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Miley Cyrus cheers on health-care workers at Super Bowl 2021

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Miley Cyrus cranked out a sultry salute to health-care heroes ahead of Sunday’s Super Bowl 2021.

The “Party in the USA” singer, dressed in a black and pink leather cheerleading uniform was noddin’ her head and movin’ her hips for 7,500 vaccinated front-line workers at the livestreamed TikTok Tailgate pregame party at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.

The fired-up Cyrus, 28, launched into a gyration-filled lineup of her songs, including “Plastic Hearts” from her latest album, as the masked invitees in attendance — all warriors of the coronavirus pandemic — bopped along. She was also joined by ’80s rock icon Billy Idol, singing hits including “White Wedding.”

The two-hour event — a lead-up to the highly anticipated Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show by chameleonlike The Weeknd — was hosted by multi-hyphenate Steve Harvey and NFL Network reporter MJ Acosta and was also set to include appearances by health-conscious actress Rebel Wilson, country crossover crooner Kane Brown, TikTok star Ajani Huff, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Trace McSorley, actor Adam Devine (“The Righteous Gemstones”) and more.  

On Thursday, “Wrecking Ball” Cyrus seemingly teased her performance by flaunting her tight, toned bod in a bikini top and briefs — or, perhaps, a cheerleader’s uniform — in a short Instagram clip captioned, “MILEY: FOR THE WIN!” She also flexed her biceps and prepped her pipes in subsequent posts while trotting on a treadmill.

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the game itself — between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers — is expected to only admit a maximum of 22,000 in-person football fans to the venue, which can normally host up to 75,000.

In addition to Cyrus’ gathering, the New England Patriots recently stepped up and offered 76 vaccinated health-care workers an all-expenses-paid trip to the big game. In April 2020, the philanthropic team sent its branded plane to China to bring back 1.2 million N95 protective masks, at a cost of about $2 million for owner Robert Kraft and his family.

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‘Rugrats’ revival to include original voice actors

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Nickelodeon’s hit children’s show “Rugrats” is making a comeback — this time on Paramount’s new streaming service, the studio announced Wednesday.

The show — which previously ran for nine seasons over 13 years on Nickelodeon before being canceled in 2004 — will reprise its original cast in their roles, according to a report in Variety.

“Rugrats is one of the most iconic cartoons recognized by fans around the globe, and this original version is one we are taking great care and pride in creating for a brand-new audience,” President of Nickelodeon Animation Ramsey Naito said at Investor’s Day.

“Having the voice cast behind these special characters come together is one of the essential pieces to making the show recognizable and we can’t wait to watch this talented group bring them to life again.”

Paramount Plus tweeted a sneak-peek for the show featuring Chuckie being antagonized by Angelica.

The trailer also revealed a new style of animation for the revival — which is slated to be a centerpiece of Paramount Plus’ (formally CBS All Access) launch later in 2021.

“Rugrats” won four daytime Emmy awards and six Kids Choice Awards during its original run, which began in 1991.

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Peter Yarrow accused of raping underage girl in NYC in 1969

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Folk singer Peter Yarrow has been accused in a new lawsuit of raping an underage girl in a Manhattan hotel room in 1969.

The accusations were lodged against Yarrow, the founding member of legendary ’60s trio Peter, Paul and Mary, in a Wednesday Manhattan Supreme Court suit that was brought under the Child Victims Act.

Before the alleged rape, Yarrow met his accuser, who was a fan of his music, several times at his band’s performances, the suit says.

He then “took an interest in her,” acting what in what the minor thought was “paternal way,” according to the suit.

But the suit alleges that in actuality the folk icon was “grooming” her.

She eventually ran away from her Minnesota home and met Yarrow at a Lower East Side hotel, where he allegedly raped her, the suit says.

The following day, Yarrow bought the minor a plane ticket to Minnesota and told her to leave, the suit alleges.

The accuser “has been suffering the effects of Yarrow’s rape ever since,” according to the suit.

She is seeking compensatory and punitive damages.

Yarrow has a past criminal conviction of “taking indecent liberties” with a 14-year-old girl in a Washington, DC, hotel room in 1970.

Messages seeking comment from Yarrow and his accuser’s lawyers were not immediately returned.

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‘Coming 2 America’ to premiere at Queens drive-in, not in theaters

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This flick isn’t coming to movie theaters anytime soon, but it is coming to a field in Queens.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, “Coming 2 America” — the highly anticipated sequel to Eddie Murphy’s 1988 cult classic “Coming to America” — will not premiere in theaters. It instead will be released exclusively to Amazon Prime Video and, for one night only, will screen to 200 cars at Flushing Meadows Corona Park. 

“‘Coming to America’ is the quintessential, iconic Queens film, and we are beyond thrilled to host one of the only screenings of its sequel, ‘Coming 2 America,’ right here in the film’s backyard,” said Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr. in a press release. The new film again stars Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall, as well as Tracy Morgan, Leslie Jones and Wesley Snipes.

The 6:30 p.m. March 5 screening coincides with the flick’s video release and will feature free food, Amazon Studios merch and an introduction by Richards. Tickets are free with RSVP but have already sold out. 

Eddie Murphy in “Coming 2 America.”

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Arsenio Hall and Eddie Murphy in “Coming 2 America.”

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The film kicks off the second season of programming for Queens Drive-In, a collaboration between nonprofit Rooftop Films and Queens’ Museum of the Moving Image and the New York Hall of Science. The drive-in, one of many that materialized amidst the ongoing pandemic, hosted more than 80 sold-out COVID-safe events last fall and summer, including a number of world premieres. (Indeed, amid a dearth of other safe live entertainment options, NYC’s drive-ins became the hottest ticket in town during the pandemic.)

Programming for this season currently extends through April and includes screenings of “The Muppets Take Manhattan,” “The Shining” and an assortment of themed double features, including “Thelma & Louise,” “Desperately Seeking Susan,” “Singin’ in the Rain” and “Magic Mike XXL.” Tickets start at $35 per car (which can contain up to five passengers), with discounts available for members of the affiliated organizations.

Queens Drive-In at the New York Hall of Science in Queens, New York City

The Queens Drive-In has announced a second season of programming.

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FEATURES: Queens Drive-In, handout art for Coming 2 America screening

From the Queens Drive-In’s first season of programming.

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