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Tina Fey and Amy Poehler reunite for Golden Globes

Plus; Obama calls for hip-hop truce, Depp starts publishing house and much more.

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler AFP
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler AFP

The funny ladies Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have been signed up to host the 70th Golden Globes ceremony. The pair previously worked together on Saturday Night Live and the 2008 comedy Baby Mama. They are expected to bring a gentler touch to proceedings than the outspoken British comedian Ricky Gervais, who has presented the awards from 2010 to 2012. Fey is currently starring in the seventh and final series of 30 Rock on NBC. Poehler is appearing in the fifth season of Parks and Recreation on the same network. * AP

Obama calls for truce in Carey and Minaj spat

It seems the US president is concentrating on the important issues in the run-up to next month's election. During a radio interview, Barack Obama said he hoped that Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj - who recently clashed while hosting American Idol - could still work together as judges on the show. "I think they are going to be able to sort it out, I am confident. I am all about bringing people together, working for the same cause," Obama told the Miami radio host Michael Yo.

Johnny Depp launches publishing house

The movie star Johnny Depp is launching a book imprint that aims to be a home for "authentic, outspoken and visionary" titles. One of its first releases will be a compilation of Bob Dylan facts and stories, based in part on exclusive interviews with the songwriter himself by the historian Douglas Brinkley. A recently discovered novel by the folk musician Woody Guthrie, who died in 1967, is also on the cards. The imprint will share its name with Depp's production company: Infinitum Nihil. * AP

Khloe Kardashion to host X Factor

Kim Kardashian's younger sister Khloe is reportedly on board to be the new host of the US version of The X Factor. The celebrity gossip website TMZ claimed that Kardashian and the actor Mario Lopez have definitely signed up, joining the show's other superstars Britney Spears, Simon Cowell and Demi Lovato. Meanwhile, the Kardashians' sisters Kendall and Kylie Jenner are following in the family tradition by launching their own fashion label, concentrating on clothes for teenagers.

Easy A star denies driving offenses

Amanda Bynes has pleaded not guilty to two counts of driving on a suspended license. The 26-year-old's car was impounded at the Bob Hope Airport in Los Angeles in September and she was charged with the misdemeanor counts days later. The incident came after Bynes was charged in separate driving under the influence and hit-and-run cases. She has pleaded not guilty in those cases, but her license was suspended and a judge ordered her to stop driving until it's reinstated. Bynes rose to fame starring in Nickelodeon's All That and several films, including 2010's Easy A. * AP