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Pharrell Williams Has Deal for ‘Happy’ Picture Book, 3 More

XXX performs onstage during 93.3 FLZ’s Jingle Ball 2014 at Amalie Arena on December 22, 2014 in Tampa, Florida.
Alexander Tamargo—Getty Images Pharrell Williams performs on stage at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla., on Dec. 22, 2014

The book will feature photographs of children from around the world "celebrating what it means to be happy"

(NEW YORK) — Pharrell Williams has a “Happy” deal for a series of children’s picture books.

The Grammy Award-winning performer has an agreement with Putnam Books for Young Readers for four picture books, starting with one inspired by his hit song.

Putnam announced Tuesday that the book, “Happy,” will be published Sept. 22 and will feature photographs of children from around the world “celebrating what it means to be happy.” It plans a first printing of 250,000 copies.

Pharrell has won 10 Grammys, including two for “Happy.”

“Happy” was featured on the soundtrack of “Despicable Me 2″ and was an Oscar nominee last year for best song.

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Watch Beyoncé and Gary Clark Jr. Pay Tribute to Stevie Wonder

The duo belted out “Higher Ground” during a special concert honoring the soul icon

The songs may have been written by Stevie Wonder, but the moment belonged to Beyoncé as she performed an impressive melody from the funk legend’s songbook along with Gary Clark Jr. during a tribute concert that aired on Monday.

The performance was part of CBS special taped last week that featured renditions of several Wonder classics by Lady Gaga, Pharrell, Janelle Monáe and John Legend. Wonder, 64, is set to kickoff the next leg of his “Songs in the Key of Life” tour in March.

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Mexican Actress Lorena Rojas Dies at 44 After Cancer Battle

Lorena Rojas at the 2007 Telemundo Upfront event on May 15, 2007.
Robson Muzel—NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images Lorena Rojas at the 2007 Telemundo Upfront event on May 15, 2007.

Popular telenovela star had been diagnosed with liver cancer

Renowned Mexican actress and singer-songwriter Lorena Rojas, 44, passed away Monday at her Miami home after succumbing to liver cancer. She is survived by her daughter Luciana.

Born in Mexico City, she achieved celebrity for her roles in Mexican soap operas like El Cuerpo del Deseo, Pecados Ajenos, Alcanzar Una Estrella and Demente Criminal, reports the Latin Times.

In addition to starring in telenovelas, Rojas also appeared in five films and in stage productions of Manos Quietas and Aventurera. Last year, inspired by her daughter, she worked as a musical composer for the children’s album Hijos Del Sol.

[Latin Times]

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Lady Gaga and Taylor Kinney Are Engaged

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Paul Morigi—WireImage/Getty Images Taylor Kinney and Lady Gaga in 2014.

See the heart-shaped ring

Mother Monster has some exciting news to share: She’s engaged!

“He gave me his heart on Valentine’s Day, and I said YES!” Lady Gaga wrote on Instagram Monday while showing off a photo of her heart-shaped ring longtime boyfriend Taylor Kinney presented to her while popping the question.

Shortly after the proposal, the betrothed duo were reportedly spotted inside her family’s Manhattan restaurant.

“I heard the singer say ‘It was time’ as she flashed the ring around,” reports Times Herald-Record executive editor Barry Lewis, who happened to be dining at Joanne’s Trattoria on the Upper East Side with his wife Saturday evening when the couple entered the restaurant.

Lewis reports her father, Joe Germanotta, opened a bottle of champagne to celebrate the happy couple.

Gaga, 28, and Kinney, 33, have been dating for about four years, and the boundary-pushing singer has hinted at an engagement in recent months.

“I really can’t imagine being with anyone other than who I’m with right now,” she told Howard Stern in December while dodging questions about a possible engagement.

“He is the right guy,” she also said, and added that they bond over their mutually creative work. “I have that feeling. I just know it.”

He gave me his heart on Valentine's Day, and I said YES!

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This article originally appeared on People.com


Watch Paul McCartney and Taylor Swift Jam at the SNL 40 Afterparty

Prince also joined the action

Taylor Swift is known for bringing big names on stage to help her out—and she added a new collaborator to her list Sunday night: Paul McCartney. (Given the special’s seating arrangements, Swift also may have made a few new pals that evening: Steven Spielberg and Sarah Palin.)

Both Swift and McCartney had featured roles in Saturday Night Live’s 40th anniversary special. They also celebrated later that evening by jamming out together on Swift’s “Shake It Off” and the Beatles’ “I Saw Her Standing There” at the event’s after party, where Bill Murray played tambourine and Jimmy Fallon played hype man.

Shake it off with Taylor paul and jimmy. #snl40

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Bill Murray casually on tambo. #snl40

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Prince also took the stage to perform, while Haim’s Este, Chris Rock, Martin Short, and Fallon stood around him looking very, very happy to be there.

