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“Transcendence,” “A Haunted House 2″ and “Bears” Open Friday

Marie Ishikawa/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Earlier this week, the religious drama Heaven Is For Real made its debut (read a review here). It will be joined at the box office by three more new films on Friday. Here’s a closer look:

Transcendence: Johnny Depp is a controversial researcher in the field of artificial intelligence, who tries to create a sentient machine that contains human intelligence and emotions. He eventually transitions into a digitized, power-hungry version of himself. Morgan Freeman, Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany, Kate Mara and Cillian Murphy also star. Rated PG-13. [Click here to read a review]

A Haunted House 2:
In the sequel to the 2013 comedy, Marlon Wayans’ Malcolm is haunted again after moving into a new home with his girlfriend and her kids. Jaime Pressly, Gabriel Iglesias and Cedric The Entertainer star. Rated R.

Bears: The latest film in the Disneynature series follows a bear family in Alaska over the course of a year. It is narrated by John C. Reilly. Rated G.

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“Scandal” Recap: The Season Finale

ABC/Craig Sjodin(NEW YORK) — On the season finale of ABC’s Scandal, the bomb inside the church blew up but Vice President Sally Langston made it out alive. And although Sally was headed back to the White House, her campaign manager urged her to go back to the bomb site to help victims and make a speech.

Meanwhile, President Fitzgerald Grant tried to address the nation after the tragedy, but all of the news organizations instead picked up Sally’s address — Olivia Pope was upset, especially since this happened days away from the election. She told the president that he was going to lose.

Across town, Olivia went to visit her father, Eli, in the hospital after he was stabbed by her mother, Maya. There, Liv ran into her mother and Maya finally told her why she wanted to kill Fitz. “That man used you….I just wanted to give you a chance to be free,” Maya said.

Meanwhile, Quinn’s boyfriend discovered she was having sex with Huck. Thankfully for her, he didn’t get upset and kill her. He just gave her an envelope that detailed where Huck’s wife and child lived. Quinn eventually told Huck where his family lived, even at the risk of their budding relationship. And after thinking about it, Huck knocked on his wife’s door. She was shocked to find out he wasn’t dead.

Back at the White House, Fitz and Olivia were talking when Liv dropped a bomb on him: “Big Jerry raped” Mellie. Initially, Fitz didn’t want to believe her, but after talking to Mellie, he did. That’s when Mellie told the president she took a paternity test and that little Jerry is indeed his child.

Later, when Fitz was giving his final campaign speech, his son, Jerry III, all of a sudden started coughing up blood. He suffered a seizure and was rushed to the hospital where he died from bacterial meningitis. The Secret Service told the president that a vial of meningitis went missing. “My son was murdered?” Fitz asked.

That’s when Eli, who was still recovering in the hospital, ran into the president. The president told Eli he knew who killed his son: “It was Maya Pope. She missed me at the church so she went after Jerry.” The president asked Eli to help him kill Maya, and Eli agreed to “put her head on a platter.”

Liv headed back to Olivia Pope & Associates to tell them that she wanted to quit, especially now that the president was going to win because his son died. Abby was upset. “Go, run to Daddy,” she said tearfully.

Still, Olivia went home and that’s where Jake met her. Apparently, Huck had called to tell him the news. Jake tried to convince her to stay, but she told him, “I’m the common denominator…I’m the eye of the storm.”

“This is me fixing it,” Olivia continued. “…I’m the thing that needs to be fixed. I’m the thing that needs to be handled. I’m the scandal.” So Jake told her that he was coming with her.

Across town, Eli ran into Harrison to tell him that Maya killed his lover Adnan. Because Harrison knew where Maya and Adnan were supposed to be meeting up to exchange a briefcase of money, Eli was able to capture Maya. Back at B613, Eli told Harrison to leave. “We’re fine…the president saw to it to reinstate me,” Eli said.

“This all worked out great for you,” Harrison said, insinuating that it was in fact Eli who killed the president’s son and not his estranged wife.

Eli then admitted he killed little Jerry. “He took my child so I took his,” he said.

