ABC/Craig Sjodin(NEW YORK) -- On the season finale of ABC's Scandal, the bomb inside the church blew up but Vice President Sally Langston made it out alive. And although Sally was headed back to the White House, her campaign manager urged her to go back to the bomb site to help victims and make a speech.
Meanwhile, President Fitzgerald Grant tried to address the nation after the tragedy, but all of the news organizations instead picked up Sally's address -- Olivia Pope was upset, especially since this happened days away from the election. She told the president that he was going to lose.
Across town, Olivia went to visit her father, Eli, in the hospital after he was stabbed by her mother, Maya. There, Liv ran into her mother and Maya finally told her why she wanted to kill Fitz. "That man used you....I just wanted to give you a chance to be free," Maya said.
Meanwhile, Quinn's boyfriend discovered she was having sex with Huck. Thankfully for her, he didn't get upset and kill her. He just gave her an envelope that detailed where Huck's wife and child lived. Quinn eventually told Huck where his family lived, even at the risk of their budding relationship. And after thinking about it, Huck knocked on his wife's door. She was shocked to find out he wasn't dead.
Back at the White House, Fitz and Olivia were talking when Liv dropped a bomb on him: "Big Jerry raped" Mellie. Initially, Fitz didn't want to believe her, but after talking to Mellie, he did. That's when Mellie told the president she took a paternity test and that little Jerry is indeed his child.
Later, when Fitz was giving his final campaign speech, his son, Jerry III, all of a sudden started coughing up blood. He suffered a seizure and was rushed to the hospital where he died from bacterial meningitis. The Secret Service told the president that a vial of meningitis went missing. "My son was murdered?" Fitz asked.
That's when Eli, who was still recovering in the hospital, ran into the president. The president told Eli he knew who killed his son: "It was Maya Pope. She missed me at the church so she went after Jerry." The president asked Eli to help him kill Maya, and Eli agreed to "put her head on a platter."
Liv headed back to Olivia Pope & Associates to tell them that she wanted to quit, especially now that the president was going to win because his son died. Abby was upset. "Go, run to Daddy," she said tearfully.
Still, Olivia went home and that's where Jake met her. Apparently, Huck had called to tell him the news. Jake tried to convince her to stay, but she told him, "I'm the common denominator...I'm the eye of the storm."
"This is me fixing it," Olivia continued. "...I'm the thing that needs to be fixed. I'm the thing that needs to be handled. I'm the scandal." So Jake told her that he was coming with her.
Across town, Eli ran into Harrison to tell him that Maya killed his lover Adnan. Because Harrison knew where Maya and Adnan were supposed to be meeting up to exchange a briefcase of money, Eli was able to capture Maya. Back at B613, Eli told Harrison to leave. "We're fine...the president saw to it to reinstate me," Eli said.
"This all worked out great for you," Harrison said, insinuating that it was in fact Eli who killed the president's son and not his estranged wife.
Eli then admitted he killed little Jerry. "He took my child so I took his," he said.
At the end of the episode, Eli is seen walking confidently around B613. He even put Maya back in solitary confinement. Meanwhile, Olivia is boarding a plane with Jake. And although the White House called -- Fitz needed help preparing his re-election speech -- Liv ignored the call.
Warner Bros.(NEW YORK) -- Johnny Depp’s Dr. Will Caster and his wife, Evelyn (Rebecca Hall), want to change the world through artificial intelligence. But Caster is an intellectual hermit: instead of going out into the world and raising money for his research, he’d rather spend his life at home with his beautiful wife, taking care of their garden while creating complex algorithms. That type of lifestyle just isn’t possible for him because, as indicated by his face on the cover of popular tech magazine WIRED, Will is a tech community rock star.
The culmination of Will’s research is PINN (Physically Independent Neural Network), an artificially intelligent computer whose only major flaw is that it’s not self-aware -- a plot point seemingly created only to create conflict later in the movie.
Shortly after Will reluctantly delivers a speech about his research and the convergence of artificial intelligence and human intelligence -- which he calls “transcendence” -- an anti-technology zealot attempts to assassinate him. It’s all part of a coordinated attack on computer labs around the country that support Caster’s research, fearing it will lead to the downfall of society as we know it.
Will survives the attack, but not for long. The bullet he took was laced with a radioactive isotope, leaving him with only weeks to live.
Evelyn thinks she can save Will, or at least his mind, by employing PINN tech to essentially upload Will’s brain into cyberspace, where he can live forever. She’s going to need help, and that’s where their good friend and business partner, Max (Paul Bettany), comes in. Max helped Will develop the PINN software, and also apparently has some surgical skills -- a convenient plot point which, like so many other aspects of Transcendence, is never explained.
