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Darren Criss Has Been Offered The Hosting Gig On ‘The X Factor’

Will He Take the Job?

Big news on The X Factor front. While we wait to find out if Britney Spears will sign on to host the upcoming second season of the show, we are learning today that Glee star Darren Criss has been offered the hosting gig on The X Factor. The former host, Steve Jones, was axed last year when the decision was made to get rid of him along with judges Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul. Today we are learning that Criss has been offered the hosting job … and he has already made a decision. Click below to find out if Darren Criss will be the new host of The X Factor. More »

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Disney’s ‘Maleficent’ Will Begin Filming In June

Angelina Jolie will Play Maleficent, Elle Fanning in Talks to Play Aurora

Back in January of 2010 we first learned that Tim Burton and Disney were planning to make a live-action film titled Maleficent that would focus on the villain of the classic fairy tale Sleeping Beauty. A couple of months later, we learned that Angelina Jolie‘s name was being tossed around as the possible actress to play Maleficent. Since then, news on the project has been kind of quiet … until now. Today we learn that yes, Angelina will play Maleficent in the film and that filming production is scheduled to begin in June … but Tim Burton is no longer associated with the film. We also learn that young actress Elle Fanning (younger sister of Dakota Fanning who starred in Super 8) is in negotiations to play the other lead role, that of Princess Aurora / Briar Rose. More »

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Carrie Bradshaw’s Father Is Cast In ‘The Carrie Diaries’

Daddy Dearest?

Last month we learned that AnnaSophia Robb won the role of young Carrie Bradshaw and Stefania Owen was cast as her little sister Dorrit. Today we learn that actor Matt Letscher has been cast in the role of Carrie‘s father. Click below to meet the man that will play the father that presumably gave Carrie her unresolvable daddy issues. More »

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Britney Spears Has REPORTEDLY Rejected ‘The X Factor’s $10 Million Dollar Offer

Rumor Has It Britney Wants $20 Mil!

Earlier this week we learned the exciting news that our dear Britney Spears was nearing a deal that would bring her on board to judge the upcoming second season of The X Factor here in the US for a reported $10 million dollars. BUT, a new report out this weekend claims that Britney has rejected the $10 million offer because she wants $20 million instead. So as it stands, if this report is to be believed, there is NO DEAL in place right now for Britney to join The X Factor … unless Team Britney and Team X Factor can meet somewhere in the middle of 20 & 10 million. HMMM. I wonder who will blink first and cave to make this deal happen. More »

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Alum Will Forte Is Set To Play The Lead In New Fox Comedy ‘Rebounding’

Will 'Will' Make It?

Saturday Night Live alum Will Forte has been cast as the lead in the new comedy pilot for Fox called Rebounding. It is all about a man, Will, who is dealing with the death of his fiancé and relies on his basketball buddies to get through it. Even though it sounds dark and sad, it has been described as an uplifting comedy. For me, Will is now Jenna Maroney’s hilarious cross-dressing boyfriend on 30 Rock, but Will is actually going to be around a lot this year as he is starring in 3 movies coming out over summer, Rock of Ages, That’s My Boy and Neighborhood Watch. More »

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Is Tom Cruise Joining Beyoncé In Clint Eastwood’s ‘A Star Is Born’?

Will A Star Be Born Or Killed?

Months and months ago, before Beyoncé gave birth to her blessed baby, Blue Ivy there was excitement about her playing the lead role in the Clint Eastwood remake of A Star Is Born. The project was delayed for Bey to have her baby, and then a few weeks ago we heard that Beyoncé was in talks to do a new musical comedy from Glee creator, Ryan Murphy, One Hit Wonder. The production company had confirmed the project but they didn’t have a finalized script yet and apparently Beyoncé’s character was still being developed. Talk has turned to A Star Is Born because they want to start shooting this summer. They are filling out the rest of the cast and the actor in talks to join Beyoncé is slightly left of center, it is none other than.. wait for it, Tom Cruise! More »

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Jeremy Renner, Javier Bardem And Natalie Portman In Talks To Do Ridley Scott’s ‘The Counselor’

Super Exciting Casting News

Ridley Scott’s new film, The Counselor, is causing a stir about it’s casting. Some pretty amazing actors are in talks with them about coming on board, and if they do we could be looking at one amazing film. A couple of week ago there were rumors going around that Javier Bardem, Jeremy Renner and Brad Pitt were all interested in playing the male lead character, the villain of the story. News today is that Javier and Jeremy are both having preliminary conversations with producers about the part and Brad is out of the picture. There is also talk going around that Natalie Portman is in negotiations for the female lead. Woohoo! More »

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‘Wanderlust’ Writer Ken Marino Has Been Tapped To Star In New Comedy ‘American Judy’ With Judy Greer

It's All About Judy (And Maybe Ken)

ABC has landed the new comedy pilot American Judy starring Judy Greer, and now there is talk of who will co-star in it with her. The comedy is all about Judy (yes, the actor and the character) who moves from L.A to the burbs for her man and finds herself raising his children and making a life in a small suburban town. This of course makes for lots of shenanigans. The actor they have tapped to star in the comedy with Judy, as her hubby, is Ken Marino. Ken was one of the co-writers for Wanderlust starring Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd. I also always remember him from his role back in Dawson’s Creek as the professor. Is it all coming back? They have both done a string of TV show appearances and pilots but this will be a major role for them both in what sounds like a good show. More »

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‘Downton Abbey’ Star Theo James Is Replacing Ryan Phillippe In ‘Golden Boy’

Theo Is The New Hot Cop Around Town

A couple of week ago I reported on the news that Ryan Phillippe had been cast in the new CBS drama, Golden Boy. Well now we have learned that Ryan is no longer playing the role of the cop in the new series, he has been replaced by English actor, Theo James. Theo was the hottie in Underworld: Awakening and Downton Abbey. More »

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Britney Spears Is Nearing A Deal To Judge ‘The X Factor’

She's Been Offered $10 Million to Become a Judge!!!

Holy Shizz!!! OMFG OMFG OMFG!!! Remember last month when we heard a RUMOR that our dear Britney Spears was being courted by Simon Cowell to become a judge on the next season of The X Factor? Well, at the time it seemed like just that … a rumor. Today we learn that the rumor is very close to becoming a reality. Britney has been offered a $10 million dollar contract to judge the second season of The X Factor and it seems VERY LIKELY that she will take the deal and JOIN THE SHOW! I CAN’T EVEN … if she truly does join the show (again, it looks VERY LIKELY THAT SHE WILL) then you can BET YOUR ASS that ratings will go thru the roof for The X Factor!!! More »

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