Entertainment briefs – August 26

Bailee Madison consoles an interviewer who confesses to being too much of a wimp to sit through her scary new film, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark. “You’re not a wimp,“ the 11-year-old says. “You’re good,” and then earnestly promises to share a “movie night“ with the reporter.

Bailee Madison has ‘an old soul’

NEW YORK — Bailee Madison consoles an interviewer who confesses to being too much of a wimp to sit through her scary new film, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark. “You’re not a wimp,“ the 11-year-old says. “You’re good,” and then earnestly promises to share a “movie night“ with the reporter.

Her film mates say the response is typical of Madison, an actress who shows composure and professionalism commensurate with her acting experience — she’s appeared in more than a dozen films and TV shows, despite her young age.

Madison says that co-star Katie Holmes was very protective of her during filming of the dark tale about a girl who discovers nasty creatures in her new house who want to claim her as one of their own. “She made sure that I was alright and she really took care of me and I really appreciate that.”

Guillermo Del Toro, who co-wrote and produced the gothic thriller opening Friday, recalled things differently. He said the crew was very concerned for the young actress when she had to scream during a particularly tense scene, but as soon as they yelled “cut,” Madison turned to Holmes and asked her, “Are you okay?”

Madison attributes her mature attitude to her family, who keeps her “grounded.” She says she is now used to being called an “old soul” and considers it a “huge compliment” — at least now that she’s gotten her mom to explain what it means.

Nirvana marks Nevermind anniversary

NEW YORK — Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart will host a Q&A session with the surviving members of rock band Nirvana to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its album Nevermind.

Stewart will host the event on SiriusXM for two hours on Sept. 24. It will feature fans, Nirvana band members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic, and Butch Vig, the producer behind “Nevermind.” Kurt Cobain, the band’s lead singer, committed suicide in 1994.

“Nevermind” was the band’s second album and has sold 10 million units in the United States. It features Nirvana’s biggest hit, “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”

Grohl is now the lead singer of the Foo Fighters.

SiriusXM will also launch the all-Nirvana channel, Nevermind Radio, on Sept. 23 until Sept. 28.

King returns to e-book game

NEW YORK — Stephen King is back in the e-book game.

The horror master is releasing a short story in digital format only. Scribner announced Thursday that Mile 81, a “chilling story” set at a rest stop on the Maine Turnpike, will go on sale Sept. 1 at a suggested price of $2.99.

The new book will also include an excerpt from King’s upcoming novel, 11/22/63.

Klout, a San Francisco-based website that helps measure online influence, will allow some users to download Mile 81 for free.

King has a long history of writing stories as e-exclusives. His Riding the Bullet novella was an early Internet sensation when it came out in 2000.

Whoopi adopts tossed-out kitten

NEW YORK — A kitten tossed from a moving car on New York City’s Verrazano Bridge now has a name — and a celebrity “mom.”

Whoopi Goldberg has posted a video of Vinny on her Facebook page. It shows the adorable grey kitten grooming himself and batting at a feather toy.

Vinny was rescued in July. An Animal Care & Control officer who happened to be driving on the bridge witnessed the kitten being thrown.

Goldberg notes on her page that she met Vinny on the ABC talk show The View, where she’s a co-host.

Goldberg says her other cat, Oliver, is “not too happy” about the new family member.

But she adds: “I think he’ll get Oliver to come around sooner than later.”