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Sony releases first photo of ‘Ghostbusters’

Sony has debuted the first official promo photo from the all-female “Ghostbusters” reboot. The shot shows the four stars — Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig and Leslie Jones — looking tough with khaki ghost-busting uniforms and proton packs, with greenish smoke rising from the background. The comedy, which also stars Chris Hemsworth as the office secretary, is set to hit theaters in July.

‘Thriller’ goes 30 times multi-platinum

The Recording Industry Association of American announced Wednesday that Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” album has reached more than 100 million sales worldwide. The 1982 album is the first ever to be certified 30 times multiplatinum for U.S. sales. The late King of Pop has more than 1 billion in total sales. When it was released, “Thriller,” produced by Jackson and Quincy Jones, spent 37 weeks at No. 1, and still holds that record. “RIAA has awarded Gold & Platinum records on behalf of the music business for nearly 60 years, but this is the first time an artist has crossed the 30X multi-Platinum plateau,” said RIAA chairman and CEO Cary Sherman in a statement. “We are honored to celebrate the unique status of Thriller in Gold & Platinum history. What an exceptional achievement and testament to ‘Thriller’s’ enduring spot in our hearts and musical history.”

‘House of Cards’ season four hits the air on March 4

One of the most popular political dramas of recent years, Netflix’s “House of Cards” returns for a fourth season on March 4. Fittingly, the online streaming company announced the news Tuesday night in a commercial that ran during the Republican presidential debate. “America, I’m only getting started,” said the show’s calculating protagonist, Frank Underwood, played by Kevin Spacey.

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LL Cool J will host the Grammy Awards for the fifth year in a row. The 58th annual music industry event airs live from Staples Center in Los Angeles on Feb. 15 on CBS.

Caitlyn Jenner will sit down with Diane Sawyer for a follow-up interview, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Their April interview for “20/20” drew more than 20 million viewers.

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Thursday’s birthdays

Ernie Hudson, 70

Chris Matthews, 70

Eugene Levy, 69

Bill Pullman, 62

Sarah Paulson, 41

Milla Jovovich, 40

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