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PEOPLE: Wahlberg gets Hollywood star

Wahlberg gets Hollywood star

LOS ANGELES -- Rapper-turned-underwear model-turned-Oscar-nominated actor Mark Wahlberg has been enshrined in the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The 39-year-old actor was presented with a star Thursday on Hollywood Boulevard's famed sidewalk monument.

Will Ferrell, who stars with Wahlberg in the action-comedy ''The Other Guys'' being released next week, was on hand for the ceremony. The comedian got in a couple of digs.

''I'm glad to be here,'' Ferrell said. ''I first became a fan of Mark's when I bought his workout video. And I love all your 'Bourne' movies.''

The ''Bourne'' films star Matt Damon, not Wahlberg.

Wahlberg first gained game in the 1980s and '90s with the group New Kids on the Block, then quit to form Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch.

That was followed by a ubiquitous ad campaign featuring him in Calvin Klein underwear.

He then turned to acting and got attention with his breakout role as Dirk Diggler in 1997's ''Boogie Nights.'' Wahlberg got a supporting actor Academy Award nomination in 2006 for ''The Departed.''

Novelist Rice: I'm leaving Christianity

NEW YORK -- Anne Rice has had a religious conversion: She's no longer a Christian.

The 68-year-old author wrote Wednesday on her Facebook page that she refuses to be ''anti-gay ... anti-feminist,'' and ''anti-artificial birth birth control.''

She adds that ''In the name of ... Christ, I quit Christianity and being Christian. Amen.''

Her publisher, Alfred A. Knopf, confirmed Thursday that the posting was by Rice.

Rice is best known for ''Interview With a Vampire'' and other gothic novels. Raised as a Catholic, she had rejected the church early in her life, but renewed her faith in recent years and in 2008 released the memoir ''Called Out of Darkness: A Spiritual Confession.''