BARBARA WALTERS has revealed some of the celebrities who will be featured on her 21st annual "Most Fascinating People of the Year" special.
As usual, the list has 10 entries. She's released nine of them ahead of time . . . while the Number One most fascinating person won't be unveiled until the special airs on December 18th. Here are the ones we know now:
Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden
The stars of "Duck Dynasty"
"Good Morning America" anchor Robin Roberts
Prince George, the newborn son of Prince William and Kate Middleton
Long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad
The show will also pay tribute to the previous 20 years of Barbara's "Most Fascinating People of the Year" specials, which started in 1993.
Barbara is retiring next May . . . so this will be her last one. It's unclear how she expects us to know who is and who isn't fascinating without her
On Saturday night, Will Ferrell was the guest anchor (click here) at the local CBS news station in Bismarck, North Dakota . . . as Ron Burgundy, his character from "Anchorman." He did it along with anchor Amber Schatz, and stayed in character the entire time. They read local news, and you can tell Amber was trying not to laugh the whole time. Here's Ron doing the introduction to the report, and telling his anchor not to hit on him.
Actor PAUL WALKER was killed in a HORRIFIC car crash on Saturday afternoon. He was just 40 years old.
Paul was most famous for starring in the "Fast and the Furious" movies. He played Brian O'Conner in all the movies except the THIRD one, "Tokyo Drift". Here's what you need to know:
Paul was in Valencia, California . . . just north of Los Angeles . . . to attend an event his charity organization was putting on for typhoon victims in the Philippines.
The event was co-sponsored by a high-performance car shop called Always Evolving, which is owned by a former race car driver named Roger Rodas. Roger was a close friend of Paul's, and Paul was an investor in his shop.
At around 3:00 P.M., Paul and Roger decided to go for a joy ride in Roger's 2005 Porsche Carrera GT . . . in an industrial park near the shop.
But Roger lost control, they crashed into a light pole, and the car immediately EXPLODED. Roger and Paul were both killed instantly.
Employees from the shop heard the crash and rushed over . . . but they couldn't put out the fire. The fire department eventually got there and put it out, but by that point the car was burnt to the point of being unrecognizable.
The Los Angeles County sheriff's department says speed was a factor. A 45 mile per hour speed limit sign was attached to the light post they hit.
A witness to the wreckage said, quote, "It was clear the car had hit two trees then finally hit a street lamppost. Parts of the car were strewn everywhere on the street, as far as 150 feet."
"I didn't see any skid marks. Where the car had crashed was on a long straightaway. How fast they were going, I don't know."
The road near the crash site showed burned rubber and doughnut marks. But officials don't know if the marks in the road are related to the crash. Since this was just outside the car shop, there may have been other "joy rides" in the area.
Paul's 15-year-old daughter Meadow was at the charity event . . . along with Roger's eight-year-old son . . . and both may have witnessed the crash.
Paul's other movies include "Eight Below", "Into the Blue", "She's All That", "Running Scared", "Flags of Our Fathers","Varsity Blues" and "Joy Ride".
Here's the statement Paul's people made on his Facebook page, confirming his death:
"It is with a truly heavy heart that we must confirm that Paul Walker passed away today in a tragic car accident while attending a charity event for his organization Reach Out Worldwide."
"He was a passenger in a friend's car, in which both lost their lives. We appreciate your patience as we too are stunned and saddened beyond belief by this news."
"Thank you for keeping his family and friends in your prayers during this very difficult time. We will do our best to keep you apprised on where to send condolences."
(TMZ has video from right after the crash, where you can see the car in FLAMES, and witnesses talk about how they can see a body inside. It has some bleeped profanity.)
A lot of celebrities don't use their birth names. And we found a list of 66 Celebrities Whose Real Names Might Surprise You. Here are a few of them:
Lorde: Ella Maria Lani Yelich-O'Connor
George Michael: Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou
Stevie Wonder: Stevland Hardaway Judkins
Nicki Minaj: Onika Tanya Maraj
Bruno Mars: Peter Gene Bayot Hernandez
Demi Moore: Demetria Gene Guynes
Pat Benatar: Patricia Mae Andrzejewski
Michael Caine: Maurice Joseph Micklewhite
Alicia Keys: Alicia Augello Cook
Tina Fey: Elizabeth Stamatina Fey
Jamie Foxx: Eric Marlon Bishop
Olivia Wilde: Olivia Jane Cockburn
Helen Mirren: Ilyena Vasilievna Mironoff
Ben Kingsley: Krishna Pandit Bhanji