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Mike Myers is being eyed to star in director Bryan Singer's upcoming Queen biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody.

The comedian is in negotiations to star in the film in an unknown role, Deadline reported.

Myers would be joining Mr. Robot star Rami Malek who is set to portray Queen frontman Freddie Mercury. Recently, Malek called costume tests for the role "overwhelmingly cool."

Myers shares a connection with Queen as the 54-year-old famously performed the song "Bohemian Rhapsody" during an opening scene in 1992's Wayne's World.

The scene featured Myers as Wayne Campbell alongside Dana Garvey as Garth Algar and friends as they sang the tune while driving in a car.

Bohemian Rhapsody is being scripted by Anthony McCarten while Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor are serving as music producers.

I'm getting excited for this flick! How about you?

Be Well,
Steve


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J.J. Abrams to direct 'Star Wars: Episode IX'
J.J. Abrams is to write and direct Star Wars: Episode IX, Lucasfilm announced Tuesday.

The news came a week after the studio said Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow had left the project.

Abrams helmed the critically acclaimed, 2015 blockbuster Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.

Chris Terrio will help Abrams pen Episode IX.

"With The Force Awakens, J.J. delivered everything we could have possibly hoped for, and I am so excited that he is coming back to close out this trilogy," Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy said in a statement.


'Hand in Hand' telethon raises $44M for hurricane victims
The star-studded, multi-network telethon Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief raised $44 million for the victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma Tuesday.

"This is what we can give people with our donations tonight. We can't bring back what they lost, but we can help them know where to take the next step and provide some solid footing for them to place their next foot. A path to stability. To a place where they can rebuild," actor Matthew McConaughey said from San Antonio during the hour-long program. "This is what they need and this is what we can give them."

Stephen Colbert announced Apple had donated $5 million to the cause and Jimmy Fallon said Albertsons Cos. and Merck had each kicked in $1 million, ABC News reported.

The NBA Players Association also donated $500,000 and pledged to match any professional basketball player's donation up to $20,000.

The show was taped in Los Angeles, New York and Nashville and proceeds from the event are expected to go to Habitat for Humanity, Save the Children, the Rebuild Texas Fund and the ASPCA, CNN noted.

Texas native George Strait sang a medley of songs live from San Antonio. Other performers included Miranda Lambert, Stevie Wonder, Blake Shelton, Usher, Tori Kelly and Luis Fonsi.

People magazine said music superstar Justin Bieber led a group in prayer, and Leonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Foxx, Oprah Winfrey, Cher, Beyonce, Dwayne Johnson, Selena Gomez, Will Smith, Julia Roberts, George Clooney, Kelly Rowland, Reese Witherspoon, Hilary Duff, Michael Strahan and Nicole Kidman spoke about the disasters and how they are impacting millions of people's lives.


LOOSE LIPS:
"I haven't been this trim in probably 15-20 years and I feel great. Who knew dancing was such an amazing workout!"
--Drew Scott, on his Dancing with the Stars experience, to PEOPLE



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Daniel Dae Kim may replace Ed Skrein in 'Hellboy' reboot
Asian-American actor Daniel Dae Kim may replace Ed Skrein in the forthcoming Hellboy reboot.

The 49-year-old Hawaii Five-0 alum is in talks for the film following Skrein's exit amid a whitewashing controversy, according to Variety.

Kim, who is of Korean heritage, would play Major Ben Daimio, a Japanese-American character, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Skrein, who is white, voluntarily stepped down from the role in August.

"I accepted the role unaware that the character in the original comics was of mixed Asian heritage," the 34-year-old British actor said. "There has been intense conversation and understandable upset since that announcement, and I must do what I feel is right."

"It is clear that representing this character in a culturally accurate way holds significance for people, and that to neglect this responsibility would continue a worrying tendency to obscure ethnic minority stories and voices in the Arts. I feel is is important to honor and respect that," he explained.

The new Hellboy is a reboot of the Hellboy movies starring Ron Perlman, which were based on the comics by Mike Mignola. David Harbour will play Hellboy in the reboot, with Ian McShane and Milla Jovovich as co-stars.

Kim and his co-star Grace Park left Hawaii Five-0 in June after seven seasons with the CBS series. The actor said he "made the difficult choice not to continue" after he was unable to agree on new contract terms with the network.


History orders 20 episodes for Season 6 of 'Vikings'
The History channel says it has ordered a 20-episode, sixth season of its drama series Vikings.

Production is to resume this fall in Ireland, Eli Lehrer, the channel's executive vice president of programming, announced Tuesday.

Series regular Katheryn Winnick is set to helm one episode in Season 6, marking her directorial debut.

Season 5 is to air in two parts, starting with a 2-hour premiere on Nov. 29, followed by eight episodes airing every Wednesday. The remaining 10 episodes of Season 5 are slated to air in 2018.

"Vikings has creatively sailed to monumental lengths. The series has evolved from early raids in England, to the heart-stopping death of Ragnar Lothbrok, to the fierce battles of the Great Heathen Army, and now we'll see the sons of Ragnar exploring and conquering the known world," said Lehrer in a statement. "Michael Hirst has only scratched the surface of his epic saga. We look forward to continuing our partnership with one of the greatest writers in this era of Peak TV and entertaining our viewers with 40 new episodes over the next two seasons."

The Season 5 cast includes Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Gustaf Skarsgård, Alexander Ludwig, Alex Høgh Andersen, Jordan Smith and Marco Ilso.


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Mariah Carey will be honored at the 2017 VH1 Hip Hop Honors this month.

VH1 announced Monday that the VH1 Hip Hop Honors: The 90's Game Changers ceremony will celebrate Carey's many hip-hop collaborations.

"THIS is better than any sweet sweet FANTASY!" the network tweeted. "We're celebrating the LEGENDARY @MariahCarey at #HipHopHonors!"

VH1 News lauded Carey as a "trailblazer" and "game changer" who has sold more than 220 million records in her career. The star wrote or co-wrote all but one of her 18 No. 1 singles, including "Fantasy," "Always Be My Baby" and "Hero."

Carey has collaborated with hip-hop artists such as Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg and Diddy on songs like "Heartbreaker," "Say Somethin'" and "Honey." She discussed her love of the genre and her work with rap artists in a 2002 interview with Larry King Live.

"Well, first of all, I'm a fan of hip-hop music and I have been since I was a little kid," the singer said. "You know, hip-hop has been around for 20 years. It's just now that the masses are understanding, and it's becoming a worldwide thing."

"I love doing collaborations with different rap artists, because it's, you know, an art form that I really enjoy, that I grew up, you know, loving. And I think it's been really cool for me to be able to cross boundaries."

The 2017 VH1 Hip Hop Honors will air Monday, Sept. 18. Scary Movie and Girls Trip star Regina Hall will host the event, with Missy Elliott to perform.

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