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Common and Andra Day, shown in March performing in Washington, are joining a task force exploring biases in the recording industry.
Common and Andra Day, shown in March performing in Washington, are joining a task force exploring biases in the recording industry. (Andrew Harnik)

Musicians Sheryl Crow, Common, Andra Day, Jimmy Jam and Cam are among 16 music industry members who have been named to a task force looking into gender and racial bias issues that came to a head earlier this year following the 2018 Grammy Awards ceremony.

The newly formed task force is headed by Tina Tchen, former chief of staff to First Lady Michelle Obama. Others selected to explore the disparities in Grammy Award nominations that resulted in a #GrammysSoMale campaign include executives from record companies, music publishers, academic institutions and other entertainment world entities.

They include Stephanie Alexa, ATO Records vice president of finance and licensing administration; Universal Music Group Executive Vice President Michele Anthony; broadcast journalist Giselle Fernandez; Creative Nation CEO and co-owner Beth Laird; BET Networks chairman and CEO Debra Lee.

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Jordan Peele revealed a few major details about his sophomore directorial effort on Tuesday.

The “Get Out” maestro tweeted a monochromatic title poster and key art for his highly anticipated upcoming project. Another social thriller, the movie will be called “Us” and promises to be “a new nightmare from the mind” of the Academy Award winner.

The “Key & Peele” veteran didn’t unveil much beyond that, but the trades jumped in with reports on casting — namely that the director was eyeing Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o and Emmy winner Elisabeth Moss for lead roles, as well as “Black Panther’s” Winston Duke, Variety and Deadline said.

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Woody Harrelson, star of the upcoming “Star Wars” film “Solo,” which explores the origins of Han Solo, gave fans a glimpse into his own origin story, featuring an unexpected guest star.

The veteran actor stopped by “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Tuesday to discuss the film and swap stories about his good buddy Willie Nelson when Kimmel asked about a different pal from Harrelson’s past.

After establishing that Harrelson attended Hanover College, Kimmel asked if he knew Vice President Mike Pence, who attended at the same time.

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Our job is to unleash the play. It's not just about your character or interaction with the other characters. There's an energy in all good plays which you have to find. And that is part and parcel of ensuring that an audience gets what it's about.

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Colton Haynes
Colton Haynes (Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

Looks like it’s true: Colton Haynes and Jeff Leatham are getting a divorce after only six months of marriage.

Haynes, 29, filed papers Tuesday in Los Angeles, according to TMZ, which also reported last week that the couple had broken up. 

Reps for the “Arrow” actor did not immediately respond to an email seeking confirmation. 

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David Foster, left, and Katharine McPhee.
David Foster, left, and Katharine McPhee. (Evan Agostini / Associated Press)

Fashion’s biggest night turned into a night for celebs to take their rumored romances public.

During Monday’s Metropolitan Museum of Art Gala, several celebrity couples made a high-profile splash as they walked the ivory carpet clad in dramatic looks aligned with the exhibition’s “Heavenly Bodies” dress code.

Though many stars at the event were joined by the designers of their festive frocks, quite a few made a bigger statement. 

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Madonna, the ultimate Catholicism-as-high-fashion hipster, gave a surprise performance at Monday's Met Gala.
Madonna, the ultimate Catholicism-as-high-fashion hipster, gave a surprise performance at Monday's Met Gala. (Charles Sykes / Invision/Associated Press)

Taking Catholic iconography and making it fashion is old hat for Madonna.

So for Monday night’s “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination”-themed Met Gala in New York, it’s unsurprising that the holy mother of pop took things to the next level.

Attendees were treated to a special performance by Madonna to close out the star-studded event. After changing out of her black Jean Paul Gaultier gown, the artist reappeared, face-hidden by a hooded monk’s robe.

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Actress Kirsten Dunst.
Actress Kirsten Dunst. (Autumn de Wilde / Rodarte)

It’s a boy for first-time mom Kirsten Dunst.

The “Fargo” star and her fiancé, costar and on-screen husband Jesse Plemons, have welcomed a healthy baby boy, according to the Associated Press. But additional details on his arrival were sparse.

And by sparse, we mean basically nonexistent. 

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When it comes to President Trump appearing on “Late Night With Seth Meyers,” the host calls the chances of that happening “the classic hypothetical in that it’s never gonna happen.”

“I'm happy he hasn't been here,” Meyers said in an interview with Politico’s Off Topic on Tuesday. “There's this idea that there's a really good interview with him to be had on a late-night talk show. I don't think there is.”

There’d been a chance that Trump would come on “Late Night,” actually, after Meyers had run into the POTUS-to-be at the 40th anniversary of “Saturday Night Live.” 

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Trevor Noah and "The Daily Show" took some creative license in depicting the special relationship between Trump and Giuliani.
Trevor Noah and "The Daily Show" took some creative license in depicting the special relationship between Trump and Giuliani. (Comedy Central)

It takes a lot to render a late-night host speechless, but former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani did just that with a media blitz that began last week and had many observers calling it mind-boggling.

On Monday night’s episode of “The Daily Show,” Trevor Noah walked viewers through the last week’s run of television appearances by the newest member of President Trump’s legal team.

Of particular note was Giuliani’s claim that the president had knowledge and involvement with Michael Cohen’s hush money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels, which Trump had previously denied.