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Empire Season 3 Episode 17 Recap: A Gruesome Death

Empire has been struggling to keep up the pace in the drama department this season, but things always seem to take a turn for the better when a character dies. 

On Empire Season 3 Episode 17, Cookie rallied up her team to cause some drama at Leviticus Vegas. When the episode got underway, Cookie, Candace, and Carol make their way into the venue. 

When Giuliana and Lucious spot Cookie on the security camera, Lucious is tasked with getting rid of them. Cookie causes a huge scene. 

The episode flashes back two weeks to good old Lucious saying he will find the person responsible for Bella's disappearance, but he had to deal with Giuliana and the Vegas deal first. 

When Thirsty questioned Giuliana about financial records she carries around with her, she gets Lucious to fire him. Yes, he actually fired Thirsty. Like, what the hell?

Cookie Goes After Lucious

Cookie bumps into Thirsty and asks him to join her at her house. The meeting consists the Lyon sons, Shyne and some other people who were ready to take Giuliana down. 

However, the meeting fell apart when all of them started bickering with one another, prompting concerns that they could not work as a unit. 

Cookie turned to her sisters, Porsha, Chicken, and Marcel. 

The women take to Vegas to put their plan in motion. However, it hit a snag when Carol could not seduce the security guard on duty. 

All was not lost when it was revealed that the security guard was checking out Becky. Becky flirted with him, and the women managed to sneak on through. 

Cookie took the financial ledgers straight to Charlotte, who was shocked. 

Cookie Is On A Mission

“This is really bad,” she says. “Money laundering, consorting with criminals…”

Just when Cookie thought she was on to something, Lucious strolled in with a bag of money

“I didn’t know Mormons took payoffs,” Cookie barks, but Charlotte replies, “I didn’t know you people were so prone to stereotypes.”

When Lucious and Cookie left the room, but Andre emerged from the shadows, and they were closer than just friends. 

In New York, Cookie tells Jamal to release his album to screw up the publicity of Lucious' album. However, her son told her that he was holding off on it. 

Cookie Has a Decision

The reason? He was joining Lucious in Vegas. Cookie was pissed and started bickering with both Jamal and Hakeem. 

Surprisingly, Lucious came to her defense, saying, "Stop ganging up on her,” he says. “She came for me hard and had her feelings hurt. She just needs to lick her wounds.”

Later, Andre visited Cookie to tell her about him and Charlotte. He said she was not a fan of Lucious being in Vegas. 

Finally, Tariq managed to save Bella and returned her home. Just as Tariq and Lucious are mending fences, Leah kills Tariq with a letter opener. 

Something tells us Leah was in on the plan all along. 

What did you think of all the twists?

Sound off below!

Masters Of The Bow: Celebrities With Real Archery Skills

We’re all powering up for the Rio Olympics, and gymnastics, track and field, and swimming are all over the news. But in all the lead-up one sport we haven’t heard much about is archery. Still, the low profile of this ancient sport hasn’t kept these celebrities away; many have mastered the skill, and not just to play roles like Emma Woodhouse or Andromeda. No, these stars are on target all the time.

Accuracy Embodied: Eva Green

While preparing for 300: Rise Of An Empire, Eva Green pushed her body to the limits – the only way to truly master her role as a Persian Grand General. But Green didn’t just hit the gym a little harder to look good in costume. She did all her own stunts, including the archery and the knife- and sword-play. And don’t forget, it would have been anachronistic for Green’s character Admiral Artemisia to equip her bow with a rangefinder, so she had to develop a keen eye to hit those targets.

The Humorous Hunter: Chris Pratt

Chris Pratt is known for his role as the goofy, sweet Andy on Parks & Rec – and Andy would probably create serious chaos if handed a bow and arrow. In real life, however, Pratt comes from a family of hunters and is always happy to be out in the woods with his bow, or occasionally a rifle. He compares it to the spa, his opportunity to relax offscreen.

Out Of The Woods: Eva Longoria And Avril Lavigne

In a culture where female celebrities are typically assumed to be delicate creatures and many are publically vegan, it seems unlikely that many are natural hunters. That isn’t the case with Eva Longoria or Avril Lavigne, however, both of whom grew up hunting in Texas and Canada, respectively. Both claim their dads as hunting buddies, but the most exciting thing about Longoria’s hunting skills? Not squeamish in the least, she skins her own game.

Guitar Strings And Bow Strings: Brantley Gilbert

A singer-songwriter by day, Brantley Gilbert found himself showing his skills in a different spotlight when he made an appearance on the series Backwoods Life. There, along with host Michael Lee, Gilbert easily took out two deer on camera with a bow and arrow – clearly not his first time taking aim.

