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PBS has lined up a star-studded special to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.

The classic children's show actually debuted on PBS 50 years ago today (Monday), but the special Mister Rogers: It's You I Like will air on March 6th. Among those taking part are Michael Keaton, Judd Apatow, Whoopi Goldberg and John Lithgow. The special will also feature some of the most memorable clips from the show, such as Fred Rogers's meeting with Koko the Gorilla.

Rogers died in 2003 at age 74 of stomach cancer. 

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Jennifer Lawrence is stepping away from the cameras, and onto the front lines of social activism.

The two-time Oscar winner, who's promoting the political thriller Red Sparrow, tells Entertainment Tonightthat she plans to take an entire year off to help the world get its stuff together. She says, “I’m going to be working with this organization I’m a part of: Represent.us. It’s just trying to get young people engaged politically on a local level. It’s just anti-corruption and stuff trying to pass state-by-state laws that can help prevent corruption, fix our democracy.”

The group's charter claims that it is non-partisan and interested in reaching people across the political spectrum.

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*NBC-Universal has pulled the plug on Harry Connick Junior's daytime talk show after two seasons. But it'll be a long goodbye -- Harry will tape its last episode at the end of September.

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Teens from around the country will skip school on March 24th to take part in the March for Our Lives -- a massive response to the school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

George and Amal Clooney are among the people who've put their money where their mouths are -- by pledging $500,000 to help underwrite  efforts of survivors who are protesting for meaningful gun control. And though it's a grass roots movement, celebrities have been offering support though both donations and social media, with messages like:

Lady Gaga: Parkland Survivors and others that are standing up through the media are so brave and are true role models. I’m speechless at their courage. And so proud that these kids and young adults are our future. #GunControl #ParklandStudents The question now is will our leaders listen.

Ellen DeGeneres: No word, no actions, no laws are enough until we end this epidemic of school shootings in our country.

Mark Ruffalo: Prayers without accordant action are silent lies told to oneself, heard by no God, amounting to nothing. Action is the language of truth, the prayers of the Saints.

Cher: Believe Young Women & Men From Parkland Shooting Can Make Difference‼ Changing Awareness Is IMPORTANT, But IF YOUNG PPL “VOTE” THEY WILL SCARE CONGRESS IN2 ACTING‼ LOSING THEIR ”JOBS” IS WHAT CONG. FEARS MOST‼ ”SHOOTINGS” CAN HAPPEN IN ”ANY” SCHOOL. KIDS CAN BE CATALYSTS 4 CHANGE

Chelsea Handler: We have to elect candidates that are not funded by the NRA in November. It is disgusting how many times this has happened and Republicans do nothing. You all have blood on your hands.

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*John Legend - A New York City cabbie was found guilty on Tuesday of stealing John Legend‘s pricey Louis Vuitton luggage -- which contained a pair of Cartier cufflinks. Hilario Agustin was convicted of third-degree criminal possession of stolen property following a week-long jury trial. The verdict came after Legend testified against Agustin earlier this month, telling jurors his wife, Chrissy Teigen, bought him the panther cufflinks, which were valued at $25,000 to $30,000 and studded with diamonds. The 64-year-old cabbie now faces up to 7 years behind bars for the March 2017 incident. 

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Kirstie Alley didn't get any Cheers after she blasted America's surprisingly successful curling team on Twitter.

The actress hit up her account on Monday to say, "I'm not trying to be mean but...curling is boring," which drew a quick response from both the athletes and their fans.

John Shuster, one of the team's leading lights, was the first to weigh in on the Fat Actress star, clapping back, "We’re not trying to be mean either, but your movies weren’t exactly riveting theater, Kirstie."

Curler Tyler George hit back with an even shorter burn, reading "Diane > Rebecca" -- meaning Shelley Long's Cheers character was better than Kirstie's.

Alley finally relented on Tuesday morning, replying, "OK I'm gonna give it another chance! My son loves watching Curling! He doesn't love figure skating, which I do so, we can make each other give 2nd chances today!!"

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*Oscar-winner Anne Hathaway is in talks to star in the political thriller The Last Thing He Wanted, which is based on the 1996 novel by Joan Didion. Mudbound director Dee Rees is already on board for the flick.

*Former View co-host Jedediah Bila tied the knot with TV business consultant Jeremy Scher on Saturday in Huntington, New York, according to Us Weekly.

*If you're one of the few remaining Harvey Weinstein fans out there, you're in luck -- the disgraced Hollywood mogul has put his West Hollywood cottage up for rent, at a cost of $7500 per month.

*According to the New York Post, Bravo now requires its reality stars to sign an “STD clause” promising not to sue the network if they get one or more nasty diseases while filming. Bravo doesn't test its contestants for anything, unlike ABC, which sends competitors on The Bachelor, The Bachelorette and other shows to the doctor before cameras roll.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY FEBRUARY 21

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Jordan Peele, actor/director (39)

Christopher Atkins, The Blue Lagoon star (57)

Mary Chapin Carpenter, singer (60)

Kelsey Grammer, actor (63)

Tyne Daly, Cagney and Lacey star (72)

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