The gamble works, but Max soon realizes that the A.I. version of Will may not be Will at all. It grows more powerful and intelligent by the second, becoming -- ironically -- the very thing the terrorists who tried to kill Will feared, and alarming the government as well.
Transcendence feels less like a film title and more like a mission statement, with the filmmakers hoping the movie would transcend its faults and become a fully realized story with fleshed-out characters (Kate Mara from House of Cards is particularly underutilized as the terrorist leader) and intellectually stimulating conversations. In fairness, there are a few tense moments, but there are also plenty of other moments where you wish the projectionist would stop the movie and throw on Spike Jonze’s Her, a much more subtle and entertaining meditation on a somewhat similar theme. Transcendence aspires to be a philosophical rumination about the future of artificial intelligence, but it’s really just an exercise in superficial intelligence.
Lions Gate Entertainment(NEW YORK) -- In a few weeks, season two of Orange Is the New Black will hit the web.
Now, we have a glimpse of what to expect.
A trailer for the Netflix series was released Thursday -- and many of last season's characters are back in full force, along with a few new faces.
The minute-and-a-half long video begins with Piper, played by Taylor Schilling, making a pointed statement. "I am prepared to behave like a model inmate and I feel I no longer pose a threat," she said, possibly referring to the violent crime she committed at the end of last season.
Meanwhile, Red, played by Kate Mulgrew, may have a new nemesis, who takes a liking to Crazy Eyes, played by Uzo Aduba.
For more, check out the video below. Orange Is the New Black premieres on Netflix on June 6.
20th Century-Fox/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Mrs. Doubtfire is reportedly coming back for more gender-bending hilarity. A sequel to the 1993 hit Mrs. Doubtfire is in the works, according toThe Hollywood Reporter.
Elf writer David Berenbaum is writing the script, while Robin Williams and director Chris Columbus are also attached to the project, THR reports.
The original film starred Williams as a recently divorced father of three who, in order to get closer to his children, develops the persona of a Scottish nanny.
The movie grossed $441 million worldwide, and Williams and the movie earned Golden Globes.
According to THR, the sequel has been in the works since 2001.
(NEW YORK) -- When Gena Gabrielle sent Taylor Swift an invite to her bridal shower in Columbus, Ohio, she didn’t exactly expect the pop icon to show up.
But she did and now the "Red" singer, 24, has posted a video of the surprise.
"There's this girl named Gena, who has been coming to my shows for years," Swift says in the beginning of the video. "I was at the management office the other day and we were going through fan mail and invitations and stuff. I got this wedding invitation."
ABC/Ron Tom(NEW YORK) -- The season finale of ABC's Scandal airs Thursday night, and one of its stars says it will be "cataclysmic."
ABC hasn't revealed much about the episode: we do know it's set during Election Day, with President Fitzgerald Grant facing off against his vice president, who murdered her husband.
Jeff Perry, who plays the president's chief of staff, Cyrus Beene, offers this hint to ABC News Radio: "We're going to be tremendously surprised as to how the re-election effort turns. I can't say who's going to win, but the final twists and turns are cataclysmic."
Perry admits there is always a possibility that series creator Shonda Rhimes could kill off his character at some point during the show's run.
He says, "I keep some little tiny part of my heart ready for, 'Oh wow, I never thought that bullet was for me. OK. This has been amazing.' And then on another level, you know, 99 percent of me goes, 'No, Shonda loves Cyrus. I think she just really loves him. I think I'm safe. No, it's going to be OK.'"
The season finale of Scandal airs on ABC at 10 p.m. Eastern time. Later Thursday night, Jimmy Kimmel Live will feature an on-set interview with Rhimes, as well as appearances from cast members.
Sara De Boer/STARTRAKS PHOTO via ABC(NEW YORK) -- Miley Cyrus was forced to cancel a couple of concert dates in Missouri this week due to a severe allergic reaction to antibiotics. Her camp has since shed more light on what exactly is bothering her.
A rep for Cyrus says in a statement that the singer obtained a prescription for an antibiotic known as cephalexin to treat a sinus infection that was diagnosed last week. She subsequently suffered an allergic reaction to the drug.
The rep says such a reaction can last from five to 27 days. The statement adds, "She will remain hospitalized and is under a doctor's care until we see some improvement in her condition and is asking for your compassion and privacy at this time."
Cyrus was hospitalized in Kansas City on Tuesday. So far, she's cancelled dates in Kansas City and in St. Louis.
The allergic reaction occurred one week after she cancelled a concert in Charlotte, N.C., due to a bout with the flu.
ABC/Craig Sjodin(LOS ANGELES) -- Scandal actor Columbus Short is facing more personal problems. His wife has reportedly obtained a restraining order and filed for divorce after he allegedly threatened to kill the both of them.
