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Neil Patrick Harris Was The 4th Choice To Host The 2015 Academy Awards

Ellen, Chris, Julia ... then NPH

Last week we learned the brilliant news that actor/showman Neil Patrick Harris signed on to host the 87th annual Academy Awards next year but today we learn that Neil wasn’t the Academy‘s first choice for host. In fact, he was the 4th choice for the gig … behind Ellen DeGeneres (who was the first choice, who was reportedly BEGGED to host again) and a couple of other funny folks. Personally, I think NPH is the ONLY choice to host the Oscars next year but, apparently, the Academy believed otherwise. More »

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‘Buffy The Vampire Slayer’ Star Michelle Trachtenberg Joins The Cast Of ‘Sleepy Hollow’

SO MUCH YES IT HURTS!

AHHHH! I have the best casting news to pass along today … Michelle Trachtenberg, the actress who played Dawn Summers on the long-running series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, has just been added to the cast of Sleepy Hollow on Fox. It’s unknown if Michelle will be featured in more than one episode but we do know that she will play First Lady Abigail Adams in an upcoming episode … which does sound limiting but I’ll take what I can get. Read on for more deets about this exciting piece of casting news. More »

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It’s Official! Bravo Announces Bethenny Frankel’s Return To ‘The Real Housewives Of New York City’

LOL! You know Jill Zarin is PISSED!

At the start of this month, we heard a rumor that Bethenny Frankel had signed on to return for the next season of The Real Housewives of New York City on Bravo (the show that made her reality TV show superstar) but Frankel was quick to chime in on the rumors to muddy the waters and cast doubt on her return (as you may recall, she never actually said that she wasn’t returning but she did her best to make it sound like it was possible the the rumor was unfounded). Welp, today we learn that the guesswork is over … Bravo has released today a press release that formally announces Bethenny‘s return to RHONY next season … which is only the best news ever for the Bravo TV reality show. More »

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An Extra Reveals That A MAJOR DC Comics Character Will Be Featured In ‘Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice’

SPOILER ALERT WARNING

Filming production continues on the Michigan set of the upcoming sequel film Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and today we learn of a MAJOR casting spoiler leak that has been revealed by an extra who broke the confidentiality agreement they signed to appear in the film. Because extras get paid very little money, they are sometimes swayed by the promise of money elsewhere if they divulge secrets from movie sets. For the most part, major spoilers about the overall plot of Dawn of Justice have been kept under wraps but because the movie is still 1 1/2 years away from release, there is plenty of opportunities for spoiler details to come out. Speaking on the condition of anonymity, an extra has revealed to a Detroit-area TV station that a major, previously unannounced, character from the DC Comics universe will be included in Dawn of Justice. We already know that Wonder Woman will be featured in the movie and it’s very likely that Aquaman and The Flash may be featured as well … so there are a LOT of DC characters on tap to appear in the movie. But this new information about another major DC Comics character appearing in the movie is so significant that I fell compelled to pass along the info with all y’all. If you are unconcerned about spoilers and you want to know who the character is, please proceed below. More »

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Chris Rock Will Host ‘Saturday Night Live’ With Prince As Musical Guest

Utter Perfection

His Purple Majesty Prince has signed on to be the musical guest for an upcoming episode of Saturday Night Live and comedian Chris Rock (an SNL alum) has been tapped to serve as host. This, surely, has to be the best news I’ve heard all week. Dr. Funkenberry, always on point with the Prince scoops, reports that Rock and Prince, with new group 3rdEyeGirl in tow, will take over Saturday Night Live on November 1. People, there aren’t enough WOOT!s in the world to convey my happiness at hearing this news. More »

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Robert Downey, Jr. Will Reprise His Role As Iron Man In The New Captain America Movie

