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Léa Seydoux, left, and Ewan McGregor in Drake Doremus' "Zoe."
Léa Seydoux, left, and Ewan McGregor in Drake Doremus' "Zoe." (John Guleserian)

New York’s Tribeca Film Festival announced its 2018 lineup on Wednesday, with 51 narrative features and 45 documentaries from around the world screening over the course of the 12-day event.

The Centerpiece Gala of the festival – which was co-founded by Robert DeNiro and is in its 17th year – will be the world premiere of “Zoe,” a sci-fi romance from director Drake Doremus (“Like Crazy”) starring Ewan McGregor, Léa Seydoux and Rashida Jones.

The closing-night film will be the world premiere of the documentary “The Fourth Estate,” directed by Liz Garbus (“What Happened, Miss Simone?”), which chronicles the New York Times’ efforts to cover the first year of the Trump administration.

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Note: Spoilers ahead.

Um, congratulations, Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham?

The newest “Bachelor” couple appeared Tuesday night on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” right after the five-hour, two-night trainwreck that was the show’s 2018 finale.

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Cynthia Nixon
Cynthia Nixon (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

Miranda Hobbes may be going to Albany.

A celebrity getting into politics? Well, it isn’t completely unheard of.

“Sex and the City” star Cynthia Nixon, who played no-nonsense attorney Miranda on the hit HBO series, is eyeing a potential run for governor of New York, according to several reports.

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When I was on the book tour  people said, 'Curse at me!' And I was like 'What?' 'Curse at me when you sign the book.' ... Or people had their cellphones, saying, 'Leave a message cursing people out for calling me.' What? I'm not doing that. I need a reason to curse at people.

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Jimmy Kimmel hosting the 90th Academy Awards on Sunday.
Jimmy Kimmel hosting the 90th Academy Awards on Sunday. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

Jimmy Kimmel and President Trump’s war of words just took another ratings-fueled turn.

The president emphatically reminded his Twitter followers that Sunday’s Academy Awards were the “lowest rated Oscars in HISTORY” and opined as to the reason for the program’s decreasing viewership.

“Lowest rated Oscars in HISTORY. Problem is, we don’t have Stars anymore - except your President (just kidding, of course)!” he tweeted Tuesday morning.

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Tina Tchen, former chief of staff to First Lady Michelle Obama, will head the Recording Academy's diversity task force.
Tina Tchen, former chief of staff to First Lady Michelle Obama, will head the Recording Academy's diversity task force. (Gittings Photography)

The Recording Academy has tapped Tina Tchen, former chief of staff to First Lady Michelle Obama, to lead a new task force to explore charges of gender and racial bias that erupted after this year’s Grammy Awards ceremony.

“The music industry faces numerous challenges — from combating long-held biases to making sure women are represented and respected within the community,” Tchen, who currently heads the Chicago office of the Buckley Sander LLP law firm, said in a statement issued Tuesday.

“This task force is an important initial step by the Recording Academy to demonstrate its commitment to tackling these challenges in a comprehensive way,” she said. “I am honored to partner with them in this effort and look forward to working with members of the task force as we look to make the music industry a diverse and inclusive community for all.”

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The internet is working overtime today. Where earlier Jennifer Garner took over as the new meme queen, Disney has now handily released a test to judge whether people are monsters.

OK, not exactly.

Disney on Tuesday released a first-look teaser trailer for the upcoming Winnie-the-Pooh film “Christopher Robin,” chock full of slightly cloying sentiment and dreary London locales.

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Ryan Seacrest has a new advocate: longtime 'American Idol' stage manager Debbie Williams.
Ryan Seacrest has a new advocate: longtime 'American Idol' stage manager Debbie Williams. (Evan Agostini / Associated Press)

The drama surrounding harassment allegations against Ryan Seacrest continues to unfurl, as a new voice is added to the conversation.

Longtime “American Idol” stage manager Debbie Williams, who has worked with the host for 15 years, spoke to the Wrap recently to defend Seacrest.

"If I thought for a second, ‘Ooh, I’ve seen things,’ I would call him out. But nothing. Ever. Nothing,” Williams said. “The crew was all talking at the Oscars, and everybody — audio people, camera guys, everybody — went, ‘We have never thought this guy was anything but a class act.’”

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Talk show host Wendy Williams.
Talk show host Wendy Williams. (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)

Wendy Williams will return to her eponymous talk show on March 19. In the meantime, producers have tapped an interesting guest host to fill Williams’ purple chair: actor Jerry O’Connell.

“Jerry has been such a good friend to me and to the show,” Williams said in a statement Tuesday. “We’re happy to welcome him as a guest host while I’m out getting much needed rest. Can’t wait to get back in my purple chair!”

O’Connell has made a handful of appearances on the daytime talk show, notably — er, horrifyingly — dressing up as three pregnant Kardashian sisters during Williams’ Halloween episode last year. (That’s the same episode during which Williams passed out.)

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Jennifer Garner arrives at the 90th Academy Awards.
Jennifer Garner arrives at the 90th Academy Awards. (Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)

It began, as these things so often do, on Twitter.

More than two hours into Sunday night’s Oscars ceremony, Jezebel writer Bobby Finger posted video of Jennifer Garner with a simple question: “What realization did Jennifer Garner just come to?”

In the three-second clip from the show, Garner applauds along with the rest of the audience before a look of vague concern crosses her face and she slowly stops clapping.