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“Black Panther” director Ryan Coogler.
“Black Panther” director Ryan Coogler. (Evan Agostini / Invision / Associated Press)

The staggering success of Ryan Coogler’s “Black Panther” has prompted the director to pen a heartfelt letter of gratitude to those going wild for Wakanda.

The 31-year-old maestro said he was not only humbled by the reception of his movie, which has been smashing box-office records almost daily, he was moved to tears by it.

“Thank you for giving our team of filmmakers the greatest gift: The opportunity to share this film, that we poured our hearts and souls into, with you,” he wrote in a letter shared by Marvel on Tuesday evening.

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The use of a GIF of Amy Poehler's character in “Parks and Recreation" in an NRA video was condemned by the series' creator, Michael Schur.
The use of a GIF of Amy Poehler's character in “Parks and Recreation" in an NRA video was condemned by the series' creator, Michael Schur. (Colleen Hayes / NBC)

Michael Schur, the mind behind comedies including “Parks and Recreation” and “The Good Place,” had a bone to pick with the National Rifle Assn. on Wednesday night.

After noticing the NRA using a GIF of Leslie Knope, lead character from “Parks and Rec” played by Amy Poehler, Schur asked the organization to remove the offending tweet.

“Hi, please take this down,” Schur tweeted. “I would prefer you not use a GIF from a show I worked on to promote your pro-slaughter agenda.”

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Jimmy Kimmel has a message for anybody who believes the students who have become vocal gun-control advocates after surviving a Florida school shooting are fake: You’re crazy.

“These are kids who should be applauded,” the host insisted Wednesday as his “Jimmy Kimmel Live” monologue addressed the student-led gun-control activism sweeping the country in the wake of the mass shooting last week at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

“There have been so many courageous and passionate and well-spoken students, many of whom were in the school and survived the attack, speaking out demanding something be done,” Kimmel said.  

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What I have to say to the people who haven't gone through a wild period is: Watch out, you know, it's going to come in some way, shape or form. We all have to get that out of our systems.

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Drew, We Hardley Knew Ye

Galvanized by Ashley Judd, Rose McGowan and others in the #MeToo movement, women seized the narrative in Hollywood in 2017. But on screen, it was a different picture.

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In the private dining room of Lucques in West Hollywood on Tuesday night, there was plenty of excitement as guests celebrated New York-based jewelry company David Yurman’s partnership with Academy Award winner and advocate Geena Davis as executive producers on an upcoming documentary examining gender bias in Hollywood.

Donald Glover, left, and Sean Baker attend Esquire's "Mavericks of Hollywood" celebration Tuesday in West Hollywood.
Donald Glover, left, and Sean Baker attend Esquire's "Mavericks of Hollywood" celebration Tuesday in West Hollywood. (Donato Sardella / Getty Images for Esquire)

So how does it feel to be named a “Maverick of Hollywood” by Esquire magazine?

“I don’t like to put a label on things, but I feel honored,” said Donald Glover, the “Atlanta” actor-creator and Grammy winner featured as this month’s cover star.

“Oh my God, it’s the first time I’ve ever been called a maverick in any context — and then a ‘Maverick of Hollywood’ — by Esquire. That’s a pretty good first maverick,” said Kumail Nanjiani, star and co-writer of “The Big Sick,” adding that the year has been satisfying and wonderful, but also overwhelming. “I don’t know where we go from here.”

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Jennifer Lawrence caused a stir Tuesday when she wore a revealing gown sans coat at the "Red Sparrow" photo call.
Jennifer Lawrence caused a stir Tuesday when she wore a revealing gown sans coat at the "Red Sparrow" photo call. (Joel C. Ryan / Associated Press)

Jennifer Lawrence is mad, and it’s all the internet’s fault.

Tongues were wagging Tuesday when photos of the “Red Sparrow” photo call revealed Lawrence dressed in a stunning Versace dress surrounded by co-workers who were wearing no fewer than three layers of clothing.

When Versace tweeted about the dress, users asked why the fashion house hadn’t given Lawrence a jacket to complete the outfit.

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Wendy Williams will be taking a break from TV, on doctor’s orders.

The daytime-talk-show host is going on a brief hiatus to deal with health issues relating to her hyperthyroidism and Graves’ disease, an immune system disorder that can squeeze the muscles behind the eyeballs.

“My thyroid has been totally cattywampus. That is the eye thing that you all have been seeing,” the 53-year-old told her “Wendy Williams Show” studio audience Wednesday. “You caught it before I did.”

Ryan Reynolds has purchased Aviation American gin.
Ryan Reynolds has purchased Aviation American gin. (Guy Aroch / Aviation American Gin)

Ryan Reynolds: heartthrob, filmmaker, professional Twitter troll and, now, liquor company owner.

The “Deadpool” star has acquired an ownership interest in Aviation American Gin, the company announced Wednesday.

Reynolds, always quick with a quip, said he’ll now spend his days “being photographed intermittently clinching my jaw muscles while pointing at things and nodding.”