Affleck quashes Senate run rumors
Ben Affleck is taking his name off the list of possible candidates for U.S. Sen. John Kerry’s seat, which would be open if the Democratic senator from Massachusetts is confirmed as secretary of state.
Affleck says in a Monday posting on his Facebook page that while he loves the political process, he will not be running for public office.
Speculation about the Cambridge, Mass., native rose slightly when he did not completely rule out a Senate bid during an appearance on CBS’ “Face The Nation” on Sunday.
In his Facebook posting, Affleck says he would continue working with the Eastern Congo Initiative, a nonprofit organization that helps direct humanitarian aid to the war-torn region, and for other causes.
Simpson confirms pregnancy rumors
Jessica Simpson’s daughter has the news all spelled out: “Big Sis.”
Simpson on Tuesday tweeted a photo of her baby daughter Maxwell playing in the sand, with the words “Big Sis” spelled out.
The 32-year-old old singer and personality has been rumored to be expecting again. The tweet appears to confirm the rumors.
“Merry Christmas from my family to yours” is the picture’s caption. Simpson used a tweet on Halloween in 2011 to announce she was pregnant with Maxwell. She is engaged to Eric Johnson and gave birth to Maxwell in May.
One possible complication regarding her pregnancy: She is a spokeswoman for Weight Watchers.
Queen delivers 3-D Christmas message
Queen Elizabeth II has hailed the holidays in a new dimension, delivering her Christmas message for the first time in 3D.
In the annual, prerecorded broadcast, the monarch paid tribute to the armed forces, “whose sense of duty takes them away from family and friends” over the holidays, and expressed gratitude for the outpouring of enthusiasm for her Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
“It was humbling that so many chose to mark the anniversary of a duty which passed to me 60 years ago,” she said.
The queen has made a prerecorded Christmas broadcast on radio since 1952 and on television since 1957. She writes the speeches herself and the broadcasts mark the rare occasion on which the queen voices her own opinion without government consultation.
The birthday bunch
Actor Caroll Spinney (Big Bird on “Sesame Street”) is 79. Record producer Phil Spector is 73. “America’s Most Wanted” host John Walsh is 67. Country drummer Brian Westrum (Sons of the Desert) is 50. Drummer Lars Ulrich (Metallica) is 49. Singer Chris Daughtry is 33. Actress Beth Behrs (“2 Broke Girls”) is 27.