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Anderson Cooper OK after appendix surgery

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Anderson Cooper is on the mend from an appendectomy, he Tweeted. The CNN newsman was absent from his Monday night show Anderson Cooper 360 (John Berman filled in), and many fans were left scratching their heads. But he Tweeted he had surgery Sunday and would be back at “on air tomorrow,” which means Tuesday. That’s resiliency.

OUT OF THERE

The rapper known as Meek Mill was set to be released Tuesday from a Philadelphia jail after serving five months for violating parole in a 2009 drug case. Mill has tangled with a probation officer and judge over his tour-related travel and other issues. He was ordered to take etiquette classes.

BOOK IT

A new book from J.K. Rowling will offer no magic, only words of wisdom. Publisher Little, Brown and Co. announced that Rowling’s 2008 Harvard University commencement speech will be released in April as the book Very Good Lives. Proceeds will be donated to Lumos, a charity for disadvantaged children that Rowling founded, and to a financial aid program at Harvard. In her speech, the Harry Potter author spoke of her early struggles as a writer and the importance of failure as a “stripping away of the inessential.”

I’M ALIVE!

The news of Kirk Douglas’ death was greatly exaggerated. In the way that many media organizations do, People magazine had prepared an advance obituary for the actor but somehow, the story was mistakenly posted online. The dateline read Sept. 29, but it’s unclear exactly when it posted. The story ran with the headline “DO NOT PUB Kirk Douglas Dies.” The Spartacus star turns 98 on Dec. 9.

DEDICATED

Did Jake Gyllenhaal’s obsession with fitness cost him his girlfriend? The 33-year-old actor reportedly spent so much time at the gym to prepare for his role as a boxer in Southpaw that model Alyssa Miller felt ignored and broke things off. Director Antoine Fuqua admitted to Deadline he rode Gyllenhaal hard: “He was training like a fighter. I had him sparring, really getting hit. I put him in situations where I wanted to see what he was made of.”

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