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"Game of Thrones" creators David Benioff, left, and D.B. Weiss have been tapped to write and produce a new series of "Star Wars" films.
"Game of Thrones" creators David Benioff, left, and D.B. Weiss have been tapped to write and produce a new series of "Star Wars" films. (Jeff Kravitz / FilmMagic for HBO)

The best place to escape winter might be a galaxy far, far away. “Game of Thrones” creators and executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are making a new series of “Star Wars” movies. 

Disney announced Tuesday that Benioff and Weiss will write and produce a new series of films separate from both the Skywalker saga — the main episodic series of “Star Wars” films that kicked off with 1977’s “A New Hope” — and the previously announced trilogy being developed by “The Last Jedi” director Rian Johnson

“In the summer of 1977 we traveled to a galaxy far, far away, and we’ve been dreaming of it ever since,” said Benioff and Weiss in a joint statement. “We are honored by the opportunity, a little terrified by the responsibility, and so excited to get started as soon as the final season of ‘Game of Thrones’ is complete.”

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Quentin Tarantino clarified his part in an accident on the set of "Kill Bill" and his knowledge of Harvey Weinstein's behavior.
Quentin Tarantino clarified his part in an accident on the set of "Kill Bill" and his knowledge of Harvey Weinstein's behavior. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

Just hours after Uma Thurman took to Instagram to clear the name of Quentin Tarantino, the director himself spoke out to clarify just what happened on the set of “Kill Bill: Vol. 1” in the early 2000s. 

On Sunday, the New York Times ran a piece in which Thurman alleged that Harvey Weinstein once attempted to sexually assault her and also revealed some of Tarantino’s controversial decisions as a director.

Thurman claimed that Tarantino had pressured her to perform a stunt she felt uncomfortable with and resulted in lasting injuries after a violent car crash.

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Ronald Bell, left, George Brown and Robert Bell of Kool & the Gang will be among the 2018 inductees for the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Ronald Bell, left, George Brown and Robert Bell of Kool & the Gang will be among the 2018 inductees for the Songwriters Hall of Fame. (Kool & the Gang)

Alan Jackson, John Mellencamp, Jermaine Dupri and members of Kool & the Gang are among the latest class of inductees into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, the organization announced Tuesday.

They’ll be joined by veteran country singer and songwriter Bill Anderson, pop-country songwriter Steve Dorff and pop-R&B-soul songwriter Allee Willis.

“The 2018 roster of Songwriters Hall of Fame inductees is a prodigious representation of creators of cross-genre hits,” Hall of Fame co-chairs Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff and the hall’s president and CEO, Linda Moran, said in a joint statement.

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Trevor Noah just wants Sean Hannity to admit that he was wrong about the GOP memo. And to eat a pile of horse poop. (Please note that the clip includes some adult language.)  

On Monday night, “The Daily Show” host turned his attention to the controversial memo that President Trump claims “totally vindicates” him in regards to “the Russia Witch Hunt.” While Noah was more than skeptical of Trump’s assertion, he did concede that the president didn’t really specify which “Trump” he was referring to in his celebratory tweet

But Noah was not the only person who doubted Trump’s claim about the GOP memo. 

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Sarah Silverman and Michael Sheen at the 2016 Academy Awards.
Sarah Silverman and Michael Sheen at the 2016 Academy Awards. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

Sarah Silverman and Michael Sheen have broken up after three years as a couple, she announced Monday on Twitter.

“The great @michaelsheen & I consciously uncoupled over Christmas. I mean, not ‘over Christmas’ - like that wasn’t the fight that ended it. No fight. We just live in different countries & it got hard. Felt we should just tell y’all so u stop askin, ‘How’s Michael/How’s Sarah?’”

Alas, Silverman’s comedic timing wasn’t 100% on the ball this time around.

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The “Muppet Babies” have a new nanny. Actress Jenny Slate has been tapped to voice the Muppets’ caretaker in the upcoming Disney Junior reboot

Voiced by Barbara Billingsley of “Leave It to Beaver” fame in the original series, Miss Nanny was the Muppet Babies’ kind caregiver whose face was never seen on the show. Instead she was shown rocking a pair of iconic green striped tights and purple sneakers to go with her pink skirt and purple sweater. 

The new Miss Nanny, as seen in the video clip above, has gotten a bit of a makeover. While her wardrobe’s color palette remains familiar, her green tights now will feature patterns that change for each episode to match the story’s theme. But she will still only will be seen from the torso down. 

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I can't tell you the last time I met a female engineer, and I've never worked with a female producer, and that's crazy to me. I want other young women to be inspired to do it. I really don't get why there isn't more.

Kesha, second from right, was supported by more than a dozen female musicians during her performance at the 60th Grammy Awards on Jan. 28.
Kesha, second from right, was supported by more than a dozen female musicians during her performance at the 60th Grammy Awards on Jan. 28. (Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

The fallout over gender bias in the recording industry ratcheted up another notch Monday. Several top female music executives reportedly sent a sharply worded letter of protest to the board of the Recording Academy, according to the New York Times.

The letter described the organization as “woefully out of touch,” on the heels of a recent USC survey showing that 90.7% of all Grammy Awards nominees over the past five years have been male. 

The issue came to a head at last week’s awards ceremony in New York, where just one Grammy was bestowed on a solo female on the telecast: the new artist award given to Alessia Cara.

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Uma Thurman has clarified her remarks about an accident during “Kill Bill” filming.
Uma Thurman has clarified her remarks about an accident during “Kill Bill” filming. (Jennifer S. Altman / For The Times)

Uma Thurman took to Instagram on Monday to clarify her remarks regarding a car accident that took place on the set of “Kill Bill.” 

In an interview with the New York Times published over the weekend, Thurman detailed the alleged attempted assault she suffered at the hands of Harvey Weinstein, as well as information regarding a horrific crash she suffered on the set of the 2003 martial-arts film.

Thurman alleged that she was pressured to perform a driving stunt herself instead of relying on a stunt person and was injured after losing control of the vehicle and crashing into a palm tree.

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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).