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Zendaya Quits Lifetime’s Aaliyah Biopic

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Just two weeks after revealing Zendaya Coleman had been tapped to play Aaliyah in an upcoming biopic, Lifetime Network confirms their leading lady has quit the project. The moment Zendaya was attached to Aaliyah: Princess of R&B, controversy surrounded the production. Some fans felt Coleman wasn’t “black enough.” The bi-racial actress responded to critics by speaking to TMZ.

“A lot of people say I’m not black enough. Half black is just enough. ?It doesn’t matter what color you are, it’s about how you portray the character. For those that don’t know, Angela Bassett and Tina Turner, they look nothing alike but she was that character so I think that’s what it’s all about.”

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Recently, Jillian Michaels announced she was leaving The Biggest Loser. When you’re as fabulous as she is, you need not one but two trainers to replace her. Clearly, producers learned their lesson after the debacle that was Anna Kournikova. Love her but she didn’t exactly fit on the show. Find out the two trainers joining Bob Harper and Dolvett Quince below. One of them is even related to a former Bachelor.

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The View Cleans House For Season 18

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Prepare yourself for a completely different ‘view’ this September. With Barbara Walters now retired, the long-running daytime chat fest is receiving a whole new look for Season 18.

Since rival The Talk is improving in ratings, producers are looking to shake things up for The View. After seven years, Sherri Shepherd is also stepping down. Joining her is Jenny McCarthy who served on the panel for just one year. That leaves Whoopi Goldberg as the sole person standing. Whether that remains or not, we’ll find out soon enough. Rumors have it that producers are looking to add a male co-host or two. Check out both Sherri and Jenny’s statement below.

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Charlie Hunnam To Get Rimmed Again

In: Donovan, Movies
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No, Charlie Hunnam isn’t getting his ass eaten again for a Queer As Folk reunion movie. Get your mind out of the gutter. Rather, it’s been announced that a sequel for Pacific Rim has been approved. Most likely, the Sons of Anarchy star along with Rinko Kikuchi and others will reprise their roles. Here’s what director Guillermo del Toro recently revealed.

“The characters I love will return,” director Guillermo del Toro told BuzzFeed in a new statement. “Raleigh (Hunnam), Mako (Kikuchi), Newt (Day), Gottlieb (Burn Gorman) and who knows, maybe even Hannibal Chau (Perlman) – but we are taking them into a fresh territory that will display amazing sights and battles. The first film set the stage and now we’re ready to have a blast.”

Pacific Rim 2 is scheduled to hit movie theaters everywhere on April 7, 2017. Are you excited for the sequel? Did you enjoy the first film? Weigh in below.

All Judges Returning For American Idol Season 14

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Despite falling 28 percent among adults 18-49 last season, producers have decided to stick with the judging trio that is Keith Urban, Harry Connick Jr. and Jennifer Lopez. I’m sure this move will please remaining loyal American Idol viewers. The panel’s chemistry was generally well-received among fans and critics alike. Not a difficult feat given the debacle pairing up Mariah Carey with Nicki Minaj.

“Jennifer, Keith, Harry, and Ryan are the very best in the business at what they do, and I’m thrilled that they are returning to American Idol for another season,” said David Hill, senior executive vice president of 21st Century Fox. “Each brings unique qualities and expertise to the team, but they all share the same passion for helping undiscovered singers achieve the American dream.”

Connick was one of the best moves the show has done in the past few years. Personally, I think the lack of viable recording artists among the finalists is what did the show in. They need to fill the Top 12 with Kelly Clarksons, Carrie Underwoods and Phillip Phillips-like singers. Idol still has bragging rights over The Voice with creating superstars. After seven seasons, the NBC show still hasn’t achieved that.

What do you think? Glad everyone is back on board? Hopefully Randy Jackson finally goes away. Weigh in below.

Meryl Streep To Play Another Legendary Icon

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Meryl Streep just can’t get enough of playing real people. She’s previously portrayed Julia Child and Margaret Thatcher on the big screen. The latter earned the 65-year-old legend another Oscar statue. One could also argue that her Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada could qualify as well given that it was loosely based on Vogue’s Anna Wintour. She’s prepping to play another legendary icon. Find out who below.

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Rosario Dawson Joins Netflix’s Daredevil Series

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I’ve loved Rosario Dawson since her breakout role in the controversial Kids. Naturally, I’m beyond stoked she’s heading to Hell’s Kitchen for Netflix’s upcoming Daredevil series on a recurring basis.

Dawson is the first female character added to the superhero show. She “will play a dedicated young woman whose quest to heal the wounds of Hell’s Kitchen brings Matt Murdock unexpectedly crashing into her life, while her own journey forever alters the course of his battle against the injustices of this broken city.”

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Sounds like a wet dream come true.

NBC announced a new hour-long series titled Running Wild with Bear Grylls. The survival specialist will take celebrities into “remote and wild locations in the U.S. and around the world” for 48 hours. So far, the network has ordered six episodes.

“Running Wild allows viewers to see inside the hearts and minds of these guests in a very open, honest and vulnerable way, pushing them out of their comfort zones and seeing what they are like in real life when stripped of all the benefits of celebrity,” Grylls said in a press release. “Ultimately, this show is about taking these stars on the adventure of a lifetime and being alongside them when they discover something new and empowering about themselves and their world. For me, that is always a privilege.”

Hopefully for Bears, this new reality venture fares better than his last collaboration with NBC, Get Out Alive with Bear Grylls. While I extremely enjoyed that show, it was a little ratings challenged. Check out the cast below.

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