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White, Bieber among 'Fascinating People'

What does octogenarian funny lady Betty White share with teen singing sensation Justin Bieber ?

What do film star Sandra Bullock and hoops star LeBron James have in common?

All are among this year's crop of "The 10 Most Fascinating People," as harvested by Barbara Walters from the fields of entertainment, sports and world affairs.

Also on the list: GOP superstar Sarah Palin , incoming "American Idol" judge Jennifer Lopez , royal fiancee Kate Middleton and the entire cast of MTV's "Jersey Shore." Two more guests are yet to be disclosed, and, as usual, the 10th name will be kept under wraps until the ABC News special airs Dec. 9 at 9 p.m. CST.

This is the 18th year Walters has presented her roundup of the biggest and most buzzworthy. But this year, there's more. She has a companion special the same night.

An hour earlier — at 8 p.m. CST — Walters is hosting "Oprah, The Next Chapter."

It's an in-depth visit with Oprah Winfrey as she readies OWN, her new cable network launching Jan. 1, and roars down the home stretch of her daytime talk show's final season.

"I interviewed her in 1988, when she was first becoming very popular," Walters said. "She and I consider this latest interview our coming full circle."

Franco, Hathaway to co-host Oscars

James Franco and Anne Hathaway will be running the show at the next Academy Awards.

Oscar organizers said Monday that Franco and Hathaway will be co-hosts of the 83rd ceremony on Feb. 27.

The announcement creates the prospect that one or both hosts might also be nominees.

Franco is considered a solid best-actor prospect for the survival drama "127 Hours," while Hathaway has a chance for a best-actress slot for the romance "Love & Other Drugs."

It's the second straight year the Oscars have tapped a pair of actors as hosts. Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin teamed up as hosts last time.

The move also continues the show's departure from the traditional comedian as host

Another year older

Today's birthdays: Historian Jacques Barzun , 103... actor Efrem Zimbalist Jr., 92... actor Robert Guillaume , 83 ... TV personality and producer Dick Clark , 81... radio talk show host G. Gordon Liddy , 80... movie director Ridley Scott , 73 ... playwright David Mamet , 63... actor Mandy Patinkin , 58... singer Billy Idol , 55... actor-director Ben Stiller , 45... actress Sandra Oh , 40... singer Clay Aiken , 32... actress Elisha Cuthbert , 28... actress Kaley Cuoco , 25.

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