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Wow, a ukulele video

Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are curious about your New Year's Eve plans.

The two actors perform a duet in a video posted this week on YouTube, musically asking, "What are you doing New Year's Eve?"

She plays ukulele, and he plays guitar in the two-minute video of the 1947 jazz song.

Deschanel calls her "(500) Days of Summer" co-star "simply the best" in a note accompanying the video.

The two actors don't reveal their New Year's Eve plans in the clip, but they will be celebrating together in 2012. Both are nominated for Golden Globe Awards: she for actress in a TV comedy for "New Girl," and he for his lead role in the film "5 0/5 0."


No laughing matter

Russell Brand and Katy Perry are getting a divorce, the British comedian told the Associated Press Friday.

"Sadly, Katy and I are ending our marriage. I'll always adore her, and I know we'll remain friends," said Brand, 36, offering no other details.

He and the 27-year-old pop singer were married in October 2010 at a resort inside a tiger reserve in India.

Brand's recent film credits include "Arthur," "Hop" and "Get Him to the Greek." He is among the ensemble starring alongside Tom Cruise in "Rock of Ages," set for release next year.

Perry's run of No. 1 singles earned her the distinction of becoming MTV's first artist of the year earlier this month. She hosted "Saturday Night Live" on Dec. 10 and gave no indication the couple was in trouble.


Celebrity birthdays

Sunday: Singer-guitarist Country Joe McDonald of Country Joe and the Fish is 70. Actor Verne Troyer is 43.

Monday: TV host Jack Hanna is 65. Actress Tia Carrere is 45. Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. is 44.

Tuesday: Actor Dabney Coleman is 80. Singer Stephen Stills is 67. Guitarist Nash Overstreet of Hot Chelle Rae is 26.

Wednesday: Actress Dyan Cannon is 75. Singer Michael Stipe of R.E.M. is 52. Actress Jill Marie Jones is 37.

Thursday: Actor Robert Duvall is 81. Actress Diane Keaton is 66. Actor Bradley Cooper is 37. Actress Brooklyn Sudano is 31.

Friday: Country singer Earl Scruggs is 88. Actress Bonnie Franklin is 68. Singer Eric Williams of BLACKstreet is 52. Actor Danny Pintauro is 36.

Next Saturday: Country singer Jack Greene is 82. Keyboardist Paul Revere is 74. Singer Kenny Loggins is 64. Actress Erin Gray is 62. Actor David Caruso is 56. Katie Couric of CBS is 55.

-- From News and wire services

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