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  • Celebrity
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Britain's Prince William carried out a crucial holiday errand for his son during his first official visit to Finland, hand delivering the future king's Christmas list to Santa Claus.

And all Prince George seems to want is a police car, according to the hand-scrawled note the Duke of Cambridge showed a man dressed as St. Nick at Helsinki's famed Manta's Market Christmas fair.

Well, he’s 4, after all. Though he has a kingdom at his disposal, he also has a firm understanding that there are certain tasks only Santa can execute. He also circled the “nice” option” on his letter to Father Christmas and signed his name.

  • Birthdays
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What I do for a living, I secretly enjoy most doing things where part of the task is to create universes. It's hard. I always think the universe that the actors work in is more than the proscenium, it's one of the most important characters.

  • TV
  • Music
  • Late-night

Kelly Clarkson graced the front seat of James Corden’s ride Wednesday night, as the songstress made her debut on “Carpool Karaoke.” 

Fresh off her Grammy nomination for pop solo performance, Clarkson and Corden started their cruise by belting out her 2004 hit, “Since U Been Gone,” during which it became clear that Clarkson’s voice is so pure that Corden ended up sounding, well, a little pitchy.

The pair quickly cycled through a number of songs, including “Stronger” and “Because of You,” as well as “Love So Soft” and “Whole Lotta Woman” off Clarkson’s latest album. 

Geraldo Rivera
Geraldo Rivera (Richard Shotwell / Associated Press)

Geraldo Rivera, who spoke highly of Matt Lauer on Twitter on Wednesday and commented at length about sexual harassment, has apologized for calling journalism a “flirty” business and saying the current wave of accusations might be “criminalizing courtship & conflating it [with] predation.” 

Lauer’s termination for alleged sexual harassment went public early Wednesday morning via the “Today” show, his haunt for more than 20 years.

“Reaction to my tweets today on #sexharassment makes clear I didn't sufficiently explain that this is a horrendous problem long hidden,” Rivera tweeted in the evening, hours after expounding on the gray areas of sexual behavior.

Russell Simmons released a statement Thursday morning announcing that he would be stepping down from his companies in the wake of a new sexual misconduct accusation.

The announcement came after screenwriter Jenny Lumet detailed an encounter she had with Simmons in 1991, during which, she alleged, the music mogul intimidated her into having sex.

Lumet – daughter of director Sidney Lumet and granddaughter of music legend Lena Horne – is not the first woman to accuse the Def Jam Recordings co-founder of misconduct. In an interview with The Times earlier this month, Keri Claussen Khalighi accused Simmons of assaulting her in 1991, in the presence of director Brett Ratner. Simmons dismissed Khalighi’s allegations, claiming whatever happened between them was consensual.

  • Movies
Liu Yifei will star as Mulan.
Liu Yifei will star as Mulan. (Matt Sayles / Associated Press)

Disney has enlisted a Chinese actress to star in the title role of its live-action version of “Mulan.”

Liu Yifei, who also goes by Crystal Liu, will play the legendary Chinese warrior in the 2019 epic, Walt Disney Studios announced Wednesday.

Niki Caro, who directed “Whale Rider,” “North Country” and Disney’s “McFarland, USA,” will helm the project, Disney said, and Jason Reed, Chris Bender and Jake Weiner will produce. “House of Flying Daggers” and “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” producer Bill Kong will be executive producer.

Well, that didn’t take long, did it?

Just three weeks after actor Kevin Spacey was dropped from his role as J. Paul Getty in the upcoming kidnapping thriller “All the Money in the World,” Sony/TriStar is releasing a new TV spot that offers the first glimpse of Christopher Plummer, Spacey’s replacement as the tycoon.

As Spacey quickly became engulfed in a sexual misconduct scandal, some were skeptical that the film’s director, Ridley Scott, could swap out the actor in time to make the planned Dec. 22 release date. But in a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, Scott says he never doubted for a second that he could pull it off. 

  • Celebrity

Garrison Keillor, the former host of "A Prairie Home Companion," said Wednesday he has been fired by Minnesota Public Radio over allegations of improper behavior.

Keillor told the Associated Press of his firing in an email. In a follow-up statement, he said he was fired over "a story that I think is more interesting and more complicated than the version MPR heard." He didn't give details of the allegations.

"It's some sort of poetic irony to be knocked off the air by a story, having told so many of them myself, but I'm 75 and don't have any interest in arguing about this. And I cannot in conscience bring danger to a great organization I've worked hard for since 1969," Keillor said.

  • Movies

As it prepares to ring in the 10th anniversary of its cinematic universe next year, Marvel Studios already has its eyes on infinity.

On Wednesday, Marvel released the first trailer for its next – and biggest – comic-book mash-up, “Avengers: Infinity War,” due in theaters in May.

The culmination of a number of storylines that have been building for nearly a decade, the film brings together every Marvel hero introduced to date – including Avengers newbies Spider-Man, Doctor Strange and the Guardians of the Galaxy – to battle against the cosmic supervillain Thanos (Josh Brolin), whose plot to take over the galaxy was first teed up five years ago in the first “Avengers” film.

  • TV
  • Late-night

Donald Trump found an unusual ally Tuesday night as Trevor Noah tackled the problematic Elizabeth Warren behavior that spawned the president’s “Pocahontas” nickname. 

On Monday, during a ceremony honoring Navajo code talkers, Trump again used his nickname for Warren in derogatory fashion.

“This whole beef between Donald Trump and Elizabeth Warren is a tricky one to process because all the other nicknames that he uses on other people are self-explanatory,” Noah explained on “The Daily Show.”