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A gem for Jewel...

Jewel is expecting a precious gift -- a baby.

The 36-year-old pop-country singer is pregnant. Her publicist, Nicole Perez-Krueger, said it will be the first child for Jewel and her husband, rodeo champion Ty Murray.

Jewel and Murray were married in 2008.

Her hits include "You Were Meant for Me."

The pregnancy was first reported Tuesday on People magazine's website.


Douglas optimistic...

Michael Douglas says that his tumor is gone and that he may have beaten throat cancer.

In a taped interview with NBC's Matt Lauer, Douglas said he felt relieved after a "wild, six-month ride." Excerpts of the interview were released Monday ahead of its airing Tuesday on "Today."

Douglas says the odds are that he has beaten the disease.

He said that he had lost 32 pounds but was now working out and had put 12 pounds back on. He said he'll continue to go in for monthly checkups.

The 66-year-old actor is set to begin shooting Steven Soderbergh's "Liberace" in May or June, with Douglas playing the title part.


Clooney ready to roll...

George Clooney's new film will begin shooting next month and require "hundreds of extras."

Kristen Erwin, the head of the regional film commission in Cincinnati and northern Kentucky, says scenes for "Ides of March" will be shot in more than two dozen locations.

Clooney directs and stars as a Democratic governor running in the presidential primaries. The film also stars Ryan Gosling, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood, Paul Giamatti and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Erwin told the Cincinnati Enquirer on Monday that no release date has been set for the film but that Clooney's Smokehouse Pictures plans to open a production office in the area.

Clooney's father, Nick, has worked as a TV news anchor in Cincinnati and also wrote a newspaper column there.


Gandalf returning...

Ian McKellen is returning to Middle Earth.

The 71-year-old actor will reprise his role as Gandalf in Peter Jackson's two-part blockbuster "The Hobbit." McKellen confirmed his casting on his website Tuesday.

McKellen wrote that his "worry that I could not easily escape from Middle Earth was lifted." Production is to begin in New Zealand in February.

Based on J.R.R. Tolkien's novel "The Hobbit," the two films follow the first adventures in Middle Earth, predating Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" trilogy.

Also returning for "The Hobbit" are Elijah Wood, Cate Blanchett and Andy Serkis.

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