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Source Says Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx Are Just ‘Friends’

Jemal Countess/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Are Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx really an item?

Holmes, 36, and Foxx, 47, have been the subject of dating rumors for over a year, but sources tell People magazine that although they’ve been spending a lot of time together, it’s nothing serious.

“This is not some intense romance,” a source with knowledge of the situation tells the magazine. “Jamie and Katie are friends and have been for a long time. They are two adults who are attractive and single, and so apparently conclusions will be drawn.”

However, the source adds that “contrary to those conclusions, they’re not about to run off and make some serious commitment.”

Another insider tells People that the actress, who bought a home in the Los Angeles area this past August and lives there with her eight-year-old daughter Suri, visits the actor/comedian “often” at his nearby home, adding, “They spend hours together” at a time.

Regardless of where her relationship with Foxx ends up going, Holmes told People last November that she “absolutely” believes in love, adding, “I’m a very loving person. Of course I’m open to finding love again.”

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Taraji P. Henson: I Knew “Empire” Could Change the Face of Primetime Network TV

Chuck Hodes/FOX(NEW YORK) — Fox’s breakout hit, Empire, ends its first season on Wednesday night with a two-hour finale.

Empire’s rise as one of the most popular shows on television has been remarkable. Since its premiere in January, Lee Daniels’ hip-hop drama has become the number-one freshman series in the 18- to 49-year-old demographic that advertisers target.

Viewership for Empire has steadily increased week by week, drawing a series-high 14.92 million viewers last Wednesday.

Star Taraji P. Henson is not surprised by her show’s runaway success. The actress — who plays Cookie, the ex-wife of Terrence Howard’s music executive character, Lucious — says, “I knew I had an incredible script in my hands. I knew that with the right cast and the studio and the network behind it that it would change the face of primetime network television. And because all the pieces were in the right places, that’s what we’re watching happen.”

Jussie Smollett, a.k.a. Jamal, the gay singer-songwriter son of Lucious, calls the hoopla surrounding Empire “insane.” He continues, “The memes are the best part of the show. Thursday mornings are the best for me. I get to see all of the different memes, it’s fantastic, it’s really a dream come true.”

The season finale, featuring appearances by Snoop Dogg, Jennifer Hudson, Rita Ora, Juicy J and Patti LaBelle, will air on Fox at 8 p.m. Eastern time.

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Jimmy Kimmel Squats Julia Louis-Dreyfus for Joe Biden

ABC/Ida Mae Astute(AUSTIN, Texas) — On Tuesday night, Jimmy Kimmel Live! continued its week-long stand in Austin, Texas. One of his guests, Veep’s Julia Louis-Dreyfus, explained the real Vice President, Joe Biden keeps hounding her via Twitter to take part in the “Gimme Five” exercise initiative.

“Why is he bothering you with this?” Kimmel asked of the Seinfeld vet who played the vice president-turned president of the United States on the HBO show. “Well, that’s another issue altogether,” she quipped, possibly taking a jab at the notoriously handsy VP.

The actress explained she didn’t have time to tweet Biden back, and explained she hoped to “multitask” and get the exercises done while she’s on Kimmel.

Then she went from being on Kimmel the show, to Kimmel the host.

Thanks to the multiple shots of whiskey that she brought with her on stage, the pair agreed to have Kimmel squat her full body weight five times, with Louis-Dreyfus on his shoulders, and Guillermo documenting the moment for social media.

Dutifully, Louis-Dreyfus posted his handiwork — and Kimmel’s leg work — to the VPOTUS and first lady Michelle Obama saying, “#GimmeFive @jimmykimmel @JoeBiden @MichelleObama Oh yeah, I took it. With a little help from a friend. I’m pooped.”

Veep returns to HBO April 12.

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Tahj Mowry Talks About Spring Finale of “Baby Daddy,” New Music

Amanda Edwards/WireImage(NEW YORK) — Tahj Mowry stars as Tucker in the ABC Family comedy Baby Daddy, which centers on a guy whose one-night stand leaves a baby on his door step, forcing him to lean on his two friends to help raise the child.

Wednesday marks the series’ fourth season spring finale, and Mowry tells ABC Radio a lot happens with his character’s love life.

“He’s very down and out so the guys try to do this set up thing for him with this really hot model that he is obviously instantly in love with and things get sort of misconstrued,” he teases, “and I don’t want to give away what happens, but it’s good and it’s really cute for Tucker.”

With Mowry’s TV show going on break, it has allowed the actor to focus on another one of his passions — music.

“Honestly music is a passion of mine and it has been for so long. And I realize that people don’t know that because I never had time to really dive in and do it how I wanted to,” he shares. “And now I’ve got that time during hiatus from Baby Daddy and I’m like, this is it. This is the moment. I’ve gotta do this.”

Mowry calls his sound “futuristic funk.”

“I sort of made that up like while I was creating the music and writing and all that. And I’m like future funk, because that’s just what came to my mind when I listened to my music,” he continues. “Basically my sound is a mix of old school and new school so it’s like a blend of eras and genres. It’s got a futuristic feel to it. It’s very electronic in some parts so that’s where the futuristic part came from, and I’d like to say if you were in the future at a jazz funk club, my music is what you would be hearing.”

