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It’s a curtain call for Rihanna… shower that is. It was revealed during San Diego Comic-Con that the 28-year-old will appear on the final season of Bates Hotel. Not just any guest spot either, but the “Work” singer will recreate one of the most iconic scenes in cinematic history.

Rihanna will take on the highly anticipated role of Marion Crane, the character played by Janet Leigh in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 classic Psycho. For those who haven’t watch the classic film, spoiler alert, Crane checks in the hotel, but never checks out.

“We wanted to thrust the iconic role into a contemporary spotlight and redefine it in a meaningful and exciting new way. We also heard Rihanna was a fan of the show, and we were huge fans of hers, so it was the perfect collision of creativity and fate,” executive producers Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin said in a statement released after the Comic-Con announcement.

This by far is RiRi’s biggest acting gig to date. Haven’t checked out the show yet, but I’ll most likely bingewatch it before Season 5 premieres. Check out Rihanna’s video announcement below.

watch her video announcement after the jump

Colton Haynes To Appear On Scream Queens Season 2

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John Stamos, Taylor Lautner and now Colton Haynes. Scream Queens will no doubt have the hottest male cast during the 2016-17 television season. Entertainment Weekly reports, the 28-year-old actor will appear on the FOX show during its second season.

Not much is known about his mysterious role, but the publication reveals he’ll be a patient at the hospital run by Cathy Munsch (Jamie Lee Curtis). How do I volunteer to be the one who gives him a sponge bath 😉

Colton joins returning players Emma Roberts, Abigail Breslin, Billie Lourd, Lea Michele and Keke Palmer who are all now employees at the hospital where the most fascinating and bizarre cases are under observation.

Scream Queens returns to FOX on Sept 20. Excited to see Colton on the show? Fingers crossed Haynes and Lautner share some sexy screen time together. Even if it’s only in a dream sequence.

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Can you imagine if Gwen Stefani actually got the role in Mr. & Mrs. Smith? Maybe Brad Pitt would’ve never left Jennifer Aniston for Angelina Jolie, had they not co-starred in the action film together. I have a feeling though, that Pitt and Aniston’s marriage most likely would’ve ended anyway. However, there wouldn’t have been the same media frenzy.

Stefani discussed the topic during an interview with Howard Stern. Read below what she had to say.

read what she said after the jump

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NBC is clearly smitten with their Shades of Blue superstar. The peacock network has asked for another dance with Jennifer Lopez. Literally.

The 46-year-old entertainer has teamed up with the World of Dance organization for a new dancing competition show with a grand prize of $1 million dollars. World of Dance is open to all ages, professional or amateur, pretty much anyone. The competitors will be divided into three groups: under 16 years old, over 16 years old and teams.

“This will be a fierce talent-heavy dance competition that embraces the raw emotion and excitement that dance represents,” Lopez said in a statement. “I am excited to work with World of Dance, an organization that has had an immeasurable impact on the dance community, to give all dancers an enormous platform where their dreams can be realized.”

With So You Think You Can Dance no longer being the powerhouse it once was, it’s time for a new dance show to sweep the nation off its feet. This is the second dance-themed series NBC has ordered in recent months. They previously picked up a six-episode unscripted dancing competition from Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan-Tatum.

check out promo and announcement after the jump

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Chris Hemsworth made a brief appearance in the first installment of the Star Trek reboot in 2009. The hunky Aussie played George Kirk, the father of Captain James Kirk. His character perished while saving his wife, son and passengers of USS Kelvin from a Narada attack. According to a report, Hemsworth is set to return for the fourth movie.

One could easily assume that he’ll appear only in flashbacks, since his character is dead. However, director JJ Abrams reveals the fourth movie will bring together Pine and Hemsworth. Is some sort of time travel happening in the next film? Fingers crossed so. I’d love to see a Chris sandwich on the big screen. Wouldn’t you?

How do you think producers will bring back Hemsworth? Share your thoughts below.

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NBC is taking a page from ABC’s hit show Shark Tank, but with a twist. The peacock network is putting a Voice-like spin on their new entrepreneur reality series, Funded.

Tyra Banks will serve as one of the mentors on the business competition show. Budding start-up companies will battle it out for an investment in their business. Each episode will feature a mentor pairing up with a company.

At the end of each episode, the start-ups and their mentors will face a venture capitalist in front of a live audience and convince them that their company could be the next great company if they get the fund’s backing and that $1 million cash infusion. Only one start-up per episode can get funded.

“I have spent my life encouraging people to BYOB – Be Your Own Boss,” Banks said. “Making everyday people’s dreams come true is what I live for. ‘Funded’ is the life-changing type of television power project that gets me pumped. We will enlighten and entertain audiences big time and encourage our viewers to attack their most outrageous goals with fierce determination.”

find out who the other panelists are after the jump

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Did Chuck Lorre and CBS have a falling out? It’s a little odd that his next comedy isn’t airing on the eye network. After all, CBS and Lorre have a long successful history with Two and a Half Men, Mike & Molly, The Big Bang Theory and Mom. I’m thinking his new show’s premise, rather than behind-the-scenes friction, is probably why CBS shied away.

Netflix has greenlit Disjointed, starring Oscar winner Kathy Bates. The half-hour multi-camera comedy will be set at a marijuana workplace. Reportedly, it secured a straight-to-series order for 20 half-hour episodes. Continue below to read the show’s official description.

read the official description after the jump

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In real life, Lance Bass found his Prince Charming in Michael Turchin. The 37-year-old singer is now helping others do the same. He’s hosting a new gay dating show airing on Logo this fall. Finding Prince Charming will be a Bachelor-like reality show, but with horny homos vying for the leading man. It’s about friggin’ time.

“Logo has a long history of showcasing LGBTQ-focused stories with memorable characters that transcend pop culture. Finding Prince Charming will take viewers on a whirlwind journey through modern love and relationships in a way that only Logo can do.” – Pamela Post, SVP of Original Programming for Logo

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