People: Lena Dunham, Halle Berry, Jon Stewart, Steven Weber
Lena Dunham == Tweeting about the racist graffiti at her alma mater Oberlin College.
Halle Berry -- Says she wants her daughter to have a normal life in Los Angeles.
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Lena Dunham is urging her fellow "Obies" to stick together as her alma mater in Ohio wrestles with reports of racism.
The creator and star of HBO's "Girls" wrote on her Twitter account Monday after learning about racist graffiti at famously liberal Oberlin College.
The school about 30 miles from Cleveland was among the first to admit blacks. And the city of Oberlin was a stop on the Underground Railroad that aided escaped slaves.
Dunham tweeted: "Hey Obies, remember the beautiful, inclusive and downright revolutionary history of the place you call home. Protect each other."
Racist and anti-Semitic messages have been found on campus, and classes were canceled Monday after a report of someone wearing a Klan-type hooded robe.
"Girls" features several characters who met while attending Oberlin.
Jon Stewart, film director? Don't laugh.
E! News confirms that "The Daily Show" host plans to take a 12-week break this summer from his longtime Comedy Central perch to make his feature directorial debut.
Stewart will direct "Rosewater," a political drama for which he wrote the screenplay. The film will be based on "Then They Came for Me: A Family's Story of Love, Captivity and Survival," a memoir by Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari.
The film chronicles Bahari's amazing story: After leaving behind his pregnant fiancee in London to cover the 2009 Iranian elections, Bahari was arrested and incarcerated for 118 days in the country's notorious Evin prison where he says he was regularly beaten and accused of being a foreign agent.
The title "Rosewater" was the nickname Bahari gave to his interrogator, because he smelled like the perfume. Also notable, this interrogator was also obsessed with Stewart's home state of New Jersey.
Bahari's story also has a personal connection to the Emmy-winning comedy series, because his interrogator accused the reporter of being a spy based on Bahari's mock interview with "The Daily Show" correspondent Jason Jones.
In fact, in an interview with Bahari about his ordeal in June 2011, Stewart praised him, saying, "Your ability to connect the story to your family, and the nuances you pick up, even from your captor, is incredible."
While the comedian's on leave, "Daily Show" senior British correspondent John Oliver will fill in at the anchor desk and tape eight weeks' worth of original episodes Monday through Thursday with four weeks of reruns built into the hiatus.
Now playing on a TV near you, "The Bible."
Produced by "Touched by an Angel" actress Roma Downey and her husband, television producer Mark Burnett -- who created "Survivor," "Celebrity Apprentice" and "The Voice" -- the 10-hour History channel docudrama began Sunday night.
The series premiered to 13.1 million total viewers, according to Nielsen, making it cable television's No. 1 entertainment telecast of the year.
Based on biblical texts from Genesis to Revelation, the "unforgettable stories unfold through live action and cutting-edge computer-generated imagery, offering new insight into famous scenes and iconic characters," the History channel says.
Halle Berry says all she wants is a normal life for her daughter.
The Oscar-winning actress had hoped to move to France with 4-year-old Nahla and Berry's fiance, Oliver Martinez. But a judge in her custody dispute with Nahla's father, Gabriel Aubry, prevented that last year, The Associated Press reports.
Berry says she's now trying to figure out how to make life "more normal" for Nahla in the Los Angeles area, where they live.
Says Berry: "That's all I really want, just normalcy for her."
Berry calls herself "resilient" and says she'll figure it out.
Aubry and Berry settled their bitter custody battle last November, soon after Aubry and Martinez got into a fight that left Aubry with a battered face and Martinez with a hand injury. Aubry was arrested but not prosecuted.
Berry stars in the upcoming thriller "The Call."
Steven Weber, who starred on TV's "Wings" and recently appeared on "2 Broke Girls," is getting a divorce, reports People.
His wife of 17 years, Juliette Lesley Hohnen, filed the petition Feb. 6 in Los Angeles Superior Court, citing irreconcilable differences.
Hohnen, who says the pair separated last October, is seeking joint custody for their sons, ages 12 and 9. She also requests spousal support.
This was the second marriage for Weber. The 52-year-old actor was previously married to actress Finn Carter from 1985-92.
Weber, who played carefree pilot Brian Hackett on the NBC comedy "Wings" from 1990-97, has appeared in numerous television series since, including "Brothers and Sisters," "Desperate Housewives," "Hot in Cleveland" and "Malibu Country."
First Published March 6, 2013 12:00 am