Mowry’s first single, “Flirt,” will be released April 28. The former Full House star said the song explains him “in a nutshell…because I’m a huge flirt.”

He adds, “It’s a great song. It has a fun energy. It’s really funky. It’s really, really cool. I think people will really like it.”

After his first single, Mowry said fans can expect a full album. Still, don’t expect his famous sisters — Tia Mowry-Hardrict and Tamera Mowry-Housely — to be on the album. “I feel like that would be corny,” he says with a laugh.

The spring finale of Baby Daddy airs Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. Eastern on ABC Family.

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Nick Cannon Says He Doesn’t Consider Himself a Single Father

ABC/Jeff Neira(NEW YORK) — Nick Cannon is out with a new children’s book. His poetry book, titled Neon Aliens Ate My Homework, is dedicated to his twins with estranged wife, Mariah Carey, Monroe and Moroccan. And although he filed for divorce from the singer in 2014, Cannon told ABC Radio he doesn’t consider himself a single father.

“I never really thought of that term. I consider myself a father, you know? The word single is not really registering for me right now, because I’m not focused on that,” he explains. “But a father, first and foremost, I like that term. That’s probably the most important title that I have right now.”

Cannon’s 3-year-old twins also helped him craft his new book. “They were kind of the test to which ones were really good and which ones worked. I would read [poems] to them, or I would kind of make up ones with them,” he explains. “And all the songs or little poems we would [say] that they really liked or that they would sing over and over, those would be the ones that I would put into the book.”

The host of America’s Got Talent told ABC Radio what inspired him to write the book.

“I was inspired by artists and poets like Shel Silverstein. He taught me what poetry was all about,” he says. “That’s where it all came from for me but I wanted to give it a hip-hop twist because I’m a figure in the hip-hop generation and that’s how I see things, through hip-hop lenses. So I was like, hey let’s be able to put what Shel did mixed with a little street culture and see what we could come up with.”

Cannon tapped graffiti artists, such as Captain Kris and Queen Andrea, to help him illustrate the book. He even illustrated some poems.

“It was cool,” he says of drawing for the book. “It was quite the experience to kind of dive in, not only on the writing side, but to connect with different artists to help bring the vision visually.”

Neon Aliens Ate My Homework is on bookshelves now.

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Matthew McConaughey and Jimmy Kimmel Make a Commercial for a Video Store

ABC(AUSTIN, Texas) — Jimmy Kimmel has been broadcasting his show from Austin during SXSW, and during his time there, he wanted to make a commercial for a local business.

Ultimately, he decided on Vulcan Video — a video store with two locations in the area.

“Because this is such a high-tech event with the apps and the devices, we decided to make a commercial for a business that is very low-tech,” he explained.

After meeting the store’s owner and touring the shop, Kimmel got to work.

“We’re gonna have to find somebody passionate about movies,” he reasoned. “That’s, I guess, where we’re gonna have to go here.”

Naturally, he called upon Matthew McConaughey, who lives nearby, and the two created three ads. To see their work, watch the video below.

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Paul Walker Jokes Will Be Cut from Justin Bieber’s Roast

Michael Tran/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) — There were a few jokes made about the late Fast and Furious star Paul Walker during the The Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber — but you won’t see them on TV.

A spokesperson for Comedy Central told The Hollywood Reporter that those remarks will not be included when the show airs March 30.

“Roasts often push the limits of good taste and we give the participants full rein to try things knowing we have the edit to shape the show,” the spokesperson stated. “Sometimes the line is discovered by crossing it. The Paul Walker references will not be in the telecast.”

During an appearance Monday on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! — which is broadcasting this week from Austin, Texas — Hart revealed some details about what he saw as host of the roast.

After the taping, Bieber said he “didn’t particularly like” the jokes about Walker.

That might not have been the only thing he didn’t like. Comedian Kevin Hart said Justin Bieber may have shed a tear or two this past weekend during the roast.

“It went a little rough,” Hart said to laughs. “Yeah, I’m not gonna lie.”

“There were some moments where I was like, ‘Justin’s gonna cry in the car,'” he added. “You know how you can look at a person and they’re trying to have good time, but you can tell there’s a tear?”

Hart said given that the guests were ready to rip into the pop star, a tear would have amounted to blood in the water in a tank full of sharks.

“I kept pointing back at him, like, ‘You better hold it back, boy! Don’t you — you don’t let the cameras see it come down,” he said. “He did one knee slap where I think he covered up a cry.”

Hart said in the end, he gained respect for Bieber, and sees a different side of the singer emerging.

“At the end of it…what I love the most…Justin Bieber stood on stage and he gave his rebuttal…acknowledging all the stuff that he’s done, and saying that he’s now in a different place in life, he’s ready to mature and move on,” he said. “That’s such a nice place to do it, because it’s like, ‘Hey, let me be an adult, let me be a man now, and let me go on with my life.'”

