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Judge rules Prince’s six siblings are legal heirs to his estate

Theo Wargo/WireImage(MINNEAPOLIS) — Over a year after Prince died, a Minnesota judge has ruled that the late musician’s six siblings are the legal heirs to his estate.

The ruling came Friday in Carver County, MI, where Prince lived and worked on his Paisley Park estate. Carver County District Judge Kevin Eide declared that Prince’s sister, Tyka Nelson, and Prince’s five half-siblings are his heirs: Omarr Baker, Alfred Jackson, Sharon Nelson, Norrine Nelson, and John R. Nelson.

Prince, born Prince Rogers Nelson, died without leaving a will — or at least, none that’s so far been found. Beginning in the weeks after his death, an assortment of people have come forward, claiming to either be related to Prince or to have some other legal claim to the estate. Although Judge Eide rejected those other claims, he acknowledged some are under appeal, and said he’d reconsider them pending any appellate court ruling.

Eide also said none of Prince’s assets can be distributed without a court order, nor in any way that might adversely affect any of the appeals.

Prince died April 21 of last year at age 57 of an accidental overdose of the painkiller fentanyl.

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“Scandal” Double Recap: “Transfer of Power,” and “Tick, Tock”

ABC/Richard Cartwright(LOS ANGELES) — Scandal‘s season finale was a two-part, two hour send-off. Here are the recaps of both episodes, “Transfer of Power” and “Tick, Tock”

“Transfer of Power”

On Thursday’s Scandal episode “Transfer of Power,” Maya removes her tracker and escapes the authorities trailing her.

Back at the White House, Fitz tries to talk Mellie out of getting publicly inaugurated. Mellie, doubles up on security, but decides to goes through with it. Fitz, meanwhile, greenlights B-16.

At the inauguration, Maya takes out one of the snipers and sets up to take a shot, but before she can shoot, Eli finds her and takes her down. Liv, who was on the phone with her mother before she was taken out, learns that Maya wasn’t looking to kill Mellie.

Liv questions Fitz’ decision to have her mother shot. He defends his stance, but makes Liv suspicious when he goes into a private meeting with Rosen. After some digging, Liv finds out that Fitz plans to run a reinstated B-16.

Fitz tells Liv he cannot stay and is leaving D.C. They say their goodbyes, with Liv tearful. She runs out to meet him and they publicly kiss on the front lawn with the cameras following their every move.

Meanwhile, Liv heads to Quinn’s office to try to figure out who Maya was trying to shoot. After recreating Frankie Vargas’ assassination, they discover Luna Vargas was the one that Maya was trying to assassinate.

Liv finds Luna and confronts her, but Luna — now officially vice president — tells Liv there is nothing she can do about it.

Liv confides in Jake who tells her they will figure it out. Liv seems doubtful saying that there can be no mistakes with the first woman president. Liv later visits her mother in the hospital and tells her she knows it was Luna. Maya, who can see Liv is defeated, tells her to go get back her White House.

Meanwhile, Abby tells Quinn she wants to work with her and the gladiators again. Quinn, who’s happy with Abby’s decision, decides to tell Charlie she’s pregnant.

After Mellie takes a moment to enjoy her the Oval Office, she visits Cyrus at home and asks him to be her date to the inaugural ball.

Later, Liv tells Jake she has a plan to get rid of Luna.

After being confronted by Olivia and Jake, Luna confesses she paid someone to kill her husband because she wanted to go down in history. She begs for Olivia to not kill her. Liv tells Luna to instead kill herself by taking some pills. If not, Jake would kill her, put her in a ditch and reveal she’s a murder to the world. Luna agrees to take the pills while Jake waits until she dies.

Liv later gets Mellie to sign off on B-16 without knowing. Now in command, Liv tells her father she is now running B-16, wants Sunday dinners with him and to not get on her bad side or face the consequences.

After getting everything in order, Liv tells Cyrus everything. However she soon learns that Cyrus was the one planting the evil seed in Luna’s head while personally eyeing the vice presidency.

Realizing his motives, Liv decides to give Cyrus what he wants — the vice presidency — while she remains the most powerful woman in the world — the woman running the president.

“Tick, Tock”

On Thursday’s Scandal episode “Tick, Tock,” Olivia, Eli Pope and Fitz try to find Olivia’s mother Maya who they realize is looking to assassinate the new president, Mellie.

After a failed effort, Olivia, tells Mellie she’s in jeopardy and tells her a public inauguration may be out of the question. Meanwhile the new gladiator squad — Quinn, Charlie and Huck — also are on the lookout for Liv’s mother.

Jack, Eli and David find out that Liv’s mother is looking to meet with a new contact from the CIA. Jack traces her to the contact’s hotel and arrests her.

