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Fox/Chris Fragopane(LOS ANGELES) -- Intrigue, drama and Cookie! The two-part season finale of Empire airs tonight and actor Jussie Smollett, who plays Jamal Lyon on the hit television series Empire, tells ABC Radio that fans will witness some jaw-dropping moments that possibly even the most hardcore fans may not have seen coming. 

He says, "This one is probably going to be the heaviest coming up, leading into season four as well." 

Of course, Empire would be nothing without power duo Cookie and Lucious, and according to Jussie, the on-again, off-again pair just might get their happily-ever-after moment.

Jussie adds, "Without giving too much away, we finally see her and Lucious in a place that we maybe have been waiting to see them for a really long time." 

In order to find out if "#Coocious" gets back together and more, tune in to Empire tonight at 9 p.m. ET on Fox.

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ABC/Eric McCandless(LOS ANGELES) --  NFL running back Rashad Jennings won the coveted Mirrorball Trophy Tuesday night in the season 24 finale of Dancing with the Stars.

In the two and a half hour star-studded show, three finalists squared off in the last round of the competition: Jennings and his partner Emma Slater; two-time World Series champion David Ross and his partner Lindsay Arnold; and Fifth Harmony stunner Normani Kordei with her partner Valentin Chmerkovskiy.

The night kicked off with a rousing opening number, featuring a reunion of all 12 of this season’s couples, along with judges Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli, Carrie Ann Inaba and Julianne Hough along with hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews.

Everyone from Charo and Mr. T to Heather Morris, Simone Biles and Bonner Bolton made an appearance on the stage, dancing and reminiscing about the season.

It was a spirited evening punctuated with performances from Hailee Steinfeld, TLC, OneRepublic and Lady Antebellum, as well as a preview of ABC’s new adaptation of the global pop-culture phenomenon Dirty Dancing, featuring Nicole Scherzinger and Colt Prattes dancing to “Do You Love Me.”

After all the pomp and circumstance and glitz and glamour, the show got down to brass tacks when the finalists each performed a dance favorite, which was not scored, and then a fusion of dances based on everything they learned over the prior 10 weeks, which was scored for the finals.

David and Lindsay’s dance was a fusion of the foxtrot and salsa and earned praise from Len Goodman who said, “Watching you brings me joy.” Bruno summed up Ross’ place in the finals by saying, “You already are the people’s champion.”

Normani and Val performed a bewitching fusion of an Argentine tango and foxtrot which brought her another perfect score. Bruno called her “a leading lady” while Carrie Ann said, “You were born to win this competition.”

Finally, Rashad and Emma’s fusion of the cha cha and tango brought a score of 39 and in spite of the praise from the judges, it looked at that moment that Normani Kordei was certain to win.

However, in a stunning turn of events, when the finalists took their place on stage in the last 15 minutes of the show, and votes were tallied from last week and last night, it was Normani who took third place.

A gasp could be heard in the audience and judges Carrie Ann and Bruno seemed truly shocked. In spite of the loss, Normani was as demure and gracious as ever and thanked the show saying she was grateful for the experience.

In the end it was down to David Ross and Rashad Jennings, and Jennings won the season. It was also announced that Jennings will be joining the ensemble of the Dancing with the Stars summer tour.

Backstage after the show, Jennings was ecstatic. "That's an amazing feeling.  That is such an amazing feeling. I'm so thankful for the show.  Emma, she deserves it," he said.

But fellow contestant Charo, for one was shocked that Normani lost. "I though she gonna be the winner -- Normani.  I mean, no doubt about it," she told ABC Radio. "Because she is the best dancer that I ever saw in my life." 

You can catch the winners Wednesday morning on Good Morning America on ABC.



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ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- Fresh off of his Get Out success, Jordan Peele's next social thriller has been given an official release date.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Peele's upcoming film is set to hit theaters on March 15, 2019. Similar to Get Out, Peele will write, direct and produce the untitled project. However, his new feature is said to have a "larger canvas," and a budget five times bigger than his Get Out debut

Get Out, which was made for a reported $4.5 million, has grossed nearly $230 million at the worldwide box office since its February 24 release. The filmmaker told ABC Radio that he felt now was the perfect time to have the type of conversations on race and social issues that Get Out sparked.

As previously reported, Peele inked a new two-year deal with Universal, including a first-look overall production deal for his Monkeypaw Productions.

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ABC/Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) -- Wonder Woman herself, Gal Gadot, says it’s “really, really magical” to play the most powerful woman in the DC Comics' superhero world. 

During an interview with the main cast of the Warner Bros. film, Gadot explained to Good Morning America, "I think it’s so important that girls and boys have a strong female figure to look up to. We always had Superman and Batman, which is awesome, but it’s also very important for all of us to have this amazing character."

