"Scandal" Recap: "Extinction"

ABC/Craig Sjodin(LOS ANGELES) -- On Thursday night's Scandal episode, "Extinction," a flashback explains Eli Pope’s involvement in the election.

After Eli attends a lecture by former colleague and ex-girlfriend, Sandra, he is invited to her private lab where he agrees to assist with her fossil research. During that time the two begin to rekindle their former relationship.

Meanwhile, Olivia asks her father for advice about Millie, who is now dating Marcus. Eli tells Liv she already “knows what to do,” but when Olivia asks her father if he ever gets lonely, Eli suddenly hugs Olivia, showing his tender side. Eli’s new relationship appears to be making him more empathetic -- and also more vulnerable.

Back at the research space, Eli gets closer to his ex, but soon learns he’s being spied upon after discovering hidden cameras in the wall. After doing his own background check with no real results, Eli confronts Sandra.  She reveals she’s being threatened by a secret group who wants Eli to work for them.

After he learns he’s been set up, Eli, brandishing a gun, calls out to the group watching him telling them that he’s “ready to talk.”

The group tells Eli that they want him to make sure that Mellie wins the election. If he fails, the group promises to harm Sandra and Olivia.

After the ordeal, Eli tries to explain to Sandra that she is safe and that things will work out. After sleeping with her, he seems satisfied that he can pull things off and meets with his own agent to devise a plan so Mellie can win.

Unfortunately, his plan to rig the voting machines goes awry when Olivia finds out he’s been trying to interfere with the election. She confronts Eli, telling him she plans to win the election without cheating.

When Eli realizes he’s not going to be able to rig the election in Mellie’s favor, he asks Sandra to leave the country. She refuses and he admits that he’s in a dangerous secret organization, but that he loves her and should have chosen her over Olivia’s mother. Sandra tells Eli that she’s not leaving and that he can protect her.

Later when Eli comes home, he finds one of the group’s agents on his couch waiting for him. The agent warns him that he needs to kill Frankie Vargas and frame Cyrus Beene or Sandra will be killed. Eli, who looks upset, agrees to do it.

In the last few minutes of the episode, Eli’s plan is revealed.

Eli poses as secret service and makes his way underneath the stage where Frankie Vargas is delivering his acceptance speech. After hesitating, Eli shoots Frankie three times. After his last shot, a sniper from far away shoots at Frankie to make it look like it was an assassin the entire time.

Eli then manages to escape and returns to the research lab to save Sandra.

Although Eli completed his mission, the secret group decides making Mellie president is not enough and tells Eli they want him to continue working for them. After he refuses, they threaten to kill Sandra.

When he realizes they are trying to trap him once again, he decides to kill Sandra himself. Instead of letting him go, the group threatens to take Olivia’s life as well. Eli finally agrees to work with them in an effort to save his daughter.

Soon after, the flashback brings us to Olivia confronting her father about his involvement in the death of Frankie Vargas. Once again, Eli denies killing Vargas so Mellie could win the presidency.

returns next Thursday night at 9 p.m. on ABC.

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"Live from coast-to-coast, it's 'Saturday Night!'"

NBC/Will Heath(NEW YORK) -- For the first time in its 24-year history, Saturday Night Live is going to be truly live across the country.

With the last four episodes of this season, SNL will be broadcast simultaneously coast-to-coast.  That means when the show goes "Live from New York..." at 11:30 p.m., it also will be going live at 10:30 p.m. in the Central time zone, 9:30 p.m. Mountain time and 8:30 p.m. on the West Coast.

SNL — enjoying its most popular season in two decades — is part of the national conversation, and we thought it would be a great idea to broadcast to the West and Mountain time zones live at the same time it’s being seen in the East and Central time zones,” said Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment in a statement. “That way, everyone is in on the joke at the same time. Kudos to Lorne Michaels, the producers and cast for making SNL one of the most relevant and anticipated shows in the zeitgeist.”

The shows also will be repeated at 11:30 p.m. in the Mountain and Pacific time zone.

