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In Brief: 'Game' over for Ellen at NBC; 'Picard' returning March 3, and more

NBC has canceled the Ellen Degeneres game show Ellen’s Game of Games after four seasons, coinciding with the conclusion of DeGeneres' long-running daytime talk show, Ellen, set to end in the spring after 19 seasons, according to Deadline. DeGeneres served as host and executive producer of Ellen’s Game of Games, which includes supersized versions of the most popular games from the talk show...

Paramount+ has set March 3 for Star Trek: Picard's highly anticipated second season, the streamer announced on Tuesday. New episodes of the Patrick Stewart-led series will air weekly after that. Picard was renewed for a third season in September. Star Trek: Discovery and the upcoming Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, have also picked up early renewals. Discovery, which kicks off the second half of season four February 10, has been picked up for a fifth installment, while Strange New Worlds, premiering May 5, scored a season two pickup ahead of its launch...

Entertainment Tonight reports F. Murray AbrahamAdam DiMarcoTom Hollander and Haley Lu Richardson have been added to the cast of HBO's The White Lotus, joining Aubrey PlazaMichael Imperioli and season one star Jennifer Coolidge, who's also rumored to be returning, though HBO hasn't officially confirmed it. The second installment, which is the follow-up to Mike White’s breakout social satire limited series, will leave Hawaii behind for a new White Lotus property, rumored to be Italy. Abraham will play Bert Di Grasso, an elderly man traveling with his son and grandson; DiMarco will play his grandson; Albie Di Grasso; Hollander will play an English expat named Quentin, who is vacationing with his friends and his nephew; and Richardson will appear as Portia, a young woman traveling with her boss, according to ET...

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Willem Dafoe to make his 'SNL' debut on January 29; Katy Perry will be musical guest

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Willem Dafoe is set to make his Saturday Night Live hosting debut on January 29, the late-night comedy series announced on Tuesday. It will be the multiple Oscar nominee's first time on SNL's stage at Studio 8H.

Dafoe will be joined by musical guest Katy Perry, who will be making her fourth appearance on the show.

The actor can currently be seen in theaters reprising his role as Norman Osborn/Green Goblin in the blockbuster Spider-Man: No Way Home, and alongside Bradley Cooper in the film Nightmare Alley.

Former SNL cast member-turned MacGruber star Will Forte is set as host for January 22’s show, alongside musical guests Måneskin.

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Fashion icon Andre Leon Talley dead at 73

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Another fashion icon has left us. André Leon Talley has died at age 73. 

The former Vogue creative director and editor-at-large died Tuesday while in the hospital battling an unknown illness, TMZ reported. 

Talley's illustrious career spans over multiple decades with stints at magazine, Women's Wear Daily, and the New York Times, however, it was his time with Vogue that he's associated with most.

ALT began at the iconic fashion and lifestyle magazine in the 1983 and worked his way up the ranks to creative director and the right hand man to editor-in chief Anna Wintour. In 1995, Talley left Vogue and moved to Paris, where he worked for again before returning to Vogue three years later as the editor-at-large, which he remained until his departure in 2013. 

During his career, Talley also acted as a judge on America's Next Top Model as well as a fashion advisor to former president Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama. He also authored two memoirs and made cameos in the Sex and the City movie and Mariah Carey's "Say Something" Video.

Overall, Talley was a trailblazer in the fashion industry not just for his style, but for diversity on the runway, advocating to see more people of color. 

Following news of Talley's death, fellow fashion icons, celebrities, and fans took to social media to pay tribute. 

Sharing a snapshot of Talley, fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg wrote, "Good bye darling André … no one saw the world in a more glamorous way than you did … no one was grander and more soulful than you were …the world will be less joyful."

"I have loved you and laughed with you for 45 years," she added. "I miss your loud screams …I love you soooo much."

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"Just the way Bob would have wanted" -- Jeff Ross on Bob Saget's "first class" funeral

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Bob Saget's longtime friend, fellow comedian and "Roastmaster General" Jeff Ross is dishing on the beloved comedian and Full House patriarch's funeral. 

To Page Six, Ross emailed details about last weekend's send-off for Saget, who was found dead in his Florida hotel room on January 9. He was 65.

