Prince William and Princess Kate are ready to put a bun in the royal oven, according to Us Weekly.

The Queen always laughs when someone says "royal oven."

The couple is "working on" starting a family and would "love to be a step closer at Christmas," said a source. "They have been on such a high since getting married. It's time for the next step -- Kate is hoping she and William can become parents in 2013."

I love it when people say they're "working" on making a baby. If that's work, nobody would ever take a vacation.

One reason for the timing is William and Kate were reportedly waiting for the malaria medication they'd taken for their September tour of Southeast Asia to run its course.

To prepare for the heir, the couple is renovating a 20-room, four-story section of Kensington Palace.

That's gotta be rough.

"A baby is the main reason for the move," says a confidant of Middleton's. "They want to bring a child up in a secure environment."

JUSTIN BIEBER NOT IN TROUBLE: Justin Bieber is off the hook ... the legal hook.

The 18-year-old singer will not be charged with battery for allegedly beating up a photographer back in May, according to TMZ.


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The photographer said he got into a physical altercation with Bieber in Calabasas. Apparently there was some sort of confrontation and the guy called 911. There was no word on whether he was injured -- and I just typed that with a totally straight face. Because alleged violent crimes are no laughing matter ... even if the alleged perpetrator weighs 102 pounds soaking wet and becomes invisible when he turns sideways.

By the way, who calls the police and admits he just got beat up by Justin Bieber?

Anyway, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office decided not to move ahead with the case because of conflicting witness accounts and an overall lack of evidence.

DANIEL CRAIG SAYS KRISTEN STEWART IS NO BOND GIRL: Kristen Stewart won't be a Bond girl, if it's up to Daniel Craig.

The "Breaking Dawn -- Part 2" actress recently said that she would love play a Bond girl, so Australian radio personalities Kyle and Jackie O asked the current James Bond star what he thought of Stewart's chances.

"No," Craig said. "She's in 'Twilight'."

E! Online reported Craig said it with "disgust."

Upon further review ... yeah, there might have been a little bit of disgust.

But Craig quickly put his happy face back on, clarifying he's only being callous because both actors' franchise films are currently in direct competition at the box office:

"No, I'm being nasty. I'm only saying that because it's ("Breaking Dawn -- Part 2") coming out this weekend so we're in direct competition with them," he admits with a chuckle. "I'm sure she'd make a great Bond girl."

Of course she would.

HASBRO STILL LIKES ELMO: Hasbro is standing behind Elmo.

The toy company that makes all sorts of Elmo items won't stop because of the controversy surrounding Kevin Clash -- the puppeteer behind the squeaky-voiced furry icon who abruptly resigned from Sesame Workshop after being accused of an inappropriate relationship with a minor.

"'Sesame Street' and its wonderful characters have been entertaining and educating children and families for more than 40 years," a Hasbro spokeswoman told E! News. "We are confident that Elmo will remain an integral part of 'Sesame Street' and that 'Sesame Street' toys will continue to delight children for years to come."

Translation: "We are confidant that Elmo will continue to make us truckloads of cash for years to come."

The beloved Muppet monster will line shelves in a variety of forms for preschoolers this holiday shopping season, including Ready for School Elmo doll, Sesame Street Playskool Let's Rock set, and one of the toy manufacturing giant's biggest sellers, the Playskool Sesame Street LOL Elmo.

BON JOVI TALKS ABOUT DAUGHTER: Jon Bon Jovi has opened up about his daughter's drug overdose and arrest, calling the situation a "tragedy" and saying his family will get through it together.

Stephanie Bongiovi, 19, was arrested Nov. 14 after police responded to a call about an overdose in a Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y. She faced misdemeanor drug possession charges, but prosecutors dropped the case under a New York law granting immunity to those involved when official help is sought during a life-threatening overdose.

"It's human," Bon Jovi told Fox 11 on Tuesday night while promoting the soundtrack to "Stand Up Guys," according to the Los Angeles Times. He went on to say that although being a rock star might seem glamorous, it's ultimately just another way to make a living. "And then life goes on. Things happen. This tragedy was something that I had to face too so we'll get through it. And people's warm wishes for my family and I have been really reassuring. So, we're good."

WEILAND SET TO REUNITE WITH VELVET REVOLVER: Three ex-members of Guns N' Roses may get their reunion after all, says their former singer.

