Laurie Sparham/Warner Bros.(LOS ANGELES) — Peter Pan flies into theaters once again on Friday in a new origin story, Pan.

Australian newcomer Levi Miller plays Peter, an orphan who’s whisked away to Neverland. Hugh Jackman co-stars as the villainous Blackbeard, Garrett Hedlund is Hook, and Rooney Mara plays Tiger Lily.

Pan, the only movie debuting in wide release this weekend, is rated PG.

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ABC/John Fleenor(NEW YORK) — On Thursday’s episode of Scandal, the White House tried to cover up President Fitzgerald Grant’s affair with Olivia Pope, but it was too late because Liv had already outed herself to the press.

Too bad Fitz and first lady Mellie Grant were in the middle of an interview, claiming their relationship was stronger than ever. Press Secretary Abby Whelan — in true Olivia Pope fashion — shut down the interview, pretending there was a security issue at the White House.

Back in the Oval Office, Fitz, Liv, Abby and Chief of Staff Elizabeth North tried to decide a course of action. Either Fitz and Mellie would pretend they’re back together or the White House would paint Olivia “as the trashy hooker.” Fitz didn’t like that idea so instead he tried to negotiate with Mellie in order for her to agree to do the interview.

Fitz would soon learn how hard that was to do, as Mellie called former Chief of Staff Cyrus Beene. Cyrus asked Mellie what exactly she wanted: “I want to destroy Olivia Pope,” she told him. “I want the Oval.”

Meanwhile, Abby was furious at Liv, her best friend. “You lied right to my face and then I had to get up on that podium and be humiliated in front of all my peers. I could’ve turned off the cameras,” Abby said. “You didn’t think I’d be good enough at my job to handle it.” Liv later apologized for lying and explained, “This is new for me.” Abby accepted her apology, saying, “I learned all my moves from the best in the business.”

Back in the White House, Liv was having second thoughts, so of course she called her former flame, Jake Ballard. “I think I made a mistake,” she told him. Jake, being the ever-present backup boyfriend, told her, “Just say the word and I’m there.”

Negotiations were still heating up and Fitz agreed to give Mellie his support when she ran for president, attending six campaign stops. He even agreed to not give Liv his last name. But she still didn’t take the deal.

Fitz, thinking he could fix this, apologized out on the balcony. “I didn’t always say thank you but deep down I know how I got here,” he told his estranged wife. “I’m sorry.” But just when Fitz thought his apology worked, Mellie backed out of the interview, leaving the White House with Cyrus.

So Abby had to do what Olivia would’ve done — throw Olivia under the bus. Although Fitz was upset, Liv said, “Watch me choose you!”

Back at Olivia Pope & Associates, Jake noticed that the Louvre Museum in Paris was burning so he went to see Olivia’s father, the former head of secret spy agency B613, in jail to let him know. Something’s up…but what exactly is it? Is the U.S. under a security threat?

Find out next week when Scandal returns Thursday on ABC at 9 p.m. Eastern.

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Chuck Hodes/FOX(NEW YORK) — For the third straight week, the ratings for Fox’s hit hip-hop musical, Empire, have fallen.

According to The Wrap, the third episode of the Taraji P. Henson-led series had a 5.0 rating for adults between the ages of 18 to 49 with just under 13 million viewers tuning it.

That’s a drop of eight percent from the week before when the show nabbed 13.7 million viewers.

Regardless, Empire continues to lead in the ratings for Wednesday night primetime programming.

The series, created by Lee Daniels, airs Wednesday nights at 9 p.m. Eastern on Fox.

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ABC Family/Andrew Eccles(LOS ANGELES) — Ashley Benson is apologizing for the Halloween costume mix up she said her social media team made on Wednesday.

An Instagram posted from Wednesday showed Benson wearing a costume, which originally said it was Cecil the Lion. It was later changed to “Help! Can’t decide on my Halloween costume this year! What do you guys think of this lion costume? @yandy #thanksyandy #halloweencostume.”

A photo posted by Ashley Benson (@itsashbenzo) on Oct 6, 2015 at 1:57pm PDT

Benson didn’t take the updated post down, which raised some eyebrows, but Thursday she’s explaining why.

“Yesterday’s post was in poor taste and I absolutely regret all of the hurt that photo caused,” she wrote. “The caption that was posted was incorrect and my costume was not Cecil the Lion, when I saw that, I contacted my management who handled the post and had it immediately changed.”

She added that she is responsible for her social media and alluded to the fact that the picture was part of a deal with Yandy, a “sexy costumes, swimwear, clothing, and more” store, according to its Instagram page.

