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While the nominees for the 88th Academy Awards are as white as freshly fallen show, the first wave of presenters not so much so. Definitely not #oscarssowhite action going on here. Wisely, the Academy has chosen a diverse list of personalities.

“Each of these artists bring a wonderfully distinctive element to the Oscars stage,” producers David Hill and Reginald Hudlin said in a statement. “Together they represent the many thrilling ways stories can be shared about the human experience, and we’re honored they will be part of the celebration.”

When I say diverse, I mean diverse. You have black, white, young, old, gay, straight, American and international stars in the mix. Check out the first round of presenters below.

check out the list thus far after the jump

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The eighth season of Celebrity Apprentice features a changing of the guard. With Donald Trump on the Presidential campaign train, NBC has chosen Arnold Schwarzenegger as the new host of the long-running reality show.

Not only has the host changed, but the location as well. Production is moving from New York City to Silicon Beach with the tasks more focused on innovation and technology.

While Schwarzenegger gets the final say on which celebrity goes home, he’ll have several advisers to assist him in the decision making. Warren Buffett, Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer, entertainer and businesswoman Tyra Banks, Honest Company co-founder and actress Jessica Alba, and his nephew, lawyer Patrick Knapp Schwarzenegger will all lend their expertise. Read below to learn all the celebrities vying for the $250,000 check for their charity.

check out entire cast after the jump

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No typo there. That’s probably the oddest and most random title I’ve ever written in my life but it’s all true. Here are the deets.

According to the Guardian, Joseph Fiennes is set to play Michael Jackson in a television movie airing on Sky Arts. The film is based on an article published in Vanity Fair back in 2011. According to the piece, the “Gloved One,” who was in New York during the 9/11 attacks, hit the road to escape the mayhem and return back home.

Joining MJ for the road trip were Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando who were also in NYC to watch his concert at Madison Square Garden. “They actually got as far as Ohio – all three of them, in a car they drove themselves,” claimed a former employee of Jackson. Apparently, Brando insisted on stopping at various fast food restaurants en route, according to folklore. Find out who’s playing Taylor and Brando in the film.

find out who’s playing Brando and Taylor after the jump

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Not much is known about Woody Allen’s upcoming Amazon series other than it’s set in the 1960s and that he’ll write and direct all six half-hour episodes. Deadline recently uncovered a major tidbit. The twerking goddess herself, Miley Cyrus is set to star in the yet-untitled series. Talk about an interesting collaboration.

Since her star-making turn in Disney Channel’s Hannah Montana, Miley’s television acting roles have been scarce. The 23-year-old guest starred on Two and a Half Men and was most recently seen in Bill Murray’s Netflix holiday special, A Very Murray Christmas.

No word on when Allen’s project will premiere. In addition to Miley, Elaine May will also co-star. She previously worked with Woody on his 2000 film, Small Time Crooks.

Excited for Miley’s return to acting? Weigh in below.

Colton Haynes Joins Grinder

In: Donovan, TV Shows
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No, not that Grindr, the gay hookup app. Though how awesome would that be? Instead, it’s the FOX freshman comedy, The Grinder.

The 27-year-old actor booked a guest spot on the series, playing Rob Lowe’s onscreen son in the show, within the show. Confusing? If you watch the show, it shouldn’t be. His episode will air on February 2.

Great casting choice. There’s somewhat of a resemblance between the two actors. After appearing in Teen Wolf and Arrow, it’ll be nice to see Colton Haynes do a little comedy. Check out a photo below of father and son on set.

check out Colton’s pic after the jump

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At 70-years-young, Bette Midler isn’t slowing down. The Divine Miss M is heading back to the Great White Way for a new production of Hello, Dolly! It’s the first new staging of the classic musical in more than 50 years.

“I am looking forward to portraying one of the most beloved characters in all of American Musical Comedy, Dolly Levi, born Gallagher, in Hello, Dolly!” Bette Midler declared. “I know I’m going to have the time of my life, and I am so glad to be under the wings of Scott Rudin as producer and Jerry Zaks as director.”

After a 40-year absence, Midler returned to Broadway for her one-woman play, I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers, back in 2013. She made her Broadway debut back in the 60s in the original production of Fiddler on the Roof.

Featuring music and lyrics by Jerry Herman and a book by Michael Stewart, the Hello, Dolly! revival is set to begin performances on March 13, 2017 with an official opening night of April 20, 2017 being eyed.

Have you watched Hello, Dolly! on stage or on the big screen? Check out the original theatrical trailer below for the 1969 film starring Barbra Streisand.

watch the original theatrical trailer after the jump

Debra Messing Joins Dirty Dancing Remake At ABC

In: Donovan, TV Shows
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Networks are all about musicals these days. Rocky Horror Picture Show, Grease and Hairspray are just a few highly-anticipated projects coming our way. ABC throws their hat in the proverbial ring with their Dirty Dancing remake.

Thus far, only Abigail Breslin as been announced as a cast member. The Scream Queens actress snagged the role of Frances “Baby” Houseman, famously played by Jennifer Grey. Now, Breslin has a little company.

Taking a break from solving cases over at Mysteries of Laura is Debra Messing. The 47-year-old actress has been tapped to play Marjorie Houseman, the mother of Baby. In the original 1987 movie, Mama Houseman barely did/said anything. It’ll be interesting to see if the part is padded to utilize Messing’s talents.

Like FOX’s Rocky Horror Picture Show, ABC’s musical remake won’t be a live production. Do you this Dirty Dancing remake is a good idea? What do you think of the cast so far? Sound off below.

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Adam Lambert better dust off all that mascara he hasn’t been rocking the past few years. It’s going to come in handy for his new gig.

The 33-year-old was one of the names being considered to play Frank-N-Furter memorably played by Tim Curry. That role eventually went to Orange Is The New Black‘s Laverne Cox. It appears that the American Idol Season 8 runner-up will be part of the Rocky Horror Picture Show remake after all.

Lambert is that latest marquee name to join FOX’s remake. He’ll play Eddie, “the rock-n-roll loving, ex-delivery boy, who emerges at Dr. Frank-N-Furter’s on a motorcycle and crashes the party.” Meatloaf played the part in the original 1975 film.

“I grew up watching Rocky Horror, but could never imagine that I would be part of this new vision. Rocky Horror always made me feel like it was okay to celebrate my weirdness. Hallelujah, bless my soul! I love that old time rock-n-roll!” – Adam Lambert

Lambert and Cox will join Victoria Justice and Ryan McCartan who will play Janet and Brad- the roles made famous by Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick. The two-hour TV event, which will not be live, will air sometime this Fall. Excited that Lambert has joined the cast? Weigh in below.

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