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February 19, 2019

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I was going to avoid the Oscars like the plague, but now that I heard about this I might have to tune in... Adam Lambert will perform with Queen at the Oscars ceremony this month.

The 37-year-old singer will take the stage with the British rock band Sunday at the 91st annual Academy Awards.

Lambert shared the news in a tweet Monday. He posted a video clip of himself performing with Queen.

"We will rock The Oscars Feb 24th. 5pm PST. @TheAcademy @QueenWillRock," the star captioned the post.

The Academy confirmed the news in a post on its own account, referencing Queen's hit single "Bohemian Rhapsody."

"Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? We welcome @QueenWillRock and @adamlambert to this year's #Oscars!" the post reads.

"Bohemian Rhapsody" shares a title with a biopic about late Queen singer Freddie Mercury, which is nominated for five awards at this year's Oscars. The movie is up for Best Picture, Best Actor for Rami Malek, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing and Best Film Editing.

Mercury died at age 45 in November 1991. Lambert has collaborated with Queen since 2011, and joined the band on a world tour from 2014 to 2018. Lambert came to fame as the runner-up of American Idol Season 8.

I saw Queen live with Paul Rodgers back in 2006. It was an amazing show! Queen's albums are amazing, but to see them live is an experience that you'll never forget. I think I'll tune in and watch them perform once more.

Be Well,
Steve


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Fashion icon Lee Radziwill dies at 85

Socialite Lee Radziwill, the younger sister of former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, has died. She was 85.

Radziwell died of natural causes in her Manhattan home Friday, her daughter Anna Christina Radziwill, confirmed to.the New York Times.

The globe-trotting trendsetter was born Caroline Lee Bouvier on March 3, 1933, and during her lifetime she dabbled in Hollywood as an actress in the 1968 film Laura before becoming an interior designer. She went on to work for Giorgio Armani in roles including brand ambassador and public relations executive.

However, she would become admired for her sense of fashion, as noted by Vanity Fair's inclusion of her in its Best-Dressed List Hall of Fame.

Fashion designer Valentino Garavani told WWD, "It's a natural end of a marvelous life. She had everything a woman can desire...beauty, intelligence, style, fame... I am sure she had moments of happiness, too."

He also posted a photo of Radziwill with Onassis on Instagram, saying that they were now reunited.

Radziwill married and divorced three times, most notably to Polish aristocrat Prince Stanislaw Albrecht Radziwill.

The couple had two children together, including Anna Christina Radziwill and Anthony, who died of cancer in 1999.

Designer Tory Burch said she was "heartbroken" by her friend's passing.

"I will miss our dear friend. Rest In Peace, Lee Radziwill," she said.

'Jessica Jones,' 'The Punisher' canceled by Netflix

Netflix has officially ended their series of Marvel shows following the cancellation of both Jessica Jones and The Punisher on Monday.

Jessica Jones, which stars Krysten Ritter in the title role as a super-powered private investigator, still has a third season that will be released on Netflix in 2019.

The Punisher, starring Jon Bernthal in the title role as an ex-soldier turned gun-wielding vigilante, recently had its second season debut on the streaming service.

The cancellations end Netflix's relationship with Marvel which began in 2013 and took shape in 2015 with the release of Daredevil Season 1. The partnership also included Luke Cage, Iron Fist and The Defenders, which have all been canceled.

The Defenders was a crossover series featuring Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Luke Cage (Mike Colter), Iron Fist (Finn Jones) and Jessica Jones (Ritter) joining forces. The Punisher (Bernthal) was first introduced in Daredevil Season 2.

"To all who have served. All who know loss. All who love and understand Frank and his pain. It has been an honor to walk in his boots," Bernthal said on Instagram about portraying The Punisher/Frank Castle.

"I'm endlessly grateful to the comic fans and the men and women of the Armed Services and law enforcement community who Frank means so much to. Thank you to the USMC and all the wonderful soldiers who trained me. Go Hard. Be safe," he continued, alongside a comic book image of The Punisher.



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"I had a full existential crisis. 'I failed, I'm a bad father, this is a disaster, I don't know what to do!'"
--Ben Affleck, on redecorating his youngest son's room in New England Patriots gear after learning he doesn't share his dad's fierce allegiance to Boston sports teams, on Jimmy Kimmel Live

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Which former late night band leader will host a SiriusXM, AXS TV interview show?

