Stuart Wilson/Getty Images (NEW YORK) — The dowager would presumably not be amused. Maggie Smith, who plays the cantankerous elder Lady Grantham on Downton Abbey says she has never watched the series. Smith made the confession to Steve Kroft of CBS’s 60 Minutes . The segment will be broadcast on Sunday, Feb. 17 to coincide with the final episode of Downton ’s Season 3, which airs on PBS later that evening
Creatas/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) — Three movies opened on Valentine’s Day: A Good Day to Die Hard , Safe Haven and Beautiful Creatures . Still, your local theater will welcome another new film on Friday, Escape From Planet Earth . The animated film focuses on an alien astronaut who’s caught in a trap set by a villain during a mission. His brother takes on the task of rescuing him
Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images (NEW YORK) — New York City police are investigating 911 calls made from a landline phone in Katie Couric’s Manhattan home that is registered to her late husband. Police sources tell the New York Daily News that the phone has dialed 911 at two in the morning every Tuesday for the past few weeks. Officers have responded each time by visiting Couric’s building.
Jason Merritt/Getty Images (LOS ANGELES) — A new ad from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is a little too fishy, as far as ABC is concerned. PETA tells E! News the network has opted not to air its anti-fishing commercial, featuring Joaquin Phoenix submerged in water, during the Oscars telecast because it was deemed too “political” and “controversial.” In the clip, which was posted online Wednesday by PETA as part of a “go vegan” campaign, Phoenix is seen underwater, eventually panicking and flailing around. His voiceover states, “In water, humans drown just as fish suffocate on land. It’s slow and painful and frightening. And we do it to more than one trillion fish every year
Eric Charbonneau/WireImage (NEW YORK) — Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have a new trick up their sleeves — they’re set to produce a new wine next month. The rose wine will be called Miraval, Bloomberg reports. The wine comes from grapes grown at Chateau Miraval, the couple’s 1,000-acre estate in Correns, France.
ABC/RANDY HOLMES (LOS ANGELES) — Jimmy Kimmel has again expressed his feelings about his late-night rival Jay Leno. In an interview with Playboy magazine, Kimmel addresses the fact that he’s slammed Leno on several occasions in recent years — most recently in a January issue of Rolling Stone . The ABC host says, “I always feel bad if I hurt anybody’s feelings, but I don’t believe Jay Leno has actual feelings, and he doesn’t seem to be that worried about other people’s feelings.” Kimmel adds that he doesn’t “even like talking about” Leno, and only does so when he’s asked questions about him. That may be, but Kimmel reveals to Playboy that he refuses to tell any joke that he can envision Leno telling. Kimmel is much more complimentary of his childhood hero, CBS Late Show host David Letterman
Jerritt Clark/WireImage (LOS ANGELES) — Kim Kardashian was hoping to divorce her estranged husband as soon as possible, but the proceedings have hit a legal speed bump. Court documents obtained by TMZ.com indicate Kris Humphries no longer has the services of his attorney, Marshall Waller. In the documents, which were filed by Waller, the lawyer claims he is no longer on the same page as the NBA player and the pair has experienced an “irremediable breakdown of the attorney-client relationship.” Waller filed documents earlier this month in which he stated that Humphries doesn’t want to rush the divorce trial despite a purported urgency on Kardashian’s part because of her “apparently unplanned pregnancy.” Kardashian, who’s expecting her first child with rapper Kanye West, filed for divorce in late October of 2011, 72 days after she tied the knot with Humphries. Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio
Steven Dewall/Getty Images (NEW YORK) — We don’t know if they’ll be wearing ski jackets from the thrift shop, but Macklemore & Ryan Lewis will be performing a free concert at the 31st Annual Burton U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships at Colorado’s Vail Mountain. The duo’s show on March 1 will kick off a series of free concerts at the outdoor event. The pair is set to hit the stage at 6 p.m. MT after the the day’s slopestyle finals
Michael Becker / FOX (NEW YORK) — Nicki Minaj has always been a real character, but now she’s getting her own comic book. The biographical comic Fame: Nicki Minaj is available now in print and digital form, and illustrates the entertainer’s story from childhood to the present. There’s even a glimpse into her drama with fellow American Idol judge Mariah Carey. Fans can choose from two different Nicki covers, including one that shows her wearing a pink and blue strapless leotard with gold trim, and a belt bearing her “NM” initials. Her superhero look is completed with a pair of pink and blue gloves, which match her pink and blue-tinged blonde hair.
Alberto E. Rodriguez/WireImage (LOS ANGELES) — On March 8, director Sam Raimi reveals his take on the world of The Wizard of Oz with his anticipated prequel Oz The Great and Powerful . The movie stars James Franco as the wizard to be, as well as Michelle Williams, Mila Kunis and Rachel Weisz. Fans of the original film will certainly recognize some familiar sights from the 1939 classic, but sound is another story.