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Harvey Weinstein and Georgina Chapman at the 89th Academy Awards in 2017.
Harvey Weinstein and Georgina Chapman at the 89th Academy Awards in 2017. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

Georgina Chapman says she wasn’t suspicious of Harvey Weinstein. 

“I’ve never been one of those people who obsesses about where someone is,” the 42-year-old told Vogue for its June edition, noting that her now-estranged husband traveled all the time. 

So in October, when news broke about all the allegations that Weinstein had mistreated numerous women, it came as a shock to Chapman, who with a partner runs the Marchesa design house. “I lost 10 pounds in five days,” she said. “I couldn’t keep food down.” She stopped going outside.

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Spotify says it no longer will "actively promote" R. Kelly's music.
Spotify says it no longer will "actively promote" R. Kelly's music. (Axel Koester / For The Times)

Embattled R&B star R. Kelly became the first casualty of music streamer Spotify’s just-launched Hate Content and Hateful Conduct public policy, which happened to coincide with the mounting #MuteRKelly campaign.

Spotify confirmed that it is removing the R&B singer’s music from Spotify-owned and -operated playlists and algorithmic recommendations, such as Discover Weekly — a move that appears to be a result of numerous allegations of sexual misconduct.

“His music will still be available on the service, but Spotify will not actively promote it,” a Spotify spokesperson said in a statement to The Times on Thursday.

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Minneapolis rapper Lizzo is among the big names slated to perform at Music Tastes Good in September.
Minneapolis rapper Lizzo is among the big names slated to perform at Music Tastes Good in September. (Robert E. Klein / Invision/Associated Press)

The Long Beach-based Music Taste Good festival has announced the lineup for its third annual installment, and it will feature performances by British singer and producer James Blake, the influential Mancunian post-punk band New Order, rising Minneapolis rapper and singer Lizzo and dozens more.

The weekend event, slated for Sept. 29-30 at Marina Green Park, is a mashup of music and food from celebrated area chefs.

Rapper Princess Nokia, indie singer-songwriter Bill Callahan, legendary Australian jangle-pop band the Church (playing its classic album “Starfish”), ace L.A. musician and producer Blake Mills and New Orleans performers Quintron and Miss Pussycat will deliver the tunes, while chefs from port cities up and down the Western seaboard will exhibit their culinary creations. 

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Michelle Wolf remained unapologetic about her blistering performance at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner late last month.

“It went great and every single person loved it,” the comic declared during a Wednesday appearance on “Late Night With Seth Meyers.”

Meyers congratulated his former writer and “The Daily Show” alum on her no-holds-barred roast, which quickly catapulted the comic from welcome host to persona non grata to the White House Press Assn. and the White House. It also subjected her and her scathing material in a number of opinion pieces

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The distinct effect when you listen to my albums is there's a mood through the songs which is supporting and encouraging and uplifting and drawing people into their positive.

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Terry Gilliam in March 2018.
Terry Gilliam in March 2018. (Stephane De Sakutin / AFP/Getty Images)

In the long-running quest of “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote,” the movie has scored a victory.

Directed by Terry Gilliam and starring Adam Driver and Jonathan Pryce, the film has gotten the go-ahead to close the Cannes Film Festival next week after a judge in France rejected a lawsuit by producer Paulo Branco that would have blocked it, the Associated Press reported Wednesday. 

Gilliam sounded thrilled by the decision, which comes after the former “Monty Python” member has struggled since 1999 to finance and shoot the film.

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Nicki Minaj, left, and Cardi B at the Met Gala on Monday in New York.
Nicki Minaj, left, and Cardi B at the Met Gala on Monday in New York. (Kevin Mazur / MG18/Getty Images)

Cardi B and Nicki Minaj have reportedly cleared the air after what many had perceived as a feud brewing between the two hip-hop luminaries.

“I never was feuding with anybody. There was a misunderstanding,” Cardi B said on Sirius XM’s “The Howard Stern Show” on Wednesday, responding to the host’s questions about her alleged qualms with Minaj.

“I think she felt a certain type of way about something. I definitely felt a certain type of way about something,” the “Bodak Yellow” hitmaker said. “I didn’t wanna ever talk about it in public because I felt like we’re gonna see each other again and we will talk about it, and it's always like little issues. … But you know, fans are always gonna make it a big thing.”

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Taylor Swift opens her "Reputation" tour Tuesday at University of Phoenix stadium in Glendale, Ariz.
Taylor Swift opens her "Reputation" tour Tuesday at University of Phoenix stadium in Glendale, Ariz. (Rick Scuteri / Associated Press)

Turns out Taylor Swift cares about her “Reputation” — and so, apparently, does Katy Perry. 

Right before opening night of her stadium tour Tuesday, Swift received a package in her dressing room from Perry, who was the subject of Swift’s song “Bad Blood.”

The package contained an actual olive branch, symbolizing the end of the former friends’ years-long feud about, well, whatever it was about. Backup dancers? Whatevs. It came with a note that began, “Hey old friend.” 

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Roman Polanski has weighed in on #MeToo.
Roman Polanski has weighed in on #MeToo. (Alastair Grant / Associated Press)

Convicted statutory rapist, fugitive and Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski has thoughts on the #MeToo movement.

According to the Associated Press, in a recent interview with the Polish edition of Newsweek, Polanski dismissed the movement as “collective hysteria of the kind that sometimes happens in the society.

“Everyone is trying to sign up, chiefly out of fear,” Polanski continued. “To me this is total hypocrisy.”

Common and Andra Day, shown in March performing in Washington, are joining a task force exploring biases in the recording industry.
Common and Andra Day, shown in March performing in Washington, are joining a task force exploring biases in the recording industry. (Andrew Harnik)

Musicians Sheryl Crow, Common, Andra Day, Jimmy Jam and Cam are among 16 music industry members who have been named to a task force looking into gender and racial bias issues that came to a head earlier this year following the 2018 Grammy Awards ceremony.

The newly formed task force is headed by Tina Tchen, former chief of staff to First Lady Michelle Obama. Others selected to explore the disparities in Grammy Award nominations that resulted in a #GrammysSoMale campaign include executives from record companies, music publishers, academic institutions and other entertainment world entities.

They include Stephanie Alexa, ATO Records vice president of finance and licensing administration; Universal Music Group Executive Vice President Michele Anthony; broadcast journalist Giselle Fernandez; Creative Nation CEO and co-owner Beth Laird; BET Networks chairman and CEO Debra Lee.