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Channing Tatum Has Signed A Deal To Play Gambit In Future ‘X-Men’ Movies

It's a done deal, like it or not

Last week we learned from The Wrap that the deal to have actor Channing Tatum play the role of Gambit / Remy LeBeau was “in jeopardy” due to contract negotiation conflicts. Today we learn that that report was either completely false OR was floated around to help move contract negotiations along because The Hollywood Reporter updates that Channing has officially signed his contract with Fox to play Gambit in future stand-alone and X-Men movies. It seemed really odd to me that Channing was reportedly out as Gambit because he has been very vocal about his desire to play the role. It looks now like the story that went around last week, about his almost not getting the role, was just a smokescreen as final contract negotiations took place. Like it or not (and I don’t really), Channing Tatum will play Gambit on the big screen (PITNB reader Paul will get to hear Tatum‘s Cajun accent after all). More »

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Rumor Has It That Beyoncé Is Being Considered For The Role Of Glinda The Good Witch In ‘The Wiz Live!’

Will Bey ease on down the road?

Yesterday we learned the exciting news that Queen Latifah and Mary J. Blige have been added to the cast of NBC‘s The Wiz Live! in the roles of The Wiz and Evillene, respectively. Today we hear that other big names are being talked about as possible castmembers in the forthcoming televised musical production … names like Beyoncé. At this point, I’d suggest holding off on getting too excited just yet but we hear today that Bey is being courted for the role of Glinda the Good Witch in The Wiz. We already know that producers are looking for a newcomer to play the lead role of Dorothy but I can see how producers might want to get a big name like Beyoncé to add star-power to the cast. HMMM. More »

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‘Entertainment Weekly’ Magazine Gives Us Our First Look At ‘The Walking Dead’ Season 6

New Zombies! New Characters! New Cookies?

We are still 2 months away from the premiere of The Walking Dead season 6 on AMC but the time has come for the show’s promo to begin in earnest. The Walking Dead season 6 is featured on the cover and in the pages of this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly magazine and as you can see in the photo gallery presented here, the new season will feature our fave TWD characters alongside new characters to the show … and a bunch of new zombies. The cover story feature in this week’s issue of EW gives us a nice preview of the new season, which you can read excerpted below. But I am so here for the photos. There’s something magical about the sight of Andrew Lincoln‘s Rick and Norman Reedus‘s Daryl patting one another on the ass while Melissa McBride‘s Carol looks on. Amazing. Check out the photos, then click below to preview this new TWD feature in the new issue of EW magazine. More »

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It’s Official! Chris Pine Will Play Steve Trevor In ‘Wonder Woman’

WW's main man

In March of this year, we first heard that Chris Pine was being considered as the new Green Lantern in the forthcoming reboot of the superhero movie franchise … but in May, we learned that he was also being considered for the role of Steve Trevor, the love interest in the forthcoming Wonder Woman stand-alone film. Today we learn from The Wrap that Chris has officially signed on to play Wonder Woman / Diana Prince‘s love interest in her forthcoming series of movies. Personally, considering the other big roles that Pine is already committed to (chief among them as Captain James T. Kirk in the new Star Trek films), I think the smaller role of Steve Trevor in the WW movies is the perfect part for him. This is really great news, I think. More »

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Queen Latifah & Mary J. Blige Have Been Added To The Cast Of NBC’s ‘The Wiz Live!’

Meet The Wiz herself and Evillene

Back in March, we learned the VERY EXCITING NEWS that NBC has selected the musical The Wiz as the production they will produce and air in December. Today we learn some really great casting news for The Wiz Live! Actress Stephanie Mills has been added to the cast as Aunt Em and singers Queen Latifah and Mary J. Blige have been added to the cast in the roles of The Wiz and Evillene, the Wicked Witch of the West. In the movie version of the musical, released back in 1978, The Wiz was played by Richard Pryor and Evillene was played by Mabel King. I am so damn excited by this entire production that I can barely breathe! I am LOVING this casting news so much! More »

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Channing Tatum May Not Play Gambit In Future X-Men Movies After All

"Channing Tatum’s 'Gambit' deal is in jeopardy of falling apart"

Back in May of 2014, we learned officially that beefy actor Channing Tatum was cast in the role of the tall, lanky X-Men mutant Gambit / Remy LeBeau in future X-Men movies — including a stand-alone Gambit movie that is set for release in 2016. Channing made an appearance at San Diego Comic-Con this month to promote the forthcoming film. Today we learn, tho, that Tatum may not star in Gambit after all. Nothing has been officially confirmed but a new report suggests that trouble is brewing with the production and may result in Channing leaving the movie altogether. Filming production of Gambit is set to begin in October so … if Channing‘s out, then another actor will have to be found and found quickly. HMMM. More »

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10-Year Old Jake Gyllenhaal Was Super Bummed He Couldn’t Star In ‘The Mighty Ducks’

"I definitely remember crying on the kitchen counter."

Jake Gyllenhaal has been making the promo rounds lately in support of his new film Southpaw, which opened over the weekend, and during an interview with Howard Stern on his radio program, Jake confessed that he was really super bummed that his parents wouldn’t let him star in the 1992 Disney movie The Mighty Ducks. Jake was up for the role of the lead kid, which eventually went to Joshua Jackson, but his parents wouldn’t let him take the role becuase they wanted him to focus on school instead (he was 10 years old and going into middle school). Jake told Howard that his parents refusal left him in tears … which had to have been the saddest sight in the world. More »

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Ludacris Reveals That He Will Guest Star On ‘Empire’ Season 2

Interesting

Yesterday we got our first look at Empire season 2 with the release of the first teaser trailer for the show. Today we learn that rapper Ludacris will be making a guest appearance on the show when it returns in September with all new episodes. Luda took a photo with one of the stars of Empire as they filmed a scene for the show and promptly shared it will his followers on Instagram. Click below to see Luda on the Empire set in character and get a sneak peek of his inclusion on the show. More »

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Here Is Our First Look At The Cast Of Lifetime’s ‘The Unauthorized Melrose Place Story’

Throw Back-to-Back

Earlier this week we got our first look at the cast of Lifetime‘s upcoming made-for-TV movie The Unauthorized Beverly Hills, 90210 Story. As you may recall, the story that accompanied the release of the Unauthorized Beverly Hills photo included the shocking/amazing revelation that Lifetime is also planning to release The Unauthorized Melrose Place Story as well. This October, in back to back weekends, Lifetime will air the unauthorized stories of both Beverly Hills, 90210 and Melrose Place to satisfy anyone’s ’90s nostalgic love. Click below to see the massive cast photo of The Unauthorized Melrose Place Story TV movie and see if you can figure out who will play who in this new Lifetime movie. More »

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Here Is Our First Look At The Cast Of Lifetime’s ‘The Unauthorized Beverly Hills, 90210 Story’

Who's who?

Last month we learned that Lifetime had announced production of a made-for-TV movie that will tell The Unauthorized Beverly Hills, 90210 Story. Today, we learn which actors will play the roles of the real life cast of the show AND we get our first look at the assembled cast of players. As with Lifetime‘s attempt at telling the unauthorized stories of Saved By The Bell and Full House, they managed to kinda get the casting of the actors almost right … but not quite. As you can see below, only 1 or 2 of the castmembers remotely resemble the people they are meant to portray while the rest of the cast looks nothing like the original actors at all. And, honestly, based on the photo below, I can’t even tell who some of the actors are meant to portray … and wait until you get a look at the Steve Sanders. The Unauthorized Beverly Hills, 90210 Story promises to be a hot mess … which is plainly evident in our first look at the movie below. More »

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