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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. 

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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.

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  • 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. 

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Good news for fans still mourning the fact that they never got a Hogwarts letter as a 10-year-old: A new “Harry Potter” mobile game on the way will let you finally experience life as a Hogwarts student. 

Announced Thursday by L.A.-based games studio Jam City, “Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery” is an upcoming mobile role-playing game that will let players create characters that will enroll in Hogwarts. Once there, players will attend classes, learn magic, become friends (or rivals) with other students and make plenty of other decisions as they grow into the witch or wizard they are meant to become.

Yes, this means players will join one of the four Houses and will even get to pick their own pet. Players’ choices, class participation and other student activities will help their characters gain skills to solve mysteries as well as unlock new locations, spells and other magical abilities. 

  • Movies
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Brigitte Bardot, seen promoting animal rights in 2005, is the latest French film star to criticize the #MeToo movement.
Brigitte Bardot, seen promoting animal rights in 2005, is the latest French film star to criticize the #MeToo movement. (Nicholas Ratzenboeck / Associated Press)

Catherine Deneuve has found an ally in fellow French actress Brigitte Bardot with regards to the burgeoning #MeToo movement. 

Bardot spoke briefly about the changing cultural climate in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal in a Wednesday interview with French magazine Paris Match.

“It’s, in the vast majority of cases, hypocritical, ridiculous, without interest,” Bardot said of actresses who complained of sexual harassment, taking care to specify that her words did not refer to women in general. 

Memphis-born pop star Justin Timberlake goes deep into a televised abyss in his new video for “Supplies,” a track from his forthcoming album, “Man of the Woods.”

Directed by Dave Meyers (Missy Elliott, Kendrick Lamar, Rihanna, SZA) and released Thursday morning, the video (warning: contains some adult language) shows Timberlake in front of a wall of TVs — and the news isn’t good.

Images flicker of Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, a burning Donald Trump effigy, #MeToo protest signs, a rifle and other contentious topics ripped from today’s headlines.