“I am a supporter of Animal conservation and I will be donating all the proceeds of this deal to the World Wildlife Fund,” she added.

A photo posted by Ashley Benson (@itsashbenzo) on Oct 7, 2015 at 5:13pm PDT

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Fox Searchlight(NEW YORK) — Twelve-year-old Quvenzhane Wallis already has an Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe nomination. Now she can author to that list.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the young Beasts of the Southern Wild and Annie actress has secured a four-book deal with Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. A source told the magazine the deal is worth six figures.

The untitled children’s book series is based on Wallis’ life. The main character, dubbed Shai Williams, is a third grader along with being an aspiring star both on and off the stage. The series will follow Williams as she attends an award show with her mom.

“Reading is very important,” Wallis said in a statement. “It allows people to form a visual experience in their minds of what is going on in the story. I hope all readers enjoy using their imaginations along with me and take a journey into my books.”

The first book in the series will debut January 2017. A second book, along with a picture book, will hit bookshelves fall 2017, while the third book in the series will debut summer 2018.

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Charles Sykes/Bravo(NEW YORK) — Jennie Garth became a household name almost overnight after Beverly Hills, 90210 premiered in 1990. Today, the actress said starring in one of the biggest shows on TV had a profound effect on her life during her precious teenage years, and forced her into adulthood too quickly.

“Everything that I had known before [was] replaced by my new life: working very extensive hours, managing having a house of my own and all that goes with that, dealing with money and all the complications of having it,” Garth told ABC News. “I was thrown into a grown-up world that I really wasn’t equipped to handle quite yet.”

“I was so young and green, I didn’t even know what a major project was or what it meant to be signing on for something like this and the possible impact it would have on my life,” she continued. “I don’t think you have that mental capacity to think about the possible outcome at that age, so I was just thrilled to be doing something that seemed fun.”

On the other hand, Garth said she was “‘living the dream,’ so how could I complain? [But] people looked at me differently, even some family members. People treated me differently. It was a head trip for sure. I honestly just didn’t know what was happening, or have any idea of changing the course.”

Garth, now 43, played popular teenager Kelly Taylor on Beverly Hills 90210 for its entire 10-year run.

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Courtesy of Warner Bros.(NEW YORK) — I went to see a Joe Wright movie and a Baz Luhrmann film broke out. Or at least something that wanted to be a Baz Luhrmann movie, very badly.

With Pan, director Wright’s attempting to tell an origin story – that of Peter Pan. Since it’s the world of Peter Pan, anything is possible and that’s exactly how Peter Pan creator J.M. Barrie wanted it. So, perhaps in the spirit of Barrie, Wright lets his imagination run wild. The results are far more bizarre than entertaining.

Pan starts out promising, even touching. On a cool evening in pre-WWII London, a striking blonde woman with a porcelain complexion begrudgingly leaves her baby boy on the dark alley doorstep of an orphanage. It’s an emotionally-charged, beautifully rendered scene that has you believing you might be in for a special experience.

Cut to a few years later. It’s World War II and Peter (12-year-old Levi Miller) is still living in the orphanage run by an evil, obese, junk-food-hoarding nun who, naturally, hates him. But in no time, Peter and many of his fellow orphans are kidnapped by pirates in a flying ship – one that’s perfectly visible to all of London and the RAF — and whisked off to Neverland, where they’re greeted by what seems like thousands of Lost Boys singing Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (very Baz Luhrmann-esque).

Congratulations to Wright for thinking out of the box here but, to paraphrase an old saying, “Nirvana is Nirvana and Neverland is Neverland, and never the twain shall meet.” To be fair to Wright and screenwriter Jason Fuchs, the flying ship escapes into some sort of space-time continuum thingy to get to Neverland, which sort of explains the completely incongruous nature of placing a song written in 1991 in a movie that takes place during WWII.

Then Hugh Jackman’s Blackbeard arrives to lead the chorus. He’s a combination of Flash Gordon‘s Ming the Merciless, The Emperor Palpatine from Star Wars, Count Rugen from The Princess Bride, and Dora the Explorer. Actually, he’s nothing like Dora the Explorer, but you’ve gotta love Hugh Jackman. His commitment to the character, the dialog and the role, as one would expect, is fantastic. Unfortunately, in this case, he’s committing to a character, dialog and role that lack originality and sometimes simply don’t make sense.

We also meet John Hook (Garrett Hedlund), a handsome yet selfish rapscallion who uses Peter to escape Neverland. Later, we meet Tiger Lily (Rooney Mara), who will attempt to help Peter find his mother and, perhaps, discover who he really is. Hedlund proves here he’d probably make a terrific Indiana Jones. Mara proves she deserves better.

