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(Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

Therapy worked in spades, and I think my comedy has gotten better. I know myself more, and therefore I'm a better worker. And the more you know yourself, the more you know your creative process and the more you can exploit it, the more you can change it and direct it, the more relaxed you feel and the more confident you feel. 

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The film critic Richard Roeper.
The film critic Richard Roeper. (Richardroeper.com)

Veteran Chicago Sun-Times movie critic Richard Roeper has been re-instated from a suspension after being caught purchasing tens of thousands of fake followers on Twitter. 

The writer was one of many media figures and celebrities named in a New York Times investigation of the shadowy firm Devumi, which along with another firm brought him over 50,000 followers “on at least six separate occasions” for an alleged fee of $650. 

“We took these steps because, in addition to our expectation of professional accuracy, authenticity is particularly important to the profession of journalism,” the Sun-Times said in a statement. Roeper had claimed he was unaware that the followers were fake. 

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Justin Timberlake's new album is "Man of the Woods."
Justin Timberlake's new album is "Man of the Woods." (Amy Harris / Invision / Associated Press)

Janet Jackson swiftly dismissed speculation that she might make a return visit to the Super Bowl stage with Justin Timberlake during his halftime show Sunday.

“To put to rest any speculation or rumors as to whether I will be performing at the Super Bowl tomorrow; I will not,” Jackson said in a statement released Saturday. “Thank you for your support and I do look forward to seeing you all very soon.”

Fans had wondered if Jackson might make a cameo after Timberlake mentioned her name during a Thursday news conference, responding to a question about potential guests for his performance. 

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Pink performs at the Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden in New York on Sunday.
Pink performs at the Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden in New York on Sunday. (Matt Sayles / Invision/Associated Press)

Pink’s performance of the national anthem at Sunday’s Super Bowl may be derailed by the flu.

The singer wrote on Instagram on Saturday that, after rehearsals for her performance of “The Star Spangled Banner,” she may not be well enough to perform at her peak. 

“Trying to practice the flu away. I’ve been waiting to sing this song since 1991 when I saw my idol, Whitney Houston, own this song. And now, my chance has finally come,” she wrote. But alas, “I’ve arrived at another one of my dreams which is slowly becoming a sort of nightmare.”

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Director Woody Allen poses for photographers during a photo call for the film "Cafe Society" at the 69th international film festival in Cannes.
Director Woody Allen poses for photographers during a photo call for the film "Cafe Society" at the 69th international film festival in Cannes. (Thibault Camus / Associated Press)

Stephane Celerier, the head of French film distributor Mars Films, defended director Woody Allen in the midst of a backlash against sexual misconduct in the entertainment industry.

In an essay in the French weekly magazine Le Point, Celerier said that allegations against Allen — whose adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, accuses Allen of molesting her when she was  a child — were “more a matter of settling family accounts” and part of what Celerier described as the “shameless opportunism” of the #MeToo movement.

Farrow previously wrote in the L.A. Times that “when I was 7 years old, Woody Allen led me into an attic, away from the babysitters who had been instructed never to leave me alone with him. He then sexually assaulted me.” Allen has denied the allegations.

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Uma Thurman alleges that producer Harvey Weinstein attempted to assault her.
Uma Thurman alleges that producer Harvey Weinstein attempted to assault her. (Jennifer S. Altman / For The Times)

Uma Thurman has spoken out about an alleged attempted assault by disgraced former film producer Harvey Weinstein. 

Thurman, speaking to the New York Times, described meeting Weinstein in a London hotel room where, she says, he attempted to force himself on her.

“It was such a bat to the head,” she said. “He pushed me down. He tried to shove himself on me. He tried to expose himself. He did all kinds of unpleasant things.”

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Lady Gaga has canceled the last 10 dates of the European leg of her world tour because of "severe pain."
Lady Gaga has canceled the last 10 dates of the European leg of her world tour because of "severe pain." (Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images)

Lady Gaga has abruptly cancelled 10 dates of her European tour because of “severe pain.” 

The singer released a statement on Twitter explaining the cancellations, which covers the last European leg of her “Joanne” world tour.

“Unfortunately, Lady Gaga is suffering from severe pain that has materially impacted her ability to perform live,” it read. 

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(Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

You have to give the public the magic of your music, but you can never enter into that magic, because it'll hurt you. You've got to keep your feet on the ground.

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After stints as a gangsta, a rasta, a Martha Stewart cooking show co-host and youth football mogul, now Snoop Dogg is heading to church for his new album.

The Long Beach rap legend has spilled some details about his upcoming gospel-themed LP, “Bible of Love,” which he described on Beats 1 as a sound that’s “always been on my heart. I just never got around to it because I always be doing gangsta business or doing this or doing that.”

The album — out March 16 on Snoop’s new imprint, All the Time Entertainment — has numerous guests from the more orthodox gospel world, including B.Slade, Rance Allen and Tye Tribbett. Faith Evans also swings through for a track.

Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez at the Guess spring 2018 campaign party.
Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez at the Guess spring 2018 campaign party. (Rachel Murray / Getty Images)

Less than two hours after model Kate Upton took to Instagram to accuse Guess co-founder Paul Marciano of using “his power in the industry to sexually and emotionally harass women,” the fashion mogul was hosting a flashy party at his company’s downtown Los Angeles headquarters Wednesday night in honor of Jennifer Lopez, the star of Guess’ new spring 2018 campaign.

By Thursday afternoon, shares of Guess stock had dropped more than 17% and a defiant Marciano was denying Upton's allegations, which began with a Wednesday afternoon tweet that said, “It’s disappointing that such an iconic women’s brand Guess is still empowering Paul Marciano as their creative director. #metoo.” The Instagram post followed.

Marciano told TMZ that he had never touched Upton, who was the face of Guess in 2010 and 2011, and that he’d never been alone in a room with her.