TOM HANKS TO HOST STAR-STUDDED BIDEN/HARRIS INAUGURATION – (01/14/2021)
One of the most beloved and universally uncontroversial celebs, Tom Hanks, is set to host the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on January 20th in a primetime special dubbed Celebrating America. The show will air on multiple networks, including ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC, and CNN, along with Amazon Prime, and kick off at 8:30.
Justin Timberlake, Demi Lovato, Ant Clemons and Jon Bon Jovi will perform. American heroes during a year of turmoil will be the focus of the program, which aims to “showcase the American people’s resilience, heroism, and unified commitment to coming together as a nation to heal and rebuild,” according to an official synopsis. Frontline workers, healthcare workers, teachers, and other heroic citizens giving back to their communities will be honored during the program. This comes in place of a classic inauguration ball.
The Presidential Inauguration Committee‘s America United initiative seeks to unite the country through public engagement from home during the pandemic. Other projects rolling out as part of American United include United We Serve, a national day of service on Jan. 18, Martin Luther King Jr. Day; a nationwide COVID-19 memorial dedicated to the lives lost on Jan. 19, and the official Inaugural Ceremonies and Parade Across America on Jan. 20.
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JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE WROTE A NEW SONG FOR THE INAUGURATION – (01/14/2021)
Justin Timberlake announced that he has written a new song for his performance at the presidential inauguration on January 20th.
He revealed that the song, “Better Days”, was written with Ant Clemons during lockdown.
The “Can’t Stop The Feeling” singer wrote, “This past year brought a lot of frustration, grief, anger — and there were times when it was easy to feel powerless. This song was our way of doing what little we could to encourage everyone to stay hopeful… and keep working towards a better, more equal future.”
In addition to Timberlake and Clemons, Demi Lovato and John Bon Jovi will also perform at the prime time special hosted by Tom Hanks on the night of the Biden-Harris inauguration.
Celebrating America will air on January 20th at 8:30pm ET/PT on multiple networks.
JEFF BRIDGES SAYS TUMOR HAS ‘SHRUNK’: Jeff Bridges shared an update on his health after revealing he had lymphoma. “I go in for a CAT scan to see if my new protocol is shrinking my tumor. Turns out it’s working beautifully,” he began. “The thing has drastically shrunk. I came home elated with the news.” (ET)
JASON SUDEIKIS HOPES TO MAKE THINGS WORK WITH OLIVIA WILDE? – (01/14/2021)
Jason Sudeikis is holding out hope for his relationship with ex-fiance Olivia Wilde, despite her publicly moving on with Harry Styles.
An insider tells Us: “Jason’s had no option but to step back and let Olivia do her thing, but he [has his fingers crossed] that this is just a phase and that Olivia will snap out of it or that Harry will get bored and move on before too long. He’s desperate to” win Wilde back so that they can “repair their family.”
Sudeikis, 45, and Wilde, 36, who share son Otis, 6, and daughter Daisy, 4, called it quits after she reportedly began romancing Styles.
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ELLEN DEGENERES SHARES TALE OF LEARNING SHE HAD COVID ON-SET – (01/14/2021)
Ellen DeGeneres returned to television on Wednesday, and used the opener to discuss how she discovered the had COVID (on-set) and how everyone reacted (running away).
DeGeneres said: [“Alright this is what happened you guys. I was getting ready to tape the show, and I was in hair and makeup, getting my face powdered and my extensions put in, and then my assistant, Craig, walks in and said, ‘You’ve tested positive for COVID,’” DeGeneres said. “And then everyone around me ran away. It’s funny, people just really get scared and they ran. Some have not come back since. So anyway, I left the studio immediately and our COVID safety team informed everyone I had been in contact with. They told [executive producer] Andy Lassner and he ran at full speed off the lot.”]
“I went home, obviously; I had to to quarantine,” she continued. “Portia [de Rossi] made me sleep in a different room on a different bed because she wanted the race car bed all to herself. The first three days, I slept for 16 hours a day. And then on the fourth day, I woke up with back spasms. It just persisted and the doctor put me on pain pills and muscle relaxers.”
She said the “pain killers did not help” and that it “felt like I cracked a rib.” She was then given a steroid pack from doctors, which she said helped ease the discomfort.
“That’s the only symptom I had,” she said of her back pain. “I didn’t have a headache, I didn’t have a fever, I didn’t lose my sense of taste. I started to feel better and I am very fortunate and very, very blessed. That was it for me.”
She announced her diagnosis on Twitter December 10th, writing: “Hi Everyone, I want to let you all know that I tested positive for Covid-19. Fortunately, I’m feeling fine right now. Anyone who has been in close contact with me has been notified, and I am following all proper CDC guidelines.”
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TODAY’S CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS:
- Caleb Followill(singer, Kings of Leon) (39)
- Faye Dunaway(actress, Chinatown, Network, Bonnie & Clyde) (80)
- Carl Weathers(actor, Apollo Creed in Rocky, Happy Gilmore) (73)
- Dave Grohl(drummer, Nirvana; singer-guitarist, the Foo Fighters) (52)
- Jason Bateman(actor, Valerie/The Hogan Family, Arrested Development) (52)
- LL Cool J(rapper/actor, NCIS: Los Angeles) (52)
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