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"Now you're in the Sunken Place": Art inspired by the film "Get Out"
"Now you're in the Sunken Place": Art inspired by the film "Get Out" (Jen Yamato / Los Angeles Times)

Each year awards hopefuls make their push into the Oscar fray, scrapping for the attention and loyalties of voters and critics by using stars, screeners and swag. But there’s a uniquely powerful populist thrust behind Universal’s campaign to boost Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” into the conversation, and it arrived this week in the form of a limited-edition collectible book of art inspired by the critically acclaimed social thriller.

The majority of pieces collected in the glossy, large-format, 104-page Taschen-style book were discovered on Instagram, where writer-director Peele found himself tagged in a stunning array of fan art as the film struck a chord with audiences following its February debut.

"Get Out"-inspired art.
"Get Out"-inspired art. (Kishan Muthucumaru)

The first time it happened, he shared the artist’s work on his own social media channels.

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Anthony Harvey / Associated Press
Anthony Harvey / Associated Press

Disgraced “Today” show veteran Matt Lauer has scrubbed his social media accounts just days after being fired from the NBC morning show amid sexual misconduct allegations.

As of Friday afternoon, the veteran broadcaster appears to have deactivated his verified Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts.

NBC fired Lauer on Tuesday night because of concerns over “inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace.” The ouster, and its on-air announcement, took place just before Variety published an investigation in which several women levied accusations of misconduct against him. More women have since come forward.

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(Richard Shotwell / Associated Press, left; Rich Fury / Associated Press, right)

Geraldo Rivera is once again apologizing for something he’s written. This time it’s his 1991 memoir, “Exposing Myself.” 

He’s also sorry about what happened with Bette Midler back in the ’70s — or “in the very least” for embarrassing her by mentioning what happened in his book —  though he still doesn’t 100% agree with her version of what happened.

Rivera had tweeted his support for Matt Lauer on Wednesday in the wake of the “Today” host's firing over allegations of sexual misconduct. At the same time, he called journalism a “flirty” business and said the current wave of accusations might be “criminalizing courtship & conflating it [with] predation.” Then he apologized, saying he “didn’t sufficiently explain” that he also thought sexual harassment was a “horrendous problem."

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(Chris Pizzello / Invision/Associated Press)

Selena Gomez has been named Billboard magazine’s Woman of the Year, and with that came several revelations about her physical and emotional mindset following her kidney transplant over the summer.

On Thursday, during the Women in Music awards ceremony, the 25-year-old singer delivered an emotional acceptance speech and dedicated her award to her friend Francia Raisa, who donated a kidney to save her life.

“Honestly, I couldn’t be more grateful for the position that I’ve been given in my career, from 7 to 14 to now,” the tearful actress-singer said. “I want people to know that I respect the platform that I have so greatly.

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Note to embattled politicians: Watch out if you throw down on social media with a guy who has 10.5 million followers, a national TV show and a sense of humor. Like, say, Jimmy Kimmel. 

Because someone like Kimmel can say things like, “Maybe if you went man to man instead of man to little girl, you wouldn't be in this situation. Allegedly.”

Kimmel went off Thursday night on former Alabama state judge Roy Moore, the Republican Senate candidate who has a decent chance of winning an election Dec. 12 despite allegations of multiple incidents of sexual misconduct, including molestation of a 14-year-old girl and assault of a 16-year-old when he was an assistant district attorney in his 30s. 

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Kaley Cuoco and Karl Cook are engaged.
Kaley Cuoco and Karl Cook are engaged. (Christopher Polk)

After a night of birthday festivities and a freak chandelier accident, “The Big Bang Theory’s” Kaley Cuoco is engaged to boyfriend Karl Cook. 

The CBS star, 32, and professional equestrian, 26, who’ve dated for about two years, shared the emotional news with videos posted on Instagram late Thursday. In the clip, Cuoco is a bawling mess of emotion with a stunning pear-shaped diamond on her finger.

“We’re engaged,” she cried, hiding her red face. Apparently in all the excitement, Cuoco didn’t actually say yes until after that, when Cook prompted her to do so during the video.

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(Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

I've always had really big ideas. I dreamed of writing my own movie and starring in it – all these audacious goals and ideas. Then once I got in touch with my own ideas, I knew there was some light in me trying to come out.

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Janelle Monáe in Wondaland

(Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)

Bette Midler has dredged up a decades-old accusation she made against Geraldo Rivera in the wake of the Fox News correspondent’s empathetic remarks about ousted “Today” show anchor Matt Lauer.

Midler, who turns 72 on Friday, began by tweeting “Yup. Me, too” on Thursday, belatedly joining the scores of women who said they experienced some sort of sexual harassment. The outspoken star followed up the tweet by sharing vintage footage of an interview she did with Barbara Walters in which she accused Rivera of sexual misconduct and pointed out that he never apologized.

“Tomorrow is my birthday. I feel like this video was a gift from the universe to me,” she wrote. “Geraldo may have apologized for his tweets supporting Matt Lauer, but he has yet to apologize for this.”

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Russell Simmons
Russell Simmons (Matt Sayles / Invision / Associated Press)

The fallout continues for music mogul Russell Simmons in the wake of multiple women accusing the Def Jam Recordings co-founder of sexual misconduct. 

HBO released a statement Thursday afternoon severing ties with Simmons in light of the recent allegations.

Simmons’ show with the network, however, will go on.

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(Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

It’s been a tough year for fans who choose to live vicariously through celebrity relationships.

Fergie and Josh Duhamel hit the skids. Laurence Fishburne and Gina Torres called it quits after 14 years of marriage. And bright and shining comedic couple Chris Pratt and Anna Farris went their separate ways in August. 

But one couple, whose love was thought dead and buried in February, is fighting back against the graveyard of broken dreams that is 2017.