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Adult film star Stormy Daniels will appear on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on Tuesday.
Adult film star Stormy Daniels will appear on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on Tuesday. (Bill Haber / Associated Press)

President Trump is expected to bring the thunder when he delivers his State of the Union address on Tuesday, but the real storm is likely to hit afterward. Stephen Colbert had previously announced “The Late Show” will air live after the speech, and now Jimmy Kimmel has booked a special guest sure to raise some eyebrows.

On Thursday night, Kimmel announced via Twitter that adult film star and purported Donald Trump mistress Stormy Daniels will be joining him on his Tuesday show.

“I am pleased to announce that the very gifted @StormyDaniels will be on #Kimmel Tuesday 1/30 after the #StateOfTheUnion,” Kimmel tweeted. “I have MANY QUESTIONS!” He then added a #MAGA hashtag.

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Seth Meyers is fed up with everyone involved in the latest round of DACA negotiations, no matter what side of the aisle they’re on.

That was the takeaway from Thursday night’s “A Closer Look” segment on “Late Night,” which took aim at everyone from Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer to his Republican counterpart, Mitch McConnell.

“I’m sorry, Democrats, but I just don’t trust you to hold anyone’s feet to the fire,” Meyers said of Schumer’s lackluster performance during the government shutdown. “I don’t even trust you around fire. I can’t imagine it not ending up with all your hair burned off.”

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Vanity Fair has scrubbed James Franco from its annual Hollywood portfolio cover in the wake of the sexual misconduct allegations levied against him.

“The Disaster Artist” star, who apparently sat for the magazine interview and portrait session shot by Annie Leibovitz, was digitally removed in light of the Los Angeles Times’ Jan. 11 report detailing five women’s allegations of sexually inappropriate or exploitative behavior.

Franco has denied the allegations in late-night appearances and in the report, which was published just after he took home the Golden Globe Award for lead actor and was called out for wearing a Time’s Up pin on his lapel.

  • Birthdays
(Lori Shepler / Los Angeles Times)

The truth is, I've saved people's lives. But I'm really just a comedian. That's all I am. So it's a very awkward place. Everybody's got so many different expectations of me.

FROM THE ARCHIVES: She's Ellen, and She's a Comedian

  • Awards
  • Celebrity
Casey Affleck and his lead actor Oscar at the 89th Academy Awards.
Casey Affleck and his lead actor Oscar at the 89th Academy Awards. (Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)

Casey Affleck has withdrawn as presenter of the lead actress Oscar at this year’s Academy Awards, breaking with tradition in the shadow of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements surging through Hollywood and beyond.

The decision was confirmed Thursday by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Affleck’s rep said the actor won’t attend the star-studded ceremony. 

Historically, the previous year’s lead actor winner presents the prize to the incoming lead actress, while the previous year's lead actress presents to the new lead actor winner

  • Movies
Vandals defaced the Field of Dreams in Dyersville, Iowa.
Vandals defaced the Field of Dreams in Dyersville, Iowa. (Al Steffen via Associated Press)

Fans are coming to the rescue of the Field of Dreams, a famed movie setting that, thanks to vandals, now looks a little less like heaven and a little more like Iowa.

The Dyersville, Iowa, baseball diamond made famous by the 1989 Kevin Costner film of the same name was found damaged Tuesday morning.

Property owner Denise Stillman says an unauthorized vehicle drove onto the field Monday night, leaving deep gashes in the rain-softened ground and damaging the sprinkler system, the Associated Press reported. 

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Octavia Spencer, left, and Jessica Chastain.
Octavia Spencer, left, and Jessica Chastain. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

Some allies talk the talk. But Jessica Chastain also walks the walk, according to Octavia Spencer, whose wallet will be a lot fatter thanks to her costar standing in solidarity with her at the bargaining table. 

That’s the word out of the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, where both Spencer and Jada Pinkett Smith praised Chastain for putting action to her words about Hollywood’s pay inequality.

While appearing on a “Women Breaking Barriers” panel Saturday, Spencer shared a story she said she’d never told before: She and Chastain got together to do a film together, specifically a comedy, as Chastain was looking to break into the genre and Spencer was looking to move beyond period films. 

Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren (Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times)

Helen Mirren will don another crown for the upcoming HBO-Sky miniseries “Catherine the Great.”

The four-part drama about the 18th century Russian empress is set to begin filming later this year, with the English dame who won her Academy Award for her modern take on Britain’s Elizabeth II in “The Queen” in a titular role she’s always wanted to play.

“Catherine the Great” delves into the politically tumultuous and sexually charged court of the most powerful female monarch in history, HBO and Sky said Thursday in a joint announcement.

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There are two types of people in the world: Those who speak “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and those who don’t. And Stephen Colbert helped to bridge that gap just a little by asking RuPaul for a vocabulary lesson. 

RuPaul Charles stopped by the “Late Show” on Wednesday night to promote the upcoming season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars.” The appearance also served as a reunion between the 69th Emmy Awards host and the living Emmy statue

After sharing some fond memories, Colbert took the opportunity to have the world’s most famous drag queen personally explain some Ru-isms. 

  • 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.