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Terry Crews has filed suit against Adam Venit.
Terry Crews has filed suit against Adam Venit. (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)

The dispute between actor Terry Crews and William Morris Endeavor Entertainment agent Adam Venit continued Tuesday in the form of a lawsuit.

Representatives for Crews confirmed to The Times that the “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” star is suing Venit, whom he accused of groping him at an industry function last year.

No additional details about the suit were immediately available. 

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Dustin Hoffman and John Oliver squared off about sexual harassment Monday night during a panel discussion in New York, with both men sticking by their arguments as tension between them heated up.

Oliver, the “Last Week Tonight” host, moderated the chat, which was part of a Tribeca Film Institute 20th anniversary screening of the movie “Wag the Dog” and reported on by the Washington Post and WWD. (Kathryn Hopkins of WWD shot the video above.)

Oliver said he had to address an issue that was “hanging in the air”: accusations of sexual harassment against Hoffman in 1985 and 1991 made last month by a former intern and a then-struggling playwright. 

  • TV
  • Late-night

There must have been something in the late-show waters over the weekend because both “The Tonight Show” and “The Late Show” featured very special Christmas celebrations centered around none other than special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.

On CBS, Stephen Colbert celebrated the “holiday collusion season” with a choir singing a special version of “12 Days of Christmas.” 

“On the first day of Christmas, Bob Mueller gave to me/A Michael Flynn guilty plea,” the choral group sang, running down a list that included “four charges so far,” “three panicked Trumps” and “two officials flipped.”

Chris Pratt and Margot Robbie knocked back some beers over stories about the dangers of growing up in the wilds of Australia on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Monday night. 

Pratt, who was filling in as guest host for Kimmel, kicked off the interview by asking the “I, Tonya” actress about something that boggles American minds about life in Australia: all the strange and dangerous wildlife. Like the origin of the kangaroos that “have a donkey face but a rabbit hop.” 

“I hate the stereotype. Like everyone thinks, ‘Oh, you’re from Australia — there are creepy, crawly, poisonous, venomous things all over the place,’” said Pratt. “But are there creepy, crawly, poisonous, venomous things all over the place?”

  • Music
Ed Sheeran, performing in Los Angeles in August, has logged 6.3 billion streams on Spotify this year.
Ed Sheeran, performing in Los Angeles in August, has logged 6.3 billion streams on Spotify this year. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

Ed Sheeran has snagged a triple crown of streaming for 2017, ranking as Spotify’s most-streamed artist as well as tallying the most-streamed single (“Shape of You”) and the top-streamed album (“Divide”).

The streaming service reported that “Shape of You” has been streamed 1.4 billion times, making it the most-streamed track ever. “Divide” racked up 3.1 billion streams and overall Sheeran’s music generated 6.3 billion streams.

“There is no doubt that 2017 was the Year of Ed Sheeran, and we are thrilled that so many millions of music fans have discovered, listened to, and shared his music on Spotify,” Stefan Blom, Spotify’s chief content officer, said in a statement.

  • Birthdays
(Lori Shepler / Los Angeles Times)

I don't have to necessarily follow anyone's lead. I can kind of break ground and create my own niche in this industry. And because of my ethnicity and my gender and my youth, I think it's easier for me in a lot of ways, because in this business, one of the great things is that if you stand out, it's a real advantage. And I do that by virtue of who I am.

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Bryan Singer has been fired from “Bohemian Rhapsody,” the upcoming Freddie Mercury biopic, 20th Century Fox confirmed to The Times.

“Bryan Singer is no longer the director of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’” the studio said in a statement.

On Sunday, production on the film was suspended after the director failed to show up to set. At the time, the studio credited the halt in production to Singer’s “unexpected unavailability.”

(Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

Actor Geoffrey Rush, an Oscar and Golden Globe winner, resigned over the weekend from his position as president of the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts following allegations of inappropriate behavior while working on a 2015 production of “King Lear” at the Sydney Theater Company.

In a statement posted to its website, the AACTA said it accepted Rush’s decision to step aside.

"We have been deeply concerned about the situation and support a course of action that both respects Geoffrey's rights to the presumption of innocence and due process, but also acknowledges good corporate governance in these circumstances,” the statement read.

  • Celebrity
Elton John and his mother, Sheila Farebrother, in 2003.
Elton John and his mother, Sheila Farebrother, in 2003. (KMazur / WireImage)

Elton John’s mom, Sheila Farebrother, has died, the singer announced Monday on social media. 

“So sad to say that my mother passed away this morning. I only saw her last Monday and I am in shock. Travel safe Mum. Thank you for everything. I will miss you so much,” John wrote. 

Mother and son were reportedly on the outs for a few years after a disagreement in 2008, but according to John they got back in touch last year.

"Olaf's Frozen Adventure"
"Olaf's Frozen Adventure" (Disney Pixar)

Even as the animated film “Coco” has led the box office for the last two weekends, there have been complaints about the short film that precedes it, “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure.” The short will leave theaters after Thursday.

A representative for Disney confirmed that the short was always intended for a limited run.

A “Frozen” spin-off featuring the voices of Josh Gad, Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel and Jonathan Groff, “Olaf” features four original songs and runs more than 20 minutes, significantly longer than shorts that typically come before a Pixar animated feature.