The actress, who also revealed she was five months pregnant with her youngest daughter while doing re-shoots for the film, said, "it’s crazy to think this character has been around for over 75 years and this is the first time we see her on the big screen and actually get to establish her origin story."

Gadot, who added that “she never dreamt of being an actress,” said says of the role she first played in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, "It was an honor for me to do this part.  I’m all about strong female figures and I love Wonder Woman."

For her part, director Patty Jenkins said she’s a "huge believer in the story of becoming a hero," and hopes everyone who sees the film feels inspired.

"I hope they have a great time and I hope they love it and I hope they laugh, but I also hope they feel inspired to be a hero in their own life," she said. "And learn love and thoughtfulness as well as strength."

Wonder Woman, which also stars Chris Pine and Robin Wright, hits theaters June 2.

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ABC/Ida Mae Astute(LOS ANGELES) -- Janelle Monáe is headed back to the big screen in a new upcoming drama.

According to Variety, the singer and Hidden Figures actress will star alongside Steve Carrell and Leslie Mann in the new feature from Forrest Gump director Robert Zemeckis.

The film is based on the 2010 documentary with the same name and follows the true story of Mark Hogencamp, a man who built a miniature town in his garden after recovering from a coma caused by a vicious attack.

Details on Monáe’s character have yet to be revealed.

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NBC/Will Heath(NEW YORK) -- Apparently, Scarlett Johansson's appearance as Ivanka Trump in the opening sketch of Saturday Night Live's season-42 finale this past weekend wasn't the biggets shocker of the night. 

The Captain America: Civil War star was spotted making out with Colin Jost, who co-anchors the show's "Weekend Update" segment, at the afterparty held at the ice rink at Rockefeller Center, sources tell the New York Post.

“Scarlett and Colin were making out at the bar at the SNL season finale party at 30 Rock...They would make out a bit, then go back to talking,” according the source. “They were at the bar in front of everyone...they made out at least twice...Then they went back to talking and hanging with other people.”

The two were reportedly "flirting and canoodling in full view of everyone at the afterparty, including the SNL cast and crew," says another eyewitness. "They were laughing and seemed to really hit it off.”

It turns out that this isn't the first time ScarJo, 32, and Jost, 34, have reportedly hooked up.

"It's been going on for a bit," an insider tells E! Online, adding that the Scarlett and Colin started dating after her hosting SNL back in March. 

Johansson filed for divorce from her husband, French journalist Romain Dauriac, in March after less than three years of marriage. They share a two-year-old daughter, Rose.

Johansson was previously married to Ryan Reynolds from 2008-2011.

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Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images) (SWITZERLAND) --  Sir Roger Moore, the actor best-known for playing super-spy James Bond in seven films in the 1970s and 1980s, has died. He was 89.

Moore's family made the announcement Tuesday morning on his Twitter account

"With the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today, said the statement from his children, Deborah, Geoffrey and Christian. "We are all devastated."

The statement declared Moore died in Switzerland "after a short, brave battle with cancer."

The message added, "The love with which he was surrounded in his final days was so great it can't be qualified in words alone."

Moore was already well-known as the dashing star of the hit TV spy series The Saint,  which ran on British TV from 1962 to 1969, when he donned the James Bond tux in the wake of Sean Connery's exit from the role following 1971's Diamonds Are Forever.  George Lazenby was the second Bond, starring in one film, 1969's On Her Majesty's Secret Service, before Connery returned for Diamonds Are Forever.

Moore remains the actor who played the suave superspy the most times, with seven films, beginning with The Man with the Golden Gun in 1974 through 1985's A View to a Kill.  His portrayal of 007 also was most associated with the campy humor that characterized the role as his run progressed. 

Moore also appeared on the big screen in 1981's Cannonball Run and 1983's Curse of the Pink Panther, and briefly starred with Tony Curtis in the TV series The Persuaders, which ran a single season in 1971-197.

Moore was also a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, and was knighted in 2003 in no small part for his charity work. In 2008, he was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Moore was married four times, most recently to Kristina Tholstrup, in 2002.  He leaves behind his wife and three children.

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Universal/DarkUniverse.com - 2017(LOS ANGELES) -- The Mummy is just the beginning.

It turns out the upcoming Tom Cruise-fronted remake of the classic horror film is the first in a new franchise planned by Universal Pictures to reboot a number of the classic screen monsters it holds the rights too, including Frankenstein and the Invisible Man.

Universal is calling the initiative "Dark Universe," and if there was a hint that more was to come, it could perhaps have been found in the fact that Russell Crowe is playing Dr. Henry Jekyll in The Mummy.  But a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde movie is not up next.

Next will be a remake of Bride of Frankenstein, starring Javier Bardem as Frankenstein's monster and directed by Beauty and the Beast's Bill Condon. That's due February 14, 2019.

Universal also announced that Johnny Depp has signed on to play the Invisible Man.

