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  • Music

U2 and Kendrick Lamar’s new collaborative single, “American Soul,” might sound a little familiar.  

Released Friday, the song is a riff and update on Lamar’s track “XXX,” which was previously released on his album “Damn” and featured U2. 

 But the gritty, surging revamp was substantial enough to warrant a fresh release by the Irish rockers. There’s less Lamar on this one, as he opens the tune with a short sermon: “Blessed are the bullies/ For one day they will have to stand up to themselves.../ Blessed are the liars/ For the truth can be awkward.”

  • Celebrity
Alexis Ohanian and Serena Williams.
Alexis Ohanian and Serena Williams. (Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images)

Tennis great Serena Williams and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian got married Thursday, not quite three months after welcoming their daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian. 

Mommy and Daddy became Mrs. and Mr. in a "Beauty and the Beast"-themed wedding, according to "Entertainment Tonight." Guests "were expected to dress to the theme," an ET source said. 

Fellow tennis star/BFF Caroline Wozniacki and NBA fiance David Lee, Beyoncé, Eva Longoria and Kim Kardashian were among the guests at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans, according to People

  • Birthdays
(Bruce Gilbert / For The Times)

At a certain point, you can actually feel it go through your body. It's part of you. And sometimes, when it all comes together on the set, and especially when it comes together in the cutting room, it becomes part of you. It's like it just seeps out of your body. And ... you become the film you're making.

  • TV
  • Celebrity
Jeffrey Tambor is accused of a second allegation of sexual misconduct.
Jeffrey Tambor is accused of a second allegation of sexual misconduct. (Jennifer S. Altman / For The Times)

Another woman working on Amazon's "Transparent" has come forward to accuse Jeffrey Tambor of sexual misconduct. 

Transgender actress Trace Lysette, who plays yoga instructor Shea on the series, wrote a lengthy post on social media Thursday night outlining her own experiences with Tambor.

In Lysette's post, she alleges that Tambor made an over-the-top sexual comment to her when her costume was particularly revealing.

  • TV
  • Late-night

There is nothing funny about allegations of sexual misconduct. That might leave some late-night TV hosts in a bind, but Seth Meyers found a way to toe the fine line between scathing social commentary and comic entertainment Thursday night. 

The deluge of sexual harassment allegations that have been making headlines for the last few weeks, including the recent accusations against Roy Moore and Sen. Al Franken, underscores how perpetrators are in all aspects of society. 

To highlight this pervasiveness, Meyers debuted a commercial for a (fictional) new drug that promises to calm any man losing sleep over fears that “his past episodes of sexual assault and/or harassment will come to light.”

  • TV
  • Celebrity
Danny Masterson in an episode of the Netflix series "The Ranch."
Danny Masterson in an episode of the Netflix series "The Ranch." (Greg Gayne / Netflix)

A woman who previously accused actor Danny Masterson of rape — an allegation he has denied — has gone on the record to criticize Netflix for continuing with his show "The Ranch" even as it has severed ties with Kevin Spacey and Louis C.K. after allegations of sexual misconduct. 

“For me, what Netflix has done feels like a continuation of how the Church of Scientology made me feel when I reported my rape to them, as well as how Danny Masterson made me feel when I would beg him for an apology, an explanation, anything,” Chrissie Carnell Bixler told the Daily Beast. “I was made to feel unimportant. I was made to feel like I didn’t matter.”

The Masterson investigation into alleged assaults from the early 2000s went public in March. At that time, the actor's rep called the allegations false and framed them as a PR move to boost the Emmy-winning documentary TV series "Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath," which premiered in December 2016.

Sarah Silverman talks about friend Louis C.K. on the Nov. 16 episode of her series "I Love You, America."
Sarah Silverman talks about friend Louis C.K. on the Nov. 16 episode of her series "I Love You, America." (Erin Simkin / Hulu)

Sarah Silverman broke her silence on the actions of longtime friend Louis C.K. on Thursday, in a moving monologue before the latest episode of her Hulu talk show, "I Love You, America."

"This recent calling out of sexual assault has been a long time coming. It’s good. It’s like cutting out tumors — it’s messy and it’s complicated and it is going to hurt, but it’s necessary and we’ll all be healthier for it," Silverman said of the recent spate of women coming forward to share their stories. 

"And it sucks and some of our heroes will be taken down, and we will discover bad things about people we like, or in some cases, people we love," Silverman continued. 

  • TV
  • Late-night
Samantha Bee talks Louis C.K. on the latest episode of "Full Frontal."
Samantha Bee talks Louis C.K. on the latest episode of "Full Frontal." (TBS / YouTube)

Samantha Bee had a few things to say to both Alabama and the entertainment industry Wednesday night.

Bee opened "Full Frontal" with an extended examination of recent accusations levied against Alabama "senatorial candidate and sophomore enthusiast" Roy Moore

The host primarily focused on the reaction to the allegations, particularly in Moore's home state of Alabama, quoting a recent survey in which nearly 40% of Alabama Christians said that the accusations only make them more likely to vote for Moore.

  • Birthdays
(Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

I am not very trusting of directors. I go in with my fists up -- or at least my cards really close to my chest, because I have been burned before. I find that directors have a hard time believing that a young actress is going to have an artistic opinion that is worth something.

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Pushing boundaries

  • TV
  • Celebrity
Julia Louis-Dreyfus in "Veep."
Julia Louis-Dreyfus in "Veep." (Lacey Terrell / HBO)

Production on the seventh and final season of HBO's "Veep" has been postponed while its star, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, undergoes treatment for breast cancer.

"We're obviously postponing production of the show. We were supposed to have started now, while she's in treatment," journalist Frank Rich, who is an executive producer on the Emmy-winning HBO series, said on SiriusXM's "Press Pool" on Wednesday. "But the expectation is that we will shoot again. We have one more season we're doing, which we're incredibly excited about."

In September, the iconic "Seinfeld" alum found out she had breast cancer the day after winning her sixth consecutive Emmy Award for playing career politician Selina Meyer. She went public with her diagnosis days later. HBO, which had already announced plans to end the series in 2018, said Louis-Dreyfus' diagnosis had no bearing on the decision. The premium cable network also said that it would adjust production as needed.