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Michele K. Short / Universal Pictures
Michele K. Short / Universal Pictures (Queen Latifah, Tiffany Haddish and Jada Pinkett Smith in "Girls Trip.")

Jada Pinkett Smith is not taking the omission of her film and its breakout star (Tiffany Haddish) from Monday’s Golden Globe nominations lightly. The “Girls Trip” star took to Twitter on Tuesday to voice her discontent, alleging that the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. did not even watch the film. 

“I'm not upset about @TiffanyHaddish or @GirlsTripMovie not getting a [nomination]... I'm discouraged about the fact that the Hollywood Foreign Press/@goldenglobes wouldn't even WATCH the movie,” she wrote. 

“Girls Trip” stars Pinkett Smith, Haddish, Queen Latifah and Regina Hall as a group of friends reconnecting, after years apart, on a trip to New Orleans’ annual Essence Music Festival. The film, which pulled $115 million at the box office, received positive reviews while Haddish’s performance was likened to that of Melissa McCarthy in “Bridesmaids.” (Although McCarthy did not receive a Golden Globe nomination for that performance, it did land her an Oscar nomination.)

  • TV
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(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

NBC is shifting the 2018 Emmys from Sunday to Monday again as the network takes its turn hosting TV’s annual evening of accolades.

The 70th Primetime Emmy Awards will air live Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, the Television Academy and NBC announced Tuesday.

 As usual, the ceremony will take place at the Microsoft Theater at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles.

  • TV

Ready to meet the new incarnation of the Princess of Power? “She-Ra,” “Trolls: The Beat Goes On” and more original animated series are headed to Netflix in 2018. 

Netflix and DreamWorks Animation Television announced Tuesday a slate of new shows that will premiere on the streaming series as early as January, including a new take on “She-Ra” from the Eisner Award-winning Noelle Stevenson. 

The original “She-Ra: Princess of Power” debuted in 1985 as a counterpoint to the popular “He-Man” cartoon (and series of toys) about her long-lost twin brother.

"Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling with her husband, Neil Murray, after Rowling received her Companion of Honor prize on Tuesday.
"Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling with her husband, Neil Murray, after Rowling received her Companion of Honor prize on Tuesday. (Andrew Matthews / WPA pool/Getty Images)

“Harry Potter” scribe J.K. Rowling has added another title to her globally recognized name: Companion of Honor.

The 52-year-old bestselling author and Lumos charity founder was awarded the British prize by Prince William for her services to literature and philanthropy,  during an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday. 

Add that to the Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) title Prince Charles gave her in 2001, as well as her French Legion of Honor prize and her Hans Christian Andersen Award.

From left: Tiffany Haddish and Jada Pinkett Smith in "Girls Trip," Daniel Kaluuya in "Get Out" and Rutina Wesley in "Queen Sugar."
From left: Tiffany Haddish and Jada Pinkett Smith in "Girls Trip," Daniel Kaluuya in "Get Out" and Rutina Wesley in "Queen Sugar." (Michele K. Short / Universal Pictures / Universal Pictures / Patti Perret / OWN)

The African American Film Critics Assn. has dubbed Jordan Peele’s social thriller “Get Out” the best movie of the year. The film also won honors for directing, acting (for lead Daniel Kaluuya) and screenplay. 

Other films receiving awards or landing on the group’s top 10 films list of the year were “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” for lead actress Frances McDormand, “Last Flag Flying” for supporting actor Laurence Fishburne and “Girls Trip” for supporting actress Tiffany Haddish and best comedy honors. 

“The films released in 2017 captured a plethora of lifestyles, experiences and emotions that allowed our members to engage with a different range of storylines from previous years,” AAFCA co-founder and President Gil Robertson said in a statement. “The success of ‘Girls Trip,’ the first R-rated film starring an all black female cast to surpass $100 million, and ‘Get Out,’ Jordan Peele’s directorial debut which surpassed $250 million worldwide, prove just how viable black films are across the board.”

  • TV
  • Late-night

Looks like James Corden’s Christmas Carpool Karaoke might become a “Late Late Show” tradition. 

Alas, seeing Harry Styles plant a kiss on Corden this time around doesn’t come close to last year’s charming revelation that the show had been surreptitiously taping bits of “All I Want for Christmas Is You” all year long, just waiting for Mariah Carey to introduce the catchy cameo-fest for the holidays. 

Reggie Watts might be a swell “Late Late” bandleader, but he’s no Mariah Carey. Nor is “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town” as infectious as “All I Want for Christmas Is You.” 

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  • Late-night

Jimmy Kimmel has had enough of Congress putting tax cuts for the rich ahead of the lives of children. 

On Monday night’s episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” late-night TV’s champion for affordable healthcare made his case once again: The Children’s Health Insurance Program needs to be funded already.

Joined by his infant son, Billy, who had heart surgery just last week, a tearful Kimmel broke down exactly why CHIP is important. 

  • Celebrity
Dwayne Johnson and Lauren Hashian at the Los Angeles premiere of "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" on Monday.
Dwayne Johnson and Lauren Hashian at the Los Angeles premiere of "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" on Monday. (Jordan Strauss / Invision/Associated Press)

When Dwayne Johnson isn’t busy making movies, he’s apparently busy procreating: The action star is expecting his third child this spring — and it’s a girl.

The “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” headliner shared the news on Instagram on Monday with an assist from his youngest daughter, Jasmine Lia, who posed for a photo with a sign making the reveal.

“Our Jasmine Lia would like to make a big announcement - IT’S A GIRL!” the 45-year-old former wrestler captioned the photo, saying he and his girlfriend, Lauren Hashian, are “boundlessly grateful for this blessing as this spring we’ll welcome our second baby. Plus, Jazzy is excited to boss around and protect her lil’ sis.”

  • Birthdays
(Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

I don't think you necessarily see yourself as funny. When I came to Los Angeles, I thought, 'Oh, I am going to end up doing sitcoms.' I didn't do well at those auditions. I wasn't that good at punch lines. But I do love to create a character.

Keaton Jones, the Tennessee boy whose tearful reaction to bullying was captured on video by his mom, is getting waves of celebrity support after the clips went viral under the hashtag #StandWithKeaton.

After shooting into the public eye, however, the family is also dealing with social-media backlash. More on that later. 

“Just out of curiosity, why do they bully? What’s the point of it?” the Knoxville middle-school student asks his mother, who reportedly was picking him up from school early because he was too afraid to go to lunch. “Why do you find joy in taking innocent people and finding a way to be mean to them? It’s not OK.”