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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."

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(Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)

There's always something of you in every character you play. You're the conduit. A character who is so miserable and angry, I can access that, you know? I really can. It doesn't mean I'm happy to, but I am able to. I can dig it out of somewhere.

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Not Strictly Naked Ambition

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(Mark Boster / Los Angeles times)

Look, I like people recognizing me on the street and asking to take pictures. But it's honestly not about my ego. It fuels my creativity. Ten girls just came up to me? Wow. Now I want to make another song they can blast in their convertible.

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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.