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Stephen Sondheim Called Lady Gaga’s Oscar Performance a ‘Travesty’

A.M.P.A.S.(r)/Michael Yada(NEW YORK) — Julie Andrews herself may have approved of Lady Gaga’s Sound of Music medley at last month’s Oscars, but another musical legend, Stephen Sondheim, called it a “travesty.”

The veteran Broadway composer and lyricist told the Times of London in an interview picked up by, “On the Academy Awards she was a travesty. It was ridiculous, as it would be from any singer who treats that music in semi-operatic style. She had no relationship to what she was singing. What people liked was her versatility.”

Sondheim, who turns 85 later this month, had no love either for the recent live TV musicals, such as The Sound of Music, starring Carrie Underwood, or Peter Pan with Allison Williams.

“From what little I’ve seen, they’re so embarrassingly bad you have to sit and make fun of them or you’re just wasting your time,” he said in the interview.

After Gaga brought down the house the night of the Oscars with her Sound of Music medley, Andrews thanked her both onstage and later by phone.

“The minute I got home from the Oscars I called her,” Andrews, a long-time Gaga fan, told ABC News. “I confirmed that I thought she was fantastic and had done a wonderful job, and I couldn’t thank her enough. She really did a wonderful thing with the medley. She sang superbly and then so lovingly handed me the evening on a platter, if you know what I’m saying.”

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Melissa McCarthy Took Painful Fall on Set of New Comedy, “Spy”

Fox(AUSTIN, Texas) — In Spy, Melissa McCarthy portrays a desk-tied CIA analyst who gets a lucky shot at going undercover when other agents are compromised. It’s a role that has the comedian doing crazy stunts, but the actress said it came with a price.

“I slipped on wet marble and I went down,” McCarthy told E! News at the movie comedy’s premiere at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas. “I threw my back out so badly, we spent the whole week trying to get me walking again. It was intense and it was kind of at the beginning of the movie. It was a little dicey.”

McCarthy said she didn’t expect the stunts to be so difficult.

“I have to say, I didn’t know how hard it would be, but yet, I weirdly loved it. I tried to do everything,” she explained. “I had an amazing stunt woman who could do things better but I was like [my character] is not supposed to be bionic.”

Director Paul Feig was initially worried when McCarthy took her painful fall, but was later convinced the actress could continue.

“She’s such a strong person. She’s an athletic person and the things I was asking her to do, I knew she could pull off,” he said. “The minute she put her leg up in the door in Bridesmaids, it was like, ‘OK, I’m not worried about Melissa anymore.”

Spy, which also stars Jude Law, Jason Statham, Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale, will hit theaters June 5.

McCarthy and Feig will work together for a third time in the forthcoming all-female remake of Ghostbusters with McCarthy’s Bridesmaids co-star, Kristen Wiig, along with Saturday Night Live stars Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon. The film opens in theaters July 22, 2016.

“I’m pretty excited,” McCarthy said of the film. “Kristen and I got together recently and I was like, ‘This is going to be so much fun.'”

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Taraji P. Henson Confirms She’s Single: ‘No One Gets Claimed’

Chuck Hodes/FOX(NEW YORK) — On TV’s Empire, Taraji P. Henson’s character, Cookie Lyon, has options when it comes to her personal life. But offscreen, the Oscar-nominated actress confirmed she’s single.

In a preview clip for Wednesday’s The Steve Harvey Show, Henson says, “If there’s nothing on this finger, here, if this finger’s naked, no one gets claimed. You don’t get claimed. You don’t get claimed until you claim me. Period.”

Henson, who has a 20-year-old son, Marcel, from a previous relationship, explained why she’s so strict about dating.

“You don’t get to say I dated Taraji P. Henson. You don’t get to go on a carpet and share that part of my life with me because you know what? Now today with all of this social media, it’s not private,” she explains. “So now I have a son, I don’t want [him] to be like, ‘Oh mom dated this one, he dated that one, and this and this and this.’ I can’t do that. I can’t afford that.”

She continues, “If you’re not serious, don’t even open your mouth. Shake my hand and keep it moving. I’ve accomplished so much in my life and right now, I just want someone to share it with.”

Previously, Henson has been linked to Common and had a rumored relationship with Baby Boy co-star Tyrese Gibson.

Henson’s character, Cookie, is a mother of three who was released from prison after serving 17 years in prison for her ex-husband, Lucious, played by Oscar-nominated actor Terrence Howard. The series follows the Lyon family after Cookie’s release, and as the two try to run a successful record label.

On Wednesday’s Steve Harvey Show, Henson also previews what Empire fans can expect on the series’ two-hour season finale. “I’m just so sorry what we are going to do to you guys. It’s bad,” she hints. “I will say this. Somebody else gets to serve time. I’m just saying. One of the other Lyons.”

“They messed up. That’s what happens. Ask Cookie, she knows. You break the law, you go to jail. That simple,” Henson adds.

Empire’s two-hour season finale airs Wednesday at 8 p.m. on Fox.

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