The live coast-to-coast shows will be April 15 with guest host Jimmy Fallon returning to his SNL roots; May 6, hosted by Chris Pine; May 13 with host Melissa McCarthy; and May 20 with host Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

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"Beauty and the Beast" and "The Belko Experiment" among this week's new releases

Disney - 2017(LOS ANGELES) -- Here's a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:

Beauty and the Beast -- This musical, starring Harry Potter alum Emma Watson as Belle and Downton Abbey's Dan Stevens as the Beast, is a live-action remake of the 1991 animated Disney classic about a monstrous-looking prince and a young woman who fall in love. The film also stars Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen, Emma Thompson and Kevin Kline. Rated PG. Disney is the parent company of ABC News.

The Belko Experiment -- The Newsroom's John Gallagher Jr., Scandal's Tony Goldwyn and Emerald City's Adria Arjona star in this thriller about 80 Americans locked in their high-rise office in Bogotá, Colombia who are forced into a deadly game of kill-or-be-killed as part of a twisted experiment. Rated R.

Opening in limited release on Friday:

T2: Trainspotting -- The sequel to the 1996's Trainspotting finds Ewan McGregor's Mark Renton reuniting with his old friends Sick Boy, Spud and Begbie after 20 years abroad. Rated R.

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Watch now: Oprah Winfrey featured in trailer for "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks"

OWN - 2016(LOS ANGELES) -- HBO has released the first trailer for the upcoming biopic The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, starring Oprah Winfrey.

The movie, which is told from the perspective of Henrietta Lacks' daughter, Deborah, played by Winfrey, tells the true life story of Lacks, an African-American woman whose cells were harvested without her permission in 1951 for use in medical research. The story follows Deborah's search, with the help of journalist Rebecca Skloot, as she learns about the mother she never knew and discovers how her cells helped create important medial breakthroughs, such as the polio vaccine and gene mapping.

In the newly released trailer, Deborah and Skloot, played by Rose Byrne, are seen discussing Henrietta's important contribution to medicine. “What you don’t understand is, we didn’t know nothing about nothing,” Deborah tells Skloot in a heated exchange.

Courtney B. Vance, Leslie Uggams, Adriane Lenox, Roger Robinson, Melvin Van Peebles and Renée Elise Goldsberry,who plays Henrietta in flashbacks, co-star in the film from writer-director George C. Wolfe, based on Skloot’s 2010 book of the same name.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks premieres April 22 at 8 p.m. ET on HBO.

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Cheech Marin calls Tommy Chong a brother, but still laughs about his DWTS performance

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(NEW YORK) -- In his new book, Cheech Is Not My Real Name...But Don't Call Me Chong, Cheech Marin details his life before and after meeting his longtime comedy partner, Tommy Chong. 

The pair flipped the comedy world on its head with a series of hit records in the early 70s, which they parleyed into movie fame. However, the pressures of the partnership and behind-the-scenes tensions soon frayed the relationship. 

Marin went on to star in his own films, as well the long-running TV show Nash Bridges, and movies including The Lion King and Desperado

But in 2008, the pair reconciled officially and continue to tour.

"I came to the conclusion that we were brothers," Marin told ABC Radio. "As brothers, you can hate each other, love each other...but you always have each other's back, because you're brothers." 

He adds, "We could argue -- which I think teams should do. It's the irritant that creates the pearl, you know?"

Marin continued with a laugh, "The funny thing is, even though all those years of estrangement...we'd go away and be adversarial in the print or on radio to each other -- and then come back, 'Hey, how ya doing? How's the kids?'"

With ABC's Dancing with the Stars ramping back Monday, we asked Cheech what he thought of Chong's performance on the show three years ago.

"He was the oldest guy to make it that far," Cheech said proudly of Chong's week-10 elimination. 

Even so, Cheech joked, "And you could see him waning every week. Finally, they just sat him in the chair and the dancers danced around him. He couldn't wait to get off that show."

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Update: $200K of bling boosted from Kendall Jenner's Hollywood home

WireImage/Antonio de Moraes Barros Filho(LOS ANGELES) -- Kendall Jenner's Hollywood Hills home was robbed Wednesday afternoon, according to KABC-TV, and the model and TV personality was reportedly cleaned out of $200,000 worth of bling. 

