People: Barbara Walters, Jon Klassen, Dr. Phil McGraw, Taye Diggs, J.J. Abrams, Destiny's Child
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Barbara Walters would probably like to hit the reset button on 2013.
She's got the chickenpox and remains hospitalized more than a week after going in after falling and hitting her head at a pre-inaugural party in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 19. A fellow host on the "The View," Whoopi Goldberg, said Monday that Walters has been transferred to a New York hospital and hopes to go home soon, The Associated Press reports.
"She's been told to rest. She's not allowed any visitors," Goldberg said. "And we're telling you, Barbara, no scratching!"
The 83-year-old news veteran, who underwent heart surgery in May 2010, apparently avoided a disease that hits most people when they are children. It can be serious in older people because of the possibility of complications like pneumonia.
Even after concern about her fall had subsided, Walters had been kept hospitalized last week because of a lingering fever, and doctors found the unexpected cause.
"We love you, we miss you," Goldberg said on "The View," in a message to the show's inventor. "We just don't want to hug you."
"This Is Not My Hat," written and illustrated by Jon Klassen, has won the 2013 Randolph Caldecott Medal for distinguished children's picture book, while Katherine Applegate's "The One and Only Ivan" nabbed the John Newbery Medal for best children's book, reports the Los Angeles Times. The prizes were announced Monday during the annual conference in Seattle of the American Library Association.
The Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award, recognizing an African-American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults, went to "Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America," written by Andrea Davis Pinkney and illustrated by Brian Pinkney. The Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award went to "I, Too, Am America," illustrated by Bryan Collier, text by Langston Hughes.
"In Darkness," written by Nick Lake, is the 2013 The Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults.
Dr. Phil McGraw interviews Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, the man who has admitted to perpetuating an ongoing hoax against Notre Dame football star and Heisman Trophy runner-up Manti Te'o, Thursday and Friday on "Dr. Phil," 3 p.m. on KDKA-TV, the show announced Monday.
Dr. Phil peels away the layers of events to determine what led Tuiasosopo to do what he did and asks Tuiasosopo why he took on another persona, and why a female personality? Was Te'o in on the hoax? Did Te'o know he was in a relationship with a man? And, was Tuiasosopo's family aware of what he was doing?
"We've heard Manti speak, but we still don't know the whole story," says Dr. Phil.
After attending the SAG Awards just a few hours earlier, Taye Diggs arrived home at about 11 p.m., only to come face-to-face with a 20-year-old man who had allegedly broken into his residence, E! News reports.
But get this. The "Private Practice" star then proceeded to chase the suspect, Hassan Juma, after he fled on foot and the actor actually detained the guy until police arrived, a spokeswoman for LAPD media relations confirms to E! News.
Juma was subsequently arrested and booked for felony burglary. His bail was set at $50,000.
According to the LAPD, no one was injured in the incident and Juma is currently still in custody.
The force is with J.J. Abrams.
The Walt Disney Co. issued a statement Friday night confirming reports that had been circulating for two days that Abrams, Emmy-award-winning creator of TV's "Lost" and director of 2009's "Star Trek" movie, has been pegged to direct the seventh installment of the "Star Wars" franchise.
"J.J. is the perfect director to helm this," said Kathleen Kennedy, the movie's producer and president of Lucasfilm, which was acquired by Disney last month for $4.06 billion.
"Beyond having such great instincts as a filmmaker, he has an intuitive understanding of this franchise. He understands the essence of the 'Star Wars' experience," Kennedy said in the statement.
The movie will have a script from "Toy Story 3" writer Michael Arndt and a 2015 release.
Lawrence Kasdan, who wrote "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi" in the original trilogy, will work as a consultant on the new project.
Abrams has already headed the reboot of another storied space franchise, "Star Trek," for rival studio Paramount Pictures. The next installment in that series, "Star Trek: Into Darkness," is set to hit theaters May 17.
In Friday night's statement he called it an "absolute honor" to get the job.
"I may be even more grateful to George Lucas now than I was as a kid," Abrams said.
Lucas said in the statement that "I've consistently been impressed with J.J. as a filmmaker and storyteller. He's an ideal choice to direct the new 'Star Wars' film and the legacy couldn't be in better hands."
Fans of Destiny's Child may be wondering where Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams will be at the Super Bowl halftime show.
While Beyonce has posted photos of her rehearsals for the big performance, Williams says reports of a reunion for the pop group are merely unconfirmed rumors -- and that they're "not true," People reports.
"I'm going to be in the musical 'Fela!,' " she told WRUG Media. "I hate to disappoint the people and tell them that it's not true."
Williams is headlining a world tour of the Tony Award-winning show, which kicks off Tuesday in Washington, D.C. According to the show's website, there are two performances of "Fela!" at Sidney Harman Hall, at 3 and 8 p.m. on Super Bowl Sunday, but Williams will not be appearing in the show that day.
"I'm so sorry. I'm so sorry," Williams said of the reunion rumors. "But we did record a song with each other before the holidays."
"Destiny's Child -- Love Songs," a greatest hits compilation of the group's most romantic recordings set for release today, will feature a new song, "Nuclear," their first in eight years.
But Williams did hint that a reunion outside the recording studio may still happen.
"We have talked about it," she said. "You know, one day soon."
First Published January 29, 2013 12:00 am