In an interrogation room, Maya tells Eli she came to D.C. to protect her daughter. She then goes on a rant about Eli and tries to belittle him as he watches her through the glass of the interrogation room.

Liv finds the gladiators back at her old offices — which Quinn now runs — and hires them to find out if someone is trying to kill her, like her mother claims.

Back at the interrogation room, Eli patiently watches Maya as she continues to rant. Eventually she breaks down. He then turns to Liv and tells her he’s now ready to go in and talk to her.

Eli asks Maya what her plans are and if she was behind Peus and plans to kill Mellie.

Maya denies that she has done anything wrong. She accuses him of not protecting Olivia. They argue about not being good parents to their daughter. Eli tries to break Maya, but she stands firm and says it’s not she who played him. He seems to believe her. He exits the room and gives Liv a stare as if they both know that she might be telling the truth.

At his dinosaur lab, Liv confronts her father about not wanting to interrogate her mother. Liv realizes that her dad might actually believe her mother and does not have the gumption to break her down. Eli tells Liv to have Mellie do the inauguration underground to avoid any danger.

Meanwhile, Fitz recounts the time he was shot and tells Mellie to deter her from doing a public inauguration.

Abby, who was enlisted by Quinn to find Maya’s connection, discovers that Maya wasn’t the one who orchestrated everything – she was just a hired assassin. Liv tries to get her mother to confess, but her mother sees right through her. Liv chokes her, but is pulled back by Jake.

Back at the White House, Mellie talks to Liv. Liv apologizes for losing control over her mother and not finding out truth. Mellie still refuses to give up the inauguration. They later both agree that the inauguration should go on.

Liv tells Fitz that they should let May go so they can find out who she is working for – but Fitz says no. Jake, however, decides to go with Liv’s plan and they implant her with a tracking device.

In a conversation with Abby, Quinn reveals she is pregnant, but is scared she is not fit to be a mother.

Eli, later finds out Maya is free and asks Fitz to reinstate B16 as his last act of power. Liv, meanwhile, tells Mellie that she is now making major decisions for her presidency.

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“Bachelorette” Rachel Lindsay says she’s engaged

ABC/Paul Hebert(LOS ANGELES) — Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay is off the market.

The star of the upcoming season told reporters Thursday she’s engaged, though she could not specify to whom.

However, Lindsay, a Dallas-based lawyer, said that if she had a list of qualities she’d want in a husband, “He would check everything off — check it twice!”

“Every morning I wake up and pinch myself and I keep asking myself if this is really happening,” she said. “It’s crazy at times. I feel like I don’t even deserve this. I feel like I’m getting everything that I want and I am getting my happy ending.”

Lindsay first appeared on Nick Viall’s season of The Bachelor, and in February, before her elimination was aired, ABC revealed that she would star in the new season of The Bachelorette. Now happily engaged, she’s looking forward to reuniting with her dog, getting back to practicing law — “I actually talked to my boss this morning,” she said — and going public with her relationship.

“It’s hard when you’re so excited about something and you can’t share it with everyone,” she said, “but we make sure that we communicate with each other all the time, and that’s really all you can do.”

She’s not using her time until the season finale to plan a wedding. Lindsay said that she and her new beau want to spend time together without TV cameras present before they set a date.

“I’m trying to take things one step at a time,” she said. “I just want to get to know my fiance to the fullest before I even start thinking about a wedding.”

The Bachelorette premieres Monday, May 22, on ABC.

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Chris Cornell’s family says prescription drug may have prompted apparent suicide

Buda Mendes/Getty Images(SEATTLE) — Chris Cornell’s wife doesn’t believe her husband intentionally took his own life, and feels the prescription drug Ativan may have played a role in his death.

A joint statement issued Friday by Vicky Cornell and family attorney Kirk Pasich — the first lengthy family statement since rock singer Cornell, 52, was found dead in his Detroit hotel room Wednesday night — notes that the Soundgarden frontman was “a recovering addict,” and “had a prescription for Ativan and may have taken more Ativan than recommended dosages.”

Ativan, the brand name for the medication lorazepam, has a number of therapeutic uses, but is commonly used for the treatment of anxiety.

“Without the results of toxicology tests, we do not know what was going on with Chris — or if any substances contributed to his demise,” says Pasich.

The statement goes on: “The family believes that if Chris took his life, he did not know what he was doing, and that drugs or other substances may have affected his actions.”

The Wayne County, MI, Medical Examiners Office on Thursday declared Cornell’s cause of death as suicide by hanging.

Vicky Cornell says she and her husband spoke before his Wednesday night show in Detroit and “discussed plans for a vacation over Memorial Day and other things we wanted to do. When we spoke after the show, I noticed he was slurring his words; he was different. When he told me he may have taken an extra Ativan or two, I contacted security and asked that they check on him.”

