David Bowie's wife has dropped some serious hints that the rock icon will tour again for the first time in nearly a decade.

While those close to Bowie have repeatedly insisted he will not play any shows in support of his new album "The Next Day," his wife Iman -- with whom he has 12-year-old daughter Alexandria -- has suggested there will be some gigs.

The former supermodel told Grazia magazine (via NME) his family won't be able to join him on the road because their daughter will be at school in New York.

Iman said: "We have a 12 year old in school, so we are stuck, we can't travel. Our schedule is around her, so I don't know. We'll have to go visit him, but we won't be on tour with him because she's in school."

OK, but will he be on tour?

According to the Huffington Post, those close to the singer have given mixed answers on the possibility of a tour. Gerry Leonard, Bowie's guitarist, set the odds at "50-50" and added that Bowie himself seemed undecided on the matter.

"A couple of times, when we played back one of the more kick-ass tunes from the new record, he'd be like, 'This would be great live!'" Leonard told Rolling Stone. "Of course, everyone was like, 'What? Did he just say that?' But other times he'd just roll his eyes if someone brought up playing live."

But Tony Viconti, the producer of "The Next Day," claims Bowie "made a point" of saying there would be no tour and that the singer remains "fairly adamant" about not hitting the road.

For now, only one man knows for sure. We'll keep waiting.

THE ROYAL BABY GETS A NAME: Prince William and Kate Middleton will name their baby ...

Ted.

No, that's not true. Actually, Us Weekly reported (via Hollywood Life) that the name of the coming royal child shall be Elizabeth Diana Carole, in honor of William's grandmother Queen Elizabeth.

Hopefully it's a girl, or someone is going to be pretty embarrassed in middle school.

It has indeed been reported that the child will be female. Kate made headlines recently when she appeared to inadvertently refer to her upcoming "dau..." at a public outing. She quickly insisted she had made no such reference.

The middle names are in tribute to the couple's parents, William's late mother, Princess Diana, and Kate mum, Carole, which is supposedly the Latin variation of the name Charles, and Elizabeth is Kate's mom's middle name.

I wonder if we can call her "Liz?" You know, just at royal events, so there's no confusion.

ED ASNER TAKEN TO HOSPITAL: Ed Asner was rushed to a hospital in Gary, Indiana, on Tuesday after the 83-year-old became disoriented on stage while performing his one-man show.

TMZ reported that 15 minutes into his play, "FDR," crew members escorted Asner from the stage after began struggling with his lines.

According to SunTimes.com, the actor was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Asner's son Matt later told TMZ his father was doing fine.

"He is resting now at an Indiana hospital and is doing well and very grumpy, which with him is always a good thing," he said. "He is being assessed right now and what I can say is that it was not a stroke. That much we do know. He was feeling under the weather for a few weeks so he may just need some rest but for now he is just fine."

JUSTIN BIEBER'S HAMSTER KICKS BUCKET: Justin Bieber's former hamster has died.

And you thought the new Pope was big news.

According to TMZ, his name was PAC and, no, I don't know why it's in all capital letters. Bieber gave PAC and his cage away to a random, screaming (aren't they always?) fan in December following his Jingle Ball show in Atlanta.

At the time he told her, "That's all you. You gotta take care of PAC."

The girl -- 18-year-old Tori McClure -- promised to take good care of the hamster until, of course, he bit the big one this week.

McClure told the website the hamster started to lose his hair two weeks ago and she took him to the vet which, alas, proved fruitless.

According to TMZ, research suggests that hamster hair loss can be caused by a variety of ailments, including chronic renal failure or a low protein diet.

PAC is at rest under a tree in McClure's backyard where, she says, "It's very peaceful there."

Bieber hasn't reacted publicly to the death of his friend. I imagine he's too broken up to talk.

'VERONICA MARS" MOVIE MAY BE ON THE WAY: "Veronica Mars" fans are putting their money where their mouths are.

