the early-evening news

Vulture Makes ‘Kid Nation’ a Hit!

Hooray! Ratings for last night’s episode of Kid Nation were up for the second week in a row, thanks, no doubt, to Vulture’s endorsement (see above). [Variety]

Diddy Endorses Vodka: Diddy has signed up to endorse Diageo’s Ciroc vodka in the U.S. in a deal that could earn him $100 million, which seems like a completely reasonable amount of money for this sort of thing. [Forbes]

Stump the Thespian: Fall Out Boy singer Patrick Stump will play a murderer in an upcoming episode of Law & Order. Great news, since this will prevent him from working on music for a couple days, at least. [MTV]

Portman Glad She Took Her Clothes Off: Earlier reports today that Natalie Portman regretted her nude scene in Wes Anderson’s short film Hotel Chevalier are false. What she meant to say was that she regretted acting in the Star Wars prequels. [People]

Relax: Will American users of OiNK go to prison? Probably not. [MTV]

Vulture Makes ‘Kid Nation’ a Hit!