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Fox Is Considering ‘Another Version Of 24′ That Might NOT Include Jack Bauer

I don't know how to feel about this

After Fox successfully managed to reboot their long-running hit TV series 24 last year with a limited season run, the network is considering bringing to life “another version of 24” that might be based around a new character … NOT Jack Bauer (played by Kiefer Sutherland). As I understand it, after last year’s 24: Live Another Day was a moderate TV ratings hit, Fox starting considering a redux of the show that would focus on a new central character. Now that Sutherland has gone on the record to say that he “doesn’t see” himself starring in any future eps of 24, it would appear that Fox is considering moving forward with “another version” of the show sans Jack Bauer. HMMMMMM. More »

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Zac Efron Has Been Added To The Cast Of ‘Empire’ . . . As Lucious Lyon’s Fourth Son? [UPDATE]

Whaaaaaaat?

Um … so … there is a lot of great news coming from Fox about the forthcoming second season of Empire, set to premiere on the network later this year with a longer season (18 episodes instead of 12), two “finale” episodes (a winter finale and a season finale) and a collection of original songs for the show to be written by Timbaland and Ne-Yo. BUT, I think the most shocking news about Empire season 2 (that has been revealed thus far) is the confirmation that Zac EfronYes, ZAC EFRON — has been added to the cast of Empire as the as yet-unseen/unknown fourth son of Lucious Lyon (played by Terrance Howard). Um … WHAT?! UPDATE: It looks like Fox has not confirmed this casting news as true … More »

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Kendrick Lamar & Lena Dunham Join The Ever-Expanding Cast Of Taylor Swift’s Music Video For ‘Bad Blood’

Meet Welvin Da Great / The Trinity / Lucky Fiori / Destructa X

Last week, Taylor Swift released a batch of promo photos for her upcoming new music video Bad Blood (HERE, HERE and HERE) that clued us in that the video will be a major television event when it premieres during the Billboard Music Awards next Sunday night. Today, we get to see another batch of promo photos that prove that the video is going to be huge. Kendrick Lamar, Hailee Steinfeld, Lena Dunham and Ellie Goulding have been revealed as characters in the video, each with their own character promo poster. This music video mini-movie is looking more like a movie-movie every day. More »

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A ‘Mean Girls’ Sequel Titled ‘Mean Moms’ Is Coming

Here come the 'Queen Bee Moms'

A sequel to Mean Girls is finally coming our way … sorta. Author Rosalind Wiseman, the author of the book that inspired the Mean Girls movie, has written a new book titled Queen Bee Moms And King Pin Dads: Dealing With The Parents, Teachers, Coaches, And Counselors Who Can Make — or Break — Your Child’s Future and, of course, someone got the brilliant idea to adapt this new book into a new movie. Rumor has it that Jennifer Aniston is being courted to play the lead in this Mean Moms movie … which all adds up to a LOT of stuff to consider. Will Mean Moms work as a successful sequel to Mean Girls? More »

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The 1989 Movie ‘Uncle Buck’ Is Being Turned Into A TV Series

... with an all-Black cast

John Candy and Macauley Culkin scored a HUGE hit with their 1989 feature film comedy Uncle Buck. This coming TV season, actor Mike Epps will lead an ABC sitcom that will turn Uncle Buck into a weekly TV series with an all-Black cast. Part of me loves that Uncle Buck is being rebooted with an all-Black cast but another, larger part of me is afraid that a TV version of the brilliant film will fail … miserably. That being said, Mike Epps is a funny guy so … maybe this will work? More »

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James McAvoy’s Professor X Will Finally Be Bald In ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’

"Xavier reborn"

Director Bryan Singer previously shared photos from the set of the upcoming superhero sequel film X-Men: Apocalypse that gave us our first look at the young mutant heroes Jubliee (Lana Condor) and Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) as well as Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee). Today, we get to see a new photo of Professor X as he will appear in Apocalypse. As you may know, James McAvoy has played Professor Charles Xavier in the two prequel X-Men movies (First Class and Days of Future Past) and he will reprise his role in Apocalypse. Up until now, McAvoy‘s Xavier has had a full head of hair … but in Apocalypse, he will finally be bald … looking like Professor X traditionally looks in the X-Men comic books. Have a look below at McAvoy‘s bald Professor X. More »

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Reese Witherspoon And Nicole Kidman Will Star In A New HBO Series

"Big Little Lies" sounds amazing

HBO is moving full steam ahead with new content. It feels like every other day I hear about a new project coming to the network. I spent the week watching the incredible miniseries The Casual Vacancy (the adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s novel), and Issa Rae and Snoop Dogg have shows in the works, there’s a Gloria Steinem miniseries in the works, and a host of other projects. Now I have to add one more must-watch series to the list. Big Little Lies is a book that’s being adapted into a miniseries, and Reese Witherspooon and Nicole Kidman are both the executive producers and stars. Click inside for more!

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‘Game Of Thrones’ Star Gwendoline Christie Will Play Captain Phasma In ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

A First Order officer of the Stormtroopers

Back in June we learned officially that both Lupita N’yongo and Game of Thrones star Gwendoline Christie were added to the cast of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Earlier today, we learned which role Lupita will be playing in the sequel film and we got our first look at the actress “in character”. Right now, we get some follow-up information from the Vanity Fair magazine spread on The Force Awakens that was unveiled today that reveals which role Gwendaline will play in TFA AND we get to see her in character. Remember that chrome-plated stormtrooper that we saw in the most recent trailer for The Force Awakens? That character is Captain Phasma, played by Gwendoline Christie. Meet her below. More »

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Here Is Our First Look At Harley Quinn, Deadshot & More As They Will Appear In The ‘Suicide Squad’ Movie

Task Force X

Back in April, director David Ayer gave us our first look at the cast of the superhero movie Suicide Squad gathered together at their first table read … but NOT in costume. Since then, we’ve seen what Jared Leto will look like as The Joker (tho, it now sounds like his look in the Suicide Squad movie will be a bit different from the insane tattooed version we were previously shown) and have seen on-set photos of the cast, again, not in their superhero costumes. Today, at last, Ayer shows us what the cast of Suicide Squad will look like all dolled up as the comic book characters they will portray in the movie. Click below to get your first look at Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Deadshot (Will Smith) and the rest of the gang in costume as they will appear in 2016′s Suicide Squad. More »

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Watch: Joss Whedon Explains Why Loki Was Not Included In ‘The Avengers: Age Of Ultron’

"We didn’t want it to feel overstuffed"
"I really wanted to have Loki in it"

As much as I loved The Avengers: Age of Ultron, I have to agree that there is a lot going on in the movie, packed with a lot of characters. That’s why it’s really not a surprise to me that the decision was made to leave the villainous (and much-beloved) Loki out of appearing in the movie. In the interview video embedded above, Joss Whedon reveals that they did shoot a scene with Loki but, in the end, he didn’t make the cut and therefore doesn’t appear in the movie. Hopefully, we’ll get to see the footage of Loki that was cut from the movie when Age of Ultron is released on DVD/Blu-Ray but, in the end, I think it was probably the right decision to not include Loki in a movie that already included a pretty big cast.

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