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Grace VanderWaal on “America’s Got Talent”; Vivian Zink/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- America’s Got Talent continued its Live Rounds at Hollywood’s Dolby Theater Tuesday night, with the last 12 quarterfinalists relying on fan votes to see which of them would advance to the semifinals. Simon Cowell, Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum and Mel B were treated to performances from singers, magicians, comedians and dancers, all introduced by host Nick Cannon.

Music acts ruled the evening, with an openly gay singer who was bullied as a kid, a family band and a 12-year-old singer stealing the show.

Here’s a rundown of some of Tuesday’s highlights:

Ronnee Martin, 62, is trying to prove you’re never too old to chase your dream. Her soulful version of Bill Withers’ “Lean on Me” brought her a step closer, and three of the judges to their feet. Mel B praised the singer for her “class and inner strength.” Howie declared Ronnee is “a star.”

Kadan Bart Rockett, a 10-year-old magician, had his sister/assistant Brooklyn, 8, hand each of the judges a set of handcuffs and asked them to place them around his wrists. He succeeded in freeing himself from a box on stage before six chainsaws penetrated the box. When a curtain covering the box was removed, Kadan was gone, re-emerging from a locked box placed on a table next to the judges earlier. Simon called the trick “fantastically creepy.”

Edgar, a family band from Los Angeles, wowed the judges with their gospel-tinged version of James Taylor’s “You’ve Got a Friend.” Noted Heidi, “The family that sings together, wins together.” Simon called the act his favorite of the night. Mel B declared the performance was “spot-on.”

Openly gay singer Brian Justin Crum delivered a haunting version of Phil Collins’ “In the Air Tonight,” bringing all four judges to their feet. Heidi called it “the best performance of the night.”

Malevo is a dance group consisting of eight men from Buenos Aires, Argentina, who like to consider themselves the "Magic Mikes" of Argentina. Tuesday’s routine led Simon to predict that the act would be headlining their own show in Las Vegas in two years.

Grace VanderWaal, 12, performed an original song she wrote about her sister called “I’ll Hold Your Hand.” Simon noted she didn’t always hit the right notes and her voice tended to be “croaky” at times, but that’s what makes her “perfect.” Howie, who pressed his Golden Buzzer for the tween, declared she was “bigger than Taylor Swift” and predicted she would go on to become the biggest act to ever emerge from the show.

America’s Got Talent returns Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.

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ABC/Rick Rowell(NEW YORK) -- The Bachelor in Paradise love triangle between Jared Haibon, Caila Quinn and Ashley Iaconetti showed no signs of resolving itself on Tuesday night's episode. If anything, it became even more complicated.

Ashley refused to back down after Jared and Caila received a date card from special guests Jade Roper and Tanner Tolbert, who married after meeting on the show.

Ashley was in such disbelief that Jared and Caila got the card that she prayed to God that their romance falls apart.

If they were to go to the fantasy suite, "I think I'd die," Ashley dramatically said later on.

During their date, Jared acknowledged to Caila that Ashley has been an obstacle for the both of them, but he reiterated how much he wants to be with Caila.

But after the date, Ashley tried to interfere yet again. She floated to Jared the possibility that he's into Caila more than Caila is into him. He relayed Ashley's comments to Caila, who rejected the idea.

"I want this to keep going, and she needs to step back," Caila told him.

Caila decided to confront Ashley and tell her just that. In doing so, she used the word "we" to describe her relationship with Jared, which agitated Ashley.

"If you were honestly here to meet someone else, you should focus on that," Caila advised her.

When Ashley said she's yet to develop an interest in another man, Caila shot back, "So you're going to sabotage everyone else?"

Caila wondered to the cameras whether her relationship with Jared is worth continuing if Ashley is going to keep getting involved. Stay tuned.

The episode began with a breakup. Vinny Ventiera had a tear-filled chat with Isabel “Izzy” Goodkind, who'd questioned their romance because she thinks Brett Melnick is good-looking.

"I have chosen to remove myself from here," Vinny declared, before leaving Izzy, Mexico and paradise.