Pan is an aesthetically pleasing yet misguided attempt to give us Peter Pan’s backstory. All the key players in this movie are unquestionably talented, but they’re part of something that feels like a blatant and somewhat desperate attempt to be something it’s not: a movie that captures the imagination and ignites a franchise. Instead, it’s a menagerie of uninspired whimsy that doesn’t seem particularly well thought-out. If you want to see a far more imaginative and entertaining backstory of Peter Pan, head to New York and check out the musical Finding Neverland.

Two-and-a-half out of five stars.

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Charles Sykes/Bravo(NEW YORK) — While his wife, Teresa Giudice, is finishing her prison term, Joe said he’s had to adapt to care for their four young daughters.

“I’ve always been a father,” he told E! News. “I’ve always done everything but Teresa did all the driving around, running around, paying for everything and doing all this and doing all that. I never knew how many expenses there are just in the activities.”

“Damn, cheer’s expensive. Damn, soccer’s expensive. Everything’s expensive, but I enjoy it,” Joe continued. “It’s fun watching them and they did really good.”

Teresa reported to prison in Danbury, Connecticut in January after pleading guilty to tax fraud. Joe was also sentenced to three-and-a-half years behind bars, and will begin serving that sentence when his wife is freed. He also faces possible deportation back to his native Italy when his sentence is served.

Joe said he now enjoys being a more stay-at-home dad. “I’m like the mom. I’m like the cheer mom and whatever,” he quipped.

The reality star admitted he has help in his eldest daughter, 14-year-old Gia. She “is very mature for her age, which is good,” Joe said. “So is [11-year-old] Gabriella actually…having them two around was a big help.”

We’ll see how the Giudice family is coping when Bravo airs their three-part special, Real Housewives of New Jersey Teresa Checks In, premiering Sunday, October 11 at 8 p.m. Eastern.

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Image Group LA/ABC(LONDON) — Earlier this year, Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj clashed on Twitter after Taylor thought that Nicki had taken a shot at her personally when Nicki complained about not being nominated for an MTV VMA. Taylor says that mess inspired her to change her behavior.

Speaking to Britain’s NME, Taylor explains, “I don’t want to talk about it. But I send text messages now. If there seems to be some kind of misunderstanding, I go to someone’s management, I get their number and I text them. It’s an important lesson for anyone to learn in 2015.”

Taylor also talks with NME about finally becoming friends with Kanye West and putting their MTV VMA infamous 2009 incident behind them, when Kayne took the stage and interrupted Taylor’s acceptance speech.

“Me and Kanye are on such good terms now, six years later,” says Swift. “It took a while.” Taylor says Kanye’s actually gotten to the point where he admits his mistakes. Case in point: his railing against the Grammys this past year when alt-rocker Beck, and not Beyonce, won Album of the Year.

“I was at dinner with Kanye a week after the Grammys,” Taylor reveals. “He stops what he’s saying and he goes, ‘What is this song? I need to listen to this every day.’ I said, ‘It’s Beck, it’s on an album calledMorning Phase, I think you’ve heard of it…’ We just burst out laughing. And he says, ‘Hey, sometimes I’m wrong.'”

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Suzanne Tenner/FX(LOS ANGELES) — If you saw the first episode of American Horror Story: Hotel, which aired Wednesday, then you saw a bloody sex scene starring Magic Mike star Matt Bomer and Lady Gaga.

If you haven’t caught it yet, Bomer said on Thursday’s The Ellen DeGeneres Show, “you see more of me in the first episode of this than you see in the first two Magic Mikes combined.”

So how exactly did they pull off the graphic scene on set?

“We were also covered in blood so they just threw a plastic tarp over us,” Bomer explained. “It was a four-way, by the way — in case you didn’t see it — so here were the four of us with just a plastic tarp over us, making small talk until they called, ‘OK! Rolling!’ and they just whipped this tarp off of us. And we’d be like, ‘All right. Back in it! Let’s go!'”

Bomer said Gaga invited him over her house before they started filming, so that creating the sex scene wouldn’t be awkward. In fact, it was pretty easy working with the pop star, he said.

“Stephanie — which is what I call her because it makes me let go of the whole mythos of Lady Gaga, who I’m a huge fan of and just relate to her as an actress — is so intelligent and gracious and down-to-earth,” Bomer said.

American Horror Story: Hotel airs on FX Wednesday at 10 p.m. Eastern.

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