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Lincoln Center taps star


Broadway superstar Audra McDonald is adding a new chapter to her long history with Lincoln Center in New York.

The center said Tuesday the singer-actress is the new host of “Live From Lincoln Center.” McDonald will emcee seven broadcasts from December through spring 2013, starting Dec. 13 with “The Richard Tucker Opera Gala.” She will host and perform in the New York Philharmonic’s New Year’s Eve gala.

‘Half’ man sorry

Teenage actor Angus T. Jones of the comedy “Two and a Half Men” apologized Tuesday for a series of interviews in which he denounced his own show as “filth,” an episode that has rivaled former colleague Charlie Sheen’s meltdown as an off-screen oddity.

In a statement issued late Tuesday, Jones said he had the highest regard for all of the people he has worked with on the CBS comedy.

“I apologize if my remarks reflect me showing indifference to and disrespect of my colleagues and a lack of appreciation of the extraordinary opportunity of which I have been blessed,” said Jones, who reportedly makes $350,000 an episode. “I never intended that.”

Kravitz scores lead

Lenny Kravitz has signed on for his first leading film role, playing singer Marvin Gaye in a biopic to be shot next year, according to the rocker’s publicist Carleen Donovan.

Rolling Stone magazine says Kravitz will portray Gaye during the 1980s when he was fighting addictions and trying to restart his career.

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Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today: Motown Records founder Berry Gordy Jr. is 83. Singer-songwriter Bruce Channel is 72. Singer Randy Newman is 69. Musician Paul Shaffer is 63. Actor Ed Harris is 62. Actress S. Epatha Merkerson is 60. Actor Judd Nelson is 53. Comedian Jon Stewart is 50. Actress Garcelle Beauvais is 46. Singer-keyboardist Tyler Glenn is 29.