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Jon Favreau played a role in the animated series “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.” He is also in the upcoming “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” set to open May 25.

Jon Favreau continues his rise as Disney’s shining star. Lucasfilm announced Thursday morning that the director has signed as executive producer and writer of a live-action “Star Wars” series for Disney’s new streaming service. 

“Jon brings the perfect mix of producing and writing talent, combined with a fluency in the Star Wars universe,” Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy said in a statement.

“This series will allow Jon the chance to work with a diverse group of writers and directors and give Lucasfilm the opportunity to build a robust talent base,” she said.

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(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

I always felt — or I almost always felt — that I was being acknowledged. That wasn't an issue for me. Acknowledging myself was a different matter.

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Madonna, left, and Kim Kardashian West sat down for a beauty chat at YouTube Space in Playa Vista on Tuesday.
Madonna, left, and Kim Kardashian West sat down for a beauty chat at YouTube Space in Playa Vista on Tuesday. (Kevin Mazur / Getty Images; Vivien Killilea / Getty Images)

Madonna and Kim Kardashian West — each in black ensembles and surrounded by an entourage that included Kardashian West’s mom, Kris Jenner, and Madonna’s manager, Guy Oseary — joined forces Tuesday night at YouTube Space in Los Angeles to tape a conversation promoting their respective beauty lines, MDNA Skin and KKW Beauty.

A small handful of influencers and journalists attended the intimate Q&A, which was moderated by Kandee Johnson of the Lifetime reality series “Glam Masters,” on which Kardashian West is executive producer.

Ironically, the 50 guests were instructed to put their phones away during the 30-minute conversation in which Kardashian West discussed her fitness routine. “Sometimes I get up at, like, 5 [a.m.] to work out,” she said, explaining that she goes to the gym at her mom’s house.

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Becca Kufrin and Arie Luyendyk Jr., right, on "The Bachelor" finale special.
Becca Kufrin and Arie Luyendyk Jr., right, on "The Bachelor" finale special. (Paul Hebert / ABC)

The Oscar-winning movie “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” has certainly sparked a trend.

“The Bachelor” fans were so fired up about this week’s two-part bombshell finale that they apparently paid to have billboards erected in Los Angeles, Minnesota and New York to blast this season’s “Bachelor,” Arie Luyendyk Jr.

Luyendyk proposed to Minnesota native Becca Kufrin during the finale, only to renege on his decision a few weeks later and break up with her — all while the cameras were rolling. He then proposed to the other finalist, Lauren Burnham, much to the dismay of Bachelor Nation (and Jimmy Kimmel).

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Léa Seydoux, left, and Ewan McGregor in Drake Doremus' "Zoe."
Léa Seydoux, left, and Ewan McGregor in Drake Doremus' "Zoe." (John Guleserian)

New York’s Tribeca Film Festival announced its 2018 lineup on Wednesday, with 51 narrative features and 45 documentaries from around the world screening over the course of the 12-day event.

The Centerpiece Gala of the festival – which was co-founded by Robert DeNiro and is in its 17th year – will be the world premiere of “Zoe,” a sci-fi romance from director Drake Doremus (“Like Crazy”) starring Ewan McGregor, Léa Seydoux and Rashida Jones.

The closing-night film will be the world premiere of the documentary “The Fourth Estate,” directed by Liz Garbus (“What Happened, Miss Simone?”), which chronicles the New York Times’ efforts to cover the first year of the Trump administration.

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Note: Spoilers ahead.

Um, congratulations, Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham?

The newest “Bachelor” couple appeared Tuesday night on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” right after the five-hour, two-night trainwreck that was the show’s 2018 finale.

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Cynthia Nixon
Cynthia Nixon (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

Miranda Hobbes may be going to Albany.

A celebrity getting into politics? Well, it isn’t completely unheard of.

“Sex and the City” star Cynthia Nixon, who played no-nonsense attorney Miranda on the hit HBO series, is eyeing a potential run for governor of New York, according to several reports.

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When I was on the book tour  people said, 'Curse at me!' And I was like 'What?' 'Curse at me when you sign the book.' ... Or people had their cellphones, saying, 'Leave a message cursing people out for calling me.' What? I'm not doing that. I need a reason to curse at people.

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Jimmy Kimmel hosting the 90th Academy Awards on Sunday.
Jimmy Kimmel hosting the 90th Academy Awards on Sunday. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

Jimmy Kimmel and President Trump’s war of words just took another ratings-fueled turn.

The president emphatically reminded his Twitter followers that Sunday’s Academy Awards were the “lowest rated Oscars in HISTORY” and opined as to the reason for the program’s decreasing viewership.

“Lowest rated Oscars in HISTORY. Problem is, we don’t have Stars anymore - except your President (just kidding, of course)!” he tweeted Tuesday morning.

Tina Tchen, former chief of staff to First Lady Michelle Obama, will head the Recording Academy's diversity task force.
Tina Tchen, former chief of staff to First Lady Michelle Obama, will head the Recording Academy's diversity task force. (Gittings Photography)

The Recording Academy has tapped Tina Tchen, former chief of staff to First Lady Michelle Obama, to lead a new task force to explore charges of gender and racial bias that erupted after this year’s Grammy Awards ceremony.

“The music industry faces numerous challenges — from combating long-held biases to making sure women are represented and respected within the community,” Tchen, who currently heads the Chicago office of the Buckley Sander LLP law firm, said in a statement issued Tuesday.

“This task force is an important initial step by the Recording Academy to demonstrate its commitment to tackling these challenges in a comprehensive way,” she said. “I am honored to partner with them in this effort and look forward to working with members of the task force as we look to make the music industry a diverse and inclusive community for all.”