ABC/Craig Sjodin(NEW YORK) -- What would Scandal have been like without the one-and-only Mellie Grant?
Speaking with ABC News during a Facebook Live broadcast, the actress revealed that, although her character has developed into one of the star's most integral characters, she was originally only supposed to appear as a guest star on three episodes in the first season.
"[Show creator/producer] Shonda [Rhimes] wanted to write a presidential divorce, but somehow they just tucked into the deliciousness that became Mellie," Young said. "She started wreaking havoc for everyone and they let me stay on."
"To have gone through so many iterations of joy and grief and victimhood and heroism has been such a blessing and a surprise every day, and I'm so grateful for it," she continued.
Young explained that she took her audition to the next level by dressing the part of her character.
"I wanted [Mellie] to look a certain way, and I never do this but I went shopping," Young said. "I just had very specific visions."
It worked. Young says she was "lucky enough to be the girl they picked" and started working the day after the audition.
Young also opened up about how she suffers from migraines, and that medication helped her get her life back.
"I've cost people days on production because you can't negotiate with a migraine," Young said, encouraging fans who also suffer from migraines to talk with their doctors and seek information.
"I just want people to be having conversations, and I want people to get to their doctors sooner rather than later and talk to him or her and see what's right for you," Young said. "Because you can get your get your life back and feel so liberated."
"Empire" creator Lee Daniels; Scott Kirkland/FOX(LOS ANGELES) -- Empire creator Lee Daniels has settled a defamation lawsuit filed against him last year by Sean Penn, after Daniels invoked the Oscar-winner's name while discussing domestic violence allegations against Terrence Howard, one of the stars of Daniels' hit Fox series.
Daniels agreed to donate an undisclosed amount to Penn's charity, J/P Haitian Relief Organization, created after the devastating earthquake in Haiti in 2010, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Daniels also issued a public apology, saying in a statement obtained by the trade publication, "I am so sorry that I have hurt you, Sean, and I apologize and retract my reckless statements about you.
"How thoughtless of me," he says. "You are someone I consider a friend, a brilliant actor and true Hollywood legend and humanitarian.
"I too have been the subject of false attacks by others, like those made here," the statement from Daniels continues. "My most important role is as a father, and it is important to me that my children learn that it is wrong to reference gossip as fact, as I did here. That can be very damaging and hurtful. Domestic violence is a very serious issue. My comments were cavalier; it was not my intention to diminish the severity of the issue, but rather to express a view regarding the disparate treatment of men of color in our national conversation. I apologize again for the distress that this has caused you and your family."
For his part, Penn says he accepts the "heartfelt apology" and appreciates "the sincerity with which it was delivered," as well as the "generous donation" made by Daniels.
Penn's $10 million defamation lawsuit was filed last September in response to comments Daniels made to The Hollywood Reporter regarding Howard, who'd faced abuse allegations involving two ex-wives.
"[Terrence Howard] ain't done nothing different than Marlon Brando or Sean Penn, and all of a sudden he's some f******' demon," Daniels said at the time. "That's a sign of the time, of race, of where we are right now in America."
In December, Penn amended the lawsuit and provided a declaration from his ex-wife Madonna, who stated that he'd never been physically abusive toward her.
ABC/Jeff Neira(NEW YORK) -- Chew on this: ABC's daytime program The Chew hits a delicious milestone on Thursday.
The Chew will air its 1,000th show at 1 p.m. Eastern time. The Daytime Emmy-winning program, featuring Mario Batali, Michael Symon, Clinton Kelly, Carla Hall and Daphne Oz, premiered five years ago, and has offered tips and talk on food, lifestyle and entertainment topics ever since.
The hosts all agree that they didn't think at first the show would make it this far. In an interview with ABC News, Oz reflected, "[T]he first day we were like, 'WHAT is going on here?' And then it’s been a magic ride ever since. It’s crazy."
Hall and Oz joke that the milestone episode will include, in the words of Hall, "a lot of embarrassing moments."
