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Tom Hanks will play a gutsy New York City newspaper columnist when he makes his debut on Broadway in the spring, The Associated Press reports.
Producers of Nora Ephron's play "Lucky Guy" announced Thursday that Hanks will play Mike McAlary in the stage biography. Hanks, a two-time Oscar winner, had been in negotiations for the role when Ephron died this summer.
Previews begin March 1 at the Broadhurst Theatre, and an opening night is set for April 1.
McAlary, the city's one-time dominant tabloid reporter, got the first interview with Abner Louima, a Haitian immigrant who was sodomized and beaten by white police officers at a station house in 1997. McAlary would win the Pulitzer Prize the next year but would die of cancer a few months later at age 41.
The director of "Lucky Guy" will be George C. Wolfe.
In June, lead producer Colin Callender said his team could "think of no more fitting tribute to her extraordinary writing and remarkable body of work" than to proceed with plans to produce Ephron's play.
Hanks is the star of such films as "Splash," "Forrest Gump," "Philadelphia," "Sleepless in Seattle," "Apollo 13" and "Saving Private Ryan."
Ephron, who died June 26 at age 71, gained recognition as the writer of films such as "When Harry Met Sally" and "Sleepless in Seattle," which starred Hanks.
ABC's Robin Roberts has come home from the hospital three weeks after undergoing a bone marrow transplant, the AP reports.
After thanking her doctors and nurses and singing "Amen," the "Good Morning America" host began the next stage of recovery from MDS, a blood and bone marrow disease. Her sister was the donor for her bone marrow.
While leaving the hospital after a month is a big first step. Roberts' doctor explained that it still will take time for the patient to gather strength and build up her immune system.
"Good Morning America," now the top-rated network morning show, aired a story about Wednesday's homecoming. The show has brought in occasional celebrity guest hosts such as Stephen Colbert to fill in for Roberts.
It got hot ... on Nelly's tour bus Wednesday night, People reports.
The "Hot in Herre" rapper, real name Cornell Iral Haynes, was detained in Texas after border patrol at the Sierra Blanca checkpoint searched his tour bus and a canine found heroin, a loaded gun and marijuana.
All seven passengers on board, including Nelly, were detained. They were released after one man admitted the weapon and the controlled substances -- 10.4 pounds of marijuana, .64 ounces of heroin and a .45 pistol -- belonged to him. He was arrested and awaits bond.
Nelly isn't the first performer to be stopped by police in Texas. Last month, Fiona Apple was arrested after police found .01 pounds of marijuana and .010 pounds of hashish on her tour bus -- in the same town where Nelly was detained.
Also busted at this checkpoint: Willie Nelson, Armie Hammer and Snoop Dogg. TMZ first reported this story.
It's a "Bachelor" baby!
Jason and Molly Malaney Mesnick are expecting their first child together in late March, People reports.
"Our family is getting a little bit bigger!" Molly, 28, proudly declares. "I'm into my second trimester, and I feel really good."
The couple met on season 13 of the ABC reality dating show and endured intense media scrutiny over their union. But the criticism died down after the two settled down in Seattle and got engaged.
The new addition will join Ty, Jason's 7-year-old son from his first marriage.
"He's been so excited to be a big brother," Jason says, explaining that the couple -- who wed in February 2010 -- decided to inform the second-grader of his new sibling via a family game of hang man.
"The answer was 'Tyler is going to be a big brother,'" Jason, 36, shares. "He's been asking me for years. He's always wanted to be a big brother. So we played the game and he looked at Molly and I and said, 'Really?' Molly made him a T-shirt that says 'Big Brother' on it and he's really proud. He wore it to school."
First Published October 12, 2012 12:00 am