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IMDb Behind-the-Scenes at Elton John’s 2020 Academy Awards Viewing Party

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — IMDb, a popular source for movie, TV and celebrity content, will host its annual LIVE Oscars streaming companion show, broadcasting from inside Elton John’s legendary annual Oscars viewing party in West Hollywood for the second year in a row.

“IMDb LIVE Presented by M&M’S at the Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party,” co-hosted by actress/director Aisha Tyler and IMDb Special Correspondent Dave Karger, will provide fans with unique, entertaining and informative coverage of Hollywood’s biggest night.

The four hour live-streaming show will include a mix of celebrity interviews, real-time winner updates and trending data, fun facts, trivia, social media highlights, and an insider’s look from within one of the hottest parties in town.

In celebration of the 92nd Academy Awards, IMDb announced the launch of enhanced homepages on IMDb.com and the IMDb iOS app that makes it even easier for customers all over the world to find what to watch right now, tonight, or this weekend.

The LIVE show broadcast will begin at 4:30 pm on Sunday, February 9, providing viewers with a uniquely fun and informative perspective on the Academy Awards. The show will be available to stream via IMDb mobile apps or directly at IMDb (www.imdb.com), Twitter (Twitter.com/IMDb) and Twitch (http://twitch.tv/imdb).

“We are delighted to have IMDb with us as a presenting sponsor for the second time at our most important fundraising event of the year,” said David Furnish, Chairman of the Elton John AIDS Foundation. “Having IMDb LIVE inside the party means that a new audience can join us for one of the most exciting nights in Hollywood and learn more about our mission to break down the stigma and discrimination around HIV for LGBT communities around the world.”

“We are thrilled to once again give users across the globe an insider’s view of the legendary Elton John AIDS Foundation party while raising awareness for a critically important cause,” said Col Needham, IMDb Founder & CEO. “IMDb is committed to providing entertainment fans with the most comprehensive data on all of this year’s nominees, including Sir Elton John, an Academy Award nominee this year for Best Original Song.

Hosted coverage during the IMDb LIVE broadcast will take place before, after, and during breaks in the Oscars telecast. IMDb does not broadcast the awards ceremony itself – while the program is in progress, the hosted conversation stops and IMDb delivers a “second screen” experience featuring videos, information and IMDb and IMDbPro trivia related to the Oscar nominees currently being celebrated.

Co-hosts Aisha Tyler and Dave Karger will break down their top choices from the Oscar-nominated films that would make for the “Best Movie Night Ever” presented by M&M’S Chocolate Candies. At-home viewers will get a sneak peak of M&M’S® debut commercial for M&M’S Messages.

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Joe Exotic Prison Has 2nd Highest ‘Rona Rate

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Joe Exotic Prison Has 2nd Highest 'Rona Rate

FORT WORTH (TMZ) — The prison Joe Exotic is currently being held at is the second leading hotbed for coronavirus in the entire federal prison system — but not to worry … Uncle Sam’s got a plan.

The ‘Tiger King’ star has been locked up at FMC Forth Worth in Texas, and as of Tuesday … there was a total of 298 confirmed COVID-19 cases among inmates, making it number 2 behind a federal CA facility at 570 inmate cases.

If that sounds troubling, it should … we’ve seen jails and prisons across the U.S. getting besieged with the virus — and some of the inmates are suffering. The Federal Bureau of Prisons has assured us they’re going above and beyond for their prisoners, staff and visitors alike at Joe’s facility to keep them safe and healthy.

As for Joe … his people have repeatedly told us … he’s virus-free.

The agency tells TMZ there’s a comprehensive action plan in place at all of their institutions — which includes reducing inmate transfers, increasing screening and testing, minimizing unnecessary movement on the inside and temporarily canceling social and legal visits, not to mention training for BOP employees. They will also do regular temperature checks.

The trick is … as little congregating as possible. BOP says it’s trying to keep guards at one post for as long as possible to avoid unnecessary interaction.

