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No crybaby for Duhamel

Proud papa Josh Duhamel has no problem bragging about his well-behaved baby.

The 40-year-old actor and his wife, Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas, welcomed their first child, Axl Jack, on Aug. 29.

“What’s surprised me the most is how well-behaved he is. I was expecting a crying baby all the time, and he’s been really mild-mannered,” Duhamel said.

Fatherhood may have brought some life changes for the “Transformers” star, but he said his approach to his career remains the same.

“I still want to push myself,” he said, “and do things that I would never, that I would never thought that I was able to do.”

DeGeneres’ generosity

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) – A New Hampshire waitress who bought the lunch of two National Guard soldiers affected by the federal government’s shutdown has been repaid – more than 300 times over – by television star Ellen DeGeneres.

Sarah Hoidahl, a waitress in Concord, N.H., just wanted to do a nice thing for the soldiers, so she recently picked up their lunch tab. It cost her $27.75.

On Friday, DeGeneres squared the tab and then some, giving Hoidahl $27.75 in cash and a check for $10,000.

Humor prize for Burnett

Julie Andrews, Tony Bennett, Tina Fey and other stars are gathering in Washington to honor Carol Burnett as she receives the nation’s top humor prize at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Burnett was to receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on Sunday night in a show featuring top comedians and entertainers. The performance will be taped and broadcast Nov. 24 on PBS.

Burnett says it’s a thrill to receive the award named for humorist and satirist Mark Twain.

‘Gravity’ stays atop box offices

Star power and Oscar aspirations are reigning at the box office, where the space adventure “Gravity” and the Somali pirate docudrama “Captain Phillips” are holding off all comers.

With $31 million over the weekend according to studio estimates Sunday, “Gravity” topped the box office for the third straight week. “Captain Phillips” also held in second place, taking in $17.3 million in its second week.

The two movies and their veteran stars kept three new wide releases at bay: the horror remake “Carrie” ($17 million), the action flick “Escape Plan” ($9.8 million), and the WikiLeaks drama “The Fifth Estate.”

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday, including international numbers where available:

1. “Gravity,” $30 million ($33.5 million international).

2. “Captain Phillips,” $17.3 million ($9.1 million).

3. “Carrie,” $17 million.

4. “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs,” $10.1 million ($5.1 million).

5. “Escape Plan,” $9.8 million ($9.4 million).

6. “Prisoners,” $2.1 million ($7.3 million).

7. “Enough Said,” $1.8 million.

8. “Fifth Estate,” $1.7 million.

9. “Runner Runner,” $1.6 million ($4.2 million).

10. “Insidious Chapter 2,” $1.5 million ($6.4 million).