A couple of other relationship issues popped up on Tuesday night. There was some uneasiness between Grant Kemp and Lace Morris, who didn't feel ready to return his "I love you" from the previous night's episode. He believed she is pushing him away.

In addition, Jen Saviano, seeking progression in her relationship with Nick Viall, tried to get him to let his guard down more.

In a more positive development, Carly Waddell and Evan Bass' courtship is stronger than ever. They went on a date to a temazcal sweat lodge to release negative energy. There, Evan expressed how happy he is that she's accepted his "weird" and his "crazy."

"I've fallen more and more for you, and it's surprised me every single second. And I'm excited about that," Carly responded.

Bachelor in Paradise continues next Monday night on ABC.

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Sonja Flemming/CBS(LOS ANGELES) -- Pop star Britney Spears will be James Corden's "Carpool Karaoke" passenger on Thursday's edition of The Late Late Show, a day before she releases her new album, Glory, but we got a preview of the segment Tuesday. 

The clip starts off with the two singing a little of Spears' 2003 hit, "Toxic." After the mother of two reveals that her kids have seen her Las Vegas show, Corden jokes, "I saw my mum in her underwear once when I was like 11" -- a reference to Spears' skimpy outfits. 

"You're so dirty," Britney responds, giving Corden a playful smack.

"I'm not dirty," the host answers, "I can't shake the image from my brain."  

Spears is the latest famous passenger to ride shotgun with Corden on "Carpool Karaoke." First lady Michelle Obama was the most recent, with others including Adele, Justin Bieber and Gwen Stefani, Rod Stewart, Stevie Wonder, and even George Clooney and Julia Roberts.

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Araya Diaz/WireImage(LONDON) -- Star Trek: Beyond baddie Idris Elba is apparently fulfilling his "lifelong ambition" to be a proficient fighter.

People reports he has partnered again with Discovery for Idris Elba: Fighter, a limited series for which the already imposing actor has been training to be a kickboxer with the intention of "testing himself" against professional fighters. 

Elba has experience kickboxing for fitness, but the show will reportedly take him to various countries -- including Cuba, Japan, South Africa, and Thailand -- to hone his skills.

The series may premiere in early 2017, but the fighting is about to get underway. The actor just posted a shirtless Instagram of himself, along with the caption, "Cutting weight, two days before first fight, mind in the right place. Fear NO guy."

Discovery International already airs Elba pushing his limits behind the wheel -- and the pilot's stick -- with Idris Elba: No Limits. That series has him tackling disciplines like aerobatic feats, land speed records, and rally racing.


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Photo by James Sorensen/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images(MONSEY, NEW YORK) -- Steven Hill, who for years played gruff District Attorney Adam Schiff on Law & Order, has died.

The World War II Navy vet-turned character actor, who also appeared on the original Mission: Impossible TV series, was 94.

In a statement obtained by The Hollywood ReporterL&O producer Dick Wolf said, "Steven was not only one of the truly great actors of his generation, he was one of the most intelligent people I have ever met...He will be missed but fortunately he can be seen ubiquitously on Law & Order reruns."

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Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Steve Harvey Foundation(NEW JERSEY) -- Chris Rock's 20-year marriage with Malaak Compton is officially over.

According to TMZ, the two appeared before a New Jersey judge Monday to finalize their divorce.

Rock and Compton were married in 1996 and have two daughters together, Zahra, 12, and Lola, 14.

The pair, who separated in 2014, reportedly have a third child originally from South Africa, Ntombi, 8, who was never officially adopted but lived with Rock's family from the age of six months.

Although Chris has reportedly been in contact with his biological children, he's maintained that Ntombi is not his child.

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James White/E! Entertainment(LOS ANGELES) -- In a vivid and candid memoir, lyricist Linda Thompson is opening up about her relationship with music icon Elvis Presley and, later, her marriage to the person now known as Caitlyn Jenner.

She also opens up about the “earth-shattering” moment when, she says, Jenner revealed a deeply held secret.

