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Leonardo DiCaprio Named to UN Post

Academy Award-nominated actor Leonardo DiCaprio has been designated a United Nations Messenger of Peace on Tuesday by U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

“Mr. DiCaprio is a credible voice in the environmental movement, and has a considerable platform to amplify its message,” Ban said. “I am pleased he has chosen to add his voice to U.N. efforts to raise awareness of the urgency and benefits of acting now to combat climate change.”

As part of the gig, DiCaprio is invited to a U.N. climate summit on Sept. 23rd.

In 1998, DiCaprio founded the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation to build relationships with environmental leaders and experts.

Leo is now one of 12 U.N. Messengers of Peace who are messengers of Peace, and the U.N. says are, “individuals who possess widely recognized talents in the fields of art, film, literature, music and sports, helping to raise worldwide awareness of the ideals and activities.”

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George Clooney to Receive Golden Globes Lifetime Achievement Award

George Clooney will be honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement at the 2015 Golden Globes, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced on Monday.

Clooney has been nominated for a 13 Golden Globe awards during his long career. He’s won three times for his acting, for O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Syriana, and The Descendants.

Clooney also owns a Golden Globe as co-producer of best picture winner Argo.

The Golden Globes will take place on January 11, 2015.

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Cecily Strong Replaced on SNL’s Weekend Update

NBC announced that former SNL writer Michael Che will fill Strong’s anchor seat, joining Colin Jost when the new season begins Sept. 27. Strong turned to Instagram post, ”I don’t see this as me leaving update, just as me being on update in a looser, goofier way that is a lot more fun for me and in a way I think I’m better at. And now I get to do features with the very funny and wonderful Michael Che!”

She adds, “No point in being angry or sad for me for something I’m genuinely happy about!”

Chris Pratt will host the 40th-season premiere of SNL, with musical guest Ariana Grande.

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The Stache Is Back Baby!

Its been 13 years since Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek shaved off a mustache he wore for 30 years. But now the stache is back baby.  When fans tune into the premiere of the syndicated game show’s new season they’ll see a little bit of the old Trebek.

“In 2001, I shaved my mustache on a whim,” Trebek told People magazine. “This year I had a two-and-a-half-month period where we were not taping a show, so I grew it back on another whim. I like to keep my life simple.”

The new season of Jeopardy! begins Monday, Sept. 15.  Check local listings.

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Actor Richard Kiel Dies at 74

Actor Richard Kiel, who starred in two James Bond films as the steel-toothed villain Jaws, died Wednesday. He was 74.

The 7-foot-2-inch actor was best known for playing the Bond villain in 1977′s The Spy Who Loved Me and 1979′s Moonraker, but a new generation got to know Kiel from his role in 1996′s Happy Gilmore.

His representative called him “a giant actor, a giant man, a giant friend.”

“He was very loyal as we had a thirty-five year client and friend relationship,” his representative  news outlets. “He was a wonderful husband and great father. Richard lived life to the fullest, and I will miss him. A show business giant has left the stage. RIP dear friend.”

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