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Queen Latifah, left, and her mother, Rita Owens, pose for a photograph in 2016.
Queen Latifah, left, and her mother, Rita Owens, pose for a photograph in 2016. (Greg Allen / Associated Press)

Queen Latifah, a.k.a. Dana Owens, is mourning the death of her mother, Rita Owens, remembering her as “certainly the love of my life.” 

Rita Owens, a teacher, died Wednesday after struggling for years with a heart condition, Latifah said via a statement to various outlets, including People.

“She had struggled with a heart condition for many years and her battle is now over,” Latifah said. “I am heartbroken but know she is at peace.”

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"The Spy Who Dumped Me" stars Mila Kunis, left, and Kate McKinnon debut the trailer for the film on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."
"The Spy Who Dumped Me" stars Mila Kunis, left, and Kate McKinnon debut the trailer for the film on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show." (Michael Rozman / Warner Bros.)

Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon showcase their action-comedy chops in the first trailer for Lionsgate’s summer flick “The Spy Who Dumped Me.”

“Two very best friends, regular gals, get sucked into an international espionage adventure for which they are not prepared professionally or emotionally,” explained “Saturday Night Live” star McKinnon during the actresses’ appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Wednesday to debut the trailer.  

The women go on the run from bad guys, chasing down Kunis’ ex, a CIA agent played by Justin Theroux who ghosted and dumped her. He and the internet’s other favorite boyfriend, “Outlander’s” Sam Heughan, are lightly featured in the teaser.

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Stephen Colbert learned the hard way that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg takes her fitness very seriously. 

The self-proclaimed Ginsburg fan jumped at the opportunity to meet with the Notorious R.B.G., taking a field trip to Washington, D.C., for Wednesday night’s episode of “The Late Show.” 

Relieved that the 85-year-old has no plans to retire from her post, Colbert reassured his viewers that they, too, should not worry about Ginsburg’s tenure because she stays in shape with a “super hard” workout. 

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There's an up- and downside to being venerated. You start to believe your own notices, and that's very dangerous. At the same time, it does feel like it's gold-watch time. It's 'thanks so much for coming to the party.' They're nails in the coffin, is what they are.

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Actor Fred Savage is accused of assaulting a former crew member on the Fox TV show "The Grinder."
Actor Fred Savage is accused of assaulting a former crew member on the Fox TV show "The Grinder." (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

A former crew member of Fox’s “The Grinder” filed a lawsuit Wednesday accusing actor Fred Savage of assault and battery.

YoungJoo Hwang, represented by attorney Anahita Sedaghatfar of the Cochran Firm, held a news conference Wednesday morning to elaborate on her claims that Savage routinely used aggressive behavior and intimidation toward female employees.

Hwang alleged that Savage was hostile toward her for the entirety of her time as a costumer on the 2015 series “The Grinder,” culminating in an incident in which the former “Wonder Years” actor struck her on the arm three times. 

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"Queen Sugar" returns for a third season boasting an all-female directorial team and a two-night premiere event.
"Queen Sugar" returns for a third season boasting an all-female directorial team and a two-night premiere event. (Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. / OWN)

Queen Sugar” returns to OWN in May with a two-night premiere event to launch its third season. 

The Ava DuVernay-created series boasts an all-female directorial team for its third consecutive year, a forerunner in the recent trend to prioritize diversity behind the camera. 

Directors participating in the upcoming season include DeMane Davis (“Lift”), Patricia Cardoso (“Real Women Have Curves”), Shaz Bennett (“Alaska Is a Drag”), Maria Govan (“Play the Devil”) and Lauren Wolkstein (“The Strange Ones”). 

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Actress Yara Shahidi.
Actress Yara Shahidi. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

Actresses Yara Shahidi, Amy Schumer, Connie Britton, Olivia Wilde and Skai Jackson will speak at the March for Our Lives Los Angeles rally this weekend, organizers announced Wednesday.

The women will join singer Charlie Puth and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday for the inaugural demonstration to honor the 17 lives lost in the Parkland, Fla., high school shooting last month and demand immediate action on gun-violence prevention.

“We are witnessing our generation, actively come together, in a global conversation, demanding action from lawmakers to invest in and assure our right to safety,” said “black-ish” and “grown-ish” star Shahidi in a statement. 

Olivia de Havilland, shown in 2006.
Olivia de Havilland, shown in 2006. (Reed Saxon / Associated Press)

Hollywood legend Olivia de Havilland is awaiting an appellate court’s decision on her “Feud” lawsuit with “patience and forbearance,” the 101-year-old actress said in a statement to the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday.

The two-time Oscar winner’s case against FX Networks and Ryan Murphy Productions over her unauthorized depiction in the FX docudrama “Feud: Bette and Joan” was heard in a California Court of Appeal on Tuesday as attorneys for each side made oral arguments as to whether the case should head to trial.

“Based on the probing questions from the panel, we believe that the justices understand the great importance of this case for the industry and for the rights of celebrities,” De Havilland’s attorney, Suzelle M. Smith, said in Wednesday’s statement.

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"Stranger Things" stars Millie Bobby Brown, left, and Gaten Matarazzo.
"Stranger Things" stars Millie Bobby Brown, left, and Gaten Matarazzo. (Valerie Macon / AFP/Getty Images)

The “Stranger Things” kids did a pretty sweet thing for one down-on-his-luck fan.

No, buddy, you’re not in the Upside Down. This is real life.

Stars Millie Bobby Brown and Gaten Matarazzo sent fortifying tweets to super-fan Aaron Alambat, who was lonesome at his “Stranger Things”-themed birthday bash.

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Jimmy Kimmel has revealed so much of himself in the past few months, and now the late-night host has found a way to share even more.

Like, a lot more. 

On Tuesday night’s episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” the host made good on a promise he made to Katie Couric two years ago: that she could accompany him to his first colonoscopy.