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  • Mars This combination photo shows Bruno Mars in the press room with his awards at the 60th annual Grammy Awards in New York on Jan. 28, 2018, left, and Prince presenting the award for album of the year at the 57th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 8, 2015. A representative for Mars says a report claiming he will portray Prince in a new movie is false. British tabloid Daily Mirror published a story Saturday, Sept. 8, that said Mars was Ô€œbeing lined up to play PrinceÔ€ in a biopic to air on Netflix. (AP Photo)

  • Trebek This July 17, 2018 image released by Jeopardy Productions shows host Alex Trebek sporting a beard during a taping of “Jeopardy!” in Culver City, Calif. Trebek sported a beard as he launched the 35th season of “Jeopardy!†and the look has led to a poll. (Carol Kaelson/Jeopardy Productions via AP)

  • MIchaels FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2018 file photo, Lorne Michaels arrives at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. Michaels with produce The Emmy Awards ceremony, Sept. 17 on NBC. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

  • Hudson Jennifer Hudson performs during the funeral service for Aretha Franklin at Greater Grace Temple, Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, in Detroit. Franklin died Aug. 16, 2018 of pancreatic cancer at the age of 76. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 1:00 am

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Singer's rep denies he'll play Prince

Associated Press

A representative for Bruno Mars says a report claiming he will portray Prince in a new movie is “100 percent false.”

The Daily Mirror, a British tabloid, published a story over the weekend saying that Mars was “being lined up to play Prince” in a biopic to air on Netflix. The story was picked up by several online sites and was circulating widely.

But Mars' representative says the story is not true and Netflix says there's no film in development.

Prince died at age 57 in 2016.

Mars performed a show-stopping, memorable tribute to Prince at the 2017 Grammy Awards when he sang “Let's Go Crazy.”

What is facial hair?

Alex Trebek sported a beard as he launched the 35th season of “Jeopardy!” and the look has led to a poll.

The bearded host appeared in a video on Instagram under the caption, “It's time to embark upon a magical journey.” He opened the first show of the season by saying, “No need to inquire how I spent my summer vacation.”

The game show has started a beard or no beard poll on Twitter. There have been more votes for the beard than against it. One person wrote that the beard reminded her of the actor Sean Connery while another compared Trebek to Santa Claus.

Trebek was known for sporting a mustache, but he shaved it off in 2001. He grew the mustache back for the 30th season in 2014.

'Abbey' underway

Filming has begun for the “Downton Abbey” movie.

Michelle Dockery, who plays Lady Mary in the global hit, posted a photo on Instagram with the caption, “And...we're off.”

The film will reunite the Crawley family on the big screen. Series creator Julian Fellowes wrote the screenplay and will produce.

The primary cast members are all set to return, but the plot remains very hush-hush.

Over six seasons, “Downton Abbey” aired in at least 150 countries and set a record for non-U.S. television shows with 69 Emmy nominations.

Happy birthday

Among today's celebrity birthdays:áActor Freddie Jonesáis 91. Actor Ian Holmáis 87. Actress Linda Grayáis 78. Singer Maria Muldaur is 76. Actor Joe Pantolianoáis 67. Singer-guitarist Gerry Beckleyáis 66. Original MTV VJ Nina Blackwood is 66. Drummer Neil Peartáis 66. Actor Peter Scolariáis 63. Actress Rachel Ward is 61. Actress Amy Yasbeckáis 56. Actor Darren E. Burrowsáis 52. Singer Ben Foldsáis 52. Actor Will Chaseáis 48. Country singer Jennifer Nettlesáis 44. Rapper 2 Chainz is 41. Actor Ben McKenzieáis 40. Singer Ruben Studdard is 40. Singer-actress Jennifer Hudson is 37. Actress Alfie Allenáis 32. Actress Emmy Rossumáis 32. Country singer Kelsea Ballerini is 25. Actor Colin Fordáis 22.