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By United Press International   |   Aug. 3, 2012 at 4:00 AM
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THE JACKSON FAMILY: A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has reinstated Katherine Jackson as guardian of her late son Michael's three minor children, officials said.

Katherine has been raising Michael's sons, Prince Michael, 15, and Blanket, 10, and 14-year-old daughter Paris in California since the pop icon died in 2009.

A judge last week awarded temporary guardianship of the children to T.J. Jackson, the adult son of their uncle Tito, after Katherine, 82, went on vacation to an Arizona resort for more than a week without her young grandchildren and didn't stay in touch.

Relatives offered conflicting accounts regarding her health and whether she was accessible to Michael's children. Also unclear was whether Katherine was pushed into going to Arizona by some members of her family who allegedly want her to get rid of the executors of Michael's estate.

The Los Angeles Times reported Judge Mitchell Beckloff restored Katherine as the children's guardian Thursday, but said T.J. will eventually share full custody of Michael's kids with his grandmother.

"It's clear to me that the children are well cared for by Mrs. Jackson. It is clear to me they love her very much," the Times reported Beckloff said at a hearing.


JIMMY FALLON: Jimmy Fallon's fans are using Facebook and Twitter to campaign for the comedian to be named host of the Oscars ceremony in Hollywood next year.

The Los Angeles Times said, however, Fallon is an unlikely choice, despite his popularity, because his late-night chat show airs on NBC and the Oscars show is to be broadcast on ABC, the home of Jimmy Kimmel's late-night talk program.

Even though Kimmel is serving as host of the Emmy Awards show on ABC this year and wouldn't be able to do the Academy Awards, ABC probably wouldn't want to give the Oscars job to his chief rival, the Times said.


ROSEANNE: Former "Roseanne" cast members Sarah Chalke, Michael Fishman and Alicia Goranson will attend the roast of comedian Roseanne in Los Angeles, Comedy Central said.

The reunion was announced Thursday. Fishman played Roseanne's son D.J. on the classic sitcom, which ran from 1988 to 1997. Chalke and Goranson took turns in the role of Roseanne's daughter Becky. Comedy Central did not say if Sara Gilbert, who played her daughter Darlene, and John Goodman, who played her husband Dan, would be present for the roast.

Also set to take part in Saturday's taping at the Hollywood Palladium will be Ellen Barkin, Wayne Brady and Gilbert Gottfried, the cable network said.

They will join the previously announced roasters, who include Carrie Fisher, Seth Green, Katey Sagal, Anthony Jeselnik, Jeffrey Ross and Amy Schumer. "Glee" star Jane Lynch will serve as roast master.

The comedy special is to air Aug. 12.


CHRISTOPHER ECCLESTON: British actor Christopher Eccleston is in talks to play the villain in "Thor: The Dark World," the sequel to last year's "Thor," The Hollywood Reporter said.

Eccleston is best known for his work on TV's "Doctor Who" and "Heroes."

He would play the ruler of the Dark Elves of Svartalfheim in "The Dark World," which is being directed by Alan Taylor, the entertainment industry trade newspaper said.

Chris Hemsworth will reprise his role of Thor in the sequel.

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