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> Conan's sidekick...

When Conan O'Brien debuts his new, late-night talk show on TBS he will have an old friend and colleague by his side.

Andy Richter will serve as sidekick on "Conan."

Richter said he's "thrilled" to be working with O'Brien and he's most exited about "getting out of the house again."

O'Brien added, "This decision was made without my authority. ... I will get to the bottom of this."

Richter and O'Brien first joined forces in 1993 on NBC's "Late Night with Conan O'Brien." Richter was also tapped to appear with O'Brien on "The Tonight Show."

"Conan" will premiere at 11 p.m. Nov. 8 on TBS.

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A marriage ends...

Court records show musician Ben Harper has filed for divorce from Laura Dern after nearly five years of marriage.

The Grammy Award-winning Harper signed and filed the divorce petition Friday in Los Angeles.

He is seeking joint custody of their two children and says the couple separated in January.

No additional details were included.

Dern has appeared in "Jurassic Park" and other films.

The divorce was first reported by celebrity Web site TMZ

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Feeling his pain...

Director Oliver Stone said Tuesday he is worried about the health of actor Michael Douglas, who is battling throat cancer.

Douglas, who reprised his role as stock trader Gordon Gekko in Stone's latest film, "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps," is in a "precarious" state of health, Stone told reporters in Berlin.

Douglas was meant to accompany him on a promotion tour in Europe, but Stone said Douglas remained in the U.S. for further cancer treatments.

Douglas, who turned 66 on Sept. 25, said in August he is battling throat cancer, but he attended the film's premiere in New York three weeks ago.

New York-based publicist Allen Burry said Douglas finished his treatments last week.

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A show of respect...

Adam Lambert pledged Tuesday to obey Malaysian government rules that forbid the flamboyant, openly gay glam rocker from kissing anyone onstage at a planned concert this week, but called it "a tough decision."

The "American Idol" runner-up, who is touring Asia, told the Associated Press in Hong Kong that his "main goal is to keep people entertained -- not to make them uncomfortable."

Lambert is slated to perform Thursday at a stadium in Muslim-majority Malaysia's biggest city, Kuala Lumpur.

Lambert has agreed to heed restrictions against stripping, jumping and kissing onstage, said Yuen-See Cho, a representative for concert co-organizer Sony Music Entertainment Malaysia.

"It's something I'm doing out of respect," Lambert said in an interview with the AP ahead of his Hong Kong concert. "It's just one little thing. Man kissing another man is something that government really doesn't appreciate."

"I think it's a tough decision to make, but to me, there are so many amazing fans in Malaysia that it's more important for me to be able to come and do my show there for them," he added.