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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
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.

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Work in Progress

Former E! News anchor Catt Sadler, shown in February, left the network in December.
Former E! News anchor Catt Sadler, shown in February, left the network in December. (Rich Polk / Getty Images)

Amid continuing fallout, Catt Sadler and her former employer still disagree on apples and oranges when it comes to her salary at E!, a topic that came up Sunday on the red carpet at the Golden Globes and again this week at the Television Critics Assn. press tour in Pasadena.

The latest volley, from a recent interview with Sadler that was published Wednesday by the Hollywood Reporter, contrasts the apples-and-oranges message that an NBC honcho was trying to convey Tuesday at the end of a a TCA session about Rose McGowan’s upcoming docuseries. 

In December, Sadler left E! abruptly, citing a “massive pay disparity” between herself and fellow “E! News” personality Jason Kennedy. “My team and I asked for what I know I deserve and were denied repeatedly,” she said at the time on her blog, blaming the gap on gender.

David Letterman’s next guest needs no introduction. Because it’s Barack Obama.

The inaugural episode of the Netflix talk show, “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman,” features a light chat with the former U.S. president that the streaming service previewed on Wednesday.

In the clip, the heavily bearded “Late Show” veteran sits onstage with Obama, who recalls his time dancing with daughter Sasha and the musician Prince, just a few months before the singer’s untimely death in 2016.

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Michael Douglas in September 2017.
Michael Douglas in September 2017. (Richard Shotwell / Associated Press)

In a new wrinkle on stories about sexual misconduct, Michael Douglas is coming out with a declaration of innocence even before he’s pronounced guilty. The Oscar-winning actor is expecting the publication of a report that will allege bad behavior on his part. 

Douglas said he heard about one outlet’s efforts via his lawyer before the holidays in December. Going on the record with Deadline, he said he was asked by a reporter from the Hollywood Reporter about allegations that he masturbated in front of a female employee who worked for him more than 30 years ago, used coarse language during phone conversations when she was present and blackballed her from the industry.  

“I don’t know where to begin. This is a complete lie, fabrication, no truth to it whatsoever,” he said of the first allegation. He admitted to using “colorful language” while speaking with his friends and apologized if he had offended the woman. Regarding the last claim, he said, “If people from the industry called me to ask about her, I would have been honest, but I never blackballed her.”

James Franco has denied accusations of sexual misconduct leveled against him on social media, telling Stephen Colbert that the claims he’s heard of “are not accurate.”

Even as a New York Times event featuring him and his brother Wednesday was canceled due to the controversy surrounding the allegations, the star of “The Disaster Artist” said Tuesday night, “First of all, I have no idea what I did to Ally Sheedy.”

Sheedy, on an unverified Twitter account, questioned why Franco was “allowed in” at the Golden Globes. The actress threw a #MeToo tag on a comment about Franco and Christian Slater, then after Franco won for best actor in a musical or comedy, she tweeted: “Please never ask me why I left the film/tv business.”

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Journalist Ann Curry is returning to PBS to tell the harrowing tales of survivors of major historical events.

The former “Today” show co-anchor, who was unceremoniously dismissed from her NBC post in 2012 and has remained relatively mum on the recent firing of her former costar Matt Lauer, is heading up “We’ll Meet Again,” a six-part historical series on PBS that premieres on Jan. 23.

Curry serves as executive producer and the main reporter on the program, which is co-produced by Blink Films and Ann Curry, Inc. The program explores some of history’s most dramatic events through the personal stories of those who experienced them, PBS said in a statement on Wednesday.

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The impressive cinematic feat of Ridley Scott’s “All the Money in the World” has been undercut yet again by reports that Mark Wahlberg earned a whole lot more money than his costar Michelle Williams during reshoots of the film.

Looks like somebody figured out how Forbes’ highest-paid actor is making all the money in the world.

According to USA Today, Wahlberg reportedly negotiated a $1.5-million payout for the last-minute work on the drama, while Williams earned a meager per diem fee for her work — an estimated $80 each day.

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There comes a point where you have to do what you want to do. At my age I should be able to sing whatever I want to sing.

FROM THE ARCHIVES: The new standard