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From left: Tiffany Haddish and Jada Pinkett Smith in "Girls Trip," Daniel Kaluuya in "Get Out" and Rutina Wesley in "Queen Sugar."
From left: Tiffany Haddish and Jada Pinkett Smith in "Girls Trip," Daniel Kaluuya in "Get Out" and Rutina Wesley in "Queen Sugar." (Michele K. Short / Universal Pictures / Universal Pictures / Patti Perret / OWN)

The African American Film Critics Assn. has dubbed Jordan Peele’s social thriller “Get Out” the best movie of the year. The film also won honors for directing, acting (for lead Daniel Kaluuya) and screenplay. 

Other films receiving awards or landing on the group’s top 10 films list of the year were “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” for lead actress Frances McDormand, “Last Flag Flying” for supporting actor Laurence Fishburne and “Girls Trip” for supporting actress Tiffany Haddish and best comedy honors. 

“The films released in 2017 captured a plethora of lifestyles, experiences and emotions that allowed our members to engage with a different range of storylines from previous years,” AAFCA co-founder and President Gil Robertson said in a statement. “The success of ‘Girls Trip,’ the first R-rated film starring an all black female cast to surpass $100 million, and ‘Get Out,’ Jordan Peele’s directorial debut which surpassed $250 million worldwide, prove just how viable black films are across the board.”

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Looks like James Corden’s Christmas Carpool Karaoke might become a “Late Late Show” tradition. 

Alas, seeing Harry Styles plant a kiss on Corden this time around doesn’t come close to last year’s charming revelation that the show had been surreptitiously taping bits of “All I Want for Christmas Is You” all year long, just waiting for Mariah Carey to introduce the catchy cameo-fest for the holidays. 

Reggie Watts might be a swell “Late Late” bandleader, but he’s no Mariah Carey. Nor is “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town” as infectious as “All I Want for Christmas Is You.” 

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Jimmy Kimmel has had enough of Congress putting tax cuts for the rich ahead of the lives of children. 

On Monday night’s episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” late-night TV’s champion for affordable healthcare made his case once again: The Children’s Health Insurance Program needs to be funded already.

Joined by his infant son, Billy, who had heart surgery just last week, a tearful Kimmel broke down exactly why CHIP is important. 

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Dwayne Johnson and Lauren Hashian at the Los Angeles premiere of "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" on Monday.
Dwayne Johnson and Lauren Hashian at the Los Angeles premiere of "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" on Monday. (Jordan Strauss / Invision/Associated Press)

When Dwayne Johnson isn’t busy making movies, he’s apparently busy procreating: The action star is expecting his third child this spring — and it’s a girl.

The “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” headliner shared the news on Instagram on Monday with an assist from his youngest daughter, Jasmine Lia, who posed for a photo with a sign making the reveal.

“Our Jasmine Lia would like to make a big announcement - IT’S A GIRL!” the 45-year-old former wrestler captioned the photo, saying he and his girlfriend, Lauren Hashian, are “boundlessly grateful for this blessing as this spring we’ll welcome our second baby. Plus, Jazzy is excited to boss around and protect her lil’ sis.”

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(Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

I don't think you necessarily see yourself as funny. When I came to Los Angeles, I thought, 'Oh, I am going to end up doing sitcoms.' I didn't do well at those auditions. I wasn't that good at punch lines. But I do love to create a character.

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Keaton Jones, the Tennessee boy whose tearful reaction to bullying was captured on video by his mom, is getting waves of celebrity support after the clips went viral under the hashtag #StandWithKeaton.

After shooting into the public eye, however, the family is also dealing with social-media backlash. More on that later. 

“Just out of curiosity, why do they bully? What’s the point of it?” the Knoxville middle-school student asks his mother, who reportedly was picking him up from school early because he was too afraid to go to lunch. “Why do you find joy in taking innocent people and finding a way to be mean to them? It’s not OK.”

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Steve Edwards.
Steve Edwards. (KTTV)

Steve Edwards, the anchor of Fox 11’s “Good Day L.A.” and a fixture in local television and radio for more than three decades, is leaving the morning news show.

A Fox spokesperson said that Edwards “is no longer employed” at the station but did not provide further details.

Edwards has also hosted such shows as KABC-TV's "AM Los Angeles," KCBS-TV's "Two on the Town" and "The Steve Edwards Show."

Chandler Riggs as Carl Grimes on "The Walking Dead."
Chandler Riggs as Carl Grimes on "The Walking Dead." (Greg Nicotero / AMC)

Fair warning: Spoilers ahead.

AMC’s “The Walking Dead” has been known for upsetting its fans by killing off beloved characters. Even though the zombie apocalypse is a dangerous place, the loss of several survivors that viewers have grown to love can still be a traumatic experience.

But the uproar over the apparent death of one of the drama’s central characters in Sunday’s installment might reach new heights. (Those who have not seen the episode should stop reading now.)

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(Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)

I think somehow that just being me, my American me, on those [talk] shows, convinced a lot of people who were in a position to employ me that I was just as American as anybody else if I wanted to be, or I could be just as Hispanic if I wanted to be. It depends on the hairdo and the attitude.

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Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme was caught on video Saturday night deliberately kicking a female photographer in the face at KROQ’s annual holiday concert in Inglewood.

“It was obviously very intentional,” the photographer, Chelsea Lauren, told Variety. Lauren said the attack was unprovoked and that Homme was smiling before he struck her.

Homme released a statement Sunday afternoon to press and on the band’s social-media accounts: