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Is Channing Tatum Starring In A Gay RomCom?

In: Donovan, Movies, Totally GAY!

Had I written this post yesterday as I intended, the answer to that question would be “yes.” Today though, it’s a big maybe.

While promoting the Blu-ray release of The Heat, director Paul Feig revealed that he’s working on a same-sex romantic comedy. Word got out that Channing Tatum was attached to the project. As it turns out, his casting was merely his dream casting. The film would would focus on an average guy who winds up in an relationship with someone extremely handsome, say People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive?

Reportedly, the movie was originally envisioned as a straight romcom featuring Melissa McCarthy and Jon Hamm in the lead roles. The gay version seems much more appealing, right? Find out who the Bridesmaids director has in mind to play the “average” guy below.

find out who is love interest is after the jump

Charlie Hunnam Leaves Fifty Shades Of Grey

In: Donovan, Movies

Looks like the search for Christian Grey is back on. After causing an uproar with his casting, Charlie Hunnam has dropped out of the Fifty Shades of Grey movie adaptation. The powers-that-be claim it’s due to his hectic schedule, but a part of me thinks something else is amiss. Could it be Hunnam just wasn’t bringing it on set? Or perhaps the studio caved to all those online campaigns to remove both Hunnam and Dakota Johnson from the film. Whatever the reason, here’s the official press release.

“The filmmakers of Fifty Shades of Grey and Charlie Hunnam have agreed to find another male lead given Hunnam’s immersive TV schedule which is not allowing him time to adequately prepare for the role of Christian Grey,” – Universal Pictures

Personally, I liked Hunnam as Grey. Mostly because I didn’t have to read about all those annoying casting rumors. Prepare yourself for another onslaught of this actor and that actor being attached to the project. UGH. I’m also bummed we won’t get to see the Sons of Anarchy hottie getting super freaky in bed. With that hot body, we are all losing out. Check out his studliness below.

shirtless pic after the jump

How do you follow up such critically-acclaimed movies like Monster’s Ball, Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire and The Butler? Easy. Film an action movie featuring a gay interracial couple. The 53-year-old director revealed this in an exclusive interview with OUT magazine.

The project is still in development, but Lee Daniels shared a few juicy details. He envisions it as a gay Mr. & Mrs. Smith but with two good-looking guys as the action heroes. In the end, we find out that they’re homosexuals and in a romantic relationship. Daniels also shared his intention of casting an interracial couple. One half of that crime-fighting duo would be Alex Pettyfer, who recently starred in his film, The Butler. I guess Pettyfer is his new male muse du jour, replacing Zac Efron who starred in Paperboy. Not a bad replacement if you ask me.

“Alex Pettyfer is in it, [but] I have to find the right black guy opposite him. He’s so hot, isn’t he? So hot. And so aware of his hotness in a way that’s so… I love him to death.” – Lee Daniels

Someone has a bit of a man crush, doesn’t he? Who would you cast opposite Pettyfer? Shemar Moore? Taye Diggs? Jesse Williams? Or someone else? Weigh in below, after checking out my favorite scene starring Alex Pettyfer.

my favorite Alex Pettyfer scene after the jump

An Original Cast Member Leaves Law & Order: SVU

In: Donovan, TV Shows

Ever since Law & Order: SVU debuted 15 years ago, Richard Belzer has been a series regular. Next week, his character John Munch retires from the force. The October 16 episode will feature a goodbye to the character at his retirement party. It is reported that his character might appear in the future in a guest star capacity.

Even though SVU premiered in 1999, Belzer originated John Munch back in 1993 on Homicide: Life on the Street. Since then, his character has appeared in several crossover episodes and not just limited to Dick Wolf productions. Munch has appeared on The X Files, The Beat, Arrested Development, The Wire, 30 Rock and obviously the original Law & Order.

Will you miss John Munch? Are you still watching SVU? What do you think of Season 15? Sound off below.

Aaron Taylor-Johnson is trading one superhero franchise for another one. He’s graduated to the big leagues. The 23-year-old English actor has reportedly finalized a deal to play Quicksilver in The Avengers 2: Age of Ultron. Taylor-Johnson is definitely kick-ass enough to tackle the role. Quicksilver is known for his lightning-fast speed similar to DC Comics’ Flash.

Joining the highly-anticipated sequel as Quicksilver’s sibling Scarlet Witch is Elizabeth Olsen. Mary-Kate and Ashley’s sister’s addition was spoiled by Samuel L. Jackson.

Marvel hasn’t made an official announcement, but I expect that to come in the coming days. The Avengers: Age Of Ultron hits theaters on May 1, 2015. What do you think of Aaron and Elizabeth joining the franchise? Sound off below.

Death Comes To Springfield In Upcoming Season

In: Donovan, TV Shows

How do you celebrate 25 seasons on the air? Easy, but killing off a character. The Simpsons executive producer Al Jean reveals that writers are “working on a script where a character will pass away.” He teased that said character was voiced by an actor who won an Emmy for the role. It’s not much of a hint given that several actors have walked away with a statue, but a hint nonetheless.

In its history, The Simpsons has killed off seven characters including Homer’s Las Vegas wife, Amber in Season 16 and Ned’s wife Maude Flanders in Season 11. Though the writers are penning the script and it being produced this year, the episode might not air until Season 26. Check out a list of actors who’ve own Emmys for their work on The Simpsons below.

actors who might be killed off after the jump

As much as I love Carrie Underwood, I think doing a remake of such a classic film is a recipe for disaster. However, that doesn’t mean I won’t check out NBC’s star-studded live production of The Sound of Music airing this December. You never know, it actually might do the original justice. The network teams up with Smash producing team of Craig Zadan and Neil Meron for The Sound of Music Live!.

Joining Underwood in the remake are a handful of Tony award-winning Broadway vets and even a True Blood hunk. Find out who’s playing Captain Van Trapp below, along with a few other key parts. On a side tangent, doesn’t Carrie do a pretty good job of channeling Julie Andrews in the recently-released artwork above?

find out who else is part of the cast after the jump

Meet The Newbies Joining Saturday Night Live

In: Donovan, TV Shows

With Bill Hader, Fred Armisen and Jason Sudeikis leaving Saturday Night Live last season and Seth Meyer’s planned midseason exit, pressure was on Lorne Michaels to recruit talented newbies to fill the void.

Entering its 39th season, the show is going through one of the biggest cast overhauls in the sketch comedy’s history. Five new faces are being added to the roster this year. The most new talent since 1995 when Will Ferrell made his debut, along with Cheri Oteri and Darrell Hammond to name a few. Get to know the quintet of new players hoping to make you laugh this season below. One of them (Beck Bennett) is a certifiable hottie. Wouldn’t mind spending some early Sunday morning time with him ;)

meet the newbies after the jump

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