Harrison Ford has officially joined the cast of a much-anticipated sequel.

That's right -- "Anchorman 2."

No ... really.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Ford will play a legendary newscaster, a la Tom Brokaw, in the Adam McKay-directed comedy, which begins shooting this month in Atlanta. Ford also played an anchorman in the film "Morning Glory," the 2010 comedy produced by J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk.

He was also once in a movie called "Star Wars" that no one remembers.

The sequel to 2004's "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy" stars returnees Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Christina Applegate and David Koechner, as well Kristen Wiig.

Ferrell and McKay wrote the screenplay and are producing, along with Judd Apatow and Kevin Messick.

Ford has three other films coming out: the Jackie Robinson biopic "42," which is scheduled for release April 12; the thriller "Paranoia;" and the possible franchise starter "Ender's Game."

JAY LENO MAY BE RETIRING: Jay Leno may be ready to hang 'em up.

Though NBC is denying the story, two high-level industry sources told the Hollywood Reporter that NBC will likely announce in May that Leno will retire after the 2013-14 television season. Sources also expect the network to move Jimmy Fallon from his "Late Night" spot into the coveted 11:35 p.m. time slot with a soft launch during the summer of 2014 before a formal fall kickoff.

Somewhere, Conan O'Brien grinds his teeth and plots revenge.

Sources said NBC is looking to infuse some youth into the "Tonight Show," and Fallon has buzz, edge and young viewers to compete with ABC, who recently moved Jimmy Kimmel to its 11:35 p.m. time slot by bumping "Nightline" back.

'MIKE & MOLLY' JOKE UPSETS NATIVE AMERICANS: Some Native Americans are upset over a joke on television's "Mike & Molly," which basically dismissed American Indians as a bunch of drunks.

Mike's mother on the show (played by Rondi Reed) -- whom TMZ describes as an Archie Bunker type -- said "You ever been to Arizona? It's just a furnace full of drunk Indians."

Wow. It's sort of hard to believe that someone at CBS thought that would fly.

A rep for the Navajo Nation told TMZ, "For a show like this displaying us in a negative light is just unacceptable, they are taking a shot at the entire state of Arizona and its indigenous people."

"An apology would be the right thing to do, but some damage done can't be fixed in an apology."

CBS has not commented on the matter.

JUSTIN BIEBER CRYING ABOUT HIS BIRTHDAY: Poor Justin Bieber.

The worst birthday thing happened on Friday, when Bieber and friends -- including Will Smith's 14-year-old son Jaden Smith -- were celebrating his birthday in a London club. The party was cut short by security at Cirque du Soir, who said Smith wasn't old enough to be at the club.

"There was never any mention of Jaden being there, so when he showed up, it caused problems," a source told Us Weekly. "They could have stayed if Jaden left, but Justin wanted to be loyal to his good friend."

That's just awful. I mean, it's almost like Justin Bieber has to follow the law and stuff.

The next day, the 19-year-old Bieber got on Twitter and expressed his appreciation for all the sweet messages from fans. "I see and saw all the posts from around the world," he wrote. "U got me smiling. Love u. Thank u."

Bieber then proceeded to retweet several of the kind shout-outs, along with a quote from his manager, Scooter Braun: "Life is a roller coaster. Just know when u dip low it is only to build excitement as u will fly high again. Enjoy the journey."

Good pep talk, Scooter. You probably saved your client from deep depression.

JACKSON MAY HAVE 'SMOKING GUN' IN LAWSUIT: A lawyer for Michael Jackson's mother Katherine claims he has a "smoking gun" email in her wrongful death lawsuit against concert promoter AEG Live.

According to CNN, AEG Live co-CEO Paul Gongaware wrote an email saying the company wanted to use the $150,000 monthly salary of Jackson's doctor, Conrad Murray, to pressure him into letting Jackson rehearse despite medical concerns.

"We want to remind (Murray) that it is AEG, not MJ, who is paying his salary," CNN quotes Gongaware as writing. "We want to remind him what is expected of him."

The email was sent less than two weeks before Jackson died on June 25, 2009. CNN didn't report who the email's recipient was.

Murray is serving a prison term for involuntary manslaughter connected to Jackson's death. AEG Live has reportedly argued it isn't liable for Jackson's death because Murray didn't work for the company.

D'oh.

