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(Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

I think I did one or two films [in Los Angeles] in 1969. It just didn't satisfy me. I thought I would never go anywhere in Hollywood. I preferred to go back to Europe and make the kind of films that were close to my heart.

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Jimmy Kimmel has a message for anybody who believes the students who have become vocal gun-control advocates after surviving a Florida school shooting are fake: You’re crazy.

“These are kids who should be applauded,” the host insisted Wednesday as his “Jimmy Kimmel Live” monologue addressed the student-led gun-control activism sweeping the country in the wake of the mass shooting last week at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

“There have been so many courageous and passionate and well-spoken students, many of whom were in the school and survived the attack, speaking out demanding something be done,” Kimmel said.  

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(Paul Morse / Los Angeles Times)

What I have to say to the people who haven't gone through a wild period is: Watch out, you know, it's going to come in some way, shape or form. We all have to get that out of our systems.

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Drew, We Hardley Knew Ye

Galvanized by Ashley Judd, Rose McGowan and others in the #MeToo movement, women seized the narrative in Hollywood in 2017. But on screen, it was a different picture.

Women claimed just 24% of leading roles in the top 100 films last year, down from 29% in 2016, according to a new report from San Diego State's Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film.

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In the private dining room of Lucques in West Hollywood on Tuesday night, there was plenty of excitement as guests celebrated New York-based jewelry company David Yurman's partnership with Academy Award winner and advocate Geena Davis as executive producers on an upcoming documentary examining gender bias in Hollywood.

"It's been a really long time since I've been in a room with so many powerful women," said one guest as she scanned the room. "This feels really good."

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Donald Glover, left, and Sean Baker attend Esquire's "Mavericks of Hollywood" celebration Tuesday in West Hollywood.
Donald Glover, left, and Sean Baker attend Esquire's "Mavericks of Hollywood" celebration Tuesday in West Hollywood. (Donato Sardella / Getty Images for Esquire)

So how does it feel to be named a “Maverick of Hollywood” by Esquire magazine?

“I don’t like to put a label on things, but I feel honored,” said Donald Glover, the “Atlanta” actor-creator and Grammy winner featured as this month’s cover star.

“Oh my God, it’s the first time I’ve ever been called a maverick in any context — and then a ‘Maverick of Hollywood’ — by Esquire. That’s a pretty good first maverick,” said Kumail Nanjiani, star and co-writer of “The Big Sick,” adding that the year has been satisfying and wonderful, but also overwhelming. “I don’t know where we go from here.”

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Jennifer Lawrence caused a stir Tuesday when she wore a revealing gown sans coat at the "Red Sparrow" photo call.
Jennifer Lawrence caused a stir Tuesday when she wore a revealing gown sans coat at the "Red Sparrow" photo call. (Joel C. Ryan / Associated Press)

Jennifer Lawrence is mad, and it’s all the internet’s fault.

Tongues were wagging Tuesday when photos of the “Red Sparrow” photo call revealed Lawrence dressed in a stunning Versace dress surrounded by co-workers who were wearing no fewer than three layers of clothing.

When Versace tweeted about the dress, users asked why the fashion house hadn’t given Lawrence a jacket to complete the outfit.

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Wendy Williams will be taking a break from TV, on doctor’s orders.

The daytime-talk-show host is going on a brief hiatus to deal with health issues relating to her hyperthyroidism and Graves’ disease, an immune system disorder that can squeeze the muscles behind the eyeballs.

“My thyroid has been totally cattywampus. That is the eye thing that you all have been seeing,” the 53-year-old told her “Wendy Williams Show” studio audience Wednesday. “You caught it before I did.”

Ryan Reynolds has purchased Aviation American gin.
Ryan Reynolds has purchased Aviation American gin. (Guy Aroch / Aviation American Gin)

Ryan Reynolds: heartthrob, filmmaker, professional Twitter troll and, now, liquor company owner.

The “Deadpool” star has acquired an ownership interest in Aviation American Gin, the company announced Wednesday.

Reynolds, always quick with a quip, said he’ll now spend his days “being photographed intermittently clinching my jaw muscles while pointing at things and nodding.”

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Stephen Colbert returned from a week-long hiatus with grave solemnity Tuesday night.

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” was not in production last week, meaning this was the host’s first opportunity to address the Feb. 14 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. 

After expressing his dissatisfaction with lawmakers, Colbert focused his attention on something more promising: “There is one group that does give me hope that we can do something to protect the children, and sadly, it’s the children,” he said of the Parkland students driven to activism by the shooting.

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