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The wait is (almost) over.

Netflix has revealed the premiere date of “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman,” the late-night legend’s official return to the spotlight after retiring from his CBS show in 2015.

The six-episode, 60-minute talk show series is set to debut Jan. 12, with a new episode released each subsequent month. 

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Yakko, Wakko and Dot are ready to break out of the Warner Bros. Studios’ water tower once again. 

Hulu announced Thursday that it is rebooting “Animaniacs,” along with Amblin Television and Warner Bros. Animation, with a two-season straight-to-series order. 

The original “Animaniacs” aired from 1993 to 1998 and followed the adventures of the wildly energetic and wacky (not to mention musical) Warner brothers and their Warner sister. Each show generally comprised multiple mini-episodes featuring select fan-favorite characters, including Pinky and the Brain, Slappy Squirrel and the Goodfeathers. 

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I’ll take deadly medical conditions for $200, Alex.

Longtime “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek is on leave after undergoing surgery over the holiday break to remove a subdural hematoma from his brain. 

So what is a subdural hematoma? It’s a type of blood clot on the brain that requires treatment as soon as signs and symptoms appear so that permanent brain damage can be prevented, according to the Mayo Clinic.

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  • Late-night

Late-night hosts are still shook from the allegations about the current administration in Michael Wolff’s new book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.”

There were a lot of juicy tidbits for Stephen Colbert and Trevor Noah to mine, from alleged treason to tears, but both hosts seemed equally horrified by a particular food anecdote. Specifically, bed burgers.

“Let me get this straight,” Noah said on Thursday night’s episode of “The Daily Show.” “Trump only trusts food if the people who made it had no idea it was for him. That’s why he goes to McDonald’s.”

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Well, this is unexpected.

When Justin Timberlake announced this week that he had completed a new album, he did it with an over-the-top video that shows him running with horses and kneeling in a frozen field.

“It feels like mountains, trees, campfires,” we hear Timberlake’s wife, Jessica Biel, say about “Man of the Woods,” due Feb. 2, two days before the pop singer headlines the Super Bowl halftime show.

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Beauty seems to be something that is open to change. And pretty seems to be unimaginative and locked into an idea. Beauty is an experience, not trying to hold on to something that can't be held on to.

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Patt Morrison Asks: Diane Keaton

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Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen and Kit Harington as Jon Snow in "Game of Thrones."
Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen and Kit Harington as Jon Snow in "Game of Thrones." (HBO)

Move over, East Coast: HBO delivered a bomb cyclone of its own on Thursday, announcing that the final six episodes of “Game of Thrones” will not air until 2019.

It’s the first time the network has confirmed that the critically acclaimed series will not conclude in 2018. Over the summer, Entertainment Weekly reported that show runners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss aimed to take a full year and a half to craft the eighth and final season.

The network’s statement on Thursday also included details about who will be helming the series’ last episodes. 

The superhero universe is going all in for hip-hop with Marvel’s forthcoming “Black Panther” film, for which rapper Kendrick Lamar will produce the soundtrack.

Lamar and Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith will curate and produce “Black Panther: The Album,” which does not yet have a release date.

Beyond selecting songs for the album, Lamar and Tiffith will oversee new recordings for the film, “the first time in Marvel Cinematic Universe history that Marvel Studios will integrate multiple original recordings created specifically for the film,” according to the announcement issued Wednesday by Walt Disney Studios.

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Director Robert Rodriguez and actress Rose McGowan attend the Weinstein Co.'s Golden Globes after-party in 2007.
Director Robert Rodriguez and actress Rose McGowan attend the Weinstein Co.'s Golden Globes after-party in 2007. (Michael Buckner / Getty Images)

Director Robert Rodriguez is doing some public fact-checking of Vanity Fair’s new profile of Rose McGowan, his former girlfriend and one of the women at the forefront of the Harvey Weinstein sexual misconduct scandal.

In the piece, which appears in the February issue of Vanity Fair, contributing editor Evgenia Peretz casts the director as a Svengali whom the “Charmed” actress accused of colluding with Weinstein, the embattled producer she said raped her in 1997. (Weinstein has denied all charges of nonconsensual sex.)

Rodriguez, however, has a different take on the events, instead casting himself as her champion, “inspired to create a bad ass female action heroine” upon meeting the actress in 2005 and learning of her alleged encounter with Weinstein. He claimed that neither Peretz nor Vanity Fair’s fact checkers reached out to him for comment on or clarification of the details.

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Cate Blanchett
Cate Blanchett (Neilson Barnard / Getty Images)

Australian actress Cate Blanchett will be president of the jury at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.

The festival, which takes place in the south of France in May, is among the most prominent and prestigious gatherings of the international film industry. Though it often features movies that go on to relative arthouse obscurity, in recent years the festival has unveiled many top prestige titles.

"I am humbled by the privilege and responsibility of presiding over this year's jury,” Blanchett said in a statement. “This festival plays a pivotal role in bringing the world together to celebrate story; that strange and vital endeavor that all peoples share, understand and crave."