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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. 

Dexter Fletcher / Getty Images
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.

FROM THE ARCHIVES: The lowdown with Tom Waits

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.”

  • Music
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. 

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Five women – and an obscured sixth – grace the cover of Time’s Person of the Year issue, honoring the “the Silence Breakers,” the men and women exposing sexual harassment in the workplace. 

The accompanying article was conceived, reported and written by women, according to a tweet from Charlotte Alter, the national correspondent for the magazine.

“It was fact-checked by women. The video was shot and edited by women. The layout and photo spread were designed by women,” Alter tweeted. “It's one of the reasons I'm proud to work at Time.”

On Tuesday afternoon, reports emerged that a biopic of mobster John Gotti starring John Travolta was being dropped by its distributor, Lionsgate, just 10 days before its planned release.

As the news quickly spread, many concluded that the mafia drama was being unceremoniously whacked.

But, in an interview with Deadline published Wednesday morning, Travolta pushed back, saying the speculation surrounding the fate of “Gotti” was “bordering on fake news.”

Jordan Peele
Jordan Peele (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

Jordan Peele may not be stuck in the sunken place, but he’s staying in the horror business. 

The writer-director of “Get Out” will executive produce a revival of the classic series “The Twilight Zone” for CBS All Access, CBS’s subscription video-on-demand service, it was announced Wednesday.

“Too many times this year it’s felt we were living in a twilight zone, and I can’t think of a better moment to reintroduce it to modern audiences,” Peele said in a press statement.

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Gal Gadot hosted “Saturday Night Live” in October, and, according to Kate McKinnon, the “Wonder Woman” star made quite an impression. 

Gadot made such an impression that McKinnon has developed a sterling Gadot impression of her own. 

McKinnon stopped by “The Tonight Show” Tuesday and told Jimmy Fallon all about Gadot’s time at “SNL,” including how McKinnon and castmate Aidy Bryant felt in the presence of the Israeli beauty.

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Time’s Person of the Year is more than a person: It’s a movement.

Under the umbrella “the Silence Breakers,” the magazine has honored the legions of women coming forward about sexual harassment in the workplace as its most influential entity of 2017. 

“The hashtag #MeToo (swiftly adapted into #BalanceTonPorc, #YoTambien, #Ana_kaman and many others), which to date has provided an umbrella of solidarity for millions of people to come forward with their stories, is part of the picture, but not all of it,” the magazine said