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Five women – and an obscured sixth – grace the cover of Time’s Person of the Year issue, honoring the “the Silence Breakers,” the men and women exposing sexual harassment in the workplace. 

The accompanying article was conceived, reported and written by women, according to a tweet from Charlotte Alter, the national correspondent for the magazine.

“It was fact-checked by women. The video was shot and edited by women. The layout and photo spread were designed by women,” Alter tweeted. “It's one of the reasons I'm proud to work at Time.”

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On Tuesday afternoon, reports emerged that a biopic of mobster John Gotti starring John Travolta was being dropped by its distributor, Lionsgate, just 10 days before its planned release.

As the news quickly spread, many concluded that the mafia drama was being unceremoniously whacked.

But, in an interview with Deadline published Wednesday morning, Travolta pushed back, saying the speculation surrounding the fate of “Gotti” was “bordering on fake news.”

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Jordan Peele
Jordan Peele (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

Jordan Peele may not be stuck in the sunken place, but he’s staying in the horror business. 

The writer-director of “Get Out” will executive produce a revival of the classic series “The Twilight Zone” for CBS All Access, CBS’s subscription video-on-demand service, it was announced Wednesday.

“Too many times this year it’s felt we were living in a twilight zone, and I can’t think of a better moment to reintroduce it to modern audiences,” Peele said in a press statement.

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Gal Gadot hosted “Saturday Night Live” in October, and, according to Kate McKinnon, the “Wonder Woman” star made quite an impression. 

Gadot made such an impression that McKinnon has developed a sterling Gadot impression of her own. 

McKinnon stopped by “The Tonight Show” Tuesday and told Jimmy Fallon all about Gadot’s time at “SNL,” including how McKinnon and castmate Aidy Bryant felt in the presence of the Israeli beauty.

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Time’s Person of the Year is more than a person: It’s a movement.

Under the umbrella “the Silence Breakers,” the magazine has honored the legions of women coming forward about sexual harassment in the workplace as its most influential entity of 2017. 

“The hashtag #MeToo (swiftly adapted into #BalanceTonPorc, #YoTambien, #Ana_kaman and many others), which to date has provided an umbrella of solidarity for millions of people to come forward with their stories, is part of the picture, but not all of it,” the magazine said

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(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

So much of the advice that was given to me when I was 15 and 16 years old, I took. Everything from the logistics of how to get on at a comedy club to discipline and patience. A lot of what people talked about was that it took a really long time to become a good comedian. That was important to hear. 

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Danny Masterson, seen in an episode of "The Ranch," was fired from the series Monday after multiple sexual assault claims.
Danny Masterson, seen in an episode of "The Ranch," was fired from the series Monday after multiple sexual assault claims. (Greg Gayne / Netflix)

Netflix is parting ways with Danny Masterson, star of “The Ranch,” in light of multiple sexual assault accusations made against the actor earlier this year. 

“As a result of ongoing discussions, Netflix and the producers have written Danny Masterson out of ‘The Ranch,’” a Netflix spokesperson wrote in a statement to The Times on Tuesday. “Yesterday was his last day on the show, and production will resume in early 2018 without him.”

Representatives for Masterson provided The Times with the following statement from the actor regarding his dismissal: 

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Terry Crews has filed suit against Adam Venit.
Terry Crews has filed suit against Adam Venit. (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)

The dispute between actor Terry Crews and William Morris Endeavor Entertainment agent Adam Venit continued Tuesday in the form of a lawsuit.

Representatives for Crews confirmed to The Times that the “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” star is suing Venit, whom he accused of groping him at an industry function last year.

No additional details about the suit were immediately available. 

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Dustin Hoffman and John Oliver squared off about sexual harassment Monday night during a panel discussion in New York, with both men sticking by their arguments as tension between them heated up.

Oliver, the “Last Week Tonight” host, moderated the chat, which was part of a Tribeca Film Institute 20th anniversary screening of the movie “Wag the Dog” and reported on by the Washington Post and WWD. (Kathryn Hopkins of WWD shot the video above.)

Oliver said he had to address an issue that was “hanging in the air”: accusations of sexual harassment against Hoffman in 1985 and 1991 made last month by a former intern and a then-struggling playwright. 

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There must have been something in the late-show waters over the weekend because both “The Tonight Show” and “The Late Show” featured very special Christmas celebrations centered around none other than special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.

On CBS, Stephen Colbert celebrated the “holiday collusion season” with a choir singing a special version of “12 Days of Christmas.” 

“On the first day of Christmas, Bob Mueller gave to me/A Michael Flynn guilty plea,” the choral group sang, running down a list that included “four charges so far,” “three panicked Trumps” and “two officials flipped.”