Famed author makes rare public comment

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Pulitzer Prize-winning author Harper Lee is a woman of few words and generally avoids media interviews and public appearances.

But the author of 'To Kill a Mockingbird' broke her silence briefly Monday at a ceremony inducting new members into the Alabama Academy of Honor. Lee, who lives in Monroeville, is a member of the academy, which honors living Alabamians.

At the end of the ceremony, Academy of Honor chairman Tom Carruthers joked with Lee, saying he knew she had something she wanted to say to the crowd.

'Well it's better to be silent than to be a fool,' Lee said.

Former boy band member accepts new hosting gig

NEW YORK - Joey Fatone has signed on for red-carpet duty as co-host with Lisa Rinna of TV Guide Network's red-carpet coverage of major awards shows.

Fatone, 30, is host of NBC's sing-along variety game show, 'The Singing Bee.' He was part of boy band N'Sync.

'Nanny Diaries' actress engaged

NEW YORK - Laura Linney and her boyfriend, Marc Schauer, are engaged, a spokeswoman for the actress said Tuesday.

Linney, 43, co-stars with Scarlett Johansson in 'The Nanny Diaries,' in theaters Friday.

Stefani covers up for show

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Gwen Stefani was a good girl, just like she promised.

The pop star wowed fans in Muslim-majority Malaysia on Tuesday, performing in costumes that showed almost no skin after Islamic critics claimed her revealing clothes could corrupt the country's youth.

Stefani had promised to dress modestly after the 10,000-member National Union of Malaysian Muslim Students charged that her skimpy outfits and cheeky performances clashed with Islamic values.