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Singers Dolly Parton, left, and Adele had kind words for each other this week on social media.
Singers Dolly Parton, left, and Adele had kind words for each other this week on social media. (Jordan Short / Associated Press, left; Owen Sweeney / Invision, right)

The Dolly Parton-Adele love fest continues.

After Adele paid homage to the country queen this week on Instagram, Parton took to social media to share how flattered she was that the “Hello” singer would even know who she was, let alone pay tribute to her.

“Hey, Adele likes me? I was knocked out, I was so honored, I was so flattered,” the jubilant country icon said in an Instagram video posted Wednesday.

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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.

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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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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)

Jennifer Lawrence has joined Meryl Streep in vocally denouncing Harvey Weinstein. Both women were quoted in the disgraced executive’s move to have the 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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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.

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The use of a GIF of Amy Poehler's character in “Parks and Recreation" in an NRA video was condemned by the series' creator, Michael Schur.
The use of a GIF of Amy Poehler's character in “Parks and Recreation" in an NRA video was condemned by the series' creator, Michael Schur. (Colleen Hayes / NBC)

Michael Schur, the mind behind comedies including “Parks and Recreation” and “The Good Place,” had a bone to pick with the National Rifle Assn. on Wednesday night.

After noticing the NRA using a GIF of Leslie Knope, lead character from “Parks and Rec” played by Amy Poehler, Schur asked the organization to remove the offending tweet.

“Hi, please take this down,” Schur tweeted. “I would prefer you not use a GIF from a show I worked on to promote your pro-slaughter agenda.”

Jimmy Kimmel has a message for anybody who believes the students who have become vocal gun-control advocates after surviving a Florida school shooting are fake: You’re crazy.

“These are kids who should be applauded,” the host insisted Wednesday as his “Jimmy Kimmel Live” monologue addressed the student-led gun-control activism sweeping the country in the wake of the mass shooting last week at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

“There have been so many courageous and passionate and well-spoken students, many of whom were in the school and survived the attack, speaking out demanding something be done,” Kimmel said.  

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What I have to say to the people who haven't gone through a wild period is: Watch out, you know, it's going to come in some way, shape or form. We all have to get that out of our systems.

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Drew, We Hardley Knew Ye

Galvanized by Ashley Judd, Rose McGowan and others in the #MeToo movement, women seized the narrative in Hollywood in 2017. But on screen, it was a different picture.

Women claimed just 24% of leading roles in the top 100 films last year, down from 29% in 2016, according to a new report from San Diego State's Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film.

In the private dining room of Lucques in West Hollywood on Tuesday night, there was plenty of excitement as guests celebrated New York-based jewelry company David Yurman's partnership with Academy Award winner and advocate Geena Davis as executive producers on an upcoming documentary examining gender bias in Hollywood.

"It's been a really long time since I've been in a room with so many powerful women," said one guest as she scanned the room. "This feels really good."

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