The ABC News affiliate has learned that while it was thought she could have been the latest victim of a string of high-profile burglaries in the ritzy neighborhood, this appears to have been an unrelated theft. 

The crime reportedly took place while the star was out of the house; an eyewitness noted that her friends were "going in and out" at the time in question. Jenner only noticed jewelry was missing when she was getting ready to go out at 1 a.m., and she called the cops.

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Ryan Reynolds teases "Deadpool 2" on "GMA"

ABC/Rebecca Lobo(NEW YORK) -- While visiting Good Morning America ahead of Friday's release of his sci-fi thriller Life, Ryan Reynolds teased George Stephanopoulos, Amy Robach, Lara Spencer, and Michael Strahan about the eagerly anticipated follow-up to his blockbuster labor of love, Deadpool.

The movie, which he noted is in production now, could see a few gags that didn't make their way into the first film, Ryan hinted.

"There's a lot of stuff that we...unfortunately had to cut for time, that we may try to see if we could sneak in somewhere else. I mean, in Deadpool 1, we actually had a whole sequence where Deadpool sings "The Gambler," Kenny Rogers' Gambler, which kicking people's butts," Reynolds said to laughs. "So yeah, I wish that was in there. So who knows, maybe that will see the light of day again. There's also something to be said about letting everything else go and just doing a totally new movie, too, so we're figuring that out, yeah."

Life also stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Rebecca Ferguson.

Deadpool 2 is slated for a 2018 release.

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Report: Kendall Jenner's home burglarized?

E!/Timothy White(LOS ANGELES) -- Kendall Jenner's Hollywood Hills home was robbed Wednesday afternoon, according to TMZ, and the model and TV personality was reportedly cleaned out of $200,000 worth of stuff. 

The gossip site says the crooks struck while Jenner was out of the house between noon and 8 p.m. TMZ reports she didn't notice anything was gone until she went to bed and saw she was missing jewelry from her bedroom. She then called the cops.

The crime is said to be the latest in a string of robberies of high-profile homes in the area.   

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Is Gwyneth Paltrow planning to tie the knot?

Getty Images/BG004/Bauer-Griffin(LOS ANGELES) -- Is Gwyneth Paltrow planning another trip down the aisle?

The 44-year-old actress "plans on marrying" her boyfriend, American Horror Story writer and producer Brad Falchuk, a source tells Us Weekly.

“They speak about marriage all the time and know it’ll happen,” adds the insider, who predicts Falchuk, 46, will propose “soon."

Gwyneth's kids, Apple, 12, and Moses, 10 -- who she shares with ex-husband and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin -- have already given their blessing to the relationship, according to the source, who says they "love him and think he’s the best.”

Even Chris approves, according to the source, who notes that he thinks Brad's "a good guy.”

Paltrow and Falchuk have been dating since 2014, the same year she and Martin, 40, "consciously uncoupled" after 10 years of marriage.

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"Beauty and the Beast" star Josh Gad "thrilled" to see musicals making a comeback

(L-R) Luke Evans as Gaston, Josh Gad as LaFou; Disney - 2017(LOS ANGELES) -- Disney's live action musical Beauty and the Beast opens in limited release today, and the timing couldn't be better, with other musicals like La La Land and Moana bringing in big bucks. Josh Gad, who stars as LeFou in the movie, tells ABC News he's "thrilled to see that happening."

"I hope at least that we're crossing into this new threshold where it is OK and appropriate for studios to commit big budgets to not only superhero films, but movies where people sing and dance," says the Broadway vet.

Bill Condon, who directed the remake of the 1991 animated Disney classic, is just as excited, but also a little nervous.

"When you go into something knowing that there are that many people waiting for it on the other end, it's exciting," he explains. "But it also is a responsibility. It's slightly intimidating too." 

Beauty and the Beast, also starring Emma Watson, Kevin Cline, Ewan McGregor, and Ian McKellen, opens nationwide on Friday.

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