People: Anderson Cooper, Frankie Muniz, Jennifer Aniston, Steve Carell, George Lucas, Newt Gingrich

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Anderson Cooper can see once again after a temporary -- and painful -- bout of blindness, People reports.

Cooper posted a picture of himself on Instagram Tuesday sporting a white gauze patch over his right eye. "Temporarily blinded last week while on assignment," he said. "UV light bouncing off water. Much better now. Details on #andersonlive."

On "Anderson Cooper Live," he explained how he went blind over the weekend while filming a story for "60 Minutes" on the coast of Portugal.

"I wake up in the middle of the night and it feels like my eyes are on fire," he said. "It turns out I have sunburned my eyeballs and I go blind. I went blind for 36 hours. I took this picture of me after I went to the hospital."

He then showed his audience his photo and joked, "That's my new profile picture, by the way."

But the potential damage he faced is no laughing matter, and Cooper had NBC's chief medical editor, Dr. Nancy Snyderman, on to warn viewers about eye protection.

Snyderman said that the light reflected off the water burned his retinas, but that the hospital visit could have easily been avoided.

"It's a reminder that frankly everyone needs sunglasses," she advised. And to Cooper, she added, "Fortunately for you you're going to be fine, but it's a real reminder."

Malcolm's in the middle of a health scare.

Former child star Frankie Muniz is recovering from a "mini-stroke" that sent him to the hospital last Friday, People reports.

Muniz, who turns 27 today, tells his Twitter followers that the experience was "not fun at all."

"Have to start taking care of my body!" he writes. "Getting old!"

Muniz provided no more details. But a "mini-stroke" is commonly used to describe a transient ischemic attack, or TIA, when blood temporarily stops reaching the brain, causing stroke-like symptoms for one to 24 hours.

Doctors believe a TIA can be a warning sign for a possible full stroke in the future without preventative measures.

Muniz grew up in front of TV audiences on "Malcolm in the Middle" from 2000 to 2006. He's moved on to racecar driving and music -- he drums for the band Kingsfoil.

nThere was no lack of excitement in Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux's household over the weekend, People reports.

The recently engaged pair kicked off December with a tree-trimming party, which has been an annual tradition for Aniston, 43.

On Sunday, pals including, Demi Moore, Ellen DeGeneres, Portia de Rossi, Ben Stiller, Christine Taylor, Tobey Maguire, Jennifer Meyer and some of Aniston's employees came out to the couple's Beverly Hills rental house for a family-friendly fete.

"The party was for both adults and children," a source said. "Jen loves having children around and she always has fun activities planned for them. While the adults mingled, the younger guests were able to color and play games."

Picking out a Christmas tree is no light matter for Aniston, who selected a 10-foot noble fir at Mr. Greentrees in Beverly Hills.

"It's a tradition for her," another source says. "She is very specific about the tree that she wants. For the second year in a row, she picked out a tree with [Justin]. She seemed very excited and happy about the tree. [Justin] was very sweet to her and let her take her time to find the perfect tree. She found a beautiful one that she had delivered."

Steve Carell may have his former co-stars to answer to if he doesn't pop up at least once during "The Office's" final season. E! News reports.

"We would all love Steve to come back," Jenna Fischer said at the taping of the 2012 CNN Heroes news special. "He's more than welcome and more than invited to come back. There's nothing confirmed, but everyone's fingers are crossed ... There's a lot of things you have to work out in order to make that happen, but it would be great."

NBC announced in August that the current season -- its ninth -- would be the last for "The Office."

John Krasinski is already thinking of the right story line for his big return.

"Maybe he comes back to check in on one of us," he told us at the Governors Awards. "Maybe one of us is having a hard time and he comes to be the savior. That would be really nice."

Federal antitrust regulators have cleared Disney's $4 billion deal to buy Lucasfilm, the filmmaking empire behind the "Star Wars" franchise, The Associated Press reports.

Notice of the clearance was issued Tuesday.

The purchase stoked "Star Wars" fans because along with the surprise announcement, Disney said it would make sequels to the six-part series with plans to release the first in the next trilogy, Episode 7, in 2015.

Lucasfilm founder George Lucas is to receive about half of the $4.05 billion purchase price in cash and half in newly issued Disney shares. He has said he'd donate much of it to charity.

Leslie Knope will be devastated she missed this.

In a stranger-than-fiction twist, Newt Gingrich filmed a cameo appearance on "Parks and Recreation" Monday -- and the whole thing was totally unplanned, E! News reports.

The Los Angeles-based NBC comedy was on location in Indianapolis when the former Republican presidential candidate and House speaker unexpectedly walked into a restaurant where filming was taking place and was immediately welcomed by series co-creator Mike Schur. "It was a completely random chance," Schur told the Indianapolis Star. "But you can't pass up an opportunity like that."

Which is why he quickly incorporated the politician into the episode's story line, which finds Ben Wyatt (Adam Scott) living it up at his bachelor party before tying the knot with Leslie (Amy Poehler), the mayor of fictional Pawnee, Ind. While Poehler wasn't present for the filming, co-stars including Rob Lowe, Nick Offerman, Aziz Ansari and Chris Pratt were all in attendance, as well as Indiana Pacers players Roy Hibbert and Miles Plumlee, who were already scheduled to film cameos.

According to Gingrich, the spur-of-the-moment guest shot is ultimately thanks to a lunch recommendation from his driver. "The driver said St. Elmo Steakhouse," the politician told "And when I walked inside, I saw Rob Lowe.

"It was great fun," added Gingrich, who was reportedly in town to meet with Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels. "It was especially great chatting with Rob. We have a mutual interest in General Grant and the Civil War."

Lowe seemed to get a kick out of hanging with the politician as well. "I love, ironically, that we had to come to Indianapolis to have Speaker Gingrich," the actor told the Star. "We didn't have him in Washington. We have him at St. Elmo's."

Gingrich is not the first politician to make a "Parks and Rec" cameo, of course. Vice President Joe Biden and Sen.John McCain have popped up in recent episodes as well.

Parks and Rec fans can check out Gingrich's acting chops for themselves when the episode airs in January.



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