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FOX/Chuck Hodes(LOS ANGELES) -- Empire returned Wednesday night. In the episode, titled "Sound & Fury,"  Lucious is introducing his latest studio project called Inferno with an onstage performance from rapper Remy Ma amid a group of male dancers.

During the performance, a war is waged between Cookie and Lucious, especially when Cookie brings Lucious' mom out on stage to the shock of the audience and Lucious himself.  

Tory Ash makes an appearance at the Lyons' family therapy session, which turns out to be a disaster. Jamal claims that he is "completely clean," but Cookie isn't convinced. Cookie and Lucious get into a fight, with Cookie saying that she and Jamal are sick of cleaning up the family name.

An onstage performance of "Get Me Right" between Nessa, Teyana and Hakeem leads to an offstage fight between Nessa and Teyana, and Lucious and Cookie on the hunt for Jamal, found missing from rehab.

Cookie is led to believe the theory that Jamal was seeking drugs, but she and Lucious find him in a recording studio with Tory. Cookie asks Jamal if he's a "dope fiend," which Jamal denies, saying that he is "done with the pills."

Back in the boardroom, Lucious fires Xavier during a meeting and tells everyone that their number-one priority is Inferno. Then in a shocking twist, Anika is named as head of A&R, which enrages Cookie.

Cookie pays Lucious a visit at the compound to "ask some questions"... with a baseball bat. She begins to smash a trophy case outside of the studio, strikes Lucious in the head and continues to find anything else she can destroy. 

However, Cookie's rage turns into lust, as she and Lucious begin to kiss passionately . She abruptly stops, telling Lucious that can't go any further and leaves. 

Empire will return to Fox next Wednesday night at 9 p.m. ET.

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Art Streiber/CBS(NEW YORK) -- Last night, the British host of The Late Late Show with James Corden paid a heartfelt tribute to those who were murdered in the Wednesday's London terror attack.

ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack,  perpetrated by a British-born suspect who was shot dead after killing three, including a police officer, in the British capital.

Speaking on Wednesday night, Corden said, “I know a lot of people from Britain watch this show, as a lot of people from Britain work on this show, and of course, our thoughts go out to everyone who's been affected by this.”

"Watching the news today, I felt a really long, long way from home," Corden noted, adding, "When something like that happens in your hometown, you don't have a feeling of being glad that you're so far away.  What you feel is that you wish you could be there with loved ones to stand alongside them."

The funnyman added that the "proud" residents of the "diverse" city wouldn't be divided by the attack.

"All something like this does," he says, "is bring them closer together as one."

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NBC/Trae Patton(LOS ANGELES) -- The cast of the 2003 smash hit, Love Actually, is reuniting for the short film, Red Nose Actually, airing as part of NBC's The Red Nose Day Special on May 23. On Wednesday, Hugh Grant, Keira Knightley and company appeared in a newly released teaser trailer.

In a nod to the rom-com's memorable scene in which Andrew Lincoln's character, Mark, professes his love for Knightley's Juliet, the clip, from writer/director Richard Curtis, features the cast holding up a series of signs, urging fans to "Tune in and see what happened to everyone" -- including which one of them has "aged best."

"It's not Colin Firth," Grant assures us while Liam Neeson playfully claims it's him. Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Olivia Olson -- just teenagers when they made the film -- note that they've "grown up," but Bill Nighy -- who played aging rock and roll legend Billy Mack -- declares that he hasn't.

Noticeably missing from the reunion is Emma Thompson, who told Variety last month that it's "too soon" after the death of Alan Rickman, who played her husband in the movie. "It’s supposed to be for Comic Relief, but there isn’t much comic relief in the loss of our dear friend, really, just over a year ago,” she explained.

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Getty Images/Jason LaVeris(LOS ANGELES) -- Things may be looking up for Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie and their kids.

A source tells E! Online that two month after hiring a private judge to handle their divorce and custody issues, the two are closer to a resolution, and are speaking directly to each for the first time in a while.

"They recently started talking again and it's a significant step. Up until now everything was through lawyers and assistants," says the insider. "They did not speak at all after the plane incident and everything that went down in the press."

Last September, the two were reportedly caught on camera arguing on a private plane, with Brad allegedly “looking drunk” and “yelling,” sources told Us Weekly at the time.

The change came, "at the recommendation of the children's therapists and their own," the source tells E! adding that Brad and Angelina "are focused on the kids and taking small steps to mend what has happened.

"Right now they are only speaking about the kids and their schedules, but it's a positive step," adds the source.

"Brad hopes that they can be successful at co-parenting and get to a place where they can be friendly," the source tells E! News. "They both have agreed to put the kids first."

Jolie, 41, filed for divorce from Pitt, 53, in 2016 after two years of marriage, though they had been together since 2005. They have six children: Maddox, 15; Pax, 13; Zahara, 12; Shiloh, 10; and twins Knox and Vivienne, eight.

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ABC/Eric McCandless(LOS ANGELES) -- TV icon and Dancing with the Stars fan William Shatner hasn't revealed which one of this season's celebrities he's rooting for, but there's no secret who he wants off the show.

