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The chance for an Indian guy to star in his own show and do an episode like 'Indians on TV' — that doesn't come around a lot, right?

Director Joss Whedon works on set for "Avengers: Age Of Ultron."
Director Joss Whedon works on set for "Avengers: Age Of Ultron." (Jay Maidment/ Disney/Marvel)

Joss Whedon is stepping away from writing and directing a “Batgirl” project for DC Entertainment and Warner Bros., it was reported Thursday.

At a moment when inclusion and representation within the world of superhero adaptations are proving to be of increasing importance to studios and audiences alike, the first standalone film for the enduringly popular Batgirl character would seem a priority item.

Last year, DC and Warner Bros’ “Wonder Woman” earned more than $821 million at the worldwide box office. Marvel and Disney have their “Captain Marvel,” starring Brie Larson, in the works.

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The first preview performance for “Frozen” on Broadway is moving ahead as planned Thursday, unfazed by a Wall Street Journal article in which former employees accused Disney Theatrical Group President Thomas Schumacher of inappropriate language and behavior.

Disney said it had no comment after the allegations surfaced Wednesday. The Broadway League, the trade association for which Schumacher recently became chairman of the board, did not respond to a request for comment.

Schumacher leads a Disney division that has produced box-office hits such as “The Lion King” and “Aladdin.” The Journal story came out just as the stage adaption of Disney’s 2013 animated juggernaut “Frozen” finished a key dress rehearsal at the St. James Theatre. 

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Everything is coming up Tiffany Haddish!

The comedian got the surprise of her life Thursday during an appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” featuring a very special guest. 

Oprah Winfrey, hero to Haddish and, well, much of the world, had appeared as DeGeneres’ guest earlier in the program, but Haddish was told the star of “A Wrinkle in Time” left immediately after her sit-down.

Jennifer Lawrence issued a statement Thursday deriding her inclusion in Harvey Weinstein's sexual misconduct lawsuit defense.
Jennifer Lawrence issued a statement Thursday deriding her inclusion in Harvey Weinstein's sexual misconduct lawsuit defense. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

Jennifer Lawrence on Thursday morning joined Meryl Streep in vocally denouncing Harvey Weinstein. Both women were quoted in the disgraced executive’s move to have a sexual misconduct class action lawsuit dismissed. 

“Harvey Weinstein and his company are continuing to do what they have always done which is to take things out of context and use them for their own benefit,” Lawrence said in a statement given to The Times on Thursday morning. “This is what predators do, and it must stop.”

“For the record, while I was not victimized personally by Harvey Weinstein, I stand behind the women who have survived his terrible abuse and I applaud them in using all means necessary to bring him to justice whether through criminal or civil actions,” Lawrence continued. “Time’s up.”

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Quincy Jones in 2014.
Quincy Jones in 2014. (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)

Quincy Jones says he’s “an 85-year-old bow-legged man who is still learning from his mistakes.”

Specifically, that you shouldn’t publicly spill very private, scorching-hot tea.

The 28-time Grammy-winning producer issued a lengthy apology Thursday on Twitter about recent Vulture and  GQ interviews that generated a bevy of sensational headlines.

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Tiffany Haddish will host the 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards.
Tiffany Haddish will host the 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards. (Christina House / For The Times)

Tiffany Haddish is well on her way to becoming the hardest-working woman in Hollywood.

MTV announced Thursday that the comedian will host this summer’s 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards, taking over for 2017 host Adam DeVine.

Last year, MTV expanded the ceremony — formerly known as the MTV Movie Awards  — to recognize television and did away with gender-based category divisions.

Actress Lupita Nyong'o and "Daily Show" host Trevor Noah in 2017.
Actress Lupita Nyong'o and "Daily Show" host Trevor Noah in 2017. (Dia Dipasupil / Getty Images)

Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o is teaming up with “The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah to bring his memoir, “Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood,” to the big screen.

“When I read @TrevorNoah's ‘Born A Crime,’ I could not put the book down,” the Kenyan actress shared on Instagram Thursday. “Excited to announce that I will be starring in and producing its feature film adaptation! #BornACrime”

In response, Noah tweeted “I’m in heaven.”

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Figure skating commentators Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir.
Figure skating commentators Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir. (Jamie Squire / Getty Images)

Sparkly figure skating commentators Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir, and their reserved and understated broadcast partner Terry Gannon, will host NBC’s primetime coverage of the 2018 Winter Olympics closing ceremony on Sunday — billed as “the after-party at the Olympics.”

The trio will be on site in PyeongChang, South Korea, “to call the pageantry and spectacle” of the ceremony, which will featuring the Parade of Nations, interviews, profiles and musical performances, NBC said in a statement.

Lipinski and Weir broke the news Wednesday night after teasing to it all day on social media. Lipinski said Gannon had already added a jewel to his microphone to keep up with his flashy partners.

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“Black Panther” director Ryan Coogler.
“Black Panther” director Ryan Coogler. (Evan Agostini / Invision / Associated Press)

The staggering success of Ryan Coogler’s “Black Panther” has prompted the director to pen a heartfelt letter of gratitude to those going wild for Wakanda.

The 31-year-old maestro said he was not only humbled by the reception of his movie, which has been smashing box-office records almost daily, he was moved to tears by it.

“Thank you for giving our team of filmmakers the greatest gift: The opportunity to share this film, that we poured our hearts and souls into, with you,” he wrote in a letter shared by Marvel on Tuesday evening.