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Claire Foy, left, and Matt Smith found themselves at the center of controversy after "The Crown" producers revealed their pay disparity.
Claire Foy, left, and Matt Smith found themselves at the center of controversy after "The Crown" producers revealed their pay disparity. (Robert Viglasky / Netflix)

Left Bank Pictures is attempting to quell the firestorm sparked last week over pay disparity on “The Crown.”

Public outcry flared up after producers revealed that Matt Smith, who portrayed Prince Philip in the first two seasons, was paid more than Claire Foy, who wore the titular crown as Queen Elizabeth II. 

When the series premiered in 2016, Foy was perhaps best known for her turn as Anne Boleyn in BBC2’s “Wolf Hall” and Smith was coming off  a nearly five-year stint as the 11th Doctor on “Doctor Who.” 

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Time’s Up organizers are urging New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to uncover why a Manhattan district attorney decided against prosecuting Harvey Weinstein after a weekend report indicated that the D.A.’s office mishandled a 2015 case against the former film mogul.

On Saturday, New York magazine published a story detailing Dist. Atty. Cyrus Vance Jr.’s handling of Ambra Battilana’s sexual-assault case against Weinstein. Disturbed by the report, Time’s Up organizers on Sunday published an open letter on the magazine’s Cut blog calling on Cuomo to launch an internal investigation “to ensure that prosecutorial integrity was maintained and to restore faith in the DA’s office.”

Battilana, an Italian-born model who was 22 at the time, filed a complaint in 2015 accusing Weinstein of touching her breasts during a business meeting in his Tribeca office. The complaint was dismissed the following month.

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We're getting away from those days where we have to live and breathe about what white folks think about us. That day is over.

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Tickets for comedian Kathy Griffin's Carnegie Hall stop of her "Laugh Your Head Off" tour sold out in less than 24 hours.
Tickets for comedian Kathy Griffin's Carnegie Hall stop of her "Laugh Your Head Off" tour sold out in less than 24 hours. (Robyn Beck / AFP/Getty Images)

Kathy Griffin is not just back on tour — she’s selling out shows all over again after it seemed her career had been torpedoed by a photo stunt that backfired last year.

Tickets for the controversial comic’s stop at Carnegie Hall went on sale Friday and sold out in less than 24 hours.

“The Kathy Griffin concert on June 26th is sold out except for a few ADA seats, which are for wheelchair accessibility,” a rep for Carnegie Hall confirmed to the Los Angeles Times on Monday.

 Cynthia Nixon attends the People's State of the Union event in New York in January.
Cynthia Nixon attends the People's State of the Union event in New York in January. (Alba Vigaray / EPA/Shutterstock)

After a few weeks of will-she-or-won’t-she rumbles, actress Cynthia Nixon announced Monday that she’s running for governor of New York. 

“I love New York, and today I'm announcing my candidacy for governor. Join us,” she wrote on social media, linking to a campaign fundraising page that states she will take no corporate contributions.

In doing so, the former “Sex and the City” star is walking the walk instead of just talking the talk, after tweeting in January, “Taking our country back is going to require all of us to step up and take action — including more women, people of color, queer people, and first-generation Americans running for office.”

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You have to be a fighter, not necessarily combative, but you can't give up. Maybe the key is not to question too much, to just do what your instincts tell you, because there's some place that's coming from.

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Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland and Megan Mullally as Karen Walker in a scene from the rebooted "Will & Grace."
Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland and Megan Mullally as Karen Walker in a scene from the rebooted "Will & Grace." (Chris Haston)

With two episodes left to air in its first season, the highly successful "Will & Grace" revival has been renewed for a third.

NBC has announced it has ordered an 18-episode third season for fall 2019. The network will also expand the number of episodes in next fall’s season two from 13 to 18.

"As far as I'm concerned, we can't get enough of 'Will & Grace,'" said NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt in a news release. "I'm overwhelmed by the euphoric response the new show has received from the press and the audience."

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Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland and Megan Mullally as Karen Walker in a scene from the rebooted "Will & Grace."
Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland and Megan Mullally as Karen Walker in a scene from the rebooted "Will & Grace." (Chris Haston)

With two episodes left to air in its first season, the highly successful "Will & Grace" revival has been renewed for a third.

NBC has announced it has ordered an 18-episode third season for fall 2019. The network will also expand the number of episodes in next fall’s season two from 13 to 18.

"As far as I'm concerned, we can't get enough of 'Will & Grace,'" said NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt in a news release. "I'm overwhelmed by the euphoric response the new show has received from the press and the audience."

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I don’t listen to much pop-rap. Most of it doesn’t have enough substance for me. But if too much of it gets in the mainstream and everybody starts rapping, the black roots of rap will be slowly forgotten and rap may turn into just another bland form of music.

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Being young, you always want to find that film or find that TV show that makes you escape. Who does not want an alien invasion to land? Who doesn’t?