Hugh Hefner will remember 2011 as the year he almost got hitched, and going into the new year, he plans to remain unattached.
"This year has been a very interesting year for me, I almost got married," Hefner told People. "And as Holly [Madison] — a dear friend and former girlfriend — said, 'Well, you missed a bullet.' I think that's accurate. I am clearly not meant to be married. Married life isn't for me."
George R.R. Martin has given fans of his A Song of Ice and Fire book series, on which HBO's fantasy series Game of Thrones is based, a belated Christmas gift.
The author has posted a chapter titled "Theon" from his sixth book, The Winds of Winter, online. In a blog post, the author details how the events in the chapter take place before some of the events in the previous book, A Dance With Dragons, which was released in this summer.
The year may be winding down, but the celebrity hoaxes are still going strong.
The latest misinformation making the Internet rounds is a purported People magazine cover that proclaims Taylor Lautner is "Out & Proud." The real People magazine confirmed to Gossip Cop that the supposed Jan. 7 issue is "absolutely fake."
Eric Dane and Rebecca Gayheart
Rebecca Gayheart and Grey's Anatomy's Eric Dane will ring in the new year with a new addition to the family.
The couple welcomed their second child this week, People reports. "Rebecca Gayheart and husband Eric Dane welcomed Georgia Geraldine Dane on Dec. 28, just in time for the New Year!" a rep for the couple says.
Brandon Routh, Chuck
Have Chuck and Sarah been naughty this year? On Friday's Chuck (8/7c, NBC), it looks like Santa is bringing them something far worse than a lump of coal: their old nemesis Daniel Shaw!
"We wanted to do a Christmas story, and Christmas is such a holiday that's haunted, like in the Charles Dickens tradition," Chuck co-creator Chris Fedak tells reporters during a December set visit. "We thought, 'Let's bring a monster from our past.' At the end of Season 3, Brandon [Routh] was such a good 'muahaha' bad guy. I was like, I've got to bring back the 'muahaha.'"
Movie and reality TV star Brigitte Nielsen is recovering after surviving a three-car accident in Los Angeles, TMZ reports.
From The Closer to The Newsroom, Jon Tenney is sticking with cable.
The actor will guest-star in producer Aaron Sorkin's upcoming new HBO series, formally titled The Newsroom, about a fictional cable news network, TVLine reports. He'll play Wade, the boyfriend of the cable news show's executive producer, played by Emily Mortimer.
Work of Art
After all the studio flirtations, scatological subject matter and soggy breakdowns, Work of Art: The Next Great Artist crowned its second season winner Wednesday night.
[WARNING: The following interview reveals the winner and details from the finale.]
In her final exhibition challenge, Iranian-American painter Kymia Nawabi created an installation that examined the concept of what comes after death through detailed drawings, amplified with textured paints and accompanying burial sculptures. She beat out performance artist Young Sun Han and figurative painter Sara Jimenez to win a solo show at the Brooklyn Museum in addition to the $100,000 cash prize. Not bad for a waitress with only $50 to her name.
Busy Phillips, Edwin Hodge
Ten-hut! Cougar Town has enlisted a new man to win Laurie's heart.
The ABC comedy has cast Edwin Hodge to play Wade opposite Busy Philipps' Laurie, TVLine reports. Wade is a soldier stationed in the Middle East, so expect Travis (Dan Byrd) to get involved to teach the long-distance lovers how to Skype.