Iron Man V. Captain America: Justice of Dawn

Over the past few months there has been some confusion as to whether or not there will be a 4th Iron Man film starring Robert Downey, Jr. because first RDJ said he was done making stand-alone Iron Man films then he suggested that he might return for another Iron Man film if the money was right. Today we learn that RDJ is in very serious final negotiations to return as Iron Man in another Marvel Comics superhero movie after he features in the forthcoming Avengers movie Age of Ultron … today we learn he has all but signed on to reprise his role as Iron Man/Tony Stark in the as-yet untitled third Captain America movie. But what does this mean?! More »

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The New ‘Ghostbusters’ Movie Will Star ’3 Hilarious Women’

She ain't afraid of no ghost

A couple of years ago, we first heard rumblings that pre-production was underway on a third Ghostbusters movie but after it was reported that Bill Murray pulled out of the project, it seemed as if Ghostbusters 3 was dunzo. In the past few months, talk of a new Ghostbusters movie started heating up and rumors started going around that the new movie would star 3 female lead characters rather than the original male characters who starred in the first two Ghostbusters movies. Today we learn somewhat officially that Ghostbusters 3 is headed our way and it will star “3 hilarious women” in the lead roles. More »

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Watch: ‘Mean Girls’ Star Lacey Chabert Stars In A Movie Based On The Dating Site Christian Mingle

And it's called 'Christian Mingle'
Find God's match for Lacey Chabert

PITNB reader Rachel gave me the head’s up that Mean Girls actress Lacey Chabert is starring in a new movie called Christian Mingle which is based on the dating website Christian Mingle and my head almost exploded from all the weird awesomeness. First, I’m really quite impressed that someone came up with the idea to make a movie based on Christian Mingle. Second, I’m thrilled that Lacey won the lead role in this awesome-sounding movie. Honestly, the premise sounds more like a movie you’d see on the Hallmark Channel but still, I’m intrigued. Lacey‘s character is NOT a Christian but she’s so thirsty to find a man that she pretends to be a Christian on Christian Mingle and then meets and falls in love with a Christian guy named Christian (OK, I made that part up but wouldn’t this movie be better if his name was Christian?!) and she has to keep pretending to be a Christian to keep him until his suspicious mother ferrets out the LIE that she is NOT a Christian. My guess is that the guy, being the good Christian that he is, decides to love her anyways and Lacey‘s character becomes a Christian in the end and the couple proceed to mingle … in the Biblical way (but only after marriage). DOESN’T THAT SOUND LIKE A MOVIE YOU’D LIKE TO SEE? I’m not even kidding, I deffo plan to see this movie. It hits theaters this month so … who wants to come with?

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Here Is Your First Look At Michael C. Hall In ‘Hedwig And The Angry Inch’

I LOVE

Early last month we learned that Dexter star Michael C. Hall will star in the Broadway production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch when he takes over for Andrew Rannells after his limited run in the show ends later this month (Rannells, as you may know, took over from Neil Patrick Harris who originated the role on Broadway and won a Tony Award for his performance). Today we get our first look at MCH in character as Hedwig in the just-released promo poster and photo below. I am SO excited that MCH is taking the lead in Hedwig and I am in LOVE with this first look at him in character!! HAVE A LOOK! More »

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Jennifer Hudson Says She Is In Talks To Return For A Third ‘Sex And The City’ Movie

“Look for Louise from St. Louis”

WAAAAY back in 2010, we first heard rumors that a third Sex and the City movie was coming our way but after a few years of no news and certainly no movement on SaTC 3, it seemed like hopes for a third feature film installment of Sex and the City were dashed for good. THEN in February of this year, both Sarah Jessica Parker and SaTC executive producer Michael Patrick King starting talking about the possibility of making the third movie after all. Today we learn from actress Jennifer Hudson (who co-starred in the first Sex and the City movie) that she is in “talks” to star in Sex and the City 3 … which suggests that plans are deffo in the works for a third film. To this news I say, PRAISE JEBUS! HALLELUJAH!!! More »

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