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Vergara, Manganiello may soon start own 'Modern Family'

Also in Tattle: Broadway's hot, Jennifer Lopez's rear end, Christina Aguilera throws Minnie tantrum

IT SURE didn't take Sofia Vergara long to find love again.

Shortly after the end of her engagement to Nick Loeb, Sofia began seeing "Magic Mike"/ "True Blood" star Joe Manganiello.

Now, E! News reports that after six months, these two statuesque hot bods plan to be joined together in holy matrimony.

E! News says big Joe popped the question on Christmas Day.

Broadway booming

Nineteen of the 36 shows currently running on Broadway broke the $1 million mark for Christmas week, attracting almost 30,000 more people than last year.

The Broadway League said yesterday that shows on the Great White Way pulled in $40,993,950 for the week ending Sunday (about what the latest "Hobbit" movie did over the weekend), better than the same week last year when 30 shows attracted $38,783,854. Attendance also went from 290,386 in 2013 to 318,721 this year, with crowds taking advantage of mild New York weather and Christmas falling on a Thursday.

"A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder" broke the Walter Kerr Theatre's house record for highest single-week gross, taking in $1,062,740 over eight shows, and "The Illusionists: Witness the Impossible" broke the house record at the Marquis Theatre by grossing $1,811,228 over 10 shows. "It's Only a Play," with Nathan Lane, broke the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre's eight-show record with $1,432,273.

But despite having Hugh Jackman in "The River," Bradley Cooper in "The Elephant Man" and Sting in "The Last Ship," and Chuck Darrow's favorite musical, "The Book of Mormon," hardly slowing down, "The Lion King" - which set a weekly record at the Minskoff Theatre with a nine-performance haul of $2,885,321 - will remain Broadway's highest grossing show of the year for the second time in a row (despite six other shows having higher average ticket prices).

Disney had even more reason to be pleased, since its other show, "Aladdin," will end 2014 as the fifth-highest-grossing show of the year and the only new one among the top five. "Aladdin" also broke the weekly house record at the New Amsterdam Theatre with a nine-performance take of $1,986,322.

Numbers for the first week of January - traditionally the slowest time on Broadway - will look different when a flood of shows close, including "Once," "Pippin," "The Real Thing," "Cinderella," "Side Show" and "This Is Our Youth."

* In other theater news, two activists charged with insulting Thailand's monarchy with their play "The Wolf Bride," pleaded guilty yesterday to the offense, which carries a punishment of three to 15 years in prison.

That seems a bit harsh. Can't anyone take a joke anymore?

The military-installed administration that took power after a coup in May has made defending the monarchy a priority in an effort to ensure stability after 87-year-old King Bhumibol Adulyadej ends his reign. In addition to vigorously pursuing prosecutions, it has vowed to seek the return of critics abroad it considers to have insulted the monarchy.

Really? They're going after critics abroad? "Long live the king."

Enough accidents

Even though no one was injured, Tattle will refrain from making any Jennifer-Lopez-was-rear-ended jokes., however, reports that Robert John Reitz, of Las Vegas, was scheduled to be arraigned yesterday after allegedly crashing into Jennifer's Rolls Royce in Malibu back in September.

Authorities say that when Reitz crashed a pickup truck into Jen's car, his blood-alcohol was more than .15 percent.

Which is too much.

Leah Remini was driving Jennifer's car at the time - that's a good friend who lets you drive her new Rolls - with Jenny in the passenger seat and her two children in the back.

"Sitting at a light, Riding high right before some drunk fool rear ended us in my new whip!!! Thank god everyone ok!!!" Jen wrote in the caption of the photo of her and Leah she put on Instagram.

Reitz, charged on Dec. 2, faces a possible maximum sentence of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine if convicted.


* reports that while Christina Aguilera was celebrating her 34th birthday at Disney California Adventure, she tried to get a picture with Mickey Mouse just as Mickey was going on break.

When Mickey told her she had to wait, Christina reportedly was displeased with the answer and called Mickey an "a--hole."

Then came the reported "Do you know who I am?" line.

And you know what Mickey should have said? "Do you know who I am, you former Mouseketeer? I'm the mouse in your keteer. This whole place? It's cause of me. Not you. Me! So why don't you just go back to your little karaoke show and turn your chair around."

- Daily News wire services

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