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Jeremy Irons to head Berlin film festival jury

British actor Jeremy Irons will head the jury at the Berlin International Film Festival next month, organizers said Thursday.

Irons will be jury president at the festival's 70th edition, running from Feb. 20 to March 1. Other members of the jury haven't yet been named.

Irons' screen and stage career started in the 1970s. He won a best actor Oscar in 1991 for his role in "Reversal of Fortune" and had acclaimed performances in films including "the French Lieutenant's Woman" and "The Mission" as well as the 1981 TV miniseries "Brideshead Revisited."

Irons said in a statement released by festival organizers that he was taking on the festival role "with feelings of great pleasure and not inconsiderable honor."

"With his distinctive style, Jeremy Irons has embodied some iconic characters that have accompanied me throughout my journey in cinema, making me aware of the complexity of human beings," Carlo Chatrian, the festival's artistic director, said.

This year's festival is the first under the leadership of Chatrian, who previously headed the Locarno film festival, and executive director Mariette Rissenbeek. The duo replaced Dieter Kosslick, who directed the event for 18 years.

Bieber says he's battling Lyme disease

Justin Bieber says that he has been battling Lyme disease.

In an Instagram post on Wednesday, the pop star wrote that "it's been a rough couple years but (I'm) getting the right treatment that will help treat this so far incurable disease and I will be back and better than ever."

Lyme disease is transmitted by Ixodes ticks, also known as deer ticks. Lyme can cause flu-like conditions, neurological problems, joint paint and other symptoms. Though Bieber called it incurable, in the vast majority of cases, Lyme disease is successfully treated with antibiotics.

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"While a lot of people kept saying justin Bieber looks like (expletive), on meth etc. they failed to realize I've been recently diagnosed with Lyme disease, not only that but had a serious case of chronic mono which affected my, skin, brain function, energy, and overall health," Bieber wrote.

The Grammy-winning singer said he will discuss battling the tick-borne infection on his upcoming YouTube docu-series, "Justin Bieber: Seasons," which debuts Jan. 27. The 10-episode show will follow Bieber while he creates his new album and will also highlight his private life.

Jones to host 'Supermarket Sweep' revival

Leslie Jones is joining the ranks of television game-show hosts.

The former "Saturday Night Live" star will host a new version of "Supermarket Sweep," which originally aired on ABC from 1965-67.

The show follows three teams of two as they compete using their grocery shopping skills and knowledge of merchandise to win cash prizes.

Revivals aired on other networks in the 1990s and 2000s. The show was adapted for overseas markets and recently relaunched in the United Kingdom.

ABC said Wednesday that production on 10 episodes will begin in the spring. An air date will be announced later.

Jones will be an executive producer. She says she tried out unsuccessfully for the show years ago, and bringing it back to life "is my ultimate redemption story."

Jones has a Netflix stand-up special "Leslie Jones: Time Machine" airing later this month and has a voice role in the upcoming "Angry Birds 2."

Today's birthdays: Singer Ronnie Hawkins of Ronnie Hawkins and the Hawks is 85. Singer Rod Stewart is 75. Singer Pat Benatar is 67. Guitarist Michael Schenker (Scorpions) is 65. Singer Shawn Colvin is 64. Actor Evan Handler ("Sex and the City") is 59. Singer Brad Roberts of Crash Test Dummies is 56. Actress Trini Alvarado is 53. Singer Brent Smith of Shinedown is 42. Rapper Chris Smith of Kris Kross is 41.

— The Associated Press


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