Filiming underway on 'High School Musical' reboot series

Super SaleProduction is underway in Salt Lake City on High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, a 10-episode show for teens, Disney+ announced.

Set 15 years after the first High School Musical movie debuted on the Disney Channel, the streaming sequel series will feature new songs and remixes of the tunes from the beloved original movie trilogy.

"It follows a group of students as they count down to opening night of their school's first-ever production of High School Musical. Show-mances blossom; friendships are tested while new ones are made; rivalries flare; and lives are changed forever as these young people discover the transformative power that only a high school drama club can provide," a press release said.

The cast includes Joshua Bassett, Olivia Rodrigo, Kate Reinders, Sofia Wylie, Matt Cornett, Dara Renee, Julia Lester, Frankie Rodriguez, Larry Saperstein and Mark St. Cyr.

The series was developed and executive produced by Tim Federle. Oliver Goldstick is the showrunner and executive producer.

"The challenge we handed the creative team was Herculean. How do you recapture the joy and the magic of the original High School Musical movie... and simultaneously reimagine it completely?" Gary Marsh, president and chief creative officer of Disney Channels Worldwide, said in a statement. "That's like trying to solve a Rubik's Cube blindfolded. And Tim and Oliver -- and this amazingly talented and diverse cast and crew -- have done exactly that!"

Starring Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Corbin Bleu and Ashley Tisdale, High School Musical premiered in 2006. It was followed by High School Musical 2 in 2007 and High School Musical 3: Senior Year in 2008.

Writers Guild Awards: 'Eighth Grade,' 'The Americans' win big

Eighth Grade and The Americans won big at the 2019 Writers Guild Awards which recognizes outstanding achievement in writing for film, television and media.

Eighth Grade, from writer and director Bo Burnham, took home the award on Sunday for Original Screenplay.

"This all belongs to Elsie Fisher who performed the script. No one would care about the script if she hadn't done it," Brunham said about the film's star.

Can You Ever Forgive Me? won the award for Adapted Screenplay. The script was written by Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty based on the book of the same name by Lee Israel. Bathtubs Over Broadway, written by Ozzy Inguanzo and Dava Whisenant, won for Documentary Screenplay.

The Americans, in the television categories, earned the award for Drama Series. The series, which wrapped up its sixth and final season in May, is written by Peter Ackerman, Hilary Bettis, Joshua Brand, Joel Fields, Sarah Nolen, Stephen Schiff, Justin Weinberger, Joe Weisberg and Tracey Scott Wilson.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, written by Kate Fodor, Noah Gardenswartz, Daniel Goldfarb, Jen Kirkman, Sheila Lawrence, Daniel Palladino and Amy Sherman Palladino, won the award for Comedy Series. Barry, written by Alec Berg, Duffy Boudreau, Bill Hader, Emily Heller, Liz Sarnoff, Ben Smith, Sarah Solemani, won the award for New Series.

Castle Rock won Original Long Form, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story won Adapted Long Form and Nathan For You won Comedy/Variety Sketch Series, among others.

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Which former late night band leader will host a SiriusXM, AXS TV interview show?

Former Late Show with David Letterman band leader and sidekick Paul Shaffer is set to host a new interview show that will air on SiriusXM and AXS TV.

Paul Shaffer Plus One will feature the musician speaking with a number of his musical friends including Sammy Hagar, Steely Dan's Donald Fagen, Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top and Graham Nash, among others.

The series will be conducted in a recording studio, allowing Shaffer and his guests to perform.

Paul Shaffer Plus One will be airing on Sunday nights on SiriusXM and AXS TV in the summer. Shaffer confirmed the news on Twitter Monday by retweeting an article about the series.

"In this show I get to go one-on-one with all my favorite recording artists," Shaffer said in a statement. "We talk mainly music and if the topic turns to a specific tune, we demonstrate in song. It's a dream come true."

Shaffer is coming off a Las Vegas residency at Cleopatra's Barge. He was joined once again by Letterman onstage in September as the former late night host made a surprise appearance.