This article originally appeared on EW.com

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Celebrities Attend Surprise Paul McCartney Valentine’s Day Show

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Theo Wargo—Getty Images Paul McCartney performs at Irving Plaza in New York City on Feb. 14, 2015

He was set to perform at the Saturday Night Live 40th anniversary show Sunday, but the night before, Paul McCartney surprised fans and A-listers alike with a secret show.

After an SNL rehearsal, the Beatles legend took the stage at Irving Plaza in New York City on Valentine’s Day. During the nearly two-hour set, McCartney played hits from the Beatles’ breakout days (he opened with “Eight Days a Week”) to covers, like Buddy Holly’s “It’s So Easy.”

And the venue’s balcony was packed with A-listers: Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Emma Stone, Bradley Cooper, Leonardo DiCaprio and Olivia Wilde and husband Jason Sudeikis all hit up the show. And SNL fan-favorites – from Kristen Wiig and Steve Martin to Eddie Murphy and Amy Poehler were also spotted at the gig.

Enjoying the show amidst the A-list crowd was People‘s own Julie Farin.

“It was an amazing show,” she said. “When he did [“My Valentine”], they released rose petals from the ceiling on all of us. It was a really cool effect.”

Farin says the intimate venue (Irving Plaza only fits about 1,000 people at capacity) made the night all the more special.

“To see Paul McCartney in that kind of a small venue is really a treat,” she says. “Standing 30 feet away from him … It was a surreal moment.”

After the show, McCartney – who just released the new single“FourFiveSeconds” with Rihanna and Kanye West – took to Twitter to thank concertgoers and give a shout-out to the famous pals: “New York City! Best Valentines Day Ever!”

McCartney, Cooper, and many more stars made appearances during Saturday Night Live‘s 40th anniversary special, which aired on Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

This article originally appeared on PEOPLE.com


Dakota Johnson to Host Saturday Night Live on Feb. 28

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During Jerry Seinfeld’s “taking questions from the audience” bit in Saturday Night Live’s 40th annviersary show, Dakota Johnson revealed that she is the show’s next host. Johnson will helm the show Feb. 28.

Since he’s hosted before, Johnson asked Seinfeld to tell her what the process is like. Seinfeld’s advice: “Well, Dakota, hosting the show is thrilling, but when you host, you’re totally powerless—you’re told what to do, what to wear, you just have to submit.” She responded: “So great, it’s like a regular shoot.”

And there’s your Fifty Shades joke for the evening, folks.

This article originally appeared on EW.com

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Conan O’Brien Just Filmed an Episode in Cuba

It's the first time a U.S. talk show has visited the country in decades

Comedian Conan O’Brien has just spent several days filming in Havana for the March 4 episode of his late-night TBS Conan talk show, promising viewers a rare insight into Cuba since the 1962 U.S. embargo.

The last time an American show of its kind visited the country was in 1959, when Jack Paar of the Tonight Show interviewed Fidel Castro.

Conan used the Presidents’ Day holiday, when he does not air a live episode, to make this trip to Cuba, which he has been discussing for months, Deadline reports.

Conan’s entry into Cuba comes after the U.S. announced plans to normalize ties with Cuba in December 2014.


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Jim Carrey Questions Matt Lauer About Brian Williams on ‘SNL’ 40th Anniversary Red Carpet

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Kevin Winter—Getty Images Jim Carrey arrives at the David Lynch Foundation Gala at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles on Feb. 27, 2014

Jim Carrey decided to make things awkward during his interview with Matt Lauer on the red carpet for Saturday Night Live’s 40th anniversary show by bringing up—and defending—Brian Williams.

Lauer was ending his interview with Carrey and Tina Fey, when Carrey jumped in, saying: “Can I ask you a question, you guys? Where are you hiding Brian Williams? Where is he?” Lauer, visibly uncomfortable, looked at his wrist and said, “Oh, look at the time”—but Carrey continued: “I just want to say something in his defense: If the helicopter in front of me gets hit, I’m taking the story.” Lauer put an end to the interview then, saying, “Thank you, Jim.”

It wasn’t the only time NBC’s disgraced anchor came up during the red carpet special. While talking to Carson Daly, Rudy Giuliani also mentioned Williams. The ex-New York City mayor recalled responding to a question from Lorne Michaels—”Can we be funny?”—during SNL’s first post-9/11 episode. Giuliani replied by saying, “Why start now?”

“I want to make sure, Brian Williams, and all this stuff, I want to make sure you understand that was his line,” Giuliani said, referring to Michaels. “He wrote it. I read it. I was not smart enough to have that line.”

This article originally appeared on EW.com

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Watch Vin Diesel’s Cover of Maroon 5’s ‘My Heart Is Open’

The cover comes in time for Valentine's Day

It’s hard to top that cover of Rihanna’s “Stay,” but Vin Diesel sure did try.

On Thursday night, the actor posted a new cover right in time for Valentine’s Day, this time taking on Maroon 5’s “My Heart Is Open.”

Diesel sang the ballad karaoke-style, with the music video displayed behind him and Adam Levine’s voice accompanying him, which is probably for the best. (See: Vin sings “Stay With Me.”)

This article originally appeared on EW.com.

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