A Man Of Many Talents: Hugh Jackman

What’s not to love about Hugh Jackman? He can sing, as demonstrated in Les Mis, he pulls out amazing martial arts skills in X-Men, and in the lead-up to his role in Pan the Australian also mastered the crossbow. He may not be a seasoned hunter like some, but as Blackbeard he demonstrates excellent accuracy.

This crew of celebs may not be Olympic-level archers, but you can be sure they’ll be enjoying the event during this summer’s games. Consider tuning in too to learn more about this celebrity hobby.

Eva Longoria on Trying to Have Kids After 40: Sometimes I Think, ‘Is Time Running Out?’

Eva Longoria will soon be busy planning a wedding, but she’s also spent some time contemplating starting a family as well.

“I just turned 40, so I have thought, ‘Is time running out?’ ” the former Desperate Housewives actress says in the current issue of PEOPLE. “I should be thinking about [children], but I feel like my life is full.”

One thing filling her life aside from her fiancé José “Pepe” Bastón, are his three children from a previous marriage.

“They’ve been such a gift in my life. I don’t feel like we are lacking because we don’t have a baby,” says Longoria, whose new NBC comedy, Telenovela, premieres Jan. 4 at 8:30 p.m.

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Eva Longoria on Kids
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Not that she’s ruled out the possibility of having a child of her own.

“We are fulfilled,” she says of life with Bastón. “If there is anything else to come, it would be icing on the cake.”

For more on Longoria’s life with Bastón, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Monday.

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Eva Longoria Is ENGAGED!

Eva Longoria is desperate no more!

The Desperate Housewives star is now engaged to her BF of two years, Jose Antonio Baston!

While on a trip to Dubai, the proposal happened, which Eva quickly took to Instagram: “Ummmm so this happened….#Engaged #Dubai #Happiness.”

Eva Longoria in the desert

The 40-year-old even uploaded a photo of her and Baston kissing while she holds up her engagement ring. Idyllic, right?

Eva Longoria and fiance

Baston, who is the president of content and television at Grupo Televisa, is set to be Eva’s third husband after actor Tyler Christopher and baller Tony Parker.

We wish these lovebirds the best of luck!

 

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Eva Longoria Bikini Pictures in Pink and Shades of Hottie in Miami

You know the Miami Beach competition is rough and getting rougher when Forties and Faptastic thespianic hotties like Eva Longoria start showing up in bikinis looking all kinds of pink and  tan and alluring all over. This was quite the unexpected A-list addition to the bikini ...

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Eva Longoria Busty In Tight Black Dress

Eva Longoria is my type of woman. Maybe it's the Latin man in me that appreciates her busty curves, but whenever I see Eva my eyes bug out like a cartoon wolf. In these pics Eva is sporting a super tight black dress that hugs her curves just so. Her chesticles are out of this ...

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Eva Longoria FIRES BACK At Journalist Who Claims She’s Faking Poor Eyesight To Sell Glasses!

Don't you dare say Eva Longoria has 20/20 vision! DON'T YOU DARE!!

Recently, the thespian teamed up with the Australian branch of Specsavers, an optometric company that sells eyeglasses!

The 40-year-old has appeared in the company's ads looking sexy in specs!

[ Related: Eva Longoria Is Starting Her Own Fashion Line! ]

Unfortunately, some people are calling BS on the fact that the sultry Latina actually needs a vision aid!

Journalist Jenna Clarke from the Sydney Morning Herald actually criticized the actress for pretending to have poor eyesight just to sell bifocals!

This did not sit well with the Desperate Housewives star who is defending her right to be a four eyes!

On Monday, Miz Longoria took to Twitter to SLAM the writer for making such accusations!

She wrote:

"If you had done your journalistic duty (it's actually not that hard, a more thorough google job, or one phone call to my camp and they could have provided you any documentation) you would see that I have been wearing READING glasses since May 3, 2013. Long before Specsavers @SpecsaversAustralia called me."

DAMN!

She later explains why one doesn't see many pics of her wearing glasses!

"The reason your lazy journalist research of "googling" didn't turn up more pictures of me on the "red carpet" is because I don't need glasses to see far, only to READ. So unless you are in bed with me at night, or in the morning at my breakfast table reading the morning newspaper, then you probably wont find a "paparazzi" shot of me."'

The fashionista even did the research herself and posted a collage of her looking fierce in frames!

CASE IN POINT!

Being far sighted never seemed so sexy!

[Image via Eva Longoria/Twitter.]

Eva Longoria Bikini Blue Whale Tail Ripe in the Boot

There's no place like home. There's no place like home. I'm kind of hoping that trick works well enough to get me onto the yacht off the coast of Italy where the faptastically veteran hot Eva Longoria is flashing her blue bikini bottom for the sake of love and ogling gentlemen with ...