She continues: “What happened is inexplicable and I am hopeful that further medical reports will provide additional details. I know that [Chris] loved our children and he would not hurt them by intentionally taking his own life.”

The statement ends with Vicky Cornell saying, “The outpouring of love and support from his fans, friends and family means so much more to us than anyone can know. Thank you for that, and for understanding how difficult this is for us.”

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“Alien: Covenant” and “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul” among this week’s new releases

20th Century Fox – 2017(LOS ANGELES) — Here’s a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:

* Alien: Covenant — Ridley Scott’s sequel to 2012’s Prometheus, and the second chapter in the Alien prequel series, follows the crew of a colony ship to a remote planet, believed to be an uncharted paradise. However, it turns into a nightmare when they discover a deadly alien life-form. Starring Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Demian Bichir and Danny McBride. Rated R.

* Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul — This comedy is the fourth installment of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, though it features none of the original cast. A family road trip to attend their grandmother’s 90th birthday party takes an unexpected turn when their son — played by Every Which Way‘s Jason Drucker — hatches a plot to go to a video gaming convention instead. Tom Everett Scott and Alicia Silverstone also star. Rated PG.

* Everything, Everything — Amandla Stenberg plays a teenager unable to leave her home because of an illness, who falls for a the boy next door– played by Melissa & Joey‘s Nick Robinson. The two risk everything to be together. PG-13.

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Abigail Breslin said her friend joked that she would “kill her” if she botched new “Dirty Dancing”

ABC – 2017(LOS ANGELES) — Abigail Breslin and Colt Prattes are feeling the gravity of remaking Dirty Dancing 30 years after it hit theaters, and a lot of that pressure is coming from close friends and family.

“One of my best friends … she was like, ‘If you don’t do a good job, I will kill you,'” Breslin told ABC News.

Prattes, who is stepping in for the late Patrick Swayze in the film, added that he got the same jokes from those closest to him.

The duo spoke to ABC News a week ahead of the TV release. They shared what it was like on set and the biggest challenges of taking on these roles.

“I’m just excited that people get a little bit more explanation of the characters and of that story line,” Prattes said about the additional plot added to this film. “I’m stoked for people to get more of this story. This is a beautiful story.”

Breslin added that “explanations” and backstory will be given for certain characters’ choices and attitudes. And of course, there’s the “dancing,” something Breslin said was certainly daunting.

“I don’t think that the words graceful and Abigail Breslin have ever been in a sentence together,” the Oscar nominee joked. “I was terrified. I was really lucky I was working with Colt … and everybody on the choreography end of things … I had to learn to dance.”

The two young actors said Jennifer Grey, who played the original “Baby,” was very supportive of the remake.

“I met [her] after we filmed and she was lovely and so sweet,” Breslin said. “But before hand, we mostly hung out with each other. We were doing something that was a little bit different. It’s kind of hard to get advice from those who were in the original when that’s of its own unique experience.”

Dirty Dancing will air on May 24 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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James Corden says during “Carpool Karaoke,” he helped Katy Perry make up her mind about “American Idol”

CBS/ Terence Patrick – ©2017 CBS Broadcasting, Inc.(LOS ANGELES) — Tonight on The Late Late Show with James Corden, we’ll see the first “Carpool Karaoke” of 2017: it’ll be with Harry Styles, who’s been Corden’s guest all week. But Monday, we’ll see Katy Perry belting out her hits in the car with James — and he says he helped her make an important decision while they were filming it.

Corden tells Entertainment Tonight that while they shot the segment, he and Katy discussed whether she should accept the offer to become a judge on ABC’s American Idol reboot.

“On the day that we shot the ‘Carpool’ [segment], she had to make up her mind that day,” the Late Late Show host revealed. “She said, ‘What do you think I should do?’ and we talked it all out in the car.”

“She also talked about a lot of things that she’s never really talked about publicly before,” Corden added. “So, yeah, it will be fun!”

Katy’s Carpool Karaoke segment will air Monday on CBS as part of The Late Late Show Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special 2017.

Corden says Ed Sheeran will also be a guest in an upcoming segment.

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James Corden says during “Carpool Karaoke,” he helped Katy Perry make up her mind about “American Idol”

CBS/ Terence Patrick – ©2017 CBS Broadcasting, Inc.(LOS ANGELES) — Tonight on The Late Late Show with James Corden, we’ll see the first “Carpool Karaoke” of 2017: it’ll be with Harry Styles, who’s been Corden’s guest all week. But Monday, we’ll see Katy Perry belting out her hits in the car with James — and he says he helped her make an important decision while they were filming it.

Corden tells Entertainment Tonight that while they shot the segment, he and Katy discussed whether she should accept the offer to become a judge on ABC’s American Idol reboot.

“On the day that we shot the ‘Carpool’ [segment], she had to make up her mind that day,” the Late Late Show host revealed. “She said, ‘What do you think I should do?’ and we talked it all out in the car.”

