Freeman replaces Cronkite on voice- over

Nearly six months after his death, Walter Cronkite's voice is leaving the "CBS Evening News."

His introduction of anchor Katie Couric was replaced Monday by a voice-over featuring actor Morgan Freeman .

The legendary CBS News anchor recorded the introduction, played at the beginning of most newscasts, when Couric started at CBS in 2006. Cronkite's voice was kept on the air even after his death July 17.

"As comforting as it is to look back on the great career that Walter had, we're looking forward now and we just felt it was the right time to make the move that at some point had to be made," said CBS News and Sports President Sean McManus. "This seemed like the appropriate time since Walter's passing to make the move."

Bacon to be honored for philanthropy

Hollywood's awards season is just beginning, and Kevin Bacon has already won.

The 51-year-old actor, nominated for Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globe awards for his starring turn in the TV movie "Taking Chance," will receive the Joel Siegel Award from the Broadcast Film Critics Association. The award recognizes an entertainer's charitable efforts.

Meryl Streep will present the honor to Bacon at the Critics' Choice Movie Awards on Jan. 15.

Bacon is being honored for his Web site SixDegrees.org, which invites visitors to contribute to their favorite causes with a few clicks of the mouse. Bacon said he was inspired by longtime philanthropist Paul Newman , who "took this simple idea and was able to translate it into millions and millions of dollars of good work."

A wedding for Vaughn

"Wedding Crashers" actor Vince Vaughn is a groom.

Vaughn's spokesman, Alan Nierob, said the 39-year-old "Couples Retreat" and "Swingers" actor wed 31-year-old real estate agent Kyla Weber in a small private ceremony Saturday outside Chicago. He said the nuptials were attended by family and close friends.

It is the first marriage for both Weber and "The Break-Up" and "Four Christmases" leading man.

Vaughn previously dated "Break-Up" co-star Jennifer Aniston .

Another year older

Today's birthdays: Pollster Louis Harris , 89... bluegrass performer Earl Scruggs , 86... author E.L. Doctorow , 79... actress Bonnie Franklin , 66... musician Joey, the CowPolka King (Riders in the Sky), 61 ... actor-comedian Rowan Atkinson , 55... TV chef Nigella Lawson , 50 ... movie director John Singleton , 42... rock singer Alex Turner (Arctic Monkeys), 24.