The last full week of 2012 is behind us. Next week we'll be dissecting the first few days of 2013, too!
We won't keep you from party-planning and resolution-making for long...
But, if one of your resolutions for the coming year is to be better informed, this round-up of the biggest entertainment stories from the last seven days just might help!
BABY BONANZA: Jessica Simpson is really, truly pregnant with her and fiancé Eric Johnson's second child. Funny, though, how with a baby on the way her twins become the center of attention yet again!...Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves welcomed their third child in Texas...Real Housewives of Atlanta's Phaedra Parks is pregnant...Kings Of Leon's Nathan Followill is super-jazzed by his and wife Jessie Baylin's new daughter, Violet Marlowe...Shakira's bun is still in the oven and boyfriend Gerard Piqué has some real prankster nerve...Ryan Murphy and husband David Miller are proud new parents of a son, Logan Phineas Miller Murphy...It's going to be another girl for Teen Mom 2's Leah Messer Calvert...The Killing's Eric Ladin welcomed son Maxfield David with wife Katy.
BOUGHS OF HOLLYWOOD: Celebrities are just like us in that they celebrate the winter holidays by tweeting, shopping, sending out cards, going on vacation and taking oodles of pictures. They're a little less like us when they observe by sitting courtside at Clippers and Lakers games and chillaxing on private islands. So while our holidays are perfectly fun to celebrate, theirs tend to be more fun to read about.
HIGHER PURPOSE: This year wasn't just all about the "#ThugLife" and shocking people for Rihanna—the increasingly racy singer cut a $1.75 million check in her late grandmother's name to a hospital in her native Barbados, too. Well done, Ri-Ri.
OCHOCINCO À TROIS: Someone leaked sexy-time photos of embattled football star Chad Johnson and two mystery women. That's one way to foul a basketball wife.
CURTAINS: Katie Holmes' latest Broadway play, Dead Accounts, will close Jan. 6, seven weeks ahead of schedule.
COUPLING: Shia LaBeouf is seeing his Nymphomaniac costar Mia Goth.
TV TRAUMA: Dan Stevens talks about Downton Abbey's biggest bombshell yet.
MUSICAL CARES: Heart performed a touching and rocking tribute to Led Zeppelin at the 35th Annual Kennedy Center Honors...Miley Cyrus has covered a lot of tunes—"Jolene" is only her latest...Lady Gaga documentary in the works.
LAW & DISORDER: Judge tossed lawsuit Jennifer Lopez filed against her former chauffeur accusing him of extortion...Katt Williams arrested for child endangerment...Nick Stahl busted at a porn store for committing a lewd act...Twilight's Bronson Pelletier charged with public drunkenness...24-year-old man arrested outside Taylor Swift 's Nashville home won't be charged...Australian deejays probably won't face charges for pranking nurses at hospital where Kate Middleton was treated.
FAREWELLS: Charles Durning, Tony winner and character actor known for roles in Tootsie, The Sting, Rescue Me and more, died of natural causes; he was 89...Jack Klugman, last surviving member of 12 Angry Men jury, one half of TV's Odd Couple, died at 90...Fontella Bass, Chess Records singer best known for indelible 1965 hit "Rescue Me," died several weeks after suffering a heart attack; she ws 72...Gerry Anderson, pioneering puppeteer and creator of Britain's Thunderbirds, died of complications from Alzheimer's disease; he was 83.