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Olympian Adam Rippon arrives at the 90th Academy Awards this month.
Olympian Adam Rippon arrives at the 90th Academy Awards this month. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

Olympian Adam Rippon will receive the Human Rights Campaign’s 2018 Visibility Award.

The 28-year-old is being honored by the civil rights organization for making history this year as the first openly gay U.S. American male figure skater to compete in the Olympic Games.

In addition to his athleticism, the outspoken skater also advocated on behalf of the LGBTQ community when he publicly sparred with Vice President Mike Pence ahead of the Olympics last month in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

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Showrunner David Chase and actor James Gandolfinia at a 1999 Writers Guild event.
Showrunner David Chase and actor James Gandolfinia at a 1999 Writers Guild event. (Jill Connelly / Associated Press)

Fans of “The Sopranos” still don’t have clarity about how the series ended, but they'll soon find out more about how it all began.

The critically acclaimed HBO drama is said to be getting a big-screen prequel from award-winning showrunner David Chase, who has penned a screenplay with “Sopranos” co-writer Lawrence Konner.

Warner Bros.’ New Line has purchased “The Many Saints of Newark,” the working title for a feature film set amid the deadly Newark riots that erupted between rival Italian and African American mobsters in the 1960s, according to several reports.

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Rocker Tommy Lee, left, was allegedly assaulted by his son Brandon on Monday night.
Rocker Tommy Lee, left, was allegedly assaulted by his son Brandon on Monday night. (Frazer Harrison /Getty Image, left; Evan Agostini / Invision/Associated Press, right)

A family feud has allegedly become physical between rocker Tommy Lee and son Brandon.

The alleged altercation took place between Tommy, 55, and Brandon, 21, on Monday after a series of tweets from the Mötley Crüe drummer about Pamela Anderson — his ex-wife and Brandon’s mother.

The apparent spat resulted in a bloody lip for Tommy, who was transported to a local hospital later that evening. 

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Arie Luyendyk Jr. on ABC's "The Bachelor."
Arie Luyendyk Jr. on ABC's "The Bachelor." (Paul Hebert / ABC)

Well, well, well, Arie Luyendyk Jr. has not only drawn the ire of Bachelor Nation, but also the state of Minnesota’s.

After Luyendyk proposed to and broke off his engagement with Minnesota native Becca Kufrin during Monday’s finale of “The Bachelor,” Rep. Drew Christensen made good on his promise to draft a bill banning Luyendyk.

The representative drafted the bill and will be introducing it. But he won’t be pushing for it.

Meghan Trainor, with her Grammy Award for best new artist, will take part in ASCAP's 'I Create Music' Expo in Los Angeles in May.
Meghan Trainor, with her Grammy Award for best new artist, will take part in ASCAP's 'I Create Music' Expo in Los Angeles in May. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

Meghan Trainor will take part in a keynote discussion at ASCAP’s 2018 “I Create Music” Expo slated for May 7-9 in Los Angeles.

She’ll join previously announced participants in the conference including Jason Mraz, Marc Cohn, Desmond Child, Dan Wilson, Darrell Brown, Claudia Brant, Billie Eilish, and veteran singer-songwriter and ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams.

As a 16-year-old aspiring musician, Trainor attended the Expo, which features panels, workshops, master classes, keynote addresses and one-on-one sessions with industry pros.

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"Full Frontal" host Samantha Bee.
"Full Frontal" host Samantha Bee. (Ali Goldstein / TBS)

Samantha Bee has a plea for all the NRA members of the world: Just join Scientology.

Back from a hiatus, the “Full Frontal” host tackled on Wednesday night last month’s massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., noting how some elected officials have failed in their promises to address mass shootings. 

In dissecting the National Rifle Assn. and its hold over politicians, Bee said she made a startling discovery. The NRA is a lot like a religion — specifically Scientology. 

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Actor Terry Crews.
Actor Terry Crews. (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)

Prosecutors will not file criminal charges in actor Terry Crews’ groping case because the statute of limitations has expired, according to the Los Angeles city attorney’s office.

The “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” star, who was among the first high-profile actors to speak up about industry-wide harassment in the nascent days of the #MeToo movement, accused talent agent Adam Venit of groping him during a Hollywood party in February 2016. Emboldened by the far-reaching movement, Crews filed a police report a month after detailing the encounter in a series of tweets.

The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office, which first reviewed Crews’ allegations as a felony case, said that the allegations against Venit were not felonious because there was no skin contact, nor was there restraint involved, the Associated Press reported.

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Jon Favreau played a role in the animated series “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.” He is also in the upcoming “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” set to open May 25.

Jon Favreau continues his rise as Disney’s shining star. Lucasfilm announced Thursday morning that the director has signed as executive producer and writer of a live-action “Star Wars” series for Disney’s new streaming service. 

“Jon brings the perfect mix of producing and writing talent, combined with a fluency in the Star Wars universe,” Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy said in a statement.

“This series will allow Jon the chance to work with a diverse group of writers and directors and give Lucasfilm the opportunity to build a robust talent base,” she said.

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I always felt — or I almost always felt — that I was being acknowledged. That wasn't an issue for me. Acknowledging myself was a different matter.

Madonna, left, and Kim Kardashian West sat down for a beauty chat at YouTube Space in Playa Vista on Tuesday.
Madonna, left, and Kim Kardashian West sat down for a beauty chat at YouTube Space in Playa Vista on Tuesday. (Kevin Mazur / Getty Images; Vivien Killilea / Getty Images)

Madonna and Kim Kardashian West — each in black ensembles and surrounded by an entourage that included Kardashian West’s mom, Kris Jenner, and Madonna’s manager, Guy Oseary — joined forces Tuesday night at YouTube Space in Los Angeles to tape a conversation promoting their respective beauty lines, MDNA Skin and KKW Beauty.

A small handful of influencers and journalists attended the intimate Q&A, which was moderated by Kandee Johnson of the Lifetime reality series “Glam Masters,” on which Kardashian West is executive producer.

Ironically, the 50 guests were instructed to put their phones away during the 30-minute conversation in which Kardashian West discussed her fitness routine. “Sometimes I get up at, like, 5 [a.m.] to work out,” she said, explaining that she goes to the gym at her mom’s house.