New Kids on the Block's Joey McIntyre, who ran in the marathon, tweeted that he missed the explosions by mere minutes. "I don't know what to say," he wrote. "I feel for everybody involved."
New Kids singer and Mark's older bro, Donnie Wahlberg, wrote, "No words to describe the pain in my heart, at this moment, in seeing my city torn apart this way. So sad. Please #pray4boston & the victims."
Tidbits 'n' pieces
Despite increased security measures, Britain's Prince Harry says he will not miss Sunday's London Marathon, where he is due to present prizes and meet volunteers. . . . Billy Ray Cyrus seems jarred by the idea that his girl Miley is (we hear) about to marry Liam Hemsworth. "They're young. They're kids," he tells Nightline in a chat to promote his book, Hillbilly Heart. . . . TMZ has images that show Miley smoking what looks like pot. . . . Jane Lynch tells HollyScoop.com that even though her Glee character was fired from her job, she'll still be in the show.
Help Selena find love
Talk show hosts the world over are working hard to find a new beau for Justin Bieber's ex-gf, Selena Gomez. "We're concerned that you're happy," Ellen DeGeneres told Selena on her show Monday.
Ellen was pained that Selena hasn't been dating. "I'll fix you up," she promised.
"Someone that can make me laugh," she said.
Bradley Cooper will die
Even though he was reared in Jenkintown, Bradley Cooper will someday succumb to the Reaper.
The Hangover actor tells Details mag he came face to face with this stark truth after his father's death two years ago.
"Oh, right, I'm going to die, too," he realized. "Here it is. It's not in a book. It's not in a movie. . . . It's someone you love dying in front of you. I was like, 'OK. This is death. And this is going to happen to me one day.' There was a huge freedom that came with that."
Quote du jour
"I'm probably one of the best" actors in Hollywood, Robert Downey Jr., 48, tells GQ with humility.
"But it's not that big a deal. It's not like this is the greatest swath or generation of actors that has ever come down the pike."
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