- - Sunday, September 16, 2012

Kelly Osbourne is rushing to Kate Middleton’s defense after a French magazine published topless pictures of the Duchess of Cambridge on vacation.

“I feel so sorry for Kate Middleton. It’s disgusting what that French mag did to her!” the E! “Fashion Police” co-host tweeted on Friday, prompting a torrent of retweets.

The publication in question, Closer, is under fire for printing photos snapped while the duchess was sunbathing at the French chateau of the queen’s nephew, Lord Linley.

The magazine’s editor, Laurence Pieau, defended the decision to publish the long-lens images, describing them as a “beautiful series.” Meanwhile, the U.K. edition of Closer issued a statement saying it would never use the shots, and clarifying that its French counterpart is printed under license by another firm and both magazines make editorial decisions independently.

CNN’s Piers Morgan also weighed in on Twitter, tongue firmly in cheek: “Current percentage of ‘outraged, disgusted, deeply offended’ people currently scouring internet for Kate topless pix? I’d guess at 99.999%.”

Nintendo wants new console to be entertainment center

Nintendo’s new Wii U video game console, set to launch later this year, is taking a page from competitors’ playbooks as it will include features designed to make the device a hub for TV viewing.

The device includes a controller called the GamePad and a new feature, called Nintendo TVii, that will integrate Internet video content from the likes of Netflix, Amazon.com and Hulu Plus. Live TV will be available through set-top boxes from pay TV providers, but the device also can interact with TiVo DVRs.

Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and Sony Corp.’s PlayStation 3 consoles have long moved toward becoming entertainment centers in people’s living rooms.

Nintendo announced that the new console would launch in the U.S. on Nov. 18, starting at $300, and in Japan on Dec. 8.

The device will be the first home console from Kyoto-based Nintendo since the 2006 launch of the Wii. It follows the portable 3DS, whose sales have failed to match expectations since its launch last year.

The success of the Wii U is key for the once high-flying Japanese company, which recently reported its first annual loss in more than three decades.

“What Nintendo TVii does is consolidate individual consumer TV choices and deliver it back in a compelling, integrated way,” Reggie Fils-Aime, president of Nintendo’s North American operations said.

The service will launch in the U.S. and Canada, with further expansions also being considered.

“Through the Wii U, we hope to advance the expansion of the gaming population — something we achieved with the original Wii — and advance it even further,” Nintendo president Satoru Iwata said in an online video.

Patinkin: Biggest regret is ‘Criminal Minds’

What is “Homeland” star Mandy Patinkin’s biggest career regret? Appearing on CBS’ “Criminal Minds” for two seasons, from 2005 to 2007, before his abrupt departure.

“The biggest public mistake I ever made was that I chose to do ‘Criminal Minds’ in the first place,” the actor told New York magazine. “I thought it was something very different. I never thought they were going to kill and rape all these women every night, every day, week after week, year after year.

“It was very destructive to my soul and my personality. After that, I didn’t think I would get to work in television again.”

While his current project, “Homeland,” is quite violent as well, Mr. Patinkin told New York he sees the two shows differently.

“I’m not making a judgment on the taste [of people who watch crime procedurals],” he said. “But I’m concerned about the effect it has. Audiences all over the world use this programming as their bedtime story. This isn’t what you need to be dreaming about.

“A show like ‘Homeland’ is the antidote. It asks why there’s a need for violence in the first place.”

Klum denies having affair while married to Seal

Heidi Klum is denying that she had an affair with her bodyguard while married to pop singer Seal. But now, having split from Seal, she says she is seeing the bodyguard.

On Wednesday’s edition of Katie Couric’s new talk show, “Katie,” Miss Klum said she “never looked at another man” while she and Seal were together. But more recently, she and the family’s bodyguard of four years have gotten to know each other “from a completely different side.”

Miss Klum chose not to call their connection a relationship, saying, “it’s just started.” She called him “a great man.”

Seal criticized Miss Klum for having a relationship with the man before their divorce was final.

The 39-year-old supermodel and TV star filed for divorce from Seal earlier this year after seven years of marriage. They have four children.

CBS, Showtime to team for monthly sports show

CBS is teaming with Showtime to create a monthly version of “60 Minutes” devoted to sports stories.

“60 Minutes of Sports” will start airing in November. It will feature regular “60 Minutes” correspondents as well as CBS Sports contributors including James Brown and Jim Nantz.

The telecast on the premium cable channel seems like a direct competitor to HBO’s “Real Sports,” a monthly newsmagazine on sports topics hosted by Bryant Gumbel.

CBS News Chairman Jeff Fager said “60 Minutes” has looked for expansion opportunities, particularly with the success of its “60 Minutes Overtime” webcast.