when it turned out Andy's wife, Lauren, is pregnant by Simon. (I'm sure I saw a similar storyline on Days of Our Lives. But I digress.)

Anyway, the N.Y. Daily News now reports that after meeting, Andrew seems to have calmed down and so his divorce from Lauren now seems likely to go through with little acrimony and less publicity -- just the way Simon wants.


Stork news

It's a girl, Everest Hobson Lucas, for Star Wars guy George Lucas and his wife, Mellody Hobson. The baby, via a surrogate mother, is the first child for Hobson and the fourth for Lucas, who has three grown adopted kids.

These two, a couple since '06, got married this summer.

Mellody, who runs an investment firm, is 44. Lucas is 69.

-- It's a boy, Vernon Lindsay Vaughn, for actor Vince Vaughn and his wife, Kyla Weber. All are well.


Gotta love those zombies

After all that critical luke-warmness about Brad Pitt's big-budget movie World War Z, guess who's laughing all the way to the bank?

Paramount Pictures says the picture has surpassed $500 million gross receipts worldwide, making it Brad's biggest movie, replacing Troy. The $220-million zombie picture is intended as the first of a franchise. With revenue numbers like that, we'd better prepare for World War Z-II, -III, and maybe -IV.


New apple of her eye

Adrian Fenty, a former mayor of Washington D.C., nowadays works for some Silicon Valley venture-capital outfit. Laurene Powell Jobs is the widow of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. Now they're a couple, says the Washington Post.

Admit it; you'd never heard of Laurene. Neither had I. She's awfully private, but big in philanthropy circles, as somebody who just inherited $10 billion might expect to be.

She's 49. Adrian's 42.


Lights, camera... forget the action

So why did Bruce Willis refuse that $3-million payday for four days work on the movie Expendables 3? True, the picture is shooting in Bulgaria, but still, $750,000 a day...

Now Willis tells the Spanish magazine XLS he's bored with action films: "I know part of my audience enjoys the explosions, but to be honest, I'm a bit bored of it now. "... I work in all sorts of films, but the action movies are the ones that generate the most revenue. I like to earn lots of money from those, but I do all types: small productions, megaprojects, medium-sized..."

He's 56.


Rumour has it...

Make a list of, say, 10 adjectives that you'd apply to Adele, the singer. Go ahead, try it. I'll wait...

Done? I'll bet you didn't have "villainous" on your list, did you? So I wonder how she'll do playing the baddie in Vince Vaughn's new movie, The Secret Service. The Sun, in England, had the story: She's close to signing for the gig.

Sounds like a strange picture: Based on a comic by Mark Millar, it will also have Elton John doing a fight scene, David Beckham making a cameo, etc.


Oh no! She's leaving

The 10th season of Grey's Anatomy, starting next month, will be the last for Sandra Oh, she says.

The Ottawa-born actress tells The Hollywood Reporter that she has "gone through a lot of therapy" about this, but that a decade is enough.

"It's such an interesting thing to play a character for so long and to actually get the sense that she wants to be let go as well. (Her character, Dr. Cristina Yang) wants to be let go, and I am ready to let her go."

She's 42.


They took the cash

Dignity? Money? Dignity? Money? One Direction, the boy band, had to choose.

And since "boy band" pretty much precludes dignity anyway, they grabbed for the cash: The band's tween followers can now buy One Direction-brand lipsticks, nail polishes and lip glosses.


It's not easy being famous

Jennifer Lawrence is always charming, unaffected, candid -- but she's starting to grumble, rather bitterly, about the price of fame.

Here's what she said on the subject in that new Vogue interview: "All of a sudden the entire world feels entitled to know everything about me, including what I'm doing on my weekends when I'm spending time with my nephew. And I don't have the right to say, 'I'm with my family.' " There's more: "If I were just your average 23-year-old girl and I called the police to say that there were strange men sleeping on my lawn and following me to Starbucks, they would leap into action. But because I am a famous person, well, 'sorry, ma'am, there's nothing we can do.' It makes no sense."


Sobriety on the set, please

David Arquette's been fired from a movie, Something About Her, allegedly because he was drunk on the set. RadarOnline had the story. Arquette was about the biggest name in the picture, which features Cameron Richardson (I know; me neither), and Sherilynn Fenn. He's been replaced by Anthony Michael Hall.

"The director had no choice but to fire him on the spot," Nameless Insider told Radar. "Everyone on the set was (rude word for annoyed) and disappointed." Dave was in rehab in 2011, after the end of his 12-year marriage to Courtney Cox. He's 41.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 18, 2013 ??65524

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