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Fans of wisecracking robots and terrible science fiction flicks, rejoice: “Mystery Science Theater 3000” will return for a new season on Netflix.

The news of the 12th season was announced at the end of the annual  “MST3K” Thanksgiving marathon hosted by Jonah Ray, Felicia Day and Joel Hodgson. The reveal didn’t include a premiere date, but the corresponding news release promised the new season would drop in the “not-too-distant-future.” 

In 2015 “MST3K” series creator Hodgson (along with the American home video company Shout! Factory) launched a Kickstarter in hopes of resurrecting the scrappy series, which aired from 1988 to 1999. 

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I want to be a role model. And my job is to be a role model. But that shouldn't require me to be a parent. I'm going to make mistakes. While your kids are growing up, I have to grow up too.

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Miley Cyrus has poise aplenty

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Jennifer Lawrence and writer-director Darren Aronofsky at the New York premiere of 'Mother!' in September.
Jennifer Lawrence and writer-director Darren Aronofsky at the New York premiere of 'Mother!' in September. (Michael Loccisano / Getty Images)

Lawrofsky is no more — as if the portmanteau ever was — because Jennifer Lawrence and Darren Aronofsky have reportedly called it quits.

The Oscar-winning actress and "Mother!" director dated for about a year before splitting last month, “Entertainment Tonight” and People reported. And though their romantic relationship is over, the two appear to be proceeding with their cordial professional relationship as "Mother!" does the rounds for awards season.

It was an amicable split and the two remain friends, a source told “ET,” which also reported that the two were friendly when they sat together at the film academy's Governors Awards in Los Angeles earlier this month. 

Melissa Schuman is seen in 2001 when she was with Dream; Nick Carter appears in 2017.
Melissa Schuman is seen in 2001 when she was with Dream; Nick Carter appears in 2017. (Arista Records, left; Richard Shotwell / Associated Press, right)

Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys has been accused of rape by Melissa Schuman, a former member of the girl group Dream, who says the singer had oral sex and intercourse with her against her will at his apartment when he was 22 and she was 18. 

Carter, now 37, said in a statement Wednesday that he was “shocked and saddened” by Schuman’s allegation, which he said he was hearing for the first time.

Schuman wrote early in November on her personal blog that she met Carter over the phone via their reps when she was 18 and accepted an offer to hang out with friends at his apartment. Carter provided alcohol, she said. Schuman described a night of Carter leading her from room to room and escalating his sexual behavior — including performing oral sex on her and initiating intercourse — despite what she said were continued refusals to consent.

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It's been nearly seven weeks since the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke, releasing a wave of long-hidden sexual misconduct claims and allowing late-night hosts to stoke the fires of their righteous indignation.

After another wave of particularly abhorrent allegations, Seth Meyers used Tuesday night's "A Closer Look" segment on "Late Night" to tee off on veteran newsman Charlie Rose and his ilk.

“Here’s a good rule of thumb,” Meyers said. “If your face isn’t pulling in the babes, your penis isn’t going to make the difference.” 


Keri Claussen Khalighi, the former model who recently accused Russell Simmons and Brett Ratner of sexual misconduct, appeared on "Megyn Kelly Today" on Wednesday to share what transpired after her experience with the music mogul and director.

 “Russell and I have had a face-to-face about what happened, where there was no dispute about what happened," Khalighi said. "He actually apologized."

In an interview with The Times recently, Khalighi detailed an incident that took place when she was a 17-year-old model in 1991, during which she alleges that Simmons made an aggressive sexual advance toward her while Ratner looked on.

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David Cassidy
David Cassidy (ABC via Getty Images)

Celebrity fans of the late sitcom star David Cassidy mourned the former teen idol's death on Wednesday, along with pieces of their childhood.

"The Partridge Family" star, who stole hearts as quick-witted singer Keith Partridge on the 1970s musical-comedy and embarked on his own successful recording career, died Tuesday evening of liver failure. He was 67.

Actors, musicians and childhood fans commemorated Cassidy with photos and tributes on social media, recalling stories of his kindness, humor and talent.

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Sometimes as an actor you're so deeply immersed in a part that you lose control of it. If you're really lucky, a few times in your life, it'll take you somewhere you never expected to go. It really blows the top off your understanding of your craft. Something emotional happens that just takes you, and it's usually a big idea.

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Chrissy Teigen and John Legend appear at the Oscars in 2016.
Chrissy Teigen and John Legend appear at the Oscars in 2016. (Paul Buck / EPA)

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend are expecting a second baby. Well, that’s what daughter Luna says. 

Cuddling with her firstborn in an Instagram video announcing her second pregnancy, Teigen asks, “Luna, what’s in here?” The 19-month-old replies, “Be-be.” 

The caption: “it’s john’s!”  

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Kristen Bell and Ted Danson, stars of "The Good Place"
Kristen Bell and Ted Danson, stars of "The Good Place" (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

How’s this for proof of life after death: NBC has renewed “The Good Place” for a third season.

The network has ordered a 13-episode season of the afterlife comedy that stars Ted Danson, Kristen Bell, William Jackson Harper, Jameela Jamil, Manny Jacinto and D’Arcy Carden.

The series, another critical favorite from Michael Schur (“Parks and Recreation”), is midway through its sophomore season. Though currently on a winter hiatus, the comedy has proved to be a solid performer in its Thursday slot so far this season. It’s averaging a 2.0 rating in adults 18-49 and 6.2 million viewers overall in “live plus seven day” averages from Nielsen Media Research.