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Joe Burrow Has A New Standard For The Bengals

“The fans were very excited,” Burrow said, according to Paul Dehner Jr. of The Athletic. “I tried to downplay it and all that because this is how it’s going to be from here on out. This is a great win for us but this is the standard for the bare minimum every year going forward.”

Also, get ready for a new remix of “Fear Da Tiger’ by Bootsy Collins due out Friday morning.

Daniel Radcliffe to Play ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic in Roku’s First Original Biopic Movie

Daniel Radcliffe is set to star as Grammy-winning musician ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic in the Roku original movie “Weird: The Al Yankovic Story.” The film is Roku’s first original biopic and will be available to stream exclusively on The Roku Channel. The project is produced by Funny Or Die and Tango. Yankovic co-wrote the film’s script with Eric Appel, who is also set to direct the project.

The official “Weird: The Al Yankovic Story” synopsis from Roku reads: “The biopic holds nothing back, exploring every facet of Yankovic’s life, from his meteoric rise to fame with early hits like ‘Eat It’ and ‘Like a Surgeon’ to his torrid celebrity love affairs and famously depraved lifestyle. ‘Weird: The Al Yankovic Story’ takes audiences on a truly unbelievable journey through Yankovic’s life and career, from gifted child prodigy to the greatest musical legend of all time.”

KING OF THE HILL Revival in the Works as Creators Launch New Animation Company

King of the Hill fans are closer than ever to making a return to Arlen, Texas. Per The Hollywood Reporter, series creators Mike Judge and Greg Daniels recently reunited to form the animation company Bandera Entertainment. Their goal is to expand the animation genre to include as many sub-genres as live-action fare, and they’ve spent the past couple years building up a slate of various animated projects.

“We were very excited to go into different tones and different styles and try to expand the animation art form,” Daniels says. “We’re in a golden age for content, right? That’s animation, too. That was one of the things we were talking about in founding the company: ‘Let’s push animation into all these different genres.’”

While Judge and Daniels are not divulging any additional information, it’s reported that “the return of former Fox favorite King of the Hill” is also in the works at Bandera. Judge notes that most of the Bandera projects will be coming from other artists, but possibly teasing the animated sitcom he co-created with Daniels, Judge slyly says, “There’s one show that I might be a co-creator of but the rest, it’s mentoring other people and getting people together and being a studio in that regard.”

There have been teases of King of the Hill returning over the years, and last year brought about a pretty promising update. Writer-producer Brent Forrester was doing a Q&A with fans on Reddit and he let the news drop that negotiations were happening for the revival. This new update suggests that Bandera may have since picked up the necessary rights to do the revival series.

“I am sure [series creators] Greg Daniels and Mike Judge will murder me for sharing this but… HELL YES,” Forrester said. “They are in hot negotiations to bring back King of the Hill. The Trump administration made it suddenly very relevant again. The characters have all aged 15 years. The project is sooooo good. Okay I’ve said too much.”

‘The Simpsons’ Predicted The Design Of Tom Brady’s New Hoodie 17 Years Ago


Thomas Rhett Is Absolutely Sure He and Lauren Akins Will Adopt Again: ‘100% on Our Brains’

As Thomas Rhett and Lauren Akins get used to being a family of six, country music’s favorite couple find themselves looking back on the days when it was just the two of them.

Well, sort of.

“Lauren was with me on the tour bus with nine other dudes,” laughs Thomas Rhett, 31, during a recent interview that touched on the early days of a blockbuster career that now includes No. 1 hits such as “Die a Happy Man,” “Country Again” and “Remember You Young.” “It felt like we were never going to get out of that, you know? I wake up now and we have four children and so much has changed.”

Indeed, the Grammy Awards nominee and his wife are now parents to four adorable daughters: Willa Gray, 6, Ada James, 4, Lennon Love, 22 months, and their newest arrival, baby girl Lillie Carolina.

Yet, during a Zoom interview promoting the upcoming release of his sixth studio album Where We Started, the dad of four admits that it just might be time to slow things down a bit in the baby-making department.

“We’re definitely going to take a small break from trying to have babies right now,” admits Thomas Rhett, whose new album has him collaborating with everyone from Katy Perry to Russell Dickerson to Florida Georgia Line‘s Tyler Hubbard. “I think right now, with four under 6, I think Lauren and I were really honest with each other, and we were just like, ‘Let’s take a pause for four or five years and kind of get the hang of what this is going to look like.’ ”

And what life looks like at the moment in the bustling Akins household just might not be as crazy as one might think.

“When Lillie was born, I think minus the lack of sleep, not a whole lot changed.”

“Two to three was definitely harder than three to four,” Thomas Rhett laughs of the transition that comes when one adds another human to the household. “I don’t really know how that math adds up, but it’s the truth. Walker Hayes told me one time that anything after four is just … more kids. And I said, there’s no way that that’s possible, but I’m starting to understand that that’s true.”

Luckily, the older kids in the household have been a big help to their sleep-deprived parents.

“I could literally put Lillie in Willa Gray’s arms and be like, ‘Are you good for five minutes?’ ” explains the singer, adding that Ada James is also a big help around the house. “And she’d be like, ‘Yeah, I’m good.’ She’ll feed her a bottle.”

The only one of the Akins children having a bit of trouble with all this change is Lennon Love.

“Lennon is still a bit jealous,” the artist admits. “I would say that is the hardest part, that she’s not the baby anymore.”

Nevertheless, Thomas Rhett wouldn’t want life to look any other way.

“I was thinking about that the other day,” he says. “Like literally, what if my life had gone in a different direction and I’d never met [Lauren] or never married her or had these babies.”

Life sure wouldn’t be as much fun, that’s for sure.

“It is amazing getting to live in a house with so many children,” he laughs. “You know, they say stuff that’s just hilarious or they do things to melt your heart. Our older kids are in such a rhythm with school and how life works here at the house. And they all help out and they beg to hold Lillie every day.”

It may come as no surprise, then, that the couple is seriously considering adopting another child somewhere down the line.

“Adoption is a hundred percent on our brains,” says Thomas Rhett, who adopted Willa Gray from Uganda in 2017. “In the next four to five years, we would love to do that. And Willa Gray talks about it all the time. It’s been put on our hearts very heavily to do that again. We just don’t really know when.”

The singer lets out a laugh.

“After having four, I’m like, well, ‘How bad could it be with six?’ ” says Thomas Rhett. “We’ll see what happens in the next five or six years.”

No matter what the future holds, the country artist says the most important thing for him is to be the best husband and father he can be.

“I want to make sure that as my kids get older, that they know they were always chosen first, over career and whatever,” he says. “That’s just the kind of dad that I want to be.”

Mike Tyson Says Report About Him Fighting Jake Paul Is Not True

According to the report, the source said, “Mike and Jake are on board for an exhibition bout in Las Vegas. A verbal deal has been struck to get it on, but like all forms of sports business, now it’s all about the contracts and money split.”

This, apparently, was a surprise to Mike Tyson who tweeted, “This is new to me. I saw Jake in St. Barths and he never mentioned it.”