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No matter how excited people are for “Avengers: Infinity War,” it’s difficult to stoke more excitement in a 30-second Super Bowl spot than in a full-fledged trailer.

After dropping a 2-minute, 24-second trailer in November, Sunday’s “Infinity War” tease was more about keeping fans excited than offering new insights.

What was exciting, however, was finally getting a look at the new shield being toted by Captain America (Chris Evans). 

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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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Part of being black in this country, or being a minority in this country, is about feeling like we’re perceiving things that we’re told we’re not perceiving. It’s a state of mind. It’s a piece of the condition of being African American, certainly, that people may not know.

"Handmaid's Tale" costume designer Ane Crabtree, right, at the Costume Designers Guild Awards with Mark Hamill and wife Marilou York, left.
"Handmaid's Tale" costume designer Ane Crabtree, right, at the Costume Designers Guild Awards with Mark Hamill and wife Marilou York, left. (Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

“The Shape of Water” racked up two more honors Tuesday night at the Costume Designers Guild Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The film’s costume designer, Luis Sequeira, won the guild’s award for excellence in period film, and director Guillermo del Toro was given the Distinguished Collaborator Award, presented by Sequeira and actor Doug Jones, who played “Shape of Water’s” creature. 

“I, Tonya” costume designer Jennifer Johnson won the guild’s award for excellence in contemporary film, and Lindy Hemming, who oversaw the costumes in “Wonder Woman,” won for excellence in sci-fi / fantasy film.

Of the three CDGA film winners, only “The Shape of Water” is nominated in the Oscar race for costume design (the other Academy Award nominees are “Beauty and the Beast,” “Darkest Hour,” “Victoria & Abdul” and “Phantom Thread”).

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Celebrities are lining up with their wallets to help protect American kids from gun violence in the wake of another deadly school shooting.

Inspired by “the courage and eloquence” of the survivors of the recent shooting in Parkland, Fla., philanthropic duo George Clooney and Amal Clooney have donated $500,000 to help the students organize the upcoming March for Our Lives rally in Washington, D.C., to tighten gun control.

The Oscar winner and human-rights attorney made the donation in the name of their 8-month-old twins and announced that they will be joining the rally on March 24, the couple said Tuesday.

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Blac Chyna in October 2017.
Blac Chyna in October 2017. (Paras Griffin / Getty Images)

Video showing Blac Chyna performing a sex act on a former boyfriend was posted online without her permission, and she’s not pleased. 

“Revenge porn — posting explicit images without the consent of everyone in those images — is a crime, a civil wrong, and a form of domestic abuse,” Chyna’s attorney, Lisa Bloom, said Tuesday in a statement. “It’s also a cruel attempt to slut shame women for being sexual.” 

The one-minute, 23-second recording was posted anonymously early Monday on Twitter, according to TMZ. In the video, which depicts oral sex, the man is not seen, but Chyna’s face is apparently clearly visible. She’s reportedly now asking police to look into the matter. 

Queen Elizabeth II, left, and Vogue editor Anna Wintour sit in the front row for designer Richard Quinn’s show Tuesday in London.
Queen Elizabeth II, left, and Vogue editor Anna Wintour sit in the front row for designer Richard Quinn’s show Tuesday in London. (Yui Mok / Associated Press)

Queen Elizabeth II made her first visit to London Fashion Week on Tuesday, accompanied, appropriately, by a queen of fashion: American Vogue editor Anna Wintour. 

Smiles broke out between the two, who were chit-chatting in the front row at a runway show by London-born Richard Quinn. The monarch presented Quinn with the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design.

Perhaps the perk came with Wintour’s acquisition last May of the “dame” title?

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