Batali adds, "I’m sure you’re going to see a lot of this stuff that shows us interacting with people in ways that you can’t interact on other TV shows."
He emphasizes how fun it is for the hosts to pass along their expertise to the viewers. "It’s also very satisfying to know that when you cook something and you make something for somebody. Then they watch it, they make it for themselves, modify it a little but, they take it on their own way, and it becomes like a game of telephone," he explains.
Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images(HOLLYWOOD) -- Jodie Foster received the 2,580th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Wednesday.
On hand for the celebration was Kristen Stewart, who played the daughter of Foster's character in the 2002 thriller Panic Room.
Stewart, 26, ran down Foster's accomplishments: "She's a baller on every level...she won Oscars, she became a filmmaker herself, she created a family, and still is just normal and cool and kind."
With Mother's Day just around the corner, Foster dedicated her star to moms everywhere. "We do things like this for our mothers, and my mother can't be here today but she's here in spirit. She would just be so happy to be here," the actress remarked.
Foster's accomplishments range from her role as a teen in Taxi Driver to her appearance in the 2013 film Elysium. She's won two Oscars, for her performances in The Accused and The Silence of the Lambs.
Foster directed the new drama Money Monster, starring George Clooney and Julia Roberts. It's out May 13.
Neil Lupin/Redfern(MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.) -- Federal authorities are now investigating Prince's death.
A spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney's Office told ABC News in a statement Wednesday that the organization, along with the DEA, will work in conjunction with the local sheriff's office to investigate the singer's death.
“The U.S. Attorney’s Office and DEA are joining the Carver County Sheriff’s investigation. The DEA and U.S. Attorney’s Office are able to augment this local investigation with federal resources and expertise about prescription drug diversion," the statement read. "While this remains an ongoing investigation, we will have no further comment.”
Local authorities told ABC News that the feds' involvement is largely due to the fact that they need to be able to investigate what happened involving Prince in other states. Of particular interest: the emergency landing his plane made in Illinois the week before his death.
Late last month, the music legend was found unresponsive in an elevator at his Paisley Park estate and was pronounced dead shortly thereafter. That morning, Prince was scheduled to meet with Andrew Kornfeld, the son of opioid addiction specialist Dr. Howard Kornfeld, according to the Kornfelds' lawyer, Bill Mauzy. Mauzy added that Dr. Kornfeld had been contacted by Prince's reps to discuss how to help the singer, who may have struggled with prescription drug addiction.
ABC News has confirmed that authorities are looking into the possibility that the singer died of an overdose. Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn. ABC affiliate KSTP-TV reports the painkiller Percocet was found in Prince's system.
According to his longtime friend, bassist Larry Graham, Prince, who did not discuss his health openly, seemed "pretty normal" before his death.
Darren Michaels/CBS(LOS ANGELES) -- Singer and The Voice coach Gwen Stefani was James Corden's latest passenger on Wednesday night's edition of "Carpool Karaoke" on The Late Late Show, and they got a little help from surprise guests George Clooney and Julia Roberts.
The segment began with Stefani and Corden singing "Don't Speak" -- the 1995 hit she recorded with the band No Doubt. That was followed by her solo hits "The Sweet Escape," "Rich Girl," and her more recent single "Used to Love You," from her latest album This Is What the Truth Feels Like. Corden and Stefani then took a break from the music to discuss how she maintains her youthful appearance, which she attributes to falling in love with country singer and fellow The Voice coach Blake Shelton. "That's what the facelift is, I think," she guesses.
The 46-year-old singer also talked about her fondness for emojis, and Corden had her play a game with him where he named several emojis and she had to act them out.
Midway through the segment, they supposedly found themselves in a carpool lane in need of a couple of extra passengers. That's when Ocean's trilogy co-stars Clooney and Roberts -- who reunite in the upcoming film Money Monster -- showed up.
After the foursome sang Stefani's 2006 hit "Hollaback Girl," Clooney offered his explanation of what the song was about. Gwen said he was "pretty close," but didn't elaborate, explaining that she didn't want to "project" what she thought on him. "It would help to know what you thought," replied Clooney.