More than an hour before the ABC dance competition's season-24 premiere, Shatner took to Twitter, declaring in a series of tweets that he wanted The Bachelor's Nick Viall to waltz on out of the ballroom.

"My goal for #DWTS is to knock bachelor Nick out ASAP. Who is with me?" he began, before adding, "Whoever your favorite is - just not Nick- make the 10 phone calls for them."

"How do we get #BachelorNation to not vote for Nick?" he continued.

TV's Captain Kirk didn't let up during the show. “#Dontvote4Nick,” he urged.

When a follower asked Shatner to cut Viall some slack, noting that he's “kind of sensitive” and the Twitter campaign might “break his heart,” Shatner replied, “And your point?”

Yet another fan wondered why Shatner had had it in for Viall, the 86-year-old actor answered, “He lives up to the homonym of his last name,” explaining, “Watch Andi [Dorfman]‘s Bachelorette Season where he started this Viall journey.”

The exchanges continued into Tuesday, when Viall finally responded with a simple sad face emoji.

Dancing with the Stars airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Getty Images/John Lamparski(LOS ANGELES) -- According to the Hollywood Reporter, Man of Steel baddie Michael Shannon, who got an Oscar nomination for his work in Tom Ford's Nocturnal Animals, is the frontrunner to star opposite Ryan Reynolds as the character Cable in 2018's Deadpool 2.

While Reynolds himself teased during a post-credit scene that the fan-favorite character would appear in the sequel, he didn't get into specifics.

"Amazing character," Reynolds-as-Deadpool says. "Bionic arm, time-travel."

He added, "We have no idea who we're gonna cast yet. We just need a big guy with a flattop. Mel Gibson, Dolph Lundgren. Kiera Knightley. She's got range. Who knows? 

In the comics, Cable was from the future, and was the adult son of the X-Men's Scott Summers, aka Cyclops, and Madelyne Pryor, a clone of the X-Men's Jean Grey. He has a cybernetic arm and eye, and is also telepathic and telekinetic.

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Paramount Pictures/Melinda Sue Gordon(LOS ANGELES) -- Arnold most likely won't be back. Paramount, which owns the rights to the Terminator series, has reportedly terminated the Schwarzenegger series.

Arnold's last go-round as the killing machine, Terminator: Genysis, reportedly cost $115 million to make, but earned less than $90 million domestically. Overseas, however, the movie -- which also starred Emilia Clarke from Game of Thrones -- actually did well, bringing its total take to more than $450 million.

However, the New York Daily News reports Paramount execs had an option to bring back Arnold and Emilia, the latter who played savior of humanity's baby mama Sarah Connor, for another film, but shelved it. 

While another studio could potentially scoop up the rights and have a go at the Terminator franchise, a source tells the paper, "It would need an independent production company to think about making this, and asking Arnie back at age 70 to play that again may be a tough ask."

Schwarzenegger, who first played the titular killing machine in 1984's James Cameron original, most recently headlined a low-rated Celebrity Apprentice reboot for NBC, a job that found him in the sights of none other than that show's former host, President Donald Trump.

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Getty Images/Paul Warner(LOS ANGELES) -- A Wheel of Fortune contestant who was one letter away from solving the puzzle during Tuesday's show added an X-rated twist to the title of a Tennessee Williams classic.

With "A STREETCAR NA_ED DESIRE" on the board, Kevin made an embarrassing -- and unfortunately for him, now viral -- misstep: he asked for a "k."

No, the the literary classic is not called "A Streetcar Naked Desire."

The next contestant, Lisa, guessed "m" for the win.

"And although you got the right answer, I’d rather see Kevin's play, but that's just me." host Pat Sajak quipped to Lisa, laughing.

Kevin still walked away with $1,000 -- as well as a lifetime supply of embarrassment.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- According to according to Deloitte’s annual "Digital Democracy Survey," nearly 75% of Americans confessed to binge watching multiple episodes in one sitting; particularly younger viewers. 

According to the survey, some 90% of 20 to 33 year-olds -- millennials, that is -- and 87% of their even younger counterparts, aged 14-19, say they have binge-watched video content.

The study also revealed younger people watch TV very differently that their older counterparts -- in fact, in increasing numbers, when they're "watching TV," they're not actually watching shows on a TV at all.

Viewers from 14 years old through the millennial set reportedly watch their movies and TV on devices other than a TV; the TV still holds appeal for 60% of people aged 34-50, as well as more than 80% of viewers in the 51-69 demographic.

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Marvel Studios(NEW YORK) -- Jenny Slate and Chris Evans are no longer a couple, but Slate says she doesn't regret the time they spent together.

"I don't mind talking about him at all," she tells Vulture. "He's a lovely person."

She describes Evans -- whom she stars with in the upcoming film "Gifted" -- in glowing terms, despite their recent split.

"Chris is truly one of the kindest people I've ever met, to the point where sometimes I would look at him and it would kind of break my heart," Slate said. "He has beautiful, big, strong emotions, and he's just really sure of them. It's just wonderful to be around. His heart is probably golden-colored, if you could paint it.”

