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No matter how excited people are for “Avengers: Infinity War,” it’s difficult to stoke more excitement in a 30-second Super Bowl spot than in a full-fledged trailer.

After dropping a 2-minute, 24-second trailer in November, Sunday’s “Infinity War” tease was more about keeping fans excited than offering new insights.

What was exciting, however, was finally getting a look at the new shield being toted by Captain America (Chris Evans). 

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I fuse things, from doing this role and that role, roles that have nothing to do with being like, Latin. I’m more concerned, as I get older, with the story. I’m more like, ‘Give me a good story,’ then I’ll work from there.

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Work is consoling and gives you strength, but without your family, who needs you? [Our son] Sean gave me the drive to survive. Some days, I felt life wasn’t worth it, but it was important that I stay around for Sean. Or he would have lost two parents.

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Making things in all sorts of ways is what I love to do. It's my therapy, it's my everything. I just can't wait around for someone to hire me.

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Justin Theroux and Jennifer Aniston in 2013.
Justin Theroux and Jennifer Aniston in 2013. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

In announcing their separation Thursday, Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux said that anything published about their split that doesn’t come directly from them is “someone else’s fictional narrative.”

So consider yourself warned, because this is a quick dive into what lots of people who aren’t Jen and Justin are saying went wrong in their marriage.

Broad strokes? Well, you can dig around the trashiest publications yourself, but the mainstream outlets are making it sound like Justin had a true love other than Jennifer, and that lady’s name was New York, N.Y. 

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Willie Nelson is set to release a new album, "Last Man Standing," in the spring.
Willie Nelson is set to release a new album, "Last Man Standing," in the spring. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

Willie Nelson has cooked up a birthday present for himself: a new studio album.

“Last Man Standing” is scheduled for release on April 27, two days before the revered country music singer and songwriter turns 85.

Announced Friday, the collection includes 11 new songs Nelson has written with longtime songwriting collaborator and producer Buddy Cannon. It’ll be the follow-up to last year’s “God’s Problem Child,” for which Nelson and Cannon also worked together, and which premiered at No. 1 on Billboard’s country album chart.

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Two-time Oscar-winning actress Olivia de Havilland is suing FX and producer Ryan Murphy..
Two-time Oscar-winning actress Olivia de Havilland is suing FX and producer Ryan Murphy.. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

Olivia de Havilland’s lawsuit over the unauthorized use of her identity in “Feud: Bette and Joan” will continue next month.

Oral arguments in the veteran actress’ case against FX and “Feud” producer Ryan Murphy have been set for March 20.

However, the arguments as to whether the case should advance won’t be heard in a traditional courtroom. They’ll instead be carried out at USC’s law school so that students can watch the procedure, according to De Havilland’s attorneys. The hearing is still as official as if it were held in the courthouse.

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Janelle Monáe attends the Los Angeles premiere of "Black Panther" on Jan. 29.
Janelle Monáe attends the Los Angeles premiere of "Black Panther" on Jan. 29. (Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images)

Janelle Monáe’s fourth full-length album is coming.

A gritty visual teaser for “Dirty Computer,” which Monáe is calling “an emotion picture,” debuted Friday, offering glimpses of futuristic domiciles, violent riots and various love interests.

“They drained us of our dirt and all the things that made us special,” she says in the trailer. “And then you were lost, sleeping, and you didn’t remember anything at all.”

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“The Karate Kid” stars Ralph Macchio and William Zabka are going toe-to-toe — again — in the forthcoming “Cobra Kai” TV series.

In a teaser to the YouTube Red original series posted online Thursday, the stars of the 1984 martial arts franchise reignite their storied rivalry. Johnny Lawrence, the former high school bully played by Zabka, has gone the way of Pat Morita’s Mr. Miyagi by opening his own dojo. It’s called Cobra Kai and its students learn the way of the fist — but Macchio’s Daniel LaRusso isn’t having it with Johnny’s “no mercy” tactics.

“Johnny Lawrence and Daniel LaRusso aren’t the same people they were in high school — but their rivalry hasn’t changed one bit. The Karate Kid saga continues,” reads the synopsis.

Jill Soloway and Jeffrey Tambor at the Emmy Awards in 2016.
Jill Soloway and Jeffrey Tambor at the Emmy Awards in 2016. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

Jeffrey Tambor, whose removal from the show “Transparent” in connection with sexual harassment allegations was confirmed Thursday, says Amazon Studios never discussed those charges with him as part of a “deeply flawed” investigation that led to his dismissal. 

“I am profoundly disappointed in Amazon’s handling of these false accusations against me,” he said Thursday afternoon in a statement. 

In November, as the #MeToo campaign was gathering steam, two transgender women — one his former assistant, the other an actress on “Transparent” — made accusations of harassment. At the time, Tambor apologized and defended himself, saying adamantly that he was not a predator.

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Regardless of theology, or however you see life, or relate to worshiping God — as an artist, my job is to tell the truth and then try to connect with these characters and people as honestly and deeply as possible.

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