"Games of Thrones" star Wilko Johnson has terminal cancer.
The former Dr. Feelgood guitarist and songwriter, who plays mute executioner Ser Ilyn Payne on "Game of Thrones," has been diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer and is declining chemotherapy, according to a message posted to Johnson's Facebook page by his manager, Robert Hoy.
But the 65-year-old Johnson will keep going as long as possible.
"He is currently in good spirits, is not yet suffering any physical effects and can expect to enjoy at least another few months of reasonable health and activity," Hoy's post continued, detailing Johnson's plans to finish a new CD, tour France, give a series of farewell concerts in the U.K. and release a live DVD from his last U.K. tour.
"Wilko wishes to offer his sincere thanks for all the support he has had over his long career, from those who have worked with him to, above all, those devoted fans and admirers who have attended his live gigs, bought his recordings and generally made his life such an extraordinarily full and eventful experience."
Johnson was a founding member of pub-rock band Dr. Feelgood, which is often cited as a key influence on the burgeoning punk scene in Britain in the 1970s.
Johnson is said to of caught the attention of the "Game of Thrones" casting team with his appearance in the 2009 documentary "Oil City Confidential." He played tongueless royal executioner Ilyn Payne in the critically acclaimed HBO show's first two seasons.
BRITNEY SPEARS BAILING ON 'X FACTOR': Britney Spears is walking away from "X Factor," according to TMZ.
The website says Spears loves the show -- and really, who wouldn't love getting $15 million to sit and make funny faces at people who don't sing very well -- but Spears supposedly wants to focus on her music. She's reportedly in the studio right now making a new record.
Well, I don't know if she's in there right this very second, but you know ...
The yet-to-be-titled record will be Spears' eighth. She's either being produced or getting writing help from will.i.am and producer Hit-Boy.
TMZ's source said "Britney loves Simon, she likes Demi Lovato, but her thing is music."
Well, of course it is. Hasn't Spears always been mostly about her music?
After the record is done, Spears may tour again, said TMZ. Which might account for why she won't have time for a second season.
DESTINY'S CHILD TO RELEASE NEW RECORD: Beyonce has announced that Destiny's Child will release a new record later this month.
Obviously, Beyonce's solo career tanked and she's come crawling back.
The album "Love Songs" comes out in late January, the band's first album since 2004's "Destiny Fulfilled," according to the Huffington Post.
The Amazon pre-order page for the album describes the project as a collection of previously recorded "romantic gems" -- with the addition of "Nuclear," a new song produced by Pharrell Williams. That song was written by Pharrell, Michelle Williams, James Fauntleroy and Lonny Bereal. Beyonce and Bereal provided vocal production.
"I am so proud to announce the first original Destiny's Child music in eight years!" Beyonce wrote, on her website.
The group split in 2005 following their successful "Destiny Fulfilled and Lovin' It Tour" to focus on their solo careers. Their last live performance was at the 2006 NBA All-Star Game, where the group sang "The Star Spangled Banner."
Last August, Rowland shot down rumors of a new album, telling Jam there were no plans for a new project or tour.
"We don't want to scratch each other's eyes out; we love each other too much," said Rowland. If (reuniting is) something that we would want to do, you know, (we would do it) but in the meantime we're just enjoying each other's friendship. That's the greatest gift of Destiny's Child."
Right. But I bet the fat residual checks don't hurt.
It's already become a busy year for Beyonce, who signed a $50 million deal with Pepsi, is headlining the Super Bowl halftime show and will release a new solo album. She also covers this month's GQ.
"Love Songs" will be available for purchase on Jan. 29.
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE READY TO RECORD AGAIN: Justin Timberlake is ready to make music again.
Translation: Maybe this acting thing didn't go the way I planned.
In an black-and-white clip in which the camera follows Timberlake as he walks into the studio, the singer-actor talks about where his music career went.
"Someone asked me the other day, 'So are you just done with music?'" he says softly, his slight Southern accent audible. "It means more to me than anybody else in the world."
Have you broke that news to the new wife yet, JT?
"Like I've only done two albums in 10 years, that's the way I really look at it," he said on. "What does the next decade mean for me?
"I'm the one who sits and is obsessive about it before you even get to hear it," Timberlake said. "As close as I get to it, I don't know that I could physically torture myself that much year in and year out and expect it to fulfill me the way that it does and the way that it is right now.
"I don't wanna put anything out that I feel like is something that I don't love," he says. "You just don't get that every day. You have to wait for it. I'm ready."
Translation: Maybe this acting thing didn't go the way I planned.
There's now an official countdown to something. When we hear, you'll hear.
JUSTIN BIEBER SUED FOR ASSAULT: Justin Bieber assaulted one of his Israeli bodyguards and berated the former soldier after a disagreement, according to a lawsuit filed by the former bodyguard.
That's right - Justin Bieber assaulted a former Israeli soldier. Right -- THAT Justin Bieber. Yes, the one that's about the size of a squirrel.
According to TMZ, Moshe Benabou, an ex-member of the Israeli army, says he worked for the singer from March 2011 to Oct. 2012. He says berated him and punched him in the chest multiple times during a disagreement about how to handle a member of Bieber's entourage.