The whole universe will be tied together by a secret organization called Prodigium, headed by Crowe's Jekyll, whose mission is to track and destroy monsters.

Universal has set up a new website for news about the effort -- DarkUniverse.com -- and a sizzle reel to psyche fans up.

Welcome to a new world of gods and monsters. #DarkUniverse https://t.co/yMPyGVMcvH pic.twitter.com/Yg1KAxg4WX

— #DarkUniverse (@darkuniverse) May 22, 2017

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Art Streiber/CBS(LOS ANGELES) -- When the tragic news broke about the 22 people who died and 59 others injured after an explosion at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena in England, The Late Late Show with James Corden was still taping.

Corden recorded a two-minute reflection and talked about his native country, speaking highly of the city and offering thoughts and prayers for everyone in Manchester.

The complete transcript is below:

“Good evening, while taping our show earlier tonight we heard the horrific news coming out of Manchester, in England. There had been an incident at Ariana Grande's concert. There is no information about what is happening, all we know is the tragic news of multiple fatalities and many injuries.

"It shocks me every time we hear this sort of news that attacks like this can happen, but especially when there will be so many children at this concert tonight.

"Many of you won't have ever been to Manchester but you will definitely have heard of it. It is famous all over the world for so many wonderful things, great football teams -- Man city, Man United -- is famous for incredible music, Oasis and Joy Division. It was the birth place of the leader of the suffragettes. It's the home of the inventor of the first computer. It's a place full of comedy and curries and character.

"But when I think of Manchester, the place that I know, I think of the spirit of the people there. And I'm telling you a more tight-knit group of people you will be hard-pressed to find, strong, proud, caring people with community at its core. And if it was even possible, the spirit of the people of Manchester will grow even stronger this evening.

"My thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Manchester tonight, all of the staff at the Manchester arena, all of the security teams, all of the emergency services, Ariana and her team and all of those families affected by tonight. We'll all go to bed holding out little ones even tighter this evening.”

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© 2016 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. AND RATPAC-DUNE ENTERTAINMENT LLC(NEW YORK) -- Zack Snyder is stepping down as director of Justice League in the wake of his daughter's recent suicide, ABC News has confirmed.  Avengers writer/director Joss Whedon will step in to finish the film.

Snyder's 20-year-old daughter, Autumn, took her life in March but it was only recently publicly revealed.  Snyder tells The Hollywood Reporter after he and his wife, Justice League co-producer Deborah Snyder, took two weeks off to deal with the family tragedy, they returned to the film. 

"In my mind, I thought it was a cathartic thing to go back to work, to just bury myself and see if that was the way through it,” Snyder said.  "And in the last two months, I’ve come to the realization...I’ve decided to take a step back from the movie to be with my family, be with my kids, who really need me. They are all having a hard time. I’m having a hard time.”

Snyder said Whedon was brought into the project to write some additional scenes following early screenings of Justice League.  He'll now also guide the film through post-production, The Hollywood Reporter says. 

Snyder directed both Man of Steel and Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice

Justice League -- starring Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa and Ezra Miller, is still scheduled for a November 17 release.

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Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Live Natiom(NEW YORK) -- Celebrities are reacting in horror at the news that 22 people are dead and nearly 60 others are injured after a reported explosion took place at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena in England on Monday.

Ariana's duet partner Nicki Minaj tweeted: "My heart hurts for my sister, Ariana & every family affected by this tragic event in the U.K. Innocent lives lost. I'm so sorry to hear this"

Harry Styles wrote: "I'm heartbroken over what happened in Manchester tonight. Sending love to everyone involved. H"

Taylor Swift tweeted: "My thoughts, prayers and tears for all those affected by the Manchester tragedy tonight. I'm sending all my love."

Pink wrote: "My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Manchester, any one affected, @ArianaGrande and the entire crew. Heartbreaking"

Katy Perry tweeted: "Praying for everyone at @ArianaGrande's show"


Demi Lovato wrote: "Tearing up imagining innocent concert goers losing their lives.. praying for everyone and all #arianators."  Adding, "My prayers are with you Manchester"

Niall Horan tweeted: "Absolutely Horrendous what happened in Manchester tonight. My thoughts are with the great people of Manchester and also Ari and her team xx"

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson wrote: "Our prayers and strengh to the victims and their families involved in this tragedy in Manchester. Stay strong. @ArianaGrande"

Bruno Mars tweeted: "No words can describe how I feel about what happened in Manchester. I don't wanna believe that the world we live in could be so cruel."

Lorde wrote: "every musician feels sick & responsible tonight—shows should be safe for you. truly a worst nightmare. sending love to manchester & ari"

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Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Tiffany & Co.(NEW YORK) -- "broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words."

That's the first public reaction from Ariana Grande to the explosion outside of her concert in Manchester, England Monday night.  The blast, believed to be the work of a suicide bomber, killed 19 people and injured 50.




from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words.

— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 23, 2017


Grande tweeted her message just before 11:00 p.m. Eastern Time.  Her manager, Scooter Braun, shared a longer message, tweeted about twenty minutes before Ariana's.

"Tonight, our hearts are broken.  Words cannot express out sorrow for the victims and families harmed in this senseless attack," Braun's message reads. 



— Scooter Braun (@scooterbraun) May 23, 2017


It goes on: "We mourn the lives of children and loved ones taken by this cowardly act.  We are thankful for the selfless service tonight of Manchester's first responders who rushed towards danger to help save lives.  We ask all of you to hold the victims, their families, and all those affected in your hearts and prayers."

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Image Group LA/ABC(MANCHESTER, England) -- At least 19 people are dead and about 50 others injured after reports of an explosion at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena, according to Greater Manchester Police. The injured are being treated at six different hospitals across Manchester.

Police said the situation "is currently being treated as a terrorist incident until police know otherwise." If it remains classified as a terrorist attack, it'll be the deadliest in the U.K. since the July 7, 2005 train and bus bombings during morning rush hour, which killed 52 people and injured more than 700.

ABC News has learned that U.S. law enforcement officials have been told the current leading theory is that the Manchester Arena incident was the work of a suicide bomber. However, the investigation is in the very early stages and that theory is preliminary and may change.

A rep for Ariana tells ABC News that Ariana is OK and that they are investigating what happened.

In a statement, Manchester Arena confirmed that there had been an incident but said it occurred outside the venue. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims," it tweeted.

Concertgoer Josh Elliot tells the BBC, "Basically, she finished her last song. 'Dangerous Woman,' and the house lights came up and everyone started to walk out, and we heard like, a really like big bang - there was only one bang, people are saying there was two, we only heard one."  He added, "It was just, it was absolutely hectic, it was.. unreal - it was like, it was something out of a film, everyone was just charging towards... the doors."

Abby Barker, who was at the concert, tells ABC News, “Ariana had just gone off stage and finished the show, all the music had cut off and the lights had gone on. People started getting up and leaving the arena. Next minute there was this extremely loud bang and I looked across the arena and everyone over there started running in different directions, screaming in panic. We all started panicking too and ran out the doors and ran down the stairs out of the arena. We got outside and children were crying their eyes out, people talking about it being a bomb/gunshots, there were many parents running towards the arena but no one knew exactly what it was”

Another concertgoer, Rebecca Beatty tells the BBC, "There was a lot of people pushing and really trying to get out quickly and obviously because of the congestion of people, I can understand there being injuries."

Some fans posted video of the incident on Twitter. Concert-goer Ellie Cheetham captured the sound of the explosion inside the arena, followed by the swift build of panic as those inside began to realize what might have just happened.

#Manchester pic.twitter.com/LzMioNLp0J

— Ellie Cheetham🌙 (@elliefreyax) May 23, 2017

Police also detonated what the initially called a "second suspect device" discovered at nearby Manchester Cathedral gardens.  The detonation occurred at around 8:32 p.m. local time.  Police then confirmed the suspect device was in fact abandoned clothing.

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NBC/Will Heath(NEW YORK) -- While Alec Baldwin's imitation of President Donald J. Trump has helped Saturday Night Live see its best ratings in years, he may have some competition on his heels: his three-year-old daughter, Carmen.

In a video shot by his wife -- and Carmen's mom -- Hilaria Baldwin and posted to her Instagram before this past weekend's season finale, Alec teaches her how to imitate the Commander-in-Chief. 

"Carmen, on what day does Daddy play Donald Trump?" Hilaria asks off-camera. "Sat-ur-day," the cute tyke responds from a bed on which she and her dad are sitting. 

Then Baldwin dresses up her answer by telling her to put up her hands, and then, squinching up his eyes, he imitates Trump's voice, saying "Saturday," which she parrots, until the actor cracks up and tackles her in a hug.

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(LOS ANGELES) -- Rachel Lindsay makes her debut tonight on The Bachelorette.  There's been a lot of talk about how she's the first African-American star of the franchise, and she tells ABC Radio she's feeling the pressure, though she's trying to roll with it.

"All eyes are going to be on me. I'm setting a standard," Lindsay says. "They're going to be judging me. Some for the good, some for the bad, and that's a lot. Like, I am representing myself in so many way on such a huge platform and trying to find love."

She adds, "But for me, the pros outweigh the cons."

Lindsay, an attorney, has revealed that she's now engaged, but hasn't revealed who the lucky guy is -- or even if he was a Bachelorette contestant. "I wish I could tell you who it's with because I'm so happy about it," she tells us, "But, just to be able to, like, explain the smile and the glow that I have is so liberating."  

The Bachelorette premieres tonight at 9 p.m. on ABC.

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