is still a valued entertainer. (
really adore him that much?)
The 56-year-old Schlock Jock announced on Thursday that he has signed a new five-year contract with Sirius XM radio - for unspecified millions (and millions . . . and millions) of $.
Stern joined Sirius in '05 with a sweet $500 mil, five-year contract.
Recently, there were rumors Stern planned to jump the XM ship for iTunes. (Wonder how much extra $ those rumors got him.)
"Howard is a great talent, and we are thrilled that he will continue to provoke, engage, and entertain on Sirius XM," Serious Sirius Suit Mel Karmazin tells the Hollywood Reporter.
"Our agreement is good news on all fronts."
Cancer diagnosis for Franklin
, 68, is suffering from pancreatic cancer are true, says the Detroit Free Press, citing "a variety of reports and [an anonymous] source." Franklin's camp has yet to confirm. The singer's cousin
will say only that the Queen of Soul is recovering after undergoing surgery.
Facebook genius to share wealth
, 26, whose personal worth is an estimated
, is one of 16 gazillionaire tycoons who have agreed to join Giving Pledge, an org created by
to help part the rich from their money for charity.
According to USAToday.com, pledgees vow to give away the majority of their wealth. (No specific dollar amounts have been announced.)
Giving Pledge pledgees include Steve Case, junk-bond king Michael Milken, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and Star Wars' George Lucas.
Nicole Richie has just a few days left . . .
. . . as a single woman. So says E! Online, which claims
's daughter will wed
Saturday at her dad's Beverly Hills estate. E! even has the scoop on the dress - a Marchesa number that Nicole chose with the help of personal stylist
The guest list will be limited to only a few thousand intimes, including Joel bro Benji and pals Samantha Ronson and Khloé Kardashian. "Richie's former BFF Paris Hilton will apparently not be in attendance," says E! Poor Paris!
Prince William? Adorably klutzy!
curtsied - as is the custom - when the Brit beaut first came upon
on that fateful day when the beloved couple met. The prince, it seems, was so taken by Kate's breathtaking beauty, he spilled his drink all over himself.
This is one of the apocryphal tales lovingly related in biographer Christopher Anderson's William and Kate, due Dec. 21. Alas, the book, excerpted by People, shows the royal relationship wasn't all highs: Prince William dumped Kate for a while - via cell phone. "It just isn't going to work," he allegedly said. "It isn't fair to you."
Christina's overexposed bod
pics that hit the Web Wednesday were never meant for public consumption, the diva's rep tells UsMagazine.com, but "were illegally obtained by a hacker who tapped into Christina's personal stylist's account." The snaps were shot before the diva announced her split from hub
and were "used in a personal exchange between the star and her [unnamed] stylist."
What a lucky puppy!
(BTW, Popeater.com says Xtina is dating Matthew Rutler, a set assistant from Burlesque.)
Armie, a man, to kiss Leo, another man
Entertainment Weekly and E! News are afire with news that
, 24, the square-jawed all-American thesp who made such a nice impression as the
The Social Network
, will have the honor of touching, holding, and kissing
, a biopic of FBI boss
J. Edgar Hoover
that features Leo in the title role.
Penned by Milk screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, the Clint Eastwood-helmed project will explore suggestions that the nation's greatest (alleged) cross-dressing cop was lovers with his protégé, Clyde Tolson. Will Armie + Leo snuggle? I mean, was J. Edgar a snuggler?
In other EntBiz news . . .
is in talks to join
New Year's Eve
Robert De Niro
also are in talks to costar.
Funnyman Russell Brand has signed to star in RentaGhost, a remake of the '70s BBC sitcom, says Variety. It's about a recently deceased 27-year-old layabout who sets up a temp agency for the dead.
The Chicago Tribune says daily comic strip Brenda Starr, Reporter will cease as of Jan. 2.
"There's sadness about stopping, but no regret and no ambivalence," says Starr scribe Mary Schmich, who has been writing Dale Messick's pre-WWII creation for the last 25 years. "It came to me really clearly that I was done."