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'Avatar' star Sam Worthington coming to Chicago, 'Shameless' ratings up, Wu-Tang members dine at Joe's

“Avatar” and “Clash of the Titans” star Sam Worthington will visit Chicago on Wednesday to promote his upcoming heist thriller “Man on a Ledge.”  The 35-year-old actor will meet with media to discuss “Man on a Ledge,” but will not make any public appearances, as far as I know.

“Man On a Ledge” -- which also stars Elizabeth Banks, Ed Harris and Anthony Mackie – revolves around an escaped convict who threatens to jump off a ledge so that his brother can steal a diamond from a building across the street and prove his innocence.

The movie hits theaters January 27.

Heads up: Matt Damon will headline "The People Speak, Live" -- which features dramatic readings and songs -- at the Metro Jan. 31. Click here for details. … Lee DeWyze will help Viper Alley celebrate its one year anniversary March 10. The former "American Idol" winner also played at Viper Alley's grand opening.

Find love in a hopeless place: You don’t have to wait for the next “Bachelor” audition in Chicago for your chance to find love on reality TV. Casting directors are currently looking for “attractive” single women ages 24-33 to cast on the new NBC reality TV show, “The One.” If you’re interested, email your name, age, occupation, phone number, email address and a photo to jessica.a.grose@gmail.com.

On the record: “Chicago then was like this embryonic version of 'Portlandia.' Though, no question, the show's informed by my time in Chicago." – “Saturday Night Live” cast member and “Portlandia” star Fred Armisen talks to the Tribune's Christopher Borrelli about his time living in Chicago in the 90’s

By the numbers: Sunday’s season premiere of the Chicago-based "Shameless" was watched by 1.58 million viewers -- up 61% from 982,000 who watched last year's premiere. "Shameless" already finished shooting season 2, so the cast and crew will only return to Chicago if the show is picked up for a third season.

Sightings: The Wu-Tang Clan's Raekwon and Inspectah Deck had dinner at Joe’s Stone Crab Saturday while in town for their show at the Congress Theater. The New York Yankees' Curtis Granderson celebrated his father’s birthday at Joe’s that night with a group of over 20 people. … “Red Tails” stars Cuba Gooding Jr. and Terrrence Howard hung out at The Pump Room Saturday. Gooding Jr. was also spotted at Paris Club that night. … Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein watched the BCS national championship at R.J. Grunts Monday.

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