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Alec Baldwin is doubling down on his Wednesday comments criticizing talk show hosts for turning their platforms from promotional pit stops into punditry.

The “Saturday Night Live” presidential impersonator appeared on “Megyn Kelly Today” on Thursday to discuss his stance and how attitudes toward inappropriate behavior have changed over the years. 

“You certainly want to see everyone who is guilty of something, who have done bad things, wrong things that hurt people, you want to see those people get punished,” Baldwin said. “I don’t want to see innocent people get hurt either.”

Daniel Kaluuya appears in a scene from "Get Out."
Daniel Kaluuya appears in a scene from "Get Out." (Universal Pictures)

“The Big Sick,” “Call Me By Your Name” and “Get Out” continued to earn notice heading into Oscar season as the American Film Institute announced its selections for its AFI Awards.

Selecting 10 films and 10 TV shows that are deemed “culturally and artistically significant,” AFI also recognized the summer blockbuster “Wonder Woman” and Guillermo del Toro’s fantasy romance “The Shape of Water,” which opens in Los Angeles on Friday.

In addition to recognizing blockbuster-level TV series “Game of Thrones” and “Stranger Things 2,” the AFI’s television field also recognized some of this year’s recent Emmy winners in “Big Little Lies” and “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

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Samantha Bee’s feelings toward Hillary Clinton are complicated. But that doesn’t mean she’s going to give the many disgraced media men a pass on how they treated the former presidential candidate in their election coverage. 

On Wednesday night’s episode of “Full Frontal,” Bee addressed reports about the “the network of powerful people that turned a blind eye to Harvey Weinstein’s demonic behavior,” which included “powerful people who should really, really, really, really know better. Really.” 

It turns out Lena Dunham had warned the Clinton campaign about Weinstein’s behavior and suggested that it was not the best idea to have him host fundraising events, according to the New York Times. 

"Both Sides of the Sky," a new collection of previously unreleased Jimi Hendrix recordings, is due March 9.
"Both Sides of the Sky," a new collection of previously unreleased Jimi Hendrix recordings, is due March 9. (PBS)

Another “new” Jimi Hendrix album is on its way, this one pulling together more previously unreleased studio recordings by the celebrated guitarist, singer and songwriter. 

“Both Sides of the Sky,” due March 9, features 10 such recordings, along with three more studio sessions Hendrix made from 1968 to 1970, with a variety of musicians supporting him including those from the original Jimi Hendrix Experience as well as the group he formed later, the Band of Gypsies.

Among the tracks: Hendrix’s interpretation of Muddy Waters’ “Mannish Boy”; a version of Joni Mitchell’s “Woodstock,” also featuring Stephen Stills and recorded before the hit Crosby, Stills & Nash version was released; a Stills original titled “$20 Blues”; and Hendrix originals “Lover Man” and “Hear My Train A-Comin’.”

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David Cassidy ended his life proud of daughter Katie Cassidy. He also ended it with a will that specifically cut her out. 

“My father’s last words were ‘So much wasted time,’” she tweeted after he died last month. “This will be a daily reminder for me to share my gratitude with those I love as to never waste another minute.”

David told People in February that he “never” had a relationship with his daughter. “I wasn’t her father. I was her biological father but I didn’t raise her. She has a completely different life.”

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Rami Malek stars as rock icon Freddie Mercury in the upcoming film "Bohemian Rhapsody."
Rami Malek stars as rock icon Freddie Mercury in the upcoming film "Bohemian Rhapsody." (Nick Delaney / 20th Century Fox)

The Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” was shaken this week after the firing of director Bryan Singer, but the show must go on. 

20th Century Fox announced Wednesday that Dexter Fletcher will be filling the film’s director vacancy with production resuming next week in London.

Singer was fired Monday after production on the film was suspended due to his absence. 

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Dexter Fletcher / Getty Images (Larry Busacca)
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Sometimes, songs come out of other songs. The eggs are always inside other songs waiting to be broken open or fertilized, or released in just the right weather conditions. Who knows why? It's a mystery, and I'm filled with wonder about it. And it's probably why I keep doing it. If it happened every time, I'd stop doing it.

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From left: Noah Schnapp, Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo and Caleb McLaughlin in "Stranger Things."
From left: Noah Schnapp, Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo and Caleb McLaughlin in "Stranger Things." (Netflix)

Three of television’s most talked-about shows are headed to PaleyFest LA in 2018.

The Times’ can exclusively confirm that Netflix’s cultural phenomenon “Stranger Things,” NBC’s revitalized revival of “Will & Grace” and ABC’s ratings juggernaut “The Good Doctor” will all be featured at next year’s PaleyFest LA held March 16-25. 

“For thirty-five years PaleyFest LA has set the standard for what a television festival should be,” Paley Center president and CEO Maureen J. Reidy said in a statement Thursday. “We’re so proud to announce the first three selections for this special anniversary, each of which represent the best of what television has to offer, and epitomize the stellar programming featured at PaleyFest LA year after year.”

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Luis Fonsi, left, and Daddy Yankee delivered YouTube's most-watched video ever, "Despacito."
Luis Fonsi, left, and Daddy Yankee delivered YouTube's most-watched video ever, "Despacito." (Lynne Sladky / Associated Press)

To the surprise of almost no one, the video for “Despacito” tops YouTube’s year-end rankings of the most popular music videos of 2017. The collaboration between Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee  has logged nearly 4.5 billion views, the only video to surpass the 4-billion views threshold.

It took “Despacito” just 204 days to become the most-watched video in YouTube history, the first to surpass 3 billion views and the only video to score more than 4 billion views, YouTube reports. It ranked as the most-viewed music video in more than 50 countries.

Following “Despacito,” Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” landed at No. 2 with more than 2.5 billion views and spawned a choreography video by Kyle Hanagami that finished No. 2 on YouTube’s companion list of the top trending videos of the year. It has registered more than 119 million views.

Corey Feldman is seen in September.
Corey Feldman is seen in September. (Neilson Barnard / Getty Images)

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office has reportedly found more records from its 1993 investigation of Michael Jackson — records that include an audio recording of an interview with Corey Feldman. 

Feldman has long maintained that he named his alleged abusers in the course of that investigation, but the sheriff’s office said previously that it had no record of him doing so. 

“In a container which included the original reports from the investigation, the Sheriff’s Office located some detective working copies of audio recordings made during the investigation. A copy of Mr. Feldman’s interview was located,” a sheriff’s spokesperson told Fox News via email Wednesday.