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Vanessa Redgrave
Vanessa Redgrave (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)

To me the important thing is not to categorize a role, or a woman for that matter, because in any case strength comes from overcoming weaknesses. 

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There is a moment in Rose McGowan’s new documentary series when she learns that Harvey Weinstein has allegedly stolen the first half of her memoir, “Brave,” months in advance of its publication.

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Michelle Obama, left, and Ellen DeGeneres on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" in 2012.
Michelle Obama, left, and Ellen DeGeneres on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" in 2012. (Michael Rozman / Warner Bros.)

Former First Lady Michelle Obama is paying another visit to “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”

Obama will guest star on the syndicated daytime talk show on Thursday, the show announced on Monday.

It will be Obama’s first television sit-down interview since she and former President Obama left the White House in early 2017.

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Kendrick Lamar performs surrounded by hooded dancers at the 60th Grammy Awards.
Kendrick Lamar performs surrounded by hooded dancers at the 60th Grammy Awards. (Timothy A. Clary / AFP/Getty Images)

The 60th Grammy Awards took place in New York on Sunday and were filled with several water-cooler moments, and, as always, even more head-scratching ones.

The ceremony was poised to make Grammy history, with a promising and diverse crop of nominees up for awards in the top categories, but it was Bruno Mars' funk/pop homage that swept the show.

Attendees wore white roses to show solidarity with the Time's Up movement, Miley Cyrus and Elton John sang a duet, Childish Gambino wooed the audience and country stars paid tribute to the Las Vegas shooting victims.

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Scott Baio speaks at the 2016 Republican National Convention.
Scott Baio speaks at the 2016 Republican National Convention. (J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press)

“Charles in Charge” star Nicole Eggert has accused her TV costar Scott Baio of molesting her when she was underage. Meanwhile, Baio responded by accusing Eggert of making up claims about him.

The latest sparring match touched off over the weekend when Eggert, 46, called Baio a “creep” on Twitter, tweeting to another user to ask him “what happened in his garage at his house when I was a minor.”

Another tweet from the “Baywatch” actress, which has since been deleted, alleged that Baio began behaving inappropriately when she was 14, according to People. The actors worked together on “Charles in Charge,” a 1980s sitcom, and Baio, in his 20s at the time, played Eggert’s nanny.

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[I'm] so involved in doing the work and then moving myself to whatever is the next work for me to do that I have spent very little time analyzing how I got to where I am or what was responsible for it or how I was motivated to keep going.

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Jay-Z accepts the President's Merit Award onstage during the Clive Davis and Recording Academy pre-Grammy gala on Saturday.
Jay-Z accepts the President's Merit Award onstage during the Clive Davis and Recording Academy pre-Grammy gala on Saturday. (Michael Kovac / Getty Images)

Jay-Z, who will be up for eight Grammys Sunday, got President Trump’s attention during his guest appearance in the premiere episode of CNN’s “Van Jones Show.”

When Jones asked Jay-Z about Trump’s comments about “shithole” countries,” the hip-hop star said, “Everyone feels anger; but after the anger, it’s real hurtful. Because it’s looking down at a whole population of people, and it’s so misinformed because these places have beautiful people. … This is the leader of the free world speaking like this.”

Trump, apparently a CNN viewer despite giving the network a “Fake News” award, tweeted his response on Sunday morning to Jay-Z’s appearance.

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Alan Alda
Alan Alda (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)

I think I found my way by hook and by crook to what I'm really suited to. I think throughout my life I've learned things about talking to an audience, conveying a story to an audience, and I can really help do that with scientists, because the thing I had when I was 11 I still have with me, which is my curiosity.

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(Beatrice de Gea / Los Angeles Times)

If you're up there trying to be cool, you're done. I have that philosophy as a comedian, so I just took it over to acting.

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Céline Dion is doing much better after a bout with the flu forced her to cancel a few of her Las Vegas shows recently.

The Caesars Palace headliner took to Instagram early Friday to share the good news, posting an unexpected snapshot with fellow hitmaker Adele — who happened to be sporting some of Dion’s concert merch. While Dion was clad in a sparkly show gown, the “Hello” singer showed off her black sweatshirt featuring an illustration of the French Canadian crooner.

Dion, 49, wrote that she “had a pretty rough time during the last couple of weeks,” but has since improved.