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Elton John and his mother, Sheila Farebrother, in 2003.
Elton John and his mother, Sheila Farebrother, in 2003. (KMazur / WireImage)

Elton John’s mom, Sheila Farebrother, has died, the singer announced Monday on social media. 

“So sad to say that my mother passed away this morning. I only saw her last Monday and I am in shock. Travel safe Mum. Thank you for everything. I will miss you so much,” John wrote. 

Mother and son were reportedly on the outs for a few years after a disagreement in 2008, but according to John they got back in touch last year.

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"Olaf's Frozen Adventure"
"Olaf's Frozen Adventure" (Disney Pixar)

Even as the animated film “Coco” has led the box office for the last two weekends, there have been complaints about the short film that precedes it, “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure.” The short will leave theaters after Thursday.

A representative for Disney confirmed that the short was always intended for a limited run.

A “Frozen” spin-off featuring the voices of Josh Gad, Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel and Jonathan Groff, “Olaf” features four original songs and runs more than 20 minutes, significantly longer than shorts that typically come before a Pixar animated feature.

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After all the free publicity President Trump has generated for Time magazine’s 2017 Person of the Year title, it’s little wonder that he ended up on the list of 10 finalists for the honor. 

The magazine announced its shortlist on NBC’s “Today” on Monday morning, its choices representing a wide swath of individuals and issues that defined the year. 

Battling the president for the title are Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, the undocumented immigrants known as “Dreamers,” “Wonder Woman" director Patty Jenkins, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, former San Francisco 49ers quarterback and activist Colin Kaepernick, the #MeToo movement, special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Chinese President Xi Jinping. 

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Billy Bush is back.

He might not have a media job (yet?), but he stepped up Sunday with an essay confirming that no matter what the president might say now, it was indeed Donald Trump speaking on the “Access Hollywood” tape that leaked more than a year ago. 

“Of course he said it. And we laughed along, without a single doubt that this was hypothetical hot air from America’s highest-rated bloviator,” the former NBC star wrote in a Sunday op-ed for the New York Times, offering some context for what Trump called locker-room banter.

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Jorja Smith, right, will receive the Brit Awards 2018 Critics Choice Award given for "future British recording talent."
Jorja Smith, right, will receive the Brit Awards 2018 Critics Choice Award given for "future British recording talent." (Andrew Benge)

English R&B singer Jorja Smith has won the Brit Awards 2018 Critics’ Choice award, putting her in the rarefied company of previous honorees Adele, Sam Smith and Ellie Goulding.

The annual award singles out “future British recording talent.” It caps growing buzz for Smith, who also has been recognized by Canadian rapper and producer Drake, who included her on his “More Life” mixtape and brought her onstage earlier this year when he played London’s O2 Arena.

"It's been an unforgettable 2017, during which I've fulfilled so many of my dreams,” the 20-year-old singer said after it was announced that she will pick up the award, which will be handed out Jan. 13. “This is such a special way to end the year." 

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(Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

My M.O. is resistance; I try not to do anything at all. I only take projects that come to the point where I have no choice. Whatever sucks me in, whatever beats my resistance, those are the ones I did.

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Jeff Bridges, psychic warrior

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Conductor James Levine at Tanglewood in 2006.
Conductor James Levine at Tanglewood in 2006. (Michael Dwyer / Associated Press)

New York's Metropolitan Opera on Sunday said it was suspending its relationship with longtime conductor James Levine pending an investigation into multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against him. 

“Mr. Levine will not be involved in any Met activities, including conducting scheduled performances at the Met this season,” the Met said in a statement. 

The Met also said it has appointed Robert J. Cleary, a former U.S. attorney and the current head of the investigations practice at the Proskauer Rose law firm, to lead the investigation. 

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Richard Jenkins and Sally Hawkins in "The Shape of Water"
Richard Jenkins and Sally Hawkins in "The Shape of Water" (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

The Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. had lots of love for Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me by Your Name” and Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” during its annual awards deliberations on Sunday.

Guadagnino’s coming-of-age story about a 17-year-old American boy who falls in love with his father’s assistant played by Armie Hammer won best picture. And Timothée Chalamet was named best actor for his performance as the young American in Italy.

Guadagnino and Del Toro shared the directing award thanks to a tie vote from the critics group. 

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Alec Baldwin reprised his role as President Trump on “Saturday Night Live” in a cold open inspired by “A Christmas Carol.”

In the sketch, Baldwin as Trump is visited by “the ghost of witness flipped" Michael Flynn, the president’s fired national security advisor (played by Mikey Day), appearing in chains in the style of Charles Dickens’ doomed ghost Jacob Marley. 

Flynn tells Baldwin’s Trump, “I came to warn you. It’s time for you to come clean for the good of the country.” 

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Bryan Singer in 2016 when he was promoting "X-Men: Apocalypse."
Bryan Singer in 2016 when he was promoting "X-Men: Apocalypse." (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

Production on the upcoming Freddie Mercury biopic has been suspended after director Bryan Singer didn’t show up on the set.

“Twentieth Century Fox Film has temporarily halted production on 'Bohemian Rhapsody' due to the unexpected unavailability of Bryan Singer,” the studio said in a statement released to Deadline and other outlets.

A representative for Singer told BBC News that the director’s absence was prompted by "a personal health matter concerning Bryan and his family."