Calling it the "best funeral ever," Ross explained of last Friday's service, "The crowd was star-studded, just the way Bob would have wanted." Guests reportedly included fellow comedians like Dave Chappelle, Billy Crystal and Jimmy Kimmel. The publication noted that Ross also acted as pallbearer, along with others including Jonathan SilvermanJohn Mayer, and Saget's Full House co-stars Dave Coulier and John Stamos, as well as Netflix head Ted Sarandos.

Ross also said, "The next night, we threw him an impromptu rock and roll shiva in the small room above The Comedy Store in Hollywood, where Bob started his career as a teenager."

An "overwhelmed and so heartbroken" Ross closed by saying, "There will be other tributes, but I wanted the comedy fans to know that although Bob's giant heart may have stopped while he was alone on the road, he still went out with a giant bang."

Last week, Ross and Mayer Instagrammed their "rescue" of Saget's car from a parking lot at Los Angeles International Airport, explaining that doing so was what Bob would have done for anybody. "[I]f you need a doctor, if you need a lawyer, if you need a pastrami sandwich at 3 in the morning because some girl just broke your heart, Bob was that guy," he noted.

Friends for years with Saget, Ross emceed the Comedy Central Roast of Bob Saget, which initially aired in 2008, but which the network recently re-ran in his honor.

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Tiffany Haddish taking boyfriend applications; Shaquille O'Neal's Super Bowl Comedy Jam; and more

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It's been a week of joy and pain for Tiffany Haddish. On Friday, she was arrested for DUI, and on Tuesday, she was nominated for the NAACP Image Awards Entertainer of the Year. This follows breaking up with her boyfriend Common in December. Now, the Emmy and Grammy winner jokes that she will formally assess potential boyfriends like they were applying for a job.

"I'm going to drop applications next week and I'm going to hold my interviews. I'm gonna go through the applications, right? Then I'm gonna hold interviews on Instagram Live," Haddish tells Entertainment Tonight.

"I'm gonna go live," she continues. "I'm gonna interview them in front of everybody, you know, let their girlfriends, ex-girlfriends, whatever, say what they gonna say."

In other news, Shaquille O’Neal is bringing his All Star Comedy Jam to LA to kick off Super Bowl weekend.

"From delivering numerous sold-out tours to being among the first to give a national stage to current comedy legends such as Mike Epps, DeRay Davis and Kevin Hart, All Star Comedy Jam has been a fixture on the comedy scene, dedicated to elevating the brightest up-and-coming comedic voices," Shaq said in a statement.
Davis will host the show on Thursday, February 10, at the Microsoft Theater in LA. The event also will feature Bill Bellamy, Mo'Nique, Earthquake and Michael Blackson. The next day, O'Neal will host his annual Shaq's Fun House Super Bowl Party at the Shrine in LA, featuring a performance by Lil Wayne.

Finally, Netflix announced Tuesday that Tyler Perry's A Madea Homecoming will premiere on February 25. The comedy revolves around Madea's great-grandson's college graduation, as hidden secrets and family drama threaten to destroy the happy homecoming.

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Internet snarks at Oscar Isaac's 'Moon Knight' accent

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Last night, fans of Oscar Isaac got a taste of his portrayal of the Marvel Comics superhero Moon Knight in a trailer for the forthcoming Disney+ series.

And while his character Steven Grant suffers from what used to be known as split personality disorder, some on the Internet snarked at one of those personalities -- specifically Isaac's British accent as Grant.

"Oscar Isaac’s accent in the #MoonKnight trailer is literally like 'ello guvna wot are ya dewin?!" one Twitter user jabbed. Another offered, "Oscar Isaac's Dick Van Dyke-esque British accent is singlehandedly going to make this immensely watchable, isn't it?"

That said, Oscar had his defenders, too. "Nah I love it lmao," said one, offering a possible explanation: "It totally works with how one of his identities, Steven Grant, thinks a British accent sounds."

"I think, if anything, it's almost too good," said another Twitter user. "It’s a legit sounding accent - it just sounds like it couldn't come out of Oscar Isaac."

Hear it for yourself when Moon Knight, which also stars another Oscar nominee, Ethan Hawke, playing a cult leader, debuts March 30.

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Selena Gomez says she "didn't have a choice" to stay quiet about her mental health

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Selena Gomez has brought comfort to many by opening up about her mental health struggles and by rallying to normalize these sensitive conversations.  But what caused the singer and Only Murders in the Building star to become an advocate in the first place? 

