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This week’s pop culture winners and losers

Tom Hanks and Jennifer Hudson
Get ready for the greatest casting news. Hanks is reportedly attached to play Fred Rogers, of Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood, in TriStar Pictures' You Are My Friend. The movie is inspired by the real-life friendship between Rogers and journalist Tom Junod, who wrote the 1998 Esquire profile about the TV host. "There are very few editors, now or then, who would have published something so eccentric about so eccentric a man, much less put it on the cover of a magazine," Junor wrote on Twitter.
Hanks, appropriately named "America's Dad" by Esquire, was praised on Twitter after the casting announcement.
As for Hudson, the singer is set to play Aretha Franklin, which got us thinking … how has this movie not been made yet? "And this guys ……. I don't even know what to say …. look at God ! #Arethafranklin u have no idea how humbled , I am!" Hudson shared on Instagram. The casting was "anointed by Aretha herself," record producer Clive Davis said after revealing the news before the Grammys.

Katherine Heigl
Katherine Heigl no longer has to do kitty litter commercials to stay relevant. The Grey's Anatomy actor will join the cast of Suits following Meghan Markle's departure from the legal drama.
"Joining Suits was the perfect organic way to not only collaborate with an EP I admire deeply, but to also become part of a show and cast that I am an immense fan of," Heigl said in a statement.

Scott Baio
The actor turned conservative pundit appeared on Good Morning America to deny the accusations that he sexually abused Charles in Charge castmade Nicole Eggert while she was a minor.
"Ask @scottbaoi what happened in his garage at his house when I was a minor. Creep," Eggert, 46, tweeted. Eggert appeared on Megyn Kelly Today and said Baoi sexually harassed her "probably once a week" during her time on the '80s sitcom, starting when she was 14 years old. "It wasn't a hold-me-down, rape-me situation," she said, "but I was 17. . . . I wasn't ready to tell my story. For me, it was always protecting the show," she said.

After a very obvious lack of female winners at the Grammys, Neil Portnow, the Recording Academy's president, said the reason being that women needed to "step up." The score of women wearing white roses in support of the #MeToo movement at the award show suggests otherwise. Only 17 out of 86 Grammys were given to women, and only one female solo artist won a televised award. The award show also caught some heat for not inviting Lorde, the only female nominee for Album of the Year, to perform her own song during the event. "Women in music don't need to 'step up'—women have been stepping since the beginning of time. Stepping up, and also stepping aside," Pink wrote on Twitter. "Women owned music this year. They've been killing it. And every year before this." Sheryl Crow also slammed the Portnow's comments. "I wish the Grammys would return to female/male categories. Who will young girls be inspired by to pick up a guitar and rock, when most every category is filled with men? I'm not sure it is about women needing to 'step up', (as said by the male in charge)," she wrote. Portnow ended up apologizing after #GrammysSoMale took over Twitter. "We must welcome, mentor and empower them. Our community will be richer for it … I remain committed to doing everything I can to make our music community a better, safer, and more representative place for everyone," he said. But really, step up? Did he not watch Kesha's Praying performance?

In other news…
Baby news: Chrissy Teigen confirmed she's having a boy.
Baby news: After weeks of speculation, Kirsten Dunst announced her pregnancy in a series of gorgeous photos posted to Instagram. This is the first child for Dunst and fiance Jesse Plemons.

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