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Eric Clapton, seen performing at the Forum in September 2017, opened up about his health in a new BBC interview.
Eric Clapton, seen performing at the Forum in September 2017, opened up about his health in a new BBC interview. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

Rock legend Eric Clapton has admitted that he’s struggling with hearing loss, according to a new interview with the BBC.

Clapton said that the issue is one of several maladies he’s dealing with as he continues to tour into his 70s.

“I mean, I'm going deaf, I've got tinnitus, my hands just about work,” he said. “I'm hoping that people will come along and see me just because, or maybe more than because, I'm a curiosity. I know that is part of it, because it's amazing to myself I'm still here.”

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Patricia Hearst at the Elton John AIDS Foundation's Academy Awards Viewing Party in 2017.
Patricia Hearst at the Elton John AIDS Foundation's Academy Awards Viewing Party in 2017. (Jamie McCarthy / Getty Images)

Saying she was inspired by what happened at the 75th Golden Globe awards, heiress-actress Patricia Hearst on Thursday publicly decried a planned movie about her 1974 kidnapping as well as the 2016 book the project is based on, “American Heiress” by Jeffrey Toobin.

“’American Heiress,’ which cites one of my kidnappers as its main source, romanticizes my rape and torture and calls my abduction a ‘rollicking adventure,’” Hearst said in a statement issued Thursday through her daughter Lydia Hearst’s publicist.

“This project is attempting to rewrite history and directly flies in the face of the present #MeToo movement where so much progress is being made in regard to listening, and providing a voice, to those who have suffered abuse.”

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Demonstrators fill the steps of City Hall during the first Women's March in downtown Los Angeles on Jan. 21, 2017.
Demonstrators fill the steps of City Hall during the first Women's March in downtown Los Angeles on Jan. 21, 2017. (Stuart Palley / For The Times)

Organizers of the Women’s March Los Angeles announced Thursday a list of celebrities who will participate in the 2018 event, slated for Jan. 20.

Scarlett Johansson, Alfre Woodard, Laverne Cox and Olivia Munn are just a few of the stars of stage and screen who will be on hand for the second annual march.

Last year’s Women’s March Los Angeles — held on the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration as president — drew an estimated 750,000 people as part of a national day of action to support women’s rights, human rights, civil liberties and social justice.

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Ronan Farrow has signed a development deal with HBO.
Ronan Farrow has signed a development deal with HBO. (Paul Morigi / Getty Images)

Ronan Farrow, whose New Yorker investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct by Harvey Weinstein helped spark the #MeToo movement, has signed a three-year development deal with HBO, the network announced on Thursday. The deal will begin later this year.

“Ronan Farrow’s extraordinary, revelatory reporting for the New Yorker has helped to propel a string of other investigations, breakthroughs and overdue conversations,” HBO President Casey Bloys said in a statement.

“His work has contributed to this watershed moment in our culture, and we are excited to provide a platform for this dogged reporter to pursue projects that continue to speak truth to power.”

Producer Neil Cross and actor Idris Elba on the set of "Luther."
Producer Neil Cross and actor Idris Elba on the set of "Luther." (Susanna Diallo / AMC Networks)

Idris Elba is back in his signature tweed overcoat on the London set of the British crime drama “Luther.”

Season 5 of the series began shooting this week, with Elba returning as Det. John Luther in Neil Cross’ pulpy TV drama, which Elba also executive produces.

“It’s good to be back in London, back in the coat,” Elba said in a statement from BBC America on Thursday. The SAG Award- and Golden Globe-winning star also shared a video of himself wrapping Day 1 on the new series.

It’s good to be back in London, back in the coat. #Luther @bbcone

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Catherine Deneuve.
Catherine Deneuve. (John MacDougall / AFP/Getty Images)

Oscar-nominated actress Catherine Deneuve is among 100 notable French women who signed an open letter published Wednesday in Le Monde, saying the #MeToo movement — or rather its French equivalent — has gone too far and placed women’s sexual liberation at risk. 

“Insistent or awkward come-ons aren’t a crime,” the letter said. “This fever for sending ‘pigs’ to the abattoir, far from helping empower women, in reality serves the interests of the enemies of sexual liberation.”

The French version of the #MeToo hashtag is #BalanceTonPorc — which has been translated by some as “squeal on your pig.”

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Mira Sorvino.
Mira Sorvino. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

“I will never work with him again,” actress Mira Sorvino declared on Thursday, joining the growing list of actresses now refusing to collaborate with Woody Allen.

Sorvino, who won an Oscar for her role in Allen’s 1995 comedy, “Mighty Aphrodite,” made the declaration on the heels of “Lady Bird” director Greta Gerwig’s public departure from the revered filmmaker this week.

Sorvino, who was among the first to publicly accuse producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct, characterized her decision as an “irrevocable break.”

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A visibly uncomfortable James Franco appeared on “Late Night With Seth Meyers” Wednesday night and discussed his continued support of the Time’s Up movement.

“I truly believe, and why I was wearing the pin, is that they [women and others] need to be part of this conversation,” Franco said of why he wore a Time’s Up pin to the Golden Globes. “So I support that.”

It was Franco’s second late-night appearance in a row, having talked with Stephen Colbert on Tuesday night about allegations of sexual misconduct lodged against him.

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Stephen Colbert (Matt Winkelmeyer / Getty Images)

For the first time in nearly a year, Stephen Colbert will host a live episode of “The Late Show,” following President Trump’s State of the Union address on Jan. 30, CBS has announced. 

Guests that night will include Tommy Vietor, Jon Lovett and Jon Favreau, hosts of the political podcast “Pod Save America,” who will no doubt provide their thoughts on Trump’s first official State of the Union. 

Colbert will also welcome Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams of “2 Dope Queens” and musical guest Chris Stapleton.

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[My fans and I] have lived through so much together. It's really humbled me and reminded me of how I have gotten as far as I have. You don't get here by being a jerk; you get here by being humble, you get here by having integrity, by loving yourself, by loving God and by loving your people.

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