Speaking to Vogue UK, Selena said breaking her silence about her mental health was not of her own volition.  She said she felt forced into sharing her experiences once the rumor mill caught wind of her diagnoses.

"In a way, I didn't have a choice," she shared. "There were so many stories being told about me during that time that I wondered how anyone would know the truth. So it really stemmed from me wanting to be honest, wanting to say: 'All this stuff that you’re hearing? It isn’t right. Here’s what happened.'"'

Selena continued, "I do have bipolar [disorder] and I had to learn a bunch of things about myself, and it wasn't easy. And, you know, some days it's still not. But I just knew that if I didn't say anything, someone else was going to. It wasn't fair."

The Grammy nominee also shared how her makeup brand, Rare Beauty, earned its moniker.  She said she named her beauty line after her anthemic single, "Rare" because "it basically says that I don't have everything figured out, but I know that I'm worth it and I know that I deserve good things."

"When we started talking about how to enter the beauty space, I knew I needed to be different. I wanted to stand out and show people that I care beyond just the products, so that's how it began. I named the product Rare – it was pretty challenging to get, but it was well worth it, and now it represents so much more to me," Selena said.

  

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Louie Anderson hospitalized with blood cancer

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Comedian and Baskets Emmy winner Louie Anderson is in a Las Vegas hospital undergoing treatment for blood cancer. Glenn  Schwartz, a rep for the 68-year-old tells ABC Audio that Anderson was diagnosed with B-cell lymphoma, which is a common, and potentially curable version of non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

The legendary comic, who has also starred in movies including Coming to America, and numerous comedy specials, saw his career hitting a later-in-life high point in 2016, with an Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series Emmy for his role of Christine Baskets, the mother to Zach Galifianakis' dual role as twin brothers in FX's comedy Baskets. He was nominated three other times for the role. 

The spokesman noted Anderson is "resting comfortably."

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Iliza Shlesinger and husband welcome baby girl

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Comedian and actress Iliza Shlesinger is a new mom. The 38-year-old posted to Instagram the good news, along with a shot of her in a hospital bed, chowing down on a huge sandwich the day after the January 13 birth.

She and her husband since 2018, Noah Galuten, named the baby girl Sierra Mae.

"I gave birth late at night (because that’s when I work) and there was no food available at 1:30am," she noted, joking, "Noah went to a vending machine and came back with chips and cookies, basically prison commissary food. I think he paid for them in cigarettes."

She added, "I was unaware this photo was being taken but I’m glad it was. Vaginal delivery mothers knows why I’m eating sitting side saddle wearing exclusive Mesh Underwear for SS22."

Iliza explained she opted to induce labor, which, "came purely from me wanting to have enough time with her and to heal before my February shows."

She adds, "27 hours of labor, 75 minutes of power pushing...and at 11:27pm on January 13 out came my healthy, strong and beautiful Sierra Mae."

Iliza blurred the baby's face in the photo, explaining that, "her face is hers to share, not mine."

"I became a mother...around minute 60 of pushing when I realized I could feel my body breaking and I didn't care because I was doing it for her. I had been dreaming of the moment they would pull her out and put her on my chest and I could look at her little face. I got what I came for. That perfect moment."

She added, "I'm in awe of this experience: mothers who do this without epidurals, single mothers, mothers without support and just what a woman is capable of physically and mentally."

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Jennifer Hudson, Lil Nas X, Megan Thee Stallion, Regina King, Tiffany Haddish nominated for NAACP Image Awards Entertainer of the Year

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Jennifer Hudson, Lil Nas X, Megan Thee Stallion, Regina King and Tiffany Haddish were announced Tuesday as the nominees for the NAACP Image Awards Entertainer of the Year.

The Harder They Fall, starring King, received 12 nominations, including Outstanding Motion Picture. In the television category, Insecure was the top nominee with 12.

In music, H.E.R. snagged the most nominations with six. Drake, Chlöe and Jazmine Sullivan also scored multiple nods.

Anthony Anderson will host the 2022 NAACP Image Awards Saturday, February 26 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on BET.

