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Cathy Yan will direct the female-driven untitled Harley Quinn girl gang movie for Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment
Cathy Yan will direct the female-driven untitled Harley Quinn girl gang movie for Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment (CAA)

Filmmaker Cathy Yan has been tapped by Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment to direct Margot Robbie in an untitled Harley Quinn movie — a hire that makes the Chinese-born Yan the first Asian woman to direct a big-budget superhero installment in the DC universe.  

Yan landed the gig just three months after making her feature debut at Sundance with “Dead Pigs” following a search at Warner Bros. to find a female director.

According to Deadline Hollywood, which first broke the news, that priority is largely credited to star Robbie, who will also produce through her LuckyChap Entertainment banner with Sue Kroll of Kroll & Co. Entertainment and Bryan Unkeless for Clubhouse Pictures. Last year, Robbie produced and starred in the multiple Academy Award-nominated “I, Tonya,” skating her way to a lead actress Oscar nod. 

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The contentious legal fight over a planned Broadway adaptation of Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird" took another dramatic turn Monday. The play's producers countersued Lee's estate, asking a judge to let the adaptation, which originally had gotten an OK from the author, proceed.

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In life, every day is a gift. And on late-night television, some days are more generous than others. 

Monday proved to be a particularly benevolent to the late-night jet set, with the reveal that the unnamed third client of Trump’s embattled lawyer Michael Cohen was none other than Fox News host Sean Hannity.

For his part, Hannity did admit that he had spoken to Cohen about legal matters, but denied being a client, as he never received an invoice, paid legal fees or retained Cohen. 

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Women don't flourish in the system as it stands, but as long as they are valued and increasingly sought out, you're gonna see a lot of different methods and paths. I hope so. God, I hope so.

The sun could come out tomorrow for a Los Angeles County child now that director Michael Arden has announced that he’s taking video submissions for potential cast members in a Los Angeles Philharmonic production of “Annie,” the summer musical at the Hollywood Bowl.

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Billy Mitchell in the 2007 documentary "King of Kong."
Billy Mitchell in the 2007 documentary "King of Kong." (Picturehouse)

It’s not quite game over.

Disgraced retro video gamer Billy Mitchell says he has proof he followed the rules for his record-setting high scores for “Donkey Kong” and other classic games.

Last week Mitchell was stripped of his accolades when Twin Galaxies, the official record keeper of classic arcade game scores, determined Mitchell’s high scores were invalid. According to the organization’s guidelines, only scores produced on “original unmodified ‘Donkey Kong’ arcade hardware” can qualify for standing on official competitive leaderboards.

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It's not fake news. Khloe Kardashian has named her newborn daughter True Thompson.

With cousins named North, Saint, Chicago, Reign and Stormi — are you really that surprised?

Kardashian revealed the name on her website and on social media Monday. The accompanying photo featured a festive room filled with pink balloons and flowers.

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When Eva Longoria came to Hollywood two decades ago and landed a part as an extra in Ricky Martin’s “Shake Your Bon Bon” music video, she thought she had finally made it.

She was wrong. Nobody saw her then — not even Martin.

It wasn’t until Monday, when the “Desperate Housewives” alum and multi-hyphenate got the 2,634th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, that she knew she’d indeed arrived.

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Kendrick Lamar onstage at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio on April 23, 2017.
Kendrick Lamar onstage at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio on April 23, 2017. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar has won the Pulitzer Prize for music for his album “Damn.” It is the first time work outside of the classical and jazz genres has been recognized in that category.

In the Monday announcement, the Pulitzer board described the album as a “virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism that offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African American life.”

“Damn,” released on April 14, 2017, is Lamar’s fourth studio albumIn January “Damn” won the Grammy for best rap album and was among the nominees for album of the year.

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John Cena and Nikki Bella attend the Los Angeles premiere of "Blockers" on April 3.
John Cena and Nikki Bella attend the Los Angeles premiere of "Blockers" on April 3. (Richard Shotwell / Associated Press)

Wrestlers John Cena and Nikki Bella have tapped out of their six-year relationship just weeks before their wedding.

The couple announced their decision to “separate as a couple” on Sunday, confirming reports that they had ended their engagement.

“While this decision was a difficult one, we continue to have a great deal of love and respect for one another,” said the statement posted on the Bella twins’ account. “We ask that you respect our privacy during this time in our lives.”