Thompson, 66, chatted with ABC News’ Chris Connelly about her book, A Little Thing Called Life.

"My happiness was complete until that day when Brody was 18 months old and Brandon was just about 3½,” she said, speaking of her sons with Jenner, “and my remarkable husband came to me one day and said, ‘I need to tell you something about myself.’”

Thompson said she feared Jenner was about to confess an affair.

“And he said, ‘I identify as a woman,’” she recalled. “He said, ‘I am a woman ... I would like to become female on the exterior, because I've always been female on the inside.’”

Thompson described her reaction at the time. “It was earth-shattering. It was devastating ...,” she said, adding, “People can't understand. ‘You must've had some kind of idea.’ No, nunca, nada, never, nothing.”

Therapy sessions would bring her greater understanding, she said.

“My deeper compassion was for Bruce ... for her to have felt so trapped in the wrong body, it broke my heart to think that he, that he had struggled so long and so hard,” Thompson said.

While she struggled to understand the idea that her husband was transgender, she says Jenner invited her to come to New York. She fully anticipated a romantic weekend, but when she knocked on the door, Thompson says, Jenner appeared dressed in women’s clothing.

Thompson was unprepared, and remembers that she “just crumbled."

“I think I even fell down in the hall ... I just went, ‘Oh, oh, no, no.’ And I just started crying,” she said.

Thompson says Jenner, now 66, was contrite.

“'I'm so sorry. I just thought it was very important that you see who I authentically am,’” she recalled Jenner’s saying to her. “Not until that moment, I guess, did it sink into my psyche that that truly was who Caitlyn felt that she was. And I had to respect that and honor that and move on with my life.”

The couple split in 1986. Thompson was Jenner’s second wife. Jenner married Kris Kardashian in 1991. They divorced in 2015.

After Jenner's publicly announced transition last year, Thompson -- a pageant standout who was Presley’s lover, confidant, confessor and caregiver for 4 1/2 years, after his split from his wife Priscilla -- was supportive.

"I think, more than anything, it's been a relief for Caitlyn to be able to emerge as her true self. And we love her ... But when I first met her she was in a Bruce Jenner body. He was just an incredible person. Still is,” she said.

She added: “I have since said to her, ‘You’ve got to give yourself credit. You know, you kicked manhood’s butt.’”

ABC News reached out to Jenner but she wasn’t available for comment.

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Brian Bowen Smith/E! Entertainment(NEW YORK) -- Are the Kardashians illegally bombarding you with advertising? One group says yes, and wants something done about it.

The consumer watchdog group Truth in Advertising says the Keeping Up with the Kardashians clan is illegally advertising stuff on social media. It's documented over 100 Instagram posts that it says should have been marked sponsored or paid for.

It claims Kylie Jenner had the "most problem posts" among the family members.

It's given the family a week to take those posts down, or else it'll ask the Federal Trade Commission to open an investigation.

Since the Truth in Advertising letter to the family was posted, some of the offending Instagram pictures have been altered to make clear they are ads.

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DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- No big surprise here, really -- Jennifer Lawrence is the highest-paid actress in Hollywood.

That’s according to Forbes, which says the Oscar-winner earned around $46 million before taxes in the last 12 months.  As for why it’s no surprise: Lawrence, who turned 26 last week, recently wrapped up her starring role in the blockbuster Hunger Games film franchise, of which she had a piece of the profits.  It also made her one of Hollywood’s most in-demand actresses, even though she made $6 million more last year.

Coming in a distant second is Ghostbusters star Melissa McCarthy, 45, who earned a nonetheless impressive $33 million, which Forbes notes is more than $10 million more than she made last year.  No small part of that, according to the magazine, is a reported eight-figure up-front fee she pocketed for Ghostbusters.

Two of the actresses in the top ten aren’t Hollywood stars: Chinese film superstar Fan Bingbing places fifth, and Indian Bollywood star Deepika Padukone takes the #10 spot.

