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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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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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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.

Blake Lively arrives at the 74th Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 8.
Blake Lively arrives at the 74th Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 8. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

The Golden Globes’ red carpet might reflect a somber year of career-ending sexual harassment allegations. That is, if most actresses resolve to don black formal wear in protest of gender inequality, as several Thursday reports have indicated. 

According to Us Weekly and the Hollywood Reporter, women, including nominees and presenters, are planning to wear the dark shade to the Jan. 7 ceremony. The move is meant to acknowledge the wave of misconduct allegations that made landfall when the Harvey Weinstein misconduct scandal broke in October.

This, just a day after the Screen Actors Guild announced that the presenters at its respective SAG Awards will all be women. 

Russell Simmons, who has now been accused of sexual misconduct by at least 11 women, is being investigated by the New York Police Department.
Russell Simmons, who has now been accused of sexual misconduct by at least 11 women, is being investigated by the New York Police Department. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

Following at least 11 accusations of sexual misconduct against Russell Simmons — seven of which allegedly happened in New York City — the New York Police Department’s special victims unit has opened an investigation of the embattled music mogul.

A person at the NYPD who was not authorized to comment publicly and requested anonymity told the Los Angeles Times on Thursday that detectives are in the initial stages of reaching out to women who have alleged that Simmons assaulted them in New York.

Sherri Hines, who went by the name Sheri Sher when she was in the all-female hip-hop group Mercedes Ladies, told The Times on Thursday that she was contacted by the NYPD earlier in the day. She says Simmons raped her in his New York office around 1983.

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Music mogul Russell Simmons took to Instagram on Thursday morning to fight back against the multiple sexual misconduct accusations levied against him in recent weeks. 

“Today, I begin to properly defend myself. I will prove without any doubt that I am innocent of all rape charges,” Simmons posted, alongside a stark black-and-white image with the hashtag #NOTME. 

Simmons’ response comes a day after stories in the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times revealed several new accusations of rape by women against the co-founder of record label Def Jam Recordings. Simmons has denied all allegations.

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Former daytime TV queen Oprah Winfrey will receive the 2018 Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globe Awards next month, the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. announced Wednesday.

“What an honor,” the OWN exec tweeted in response to the news. (Alas, her response was not “You get a Golden Globe! And you get a Globe! And I get a Globe!”)

The HFPA board of directors selected the influential industry mogul for her “outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment.”