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Luke Evans as Gaston, left, with Josh Gad as LeFou, in "Beauty and the Beast."
Luke Evans as Gaston, left, with Josh Gad as LeFou, in "Beauty and the Beast." (Laurie Sparham / Disney via AP Photo)

GLAAD’s annual study assessing inclusion in films of 2017 found an “alarming drop” in LGBTQ characters in last year’s major studio releases.

In response, the advocacy group is asking studios to have 20% of major studio releases include LGBTQ characters by 2021, with 50% of films including such characters by 2024.

The directive comes as GLAAD’s Studio Responsibility Index, which maps the quantity, quality and diversity of roles in films released by the seven major Hollywood studios, found that of the 109 releases last year, only 14 (12.8%) included LGBTQ characters  — the lowest percentage since the organization began tracking in 2012.

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  • Late-night

Another day, another Twitter rant from President Trump. 

Seth Meyers took “A Closer Look” at the president’s latest tweetstorm on Monday’s episode of “Late Night,” debunking Trump’s collusion conspiracy theory.

Meyers began by going over the six lengthy tweets sent by the president on Sunday, declaring that he will “hereby demand” an investigation into whether  the FBI infiltrated his campaign. 

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We're so, so, so afraid of rejection that we waste insane amounts of life making excuses for other people's actions or even our own.

Are you a hardcore fan of Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book” who has been yearning for something far more hardcore than a genial singing bear?

First, why?

Second, there’s a new movie just for you.

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“Ready Player One” star Lena Waithe will be the recipient the Trailblazer Award at the 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards next month.

“Honored,” she tweeted on Monday, adding an #IWantMyMTV hashtag. 

Inaugurated in 2012, the award recognizes “game-changing creators with fresh and fearless voices in entertainment,” MTV said in a statement.

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Aidy Bryant, Tina Fey, Kate McKinnon and Nicki Minaj do their best Haim impressions in "Friendship Song" from the latest "SNL."
Aidy Bryant, Tina Fey, Kate McKinnon and Nicki Minaj do their best Haim impressions in "Friendship Song" from the latest "SNL." (Saturday Night Live / NBC)

Good news for fans who are sad that another season of “Saturday Night Live” has come to an end. 

The long-running comedy series released a special video that had been cut for time from Saturday’s episode, featuring the talents of cast members Kate McKinnon and Aidy Bryant, host Tina Fey and musical guest Nicki Minaj. 

The bit includes McKinnon, Bryant and Fey doing a sterling impression of pop-rock band Haim — a Los Angeles-based group made up of three sisters — singing about being ride or die for their friends, no matter how rough the road gets. 

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Chrissy Teigen’s postpartum oversharing continued through the weekend, delighting fans, moms and parenting bloggers with her signature wit.

The model and pithy social star introduced the world to her baby boy, Miles Theodore Stephens, whom she welcomed with husband John Legend last week

“Hello, world! This is Miles Theodore Stephens - We are drowning in his little peeps and nuzzles. Our household feels overwhelmed with love. Thank you for all your well wishes!” Teigen wrote on Instagram on Sunday, sharing a sweet first look at Miles in all his contemplative newborn glory.

  • Music
Bob Seger will return to Southern California in February.
Bob Seger will return to Southern California in February. (Gary Malerba)

Bob Seger is back — and so is his back.

On Monday, the old-time rock ‘n’ roller announced rescheduled dates for his “Runaway Train” tour, postponed in October due to an urgent medical issue with the singer's vertebrae.

In a January interview with Rolling Stone, Seger, who turned 73 earlier this month, reflected on the loss of rock contemporaries, including Glenn Frey, and the aging process in general.

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  • Celebrity
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, duchess of Sussex, with their family and bridal party.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, duchess of Sussex, with their family and bridal party. (Alexi Lubomirski / Associated Press)

Did you hear? A guy named Henry married a gal named Rachel over the weekend.

We speak, of course, of the royals better known as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who will now be formally referred to as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Wedding portraits destined for the history books — or royal wedding photo galleries such as this — landed on Monday, and Markle’s minimalistic wedding gown fits quite nicely in the canon of British royal wedding images.

“The duke and duchess would like to thank everyone who took part in the celebrations of their wedding,” Kensington Palace said on Monday. “They feel so lucky to have been able to share their day with all those gathered in Windsor and those who watched on television across the U.K., commonwealth, and around the world.”

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Can I act? Yes. Am I a wonderful actor? No. . . . The reason I stopped acting was because I got tired of working in lousy movies and my wife said, 'Why don't you stop complaining and write something?' So I did.

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