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Pregnancy update ...

If Kate Hudson's family are indeed secretly hoping she has a girl, they may get their wish.

"I'm just starting to pop," the actress, 31, who is pregnant with boyfriend Matthew Bellamy's child, says in an interview airing today on Britain's The Graham Norton Show.

"It feels like a girl, but I don't know. Ryder thinks it's a girl," she adds, referring to her 7-year-old son with ex-husband Chris Robinson.


In activist mode ...

Jon Stewart is joining the board of the foundation building the Sept. 11 memorial in New York.

The comedian and activist was appointed to the National September 11 Memorial & Museum board at a meeting Thursday afternoon.

The host of the Emmy-winning "The Daily Show" on Comedy Central recently used his show to champion a federal bill that provided billions to treat people who became ill after working in the ruins of the World Trade Center.

Joe Daniels, the foundation's president, says Stewart is an important public figure and a regular New Yorker who saw the world change on Sept. 11, 2001.

The memorial -- twin reflecting pools set above the fallen towers' footprints -- is set to open to the public by this Sept. 11.


'Office' visit ...

Will Ferrell is coming to "The Office."

Ferrell will play a visiting branch manager over an arc of several episodes. NBC announced the casting Wednesday with the promise that Ferrell's character will be "just as inappropriate" as Steve Carell's Michael Scott.

Carell's farewell is expected four episodes before the season finale of "The Office." In preparation of his exit, NBC is bringing in high-profile guests, including "The Office" creator Ricky Gervais, reprising his role as David Brent.


On the road again ...

Veteran rocker Bob Seger and his Silver Bullet Band are heading out on the road for the first time in 4 1/2 years.

In a news release Thursday, Seger's management and record company say the 65-year-old Grammy winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member will start his tour in March.

It marks the first time Seger has toured since the fall of 2006.

Dates haven't been announced.

The statement says fans can expect to hear classics such as "Night Moves" and "Old Time Rock & Roll" as well as songs off a forthcoming new album.

Seger hasn't released a record of original material for several years.

He does appear on fellow Michigan resident Kid Rock's new album, "Born Free," playing piano on "Collide."


Connery in bronze ...

He's been honored with an Oscar and British knighthood. Sean Connery can now count a bronze sculpture in Estonia's capital among his tributes.

The bust of Scotland's most famous actor was unveiled Thursday by British Ambassador Peter Carter outside Tallinn's Scottish Club, whose members include Estonians enamored with Scotland and a handful of expatriate Scots.

The president of the Scottish Club, which started as a whiskey sampling society in the early 1990s, says it got the idea of honoring "Scots who have made a difference" a few years back. It already has a bust of 18th century Scottish poet Robert Burns.

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