Here's a partial list of NAACP Image Award nominees:

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
Jennifer Hudson
Lil Nas X
Megan Thee Stallion
Regina King
Tiffany Haddish

MOTION PICTURE CATEGORIES

Outstanding Motion Picture
Judas and the Black Messiah
King Richard
Respect
The Harder They Fall
The United States vs. Billie Holiday

Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Denzel Washington - The Tragedy of Macbeth
Jonathan Majors - The Harder They Fall
LaKeith Stanfield - Judas and the Black Messiah
Mahershala Ali - Swan Song
Will Smith - King Richard

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
Andra Day - The United States vs. Billie Holiday
Halle Berry - Bruised
Jennifer Hudson - Respect
Tessa Thompson - Passing
Zendaya - Malcolm & Marie

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Algee Smith - Judas and the Black Messiah
Daniel Kaluuya - Judas and the Black Messiah
Delroy Lindo - The Harder They Fall
Idris Elba - The Harder They Fall
LaKeith Stanfield - The Harder They Fall

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Aunjanue Ellis - King Richard
Audra McDonald - Respect
Danielle Deadwyler - The Harder They Fall
Dominique Fishback - Judas and the Black Messiah
Regina King - The Harder They Fall

TELEVISION + STREAMING CATEGORIES

Outstanding Comedy Series
black-ish
Harlem
Insecure
Run the World
The Upshaws

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series
Anthony Anderson - black-ish
Cedric the Entertainer - The Neighborhood
Don Cheadle - Black Monday
Elisha "EJ" Williams - The Wonder Years
Jay Ellis - Insecure

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series
Issa Rae - Insecure
Loretta Devine - Family Reunion
Regina Hall - Black Monday
Tracee Ellis Ross - black-ish
Yvonne Orji - Insecure

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Andre Braugher - Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Deon Cole - black-ish
Kenan Thompson - Saturday Night Live
Kendrick Sampson - Insecure
Laurence Fishburne - black-ish

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Amanda Seales - Insecure
Jenifer Lewis - black-ish
Marsai Martin - black-ish
Natasha Rothwell - Insecure
Wanda Sykes - The Upshaws

Outstanding Drama Series
9-1-1
All American
Godfather of Harlem
Pose
Queen Sugar

Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series
Billy Porter - Pose
Damson Idris - Snowfall
Forest Whitaker - Godfather of Harlem
Kofi Siriboe - Queen Sugar
Sterling K. Brown - This Is Us

Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series
Angela Bassett - 9-1-1
Dawn-Lyen Gardner - Queen Sugar
Octavia Spencer - Truth Be Told
Queen Latifah - The Equalizer
Rutina Wesley - Queen Sugar

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Alex R. Hibbert - The Chi
Cliff "Method Man" Smith - Power Book II: Ghost
Daniel Ezra - All American
Giancarlo Esposito - Godfather of Harlem
Joe Morton - Our Kind of People

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Alfre Woodard - SEE
Bianca Lawson - Queen Sugar
Chandra Wilson - Grey's Anatomy
Mary J. Blige - Power Book II: Ghost
Susan Kelechi Watson - This Is Us

Outstanding Television Movie, Limited-Series or Dramatic Special
Colin in Black & White
Genius: Aretha
Love Life
Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia
The Underground Railroad

Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Limited-Series or Dramatic Special
Anthony Mackie - Solos
Jaden Michael - Colin in Black & White
Kevin Hart - True Story
Wesley Snipes - True Story
William Jackson Harper - Love Life

Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Limited-Series or Dramatic Special
Betty Gabriel - Clickbait
Cynthia Erivo - Genius: Aretha
Danielle Brooks - Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia
Jodie Turner-Smith - Anne Boleyn
Taraji P. Henson - Annie Live!

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Television Movie, Limited-Series or Dramatic Special
Courtney B. Vance - Genius: Aretha
Keith David - Black as Night
Tituss Burgess - Annie Live!
Will Catlett - True Story
William Jackson Harper - The Underground Railroad

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Television Movie, Limited-Series or Dramatic Special
Anika Noni Rose - Maid
Natasha Rothwell - The White Lotus
Pauletta Washington - Genius: Aretha
Regina Hall - Nine Perfect Strangers
Sheila Atim - The Underground Railroad

RECORDING CATEGORIES

Outstanding New Artist
Cynthia Erivo
Jimmie Allen
Saweetie
Tems
Zoe Wees

Outstanding Male Artist
Anthony Hamilton 
Drake 
Givēon 
J. Cole 
Lil Nas X

Outstanding Female Artist
H.E.R. 
Ari Lennox 
Beyoncé
Chlöe 
Jazmine Sullivan

Outstanding Music Video/Visual Album
"Best Friend" - Saweetie feat. Doja Cat
"Essence" - Wizkid feat. Tems
"Fye Fye" - Tobe Nwigwe feat. Fat Nwigwe
"Have Mercy" - Chlöe
"Leave the Door Open" - Silk Sonic

