Kathy Bates: Double mastectomy after breast cancer found


Today’s trip to the pop-culture courts finds a noted actress who quickly dealt with a difficult choice, a tennis spat, news from SNL, many other items, and the mystery music video.

KATHY BATES: She makes a big decision, per People, “The actress, 64, who opened up in March about surviving ovarian cancer nine years ago, was diagnosed with breast cancer several weeks ago, she tells PEOPLE exclusively. "After much consideration, I underwent a double mastectomy," the Academy Award-winning actress reveals. "Luckily, I don't have to undergo radiation or chemo. My family call me Kat because I always land on my feet and thankfully this is no exception.”

NO-SHOWS: And they were the guests of honor, per the Los Angeles Times, “The new documentary "Venus and Serena" is the distillation of 450 hours of footage shot by ABC News veterans Maiken Baird and Michelle Major about the private lives of Venus and Serena Williams. . . Yet the film has become a source of disagreement between the subjects and the filmmakers, with the Williams sisters choosing not to attend the documentary's world premiere Tuesday evening at the Toronto International Film Festival.”

MEANWHILE: More from Toronto, per The Hollywood Reporter, “Continuing their buying spree here, Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate have bought North American rights to Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing. The acquisition marks the third Lionsgate/Roadside buy in 24 hours, after Kristen Wiig comedy Imogene and the Gwyneth Paltrow-Mark Ruffalo sex-addiction comedy Thanks for Sharing, making the duo the most active players thus far at the Toronto International Film Festival.”

THIS IS STRANGE: Of anger and beer, per the New York Times, “The rock musician Amanda Palmer says she is giving a gift to her fans by inviting those who play strings, saxophone and brass to join her on stage during a tour. Joy and beer are the recompense. But some musicians are enraged, flooding her Web site with angry comments saying that she should pay her backup band. At least one musicians union, Local 76-493 in Seattle, has been sending out Twitter messages denouncing the move and calling for people to post the comments.”

BOB DYLAN: He opens up, per Rolling Stone, “Dylan covers an incredible range of topics: John Lennon and Bruce Springsteen; what he really thought about the movies I'm Not There and Masked and Anonymous; being picked up by the police in New Jersey in 2009; and – in a remarkable stretch – his belief that he was "transfigured" around the time of his 1966 motorcycle accident. Dylan also, for the first time, strikes back at critics who have accused him of drawing too much from the work of others.”

WATERGATE: It’s back – kind of, per the AP, “Years after playing a Washington newspaper reporter, Dustin Hoffman is returning to the nation's capital to share an honor with David Letterman - who appears surprised at how culturally important his Top 10 lists have been. The actor and comedian are among seven people who will receive the 2012 Kennedy Center Honors, the performing arts center announced Wednesday.”

KATIE HOLMES: Hawking her goods, per Us Weekly, “On Wednesday, the 33-year-old was on hand for the first-ever Holmes & Yang presentation to be held at NYC's Lincoln Center, part of New York Fashion Week. The actress and designer presented the spring collection for the label she shares with pal Jeanne Yang. Holmes looked radiant -- and not even fatigued -- as she happily met and shook hands with well-wishers after the low-key presentation.”

SPLIT OR NO SPLIT?: Sigh, per E!, “How many ways are there to say that George Clooney and Stacy Keibler have not broken up? Well, ask Clooney's rep, because he's the one who has to come up with the new verbiage to assure folks that the Oscar winner and his leading lady are still a couple. "A story published by a London tabloid, The Sun, concerning George Clooney and Stacy Keibler is not true. Total fabrication designed to sell newspapers," the actor's rep, Stan Rosenfield, told E! News.”

BACK FOR MORE: Still a not ready for prime-time player, per Entertainment Weekly, “Mitt Romney and Joe Biden might be chagrined to hear it, but Saturday Night Live fans will be thrilled to hear that Jason Sudeikis will be back when the show returns this Saturday. NBC has officially confirmed what Entertainment Weekly reported in its Fall Television Preview issue, that the 36-year-old funnyman — who lampoons both politicians — has decided to return to the cast after a summer of silence on the matter.”

ALRIGHTY THEN: But people watch this stuff, per the Insider, “Honey Boo Boo's family is all about saving money and keeping a tight budget in order to afford her beauty pageants, and she comes up with the idea of setting up a lemonade stand to raise some money. As Honey Boo Boo and her mom, June, make the lemonade, their love of all things sweet finds them dumping mounds of sugar in the mixing bowl to sweeten their concoction.”

JUST THE FACTS: per The Wrap, “A year after Glenn Beck left television for the Internet, his new online TV network is returning to TV in a new deal with the Dish Network.”

AND FINALLY: Today’s mystery music video.

--Skip Wood (Follow me on Twitter @DaybreakSkip)