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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.

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When you have a classic or an issue, they call me, Got a crisis? Call Melissa. She'll do it. Do you need someone to roll around on the floor and cry? She can do that. How much crying do you need? 'Oh, Melissa Gilbert is perfect .'

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People pass by the Egyptian Theatre on Main Street during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.
People pass by the Egyptian Theatre on Main Street during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

Kim Yutani​, formerly senior programmer for the Sundance Film Festival, is now its director of programming, festival director John Cooper announced late Monday.

She will lead the festival’s curation of film, media and off-screen programming at the winter festival in Park City, Utah, as well as other year-round events supporting indie storytellers and their films. 

“Kim’s curatorial vision combines a voracious appetite for films across genres with a creative instinct for the work that will affect audiences and culture,” Cooper said in a staff memo. “She’ll now helm an incredibly talented team of curators and programmers, and I predict that our festival slates will further deepen and broaden the reach of independent artists and stories in fiction and nonfiction.”

Kim Yutani​ is the new director of programming for the Sundance Film Festival.
Kim Yutani​ is the new director of programming for the Sundance Film Festival. (Agnieszka Wojtuń / Sundance Film Institute)
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Former First Lady Michelle Obama onstage during the first day of the United State of Women Summit at the Shrine Auditorium.
Former First Lady Michelle Obama onstage during the first day of the United State of Women Summit at the Shrine Auditorium. (Kristina Dixon / USOW)

During a two-day event over the weekend, about 6,000 women, including former First Lady Michelle Obama and "black-ish" star Tracee Ellis Ross, and allies from across the country gathered in Los Angeles to talk about what it means to be a woman in 2018. The event featured breakout discussions and panels that focused on women's equality.

The first United State of Women Summit was in 2016 in Washington. The message behind this second iteration called on women to take action to support gender equality.

The first day of the summit was at the Shrine Auditorium at the University of Southern California with events fanning out around L.A. on the second day. The summit brought together women across all industries who are interested in building a better future for young women and girls in the United States.

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The Kennedy Center has rescinded two past honors given to Bill Cosby.
The Kennedy Center has rescinded two past honors given to Bill Cosby. (Matt Slocum / Associated Press)

The Kennedy Center is the latest institution taking steps to distance itself from disgraced comedian Bill Cosby. 

On Monday the Kennedy Center announced that its board had voted to revoke two honors it had previously awarded Cosby: the Kennedy Center Honors and the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. 

Cosby was recognized with the Kennedy Center Honors in 1998 and the Mark Twain Prize in 2009.

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Cannes Film Festival director Thierry Fremaux held an unscheduled press conference Monday.
Cannes Film Festival director Thierry Fremaux held an unscheduled press conference Monday. (Sebastien Nogier / EPA)

The world is changing, and the Cannes Film Festival is trying to keep pace.

That was the message from an unscheduled press conference held Monday featuring insight from festival director Thierry Fremaux.

Unmentioned? That’s even if it means including a warning note in gift bags promoting a sexual-misconduct hotline. 

Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian in the upcoming movie "Solo."
Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian in the upcoming movie "Solo." (Disney / Lucasfilm)

In an age when music videos compete for attention with millions of four-minute clips for attention, Donald Glover successfully owned social media this weekend.

First was the double-billing, with his musical alter-ego Childish Gambino, on “Saturday Night Live,” where he poked fun at Kanye West and shouted-out ’80s R&B singer Oran “Juice” Jones before delivering two confident musical performances. 

Immediately after, Glover’s Gambino persona released the video for “This is America” — and all hell broke loose online. A wildly innovative work that rewards repeated views and commands attention, the Hiro Murai-directed video both honors and upends the traditional music video structure. Watch it here, but be warned there is some violent imagery.

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Two series featuring Jeffrey Tambor made announcements about their future on Monday.
Two series featuring Jeffrey Tambor made announcements about their future on Monday. (Richard Shotwell / Associated Press)

It has been a strangely busy news day for Jeffrey Tambor-related projects, with both “Arrested Development” and “Transparent” releasing information about their fates.

Netflix announced Monday that “Arrested” would return to the streaming site on May 29 for its fifth season. A new trailer that appeared to feature more footage from previous seasons than material from the season to come accompanied the release date. 

However, the Bluth gang is all together again, which is all that matters. (Sorry, Season 4.)

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Janet Jackson is getting Billboard's Icon Award.
Janet Jackson is getting Billboard's Icon Award. (Chris Pizzello / Associated Press)

People of the world unite! Janet Jackson is ready to tear up your TV screens with her first televised performance in nine years.

Jackson will receive the Icon award at this year’s Billboard Music Awards ceremony, NBC and Dick Clark Productions announced Monday.

The performer is no stranger to the Billboard charts, with more than 300 weeks spent at No. 1 throughout her extensive career. She’s also one of only four artists to have earned No. 1 albums in the 1980s, 1990s, 2000s and 2010s, with only Bruce Springsteen, Barbra Streisand and U2 matching her prowess.

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Ken Jeong
Ken Jeong (Evan Agostini / Associated Press)

Is there a doctor in the house?

As one lucky audience member learned Saturday, whenever Ken Jeong is performing, the answer is yes. 

Jeong, an actor whose comedy has been featured in “The Hangover,” “Community” and the sitcom “Dr. Ken,” stopped his stand-up routine mid-set over the weekend when a woman in the audience began having a seizure.