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APPLE’S STEVE JOBS BACK ON MEDICAL LEAVE

For the second time in two years, Apple CEO Steve Jobs is taking leave of absence due to health issues, he told employees in a letter Monday. As with his leave in 2009, he will remain CEO and said COO Tim Cook would take over daily operations. There was no indication how long he would be off.

ROBERT DOWNEY JR. TO STAR IN ‘PEABODY AND SHERMAN’ FOR DREAMWORKS ANIMATION

DreamWorks Animation has found a way back to ‘The Wabac Machine.’

That’s the computerized device used by the talking, genius dog Mr. Peabody and his pet boy, Sherman, on the old Rocky & Bullwinkle Show to travel through time and discover improbable things about history’s greatest figures. The project was just announced internally to the DreamWorks staff, with Robert Downey Jr. signed to voice the super-smart, bespectacled canine.

The cartoons were created in the late 1950s and ’60s, but remained popular for decades, though they may have fallen off the radar for Generation X and younger.

ANNE HATHAWAY TO PLAY CHRIS COLFER’S LESBIAN AUNT ON GLEE

Everyone, it seems, wants to be on Glee. And Anne Hathaway soon will be – in an offbeat role she invented for herself. “We just finalized a deal with Anne tonight to come onto the show,” creator Ryan Murphy told People on Sunday at the Golden Globe Awards, where Glee was named best comedy or musical for the second straight year. “She’s already created [her role],” Murphy said. “She wants to play the lesbian aunt of Chris Colfer. Because everyone needs a lesbian aunt.” Hathaway, 28, isn’t the only star to seek a guest spot on the show. Plenty of others pitched Murphy on Sunday.

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