"The real inspiration for the song I would never say," continued Stefani. "All I'll say is I won."
The group also traded notes as to what their favorite movie lines were -- with Corden choosing Roberts' "I'm just a girl" speech to Hugh Grant in Notting Hill.
"Now I'm not sure I want you to drive," Clooney quipped in mock disgust.
The karaoke session ended with the group singing a cover of the Queen classic, "We Are the Champions."
Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- We've had two movies so far. Now we're getting a primetime Blues Brothers animated series.
Its co-creators include Dan Aykroyd and his fellow Blues Brother John Belushi's widow, Judy Belushi. The show reportedly will chronicle "the music, mayhem and comedy adventures of Jake and Elwood Blues, along with the characters within their master blues band."
The project will be shopped to TV platforms beginning this month. The Blues Brothers began as a Saturday Night Live sketch before spawning a classic 1980 movie, as well as a hit album. A sequel, Blues Brothers 2000, was released in 1998, starring Aykroyd, John Goodman and Joe Morton.
Robert Cianflone/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Arnold Schwarzenegger turning his acting chops to comedy once more.
The action star-turned California governor-turned action star again will star in a comedy written and directed by Saturday Night Live's Taran Killam, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The movie, Why We’re Killing Gunther, will focus on assassins who become fed up with the titular hit man and try to kill him.
The project will also star Killam, his wife Cobie Smulders, fellow SNL cast member Bobby Moynihan, Fresh Off the Boat actor Randall Park, and Silicon Valley's Kumail Nanjiani.
Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Rumer Willis is lashing out at a photographer for allegedly Photoshopping her jaw to make it look smaller in a magazine shoot she did with her sisters Scout and Tallulah, calling it "a form of bullying."
The 27-year-old daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore, and season 20 Dancing with the Stars champ, posted the altered photo on Instagram Tuesday, along with a request for anyone who may have shared the image to take it down. "The photographer Photoshopped my face to make my jaw smaller and I find it really offensive for anyone to try and change the way you look so drastically," she continued.
"I love the way I look and I won't support anyone who would feel a need to change the way I look to make me beautiful," adds Willis. "Whether or not they realize it, it is a form of bullying, which I won't stand for."
The shoot was for Vanity Fair magazine, according to E!
Eddie Murphy with girlfriend Paige Butcher; Jason Merritt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Eddie Murphyis a daddy again, having welcomed his ninth child, a daughter, Tuesday in Los Angeles, his rep tells People magazine.
DaughterIzzy Oona Murphy, who weighed in at seven pounds, 15 ounces, and measured 19 and a half inches long, is the 55-year-old actor and comedian’s first child with longtime girlfriend Paige Butcher, 36.
“Both mother and daughter are doing well,” according to a statement from Murphy's rep.
Murphy's other children include Eric, 26, and Christian, 25; Bria, 25, Myles, 22, Shayne, 21, Zola, 15, and Bella, 13 -- five kids with his ex-wife, TV personality Nicole Mitchell -- and his nine-year-old daughter Angel with America's Got Talent judge Melanie "Scary Spice" Brown.
ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) -- Kelly Ripa's first guest co-host once Michael Strahan leaves their daytime talk show has been announced.
Jimmy Kimmel will join Ripa on Live on Monday, May 16 -- three days after Strahan bids adieu to the program. Kimmel has served as guest co-host numerous times in the past.
Kimmel's Los Angeles-based late-night show airs on ABC, which distributes Live. He was already expected in New York, where Live's studio is located, to host ABC's upfront presentation -- where the network will reveal its 2016-2017 schedule for advertisers -- on May 17.
Strahan's impending departure from Live was announced last month. He'll have a full-time role on ABC's Good Morning America beginning in September.
L-R: Chris Evans and Robert Downey, Jr. in "Captain America: Civil War"; Zade Rosenthal; Marvel Studios/Disney(LOS ANGELES) -- Excitement is building for Captain America: Civil War, which hits theaters Thursday night. It's a film that fans have been anticipating for a long time -- and a project that Robert Downey Jr. had hoped would become a reality.
