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Kathy Bates, left, Mayim Bialik, Jim Parsons and Teller of Penn & Teller in "The Big Bang Theory" wedding episode.
Kathy Bates, left, Mayim Bialik, Jim Parsons and Teller of Penn & Teller in "The Big Bang Theory" wedding episode. (Michael Yarish / CBS)

What did Stephen Hawking give Sheldon and Amy for a wedding gift on “The Big Bang Theory”? In real life, well, nothing, but that wasn’t going to stop the show from paying homage to the late theoretical physicist, who died in March. 

The show wanted to honor Hawking’s passing and to recognize the big role he had played on “Big Bang” — he even introduced the show’s panel discussion at San Diego Comic-Con in 2013 — but executive producer Steve Holland said the timing made it difficult. 

“It was hard to because, when it happened, we had already shot three episodes, so there was no way to be super-timely about it,” he told Entertainment Weekly

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Donald Glover dropped his evocative music video for “This Is America” last weekend without comment and stayed mum on the vociferous think-pieces that attempted to unpack the video’s violent imagery — pretty much letting the art speak for itself and all…

Ah, if only it were that calculated.

Appearing on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Thursday to plug the season finale of “Atlanta” and hype the Hollywood premiere of “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” Glover, whose woke musical alter ego is Childish Gambino, explained that he’s avoided the in-depth analyses because he’s “sensitive.”

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The text could come at any time.

It could arrive in the middle of the night, concerned that you’re not wearing enough sunscreen. Or maybe it’s delivered in the middle of the day, informing you that your childhood next-door neighbor’s second cousin died. Or, most likely, it comes as a series of texts that all end with “LOL” because she thinks it means “lots of love.”

Mom texts are real. And they’re magnificent. 

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The way you say 'I like you' in English — I mean, it doesn't have much passion. But in Spanish 'Te quiero' is almost like saying, 'I love you.' There's so much romanticism when you sing in Spanish.

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Exes Bella Hadid and the Weeknd are sparking rumors that they are back together by being spotted together at Cannes.
Exes Bella Hadid and the Weeknd are sparking rumors that they are back together by being spotted together at Cannes. (Valery Hache / AFP / Getty Images; Jamie McCarthy / Getty Images for MTV)

CANNES, France — It appears that Bella Hadid and the Weeknd might be back on. The musician joined the model,  whom he dated  from 2015 to 2016 before coupling up with Selena Gomez,  at the Cannes Film Festival on Thursday evening.

Hadid was in the south of France to help launch a new campaign with Magnum. She's the face of a, uh, unique collaboration between Alexander Wang and the ice cream brand — a leather cooler cover that retails for $895. (More to come on that.) The launch party was held on the beach just off the Croisette, overlooking the many yachts docked for the festival.

Bella Hadid and the Weeknd huddled together at the Magnum x Alexander Wang party at Cannes, France.
Bella Hadid and the Weeknd huddled together at the Magnum x Alexander Wang party at Cannes, France. (Amy Kaufman / Los Angeles Times)

Hadid arrived at the Magnum bash at around 10:20 p.m., and the Weeknd arrived on his own about 20  minutes later. The two spent the majority of the night at the center of the room in a VIP area, huddled close together as he placed his hand on her back and they kissed intermittently.

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Harper Lee's estate reached an agreement with Scott Rudin's Rudinplay on Thursday.
Harper Lee's estate reached an agreement with Scott Rudin's Rudinplay on Thursday. (Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images)

The estate of Harper Lee and the producer of a rebooted “To Kill a Mockingbird” have reached a deal after months of discord that threatened to knock the reboot off the Great White Way. 

Producer Scott Rudin’s Rudinplay and the late writer’s estate “amicably settled ongoing litigation concerning the upcoming Broadway production of To Kill a Mockingbird,” the parties said Thursday in a joint release. 

The new “Mockingbird,” which stars Jeff Daniels in the role of Atticus Finch and was written by Aaron Sorkin, will open as scheduled at the Shubert Theater on Dec. 13 after previews that start Nov. 1. Bartlett Sher is directing the courtroom drama. 

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Caitlyn Jenner had sharp words for the Trump administration on Wednesday.
Caitlyn Jenner had sharp words for the Trump administration on Wednesday. (Evan Agostini / Associated Press)

Caitlyn Jenner on Wednesday urged Britain’s House of Commons “not to go down the same road” that the U.S. has when it comes to transgender rights. 

Giving a diversity lecture sponsored by the U.K.’s Channel 4, the 68-year-old criticized decisions such as President Trump’s proposed ban on transgender military personnel. His administration has set the trans community “back 20 years,” said Jenner, a registered Republican who initially supported Trump’s presidential bid.

That was perhaps the strongest opinion expressed by Jenner, who also addressed issues around her own alleged privilege. Her status had been criticized strongly by some when she was invited to give the speech. 

Harvey Weinstein and Georgina Chapman at the 89th Academy Awards in 2017.
Harvey Weinstein and Georgina Chapman at the 89th Academy Awards in 2017. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

Georgina Chapman says she wasn’t suspicious of Harvey Weinstein. 

“I’ve never been one of those people who obsesses about where someone is,” the 42-year-old told Vogue for its June edition, noting that her now-estranged husband traveled all the time. 

So in October, when news broke about all the allegations that Weinstein had mistreated numerous women, it came as a shock to Chapman, who with a partner runs the Marchesa design house. “I lost 10 pounds in five days,” she said. “I couldn’t keep food down.” She stopped going outside.

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Spotify says it no longer will "actively promote" R. Kelly's music.
Spotify says it no longer will "actively promote" R. Kelly's music. (Axel Koester / For The Times)

Embattled R&B star R. Kelly became the first casualty of music streamer Spotify’s just-launched Hate Content and Hateful Conduct public policy, which happened to coincide with the mounting #MuteRKelly campaign.

Spotify confirmed that it is removing the R&B singer’s music from Spotify-owned and -operated playlists and algorithmic recommendations, such as Discover Weekly — a move that appears to be a result of numerous allegations of sexual misconduct.

“His music will still be available on the service, but Spotify will not actively promote it,” a Spotify spokesperson said in a statement to The Times on Thursday.

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Minneapolis rapper Lizzo is among the big names slated to perform at Music Tastes Good in September.
Minneapolis rapper Lizzo is among the big names slated to perform at Music Tastes Good in September. (Robert E. Klein / Invision/Associated Press)

The Long Beach-based Music Taste Good festival has announced the lineup for its third annual installment, and it will feature performances by British singer and producer James Blake, the influential Mancunian post-punk band New Order, rising Minneapolis rapper and singer Lizzo and dozens more.

The weekend event, slated for Sept. 29-30 at Marina Green Park, is a mashup of music and food from celebrated area chefs.

Rapper Princess Nokia, indie singer-songwriter Bill Callahan, legendary Australian jangle-pop band the Church (playing its classic album “Starfish”), ace L.A. musician and producer Blake Mills and New Orleans performers Quintron and Miss Pussycat will deliver the tunes, while chefs from port cities up and down the Western seaboard will exhibit their culinary creations.