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Get a first look of Quinta Brunson as Oprah Winfrey in ‘Weird: The Al Yankovic Story’

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Quinta Brunson is channeling her inner Oprah.

Earlier today, we got a first look at the “Abbott Elementary” star’s transformation into Oprah Winfrey for “Weird: The Al Yankovic Story,” an upcoming biopic about the life of prolific parody singer-songwriter Weird Al Yankovic.

“Let’s get #weird” Brunson, 32, posted on a re-tweet from Film Updates, which shared a picture of her, in Oprah costume, standing next to Daniel Radcliffe as Yankovic.

“Weird” is set to premiere on the Roku Channel in the fall. It’s the channel’s first original biopic, and is being co-written and produced by Yankovic himself, alongside director and co-writer Eric Appel.

Roku’s press releases have deemed the series “the unexaggerated true story about the greatest musician of our time.”

As the press release suggests, Yankovic’s history is impressive. The singer, 62, has released over 14 albums of legendary parodies and original music, earning him five Grammys and six platinum records in the U.S. His 2014 album, “Mandatory Fun” was his first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and hit the top of the charts in its debut week.

Quinta Brunson in “Abbott Elementary.”Scott Everett White / ABC

Meanwhile, Brunson is starting to amass her own prizes and milestones. Earlier this month she earned her three Emmy nominations for “Abbott Elementary,” the hit series she created and stars in on ABC.

And we already love her as Oprah. In the still released from the movie she nails Winfrey’s big smile and feathered hair.

Brunson as Oprah Winfrey (.l), and Winfrey herself.
Brunson as Oprah Winfrey (.l), and Winfrey herself.The Roku Channel, Getty Images

Radcliffe’s transformation into the curly-haired, accordion-playing singer is equally impressive, with his bare chest, gold-rimmed glasses and tumbling locks.

Along with Radcliffe and Brunson, the cast of “Weird” includes Evan Rachel Wood as Madonna; Rainn Wilson as radio legend Dr. Demento; and Julianne Nicholson and Toby Huss as Mary and Nick Yankovic, Al’s parents.

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Evan Rachel Wood as Madonna in “Weird.”The Roku Channel

The trailer for the film sees Radcliffe-as-Weird Al playing the accordion and performing “Like a Surgeon,” a remake of Madonna’s “Like a Virgin,” with glee.

“I am so excited to for you to see the insane, wonderful film that we have made,” Radcliffe said of the movie in Roku’s NewFronts presentation, per the Hollywood Reporter. “Thank you, Roku, for letting us make such an insane, weird film. Getting to do this was genuinely one of the most fun things I’ve ever gotten to do in my life, so [I hope] it is as much fun to watch as it was to make.”

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Bachelorettes face their ‘worst nightmare’ when 1 contestant switches sides

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When there are two Bachelorettes in one season, anything can happen. But what happened during Episode Five, in retrospect, is obvious — because it’s exactly what leads Rachel Recchia and Gabby Windey feared would happen. Windey called the situation her “worst nightmare.”

In short, one man professed his feelings for one of the leads — before deciding to pursue the other.

But before unpacking Logan Palmer’s Great Flip Flop, let’s rewind to the fateful first night at the Bachelorette mansion, where the seeds were planted that blossomed into tonight’s episode’s mess.

Both Recchia and Windey developed feelings for Palmer, a 26-year-old videographer from San Diego, Calif. Palmer was the only contestant, of the 32 men in the running for the Bachelorettes’ hearts, to kiss both women on the first night.

As for what they see in him? Based on his official bio, Logan’s “lifelong crush” is Elaine from “Seinfeld.” Witty and self-aware, Logan’s ideal woman is “artsy, low maintenance and down to cuddle by a bonfire under the stars.”

In the third episode, when Recchia and Windey divided the contestants into “teams,” Recchia chose Palmer. While he accepted her rose, he said he harbored feelings for Windey, and often spoke about their kiss.

Two episodes later, and Palmer was itching enough to make his feelings known. He approached Recchia in Episode Five and id he no longer wanted to pursue a relationship with her. “It’s been hard for me moving forward, to kind of forget about that connection … I’m going to have to step away from pursuing things with you,” he said.

Following multiple rejections, Recchia was set aback to the point t that e needed a heart-to-heart with host Jesse PalmerShe ended up cancelling her group date.

“I want to really apologize to you all,” Recchia said to the group. “This morning, Logan did come to my room. He told me that he is interested in pursuing a relationship with Gabby and this is something that Gabby and I … it was kind of our biggest fear. I thought we were farther enough in this process where this wasn’t going to happen. It’s just tough, the constant rejection. And I do want to like, open the floor, if you guys don’t want to be here, you do not have to be.”

