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Columbus Short has been hinting about appearing on the hit FOX series “Empire.” But it seems he may have been plugging a new show he has in the works. Also, Mariah Carey is reportedly gearing up to star in a new Christmas movie. Get the entertainment deets inside….

Troubled star Columbus Short is slowly getting back into the game after a tumultuous year filled with domestic violence arrests, run-ins with the law and being fired from the hit ABC series “Scandal.”

The sexy star is currently working on a number of new projects as he works his way back in Hollywood’s good graces. Since making his way back into the limelight, the actor most recently hinted at starring on the hit FOX drama “Empire.” During a recent interview with E!, the former gladiator talked about bridging his music career with his acting career. When he was asked about joining the cast of the super popular hip hopera he replied, “I’m just saying it wouldn’t be a shock.”

A few days ago, the 32-year-old actor even posted up a pic with one of the stars from “Empire” Kris D. Lofton (who plays the rapper Kid Fo-Fo in the series):

We’re not exactly sure if he will be making any cameos on the upcoming second season, but we do know he’s working on something similar to hit the show.

In a new interview with Shadow and Act to promote his latest film The Girl is in Trouble (executive produced by Spike Lee), Columbus revealed he’s producing a new gospel show for Bounce TV inspired by “Empire.”

He said,

“And I’m producing a show at Bounce TV with my brother [Bounce TV president] Ryan Glover along with Russ Parr and Swirl Films. We’re producing a show that’s basically the Gospel “Empire.” It’s going to be full of drama and great music. Kim Burrell is executive music producer. So I have a billion things going on, but it’s great. I love working to push the industry forward. I love to just be a part of this thing, and we’re making it happen.”

He’s also working on a new music competition show based in Africa, which will be much like “American Idol.” He dished,

“I want to diversify, so I have scripted content and some reality content that’s great. From travel, to crazy families, to a show in Ghana which is basically like an “African Idol.” The first season’s going to be in Ghana, then we’re going to South Africa to Kenya to Uganda. So basically, we’re making an “African Idol” like “American Idol.”

Well good for him. His new flick The Girl is in Trouble is available in select theaters and on video-on-demand.

Let’s hope he can stay focused on his craft and leave the foolywang antics alone.

In other entertainment news….

Mariah Carey may be starring in a major role for an upcoming Christmas film. It’ll be perfect for the Christmas lover, who has found much success with her 1994 hit Christmas song “All I Want for Christmas Is You.”

According to Deadline, MC pitched the Christmas flick to RatPac Entertainment and her longtime friend/filmmaker Brett Ratner (whom she was rumored to be dating as they were spotted on vacay in St. Barts last week) and now, New Line Cinema has pre-emptively bought the untitled project.

Now it makes sense why to why MC and Brett have been spending so much time together. They’re likely working out the kinks for the upcoming movie. The untitled film will bring on writers David Diamond & David Weissman and producer Jon Shestack. As of now, the plot is being kept a secret, but it appears it will be a nostalgic-themed movie. There are plans to include a number of feature songs, including tracks from Mariah.

Are you here for a very Mariah Christmas?

Photos: Columbus’ IG/Mariah’s IG

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