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James Franco.
James Franco. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

James Franco is expected to attend this weekend’s Screen Actors Guild Awards despite several allegations of misconduct levied against him.

A rep for the actor told CNN on Thursday that Franco will indeed appear at the guild’s ceremony in Los Angeles on Sunday. This, after the 39-year-old bowed out of an appearance at the Critics’ Choice Awards last week despite winning another acting prize.

“The Disaster Artist” star is nominated for a lead actor award at the show, which has made no secret that it is dedicated to celebrating women this year.

  • Celebrity
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West share a moment at Paris Fashion Week in 2015.
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West share a moment at Paris Fashion Week in 2015. (Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images)

Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West have headed to the Midwest for baby No. 3: Turns out Chicago is their kind of name. 

“North, Saint & Chi,” the reality star tweeted Friday after announcing their newest child’s name on her website, app and Twitter. Apparently it rhymes with “shy,” according to a note Kardashian retweeted. (Daddy does, after all, rap about his hometown of Chicago, sometimes called Chi-town, a lot.)

Chicago West was born via surrogate at 12:47 a.m. Monday and weighed in at 7 pounds, 6 ounces. Big sister, North, and brother, Saint, are 4 and 2, respectively. 

Emma Stone and Steve Carell star as Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs in "Battle of the Sexes."
Emma Stone and Steve Carell star as Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs in "Battle of the Sexes." (20th Century Fox)

“Battle of the Sexes,” “Call Me by Your Name,” “Lady Bird,” “Professor Marston and the Wonder Women” and “The Shape of Water” are among the films nominated at this year’s 29th GLAAD Media Awards.

On the TV side, “Billions,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Modern Family,” “Nashville,” “Star,” “Star Trek: Discovery,” “This Is Us,” “The Voice” and “Will & Grace” were just a few of the nominees that demonstrated fair, accurate and inclusive representations of LGBTQ people and issues, which are at the heart of the GLAAD Media Awards.

“What people see in the media has a powerful impact on how they treat others and the GLAAD Media Awards raise the bar for media to tell LGBTQ stories that accelerate acceptance,” GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said in a statement on Friday.

  • TV
  • Politics
  • Late-night
Conan O'Brien.
Conan O'Brien. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

Late-night host Conan O’Brien has touched down in Haiti, where he’ll be shooting a “Conan” travel special in response to President Trump’s recent disparagement of the country.

“Just landed in #Haiti and already made some new friends!” the TBS host tweeted late Thursday, sharing a video of himself interacting with some friendly locals. “Follow me all this weekend in real time as I explore this beautiful country. #ConanHaiti”

Over the weekend, O’Brien announced his plans to visit the Caribbean nation because he was still “reeling from @realDonaldTrump’s very negative Yelp review of Haiti.”

  • Music
Def Leppard in an undated photo from the 1980s.
Def Leppard in an undated photo from the 1980s. (Michael Ochs Archives / Getty Images)

The classic catalog of British pop-metal band Def Leppard has finally arrived on the major streaming services.

The multiplatinum outfit was one of the most successful acts of the 1980s, earning major radio rotation for songs “Foolin’,” “Bringin’ on the Heartache,” “Photograph” and a dozen or so more. But for reasons of money, the band resisted its label’s streaming initiatives.

Until Friday, the only Def Leppard music available on Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora, Amazon Music and others were concert versions of their songs. The reason? A rocky negotiation with Universal Music over royalty rates. 

  • TV
  • Politics
  • Late-night

If you want a late-night talk show that explains the intricate ins-and-outs of government bureaucracy, then HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” is your best bet.

But if you want a look at the ridiculousness of congressional infighting distilled into a single hilarious sketch, then look no further than “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

Kimmel, who has previously made his passion for healthcare known, turned his attention to the looming government shutdown Thursday night and attempted to explain what was preventing Republicans and Democrats from making a deal.

  • Birthdays
(Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)

I know that times do have to roll on. But if I was ever any good, I'm as good now as I ever was. It's the same with Merle [Haggard] and so many others. A lot of people don't realize how good they still are — they just look at you as old people.

The latest runway collection from L.A.-based design duo Brian Wolk and Claude Morais, presented on the roof of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel Wednesday night, continued the Wolk Morais label’s long-running love affair with Los Angeles, drawing inspiration from an L.A.-based artist as well as street style from one of the city’s moist iconic shopping thoroughfares.

  • Music
  • Celebrity

Don’t expect a sequel to Nipplegate when Justin Timberlake takes the stage at Super Bowl LII next month.

The 2018 halftime show star — who exposed Janet Jackson’s bare breast on live television during her 2004 halftime performance — said that the “wardrobe malfunction” came up when he was booked for this year’s show but that it didn’t result in much of a discussion.

“Naturally, that's something that we talked about,” Timberlake said Thursday during an interview on Beats 1. “To be honest, it wasn’t too much of a conversation, just one of those things where you go, we’re not going to do that again.”

Dolly Parton with her Guinness Book of World Records certifications
Dolly Parton with her Guinness Book of World Records certifications (Guinness World Records)

On the eve of her 72nd birthday, country music icon Dolly Parton has been awarded two certificates for her 2018 inclusion in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Parton earned the acknowledgements for being the musician with the most decades with a Top 20 hit on the U.S. Hot Country songs chart, and for having the most hits on the U.S. Hot Country songs chart by a female artist. 

In honor of her award, officials from the Guinness World Records organization traveled to Nashville to deliver her framed certificates in person.