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PASSAGES: Hawke to Helm Second Movie

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ARRANGED: “Training Day” star Ethan Hawke, 32, is set to direct a big-screen adaptation of his best-selling novel “The Hottest State” for IFC Films starting in January, says the Hollywood Reporter. The author-actor has also penned the screenplay. No cast has been named. The story revolves around two young actors in love and trying to find themselves. Hawke’s debut directorial effort was the digitally shot “Chelsea Walls,” which premiered at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival.

HIRED: “American Idol” winner Kelly Clarkson, 21, is following in the footsteps of Destiny’s Child, Ashanti and Kelly Osbourne as the new spokeswoman for Candie’s footwear, reports the Associated Press. Ads featuring the singer will begin appearing this fall. “I’m really excited to be a Candie’s girl,” Clarkson said in a statement. “Candie’s ads are totally different from everybody else’s. They’re so random; you never know what they are going to do next. They like to shake things up, and do things differently, that’s what’s so cool about it.”

QUOTED: “I referee a tic-tac-toe game and I introduce clips of people hitting themselves in the (groin). This will help my career, if anything.” — “Hollywood Squares” and “America’s Funniest Home Videos” host Tom Bergeron, 48, to the Associated Press, after the announcement that he will emcee this year’s Miss America pageant, to be telecast live on ABC Sept. 20

BORN: Media mogul Rupert Murdoch, 72, and his wife of four years, Wendi Deng, 34, welcomed their second child, Chloe, on July 17 in New York City, reports PEOPLE. She joins big sister Grace, 2. Murdoch, whose empire includes the FOX network and 20th Century Fox film studios, has four grown children from two previous marriages.

DIED: Carol Matthau, the widow of actor Walter Matthau and a notable eccentric in her own right, died of a brain aneurysm Sunday at her home in Manhattan, her and Walter’s son, director Charlie Matthau, tells The New York Times. Carol’s first husband, whom she married twice, was author William Saroyan (“The Human Comedy”), and in her own 1992 memoir “Among the Porcupines,” she claimed she inspired author Truman Capote‘s free-spirited character Holly Golightly in the mini-classic “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”