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Ted Cruz at CPAC, right, and most of "The Simpsons," left.
Ted Cruz at CPAC, right, and most of "The Simpsons," left. (Fox, left; Jim Watson / Getty Images, right)

The culture wars are real, and Ted Cruz found out the hard way.

When speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland on Thursday, the senator from Texas referenced iconic animated television series “The Simpsons,” and the rest, as they say, is history.

Cruz was asked to speak about gun control in the context of a specific “Simpsons” episode from 1997 in which Homer becomes obsessed with guns, leading to the following exchange with daughter Lisa.

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  • Arts
David Mamet.
David Mamet. (Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times)

David Mamet has written a play about disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein.

The Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning playwright, known for “Glengarry Glen Ross” and “Wag the Dog,” spilled the beans while promoting his newspaper-centric book “Chicago.”

“I was talking with my Broadway producer and he said, ‘Why don’t you write a play about Harvey Weinstein?’ And so I did.” Mamet told the Chicago Tribune in an interview published Thursday.

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  • Celebrity
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“Community” alum Chevy Chase was involved in a road rage incident in New York earlier this month during which he says he was kicked in the shoulder.

On Feb. 9, the  74-year-old “Vacation” star — believing that his 2015 Dodge Ram was struck — chased a pickup truck that reportedly cut him off on Interstate 87 near the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge, according to a New York State police spokesperson. 

Police said the “Saturday Night Live” veteran flashed his headlights while pursuing the vehicle and followed the 22-year-old driver until they ultimately pulled over in the village of South Nyack in Rockland Country.

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  • Late-night

It’s difficult to find humor in the wake of gun violence, but Stephen Colbert is doing his best.

The host of “The Late Show” dedicated much of his Thursday night monologue to the president’s ideas on quelling school shootings, to hilarious effect.

“Everyone acknowledges this is a crisis. So for the president, the Republican Party, for the NRA, every option is on the table,” Colbert began. “Except fewer guns.”

  • Birthdays
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The chance for an Indian guy to star in his own show and do an episode like 'Indians on TV' — that doesn't come around a lot, right?

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Director Joss Whedon works on set for "Avengers: Age Of Ultron."
Director Joss Whedon works on set for "Avengers: Age Of Ultron." (Jay Maidment/ Disney/Marvel)

Joss Whedon is stepping away from writing and directing a “Batgirl” project for DC Entertainment and Warner Bros., it was reported Thursday.

At a moment when inclusion and representation within the world of superhero adaptations are proving to be of increasing importance to studios and audiences alike, the first standalone film for the enduringly popular Batgirl character would seem a priority item.

Last year, DC and Warner Bros’ “Wonder Woman” earned more than $821 million at the worldwide box office. Marvel and Disney have their “Captain Marvel,” starring Brie Larson, in the works.

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The first preview performance for “Frozen” on Broadway is moving ahead as planned Thursday, unfazed by a Wall Street Journal article in which former employees accused Disney Theatrical Group President Thomas Schumacher of inappropriate language and behavior.

Disney said it had no comment after the allegations surfaced Wednesday. The Broadway League, the trade association for which Schumacher recently became chairman of the board, did not respond to a request for comment.

Schumacher leads a Disney division that has produced box-office hits such as “The Lion King” and “Aladdin.” The Journal story came out just as the stage adaption of Disney’s 2013 animated juggernaut “Frozen” finished a key dress rehearsal at the St. James Theatre. 

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  • Celebrity

Everything is coming up Tiffany Haddish!

The comedian got the surprise of her life Thursday during an appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” featuring a very special guest. 

Oprah Winfrey, hero to Haddish and, well, much of the world, had appeared as DeGeneres’ guest earlier in the program, but Haddish was told the star of “A Wrinkle in Time” left immediately after her sit-down.

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Jennifer Lawrence issued a statement Thursday deriding her inclusion in Harvey Weinstein's sexual misconduct lawsuit defense.
Jennifer Lawrence issued a statement Thursday deriding her inclusion in Harvey Weinstein's sexual misconduct lawsuit defense. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

Jennifer Lawrence on Thursday morning joined Meryl Streep in vocally denouncing Harvey Weinstein. Both women were quoted in the disgraced executive’s move to have a sexual misconduct class action lawsuit dismissed. 

“Harvey Weinstein and his company are continuing to do what they have always done which is to take things out of context and use them for their own benefit,” Lawrence said in a statement given to The Times on Thursday morning. “This is what predators do, and it must stop.”

“For the record, while I was not victimized personally by Harvey Weinstein, I stand behind the women who have survived his terrible abuse and I applaud them in using all means necessary to bring him to justice whether through criminal or civil actions,” Lawrence continued. “Time’s up.”

  • Music
  • Celebrity
Quincy Jones in 2014.
Quincy Jones in 2014. (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)

Quincy Jones says he’s “an 85-year-old bow-legged man who is still learning from his mistakes.”

Specifically, that you shouldn’t publicly spill very private, scorching-hot tea.

The 28-time Grammy-winning producer issued a lengthy apology Thursday on Twitter about recent Vulture and  GQ interviews that generated a bevy of sensational headlines.