Outstanding Album
An Evening with Silk Sonic - Silk Sonic
Back of My Mind - H.E.R.
Certified Lover Boy - Drake
Heaux Tales - Jazmine Sullivan
When It's All Said and Done… Take Time - Givēon

Outstanding Soul/R&B Song
"Damage" - H.E.R.
"Be Alive" - Beyoncé
"Have Mercy" - Chlöe
"Leave the Door Open" - Silk Sonic
"Pick Up Your Feelings" - Jazmine Sullivan

Outstanding Hip Hop/Rap Song
"Best Friend" - Saweetie feat. Doja Cat
"Fye Fye" - Tobe Nwigwe feat. Fat Nwigwe
"Industry Baby" - Lil Nas X feat. Jack Harlow
"My Life" - J. Cole with 21 Savage and Morray
"Way 2 Sexy" - Drake

Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration (Traditional)
Anthony Hamilton feat. Jennifer Hudson - "Superstar"
Chlöe x Halle - "Georgia on My Mind"
Jazmine Sullivan feat. H.E.R. - "Girl Like Me"
Leela James feat. Anthony Hamilton - "Complicated" (Remix)
Silk Sonic - "Leave the Door Open"

Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration (Contemporary)
Chris Brown feat. Young Thug, Future, Lil Durk and Latto - "Go Crazy" (Remix)
Doja Cat feat. SZA - "Kiss Me More"
Drake feat. Future & Young Thug - "Way 2 Sexy"
H.E.R. feat. Chris Brown - "Come Through"
Tobe Nwigwe feat. Fat Nwigwe - "Fye Fye"

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Betty White's assistant shares "one of the last photos" of the actress

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Tributes poured in for Betty White on what would have been her 100th birthday on Monday, and many fans of the late actress were struck by one in particular.

On White's official Facebook account, her assistant shared what she said is one of the last photos taken of the Hollywood legend, along with a message about how special White was as a person.

Hello Everyone! It’s Kiersten. Betty’s Assistant. On this special day, I wanted to share this photo of Betty. It was taken on 12/20/21," she wrote. "I believe it’s one of the last photos of her."

White died on Dec. 31, 2021 at the age of 99.

"She was radiant and beautiful and as happy as ever," the post continued. "Thanks to all of you who are doing kind things today and every day to make the world a better place," she said, following it with a heart emoji. 

White was also honored on her birthday by many of her friends in the industry.

message on Carol Burnett's account encouraged fans to tune in to a marathon featuring White's appearances on her show: "Happy 100th Birthday to the incomparable Betty White. Tune in to our all-day marathon and celebrate the love and laughter she continued to bring to The Carol Burnett Show. We love you, Betty"

Morgan Freeman shared a message the day before White's birthday that read: "Life is precious, and so are the friends that we meet along the way. Happy Heavenly Birthday tomorrow Betty White! You will always be treasured!"

Many fans also took part in the "Betty White Challenge" in support of animal rescues or shelters on Jan. 17 in her honor. Read more about the challenge here.

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West Side Sorry: Rachel Zegler apologizes for joking about Britney Spears

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Rachel Zegler issued a mea culpa after poking fun at Britney Spears tweets about Jamie Lynn Spears.  The West Side Story star faced serious backlash after posting a video of her dramatically monologuing the "Toxic" singer's messages.

The inflammatory video has since been deleted and, on Monday, the Golden Globe winner apologized for her actions.  "Anyone who knows me knows how much I love Britney and am rooting for her always," wrote Zegler. "While I meant no disrespect whatsoever, I should have thought about how this could be perceived, and I’m so sorry for upsetting or disappointing anyone."

She continued in a follow-up tweet, "This is not a situation to be taken lightly, and we should all be lifting Britney up in this pivotal time. Thanks for hearing me out, and a big thank you to all who held me accountable."

Reaction to the 20-year-old's apology has been well received by fans, who praised her for addressing her faux pas and owning up to it.  

Neither Britney nor Jamie Lynn has responded to the controversy.

Zegler's videos were made shortly after the Grammy winner unleashed a scathing message on Twitter after Jamie Lynn shared a memory with ABC's Nightline about Britney allegedly grabbing a knife and locking the both of them in a room.   The pop star said Jamie Lynn was "making that up" and begged for her to "stop with these crazy lies."

