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Viola Davis Joins DC Comics Universe

In: Donovan, Movies
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There were early rumors that Kerry Washington was being eyed, but it appears her fellow TGIT Shonda Rimes colleague beat her out. #scandal ;) Others reportedly being considered were Oprah Winfrey and Octavia Spencer.

Insiders say Viola Davis has snagged the role of Amanda Waller in DC Comics Suicide Squad. The character is a former congressional aide and government agent who sends the super villains on dangerous missions to redeem their past. She’ll join an all-star cast which includes Jared Leto (The Joker), Will Smith (Deadshot), Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn), Tom Hardy (Rick Flag), Jai Courtney (Boomerang) and Cara Delevingne (Enchantress).

Production begins in April with an August 5, 2016 release date in mind. David Ayer directs the highly-anticipated film.

What do you think of Davis taking on the part? Hopefully, this doesn’t mean she’s leaving her hit ABC drama, How To Get Away With Murder? The show can’t survive without Annalise. Sound off below.

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In January, TLC gets in the late night talk show game with its very first entry, All About Sex. The network has ordered six half-hour episodes of the new weekly program and will launch it January 10 at 11pm. Fittingly, it’ll premiere after Sex Sent Me To The ER.

The chatfest will feature the wild, insightful, and relatable opinions and ideas of four incredibly different and accomplished women. Comedian Margaret Cho headlines the panel that will break down the “behind closed doors” conversations about sex and love, and connect with women via social media to answer question and dispel misconceptions about what could be considered America’s favorite pastime.

Rotating segments will include observations on the week’s craziest sex-related news and open conversations about love and marriage. Find out below who else is joining Cho on the panel.

find out who her co-hosts are after the jump

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On its mid-season winter finale airing December 14, Once Upon A Time says goodbye to Elsa and her Frozen buddies. Personally, it’s about time the ABC show ices them out.

Coming into this season I was excited but after watching the first couple of weeks I lost interest and most of the episodes have been sitting on ice on my digital recording device. Dare I say, it was worse than the Peter Pan arc from last year. Hopefully, Executive producers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis rebound with their new story arc.

A trio of evil familiar faces will make their debut this Sunday. Dubbed the Queens of Darkness, Maleficent (Kristin Bauer Van Straten), Ursula (Merrin Dungey) and Cruella de Vil (Victoria Smurfit) head over to Storybrooke to wreak havoc. Smurfit really looks the part, but I feel Dungey was miscast. Too bad they didn’t call on RuPaul to play the Little Mermaid villain.

Entertainment Weekly speaks with Horowitz and Kitsis about the second half of this season and shares a few exclusive pics. Head over to EW.com to read what they have in store for us, along with how the producers decide which beloved characters they’re going to use next.

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It’s been a busy week in the casting department for Ryan Murphy. First he found his Scream Queens and now he has two major leads cast for his new FX anthology American Crime Story.

The 10-episode series will be based on Jeffrey Toobin‘s book The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson. It will give the perspective from the lawyers on both sides of the trial and race relations during the media circus that was the infamous ‘trial of the century.

Tapped to play prosecutor Marcia Clark is Sarah Paulson. Is the 39-year-old actress somehow related to Murphy? She’s practically in everything he produces these days. In addition to starring in every American Horror Story season so far, she’s also appeared in Nip/Tuck and his failed pilot Pretty/Handsome. Paulson can next be seen in Todd Haynes’ latest film, Carol, alongside Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. Find out who’s tackling the role of Simpson below.

find out who it is after the jump

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Revenge could’ve easily signed off after the Season 3 finale. Everything seemed perfectly tied up. Emily had finally gotten her revenge. Girl deserved some time to relax and decompress after scheming for years.

This season of Revenge has been lackluster to say the least. But that all changed during last night’s mid-season finale. I definitely didn’t see that coming.

I’m not going to spoil it for those who haven’t seen it, but one of the stars is speaking about the shocking turn of events. Josh Bowman who plays Daniel Grayson chats with Entertainment Weekly about last night’s developments.

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Ryan Murphy Finds His Scream Queens

In: Donovan, TV Shows
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Scream Queens is part Glee, part American Horror Story. If you love both those shows, you better tune in this Fall on FOX for Ryan Murphy’s newest offering. Like AHS, Scream Queens is an anthology that will revolve around different characters each season. The first season will be set at a college campus that’s rocked by a series of murders.

The network just announced two high-profile names attached to the project. Both actresses are ‘scream queens’ in their own right. Jamie Lee Curtis, who is arguably one of the most famous from the horror genre thanks to turns in Halloween, The Fog and Prom Night headlines the cast. Find out who the other thespian Murphy signed.

find out the other one after the jump

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It’s been a busy week for big budget superhero flicks. Earlier this week, Warner Bros finally confirmed the crew starring in Suicide Squad. Now comes a trio of major cast announcements for comic book television and movie adaptations.

First comes confirmation of Benedict Cumberbatch’s involvement in Marvel’s upcoming film Doctor Strange. Reportedly, the 38-year-old actor beat out Joaquin Phoenix, Jared Leto, Tom Hardy and several others for the part. Don’t feel too bad for Leto and Hardy. Both actors rebounded by snagging roles in Suicide Squad together.

Doctor Strange is a brilliant neurosurgeon whose career is destroyed. He gets a new lease on life when he becomes Sorcerer Supreme and ends up protecting Earth against magical and mystical threats with powers of sorcery, mysticism, and martial arts. The film is slated to hit theaters on July 8, 2015.

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American Idol Finds Its Season 14 Mentor

In: Donovan, TV Shows
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You may not know his name, but you certainly know his work.

Scott Borchetta is credited with discovering Taylor Swift when she was 14 as he started his label Big Machine. In the past ten years, his Nashville-based label is now the home of major country acts including Florida Georgia Line, The Band Perry, Rascall Flatts, Tim McGraw and Reba McEntire.

The 52-year-old executive has been tapped as the mentor of the fourteenth season of American Idol. He follows in the footsteps of Jimmy Iovine and a recently-departing Randy Jackson.

“There’s only one reason I’m doing this: American Idol has proven again and again that it can launch superstars. I believe that working with these young artists the same way we work with new artists at the Big Machine Label Group will help the next American Idol be as prepared as possible to continue the tradition of creating new superstars,” said Borchetta. “The entire label group will be invested and we look forward to bringing our energy, focus and know-how to help develop this young talent at the highest levels.”

Definitely a change of tune from his words about the FOX reality show back in 2010. At the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards, Swift had an off-night with her vocals. He responded at critics by throwing some shade at American Idol which was in its 10th season at the time.

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