“She also talked about a lot of things that she’s never really talked about publicly before,” Corden added. “So, yeah, it will be fun!”

Katy’s Carpool Karaoke segment will air Monday on CBS as part of The Late Late Show Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special 2017.

Corden says Ed Sheeran will also be a guest in an upcoming segment.

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Chris Cornell’s cause of death ruled “hanging by suicide,” according to medical examiner

ABC/Randy Holmes(DETROIT) — Singer Chris Cornell’s cause of death has been ruled a “hanging by suicide,” according to a statement from the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office in Detroit.

“The cause of death has been determined as hanging by suicide,” the official statement reads. “A full autopsy report has not yet been completed. There is no additional information at this time.”

Cornell’s wife called a family friend to check on him Wednesday night, and the friend found Cornell unresponsive in his room at Detroit’s MGM Grand Hotel. A Detroit Police Department spokesperson told ABC News Radio Thursday morning that Cornell was found with what was described as a “band” around the neck in an “apparent suicide,” but wouldn’t confirm that at the time, pending an autopsy and coroner’s report.

Cornell, 52, was known for his work Soundgarden, Audioslave and Temple of the Dog, as well as his own solo career, died late Wednesday night following a Soundgarden show in Detroit. He’s survived by his wife, Vicky, and three children: daughters Toni and Lillian Jean, and son Christopher.

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“The Bachelorette” – Meet the 31 men competing on Rachel Lindsay’s season

ABC(LOS ANGELES) — Rachel Lindsay didn’t find love with Nick Viall onThe Bachelor, but later this month, fans of the reality TV franchise will watch her explore new relationships in The Bachelorette.

Lindsay, an attorney from Dallas, Texas, will meet 31 single men during the show’s premiere next week, and on Wednesday, ABC revealed who those bachelors are.

Among those who make a memorable impression, according to a press release: male model Brady brings a sledgehammer to “break the ice” with Lindsay; construction sales rep Matt wears a penguin costume to appeal to her silly side; and Blake E., an “aspiring drummer” whom fans first met during After the Final Rose, enlists a marching band to impress the new Bachelorette. There is also a person from Lindsay’s past on the show: Fred went to elementary school with the reality star, and admits to having had a “lifelong fascination” with her, according to the release.

Lindsay is the first African-American person to star in the Bachelor and Bachelorette franchise. Earlier this year, she told ABC News that the designation was an honor.

“I just hope that people rally behind me like they did in Nick’s season…just realize that my journey is just trying to find love,” she said in an interview with Good Morning America. “Even though I’m an African-American woman, it’s no different from any other Bachelorette.”

The 31 men competing for Lindsay’s affections are:

Adam, 27, a real estate agent from Dallas, TX
Alex, 28, an information systems supervisor from Grosse Pointe Park, MI
Anthony, 26, an education software manager from Chicago, IL
Blake E., 31, an aspiring drummer from Marina del Rey, CA
Blake K., 29, a U.S. Marine veteran from San Francisco, CA
Brady, 29, a male model from Miami, FL
Bryan, 37, a chiropractor from Miami, FL
Bryce, 30, a firefighter from Orlando, FL
Dean, 26., a startup recruiter from Venice, CA
DeMario, 30, an executive recruiter from Century City, CA
Eric, 29, a personal trainer from Los Angeles, CA
Fred, 27, an executive assistant from Dallas, TX
Grant, 29, an emergency medicine physician from New York City, NY
Ignacio, “Iggy,” 30, a consulting firm CEO from Chicago, IL
Jack Stone, 32, an attorney from Dallas, TX
Jamey, 32, a sales account executive from Santa Monica, CA
Jedidiah, 35, an ER physician from Augusta, GA
Jonathan, 31, a tickle monster from New Smyrna Beach, FL
Josiah, 28, a prosecuting attorney from Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Kenneth, “Diggy,” 31, a senior inventory analyst from Chicago, IL
Kenny, 35, a professional wrestler from Las Vegas, NV
Kyle 26, a marketing consultant from Los Angeles, CA
Lee, 30, a singer/songwriter from Nashville, TN
Lucas, 30, a “whaboom” from Santa Monica, CA
Matthew, “Matt,” 32, a construction sales rep from Meriden, CT
Michael, 26, a former professional basketball player from Chicago, IL
Milton, 31, a hotel recreation supervisor from North Bay Village, FL
Mohit, 26, a product manager from Pacifica, CA
Peter, 31, a business owner from Madison, WI
Robert “Rob,” 30, a law student from Houston, TX
Will, 28, a sales manager from Miami, FL

The Bachelorette will premiere at 9 p.m. ET on May 22. The next week, it will resume airing in its regular time slot, at 8 p.m. ET.

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