According to TMZ, Short's wife, Tuere Short, claims he confronted her at their Los Angeles home on April 7 while intoxicated, grabbing a knife and choking her. She says he then accused her of cheating on him, and allegedly put a knife to her throat and threatened to kill her as part of a murder-suicide.
Tuere Short says the actor slashed her tire as she tried to escape the house.
Columbus Short has since moved out of the house as part of the restraining order.
Tuere Short filed for divorce on Tuesday and is seeking sole custody of the couple's 2-year-old daughter.
Last month, Columbus Short pleaded not guilty in a separate incident to spousal battery, after he allegedly attacked his wife in front of his daughter and his son. Around the same time he entered that plea, he was arrested for allegedly punching another man at a West Los Angeles restaurant.
JB Lacroix/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- X-Men director Bryan Singer has been sued by a man who claims he was sexually abused when he was 17 by the filmmaker.
According to TheWrap.com, the plaintiff, who is identified in the complaint as Michael Egan, claims he was flown to Hawaii and abused, on more than one occasion, by Singer in 1999. He further claims Singer provided him with drugs and alcohol.
“The claims made against Bryan Singer are completely without merit," Singer’s attorney, Marty Singer, tells The Hollywood Reporter. "We are very confident that Bryan will be vindicated in this absurd and defamatory lawsuit.”
"It is obvious that this case was filed in an attempt to get publicity at the time when Bryan' s new movie [X-Men: Days of Future Past] is about to open in a few weeks,” the attorney added.
X-Men: Days of Future Past opens on May 23.
Egan states that prior to the alleged Hawaii incidents, he was lured to parties at an Encino, Calif., home. Bryan Singer allegedly told the aspiring actor at one party that “the adults who resided in or frequented the M & C Estate controlled Hollywood and could decide whether Plaintiff's career aspirations and hopes would be realized.”
The lawsuit claims a man who lived at the estate, former Digital Entertainment Network chairman Marc Collins-Rector, arranged for Singer to abuse the plaintiff. Collins-Rector is a registered sex offender; he pleaded guilty in 2004 to luring minors across state lines for sexual acts.
The lawsuit -- which was filed in Hawaii and claims intentional infliction of emotional distress, battery, assault, and invasion of privacy by unreasonable intrusion -- seeks unspecified damages.
The 48-year-old director's past credits include X-Men, X-Men 2, Superman Returns, Valkyrie and Jack the Giant Slayer.
Tommaso Boddi/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- The fifth season of the NBC drama Parenthood ends Thursday at 10 p.m. Eastern time. It's been an emotional season for star Dax Shepard, whose character, Crosby, had a difficult time connecting with his newborn daughter.
In an interview with ABC News Radio, Shepard recalled a conversation he had with series creator Jason Katims about the story line.
Shepard, who welcomed a daughter with Kristen Bell about a year ago, remembered asking, "'Does this happen, that people don't like their baby right away? Or they don't immediately connect?' And he said 'yeah, it is, it's common.' And I had to blind faith trust him."
Shepard added that he's received hundreds of tweets from men who say they experienced something similar in their own lives. However, he also comes across men who are unwilling to admit they watch his show.
He said, "[A] lot of guys approach me in the airport that go, 'Hey, my wife loves your show.' And I think, well, my wife loves shows, the ones I don't see, I wouldn't know the characters on them if I saw them at the airport."
Shepard is mostly tight-lipped about the season finale, though he promises there will be a "good watercooler moment."
Noel Vasquez/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Mila Kunis and her fiancee, former That 70’s Show co-star Ashton Kutcher, are expecting a girl, sources tell Us Weekly.
One source tells the magazine that Kunis, 30, “absolutely loves being pregnant."
A friend of the couple says Kutcher, 36, “is doting on Mila," while another notes the Two and a Half Men star is already lining up play dates with the couple's old That '70s Show co-star Danny Masterson and his two-month-old daughter Fianna.
This will be the first child for both, though Kutcher isn’t new to raising kids.
Kutcher was married to Demi Moore from 2005 to 2013 and was stepdad to her three daughters with ex-husband Bruce Willis. One of the sources says Kutcher "got plenty of practice with Demi's girls."
The couple has never publicly confirmed the pregnancy.
Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- American Idol's top seven took the stage Wednesday night to sing "competitors' picks." Each singer performed a tune he or she selected from a pool of suggestions made by the other contestants. It was the first time in American Idol history that this theme was used for a performance show.
Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick, Jr., and Keith Urban were there to critique all of the contestants. In addition, former X Factor judge Demi Lovato, who recently wrapped up her U.S. tour, dropped by to say hi and offer some comments on the duets. She played coy when Ryan Seacrest asked her if she'll announce more U.S. dates in the near future.
