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Actress Olivia de Havilland photographed on Sept. 15, 2004.
Actress Olivia de Havilland photographed on Sept. 15, 2004. (Kevork Djansezian / Associated Press)

Two-time Oscar winner Olivia de Havilland’s “Feud” lawsuit has gone with the wind.

A California Court of Appeals on Monday reversed a trial court’s decision green-lighting her lawsuit against FX and showrunner Ryan Murphy over her portrayal in the 2017 docudrama “Feud: Bette and Joan” — resolving what the court called “a Catch-22” that creators would have faced had the case gone to trial.

The appellate judges ruled that the right of publicity cannot be a right to control an image by censoring disagreeable portrayals. Litigation in the case also would have had a chilling effect on 1st Amendment rights, they said in court documents obtained by The Times.

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  • Music
Christina Aguilera deviated from her signature look on the cover of Paper magazine.
Christina Aguilera deviated from her signature look on the cover of Paper magazine. (Valerie Macon / AFP/Getty Images)

Christina Aguilera really knows how to dress down. Who knew?

The pop star and former coach on “The Voice” is on the cover of Paper magazine without her usual full face of makeup and bright red lips. 

She traded in her classic look for just a kiss of blush and a hint of eye color that leaves readers wondering whose picture they’re actually seeing — until a few shots show up featuring Xtina’s eyelashes laden with rich black pigment, and then others with some glitter on her eyes, and all is right with the world. 

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  • Movies
Brie Larson, left, gets help from Brig. Gen. Jeannie Leavitt, 57th Wing Commander, on a research trip to Nellis Air Force Base.
Brie Larson, left, gets help from Brig. Gen. Jeannie Leavitt, 57th Wing Commander, on a research trip to Nellis Air Force Base. (Marvel)

“Captain Marvel” is ready for takeoff. 

The Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first female-led standalone film has started principal photography, the company announced in a press release on Monday, with filming based in the greater Los Angeles area. 

Shooting is also taking place in Fresno, as well as locations in Louisiana, including Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

Jesse Hughes of Eagles of Death Metal performs.
Jesse Hughes of Eagles of Death Metal performs. (Joel Saget / AFP/Getty Images)

Few musicians understand the fear of armed attacks better than Jesse Hughes, who was performing with his band Eagles of Death Metal in Paris when terrorists stormed the Bataclan theater in 2015, killing 89 at the venue and a total of 130.

Not many musicians have been as outspoken against gun control either, and Hughes confirmed that reputation on Sunday when he verbally attacked protesters who marched in Saturday’s national March for Our Lives initiative.

Writing a caption alongside an unprintable comic he posted on Instagram, Hughes characterized the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., as “pathetic and disgusting” for what he claimed was “exploiting the death ... of our fellow students for a few Facebook likes and some media attention.”

  • Movies
Gina Rodriguez will star as Carmen Sandiego is two upcoming projects.
Gina Rodriguez will star as Carmen Sandiego is two upcoming projects. (Emma McIntyre / Getty Images)

Gina Rodriguez will play Carmen Sandiego in a live-action feature for Netflix, in addition to voicing the character in a standalone animated TV series, The Times has confirmed. 

Rodriguez will star as well as produce through her I Can and I Will production company, with Kevin Misher and Caroline Fraser. Andy Berman of Misher Films is also an executive producer. 

Fraser is head of HMH Productions — Houghton Mifflin Harcourt owns the Carmen Sandiego property — and will executive produce the original series and feature film. A line of books from HMH featuring Carmen Sandiego will launch in 2019, timed to the series. 

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Netflix's "One Day at a Time" has been renewed for a second season.
Netflix's "One Day at a Time" has been renewed for a second season. (Carin Baer/Netflix)

Netflix’s “One Day at a Time” will return for a third season in 2019, the streaming company announced Monday. 

The announcement is good news for “One Day at a Time” fans, who fiercely advocated for the sitcom on Twitter. Even the National Hispanic Media Coalition issued an open letter to Netflix, urging the streaming company to renew the show for a third season. 

“This critically acclaimed show serves as a guiding light–the true north in and for an industry grappling with issues of diversity, equity, and inclusivity,” the group said in the letter.

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Netflix's "Okja" was in competition at last year's Cannes, but rule changes have made the streaming giant ineligible at future competitions.
Netflix's "Okja" was in competition at last year's Cannes, but rule changes have made the streaming giant ineligible at future competitions. (Netflix)

After earning eight Oscar nominations at this year’s Academy Awards, Netflix is facing some pushback from cinematic heavies. 

In the last week, both Steven Spielberg and the Cannes Film Festival questioned the place of streaming films in the greater film landscape, with Spielberg going so far as to call films without traditional theatrical release “TV movies.”

The comments illustrate a growing divide in media over what constitutes film and what constitutes TV. (Thankfully, books remain unscathed by the controversy.) 

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Cicely Tyson will be honored in April with a hand-and-footprint ceremony at the TCM Classic Film Festival.
Cicely Tyson will be honored in April with a hand-and-footprint ceremony at the TCM Classic Film Festival. (Richard Shotwell / Invision/Associated Press)

Turner Classic Movies announced Monday that it will honor actress Cicely Tyson with a hand-and-footprint ceremony during its film festival next month.

"For decades, Tyson has been at the forefront of a shift away from clichéd, stereotypical characters of color to playing multidimensional, strong black women," “TCM Prime Time” host Ben Mankiewicz said in a statement. 

"To fully appreciate the magnitude of the impact Cicely Tyson has had, listen to Angela Bassett … list the women who've influenced her most profoundly," Mankiewicz said. "Bassett names Shirley Chisholm and Barbara Jordan, two pioneering African American members of Congress, along with an actress — Cicely Tyson." 

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(Geroge Rose / Los Angeles Times)

Music does not have a color. Great music is great music.

  • Politics
Academy President John Bailey is the subject of an internal investigation following three charges of sexual harassment.
Academy President John Bailey is the subject of an internal investigation following three charges of sexual harassment. (Angela Weiss)

Earlier this month, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences launched an investigation into the past behavior of its president, John Bailey. Nine days later, the embattled Bailey has issued a memo to academy staff in which he categorically denies the allegations.

“While there have been well documented instances of individuals in this industry not treating women with respect, I am not one of them,” Bailey asserted in the letter.

Sent out Saturday, the memo said that the media reports were “false” and “have served only to tarnish my 50 year career.”