YAKUTIA, Russia — Come what may at the Academy Awards, Leonardo DiCaprio will have an Oscar — or at least a close replica of the coveted statue.
Residents in Russia’s Far East have made a statue for DiCaprio that bears close resemblance to the Oscar prize and is made from donated metals. Nearly 150 DiCaprio fans from the Yakutia region donated the 1.5 kilograms of silver and 4 grams of gold to make the statue for the American, who is nominated in the best actor category for his role in “The Revenant.”
One fan, Anna Ivanova, says “even if DiCaprio does not receive an Oscar, he will still be our favorite.”
DiCaprio, whose grandmother was Russian, is popular in the country, and he met with Vladimir Putin in 2010 to discuss tiger conservation.
Joel McHale memoir-self-help guide coming
NEW YORK — Joel McHale would like us all to get in touch with our inner Joel McHales.
The star of “Community” and host of “The Soup” has a deal with G.P. Putnam’s Sons for a comic memoir-self-help guide. The book is called “Thanks for the Money: How to Use My Life Story to Become the Best Joel McHale You Can Be.” The publisher announced Friday that it is scheduled to be released in November.
Putnam says the book will feature stories from McHale’s childhood and anecdotes about his professional “trials and tribulations.”
McHale says in a statement that the book will include “every exciting, fascinating, troubling, and never-before-revealed detail” of his personal life. He says it also will have “unbelievably juicy celebrity anecdotes.”
Hasselhoff back in the TV swim
LOS ANGELES — David Hasselhoff will be making a splash on TV next month.
To mark the American debut of his U.K. series, “Hoff the Record,” on AXS TV, the channel says it will salute the “Baywatch” star with a March 26 mini-marathon starting at 3 p.m. EST.
One highlight: Hasselhoff will be interviewed by Dan Rather for the newsman’s AXS series, “The Big Interview.”
The tribute also will feature clips from Hasselhoff shows and movies including “Baywatch” and “Knight Rider,” with the actor sharing anecdotes from his career.
“Hoff the Record” will start 9 p.m. EST March 31. The six-episode comedy stars Hasselhoff as a fictional version of himself as he moves to England to renew his career.
After the show’s premiere, Hasselhoff will host the season debut of the AXS stand-up series, “Gotham Comedy Live.”
Library of Congress acquires drawings
WASHINGTON — The Library of Congress has acquired 95 original courtroom drawings depicting high-profile trials from the past four decades.
The library announced Friday in a news release that the collection represents the genre popularized in California by Howard Brodie, who encouraged the first generation of artists creating artwork for news media. It includes drawings by Aggie Kenny, Bill Robles and Elizabeth Williams.
The collection was obtained through the generosity of Thomas V. Girardi, a founding partner of Los Angeles law firm Girardi Keese and a member of the library’s private-sector advisory board, the Madison Council. The collection will be named the Thomas V. Girardi Collection of Courtroom Illustration Drawings.
The library says this addition makes its collection of courtroom illustrations the most comprehensive in any American institution.