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13 Mexican-American Stars Who Likely Hate Donald Trump

Numerous stars of Mexican descent have hit it big in the United States.

What do they all have in common, aside from impressive drive and talent?

We'd have to imagine they despise Donald Trump, considering what the Presidential candidate has said about Mexicans.

We pay homage to these stars below, none of whom are rapists or drug dealers, no matter what Trump wants to believe...

1. Selena Gomez

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Selena was born in Grand Prairie, Texas to a Mexican-American father. She's named after Tejano pop star Selena.

2. Demi Lovato

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Demi was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her father is of Mexican descent.

3. Eva Longoria

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Eva was born in Corpus Christi to Tejano parents. She holds an MD in Chicano Studies from California State University.

4. Louis C.K.

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Louis C.K. cracks us up. Here's a look at the comedian at the Saturday Night Live 40th anniversary special.

5. Salma Hayek

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Salma was born in Mexico to a singer and an oil executive. She's been one of the hottest stars in Hollywood since her role in Desperado helped her crack the US market.

6. Mario Lopez

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Mario was born to teo parents of Mexican descent. He gained fame as a teen on Seved By The Bell and remains in the spotlight to this day.
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Tim Lopez From Plain White T’s Just Married His Fianceé Whom He Met On Reality TV!

Do you remember that reality TV show Ready For Love which Eva Longoria produced back in 2013?

Well, while the dating show didn't exactly click with fans -- it got pulled from NBC's schedule after just three episodes -- it did actually result in love!

Tim Lopez from Plain White T's was one of three celebrity contestants trying to find their perfect match... and he just married his winner over the weekend.

[ Photos: Where Are Each Of The Bachelor Winning Couples Today? ]

Tim and Jenna Reeves may have met on the Giuliana and Bill Rancic-hosted series, but after the show, they decided to date the old-fashioned way.

In an interview detailing their 4th of July wedding, Tim gushed about his bride, saying:

"I knew I was going to pick Jenna pretty much from the beginning. Getting back to reality for us meant going back to Austin and starting a very normal dating relationship.

We tried to experience things together. I met and hung out with her family. We took it really slow and waited a long time before we moved in together and got engaged."

We're so happy for them!

It's a shame that Eva's show got cancelled so quickly despite having a perfect track record even though The Bachelor only has like three success stories to show for its 30 seasons.

Congrats again, guys!!!

[Image via Jenna Reeves/Instagram.]

Quote Of The Day: Eva Longoria Aspires To Be The Female Version Of Who?!

"I want to be the female George Clooney: He directs, produces and stars. I want to be in charge of the final product."
-Eva Longoria to InStyle Magazine on her career goals.

[Image via InStyle Magazine.]

More Eva Longoria Tiny Bikini Adventures In Spain!

I'm pretty certain Eva Longoria is bringing out progressively smaller bikinis on her vacation with boyfriend to Spain. Being in Europe, she can go even tinier if she likes without fear or being hustled off the beach or arrested for fear of compromising the future of children who do ...

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Eva Longoria Smoking Hot Bikini Body In Miami

Eva Longoria remains one of the most eligible bachelorettes in Hollywood. I think I've been saying that for several years now since her busted marriage, and now at Forties and Faptastic, and looking crazy hot in a bikini, it's true now more than ever. Naturally, she's working her ...

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Eva Longoria References Hitler While Speaking Out About Donald Trump’s Controversial Comments!

Eva Longoria has had enough.

She's tried to avoid bringing up how she feels about Donald Trump's totally ridiculous -- and totally offensive -- comments from the speech he gave when he was announcing his presidential bid.

[ Related: Donald Trump Really IS Suing Univision! ]

The 40-year-old didn't want to talk Trump because she didn't want to give him more publicity and attention, explaining:

"It struck a cord within our community that touched our emotions so deep that I don't want to contribute to that poison being spread because if I contribute, it's just going to bring even more attention to the original comments."

But, she just couldn't keep quiet any longorier.

During an interview at the National Association of Latino Independent Producers Media Summit, the actress addressed the mogul's ridiculous remarks, saying:

"What I don't think he understands and what people don't understand is words create emotional poison. That's what they do, they create emotional poison."

But once she got going about the bad business that's come from his controversial comments -- like NBC cutting ties, Mexico dropping out of Miss Universe, and both hosts quitting next month's Miss USA pageant -- she just couldn't stop.

The brunette beauty even referenced Adolf Hitler! Yikes!

"Hitler moved a nation with words, just words. So you have to expect this backlash. If you say something like that, as he has said, you must expect a backlash."

Ouch! The Donald has certainly lost a few fans, famous or otherwise, after his big speech.

So naturally, we're curious to see what he's going to be like in a debate.

[Image via Pat Denton/Joel Ginsburg/WENN.]