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Sonja Flemming/CBS(LOS ANGELES) -- Reality and fiction have collided at UCLA, as the cast and crew of the hit television series The Big Bang Theory have endowed a scholarship fund to provide financial aid to undergraduate students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields at the university.

The Big Bang Theory Scholarship Endowment has already raised more than $4 million, with an initial donation from the Chuck Lorre Family Foundation and gifts from nearly 50 people associated with the show, including stars Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch.

“We have all been given a gift with The Big Bang Theory, a show that’s not only based in the scientific community, but also enthusiastically supported by that same community. This is our opportunity to give back,” notes series creator Chuck Lorre. “In that spirit, our Big Bang family has made a meaningful contribution, and together we’ll share in the support of these future scholars, scientists and leaders.”

UCLA notes that for the 2015–16 academic year, 20 Big Bang Theory scholars will be selected to receive financial assistance. Each year in perpetuity, five additional scholars will be chosen.

The inaugural group of scholarship recipients will be announced this fall on the set of the show.

One of the show's stars, Bialik, earned a doctorate in neuroscience as well as a bachelor’s degree from UCLA.

The Big Bang Theory recently completed its eighth season on CBS.

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"Cruel Intentions" Cast Reunites

ABC/Lou Rocco(LOS ANGELES) -- It has been more than 15 years since Cruel Intentions debuted in 1999, but the story is back in a new musical. And the cast of the movie came out Thursday night to celebrate the cult classic’s taking the stage in Los Angeles.

Sarah Michelle Gellar, Selma Blair and Reese Witherspoon all came out to support the premiere and had a blast reminiscing about their hit movie.

"Oh it's happening!!! #CruelIntentions .....the later years. @reesewitherspoon @therealselmablair #CruelIntentions," Gellar posted on Instagram Thursday, coupled with a picture of the three actresses.

Oh it's happening!!! #CruelIntentions .....the later years. @reesewitherspoon @therealselmablair #CruelIntentions

A photo posted by Sarah Michelle (@sarahmgellar) on

Witherspoon posted the same photo with her own caption: "Best girls night of the year!!! #cruelintentions."

They even posted selfies inside the theater and posed with some of the cast.

Even "that" kiss was recreated between Blair and Gellar. Blair posted a photo of the two lip-locked, with the caption: "Back with my girl @sarahmgellar . Still my favorite kiss. #bittersweetsymphony."

Posting the same photo, Gellar added, "@therealselmablair My lessons paid off!! #CruelIntentions #cruelintentionsmusical."

Back with my girl @sarahmgellar . Still my favorite kiss. #bittersweetsymphony

A photo posted by Selma Blair (@therealselmablair) on

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ABC/Craig Sjodin(LOS ANGELES) -- Ben Affleck's Batman faced off against Jared Leto's Joker on the set of Suicide Squad, though it's not clear if the actors themselves were part of the action.

In pictures on Twitter and from the set, Batman is clearly on top of the Joker's car, trying to take down the villain and his accomplice Harley Quinn, played by Margot Robbie. This is the first time the two adversaries will appear in a major motion picture since The Dark Knight in 2008.

During the day, the film's director, David Ayer, posted a note to Twitter, saying, "I believe in old school filmmaking. Real stunts. Real people. Real places. It makes all the difference on the screen. Thank you #Toronto."

Suicide Squad hits theaters in August of 2016. It also stars Will Smith as Deadshot, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag and Cara Delevingne as Enchantress.

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Frank Micelotta/FOX(LOS ANGELES) -- Mariah Carey did not have a pleasant experience during her brief stint as a judge on American Idol. During an interview with an Australian radio show earlier today, she made her feelings abundantly clear, calling the competition series “boring” and “fake.”

When asked by hosts Kyle and Jackie O if she would consider appearing on American Idol for its final season next year, she replied, “Hell no. Absolutely not. That was the worst experience of my life.”

She continued, “I’m not gonna get into what it was, but let’s just say I don’t think they had any intentions for us to have a good experience doing that show. Pitting two females against each other wasn’t cool. It should have been about the contestants.”

She was referring to the so-called feud between her and fellow judge Nicki Minaj during their time on the show’s 12th season in 2013.

Mariah also said she took issue with the fact that judges would have to exaggerate their comments to the contestants. "I mean, it's so boring and so fake," she said. "I'm sorry, I just think it's, you know, when I say it's fake, I mean, it's just like, you have to make up things to say about people. Half the time, the performances are good, you just be like 'It was good.' You just feel like ending it there, like, 'It's really good.'"

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Dorothy Hong(NEW YORK) -- David Oyelowo stars on the small screen as Peter Snowden, a war veteran struggling to adjust when he comes back home, in HBO's Nightingale.

The Golden Globe-nominated actor in the single-scene film portrays a man clearly unraveling after he's committed a horrible crime against his mother. Oyelowo tells ABC Radio what else is wrong with Snowden.

"We deliberately didn't want to necessarily define what it is, but in talking to a psychiatrist, who I gave the script to read, he has what's called dissociative identity disorder, which is what we used to know as multiple personality disorder," he explained at a private New York City screening Thursday night. "And basically how that comes about is people are shattered into different personalities in order to deal with trauma."

To perform solo for nearly 90 minutes, the actor said he had to stay in character for three weeks while he shot the film.

"It was the first time I had done it. I wouldn't necessarily describe myself as a method actor but I thought it was necessitous for this particular role just because he's so in his head," Oyelowo said. "He's so self-involved. Loneliness is something I wanted to really feel. I have a wife and four kids. I'm never alone so I moved into a friend's apartment for three weeks. I just wanted to immerse myself in what it must be like to a certain degree to be him in order to be able to tell the truth."

Part of the truth that Oyelowo wanted to display is the fact that his character is gay. It's something Snowden can't wrap his own head around, although he's borderline-obsessed with an old war colleague.

"He's in denial about his sexual disposition," he said. "And I think that's borne out of a very repressed upbringing. I think it's also borne out of a loathing he has for himself, both in terms of his sexual orientation, how that is perceived by those around him, including by his mother, including having been in the military and society in general." 

HBO's Nightingale premieres Friday at 9 p.m. Eastern.

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