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- Alec Baldwin has reportedly gone ahead and purchased an apartment in SoHo to be closer to girlfriend Hilaria Thomas, the 27-year-old Yoga instructor whose green hair band Baldwin has apparently taken to wearing around his finger. An unnamed source close to Baldwin says the actor "sees marriage in the near future." When Thomas was asked about marrying Baldwin at the Artists/Writers softball charity game in East Hampton last weekend, she reportedly was overheard to respond, "Let's see how it goes." [Page Six]
- Larry David has apparently "found love" with actress Amy Landecker, who appeared on Curb Your Enthusiasm last week as Jane, a bisexual woman being courted by both Larry and Rosie O'Donnell. According to a source, their romance "sparked on the set" when the episode was filmed six months ago. In 2007, David split from environmental activist Laurie David, his wife of 14 years. [Page Six]
- Slate has laid off four staffers, including Press Box columnist Jack Shafer, Chatterbox columnist Timothy Noah, associate editor Juliet Lapidos, and foreign editor June Thomas. Shafer and Noah both say they'll remain on as non-staff contributors. [Ad Week]
- Dick Ebersol is selling his 12,962-square-foot Telluride ski house. The ex-NBC Sports chairman, who resigned back in May over a contract dispute, is asking $13 million for the seven-bedroom lodge, which "sits among pines and aspens on 1.7 acres with mountain-peak views" and also has a built-in home theater. Ebersol and his wife, actress Susan St. John, reportedly paid $10.4 for the property when they bought it back in 2004. [The Hollywood Reporter]
- The $16.5 million Broadway musical version of The Addams Family will close at the end of the year after a run of less than two years, a press representative confirmed Wednesday. While not-on-par with the high-flying, actor-dropping misadventures of Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark, the show's struggles in out-of-town tryouts prompted producers to bring in Tony-winning director Jerry Zaks three months before opening to "supervise significant changes" to the production. When the show opened, Times theater critic Ben Brantley proclaimed it "genuinely ghastly," but it managed to perform well at the box office at first, which The Times credited to the "the drawing power of stars Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth," both of whom wrapped their runs earlier this year. According to the paper, the Neuwirth-and-Lane-less production grossed "about $700,000" for the week ending August 21, down $400,000 from the same period last year. [Arts Beat]
- Former New York City mayor and still-possible 2012 GOP presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani was spotted "shopping for shorts at T.J. Maxx in Bridgehampton." [Page Six]
- Actor Jason Bateman and wife Amanda Anka are expecting their second child together. The pair has been married since 2001 and has a 4-year-old daughter, Francesa Nora. [US]