Here's what happened on the two-hour show:
Caleb Johnson went along with a suggestion from Alex Preston: "Family Tree," by Kings Of Leon. Keith called him a "consistent and dynamic performer." J-Lo said he was pretty amazing, adding that Caleb would be a tough act to follow for the other contestants. Harry liked the way he changed the melody, saying that it would fit right in on a Caleb Johnson album.
Jessica Meuse tackled Miranda Lambert's "Gunpowder & Lead," which was Sam Woolf's idea. J-Lo said for the first time this season Jessica was a little off with her vocals. Harry suggested that Jessica listen to rhythmic music in her hotel and dance along to it in front of a mirror, so she can learn how to stay in sync with pyrotechnics and other potential stage distractions. Keith told Jessica that she needs to better channel the emotions of the lyrics she sings.
Once again, the contestants paired up for duets. Sam and Alex performed the first duet of the night, a cover of Passenger's "Let Her Go." Harry thought it was "saccharine" and just OK. Ryan asked Demi what she thought; she agreed with Harry, though she noted it had good energy.
C.J. Harris played John Mayer's "Gravity," as suggested by Caleb. Keith enjoyed it, but would have liked to have heard more of an "arc." Jennifer asked him to look for the moments that will lift the crowd. Harry said C.J. has the ability to connect with the crowd, and that he delivered his best performance to date.
Dexter Roberts performed Luke Bryan's "Muckalee Creek Water," suggested by C.J. Jennifer said he did a good job, but she reiterated that the contestants need to be spectacular from this point forward in the competition. Harry said Dexter's vocals on the song weren't that different from the original.
Caleb and Jena Irene teamed up for a duet of The Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter." Demi thought they both nailed it.
Alex took on Ed Sheeran's "The A Team," which was Dexter's idea. J-Lo said it was the perfect song choice. Keith said Alex responds to the music in such a way that he turns it into his own.
Jessica picked David Gray's "Sail Away" for Sam. Harry called him a "work in progress," but in a good way. He thought the song fit Sam well. Keith noticed that Sam is getting more comfortable onstage. Jennifer said she could feel Sam trying to connect with the song.
Jessica, C.J. and Dexter joined forces on Lady Antebellum's "Compass." Harry didn't mince words: he said it wasn't very good. Demi thought they were much better when they sang individually.
Jena ended the night with a Caleb choice: Radiohead's first hit, "Creep." Keith loved the way she owned the song. Jennifer said it was beautiful. Harry said Jessica sings with humility and intrigue, and that it was the best performance of the night.
One of these finalists will be eliminated on Thursday night's results show, airing on Fox at 9 p.m. Eastern time.
Sonja Flemming/CBS(NEW YORK) -- Valerie Harper was excited to share news of her improving health with a magazine this week.
However, the former Dancing with the Stars contestant is clarifying what she is calling an "erroneous quote" in Closer Weekly magazine, in which she reportedly declared herself "absolutely cancer-free."
"I am not 'absolutely cancer-free.' I wish I were," she said in a statement. "Right now what I am is cautiously optimistic about my present condition and I have hope for the future."
"[The oncologist] looked at the scans and said, ‘Oh my God, Valerie, this is very encouraging!'" she said. "I’m now the poster child for not believing everything I’m told."
Harper, who will appear on the Hallmark Channel's new series, Signed, Sealed, Delivered, said that her doctor will not use the term "remission" — "He likes to say, 'I give you a treatment, and it’s either responsive or nonresponsive — and you are having a phenomenal response,'" she said. However, she noted that she feels much better. She's also cutting down her visits to the doctor to just once every eight weeks, and she's taking a "pulse dose" of medication once each week.
"There may come a time when I'm not feeling good," she said. "But then again, that time may never come."'
ABC News has reached out to Closer Weekly for comment but has not yet received a response.
ABC/Richard Harbaugh(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- Miley Cyrus is being forced to cancel another concert because of illness.
The singer, 21, who was hospitalized in Kansas City on Tuesday for a "severe allergic reaction" to antibiotics, is not being discharged, she revealed. The Kansas City show was canceled Tuesday night.
"I can't get a hold of my team because it is so early so I want to be the one to tell my fans especially the ones trekking to get there," she tweeted. "the hospital is sayin i wont b released today?? therefore Im not going 2 make it 2 St Louis. Im so sorry but somethings are outta my control."
Cyrus also hit back at critics who accused her of slacking off during her international Bangerz tour.
"humans can b so selfish. if any1 thinks id rather b layin n a hospital bed than doing what i love on stage theyre f----n LAME," she tweeted. "im miserable."