People: Shirley MacLaine, Meredith Viera, Kanye West, Stephen King
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Could "Downton Abbey" be haunted by more than just the ghosts of romantic yearnings and gilded eras past?
Shirley MacLaine seems to think so: The Oscar winner, who joins the cast of the hit series and whose (in)famous otherworldly pursuits have included ramblings about her past lives, says that the show's iconic manse, Highclere Castle, is bursting with spirits, E! News reports.
"It was a fantastic experience; Highclere was haunted, and the pictures came off the wall," she tells the New York Daily News.
"The energy of the castle, grounds, [its] past and the hauntings was inspiring. I am very much into that stuff," adds the 78-year-old actress, who plays the feisty American mother of Elizabeth McGovern's Lady Cora.
(Lotsa spiritual juju in that joint: King Tut's tomb was once reportedly stored in Highclere's basement.)
"Shooting there was a once-in-a-lifetime experience," she muses. Then again, if you've got multiple lives like MacLaine, it's a once-in-every-lifetime experience.
For more on MacLaine and "Downton Abbey," see Sunday's Magazine.
It happens. Even to Meredith Vieira.
The TV host gave viewers quite the wake-up call when she inadvertently exclaimed "s--t" Thursday morning while appearing on the "Today" show, E! News reports.
It all happened in the show's fourth hour, with Vieira subbing for Kathie Lee Gifford, who was said to be resting up after a root canal.
As the show came back from commercial, Vieira -- holding a fruit drink and sitting next to Hoda Kotb and Al Roker -- accidentally dropped her cue cards ... and then promptly dropped the infamous cuss bomb.
"Oh, s--t!" she said.
The gaffe quickly spurred a barrage of apologies from Vieira, who implored, "Oh, my gosh, I'm so sorry, I'm so sorry" (and seemed both truly contrite and totally adorable about the inadvertent slip).
A few seconds later, a bleep came on, to which Kotb quipped, "A little late for the bleep."
Meanwhile, a gleeful Roker couldn't help but throw his hands up in the air and scream, "Yes! Yes!"
Ah, as the veteran weatherman must know, just like the weather, live TV can be oh so unpredictable.
To pee or not to pee: That clearly wasn't the question for Bronson Pelletier, E! News reports.
The "Twilight" star was arrested in mid-December for public drunkenness after he showed up sloshed at Los Angeles International Airport and then purportedly proceeded to urinate at the terminal.
Well, now we know how everything actually went down: A video has surfaced showing the 26-year-old committing the act in question.
In the YouTube clip, the actor is seen stumbling around the terminal looking dazed and disheveled.
After an airport official approaches Pelletier, the actor moseys around for a bit before urinating in the passenger waiting area.
The official stands behind the actor as Pelletier relieves himself fully, only to be tackled by a police officer who eventually comes in to cuff the star.
Pelletier, who plays a member of "Twilight's" shape-shifting wolf pack, was later charged with public intoxication, and his arraignment is set for Monday. If convicted, he could face up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.
Kanye West may want to heed the advice he offers on one of his records: Drive slow.
West Hollywood police stopped the rapper and dad-to-be late Wednesday night outside the posh Chateau Marmont for allegedly speeding and having tinted windows, E! News reports.
West was apparently behind the wheel of baby mama Kim Kardashian's Mercedes Benz G63 SUV, which she purchased some months back.
Officers ultimately decided to let him off with a warning and he drove off.
Perhaps they just wanted to do something nice for West since he broke the news during a recent concert that he and Kardashian are expecting their first child together.
A signed copy of a rare Stephen King book is up for auction at a Maine bookstore, with proceeds going to a nearby homeless shelter's emergency home heating fund, The Associated Press reports.
The copy of "The Regulators," written by horror writer and Maine native King under the pen name Richard Bachman, was donated by a customer of Scottie's Bookhouse in Hancock.
Owner Michael Riggs says there are only 550 copies of the book in a special collector's box.
Auction proceeds will go to the Emmaus Homeless Shelter's emergency fuel fund in Ellsworth.
Emmaus director Sister Lucille MacDonald tells WABI-TV it's an "ingenious" way to help people struggling to buy heating oil.
The book is on display at Scottie's, and bids are being accepted by email, phone and in person until Jan. 31.
nGeorge Lucas wasn't kidding when he said he was ready to move on to "bigger and better things" after selling Lucasfilm to Disney for billions recently.
The 68-year-old "Star Wars" creator is engaged to his longtime girlfriend of seven years, businesswoman Mellody Hobson, according to the Huffington Post.
Lucas recently decided to donate the majority of the $4 billion he snagged from the sale of his company to a foundation that will focus primarily on educational issues, and dished about being excited about starting a new part of his life.
"For 41 years, the majority of my time and money has been put into the company," Lucas said in a statement. "As I start a new chapter in my life, it is gratifying that I have the opportunity to devote more time and resources to philanthropy."
This will be the second marriage for Lucas and the first for the 43-year-old president of investment management firm Ariel Investments LLC.
First Published January 4, 2013 12:00 am