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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. 

  • Celebrity
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.

  • Birthdays
(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

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.

  • Celebrity
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.

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Becca Kufrin and Arie Luyendyk Jr., right, on "The Bachelor" finale special.
Becca Kufrin and Arie Luyendyk Jr., right, on "The Bachelor" finale special. (Paul Hebert / ABC)

The Oscar-winning movie “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” has certainly sparked a trend.

“The Bachelor” fans were so fired up about this week’s two-part bombshell finale that they apparently paid to have billboards erected in Los Angeles, Minnesota and New York to blast this season’s “Bachelor,” Arie Luyendyk Jr.

Luyendyk proposed to Minnesota native Becca Kufrin during the finale, only to renege on his decision a few weeks later and break up with her — all while the cameras were rolling. He then proposed to the other finalist, Lauren Burnham, much to the dismay of Bachelor Nation (and Jimmy Kimmel).

  • Movies
Léa Seydoux, left, and Ewan McGregor in Drake Doremus' "Zoe."
Léa Seydoux, left, and Ewan McGregor in Drake Doremus' "Zoe." (John Guleserian)

New York’s Tribeca Film Festival announced its 2018 lineup on Wednesday, with 51 narrative features and 45 documentaries from around the world screening over the course of the 12-day event.

The Centerpiece Gala of the festival – which was co-founded by Robert DeNiro and is in its 17th year – will be the world premiere of “Zoe,” a sci-fi romance from director Drake Doremus (“Like Crazy”) starring Ewan McGregor, Léa Seydoux and Rashida Jones.

The closing-night film will be the world premiere of the documentary “The Fourth Estate,” directed by Liz Garbus (“What Happened, Miss Simone?”), which chronicles the New York Times’ efforts to cover the first year of the Trump administration.

Note: Spoilers ahead.

Um, congratulations, Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham?

The newest “Bachelor” couple appeared Tuesday night on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” right after the five-hour, two-night trainwreck that was the show’s 2018 finale.

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Cynthia Nixon
Cynthia Nixon (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

Miranda Hobbes may be going to Albany.

A celebrity getting into politics? Well, it isn’t completely unheard of.

“Sex and the City” star Cynthia Nixon, who played no-nonsense attorney Miranda on the hit HBO series, is eyeing a potential run for governor of New York, according to several reports.

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When I was on the book tour  people said, 'Curse at me!' And I was like 'What?' 'Curse at me when you sign the book.' ... Or people had their cellphones, saying, 'Leave a message cursing people out for calling me.' What? I'm not doing that. I need a reason to curse at people.