Alec Baldwin says he misses the days when New Yorkers signaled their appreciation of celebrities briefly and politely while taking care to maintain privacy. The 55-year-old actor (right) writes in New York magazine that he ‘‘probably’’ needs to move out of the nation’s largest city. Baldwin says he has a happy home for the first time in his adult life. He says he’s considering Los Angeles, living insulated behind a gate with his wife and their child. A lot of the article deals with comments that Baldwin says were misquoted or misinterpreted. Among other things, he details strongly worded evidence that he’s not homophobic. Baldwin says he realizes he ‘‘could have done things differently.’’ He apologizes if he’s ‘‘offended anyone along the way.’’
Police say actor Sam Worthington has been arrested in New York City for punching a photographer after the man kicked Worthington’s girlfriend in the shin. The 37-year-old ‘‘Avatar’’ actor was arrested on an assault charge following the incident at about 5:30 p.m. Sunday in Greenwich Village. The Australian actor was released on a desk appearance ticket and is due back in court on Feb. 26. Police did not say what caused the scuffle. The photographer, 37-year-old Sheng Li, was arrested on charges of reckless endangerment, assault, and harassment. He’s being held pending arraignment. It wasn’t immediately clear if both had lawyers.
‘Piers Morgan Live’ to end
CNN’s prime-time talk show ‘‘Piers Morgan Live’’ is coming to an end, the news channel said Sunday. Morgan, who succeeded Larry King in the 9 p.m. time slot three years ago, was drawing lackluster ratings. In contrast, King had a 25-year run on CNN. The airdate for Morgan’s last show has yet to be determined, CNN said in a statement. Morgan is a former UK tabloid editor who reinvented himself as a TV personality with stints as a judge on ‘‘Britain’s Got Talent’’ and its US spinoff, NBC’s ‘‘America’s Got Talent,’’ and as a contestant on ‘‘Celebrity Apprentice.’’ Morgan told The New York Times that his show lately has ‘‘taken a bath in the ratings’’ but that he and CNN President Jeff Zucker were discussing a new role for him at the channel. CNN’s audience has tired of hearing a Brit weigh in on American cultural issues, Morgan said in a story posted online Sunday. Morgan’s future with CNN is undetermined, the channel said. Last fall, ‘‘Piers Morgan Live’’ faced increased competition from a revised Fox News Channel lineup that included a strong new performer at 9 p.m. with Megyn Kelly’s ‘‘The Kelly File.’’
Jolie visits Lebanon
Actress and United Nations special envoy Angelina Jolie made a surprise visit to Lebanon to draw attention to the challenges facing thousands of Syrian refugee children and to highlight the massive displacement Syria’s three-year conflict has created, officials said Monday. During a three-day visit, Jolie visited unaccompanied children living in the eastern Bekaa Valley where much of the poorest Syrian refugees in Lebanon reside, as the United Nations Refugee Agency Special Envoy. The 3,500 children are those who were orphaned or separated from their families as they fled into Lebanon. They form part of the nearly one-third of all Syrians who have been displaced from their homes since an uprising against President Bashar Assad began in March 2011. About 2.5 million Syrians have become refugees; and another 4.2 million are displaced within Syria, the UN estimates — some one-third of the country’s pre-war population. ‘‘Meeting these children was a heart-rending experience,’’ said Jolie in a statement issued via the UN. ‘‘They have lost their families and their childhood has been hijacked by war. They are so young, yet they are bearing the burdens of their reality as if they are adults.’’
“We will always love each other and be best friends, however, we have mutually decided to separate at this time.” — Robin Thicke and Paula Patton, in a statement to People.