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Sideshow: Eight kids plus 1 marathon

Sometime reality star and Philly native Kate Gosselin, 36, achieved a real feat in Las Vegas this weekend. No, she didn't set a gambling record: The mother of eight ran her first marathon, completing the Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas Marathon in 4 hours, 59 minutes, and 21 seconds, People reports.

Sometime reality star and Philly native

Kate Gosselin

, 36, achieved a real feat in Las Vegas this weekend.

No, she didn't set a gambling record: The mother of eight ran her first marathon, completing the Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas Marathon in 4 hours, 59 minutes, and 21 seconds, People reports.

"I'm not one to do anything lightly," Kate told the mag before the race. "I either do it or I kill it. I guess this is considered killing it."

Kate told People she took on the challenge to inspire her kids. "I'm running this because I want to show that with dedication and determination anything is possible," she said. "I want them to remember this moment when their mom completed a marathon, knowing that nothing in life should stop them from attaining their goals."

The lesson will have its (muscle-aching) costs: "This will probably be one of the most painful messages I will ever impart to them," said Kate.

Rosie O'Donnell to wed Michelle Rounds

Rosie O'Donnell

plans to make her thing with

Michelle Rounds

official: USA Today says the couple have become engaged.

"There's something about marrying someone in a commitment with all your friends and family around you," Rosie told the paper in October. Rosie has four children with her ex, Kelli Carpenter.

Larry King: Put me in the icebox, baby

Larry King

ain't going gentle into that good night. No, sir! He's going into the fridge instead. The former CNN superstar told his pals at a televised dinner party, which he and wife


hosted at their pad, that he's into cryogenics.

"I want to be frozen on the hope that they'll find whatever I died of and bring me back," King said at the din-din, which featured Conan O'Brien, Tyra Banks, Shaquille O'Neal, Seth MacFarlane, Jack Dorsey, Quincy Jones, and Russell Brand.

Is this a sign that 78-year-old King is fixated on his mortality? asked Family Guy creator MacFarlane. "Oh, I fear death," King said. "My biggest fear is death, because I don't think I'm going anywhere," the self-confessed religious unbeliever said.

Tom Cruise, King of Bollywood?

Having beaten American and European moviegoers into submission with his onscreen prowess,

Tom Cruise

has set his eyes on India. Speaking before a crazed, screaming mob of fans in Mumbai on Sunday night, the

Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol

star said Bollywood pics are close to his heart, if any.

"I love watching Hindi movies," T-Cruise said, according to the Hollywood Reporter. "There are many Hindi movies that come out every year but I do watch a few of them." If offered a Bollywood film, "I would never say no. I would love to do it." Cruise was merely pandering? We believe in him.

Charlie Sheen, the winning daddy

On the night she was arrested for cocaine possession,

Brooke Mueller

had custody of the twin boys she made with ex

Charlie Sheen

, says TMZ. Now Charlie will help take care of




, with Brooke's parents' help, while Mom takes time off to "get better," as she has put it. Does it also mean Charlie will make a legal sneak attack and file for full custody?

Jill Scott to groove with Nobelists

North Philly-born poet and R&B diva

Jill Scott

will be one of the performers at this year's 18th Annual Nobel Peace Prize Concert on Sunday in Oslo, Norway, which also will feature rockers


, Kansas City R&B singer

Janelle Monáe

, singer-songwriter

David Gray

, country duo


, and

Matthew Morrison




Super Bowl belongs to Madonna

The original

Material Girl



, will perform at the Super Bowl XLVI halftime show Feb. 5 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The musical interlude extravaganza, to air on NBC, is usually the most watched event since the Big Bang. Last year's show was watched by more than 162 mil suckers, um, viewers.

The Spiritual Mom is gosh-darned grateful for the big break. "It's a huge deal, my God," she tells TV celeb news show Extra.

"To be as exciting as the football game is a huge challenge. And to get your stage set up in eight minutes, another huge challenge." Madge and Cirque du Soleil will put together a "signature performance" at the show, whatever that means.

Princeton's Mann wins theater award


Emily Mann

, who is the artistic director of the McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, has been named the 2011 Person of the Year by the National Theatre Conference, the McCarter has announced. The award recognizes individuals who have made an outstanding and noteworthy contribution to the theater. Mann is in her 22d season as artistic director.

Dr. Seuss' 'The Lorax' at LOVE Park

A dude in a costume representing

The Lorax

, from the

Dr. Seuss

animated movie

Dr. Seuss' The Lorax

, will join

Mayor Nutter

and his wife


at the annual tree-lighting ceremony Wednesday at 5 p.m. at LOVE Park in Center City.

Tidbits 'n' pieces

Gawker, Popsugar, and X17.Com report that

Robert Pattinson

went to a Lalaland bar Sunday night and hung out with a woman who was


his squeeze,

Kristen Stewart

! It was

Sarah Roemer

, an actor who has worked with K-Stew. Horror! . . .

Entertainment Tonight


The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills


Kim Richards

, 47, who has been badmouthed as "an alcoholic" by her costars on the show, has entered rehab.

Inspiration for a new country song

Country singer

John Rich

, 37, was ejected Sunday from a Southwest Las-Vegas-to-Nashville flight for being too drunk to fly nice, TMZ says. Rich, formerly of


, reportedly had a row with several passengers while waiting to board the plane in Sin City and acted drunkenly (how is that?) once seated.

PR-savvy quote du jour

Sequels don't always stink, says

Robert Downey Jr.

, who tells former Philly newsman

Jerry Penacoli



that the

Guy Ritchie


Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

"is actually better than the first." Says Downey, "I've heard that happens with sequels every once in a while . . . not very often." That won't be hard to do, some Holmes fans may say (

not I!

), since the first was a stinkeroo.