• It’s official and the perfect choice for CBS: Neil Patrick Harris will host the Emmys, Sept. 20. . . And this just in: Russell Brand will host the VMAs, Sept. 13 on MTV, for the second year in a row.
  • Natalie Portman will play Jane Foster, the love interest for Thor (Chris Hemsworth).
  • Hilary Duff is joining the cast of “Gossip Girl.” She will play Olivia Burke, a movie star who enrolls at NYU in search of a traditional college experience, and becomes Vanessa’s (Jessica Szohr) roommate.
  • Lauren Conrad, best-selling author. Yup. Her first book for teens, “L.A. Candy” tops The New York Times best-seller list for children’s chapter books.
  • Billboard.com says that Lady GaGa is the third artist in the 16-year history of the magazine’s Top 40 chart to score three number-one hits on a debut album (“Just Dance,” “Poker Face” and now “LoveGame.”) Avril Lavigne and Ace of Base also achieved the hat trick.
  • Barack Obama will throw out the first pitch at tonight’s All-Star Game in St. Louis.