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(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

My generation was kind of protected. You think, 'OK, the sky's the limit,' but then you come to the realization that not everything is going to happen in my generation and you realize that it is an ongoing struggle. You've got to continue to fight the fight where you can fight it.

FROM THE ARCHIVES: He Learned the Ropes

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Solange Knowles revealed Wednesday that she’s been struggling with an autonomic disorder that prompted her to pull out of an upcoming New Year’s Eve performance.

“The past five months I have been quietly treating, and working through an Autonomic Disorder. It been a journey that hasn’t been easy on me…,” she wrote on Instagram.

The artist did not share what type of autonomic disorder she was diagnosed with, but the term refers to a breakdown of the autonomic nervous system, which controls involuntary bodily functions.

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Anna Graham Hunter, from left, Cori Thomas and Kathryn Rossetter are among Dustin Hoffman's accusers.
Anna Graham Hunter, from left, Cori Thomas and Kathryn Rossetter are among Dustin Hoffman's accusers. (Associated Press)

Seven women who have accused actor Dustin Hoffman of sexual misconduct published an open letter Wednesday thanking John Oliver for his attempt to question the actor about the matter during an early-December film panel. 

Addressed to Oliver, the letter was first published on the Twitter feed of Anna Graham Hunter, who wrote a guest column for the Hollywood Reporter alleging that Hoffman sexually harassed her while she was working as a production assistant on “Death of a Salesman” in 1985. Hunter was 17 at the time.

“While the questions you asked may not have led to the constructive conversation you hoped for, the fact that you asked them at all is what matters most,” the letter read, adding that while many men listen to and believe women’s stories about sexual harassment, fewer men are willing to call out bad behavior.

John Oliver
John Oliver (Eric Liebowitz / HBO)
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“No one's ever really gone…”

That’s what Mark Hamill tweeted Wednesday on the first anniversary of Carrie Fisher’s death, echoing a line Luke Skywalker says to Leia Organa in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” 

An illustration of Fisher as Saint Carrie, holding her dog Gary with one hand and flipping the bird with the other, anchored a trio of pictures he included in the tweet, including pics of himself and Fisher at the beginning of their “Star Wars” careers together and at the end. 

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Paul Reiser, left, and Helen Hunt starred in "Mad About You."
Paul Reiser, left, and Helen Hunt starred in "Mad About You." (Michael Tighe / NBC)

Another classic sitcom might be returning just a week after rumors surfaced that NBC is eyeing a return to “The Office.”

TVLine reported Tuesday that Sony is in talks to reboot the 1990s comedy stylings of former NBC “Must-See-TV” fare “Mad About You.”

The sitcom, which centered around the marriage of Paul Buchman (Paul Reiser) and Jamie Buchman (Helen Hunt), originally debuted in 1992 and wrapped in 1999. 

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(Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

What I want to do is spread manga and anime even further in the mainstream — but in the right way. There’s some adaptations from the past — I won’t name any names — where it kind of lost its way. When you’re making an adaptation, you have to make content for the fans, otherwise you’ll get something that won’t even be accepted by the mainstream.

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John Oliver, left, and Dustin Hoffman.
John Oliver, left, and Dustin Hoffman. (Charles Sykes / Associated Press, left; Evan Agostini / InVision / Associated Press, right)

John Oliver wanted his sexual-misconduct conversation with Dustin Hoffman to be something constructive. Alas, it wound up being something that simply made him “feel sad.” 

“I knew the stories were out there. I knew that there were a few more coming,” the “Last Week Tonight” host said on Britain’s “The Russell Howard Hour” just before the holiday. “So it felt unavoidable that we had to have a discussion about it.”

Hoffman and Oliver clashed in early December at an anniversary screening of Hoffman’s film “Wag the Dog.” Hoffman was defensive during a panel discussion Oliver moderated, denying he had done anything wrong and saying he had been found guilty simply because he’d been accused. 

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Mariah Carey is returning to the scene of her musical crime last year, when her disastrous live performance on New Year’s Eve seemed to perfectly sum up 2016.

ABC and Dick Clark Productions announced Friday that the multiplatinum superstar will perform again on “Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest” for a second consecutive year.

Carey joins the list of previously announced performers, including Camila Cabello, Nick Jonas and Sugarland.

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DAY 25 MERRY CHRISTMAS

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After skipping their annual Christmas card last year in the wake of Kim Kardashian being robbed at gunpoint, the Kardashian-Jenner family came back Advent-calendar style for 2017: They dropped 25 cards one at a time on the way to the big day. 

What started out as simply a picture of a pile of presents next to a Christmas tree ended with an image of nearly the whole family next to the same tree, with lots of little kids mixed in. Aww.

Each family member treated the one-per-day game differently on social media. 

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(Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)

There's a lot of us who are young British actors who this is our first experience of being in a show like this, and I think that bonds you in a certain way. I don't want it to become a kind of monster where it stops being personal. At the moment, it feels like a very close-knit family that we're part of.