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Good news for fans still mourning the fact that they never got a Hogwarts letter as a 10-year-old: A new “Harry Potter” mobile game on the way will let you finally experience life as a Hogwarts student. 

Announced Thursday by L.A.-based games studio Jam City, “Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery” is an upcoming mobile role-playing game that will let players create characters that will enroll in Hogwarts. Once there, players will attend classes, learn magic, become friends (or rivals) with other students and make plenty of other decisions as they grow into the witch or wizard they are meant to become.

Yes, this means players will join one of the four Houses and will even get to pick their own pet. Players’ choices, class participation and other student activities will help their characters gain skills to solve mysteries as well as unlock new locations, spells and other magical abilities. 

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Brigitte Bardot, seen promoting animal rights in 2005, is the latest French film star to criticize the #MeToo movement.
Brigitte Bardot, seen promoting animal rights in 2005, is the latest French film star to criticize the #MeToo movement. (Nicholas Ratzenboeck / Associated Press)

Catherine Deneuve has found an ally in fellow French actress Brigitte Bardot with regards to the burgeoning #MeToo movement. 

Bardot spoke briefly about the changing cultural climate in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal in a Wednesday interview with French magazine Paris Match.

“It’s, in the vast majority of cases, hypocritical, ridiculous, without interest,” Bardot said of actresses who complained of sexual harassment, taking care to specify that her words did not refer to women in general. 

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Memphis-born pop star Justin Timberlake goes deep into a televised abyss in his new video for “Supplies,” a track from his forthcoming album, “Man of the Woods.”

Directed by Dave Meyers (Missy Elliott, Kendrick Lamar, Rihanna, SZA) and released Thursday morning, the video (warning: contains some adult language) shows Timberlake in front of a wall of TVs — and the news isn’t good.

Images flicker of Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, a burning Donald Trump effigy, #MeToo protest signs, a rifle and other contentious topics ripped from today’s headlines.

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Samantha Bee (Myles Aronowitz / TBS)

Samantha Bee has a message to the Aziz Ansaris of the world: If you say you’re a feminist, act like a feminist. 

The “Full Frontal” host tackled the rising #MeToo backlash on her show Wednesday night and explained how the defense of Ansari against recent allegations of sexual misconduct fits into the narrative. 

“Yes, the inevitable backlash to the #MeToo movement has arrived,” said Bee in her monologue. “Or as I like to call it, the #YouTooLoud movement.”

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Maren Morris will honor victims of last year's Las Vegas shooting at next week's Grammy Awards.
Maren Morris will honor victims of last year's Las Vegas shooting at next week's Grammy Awards. (Chris Pizzello / Invision/Associated Press)

Country music hitmakers Maren Morris, Eric Church and the Brothers Osborne are joining the performance lineup for the 60th Grammy Awards, the Recording Academy announced Thursday.

In doing so, the musicians plan “to honor the victims lost to gun violence and terrorism at various live music events over the course of the past year,” according to a statement.

Morris, Church and the Osbornes were among the artists who performed at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, when, on Oct. 1, a gunman opened fire, killing 58 attendees and himself.

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In her first television interview on the topic, Woody Allen’s daughter Dylan Farrow candidly detailed the abuse she alleges to have suffered at the hands of the filmmaker.

The 32-year-old Farrow characterized her adoptive father’s alleged behavior as a “betrayal” when speaking with “CBS This Morning’s” Gayle King in a clip that aired Thursday.

“I loved my father. I respected him. He was my hero. And that doesn't obviously take away from what he did. But it does make the betrayal and the hurt that much more intense,” Farrow said in the extended interview, which was recorded earlier this week.

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 I have a genuine love of getting my hands dirty with film. Still, the baggage that comes with it no one could have counted on.

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Costner takes a stand

What were the Davids (Hockney and Lynch) chatting about with half the Beatles (Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr) at a barely lighted table in Hollywood? We don’t know either, but it was just one of the many memorable moments in a star-studded evening full of them thanks to British designer Stella McCartney’s decision to decamp to Los Angeles to present her latest collections in a rocking, rollicking, free-form party atmosphere.

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An image from the ad campaign for the relaunched Stella Peony fragrance by designer Stella McCartney, at right.
An image from the ad campaign for the relaunched Stella Peony fragrance by designer Stella McCartney, at right. (Coty Inc.; Mary McCartney)

“We are all wearing the uniform,” said fashion designer Stella McCartney, donning a tan zip-front jumpsuit of her own design that happened to match a denim version worn by this reporter.

Hours before presenting her women’s autumn 2018 and men’s autumn and winter 2018 collections Tuesday night at a star-studded party at SIR Studios in Hollywood, McCartney sat down with The Times to discuss scents and more.

Her eponymous brand’s Stella In Two Peony fragrance, introduced in 2006 and since discontinued, was relaunched with Coty Inc. as Stella Peony earlier this month at Sephora stores. It now has a new fuchsia flacon and more eco-friendly formulation and packaging, in keeping with McCartney’s ethical style ethos. Starting at $25 for a rollerball eau de toilette, the fragrance blends notes of peony and geranium with mandarin, freesia and lotus flower, grounded in amber and sustainably-sourced patchouli.

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Endeavor Content has reportedly purchased the film and TV rights to Michael Wolff's book "Fire and Fury."
Endeavor Content has reportedly purchased the film and TV rights to Michael Wolff's book "Fire and Fury." (Erik S. Lesser / EPA / Shutterstock)

Endeavour Content, the financing and sales arm of William Morris Endeavor and IMG, has purchased the film and television rights to Michael Wolff’s best-selling book “Fire and Fury,” according to a report Wednesday by the Hollywood Reporter

The expose about Trump’s first year in office made waves earlier this month, with the president himself decrying the book as “phony” and “full of lies, misrepresentations and sources that don’t exist.”

The tome paints a dire picture of life inside the White House, with accusations of infidelity, incompetence and idiocy aplenty.