In the latest Captain America movie, Chris Evans' titular character clashes with Downey Jr.'s Iron Man over a controversial government policy intended to regulate the superheroes.
Downey shares with ABC Radio, "I remember the comic book series Civil War, and I thought, Man, if we could pull that off that'd be swell. But I didn't...it was never really in the docket of, like, this is a definitive going to happen Marvel movie."
Now that a Civil War movie has happened, what can fans expect? "They can expect the unexpected, but they will have that trademark Marvel entertainment and sophistication and storytelling and really strong performances," Downey declares.
The actor believes fans continue to flock to theaters to see Marvel movies because they're "just executed so well.
"But then there's this little constellation that gets lit up in people who are fans of the comics back in the day or just love this kind of storytelling," he adds. "So, I'm all for geeking out on Marvel pics."
Plenty of people are geeking out for Captain America: Civil War, so much so that it's now Fandango's number-one pre-selling superhero movie of all time.
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Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Saying “She hasn’t left a void. She’s left a blast crater,” comic and actor Patton Oswalt has penned a moving tribute to his late wife, crime writer Michelle McNamara, who died unexpectedly in her sleep April 21 at age 46.
“I loved her,” Oswalt writes in TIME magazine. “This is the first time I’ve been able to use ‘I’ writing this. Probably because there hasn’t been much of an “I” since the morning of April 21. There probably won’t be for a while.”
Oswalt briefly recounts his late wife’s life, both professional and personal, before ending with a statement their young daughter, Alice, made five days after her mother’s death: “When your mom dies you’re the best memory of her. Everything you do and say is a memory of her.”
“That’s the kind of person Michelle created and helped shape,” Oswalt concludes. “That was Michelle. That is Michelle. I love her.”
Lucasfilm/Disney(NEW YORK) -- Wednesday is May 4th, and thanks to a punny 1979 London Evening News headline and a legion of die-hard fans, it's known the world over as "Star Wars Day." The headline about the election of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher -- "May the Fourth Be with You, Maggie. Congratulations" -- inspired a grassroots movement for Star Wars junkies to celebrate George Lucas' galaxy far, far away.
It's no secret that the most recent Star Wars adventure, J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens, became an instant blockbuster, and slew a series of box office records longer than the Kessel Run. The movie, the first in a new trilogy, became the fastest film to gross $1 billion -- 12 days -- and highest-grossing Star Wars film, earning more than two billion and counting to date.
The movie will be followed on December 15, 2017 by Episode VIII, directed by Looper's Rian Johnson, and Episode IX, directed by Jurassic World's Colin Trevorrow, on May 23, 2019.
The Force Awakens stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, and Adam Driver will reportedly return for VIII, as will Mark Hamill, who was only seen at the close of the film that centered on finding his self-exiled Jedi Luke Skywalker. Not much is known of the plot, save it will be darker than Abrams' film.
The Force Awakens was also nominated for five Academy Awards, and its success paved the way for a new series of "anthology" films, the first of which will be Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Godzilla's Gareth Edwards will call the shots on that movie, which details the Rebellion's theft of the Death Star plans that wind up in R2D2's rusty innards. Those plans eventually lead to the destruction of the flying battle station at the hands of a backwater bush pilot named Luke Skywalker in 1977's Star Wars: Episode IV -- A New Hope.
Rogue One stars Felicity Jones as rebellious freedom fighter Jyn Erso, as well as Diego Luna, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Forest Whitaker, and Ben Mendelsohn, and will reportedly also feature none other than the Dark Lord of the Sith himself, Darth Vader. It opens December 16.
Two other anthology films have been slated for release, one centering on a young Han Solo set for a May 25, 2018 release, and the other rumored to follow the early adventures of Boba Fett, the bounty hunter who eventually captures that cocky Corellian smuggler in The Empire Strikes Back. The third anthology film will supposedly bow in 2020.
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