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Lambert, Shelton ready for vows

The most-anticipated wedding in the country music world this year doesn't involve a prince or a Middleton.

Country's royal couple, Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton , are tying the knot today in Texas.

"I'm excited to get married," Lambert said. "It's been a year almost that we've been engaged. So I'm just sort of ready for it to get here."

Lambert tweeted that she was getting her nails done and making a final trip to Walmart — all reassuring Shelton she won't get cold feet.

"My hopes for the wedding is that she doesn't back out, because not only would it break my heart, but it's going to be a very expensive party to not have at least gotten married there," he said. "But the music is going to be a lot of fun."

Neal McCoy will be performing, he said.

Kutcher to join cast of 'Two and a Half Men'

Pressed by a deadline to keep TV's most popular sitcom alive after it was derailed by Charlie Sheen 's personal troubles, CBS and Warner Bros. Television said Friday that Ashton Kutcher will replace Sheen in "Two and a Half Men."

The show resumes production this summer and will be on CBS' schedule in the fall, with Kutcher playing a new character, not Sheen's Charlie Harper.

The deal apparently came together quickly, following reports earlier this week that negotiations with film actor Hugh Grant to join the show had fallen through. Kutcher is familiar to television audiences through his role on Fox's "That 70s Show," film roles like the romantic comedy "No Strings Attached" and for producing and hosting the prank show "Punk'd."

Neither show creator Chuck Lorre or CBS executives made themselves available to address what sort of character Kutcher would play or how he would be integrated into a show where Sheen's character was the comic center. Jon Cryer portrays Sheen's brother, and Angus T. Jones plays Cryer's son.

Sheen offered his replacement a welcome on Friday — sort of.

"Kutcher is a sweetheart and a brilliant comedic performer ... Oh, wait, so am I," Sheen said.

"Enjoy the show, America," he said.

Colbert setting up political committee

Comedian Stephen Colbert wants to grab "a megaphone made of cash" so he can shout out the demands of his supporters in next year's elections.

Political talk isn't cheap, so he's setting up a special political committee that will let him raise unlimited gobs of money from corporations, unions and individuals.

When he files the paperwork later at the Federal Election Commission, he'll also ask for a media exemption that will let him talk about the fundraising on his show, "The Colbert Report," without violating campaign finance laws.

Colbert, who poses as an ultraconservative on the Comedy Central show, said in March that he was forming a political committee. But that kind of committee has stricter rules both on fundraising and how he could mention it on TV.

Stewart to be guest on 'O'Reilly Factor'

Bill O'Reilly wants to rap with Jon Stewart .

The host of Fox News Channel's "The O'Reilly Factor" has invited the host of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" as a guest Monday. Fox News said Friday that O'Reilly and Stewart will debate the invitation for Grammy Award-winning rapper Common to perform at a White House poetry night this week.

O'Reilly has criticized Common's presence at Wednesday's event. He says some of Common's lyrics celebrate violence.

Common is known for socially and politically conscious rhymes. He was on his best behavior at the White House. He took the criticism in stride and tweeted, "Fox News doesn't like me." He added on Facebook, "Peace yall!"

Stewart let loose with an anti-Fox News Channel rap on his show.

The O'Reilly-Stewart faceoff airs Monday at 7 p.m. CDT.

Another year older

Today's birthdays: Movie producer George Lucas , 67... movie director Robert Zemeckis , 60... actor Tim Roth, 50... Fabrice Morvan (ex-Milli Vanilli), 45... rhythm-and-blues singer Raphael Saadiq , 45... actress Cate Blanchett , 42... singer Danny Wood (New Kids on the Block), 42... movie writer-director Sofia Coppola , 40... actress Amber Tamblyn , 28... actress Miranda Cosgrove , 18

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