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- Whitney Houston has passed away and her family has nixed a public memorial, but her funeral is said to be live streamed on the internet.
- Paramount Pictures announced that Michael Bay will direct the fourth installment of Transformers. The movie isn’t set to premiere until 2014, but there’s already speculation that Shia LaBeouf will not be a part of it. Josh Duhamel confirmed with E! Online that he won’t be doing it either.
- The Oscars are a week from Sunday, but it isn’t too early to start thinking about the upcoming Kids Choice Awards, which airs March 31 and will be hosted by Will Smith.
- The Colbert Report mysteriously halts production for two days with no explanation why. Fans who had tickets to the two shows were told that they had been cancelled and urged to reapply for future tapings. Sources say the show will resume production in the near future.
- There’s speculation that Bill Murray will not return as Peter Venkman for Ghostbusters 3. Furthermore, there’s talk that the Ghostbusters 3 script is still in the works.
- The History Channel is beefing up its gaming business. It’s developing its latest Facebook game, a first-person shooter based on its Top Shot TV series. It currently has a game on Facebook based on Pawn Stars, which has been played over 200 million times!
- Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts will star in the same movie together for the first time in history! They’ve both signed on to play mother and daughter in August: Osage County, set to begin production in the fall.
- Bart Simpson goes high fashion. It’s New York Fashion Week and designer Jeremy Scott devoted an entire line to The Simpsons character. Scott collaborated with 20th Century Fox to create the pieces.
- Special fans got an advanced screening of Titanic 3D on Valentine’s Day. The response was very positive. The rest of us will have to wait until April 6 to catch it.