1/19/22 Entertainment News
— The 2022 Grammys are announcing a new date and location. The 64th edition of the show will be broadcast from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 3rd. In a statement from Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason Jr., the awards ceremony will air at 8 p.m. Eastern time. The original January 31st date was postponed due to COVID-19 concerns. Jon Batiste is the most nominated artist, followed by Olivia Rodrigo, Billie Eilish, Doja Cat, Justin Bieber and H.E.R.
— A familiar face will be playing the role of “Weird Al” Yankovic in an upcoming biopic. Daniel Radcliffe, known for his role as Harry Potter, will tackle the role of the parody song singer. The official “Weird: The Al Yankovic Story” will be available for streaming on The Roku Channel. Production for the project is set to be in Los Angeles early next month.
— Comedian Louie Anderson is battling blood cancer. His rep told Rolling Stone, the 68-year-old has non-Hodgkin lymphoma and is currently undergoing treatment at a Las Vegas area hospital. He is resting comfortably.
— Not only is the Ellen DeGeneres Show leaving the air, so is DeGeneres’ game show. The Hollywood Reporter says NBC canceled Ellen’s Game of Games after four seasons. The show earned DeGeneres two Primetime Emmys nominations for an outstanding host of a competition show.
— CNN legal analyst Laura Coates says she was rejected by producers when she offered to host ‘Jeopardy!’ despite being mentioned by former host Alex Trebek as a potential successor. On Monday’s episode of “Tamron Hall,” Coates said when she asked for the opportunity to host when the show was searching for people to fill in, she was told “no.” Coates says she raised her hand and “knocked on doors and found them closed.” Trebek died in 2020 after battling cancer, mentioning Coates’ name during a 2018 interview with TMZ’s Harvey Levin.
— The former executive vice president of one of the music industry’s longest-running charities is facing wire fraud charges. The Department of Justice announced charges against Melissa Goodwin, who ran the T.J. Martell Foundation until 2020. She’s accused of defrauding the organization out of three-point-seven-million dollars. The foundation specializes in cancer research and has raised more than 280-million dollars since it was founded in the 70s. If convicted as charged, Goodwin faces upwards of 20 years in prison.