Well, that's not an easy situation that many, many of us can relate to. Take it from me -- sometimes one's posse gets out of hand and something needs to be done. Sometimes a gangsta must display a firm hand.
Benabou is seeking unspecified damages for assault and battery, along with more than $420,000 in unpaid overtime.
Sources in Bieber's camp told TMZ Benabou is a "disgruntled employee looking for money." They say the claim that Bieber struck him is "absurd."
If Justin Bieber ever hit me, and I found out about it, there would be trouble too.
As for why Benabou was fired, sources said he told multiple lies, including that he worked closely with Justin Timberlake before being hired by Bieber, whose people supposedly discovered he never worked for Timberlake.
That just ain't right ... dog.
You may recall, Benabou got into a physical confrontation with a photographer at LAX back in February. After a brief struggle, both men fell to the ground, and Benabou landed a pretty solid punch while the pap was being restrained by another person.
Bieber must have caused that poor man a lot of pain.
CHARLIE SHEEN PAYS FOR FUNERAL: Charlie Sheen should be careful, or people might start thinking he's a decent human being.
In what was either a well-timed PR move, or a simple gesture of goodwill, Sheen is covering a big chunk of the funeral costs for the paparazzo who died last week covering Justin Bieber, cutting a $12,000 check to the photographer's family, according to TMZ.
Chris Guerra died after being struck by a car in Los Angeles on New Year's Day while taking pictures of Bieber's car. The website reported the photographer will be laid to rest Friday in a private service.
Sheen happens to be friends with a former photog who was friends with Guerra. He supposedly heard the family was trying to raise money to cover the costs. So Sheen -- who was more money than any mortal could ever need -- grabbed his checkbook. Which he seems to be doing a lot of lately for various people, including Lindsay Lohan, who received $100,000 from Sheen to cover her back taxes.
After being contacted by TMZ, Sheen released a statement saying "A tragic incident like this erases the line between the photographer and the subject. It's an unforgiving moment that begs us all to be human and work as one to prevent this in the future. As parents, we are all not supposed to bury our children. My deepest condolences to the families involved."
JANUARY 11 IN HISTORY
Friday is Jan. 11, the 11th day of 2013. There are 354 days left in the year.
1805: The Michigan Territory was created by an act of Congress.
1861: Alabama became the fourth state to withdraw from the Union.
1908: President Theodore Roosevelt proclaimed the Grand Canyon National Monument (it became a national park in 1919).
1913: The first enclosed sedan-type automobile, a Hudson, went on display at the 13th National Automobile Show in New York.
1927: The creation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was proposed during a dinner of Hollywood luminaries at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.
1935: Aviator Amelia Earhart began an 18-hour trip from Honolulu to Oakland, Calif., that made her the first woman to fly solo cross the Pacific Ocean.
1942: Japan declared war against the Netherlands, the same day that Imperial Japanese forces invaded the Dutch East Indies.
1943: The United States and Britain signed treaties relinquishing extraterritorial rights in China.
1963: The Beatles' single "Please Please Me" (B side "Ask Me Why") was released in Britain by Parlophone.
1964: U.S. Surgeon General Luther Terry issued the first government report that said smoking may be hazardous to one's health.
1972: East Pakistan changed its name to Bangladesh.
1977: France set off an international uproar by releasing Abu Daoud, a PLO official behind the massacre of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics.
1995: Fifty-two people were killed when a Colombian airliner crashed as it was preparing to land near the Caribbean resort of Cartagena -- however, a 9-year-old girl, Erika Delgado, survived.
2003: Calling the death penalty process "arbitrary and capricious, and therefore immoral," Illinois Gov. George Ryan commuted the sentences of 167 condemned inmates, clearing his state's death row two days before leaving office.
2008: Bank of America said it would buy Countrywide Financial for $4.1 billion in stock in a deal rescuing the country's biggest mortgage lender. Authorities in Jacksonville, N.C., found the remains of Marine Lance Cpl. Maria Frances Lauterbach in the yard of Cpl. Cesar Armando Laurean, a comrade she had accused of raping her. (Laurean, who fled to Mexico, was later arrested and sent back to the U.S.; he was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.) Former Olympic track gold medalist Marion Jones was sentenced to six months in prison for lying to investigators about using performance-enhancing drugs and her role in a check-fraud scam. Sir Edmund Hillary, who conquered Mount Everest, died in Auckland, New Zealand, at age 88.
2012: Joran van der Sloot, the longtime suspect in the still unsolved disappearance of American Natalee Holloway in Aruba, pleaded guilty in Lima to the 2010 murder of a Peruvian woman, Stephany Flores; he was sentenced to 28 years in prison. French TV cameraman Gilles Jacquier was killed while filming a pro-government rally in Homs, Syria; he was the first Western journalist to die in the Syrian uprising.
Country singer Naomi Judd (67), Golf great Ben Crenshaw (61), singer Robert Earl Keen (57), actress Phyllis Logan (TV: "Downton Abbey") (57), musician Vicki Peterson (The Bangles) (55), rock musician Tom Dumont (No Doubt) (45), singer Mary J. Blige (42), actress Amanda Peet (41).