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Scarlett Johansson commands the stage at the 2018 L.A. Women's March
Scarlett Johansson commands the stage at the 2018 L.A. Women's March (Jae C. Hong /AP)

Addressing the 500,000 Women’s March attendees gathered in downtown Los Angeles Saturday and even more onlookers livestreaming it at home, Scarlett Johansson began her speech with a pointed barb aimed squarely at James Franco.

“How could a person publicly stand by an organization that helps to provide support for victims of sexual assault while privately preying on people who have no power?” said Johansson, one of the 300 original signatories of the Time’s Up letter calling for an end to abuse and harassment of women everywhere. 

She paused. “I want my pin back, by the way.”

Speculation on social media immediately pointed toward Franco, since the “Disaster Artist” director/star was accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women on Twitter after wearing a Time’s Up pin to the Golden Globes. Franco has denied the allegations.

  • Birthdays
(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

I've learned that the major studios don't want to make movies with me — and I don't know why that is. I think they respect me, but when it comes down to it, they don't want to take a chance because I could ruin things for them. Hollywood is a fragile place, and heads roll easily here.

FROM THE ARCHIVES: A Real Multi-Media Kind of Guy


Ten days after Michael Douglas preemptively denied an accusation of sexual harassment, writer and former Douglas employee Susan Braudy went public Friday with those allegations on national TV.

That prompted Oscar-winner Douglas to issue a statement hours later that said journalist and author Braudy was doing “a true disservice to those who have actually endured sexual harassment and intimidation.” Douglas held firm to his earlier assertion that he’d never behaved inappropriately toward her.

In the interview that aired Friday on “Today,” Braudy said of Douglas, “He thought he was the king of the world and that he could humiliate me without any repercussion.”   

Superman returns to a more classic look in Action Comics' upcoming issue No. 1,000.
Superman returns to a more classic look in Action Comics' upcoming issue No. 1,000. (DC Comics)

“Action Comics,” the series that introduced Superman to the world and is credited with starting the superhero genre, is publishing issue No. 1,000 in a grand fashion. The Man of Steel is getting a new costume, and DC Comics will debut highly sought-after writer Brian Michael Bendis.

The first issue of Bendis’ reign at DC will be available at comics retailers and digitally on April 18. For years, Bendis’ name was synonymous with Marvel Comics after he worked on books such as “The Avengers” and helped to create now-popular characters such as Miles Morales and Jessica Jones.

After recently signing an exclusive deal with DC Comics, he’ll be inspired by a whole new pool of heroes and villains.

  • Awards
  • Celebrity
James Franco.
James Franco. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

James Franco is expected to attend this weekend’s Screen Actors Guild Awards despite several allegations of misconduct levied against him.

A rep for the actor told CNN on Thursday that Franco will indeed appear at the guild’s ceremony in Los Angeles on Sunday. This, after the 39-year-old bowed out of an appearance at the Critics’ Choice Awards last week despite winning another acting prize.

“The Disaster Artist” star is nominated for a lead actor award at the show, which has made no secret that it is dedicated to celebrating women this year.

  • Celebrity
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West share a moment at Paris Fashion Week in 2015.
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West share a moment at Paris Fashion Week in 2015. (Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images)

Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West have headed to the Midwest for baby No. 3: Turns out Chicago is their kind of name. 

“North, Saint & Chi,” the reality star tweeted Friday after announcing their newest child’s name on her website, app and Twitter. Apparently it rhymes with “shy,” according to a note Kardashian retweeted. (Daddy does, after all, rap about his hometown of Chicago, sometimes called Chi-town, a lot.)

Chicago West was born via surrogate at 12:47 a.m. Monday and weighed in at 7 pounds, 6 ounces. Big sister, North, and brother, Saint, are 4 and 2, respectively. 

Emma Stone and Steve Carell star as Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs in "Battle of the Sexes."
Emma Stone and Steve Carell star as Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs in "Battle of the Sexes." (20th Century Fox)

“Battle of the Sexes,” “Call Me by Your Name,” “Lady Bird,” “Professor Marston and the Wonder Women” and “The Shape of Water” are among the films nominated at this year’s 29th GLAAD Media Awards.

On the TV side, “Billions,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Modern Family,” “Nashville,” “Star,” “Star Trek: Discovery,” “This Is Us,” “The Voice” and “Will & Grace” were just a few of the nominees that demonstrated fair, accurate and inclusive representations of LGBTQ people and issues, which are at the heart of the GLAAD Media Awards.

“What people see in the media has a powerful impact on how they treat others and the GLAAD Media Awards raise the bar for media to tell LGBTQ stories that accelerate acceptance,” GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said in a statement on Friday.

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Conan O'Brien.
Conan O'Brien. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

Late-night host Conan O’Brien has touched down in Haiti, where he’ll be shooting a “Conan” travel special in response to President Trump’s recent disparagement of the country.

“Just landed in #Haiti and already made some new friends!” the TBS host tweeted late Thursday, sharing a video of himself interacting with some friendly locals. “Follow me all this weekend in real time as I explore this beautiful country. #ConanHaiti”

Over the weekend, O’Brien announced his plans to visit the Caribbean nation because he was still “reeling from @realDonaldTrump’s very negative Yelp review of Haiti.”

  • Music
Def Leppard in an undated photo from the 1980s.
Def Leppard in an undated photo from the 1980s. (Michael Ochs Archives / Getty Images)

The classic catalog of British pop-metal band Def Leppard has finally arrived on the major streaming services.

The multiplatinum outfit was one of the most successful acts of the 1980s, earning major radio rotation for songs “Foolin’,” “Bringin’ on the Heartache,” “Photograph” and a dozen or so more. But for reasons of money, the band resisted its label’s streaming initiatives.

Until Friday, the only Def Leppard music available on Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora, Amazon Music and others were concert versions of their songs. The reason? A rocky negotiation with Universal Music over royalty rates. 

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If you want a late-night talk show that explains the intricate ins-and-outs of government bureaucracy, then HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” is your best bet.

But if you want a look at the ridiculousness of congressional infighting distilled into a single hilarious sketch, then look no further than “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

Kimmel, who has previously made his passion for healthcare known, turned his attention to the looming government shutdown Thursday night and attempted to explain what was preventing Republicans and Democrats from making a deal.