The Rundown

Entertainment Express: Bette Midler, David Bowie, Downton Abbey, David R Ellis, Gangster Squad

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* Following her return to the small screen in Parental Guidance, Bette Midler is heading back to Broadway too. For the first time in 30 years, the Divine Miss M will take on the Great White Way, as the late Hollywood super-agent Sue Mengers. Hope this means we’ll be hearing a lot more from the singer than just on her prolific Twitter feed.

* Director David R Ellis who made the so-bad-it’s-good Snakes on a Plane was found dead in his Johannesburg hotel room on Monday. South African police say no foul play is suspected but the cause of his death is still unknown. He’d been preparing to film his newest movie, Kite, in which he’d be teaming up again with Samuel L Jackson. Meanwhile, across the seas, the Missoni family is still keeping watch for any signs of the missing aircraft carrying Vittorio Missoni.

* It’s David Bowie’s 66th birthday! And he’s celebrating by releasing a new song – soon to be followed by a new album in March, which has music fans rejoicing because it’s his first in about a decade. Where Are We Now? is an understated tribute to the Thin White Duke’s time in Berlin during the ’70s, and is available on his website, where we await more news about Bowie’s next moves.

* Downton Abbey solidified its success among viewers with a new record for public broadcasting channel PBS . 7.9 million fans tuned in to the award-winning show’s 3rd season premiere on Sunday, which featured Shirley MacClaine.

* Just in case Ryan Gosling hadn’t won over the hearts of female fans all over the world yet, the actor brought his mom to the premiere of his latest flick, Gangster Squad in LA on Monday night. Co-star Josh Brolin, who was recently arrested for public intoxication, opted to joke Sean Penn was his date.


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