Logan went on to explain his feelings to Windey. Windey, saying she was speaking candidly, revealed Logan was their “only overlap,” or the only man they both h had elings for.

Before accepting hihim back into her flockWindey checks with Recchia.a“I just want to check in with Rachel,” she said. “I want to always, always, always put my friends first.” 

Windey ultimately gives Palmer another chance, much to the chagrin of the other members of Team Gabby.

During the final rose ceremony, Windey y gavealmer a rose, indicating that she, too, been pining for Palmer when he was a brief member of Team Rachel. By doing so, , Windey sent home Mario Vassal— who received her first impression rose — and Michael Vaughan.

On Twitter, fans responded to Palmer’s great save with skepticism.

Palmer may have won over both Recchia and Windey — but he doesn’t appear to have Bachelor Nation in his good graces.

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Olivia Newton-John Dead: John Travolta, Barbra Streisand and More Stars Pay Tribute

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Olivia Newton-John is being remembered. After the actress’ husband, John Easterling, announced that she died at her California ranch on Monday morning, tributes poured in for the Grease star online. Newton-John was 73 at the time of her death, which came after a decades-long battle with breast cancer.

Newton-John’s Grease co-star shared a photo of the late actress to Instagram, along with a touching tribute to her.

“My dearest Olivia, you made all of our lives so much better. Your impact was incredible. I love you so much,” he wrote. “We will see you down the road and we will all be together again. Yours from the moment I saw you and forever! Your Danny, your John!”

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On Instagram, Barbra Streisand wrote that Newton-John was “too young to leave this world.”

“May she RIP,” Streisand added in her post.

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Andy Cohen shared a video of Newton-John singing on Instagram.

“Hopelessly Devoted to YOU, Olivia Newton John,” Cohen captioned the clip of the actress singing the Grease song. “Rest In Peace, Queen. Thank you for the music.”

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“My heart is broken,” Richard Marx tweeted alongside photos of himself and the late actress. “Rest now, sweet friend. You were as kind and loving a person as there’s ever been. I’ll miss you every day.”

Fellow Australian Kylie Minogue paid tribute to Newton-John as well, saying, “Since I was ten years old, I have loved and looked up to Olivia Newton John. She was, and always will be, an inspiration to me in so many, many ways. My deepest condolences to her family and loved ones. x ONJ4EVER”

Singer Melissa Manchester also took time to publicly mourn Newton-John, saying, “Olivia Newton-John was a valiant warrior. I will remember her as kind, compassionate, loving and so talented. I was honored to have her sing my Christmas song, There’s Still My Joy , co-written by Beth Neilsen-Chapman and Matt Rollings.The world has lost a sweet source of light. May she now and forever rest in peace.”

Actor and musician Rick Springfield took to Facebook to pay tribute to Newton-John, saying, “Sweet Olivia has gone home. She was a beautiful soul and I know of no one who didn’t love her or know what a great humanitarian she was. The world is out of balance when we lose these magnificent people. God speed Livvy. We will all meet again.”

Kate Hudson shared a video of herself singing Newton-John’s iconic hit from Grease, “Hopelessly Devoted to You.” Alongside the touching video, she wrote, “There are a handful of people in my life who inspired me to lock myself in my bedroom and sing from the top of my lungs in the mirror.” Hudson continued, “Thank you for sharing your light to the world as it moved and shaped little girls like me. May we all today sing for Olivia and celebrate her courageous years of fighting. Love and Light.”

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Newton-John’s Grease co-star Dinah Manoff also shared her condolences, saying, “As many will tell you, Olivia Newton-John was one of the kindest, most generous souls ever to grace the earth, and I was one lucky Pink Lady to have spent time with her during the filming of Grease. She brought light and laughter wherever she went.  My deepest condolences to her family and friends during their time of great loss.”

Gayle King took to Instagram to share her memorial for Newton-John as well, writing, “We lost one of the greats today… deeply saddened by the loss of @therealonj..She was kind, talented & big fun! Olivia talked to us before the auction of those iconic leather pants… and becuz she’s such a good sport she tried them on for the first time in many years … did they fit ??? Swipe left …. Heaven has gained another angel .. thinking of her husband John and daughter Chloe. She was a beautiful human being inside and out.”

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32 Posts That Are Mirrors Of Your Daily Life, And You Just Have To Laugh (Or Cry)

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32 Posts That Are Mirrors Of Your Daily Life

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