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Anita Hill speaks about Hollywood sexual harassment at UTA on Dec. 8, 2017.
Anita Hill speaks about Hollywood sexual harassment at UTA on Dec. 8, 2017. (Willy Sanjuan / Associated Press)

A newly formed commission comprised of top Hollywood executives has chosen Anita Hill to chair its efforts to combat sexual harassment across the entertainment industry, it was announced Friday.

A powerhouse committee including studio, talent agency and guild leaders from across the film, television, digital and music industries attended the meeting convened by Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, Nike Foundation Co-Chair Maria Eitel, attorney Nina Shaw and venture capitalist and activist Freada Kapor Klein.

Among those involved in the new effort to create “safer, fairer, more equitable and accountable workplaces” in Hollywood are Paramount CEO Jim Gianopulos, Warner Bros. Chairman and CEO Kevin Tsujihara, Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos, Atlantic Records Chair and COO Julie Greenwald, William Morris Endeavor Co-CEO Ari Emanuel, Creative Artists Agency Co-Chairman Bryan Lourd, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences CEO Dawn Hudson and SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris.

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(Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)

As a person of color, with every role I play, I carry a certain amount of responsibility to my community. There's no denying the fact that, whether you want to be or not, you're forced into being a role model because there are so few to look to. Today, there's a real sense of pride that runs through the community when one of our own makes it.

(Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

Months before Disney moved to purchase much of Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox media company, it made a foray into bringing a Fox product to life.

In May, Disney opened Pandora — the World of Avatar in Animal Kingdom at the Orlando, Fla., resort of Walt Disney World.

The theme park is built in the universe of “Avatar,” James Cameron’s blockbuster film (and soon-to-be film series), and aims to immerse visitors in the fictional world of Pandora, with its overriding themes of conservation and exploration. 

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Jahseh Onfroy, also known as the rapper XXXTentacion, in a booking photo from June.
Jahseh Onfroy, also known as the rapper XXXTentacion, in a booking photo from June. (Broward County Sherrif)

The rapper XXXTentacion is back in jail in Florida on charges of  harassing a witness, according to new reports.

The seven new charges stem from a 2016 domestic violence case in which the rapper, born Jahseh Onfroy, was charged with battery of a pregnant woman and false imprisonment, among other offenses.

The new charges include four first-degree felonies and three second-degree felonies. If convicted, he could face multiple years in prison. 

Filmmaker Peter Jackson.
Filmmaker Peter Jackson. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

After director Peter Jackson publicized his suspicion that actresses Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino were blacklisted by Harvey Weinstein, the disgraced producer has denied the “Lord of the Rings” filmmaker’s accusations.

According to Jackson, the actresses had been chosen to star in his “Lord of the Rings” franchise when it was still under the umbrella of Weinstein’s Miramax studio, but contended that Weinstein intervened in the late 1990s.

“I recall Miramax telling us they were a nightmare to work with and we should avoid them at all costs,” Jackson told New Zealand’s Stuff on Thursday.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in Nottingham, England, earlier this month.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in Nottingham, England, earlier this month. (Chris Jackson / Getty Images)

Mark your calendars and start shopping for those fascinators: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have set their wedding date.

The British prince, currently fifth in line to the British throne, will wed the American “Suits” actress on May 19, 2018, Kensington Palace announced Friday.

As previously revealed, the nuptials will take place west of London at Windsor Castle in the 15th-century St. George’s Chapel. The castle is one of Queen Elizabeth II’s main residences, which she had to grant her grandson permission to use. The royal family will also pay for the festivities.

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(Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

On Wednesday, “Super Size Me” director Morgan Spurlock published an essay admitting his long history of sexual misconduct.

The next day, Spurlock stepped down from Warrior Poets, the New York-based production company he founded in 2004 with partners Jeremy Chilnick and Matthew Galkin. 

In response to Spurlock’s departure, Chilnick and Galkin released a statement Thursday afternoon with few specifics. 

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Another day, another departure from the Trump administration to be analyzed. 

Omarosa Manigault Newman, director of communications for the Office of the Public Liaison, departed her position Wednesday under seemingly mysterious circumstances.

Seth Meyers broke down Omarosa’s resignation on Thursday night’s episode of “Late Night,” with a little help from the news anchors who covered the story.

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(Robert Durell / Los Angeles Times)

Yeah, I can scream. I am difficult; you know why? Because I ask the question, 'Why?' That connotates difficult. Studios and directors don't want to be asked why. They just want you to do. Well, you know what, boys? I got a little problem with that.


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The "Roseanne" revival will premiere March 27 on ABC.
The "Roseanne" revival will premiere March 27 on ABC. (ABC via Getty Images)

The dates for the Connor family reunion have been set for 2018.

ABC’s nine-episode revival of “Roseanne” will get a special hourlong premiere on March 27. It will settle into its Tuesday time slot (8-8:30 p.m.), where it will serve as the lead-in for “The Middle,” starting April 3.

Roseanne Barr and the show’s entire cast — including John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert, Lecy Goranson and Michael Fishman — will reprise their roles for the update of the groundbreaking family sitcom, which ran for nine seasons. The new batch of episodes also will feature new characters as well as returning guest-star favorites.