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Grande, The Roots pay tribute to Franklin on 'Tonight Show'
Ariana Grande opened The Tonight Show Thursday by performing Aretha Franklin's "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" alongside The Roots in tribute to the iconic singer who died earlier in the day at the age of 76.

Grande, who was also joined by three backup singers, performed the song in all black on a dimly lit stage. The emotional tribute received a standing ovation from The Tonight Show audience.

Grande told host Fallon that she once received a surprise phone call from Franklin who wanted to send her music made by one of her family members.

"She goes, 'Hi, it's a Aretha.' I was like, 'Franklin?'" Grande said of the exchange before noting how the music legend needed to mail the music to her on a CD due to not knowing how to send it over digitally.

Franklin died in Detroit of an undisclosed illness for which she was hospitalized for on Monday, her publicist announced.

Grande's Tonight Show appearance also featured the pop star discussing her new album Sweetener and how she predicted getting married to her fiance Pete Davidson years ago.

"We met on SNL, like, two, three years ago," she said of Davidson. "We never, like, exchanged numbers or anything, we weren't even friends for a long time, but I had the biggest crush in the whole world on him."

"I left and I jokingly said to my tour manager, I was like, 'I'm marrying him, 100 percent.' I was like, 'I'm literally marrying him,'" she continued.

Sweetener, which arrived on Friday, features the singles "No Tears Left to Cry," "The Light is Coming" featuring Nicki Minaj and "God is a Woman." The project also contains a song dedicated to her fiance titled "Pete Davidson."


Stars mourn Aretha Franklin: 'She sang and played magnificently'
U.S. President Donald Trump, recording superstars Diana Ross and Elton John, and music mogul Clive Davis were among those to express online their appreciation of music legend Aretha Franklin, who died Thursday at the age of 76.

The Memphis native and 20-time Grammy winner was known for 1960s classics such as "Respect" and "Chain of Fools." She died of an undisclosed illness for which she was hospitalized Monday.

"The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, is dead. She was a great woman, with a wonderful gift from God, her voice. She will be missed!" Trump tweeted after Franklin's death was reported.

"I'm sitting in prayer for the wonderful golden spirit Aretha Franklin," Ross posted on Twitter.

"She sang and played magnificently, and we all wept. We were witnessing the greatest soul artist of all time. I adored her and worshipped her talent. God bless her. My condolences to all her family and friends. We shared the same birthday -- and that meant so much to me," John said.

"I'm absolutely devastated by Aretha's passing. She was truly one of a kind. She was more than the Queen of Soul. She was a national treasure to be cherished by every generation throughout the world," Davis tweeted.

"Apart from our long professional relationship, Aretha was my friend. Her loss is deeply profound and my heart is full of sadness," he added.

"We have lost the greatest singer of our time. As a songwriter, I know personally how meaningful a gifted interpreter of material can be. No one can replace her," Billy Joel said.

"Rest in paradise Queen Aretha! Thank you for sharing your gifts with the world. One of the purest, most soulful voices of all time..." actor Omar Epps offered.

"Forever [heart emoji,]" wrote Ariana Grande.

"Aretha was marketed as a supper club singer of standards at Columbia. With Never Loved a Man and subsequent Atlantic releases, she reinvented herself and soul music. Forever. #Irreplaceable," actor Michael McKean said.


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--Lauren Conrad, on 13-month-old son William "Liam" James learning to walk, to PEOPLE



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Scarlett Johansson named Forbes' highest-paid actress for 2018
Scarlett Johansson has topped Forbes' annual list of the highest-paid actresses for 2018, taking in $40.5 million in pretax earnings from June 2017 to June 2018.

Johansson's earnings come from her lucrative role as superhero Black Widow in Marvel's Avengers series, with another installment set for release in 2019. The 33-year-old also starred in Rough Night and voiced a character in Isle of Dogs within the time frame.

In second place is Angelina Jolie with $28 million, due in part to her upfront pay for starring in upcoming Disney sequel Maleficent 2. The film is set for release on May 29, 2020.

Jennifer Aniston earned third place with $19.5 million, mostly due to various endorsement deals with Emirates airlines, Smartwater and Aveeno. Aniston is expected to rank higher next year due to her starring role on an upcoming Apple television series that also features Reese Witherspoon.

Jennifer Lawrence landed in fourth place with $18 million followed by Witherspoon in fifth with $16.5 million.

Rounding out the rest of the Top 10 is Mila Kunis ($16 million), Julia Roberts ($13 million), Cate Blanchett ($12.5 million), Melissa McCarthy ($12 million) and Gal Gadot ($10 million). Gadot is the only newcomer on the list.

Emma Stone, who came in at No. 1 in 2017 with $26 million, did not make the cut for 2018.


Ryan Phillippe's 'Shooter' canceled after three seasons
Ryan Phillippe's action-drama Shooter has been canceled after three seasons.

The Hollywood Reporter noted USA Network's decision not to bring the show back for a fourth season was made after the series' 2016 premiere was delayed several times in the wake of mass shootings, then Season 2 was cut short after Phillippe broke his leg.

Season 3 is airing now and the Sept. 13 episode will now likely be the series finale.

Variety said NBCU's Universal Cable Productions and Paramount Television are shopping a possible fourth season to other networks/streaming outlets.

Based on Stephen Hunter's novels about expert sniper Bob Lee Swagger, the series was preceded by the 2007 movie of the same name, which starred Mark Wahlberg.

Wahlberg and Phillippe are producers on the TV show.


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Starz has set a Season 4 premiere date of Nov. 4 for its time-travel romance Outlander.

"Our #ThursdayThoughts are the same as our thoughts every other day of the week: #Outlander November 4, #Outlander November 4, and #Outlander November 4," the show's Twitter feed said.

The small-screen adaptation of Diana Gabaldon's fantasy novels stars Caitriona Balfe as married, World War II nurse-turned-surgeon Claire and Sam Heughan as 18th-century, Scottish Highland warrior and printer Jamie. They meet and fall in love after Claire is magically transported through a time portal. Their adventures have, thus far, taken them to France, the Caribbean and the American colonies.

Filming on Season 4 wrapped last month. The show has already been renewed for fifth and sixth seasons.