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  • Music
Lynyrd Skynyrd has announced its final tour, starting May 4.
Lynyrd Skynyrd has announced its final tour, starting May 4. (Larry Papke / Associated Press)

Elton John isn’t the only music legend bidding adieu to touring life.

Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd on Thursday announced its final “Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour,” beginning May 4 in West Palm Beach, Fla.

“It’s hard to imagine, after all these years, the band that Ronnie Van Zant, Allen Collins and myself started back in Jacksonville, would resonate for this long and to so many generations of fans. I’m certain they are looking down from above, amazed that the music has touched so many,” original member Gary Rossington said in a press release Thursday.

David Copperfield.
David Copperfield. (Emma Summerton)

Illusionist David Copperfield has preemptively responded to sexual assault allegations, hours before a report detailed an alleged nonconsensual encounter in 1988 with a 17-year-old aspiring model.

The famed Las Vegas headliner is accused of drugging and assaulting Brittney Lewis after meeting her during a modeling contest he was judging, the Wrap said Wednesday. At the time, she was 17 and Copperfield was 32.

The Wrap said it spoke with at least five individuals who corroborated Lewis’ story, and Lewis said she reported the alleged incident to the FBI in 2007. The Times has not independently verified the allegations. 

  • Celebrity
Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise (Angela Weiss / AFP / Getty Images)

“Mission: Impossible” franchise star Tom Cruise is on now on Instagram, joining the more than 800 million active users who rappelled onto the social media site before him. 

The actor’s first posts Thursday were purely promotional, giving a peek into the next “MI” movie and revealing the name: “Mission: Impossible — Fallout.” It will be the sixth movie in the series, which according to unadjusted Box Office Mojo numbers has grossed enough worldwide to give each active Instagram user about enough green to buy a gallon of gas. 

Also, it appears that Cruise is once again doing his own high-risk stunts, though we knew that already in August when he had that building-jumping mishap (as one does in one’s mid-50s). Totally wish he’d posted a POV helicopter shot he took himself … 

  • Birthdays
(Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

I'm proud to be mentioned with people like Jill Scott and Erykah Badu because I feel they are part of a breakthrough. … For years women relied on men for songs, but now women are expressing the truth of a new generation. That's my goal too.

  • TV
Candice Bergen is returning to television for CBS' revival of "Murphy Brown."
Candice Bergen is returning to television for CBS' revival of "Murphy Brown." (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)

Welcome to 2018, where everything old is new again and everything new is an idea recycled from 20 years ago.

CBS announced Wednesday it is reviving classic sitcom “Murphy Brown” in the upcoming season, complete with original star Candice Bergen. 

The original series is approaching the 30th anniversary of its Nov. 14, 1988, premiere, and the political and cultural climate of the world could not be more different. 

HBO announced Wednesday that Meryl Streep will join "Big Little Lies" for Season 2.
HBO announced Wednesday that Meryl Streep will join "Big Little Lies" for Season 2. (Brigitte Lacombe / HBO)

Buckle your seatbelts: “Big Little Lies” is bringing out the big guns. 

HBO announced Wednesday that three-time Oscar-winning actress Meryl Streep is joining the already-stacked cast of the limited series.

Streep is playing Mary Louise Wright, mother of the recently deceased Perry (Alexander Skarsgard), who comes to Monterey concerned about the welfare of her grandchildren and suspicious about her son’s death.

  • Music
Elton John is calling it a career, at least on the road.
Elton John is calling it a career, at least on the road. (Eric Gay / Associated Press)

In a live Vemo broadcast Wednesday morning, the superstar Elton John announced his retirement from touring — with a world tour that’s expected to last three years and touch down in Los Angeles early next year.

The “Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour,” he told interviewer Anderson Cooper at the media event, will be “the best production I’ve ever done.”  

Always the consummate showman, John turned the announcement into a buzzed-about affair. On his official website, the multiplatinum hitmaker placed a countdown clock set to expire at 9:30 a.m. Pacific, along with a teaser phrase drawn from one of his most famous songs: “I’ve finally found where my future lies,” a reference to his song and album “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.”

  • TV
  • Late-night

Late night’s love of Hollywood continued Tuesday night as several talk shows took aim at the Oscar nominations announced earlier in the day.

On “The Late Show,” Stephen Colbert celebrated the warm embrace of “The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro’s lyrical love story between a woman and a fish man, which scored 13 nominations.

“It’s a great story,” Colbert said. “It’s about a woman who has sex with a disgusting fish monster, and I’m really impressed someone already produced the Stormy Daniels story.”

  • Birthdays
(Larry Bessel / Los Angeles Times)

The thing that surprises people is that it doesn't get easier with time because you are, in a sense, comparing every new song to what you've written before. You don't want the same sound or the same melody. You want to find something new.

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Rebirth of a solitary man

Mere moments after the world learned that James Franco would not be nominated for an Oscar for his work in “The Disaster Artist,” two of the women accusing the actor of sexual misconduct made their first television appearance on “Good Morning America.”

Sarah Tither-Kaplan and Violet Paley, both of whom spoke to The Times’ for its story exposing allegations of Franco’s inappropriate behavior, spoke to ABC’s Amy Robach about the actor. 

“Being an actor and a filmmaker and working in the industry has been my dream since I was maybe 5 or 6, and I knew that by coming forward, I was risking my career,” Tither-Kaplan told Robach.