No, not that singer.

Scott Weiland recently told Rolling Stone he may rejoin Velvet Revolver. The band has remained in limbo for the past half-decade or so, never finding the right singer to replace Weiland, who had gone back to his old band Stone Temple Pilots.

"I am completely open to it, and I know there are other guys in the band that are completely open to it," Weiland said. "There have been some things that have stood in the way that aren't anything that have to do with the band. But now we're sorting through things, and we want to start writing for some big film opportunities that have come our way, and try to set things up the way we set things up when we initially got together."

The band's first album, "Contraband," was a hit with fans and rock music critics. It released the less successful "Libertad" in 2007 and toured before Weiland departed. The band has since worked on solo projects, including books written by guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagen. But it hasn't done anything together since Weiland's departure.

"I think it's the perfect time for Velvet Revolver to get back together," said Weiland, who is still a member of Stone Temple Pilots. "Slash has done some great things, and I look forward to the opportunity to seeing him on my left and seeing Duff McKagan -- who, in my opinion, is without a doubt one of the greatest rock & roll and punk rock bass players of all time. And is still in amazing shape -- is more ripped than just about any 25-year-old on the planet. And with (drummer) Matt (Sorum) and (guitarist) Dave (Kushner) as well, who are just incredible musicians. I think that's exciting to look forward to. It's the old cliché, 'If the gods of rock want it to happen, then it will.'"

Or if the promoters and record execs want it to happen.

Contact Tony Hicks at thicks@bayareanewsgroup.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BayAreaNewsGroup.TonyHicks.

NOVEMBER 22 IN HISTORY

Thursday is Nov. 22, the 327th day of 2012. There are 39 days left in the year. This is Thanksgiving Day.

1718: English pirate Edward Teach -- better known as "Blackbeard" -- was killed during a battle off present-day North Carolina.

1928: "Bolero" by Maurice Ravel (rah-VEL') was first performed, in Paris.

1930: Listeners of the British Broadcasting Corp. heard, for the first time, radio coverage of an American college football game as Harvard defeated Yale, 13-0.

1935: A flying boat, the China Clipper, took off from Alameda, Calif., carrying more than 100,000 pieces of mail on the first trans-Pacific airmail flight.

1943: President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Chinese leader Chiang Kai-shek met in Cairo to discuss measures for defeating Japan.

1954: The Humane Society of the United States was incorporated as the National Humane Society.

1963: President John F. Kennedy was shot to death during a motorcade in Dallas; Texas Gov. John B. Connally, in the same open car as the president, was seriously wounded. A suspect, Lee Harvey Oswald, was arrested.

1965: The musical "Man of La Mancha" opened on Broadway.

1967: The U.N. Security Council approved Resolution 242, which called for Israel to withdraw from territories it had captured the previous June, and implicitly called on adversaries to recognize Israel's right to exist.

1975: Juan Carlos was proclaimed King of Spain.

1986: Elzire Dionne, who gave birth to quintuplets in 1934, died at a hospital in North Bay, Ontario, Canada, at age 77.

990: British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, having failed to win re-election of the Conservative Party leadership on the first ballot, announced her resignation.

2002: At the NATO summit in Prague, Russian President Vladimir Putin told President George W. Bush the United States should not wage war alone against Iraq, and questioned whether Pakistan and Saudi Arabia were doing enough to fight terrorism. The Bush administration eased clean air rules to allow utilities, refineries and manufacturers to avoid having to install new anti-pollution equipment when they modernized their plants.

2011: Baseball players and owners signed an agreement for a new labor contract, a deal making baseball the first North American professional major league to start blood testing on human growth hormone and expanding the playoffs to 10 teams by 2013.

BIRTHDAYS

Actor Robert Vaughn (80), director Terry Gilliam (72), singer Jesse Colin Young (71), astronaut Guion Bluford (70), tennis great Billie Jean King (69), musician-actor Steven Van Zandt (62), musician Tina Weymouth (Talking Heads) (62), baseball great Greg Luzinski (62), actress Jamie Lee Curtis (54), actress Mariel Hemingway (51), actor Mark Ruffalo (45), tennis great Boris Becker (45), actress Scarlett Johansson (28).

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