At the end of the episode, Eli is seen walking confidently around B613. He even put Maya back in solitary confinement. Meanwhile, Olivia is boarding a plane with Jake. And although the White House called — Fitz needed help preparing his re-election speech — Liv ignored the call.

“Are you sure?” Jake asked. She told him, “Yes.”

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Bryan Singer’s Accuser Addresses Sex Abuse Claims

FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — The man who has sued Bryan Singer, claiming he was sexually abused as a teen by the X-Men director, addressed his allegations Thursday at a Los Angeles press conference.

Michael Egan stated that he was abused over the course of a few years by Singer, beginning at the age of 15.

Egan, who’s now 31, claimed the abuse began when he was lured to parties at an Encino, Calif., mansion. He said he was treated “like a piece of meat.”

Egan, who was an aspiring actor at the time of the alleged incidents, further stated that he was threatened by men at the parties who told him, “If you don’t keep the members of this group happy, we control Hollywood, we can eliminate you.”

Egan said he and his mother later informed authorities about his allegations, but it “basically fell on deaf ears.”

Egan’s lawyer, Jeff Herman, claimed at the press conference that such abuse is a widespread problem and is a poorly-kept secret in Hollywood. He said he plans to file similar complaints against other Hollywood figures — he didn’t name names — who allegedly abused teens.

Egan’s lawsuit was filed in Hawaii, where he claims he was also abused by Singer and provided drugs and alcohol by the director. He seeks more than $75,000.

Following the press conference, Singer’s attorney, Marty Singer, who is not related to the filmmaker, released a statement saying the claims are “completely fabricated.” He added, “We look forward to our bringing a claim for malicious prosecution against Mr. Egan and his attorney after we prevail.”

Marty Singer claimed that Egan was simply seeking “his 15 minutes of fame.”

20th Century Fox, the studio behind Bryan Singer’s next film, X-Men: Days of Future Past, says in a statement obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, “These are serious allegations, and the group will be resolved in the appropriate forum. This is a personal matter, which Bryan Singer and his representatives are addressing separately.”

X-Men: Days of Future Past opens on May 23.

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Miley Cyrus’ Allergic Reaction Explained

Sara De Boer/STARTRAKS PHOTO via ABC(NEW YORK) — Miley Cyrus was forced to cancel a couple of concert dates in Missouri this week due to a severe allergic reaction to antibiotics. Her camp has since shed more light on what exactly is bothering her.

A rep for Cyrus says in a statement that the singer obtained a prescription for an antibiotic known as cephalexin to treat a sinus infection that was diagnosed last week. She subsequently suffered an allergic reaction to the drug.

The rep says such a reaction can last from five to 27 days. The statement adds, “She will remain hospitalized and is under a doctor’s care until we see some improvement in her condition and is asking for your compassion and privacy at this time.”

Cyrus was hospitalized in Kansas City on Tuesday. So far, she’s cancelled dates in Kansas City and in St. Louis.

The allergic reaction occurred one week after she cancelled a concert in Charlotte, N.C., due to a bout with the flu.

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Season Finale of “Scandal” Will Have ‘Cataclysmic’ Twists

ABC/Ron Tom(NEW YORK) — The season finale of ABC’s Scandal airs Thursday night, and one of its stars says it will be “cataclysmic.”

ABC hasn’t revealed much about the episode: we do know it’s set during Election Day, with President Fitzgerald Grant facing off against his vice president, who murdered her husband.

Jeff Perry, who plays the president’s chief of staff, Cyrus Beene, offers this hint to ABC News Radio: “We’re going to be tremendously surprised as to how the re-election effort turns. I can’t say who’s going to win, but the final twists and turns are cataclysmic.”

Perry admits there is always a possibility that series creator Shonda Rhimes could kill off his character at some point during the show’s run.

He says, “I keep some little tiny part of my heart ready for, ‘Oh wow, I never thought that bullet was for me. OK. This has been amazing.’ And then on another level, you know, 99 percent of me goes, ‘No, Shonda loves Cyrus. I think she just really loves him. I think I’m safe. No, it’s going to be OK.’”

The season finale of Scandal airs on ABC at 10 p.m. Eastern time. Later Thursday night, Jimmy Kimmel Live will feature an on-set interview with Rhimes, as well as appearances from cast members.

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