Lovers of the cult television show -- which was canceled after three seasons by the CW in 2007 -- are donating money for a low-budget Mars film that could be shot this summer, according to Entertainment Weekly.

Actress Kristen Bell, who played the title character, and show creator Rob Thomas have launched a Kickstarter campaign hoping to raise $2 million in 30 days.

If they make it, Warner Bros. has agreed to make the film and pick up the tab for marketing, promotion, and distribution. According to EW, the film would be released in the first quarter of 2014 for a limited-time theatrical run, before moving to VOD, iTunes, and other digital platforms.

Thomas told EW the Kickstarter strategy is the only way a "Veronica Mars" movie gets made. Warner Bros. determined that a bigger budget film with a conventional marketing plan wasn't viable. Thomas and Bell are confident fans will rally to the cause -- especially since they're offering an array of rewards packages for pledges as low as $10 (updates during production and a copy of the script on the day of release) and as high as $10,000 (a part in the movie).

"I have never fallen so deeply in love with a character," Bell said. "We all became so close, and the cancellation of the show left a huge hole in my heart. I would have put on 'Veronica Mars: The Circus' to bring it back."

Thomas said he has such high hopes for how much they can raise, "I'm afraid to say it out loud."

"I'll say it," said Bell. "$100 million!"

Never say never.

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MARCH 14 IN HISTORY

Thursday is March 14, the 73rd day of 2013. There are 292 days left in the year.

1794: Eli Whitney received a patent for his cotton gin, an invention that revolutionized America's cotton industry.

1900: Congress ratified the Gold Standard Act.

1923: President Warren G. Harding became the first chief executive to file an income tax return, paying a tax of $17,990 on his $75,000 salary.

1932: Photography pioneer George Eastman, founder of Eastman Kodak Co., died by his own hand at age 77 in Rochester, N.Y.

1939: The republic of Czechoslovakia was dissolved, opening the way for Nazi occupation of Czech areas and the separation of Slovakia.

1951: During the Korean War, United Nations forces recaptured Seoul.

1962: Democrat Edward M. Kennedy officially launched in Boston his successful candidacy for the U.S. Senate seat from Massachusetts once held by his brother, President John F. Kennedy. (Edward Kennedy served in the Senate for nearly 47 years.)

1964: A jury in Dallas found Jack Ruby guilty of murdering Lee Harvey Oswald, the accused assassin of President John F. Kennedy, and sentenced him to death. (Both the conviction and death sentence were later overturned, but Ruby died before he could be retried.)

1967: The body of President John F. Kennedy was moved from a temporary grave to a permanent memorial site at Arlington National Cemetery.

1980: A LOT Polish Airlines jet crashed while attempting to land in Warsaw, killing all 87 people aboard, including 22 members of a U.S. amateur boxing team. 1991: A British court overturned the wrongful convictions of the "Birmingham Six," who had spent 16 years in prison for a 1974 Irish Republican Army bombing, and ordered them released.

2003: Actor Robert Blake was released from jail on $1.5 million bail, 11 months after he was arrested on charges of murdering his wife, Bonny Lee Bakley. (Blake was later acquitted at trial.) Christopher Boyce, whose Cold War spying was immortalized on film in "The Falcon and the Snowman," was released from a halfway house in San Francisco after about a quarter-century in prison.

2012: President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, hosted a White House state dinner for British Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife, Samantha. Earlier, the two leaders announced that NATO forces would hand over the lead combat role in Afghanistan to Afghan forces in 2013 as the U.S. and its allies aimed to get out by the end of 2014.

BIRTHDAYS

Former astronaut Frank Borman (85), actor Michael Caine (80), producer Quincy Jones (80), former astronaut Eugene Cernan (79), comedian Billy Crystal (65), actor Adrian Zmed (59), Prince Albert II, the ruler of Monaco (55), actor Chris Klein (34), singer-musician Taylor Hanson (Hanson) (30), actor Jamie Bell (27).

Associated Press