TICKER: Jon Hamm, Jimmy Kimmel, January Jones, Zach Braff; Justin Bieber, Armie Hammer, Melissa Gilbert, Timothy Busfield


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Jon Hamm was outed as the host of ESPN's Espy Awards as a guest on "Live With Kelly and Michael!" yesterday.

"Live" co-host Michael Strahan said he was excited to hear the "Mad Men" star would be hosting the show honoring the best in sports, and Hamm said I don't think that's been announced yet. Oops.

They went on to talk about his St. Louis fandom and the fact that his work on "Saturday Night Live" would help him during the ceremony July 11 in Los Angeles.




Former Espys host Jimmy Kimmel had some fun punking fans at the Music and Arts Festiva/l outside L.A., working on the premise that no indie band can be too obscure. Newsfeed.com reports that the ABC late-night host sent a "Lie Witness News" correspondent to film fans as they talked about some of the acts at the festival, and many said they'd heard of the bands they were asked about -- even though writers at "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" had made them up.

Fans were asked about bands that are "so obscure that they don't exist," yet they showed enthusiasm when quizzed about fictional bands the Obesity Epidemic and Regis & the Philbins. As for Dr. Shlohmo & the G.I. Clinic? "They're always amazing," said one attendee.




Getting back to the "Mad Men" gang, January Jones told E! News how she feels wearing the prosthetics as the heavier version of her character, Betty, the ex-wife of Hamm's Don Draper.

"It's been an acting challenge and a physical challenge," she admits. "But I've really embraced it, and I love where [creator Matthew Weiner] has taken the character."




A lot of people are clamoring for a sequel to the 2004 indie drama "Garden State," judging by the money pouring in to creator Zach Braff's Kickstarter page. The "Scrubs" actor has raised more than $1 million for the project.

The Guardian, noting he was inspired by the success of the recent fund-raiser for a "Veronica Mars" movie based on the cancelled TV show, says Braff started the campaign to maintain creative control "Wish I Was Here," written by Braff and his brother Adam. Braff will direct and play the lead role of a struggling actor, father and husband.




In a story listed by TMZ as "developing," Justin Bieber's tour bus was raided by Swedish police, who allegedly found a small amount of marijuana on board Wednesday night. The story, attributed to a Swedish newspaper, said police boarded the bus in Stockholm as the bus pulled up at the arena where Bieber was performing.

A rep for the Stockholm PD told TMZ that an officer smelled pot coming from the bus as it left Bieber's hotel, and a special narcotics unit was dispatched to search Bieber's bus.

No one was aboard the bus during the search, no arrests had been made and the bus was not impounded. The Swedish report says police also found a stun gun, which requires a permit.

Bieber had been with his pal Lil Za in the hours before the incident.




Armie Hammer,

title character of the latest "Lone Ranger" film, is set to co-star with Tom Cruise in the Guy Ritchie remake of "The Man From U.N.C.L.E., according to several entertainment websites. Hammer would play an incarnation of Illya Kuryakin, the role originated by "NCIS" regular David McCallum. Robert Vaughan played Napoleon Solo, his partner in the international spy biz.




Actors Melissa Gilbert ("Little House on the Prairie") and Timothy Busfield ("Thirtysomething") were married "in a private ceremony at San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara on April 24," Gilbert's rep tells People magazine. The bride wore a strapless red gown.

Gilbert, 48, and Busfield, 55, became engaged in December. Both have been married twice before. She is the mother of two; he has three children.

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