Earnings are estimated based on paydays, endorsement deals and the like.  Here are the top ten highest-earning actresses, according to Forbes:

1) Jennifer Lawrence, $46 million
2) Melissa McCarthy, $33m
3) Scarlett Johansson, $25m
4) Jennifer Aniston, $21m
5) Fan Bingbing, Chinese film star, $17m
6) Charlize Theron, $16.5m
7) Amy Adams, $13.5m
8) Julia Roberts, 12m
9) Mila Kunis, $11m
10) Deepika Padukone, Bollywood star, $10m

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Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Shannen Doherty has reached a confidential settlement in her $15 million lawsuit against her ex-managers for allegedly mismanaging her health insurance, TMZ reports.

The Beverly Hills, 90210 star, who is being treated for breast cancer, sued an accounting firm last year for allegedly letting her health insurance policy lapse in 2014.

Doherty claimed she couldn't re-enroll until last year, and that her cancer would have been detected earlier had she'd been insured.

According to court documents obtained by the gossip website on Monday, both sides agreed to settle the matter late last week.

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Angela Weiss/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Ben Affleck turned 44 years old last Monday, and he celebrated with a family trip.

Ben, his estranged wife Jennifer Garner, 44, and their three children spent some quality time at a Montana resort, where, an insider tells People magazine, "The family spent the week together and enjoyed outdoor activities like hiking, biking and swimming."

The family has spent a lot of time together, including a recent trip to Europe while Affleck was shooting the upcoming film Justice League in London.

"Ben is happiest when he's spending time with his family," explains the source. "It was a great birthday."

The couple split after 10 years of marriage a little over a year ago.

Justice League -- co-starring Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot and Amber Heard -- is slated for a November 2017 release. 

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ABC/Rick Rowell(NEW YORK) -- No matter how hard she tries, Ashley Iaconetti just can't convince Jared Haibon to fall in love with her.

She continued to pine over Jared on Monday night's episode of Bachelor in Paradise, sobbing to him, "Nothing makes me happier than being with you."

Jared, who's involved on the show with Caila Quinn, could not have been more honest in his response. "I do care about you, but not romantically," he said.

The message still didn't get through to Ashley, not even when Jared gave his rose at the rose ceremony to Caila instead of her.

Ashley didn't get a rose from one of the other men, either, resulting in her elimination. However, she refused to go quietly into the night. As she was taken away by car, she asked the driver to stop. She headed back to paradise, hoping for another shot at love.

"I'm asking you guys right now if you'll let me come back and have a second chance with actually an open mind," she said.

The majority of the cast said yes, including Jared, though Caila felt a little uncomfortable with the whole situation.

Ashley didn't keep an open mind at all -- she was still plotting to win over Jared. She was encouraged when new arrival Brett Melnick -- who, you may recall, brought a lamp with him when he was introduced on Andi Dorfman's Bachelorette season -- invited Caila on a date. Caila couldn't make up her mind, changing her answer several times before finally agreeing to go out with Brett.

Ashley believed -- incorrectly, as it turned out -- that Caila was losing interest in Jared. But Caila realized she'd made a mistake while on a booze cruise with Brett, Brett's former Bachelorette co-star Carl King -- who'd also just been added to Paradise -- and Carl's date, Emily Ferguson.

When Caila returned from the date and resumed her romance with Jared, Ashley was heartbroken. "I'm watching my biggest nightmare: Jared falling for somebody else," she said, shedding more tears.

Ashley wasn't the only person who was looking for love in the wrong places. Sarah Herron had had some nice moments with Daniel Maguire earlier in the season, and on Monday night's episode she gave him a half-birthday cake. But he gave a rose to Emily's twin, Haley, instead of Sarah, and Sarah was forced to go home.

Haley was later invited on a date by Ryan Beckett, who came to Mexico after previously appearing on Kaitlyn Bristowe's season of The Bachelorette.

After his visit to the hospital, Evan Bass was on cloud nine after Carly Waddell said she was sorry about being wishy-washy about their relationship, and then committed to him with a make-out session. All it took, Evan admitted, was faking an injury.

