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Steve Martin first-time dad at 67

Plus: Brangelina may head to Australia; Kardashian divorce trial set; Lady Gaga cancels tour for surgery; Maggie Smith says she hasn¿t seen Downton.

The actor Steve Martin. Danny Moloshok / Reuters
The actor Steve Martin. Danny Moloshok / Reuters

Steve Martin has become a dad for the first time at age 67 - and managed to keep it a secret from the media. Martin and his second wife, Anne Stringfield, 41, "are new parents and recently welcomed a child", said the actor's spokeswoman, who gave no other details. The New York Post cited unidentified sources as saying the baby arrived in December. Martin has played a father in movies such as Parenthood, Cheaper by the Dozen and Father of the Bride. - Reuters

Brangelina off to Australia?

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie may be heading to Australia if the government is successful in bringing 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Captain Nemo to the country. Pitt is being sought for the lead role and Sydney's Daily Telegraph said he'd bring his family with him to shoot in Australia. The arts minister Simon Crean said he was meeting Disney executives to secure the blockbuster, which would reportedly be the biggest production ever made in Australia. David Fincher is directing. - AFP

Kardashian divorce trial set

Kim Kardashian now has a trial date for her divorce from the NBA player Kris Humphries. A judge on Friday set a trial date of May 6 for the reality TV star who wants to end her marriage before July, when she is due to give birth to her child with Kanye West. The trial could reveal details about Kardashian's reality show empire, which includes Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Humphries wants the marriage annulled based on his claim that Kardashian only married him for the sake of her TV show. - AP

Lady Gaga cancels tour for surgery

Lady Gaga has cancelled the rest of her Born This Way Balltour dates due to a hip injury. Live Nation Global Touring said the pop star has a tear in her right hip that will require surgery. She was scheduled to play another 20 dates in the United States, as part of her tour. Fans who have already bought tickets will receive a refund. Gaga has been on the road for two years, travelling across six continents. HerBorn This Way Ball was 2012's fifth highest grossing tour. - AP

Smith: I haven't seen Downton

Millions of people have watched Maggie Smith on the British period drama Downton Abbey. But she's not one of them. The 78-year-old actress, who portrays Lady Grantham in the popular television series, told CBS News' 60 Minutes that she has not watched the drama because doing so would only make her agonise over her performance. She said she may watch it someday. In an interview to be broadcast today in the US, Smith said that what she takes from the role is "the delight of acting". She has two Oscars, three Emmys and a Tony Award, but said her Downton Abbey role has given her more public recognition than anything else in her career. - AP