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(Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

True artistic experience is when you walk out [of the theater] different. Something's happened to your soul, to your mind, your information lines, anything. Entertainment, which is fine, doesn't do that. The artistic experience should change you. I want to be part of that a little more, in the third act of my life.

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Britney Spears.
Britney Spears. (Kevork Djansezian / Associated Press)

Britney Spears will usher in 2018 on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest,” the show announced Thursday. 

Spears will perform “Toxic” and “Work B**ch” from Las Vegas, where she’s wrapping her four-year “Britney: Piece of Me” residency on Dec. 31. 

While Seacrest and Jenny McCarthy anchor the ABC show from Times Square in New York, Lucy Hale will host in New Orleans and Ciara will hold down the fort in Hollywood. 

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House and Senate Republicans have passed their sweeping tax plan, and boy, did Seth Meyers have words about that. The “Late Night” host tore into Republicans, the president and the GOP tax bill itself on Wednesday night. 

Republicans passed a sweeping overhaul of the tax code that will overwhelmingly benefit corporations and the wealthy, amounting to nothing less than a brazen heist of the country,” said Meyers.

He pointed out that “despite all evidence to the contrary,” Donald Trump refused to admit that the tax plan actually only really benefits the richest Americans. 

  • Movies
Amanda Seyfried, Christine Baranski, Colin Firth, Pierce Brosnan and Stellan Skarsgård star in "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again."

The internet was filled with the dulcet tones of ABBA Thursday morning after Universal Pictures released the first trailer for “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.” 

The highly anticipated look at the sequel to 2008’s “Mamma Mia!” opens with Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) surrounded by friends of her mother (Christine Baranski and Julie Taylor) who have arrived to help her with impending motherhood.

But where, precisely, is Sophie’s titular mother Donna, played by Meryl Streep?

  • Celebrity
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As if Prince Harry and fiancée Meghan Markle weren’t picturesque enough, the couple had to go and release their stunning engagement portraits to further show off how picture-perfect they are.

The British prince and “Suits” actress initially shared two official portraits on Thursday to mark their engagement, Kensington Palace said. Then, to show gratitude for all the positive feedback they received, the pair shared with their well-wishers an additional candid portrait via Twitter.

“The couple are so grateful for the warm and generous messages they have received during such a happy time in their lives. As a way to say thank you, they have decided to share this candid photograph from the day of their portrait sittings directly with all of you,” the palace said on Twitter.

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(Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

Life experience teaches you finally the survival is in yourself. I've got a third of my life left, and it's mine.

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Jane Fonda Flexes Her Muscles

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Khloe Kardashian is pregnant. That might sound like old news, but what we hadn’t heard was confirmation from the the mom-to-be herself that she and boyfriend Tristan Thompson have a baby on the way. That changed Wednesday. 

“My greatest dream realized! We are having a baby! I had been waiting and wondering but God had a plan all along. He knew what He was doing,” Kardashian said, posting a black-and-white picture on Instagram showing Thompson’s hands and hers around her oiled-up baby bump — and she’s still got some serious hardware on that ring finger. 

“I simply had to trust in Him and be patient,” she said. “I still at times can't believe that our love created life!”

  • Celebrity
Actress Eva Longoria and husband José Bastón are expecting a baby.
Actress Eva Longoria and husband José Bastón are expecting a baby. (Gareth Cattermole / Getty Images)

Eva Longoria is expecting a baby boy with husband José Antonio Bastón, The Times has confirmed. 

The 42-year-old actress-producer-activist was completely surprised by the pregnancy, according to the Blast. She was preparing to shoot a new movie but postponed it, sources told the website. 

She’s four months along, according to People

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XXXTentacion was charged Friday in Miami with multiple felonies stemming from a 2016 domestic violence case.
XXXTentacion was charged Friday in Miami with multiple felonies stemming from a 2016 domestic violence case. (Miami-Dade County Corrections)

The saga of XXXTentacion — whose rise as one of the year’s biggest breakout rappers is overshadowed by a felony domestic violence case — continues. He was released from jail days after being taken into custody for violating his bond.

A judge ordered the MC to be released from custody and placed under house arrest on Wednesday, according to court records.  

The South Florida native, born Jahseh Onfroy, had been sent back to jail on Friday after being hit with 15 felony counts of witness tampering and harassment in connection with the 2016 domestic violence case that has made his ascent in hip-hop controversial.

Catt Sadler
Catt Sadler (Tommaso Boddi / Getty Images)

Catt Sadler has left E! after failing to agree on a contract with the entertainment network. She blamed her departure on a “massive pay disparity” between her and male “E! News” anchor Jason Kennedy. 

“[W]hen E reached out to renew and extend my deal,” she wrote Tuesday on her blog, “I learned that he wasn’t just making a little more than I was. In fact, he was making close to double my salary for the past several years.”

At contract-renewal time, she said, “My team and I asked for what I know I deserve and were denied repeatedly.”