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SINCE YOU ASKED [Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (PA)]

September 9, 2013

YellowBrix

"We're picking up the pieces. ... I am just so happy that he got to touch as many lives as he did while we were all lucky enough to have him."

"Glee's" Darren Criss talking in October's issue of Cosmopolitan about life on the show after the loss of Cory Monteith,Simon: My kid gets nothing,Simon Cowell is expecting a son with Lauren Silverman, but that kid shouldn't expect any inheritance from his dad.

"I'm going to leave my money to somebody. A charity, probably -- kids and dogs," the 53-year-old Simon told Esquire.

The "X-Factor" judge is reportedly worth an estimated $350 million.

"I don't believe in passing on from one generation to another," he told the magazine. "Your legacy has to be that, hopefully, you gave enough people an opportunity, so that they could do well, and you gave them your time, taught them what you know."

It was July when word came that Simon and Lauren were expecting. Lauren recently arrived at a divorce settlement with ex-hubby Andrew Silverman.

"I'm proud to be a dad," Simon said to the BBC at last month's premiere of "One Direction: This Is Us." "It's something I haven't thought of before, and then, now I know I feel good about it. And (Lauren) is a very special girl."

Simon also told the BBC, "I am good with kids , because I like kids. I really do like them and I listen to them. ... Once I got used to (becoming a father), I did get excited. I think I will be a good dad, so I'm excited."

-- Wire reports,Carrie's stiletto spill

Maybe Carrie Underwood will think twice about the height of her heels the next time she steps onstage.

The country star took a bit of a spill Sept. 5 while performing in front of a Corpus Christi, Texas, crowd. Fans captured images of Carrie stepping on the long hem of an oversize shirt, resulting in her ending up on her butt onstage. To her credit, she did finish singing the song -- from a seated a position.

She took it all in, um, stride though, tweeting afterward, "Hey, remember that time in Corpus Christi when that girl busted her butt on stage?! Hilarious. Oh wait, that was me!"

She also tweeted a photo of her foot in a black brace with the caption, "Good news, it's not broken...AND I got some new footwear!"

Her fall comes just a few days after her NHL player hubby Mike Fisher was bitten by a chipmunk that had found its way into their home. Naturally, they captured the rodent saga on Vine.

-- USA Today,I've been a fan of actress Kate Winslet since "Titanic." Does she have any new movies coming out? -- A.L.

Kate co-stars with Josh Brolin in the drama "Labor Day," due out in January; with Alan Rickman in the historical drama "A Little Chaos," set in the court of France's King Louis XIV; and with Shailene Woodley in a futuristic action-adventure movie due out in March. She's also set to star in "The Dressmaker," about a fashion designer who returns to the Australian hometown where she was suspected of murder as a child, and to give birth to her third child, which will be her first with husband Ned Rocknroll.

There's a very pretty English actress named Sienna Miller. Is she making any movies? -- H.B.

Sienna, busy being a mother to her 13-month-old daughter, Marlowe, has the drama "Foxcatcher," co-starring Channing Tatum and Steve Carell, due for release, but she is determined to take the rest of the year off to devote to her family.

I think Julia Stiles is such a good actress. I really liked her in "Silver Linings Playbook." Is she doing anything new? -- P.G.

She co-stars in the just-released crime drama "Closed Circuit," stars in the upcoming thriller "Out of the Dark" and stars in the TV series "Blue," in which she plays a single mother who's a prostitute. She's also set to co-star with Christina Hendricks and Kristin Scott Thomas in the drama "Seconds of Pleasure" and co-star in the biographical drama "The First," about silent-screen star Mary Pickford.

-- Robin Adams Sloan, King Features Syndicate,Who said no to 'Fifty Shades'?

By now, it's known that Charlie Hunnam and Dakota Johnson will be starring the film version of the mega-hot "Fifty Shades" books as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele. But it turns out the pair were not necessarily the first picks of author E.L. James or Universal.

Who else was up for the roles?

The Hollywood Reporter has revealed other stars who were courted for the coveted roles.

The Reporter says: Ryan Gosling turned down the role of Grey -- a billionaire who seems to really like S&M. "Tron" star Garrett Hedlund didn't connect with the character. Brit TV star Christian Cooke was up for the role and E.L. was hoping Robert Pattinson would be able to land the part.

For the role of Anastasia -- a college senior -- the Reporter says Felicity Jones was a top choice, but the 30-year-old actress was deemed too old for the part. Shailene Woodley was a fav of the author, but there were scheduling conflicts. Other names: Alicia Vikander, Imogen Poots and Elizabeth Olsen were in the running.

-- Wire reports,Liza, Lorna reunite for concert

Judy Garland's talented daughters Lorna Luft and Liza Minnelli will perform together for the first time in 20 years during two concerts next month to raise money to fight breast cancer.

The concerts will be held Oct. 14 and 21 at the jazz club Birdland on West 44th Street, New York City. Most tickets start at $250 and include drinks and dinner.

The last time the sisters performed together was during a memorable duet at the 1993 Tony Awards. Other guest performers will be Nick Adams, Ann Hampton Callaway, Liz Callaway, Jim Caruso, Kelly King, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Phyllis Newman and Marcia Strassman.

The concerts will benefit the Phyllis Newman Women's Health Initiative and the Dr. Philomena McAndrew Fund of Tower Cancer Research Foundation

-- Associated Press

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