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More than 100 million people are expected to tune into today’s Super Bowl matchup between the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles. That means companies and ad agencies have to bring their A game to stand out in a sea of commercials.

With 30-second spots going for upwards of $5 million during football's biggest game, it helps to enlist the help of a familiar face to plug your brand. From Black Panther to Tyrion Lannister, here are some of the best celebrity cameos.

After Amazon's Alexa loses her voice, Cardi B, Rebel Wilson, Gordon Ramsay and Anthony Hopkins (in Oscar-winning character as Hannibal Lecter) step in to assist (plus, don’t miss the Jeff Bezos sighting):
 

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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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(Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

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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Actor George Clooney and attorney Amal Clooney.
Actor George Clooney and attorney Amal Clooney. (Tiziana Fabi / AFP/Getty Images)

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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Justin Theroux.
Justin Theroux. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

Newly single Justin Theroux no longer will be appearing on Tuesday’s episode of “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.”

“The Leftovers” star, who announced his separation from actress Jennifer Aniston last week, was slated to stop by the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York on Tuesday but is now absent from the show’s roster — presumably a result of the heightened attention on his split.

Reps for Theroux and “The Late Show” did not immediately respond to The Times’ requests for confirmation.

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Kesha performs during the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum reception in New York on Feb. 12, 2018.
Kesha performs during the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum reception in New York on Feb. 12, 2018. (Michael Loccisano / Getty Images for Country Music Hall of Fame)

A knee injury has resulted in the postponement of Kesha’s Rainbow tour across Asia and Australia this spring.

The “Praying” singer is undergoing surgery on Tuesday, according to her publicist, with rehabilitation to begin “as soon as possible so she can hit the road this summer” on her joint North American tour with Macklemore.

Kesha fell on stage in Dubai on Feb. 9 and tore a ligament in her knee, which has forced her to postpone the remaining 11 March and April tour dates in Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan and Japan, as well as cancel a performance at Australia’s Byron Bay Bluesfest.

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Fergie has explained her, um, unconventional performance of the national anthem that got the former Black Eyed Pea singer widely ridiculed after Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game.

Even some of the players and celebs in the audience couldn’t refrain from cracking up in the video above.

“I’ve always been honored and proud to perform the national anthem and last night I wanted to try something special for the NBA,” the “Fergalicious” singer said in a statement Monday.

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I've always felt that one of the most devastating states of mind is the absence of hope. And that is a condition that envelops a goodly number of people everywhere. And when you make drama of that condition, it's almost as if words are not necessary.

FROM THE ARCHIVES: The Defiant One

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