Holiday Weekend News Roundup! Regis Retires; Gaga Scores a Fashion Show; Miss America Hates WikiLeaks

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Published January 18, 2011

 

WITH LADY GAGA ON BOARD AS “MUSICAL DIRECTOR,” DON’T BE SURPRISED IF THIERRY MUGLER BRANCHES OUT INTO CIGARETTE ACCESSORIES.

Happy Tuesday! Here’s our compendium of pop-culture news you may have missed while you were doing more important things over the holiday weekend (and Martin Luther King Day).

• Ricky Gervais’s performance as host of the Golden Globes on Sunday has been criticized for being too cutting; when presenting the award for Best Actress in a Comedy, Robert Downey Jr. called the vibe “mean-spirited.” The Hollywood Foreign Press Association released a statement saying, “We loved the show,” but added that Gervais “occasionally went too far.” [Deadline]

• Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban welcomed a baby, Faith Margaret Kidman Urban, on Monday. The reason Kidman still looked as thin as ever at the Golden Globes is because the baby was born via surrogate—or, in Kidman and Urban’s words, “gestational carrier.” Nothing makes a person feel like a living, important human being like calling her a “gestational carrier.” [THR]

• Regis Philbin announced on Live! With Regis and Kelly this morning that it’s his final year on the show. He’ll be retiring. [Vulture/NYM]

• Lady Gaga will be the “musical director” for Nicola Formichetti’s first menswear show for Thierry Mugler, which happens tomorrow. Rumor has it Gaga will premiere a new song from her upcoming album, Born This Way, at the show. [WWD]

• A day before winning the Best Actor in a Drama Golden Globe for The King’s Speech, Colin Firth received his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. [P6]

• 17-year-old Miss Nebraska Teresa Scanlan was crowned Miss America on Saturday night, after playing an unusual rendition of “Chopsticks” on the piano as her talent and stating her disapproval for WikiLeaks during the interview portion. Miss Arkansas, Alyse Eady, was the runner-up after a yodeling ventriloquist act. [NYDN]

• Kate Middleton has reportedly picked her wedding dress designer, but is keeping his or her identity secret. In response to rumors that the dress will be designed by Bruce Oldfield, the palace spokesman said the most British thing possible: “It’s Miss Middleton’s intention to keep the dress a secret for her bridegroom on their wedding day, as is every bride’s prerogative.” How you do go on? [People]