People: 'Downton Abbey,' Tom Cruise, Lady Gaga, Dennis Lehane, Taylor Swift


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"Downton Abbey" fans, you have been warned: What follow is a major SPOILER, although the news regarding the fate of a show favorite was spread far and wide across the Web on Wednesday. The "Downton Abbey" Christmas special has been aired in the U.K., and Dan Stevens, the handsome, blue-eyed (green-eyed?) actor who played Downton heir Matthew Crawley is leaving the show after the third season, according to Deadline.com. But that is all we can tell you, since the PBS Masterpiece Classic series doesn't air in the U.S. until January. As for the reasons behind his departure from the wildly popular British period drama -- it's nominated for three Golden Globes -- you'll get no spoilers here, but they're all over the Internet.



"Mission Impossible," "Jack Reacher" and "Where's Xante" star Tom Cruise is dating someone new, according to In Touch magazine. Six months after his divorce from Katie Holmes, Cruise, 50, was sweeping a brunette beauty around the dance floor at Manhattan nightclub Le Baron in the wee hours of Dec. 18 (they did the salsa, allegedly). An "eyewitness" told In Touch that 26-year-old Cynthia Jorge, of Queens, "had her hair in a bun, wore tight pants, and looked gorgeous." The two met two days previously at the Lower East Side hot spot Beauty and Essex, where Ms. Jorge works as a manager. You heard it here second: "As Tom left the restaurant after a meal of sashimi and empanadas with business associates, Jorge handed the superstar her card, a restaurant insider tells In Touch. The bold gesture paid off: The next day, Cruise called Beauty & Essex at least twice trying to track her down -- and was 'put on hold for a very long time!' " Clearly, this is a woman who knows how to play her (business) cards right.



Lady Gaga's is doing some multitasking during her upcoming tour -- not only rocking her audiences with her over-the-top performances but advocating for anti-bullying and suicide prevention services at the same time The Associated Press reports that next month, Lady Gaga's Born This Way Ball Tour tour will be accompanied by The Born This Way Bus Tour -- a bus that will tailgate before each performance to allow 13- to 25-year-olds to learn about mental health resources nearby. The project, part of Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation, includes such LGBTQ-friendly organizations as The Trevor Project and Campus Pride.



She is "smart, fast, and immeasurably sweet," says author Dennis Lehane. She is also missing: Lehane's dog Tessa jumped a fence from the family home in Brookline, Mass., this week and hasn't been seen since. Mr. Lehane, author of "Mystic River," "Gone Baby Gone," "Shutter Island" and other books, is offering an unusual reward for the person who finds his family's beloved missing beagle, AP is reporting. Lehane says he'll name a character in his next book after whoever finds Tessa, who was micro-chipped, but not wearing her tags when she vanished.



Taylor Swift has been named "Most Charitable Celebrity of 2012" by DoSomething.org, after she donated more than $4 million to the Country Hall of Fame museum, according to The Mirror, a British tabloid. This isn't the first time she's been recognized: The singing star was the youngest ever recipient of the Ripple of Hope Award from the Robert F. Kennedy Centre for her philanthropic efforts. Coming in second: Miley Cyrus, for her work with animal activist foundation "Save Spot! Rescue." Channing Tatum came in third, for his work with the Rainforest foundation, Lady Gaga's above-mentioned Born This Way Foundation made her fourth on the list, topped out by Justin Bieber at No. 5.

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First Published December 26, 2012 7:00 PM


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