However, the sisters are seemingly on their way to reconciliation, after both expressed their love for one another.

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Beyond parody: Daniel Radcliffe to play "Weird" Al Yankovic in new Roku biopic

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Harry Potter alum Daniel Radcliffe will portray Grammy-winning song parody master "Weird" Al Yankovic in an upcoming biopic for streamer Roku. 

"The biopic holds nothing back," a release notes, "exploring every facet of Yankovic’s life, from his meteoric rise to fame with early hits like 'Eat It' and 'Like a Surgeon' to his torrid celebrity love affairs and famously depraved lifestyle. WEIRD: The Al Yankovic Story takes audiences on a truly unbelievable journey through Yankovic's life and career, from gifted child prodigy to the greatest musical legend of all time."

Equally as sarcastic as the project's description are the comments from Yankovic himself. "When my last movie UHF came out in 1989, I made a solemn vow to my fans that I would release a major motion picture every 33 years, like clockwork. I'm very happy to say we’re on schedule."

He adds, "And I am absolutely thrilled that Daniel Radcliffe will be portraying me in the film. I have no doubt whatsoever that this is the role future generations will remember him for."

Produced by Funny Or Die and Tango, the project is being directed by Eric Appel, who commented, "When Weird Al first sat me down against my will and told me his life story, I didn't believe any of it, but I knew that we had to make a movie about it."

A five-time Grammy winner, Yankovic joins Michael Jackson and Madonna as the only three recording artists to have their own top 40 hits in each of the last four decades.

Additionally, Al's 2014 release Mandatory Fun became the first comedy album in history to debut at #1 on Billboard’s Top 200.

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'Succession''s Brian Cox spills tea on "incredible" Spike Lee, "overrated" Johnny Depp, and why he didn't take 'Game of Thrones'

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After decades in the business, logging roles in productions as varied as the still-acclaimed X-Men 2 to HBO's awards magnet Succession, to voicing over McDonald's spots, Scottish actor Brian Cox is spilling the tea.

In his new memoir, Putting the Rabbit in the Hat, which GQ has excerpted, the Emmy-winning actor reveals some of his favorite working experiences, and those he turned down.

Cox calls his "incredible" 25th Hour boss Spike Lee "simply one of the best directors I've ever worked with," who has a "knowledge of the cinema...second to none." Lee is also "diplomatic," Cox explains, as Spike "firmly" dealt with unwanted input from co-star Ed Norton, who Cox calls "a nice lad and a bit of a pain in the arse because he fancies himself as a writer-director." 

Cox dishes on why he didn't take a role of Robert Baratheon in HBO's Game of Thrones, explaining, the money "wasn't all that great." 

The actor adds, "I can't tell you whether or not he was an important character, and I'm not going to Google it just in case he was, because I turned it down."

Slyly, he then adds of the one-season role, "...I passed on it, and Mark Addy was gored by the boar instead. (I lied. I did google it.)"

When it comes to another near-miss, the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, Cox says it "would have been a money-spinner," but jabbed that the films are the "'Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow' show."

He calls Depp "so overrated."

Cox says, "I mean, Edward Scissorhands. Let's face it, if you come on [set] with hands like that and pale, scarred-face make-up, you don't have to do anything. And he didn't. And subsequently, he's done even less."

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Full House alum Jodie Sweetin announces engagement to Mescal Wasilewski: "You're my person"

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She said yes! Jodie Sweetin is engaged!

On Monday, the Full House alum shared the exciting news that her boyfriend of four years, Mescal Wasilewski, popped the question and, well, she said yes.

Alongside a selfie of the two together, which also showed off her new sparkler, Sweetin shared a Maya Angelou quote, writing, "'In all the world there is No heart for me like yours. In all the world there is No love for you like mine.'"

"I love you Mescal, for always. You’re my person," she continued. "I can’t wait to see the life that lies
ahead for us. Here’s to us, @ghostfacelito and our life of adventures. Together." 

Sweetin, whose milestone 40th birthday is on Wednesday, January 19, added, "I think I’m really gonna like turning 40."

Wasilewski also announced the update in relationship status on his Instagram sharing the same photo and adding the caption, "So that happened..."

Sweetin has been married three times before and she has two children -- daughters Zoie, 13, and Beatrix, 11.

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