Slate is most famous for her roles on Parks and Recreation and Kroll Show, a short stint on Saturday Night Live, and The Lego Batman Movie. But Evans' role as Marvel's Captain America has boosted him to another plane of fame and success -- something Slate said was hard for her to deal with.

"Chris is a very, very famous person," she said. "For him to go to a restaurant is totally different than for me to go…. I have more freedom because I'm not Captain America. I'm mostly a cartoon."

She added, "The stress that I saw him be put under, I've never seen that before, and he handled that really gracefully," she said. "He's not stressed. I was the person who was stressed."

Now, Slate says she is spending time with family and focusing even more on her career, and doesn't want her role as Evans' girlfriend to overshadow that.

"I don't want people to ask me more about my love life because of him than they ask me about my work," she said.

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Getty Images/Brian Stukes(LOS ANGELES) -- Cher has been an outspoken advocate for the people of Flint, Michigan, during the water crisis they've been suffering through since 2014.  Now, she's going to executive produce and star in a Lifetime movie about the situation.

Called Flint, the movie is inspired by a Time magazine cover story about three women from Flint who tried to expose the mishandling of the city's water supply, which lead to the residents unknowingly drinking contaminated water.  The women's actions inspired a national call for safe drinking water.  Production on the film begins in April in Toronto. No air date has been announced yet.

In early 2016, Cher teamed up with Icelandic Glacial spring water to donate more than 181 thousand bottles of water to the residents of Flint, Michigan.

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Ron Tom/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Chuck Barris, the TV producer responsible for The Dating Game, The Newlywed Game and most famously, The Gong Show, which he hosted, has died, a family rep confirmed to ABC News.  He was 87.

Barris was born in Philadelphia and got his start in TV working for American Bandstand.  He formed his own production company in 1965 launching The Dating Game that year, and The Newlywed Game the following year.

While his shows became fixtures of American pop culture, Barris himself became a star in the 1970s with the launch of The Gong Show, a talent show he hosted with his own inscrutable, wacky style. It featured the schlockiest acts imaginable whose task was to stay on stage long enough not to be gonged off by panelists.

In 1984 Barris published a purported autobiography, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, in which, among other things, he claimed to have been an assassin for the CIA in the 1960s and 1970s.  The book was adapted into a film in 2002 that was George Clooney's directorial debut.

Barris also was a songwriter, composer of Freddy Cannon's #3 1962 hit "Palisades Park."

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Getty Images/Noam Galai(WASHINGTON D.C.) -- The Broadway adaptation of a Mean Girls musical took a big step forward, with an announcement it will be coming to Washington’s National Theatre on October 31 of next year.

The Tina Fey-written production, which will act as a trial run for a Great White Way bow, is set to run until December 3.

What's more, The National also announced that the Broadway phenomenon Hamilton will be coming to the Kennedy Center starting in June of next year, part of its "Broadway at The National 2017-18 subscription package." Tickets for Hamilton will run $210, on top of the membership fee. 

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ABC/Lou Rocco(LOS ANGELES) -- It's been a hit single, a ringtone and a children's book, and now Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You" is a movie.

Production has started on the film, an animated tale based on Mariah's 2015 children's book, which was inspired by the song. It's a straight-to-DVD production that'll also be available on Digital HD and On Demand this holiday season.  Mariah narrates the movie -- in a statement, she says, "I am thrilled to be able to bring the story of the song to new generations of families."

The movie features the voices of Henry Winkler, Lacey Chabert, Phil Morris, Breanna Yde, Lana Hayes and others.  It's about a young girl named Mariah -- obviously -- who wants a puppy named Princess for Christmas.  But before she's trusted to take care of the puppy, she has to prove she can pet-sit a badly-behaved dog named Jack.  As Mariah and her family prepare for Christmas, Jack turns their world upside down.

Mariah fans know that Jack was the name of the singer's dearly departed Jack Russell terrier.  She currently has eight other Jack Russells, according to reports.

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ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- It didn't take long for the backlash against Tim Allen regarding comments he made on Jimmy Kimmel Live! comparing the oppression conservatives in Hollywood feel to the oppression in "'30s Germany."

In speaking about attending the inauguration of President Trump, Allen laughed, "in this town -- I'm not kidding. You gotta be real careful. You'll get beat up if you don't believe what everybody believes. It's like 1930s Germany, I don't know what happened," the comic said.

"Tim, have you lost your mind?" said Steven Goldstein, the executive director of the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect said in a statement quoted by Entertainment Weekly. "No one in Hollywood today is subjecting you or anyone else to what the Nazis imposed on Jews in the 1930s -- the world’s most evil program of dehumanization, imprisonment and mass brutality, implemented by an entire national government, as the prelude for the genocide of nearly an entire people."

Taking it a step further, the center's Twitter feed claims Allen "fomented" Antisemitism with his statement. The Twitter feed claims fans of Allen's have targeted them with "emails filled with Antisemitic stereotype and attacks...that evoke the deep-seated hate we Jews have faced for decades."

"Apologize & join us vs. #Antisemitism," the post continues.

As of Tuesday morning, there was no public response from Allen.

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