Meanwhile, Grant Kemp turned up the heat in his romance with Lace Morris by telling her he loves her.

Things aren't look up for Vinny Ventiera, though. He was hurting when Isabel “Izzy” Goodkind told him she didn't feel 100-percent committed to him, simply because she'd found Brett to be attractive. Vinny hinted that a breakup might be forthcoming -- when the episode ended, he asked Izzy if they could talk.

Bachelor in Paradise continues Tuesday night at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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JoJo Fletcher offers the final rose to Jordan Rodgers; ABC/Matt Klitscher(LOS ANGELES) -- Despite the recent drama with Jordan Rodgers' ex-girlfriend, he and “Bachelorette” partner JoJo Fletcher celebrated their engagement with family and friends this past weekend.

Fletcher shared a photo of the happy couple with family and friends Sunday and wrote that the party was actually a surprise.

"My heart is so full!" Fletcher, 25, captioned the snap. "Jordan and I were going out to what we thought was just a little dinner with friends but instead walked into a room full of both our friends and family to celebrate in our engagement. We are so incredibly blessed. #fletchersmeettherodgers."

Rodgers, 27, also posted a photo from the celebration with the same hashtag. Along with the mirror selfie with his brother Luke, Fletcher's fiancé wrote, "When you think you are just going to dinner with your fiancé and a few friends and you walk into a room full of both your families and best friends! So blessed to not only have found the love of my life @joelle_fletcher, but have an amazing family and new family to share a life with. So blessed to do life with these people! #fletchersmeettherodgers."

The couple recently faced some social media drama after Rodgers' ex-girlfriend, Brittany Farrar, took to Instagram and once again accused her former boyfriend of infidelity during their relationship in a lengthy, two-part post. This is not the first time Farrar has made such accusations, which Rodgers has repeatedly denied.

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ABC/Ron Tom(LOS ANGELES) -- Netflix has picked up Friends From College, an ensemble comedy featuring Keegan-Michael Key and Marvel movie series co-star -- and former How I Met Your Mother lead -- Cobie Smulders.

The half-hour series centers on a group of former Harvard classmates in their 40s, according to the subscription service.

Harvard alum spouses Nick Stoller and Francesca Delbanco are producing the eight episode series; Stoller will direct the lot.

Nick is a comedic mastermind," said Cindy Holland, Netflix’s VP of original content. "With Friends from College, he and Francesca have created a world that is both moving and very, very funny. We are thrilled to be working with them and this incredible cast, and look forward to audiences around the world laughing with and at these relatable characters.”

Production starts this fall in New York. 

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ABC/Greg Gayne(LOS ANGELES) -- Marvel director James Gunn is responding to the race controversy surrounding Zendaya's rumored role as Peter Parker love interest Mary Jane Watson in Spider-Man: Homecoming, after some on social media attacked the idea that MJ, a white character in the comics, could be played by a person of color.

In a lengthy Facebook post, Gunn -- who directed the Marvel mega-hit Guardians of the Galaxy and its sequel -- writes in part, "I do not believe a character is the color of his or her skin. When Michael B Jordan was cast as Johnny Storm I didn't understand the uproar," he writes, referring to the recent Fantastic Four movie reboot.

While being careful to neither confirm nor deny Zendaya's casting as Mary Jane, Gunn goes on, "For me, if a character's primary attribute -- the thing that makes them iconic -- is the color of their skin, or their hair color, frankly, that character is shallow and sucks.  For me, what makes MJ MJ is her alpha female playfulness, and if the actress captures that, then she'll work. And, for the record, I think Zendaya even matches what I think of as MJ's primary physical characteristics -- she's a tall, thin model -- much more so than actresses have in the past."

Zendaya, who was initially, officially, said to play a character named "Michelle,"  has yet to publicly respond to the discussion.

Starring Tom Holland as the web-slinger, Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Marisa Tomei as Aunt May and Michael Keaton as the villain the Vulture, Spider-Man: Homecoming hits theaters July 7, 2017 from Marvel Studios, which is owned by Disney, the parent company of ABC News.

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