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The Voice Announces Season 9 Mentors

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The Voice just revealed the four mentors tapped to assist the judges for Season 9 during the Battle Rounds. As you can figure out from the picture above, Selena Gomez is one of them.

The “Good For You” singer, the youngest of the four, will be on Team Gwen Stefani. According to US Weekly, she was a backstage favorite.

“She was surprisingly amazing as a mentor even though she’s so young,” the source reveals of the “Good for You” songstress. “She exceeded everyone’s expectations.”

check out the other pairings after the jump

Famke Janssen Books How To Get Away With Murder Gig

In: Donovan, TV Shows
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Annalise Keating (Viola Davis) proved she could handle anything that came her way on the first season of How To Get Away With Murder. But how would she fare if facing off against an X-Men mutant? When the ABC drama returns, we’ll find out.

Famke Janssen has booked a multi-episode arc on the second season of the TGIT program. No details about her character have been released. TV Line though reports “she will be playing a brilliant, revered defense attorney who takes her job very seriously.” But, no matter what, she’ll be one formidable for for Davis.

Excited to see Janssen on the show? Weigh in below.

Becky G Books Empire Gig

In: Donovan, Music
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The roster of guest stars for Empire keeps growing. Becky G is the latest to snag a part for the FOX hip-hop drama’s sophomore run. Not much about the character the 18-year-old singer is playing has been revealed, other than her name- Valentina.

The “Can’t Stop Dancing” singer joins previously announced guest stars, Oscar-winner Marisa Tomei, Kelly Rowland, Alicia Keys, Lenny Kravitz, Adam Rodriguez, Chris Rock and The Wire’s Andre Royo.

Wise move for the show to enlist a rising talent to inject some youthful energy. Love Becky G. She sorta reminds me of this generation’s JoJo. “Shower” was a Top 20 hit but girlfriend needs a huge smash. She’s too talented not to have a chart-topper on her resume.

Excited to see Becky G on Empire? Do you like her music? Weigh in below.

Is Beyonce Joining NBC’s The Wiz?

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NBC is really on a mission to make The Wiz Live! a star-studded spectacle. On the heels of Mary J. Blige and Queen Latifah joining the cast, comes news of an even bigger star possibly heading down the yellow brick road.

E! News reports that Beyonce has been offered the role of Glinda The Good Witch. If the peacock network is somehow able to make this happen, it would be epic. This would be a huge coup for the live production.

Jazz singer Dee Dee Bridgewater and legendary singer Lena Horne played the part in the Broadway and feature film respectively. Queen B would definitely be in fine company.

If Bey isn’t interested or the powers-that-be don’t shell out enough cash, another actress is reportedly being considered for the role. Find out who below.

see who else is in the running for the part

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It’s hard to imagine anyone else besides Reese Witherspoon teaching the world the ‘Bend and Snap,’ but it almost happened. While promoting her new film Vacation, Christina Applegate revealed she received the script after recently wrapping up Married… With Children. Understandably, she was hesitant to play another ditzy blonde.

With the 2001 comedy becoming a huge hit and spawning a sequel and musical adaptation, not surprisingly, she regrets that decision. “What a stupid move that was, right?” she said.

Watch the short interview with Entertainment Tonight below to hear her thoughts on Witherspoon taking over and more.

watch interview after the jump

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Though better received by critics, NBC’s Peter Pan Live! failed to match the massive ratings of its predecessor. Say what you will about the legendary wooden acting of Carrie Underwood, but the country superstar delivered the viewers.

While producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are on the hunt for a talented newcomer to play Dorothy, the peacock network has enlisted two marquee names to add star power to their upcoming The Wiz Live! Having established household names to anchor the production are a must. NBC clearly realized their misstep from last year’s disappointing showing. Find out below what Queen Latifah and Mary J. Blige are playing in the live production.

their roles after the jump

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Ed Sheeran is about to get all medieval. The 24-year-old just landed his first major acting gig. He joining FX’s new series, The Bastard Executioner.

Hailing from Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter, the drama follows a 14th century knight played by True Blood star Stephen Moyer. Sheeran will play recurring character Sir Cormac, an “ambitious and deadly protégé of a high-ranking church elder.”

This isn’t the first time Ed has worked with Sutter. The “Thinking Out Loud” singer covered Foy Vance’s “Make It Rain” for Anarchy’s penultimate episode.

Sheeran recently appeared in an episode of NBC’s Undateable earlier this year. Fingers crossed, Ed doesn’t get bit by the acting bug too badly. I’d be crushed if he ignored his music career.

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Are you effing kidding me?!?!?! Naomi Campbell!!! The second I read this, I nearly peed my pants. Not only is the legendary model joining American Horror Story: Hotel, but she’ll do so as Lady Gaga’s nemesis. Ryan Murphy, you are one diabolical genius. Hopefully, this face-off will have more teeth than Campbell’s run-in with Taraji P. Henson on Empire.

TV Line reports, the 45-year-old supermodel will appear in multiple episodes for the FX anthology’s fifth season. She’ll play “a fashion editor who pays the ultimate price for her critiques.” Naomi is also slated to share scenes with Angela Bassett. This just keeps on getting better.

Campbell is the latest marquee name checking into AHS: Hotel. She joins previously announced cast members Matt Bomer, Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates, Denis O’Hare, Finn Wittrock, Angela Bassett, Lily Rabe and newbie Max Greenfield.

Excited to see Naomi on board? This almost makes up for Jessica Lange not coming back. Almost being the key word. Sound off below.

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