BOP also tells us they’ve made sure everyone — prisoners and staffers — have received surgical masks. BOP says it has things under control — so far fewer than 5 deaths at the Fort Worth facility … but with nearly 300 cases, it’s gotta be viewed as a full-fledged outbreak.

So … guess that means Joe’s in good hands??? Here’s hoping so.

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Anderson Cooper Reveals He’s a Dad, Welcomes New Baby Boy

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Anderson Cooper Reveals He's a Dad, Welcomes New Baby Boy

NEW YORK CITY (TMZ) — Anderson Cooper is the proud new father of a baby boy … revealing Wyatt Morgan Cooper to the world.

The CNN anchor took to Instagram Thursday night to reveal earlier this week Wyatt was born via surrogate. Cooper said, “As a gay kid, I never thought it would be possible to have a child, and I’m grateful for all those who have paved the way, and for the doctors and nurses and everyone involved in my son’s birth.”

As for Wyatt’s name, 52-year-old says it’s in honor of his dad, who passed away when he was just 10, saying, “I hope I can be as good a dad as he was.”

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I want to share with you some joyful news. On Monday, I became a father. This is Wyatt Cooper. He is three days old. He is named after my father, who died when I was ten. I hope I can be as good a dad as he was. My son's middle name is Morgan. It's a family name on my mom's side. I know my mom and dad liked the name morgan because I recently found a list they made 52 years ago when they were trying to think of names for me. Wyatt Morgan Cooper. My son. He was 7.2 lbs at birth, and he is sweet, and soft, and healthy and I am beyond happy. As a gay kid, I never thought it would be possible to have a child, and I’m grateful for all those who have paved the way, and for the doctors and nurses and everyone involved in my son's birth. Most of all, I am grateful to a remarkable surrogate who carried Wyatt, and watched over him lovingly, and tenderly, and gave birth to him. It is an extraordinary blessing – what she, and all surrogates give to families who cant have children. My surrogate has a beautiful family of her own, a wonderfully supportive husband, and kids, and I am incredibly thankful for all the support they have given Wyatt and me. My family is blessed to have this family in our lives I do wish my mom and dad and my brother, Carter, were alive to meet Wyatt, but I like to believe they can see him. I imagine them all together, arms around each other, smiling and laughing, happy to know that their love is alive in me and in Wyatt, and that our family continues.

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Anderson also shared a sweet message about his surrogate, saying, “Most of all, I am grateful to a remarkable surrogate who carried Wyatt, and watched over him lovingly, and tenderly, and gave birth to him. It is an extraordinary blessing – what she, and all surrogates give to families who cant have children.”

Finally, Anderson says, “I do wish my mom and dad and my brother, Carter, were alive to meet Wyatt, but I like to believe they can see him. I imagine them all together, arms around each other, smiling and laughing, happy to know that their love is alive in me and in Wyatt, and that our family continues.” His mother, Gloria Vanderbilt died last year.

Wyatt is Anderson’s first child … Congrats!!

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Madonna: I Have Antibodies … Gonna Breathe in COVID-19 Air

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Madonna: I Have Antibodies ... Gonna Breathe in COVID-19 Air

Madonna has revealed — via her “Quarantine Diary” — that she’s tested positive for coronavirus antibodies, and already has a bizarre plan for using them.

The Material Girl’s known for posting some eccentric material on her Instagram, but she’s kicked things up a notch during lockdown … the latest being heading outside to “breathe in the COVID-19 air.”

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#staysafe #staysane

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Yep, Madge says now that she knows she has the antibodies, she’s going out for a drive and rolling down the windows. She included the hashtags #staysafe #staysane with her video post.

It’s unclear exactly what M hopes to accomplish by sucking in virus air on her drive, but if she truly has antibodies it means she likely already had the coronavirus. Most scientists agree she should have some COVID-19 immunity, but it’s unclear for how long.

Madonna’s been doing her part in coronavirus relief efforts — both by donating a million dollars and joining the REFORM Alliance in sending 100,000 surgical masks to jails and prisons.

She’s throwing caution to the wind, though, with her own health.

Hey, she’s got a pocket full o’ antibodies and she’s gonna spend ’em!!!

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