Katherine Jackson seeks money equaling what Jackson might have earned over his lifetime if he hadn't died, which could total several billion dollars. Previously disclosed emails from AEG executives show concerns about Jackson's health, according to Spin magazine.

A judge ruled last week that there was enough evidence for the Jackson lawsuit to merit a jury trial. The judge, however, dismissed all but one count in the civil trial.

In other Jackson news, LaToya Jackson has taken over the careers of Michael children.

Michael's older sister has reportedly signed his three children -- Prince, Paris and Blanket -- to her talent agency Ja-Tail Enterprises which, funny enough, only consists of those three, according to the New York Post.

"They needed comfort with everyone showing their wild side, so they watched television together, they listened to music and they talked about what Mike would want. Mostly, it was Toya doing all the talking," a family insider told the Post.

Yes. It's clear that any reasonable parent would want LaToya Jackson in charge of their children.

Jackson got Prince his "ET" correspondent gig, his upcoming cameo on CW's "90210" (a show she herself appeared on), and Paris' movie deal. According to the Post, La Toya pockets 15 percent commission from each such deal.

The kids are also expected to be in the reality series, "Life with La Toya."

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MARCH 5 IN HISTORY

Tuesday is March 5, the 64th day of 2013. There are 301 days left in the year.

1770: The Boston Massacre took place as British soldiers who had been taunted by a crowd of colonists opened fire, killing five people.

1868: The Senate was organized into a Court of Impeachment to decide charges against President Andrew Johnson, who was later acquitted.

1933: In German parliamentary elections, the Nazi Party won 44 percent of the vote; the Nazis joined with a conservative nationalist party to gain a slender majority in the Reichstag.

1934: The first Mothers-in-Law Day celebration and parade took place in Amarillo, Texas.

1946: Winston Churchill delivered his "Iron Curtain" speech at Westminster College in Fulton, Mo.

1953: Soviet dictator Josef Stalin died after three decades in power. Composer Sergei Prokofiev died in Moscow at age 61.

1960: Cuban newspaper photographer Alberto Korda took the now-famous picture of guerrilla leader Ernesto "Che" Guevara during a memorial service in Havana for victims of a ship explosion. Elvis Presley was discharged from the U.S. Army.

1963: Country music performers Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas and Hawkshaw Hawkins died in the crash of their plane, a Piper Comanche, near Camden, Tenn., along with pilot Randy Hughes (Cline's manager).

1970: The Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons went into effect after 43 nations ratified it.

1979: NASA's Voyager 1 space probe flew past Jupiter, sending back photographs of the planet and its moons.

1982: Comedian John Belushi was found dead of a drug overdose in a rented bungalow in Hollywood; he was 33.

1983: Country Music Television (CMT) made its debut with the video "It's Four in the Morning," performed by Faron Young.

1993: Palair Macedonian Airlines Flight 301, a Fokker 100, crashed after taking off from Skopje Airport, killing 83 of the 97 persons aboard.

2003: In a blunt warning to the United States and Britain, the foreign ministers of France, Germany and Russia said they would block any attempt to get U.N. approval for war against Iraq. Thousands of students around the U.S. walked out of classes to protest a possible war. A suicide bus bombing in Haifa, Israel, killed 17 people, including an American teenager. A Kuwaiti policeman was sentenced to 15 years in prison for a 2002 attack that wounded two U.S. soldiers on a Kuwaiti desert highway.

2008: John McCain, having sewn up the Republican presidential nomination, got a White House embrace from President George W. Bush, who praised the Arizona senator's "incredible courage and strength of character and perseverance."

2012: President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met at the White House, where Obama urged pressure and diplomacy to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear bomb while Netanyahu emphasized his nation's right to a pre-emptive attack. Assailants waving the battle flag of al-Qaida gunned down 25 policemen in the western Iraqi town of Haditha. Songwriter Robert B. Sherman, 86, who'd collaborated with his brother Richard on such movie musicals as "Mary Poppins" and "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang," died in London.

BIRTHDAYS

Actor Dean Stockwell (77), actor Fred Williamson (75), singer Eddy Grant (65), magician Penn Jillette (58), musician John Frusciante (43), actress Eva Mendes (38), model Niki Taylor (38), actor Sterling Knight (24), actor Jake Lloyd (24).

Associated Press