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Not-guilty plea made on taxes

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Actor Stephen Baldwin was charged Thursday with failing to pay New York state taxes for three years, amassing a $350,000 debt.

Rockland County District Attorney Thomas Zugibe said Baldwin, of Upper Grandview, skipped his taxes in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

The youngest of the four acting Baldwin brothers pleaded not guilty at an arraignment and was freed without bail.

Ebert hospitalized

Famed Chicago movie critic Roger Ebert has been hospitalized with a hip fracture.

His wife, Chaz Ebert, told The Associated Press on Thursday that her husband was doing much better and “doctors are making assessments” about when he could leave the hospital.

She posted on Twitter that her Pulitzer Prize-winning husband was doing well and “asking for computer, will probably tweet.”

In her tweet, Chaz Ebert jokingly attributed the fracture to “tricky disco dance moves.”

The 70-year-old Chicago Sun-Times film critic has had health problems over the last several years. He has battled cancer in his thyroid and salivary glands and lost his ability to speak and eat after cancer surgeries.

MTV emcees set

New York’s Times Square is getting a little bit Jersey for New Year’s Eve.

MTV says “Jersey Shore” stars Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Jenni “JWOWW” Farley and comedian Jeff Dye will host the network’s live New Year’s Eve special from Times Square.

“MTV’s Club NYE 2013” will also feature performances from Ke$ha, Ne-Yo, Sean Kingston, Rita Ora and others. Ke$ha described the final night of the year as a time when people come together to celebrate “in a sweaty, drunken, dance-fueled orgy of bliss.”

Polizzi said she is hoping to use “a leopard bedazzled microphone” for her hosting duties.

The special is set to air at 11 p.m. Dec. 31.

Parade taps leads

Actor Gary Sinise and New Orleans musicians Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews and Harry Connick Jr. will lead the parade of the Krewe of Orpheus on the evening of Lundi Gras, the day before Fat Tuesday, and perform at the glitzy ball that follows.

The celebrity riders were announced Thursday at Mardi Gras World, the New Orleans studio where many Carnival floats are built.

Orpheus marks its 20th anniversary when it parades Feb. 11.

Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today: Actor Eli Wallach is 97. Singer Bobby Osborne is 81. Actress Ellen Burstyn is 80. Singer Gary Morris is 64. Singer Tom Waits is 63. Actress Priscilla Barnes is 55. Announcer Edd Hall is 54. Actor C. Thomas Howell is 46. Singer Sara Bareilles is 33. Singer Aaron Carter is 25.

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