People: Melanie Lynskey, Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean, 'Honey Boo Boo'
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After five years of marriage, it's over for "Two and a Half Men" star Melanie Lynskey and her husband, People reports.
The actress filed for divorce from Jimmi Simpson, who stars on "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," last month.
Lynskey, who plays neighbor Rose on the CBS hit, cited "irreconcilable differences" in the Sept. 25 filing in Los Angeles County Superior Court. Both Lynskey and Simpson waived the right to spousal support.
The couple tied the knot on April 14, 2007. They separated on April 9 of this year, according to the court papers. They have no children.
Lynskey currently appears in the film "The Perks of Being a Wallflower."
Taylor Swift is giving $10,000 and concert tickets to a Boston school for the deaf after a prank during an online contest promising an on-campus performance by the Grammy-winning singer, The Associated Press reports.
Horace Mann School for the Deaf was disqualified from the contest because many of the votes were from pranksters who thought it would be funny for a school for the deaf to win a concert.
Swift, known for hits including "You Belong With Me" and "Love Story," said every student at the K-12 school will receive a ticket to her next local concert. She and the contest sponsors also donated $50,000 to the school, and VH1's Save the Music program donated $10,000 in musical instruments.
"Any kind of specific instrument that can be purchased to bring music alive for these students will go a long way," Boston Public School spokesman Matt Wilder said.
Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, Calif., won the on-campus concert and a $10,000 grant to its music department.
Swift is releasing her fourth studio album, "Red," on Oct. 22.
Her last album, "Speak Now," sold more than 1 million copies in its first week out. She has sold more than 22 million albums and 50 million singles throughout her career.
Country star Jason Aldean is now not the only one apologizing after photos were published online of him cozying up to season 11 "American Idol" contestant Brittany Kerr, People reports.
Kerr has also issued a mea culpa, saying, "The actions I portrayed recently were not a representation of my true character, but a lapse in judgment on my part," reports TMZ.com.
"I would like to sincerely apologize to everyone that has been affected by this, including my friends & family," she went on to say.
Aldean, 35, and Kerr were photographed last Wednesday night at The Den in West Hollywood, and the shots appeared over the weekend on the Internet.
The "My Kinda Party" singer and recent CMA nominee for entertainer of the year has been married to his high school sweetheart Jessica Ussery since 2001 and has two daughters, Keeley, 9, and Kendyl, 5.
"The truth is that I screwed up," Aldean tweeted on Sunday. "I really appreciate being able to work through this privately with my family and for all your continued support."
File this under: Not surprising but still awesome.
HBO has renewed "Boardwalk Empire" for a fourth season, the network announced Tuesday, E! News reports. The Prohibition-era drama has been a solid hit for HBO and has garnered plenty of acclaim with critics and Emmy voters.
"Terry Winter, Martin Scorsese and the rest of their outstanding team continue to produce a stunning show that never fails to surprise and entertain," HBO president Michael Lombardo said in a statement. "We are excited to bring this unique series back for a fourth season."
The season-three premiere of the Steve Buscemi-led series has collected 7.2 million viewers since Sept. 16, with the help of additional telecasts, DVR playback and HBO On Demand and HBO GO.
Since its debut, "Boardwalk Empire" has received 12 Primetime Emmy awards, including outstanding directing for a drama series. In 2011, "Boardwalk Empire" won a Golden Globe for best drama series, and Buscemi nabbed best performance by an actor in a drama series.
"South Park's" fixin' to get smexy!
Yes, Honey Boo Boo Child Alana Thompson and her mama, June Shannon, are getting the animated treatment. In a clip from "South Park's" upcoming episode "Raising the Bar," Alana and June try to find a pageant pig.
"We wanna pick a pig that has pizzazz and knows how to work it, girl," the animated June says, while holding onto a smiling Alana.
"I want that one!" the cartoon version of 7-year-old Alana exclaims. She quickly changes her mind, saying, "That pig over there gave me the evil eye. I want that one! I want that one!"
In real life, Honey Boo Boo and Co. did attempt to raise Glitzy the pig. Although Glitzy turned out not to be a perfect match for the Georgia family's lifestyle, he did come out (with his breeder) to cheer on Alana in a pageant shown in the "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" finale.
The Honey Boo Boo-themed "South Park" airs tonight at 10 on Comedy Central.
Christine Ebersole and Leonardo DiCaprio are going to be family in the film "The Wolf of Wall Street."
Talent agency APA said Tuesday the Tony-winning Ebersole will play DiCaprio's mother in the drama. Martin Scorsese is directing the film, based on a New York stockbroker's memoir of his rise and fall.
Ebersole, who also plays a mom in the TBS comedy "Sullivan & Son," is on the big screen next in "The Big Wedding" with Robert De Niro, Amanda Seyfried and Katherine Heigl.
Ebersole is a two-time Tony winner for the Broadway musicals "Grey Gardens" and "42nd Street."
First Published October 3, 2012 10:05 am