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Life is a cabaret, old chum. At least, Emma Stone’s life will be for a little while.

The 25-year-old actress is set to make her Broadway debut this Fall. She’ll don slinky black attire to play Sally Bowles in the musical Cabaret. Her first performance will take place on November 11, just two days after Michelle Williams departs. Reportedly, she’ll stick with the production until February 1, 2015. Better start planning that trip to NYC soon.

Directed by Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall, the production stars Alan Cumming, reprising the role of the Emcee that won him a Tony Award the first time around in 1998. The cast also features 2014 Tony nominees Linda Emond and Danny Burstein, along with Bill Heck, Aaron Krohn and Gayle Rankin.

Does Emma have what it takes to belt out the musical’s iconic numbers? Watch a video below where Stone sings “Bitch” during a singing competition on VH1 years ago and decide for yourself. Enjoy.

watch Emma sing after the jump

A&E Orders Reality Series Starring The Lacheys

In: Donovan, Music, TV Shows
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It appears A&E loves famous siblings. It’s swapping out burgers for beer.

With the success of Wahlburgers starring Donnie and Mark Wahlberg, which was recently renewed for a second season, the network announced it’s ordered a new reality series starring Nick and Drew Lachey. The 98 Degrees singers will star in Lachey’s Bar. It will chronicle their dream of opening a bar in Cincinnati. The 10 episode series is in production now and scheduled to air sometime in 2015.

“Despite their lack of knowledge about running a business, these determined brothers are ready to roll up their sleeves and learn the ins and outs of running a place where everybody knows your name,” said A&E in a press release. “Unfortunately, drinking experience doesn’t necessarily translate into drink-making experience… but they’re ready to learn.”

Do you think A&E has another hit on its hands? What famous brothers do you think the network will recruit next? Sound off below.

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Best.Decision.Ever!!!

Allison Holker is widely regarded as one of the best dancers to ever grace the So You Think You Can Dance stage. She was totally robbed on Season 2. Anyone else agree?

The 26-year-old is one of three new pros joining Season 19 of Dancing With The Stars. You just know Holker is going to come up with some wicked contemporary numbers for her celebrity. On the flip side, I can’t wait to see how proficient she is with traditional ballroom dances.

For those bummed that Maksim Chmerkovskiy opted to not return, another piece of man eye candy has been recruited. Artem Chigvintsev (bottom right), another SYTYCD alum, makes his debut as a pro on the US version. He appeared as part of the troupe last season and a featured pro on the UK version, Strictly Come Dancing. Chigvintsev also previously dated DWTS judge Carrie Ann Inaba. Burn the Floor veteran Keoikantse “Keo” Motsepe (top right) rounds out the newbies.

check them out in action after the jump

Patti LaBelle Gets Freaky For Ryan Murphy

In: Donovan, TV Shows
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American Horror Story just got a little more soulful. Patti LaBelle will appear on the upcoming fourth iteration of the popular FX series. If you recall some of the uniquely outrageous hairstyles the 70-year-old legend sported during the 80s, her addition to Freak Show is absolutely perfect. Those were truly some frightful sights ;)

LaBelle will play the mother of Gabourey Sidibe’s character. She’ll discover the secrets of Twisty the clown killer. Unfortunately though, Patti won’t be singing on the show. Her arc will reportedly span four episodes. LaBelle’s previous television credits include guest spots on A Different World, Cosby and The Nanny.

The AHS: Freak Show cast includes alums Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates, Evan Peters, Angela Bassett and Frances Conroy, plus newbies Michael Chiklis, Wes Bentley and John Carroll Lynch. Are you excited for Patti’s addition? Weigh in below.

Sherri Shepherd Heads To Broadway

In: Donovan, The Arts
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It appears that Sherri Shepherd won’t be just sitting on her couch this Fall eating bon bons when she leaves The View. The 47-year-old has lined up her next gig.

Shepherd will head over to Broadway, joining the cast of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella. She’ll play the wicked Stepmother, Madame. Nancy Opel previously played the role. It’s the first time an African-American has played the part on Broadway.

Sherri’s casting is on the heels of KeKe Palmer taking over the titular role, becoming Broadway’s first African-American Cinderella. Palmer takes over for Carly Rae Jepsen who most recently wore the glass slippers. Both Shepherd and Palmer make their debut on September 9.

Do you think Sherri and KeKe are good fits for production? Sound off below.

Arrow Casts Wildcat & Debuts Season 3 Preview Clip

In: Donovan, TV Shows
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Starling City is about to get a new resident. J.R. Ramirez joins Arrow as Ted ‘Wildcat’ Grant.

His character is an ex-boxer who runs a gym for underprivileged youths in Starling City in between training vigilantes like Black Canary as a member of the Justice Society of America. I suppose this is how Laurel (Katie Cassidy) transitions from district attorney to a leather-clad vigilante. Ramirez’s previous credits include appearances on House Of Payne and Emily Owens M.D..

Just in case you missed it, I’ve also embedded a Season 3 preview clip producers presented at San Diego Comic-Con. There’s plenty to see including Brandon Routh’s arrival, Colton Haynes in his new Arsenal outfit and the season’s big bad villain, Ra’s al Ghul. Check it out below, along with a photo of Ramirez.

watch video and check out JR after the jump

Iggy Azalea Joins Fast & Furious Franchise

In: Donovan
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When asked which song he’d like to dance to between Jason Derulo’s “Wiggle” or Azalea’s “Fancy” or Ariana Grande’s “Problem,” Vin Diesel dropped this casting announcement.

“Well, Iggy Azalea, I just worked with her two weeks ago,” the actor responded. “I guess you’ll be the first person that knows this — we casted her in Fast & Furious 7. She has a cameo in Fast & Furious 7.”

The “Fancy” singer isn’t the first musician to join the popular racing franchise. Ja Rule, Rita Ora, Bow Wow and Ludacris have all showed off their acting chops.

I’m pretty sure Azalea won’t play a pivotal character, but props to her for capitalizing on her current popularity. It won’t last forever ;) This cameo follows in the heels of her recently-announced hosting gig for MTV’s House Of Style.

Check out Diesel’s interview with France’s Skyrock FM below. He was chatting with them to promote his upcoming role in Guardians Of The Galaxy.

watch the interview after the jump

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In the grand tradition of the original Broadway musical, a woman has been tapped to play Peter Pan. NBC has found its leading lady for their upcoming Peter Pan musical in the form of Girls actress Allison Williams. She’ll play the titular character for the network’s live presentation airing December 4. Williams joins previously announced Christopher Walken as Captain Hook.

“We couldn’t be happier that Allison Williams is our Peter Pan,” said NBC chief Robert Greenblatt. “She’s a lovely rising star on the award-winning show Girls—where she occasionally shows off her incredible vocal talent—and we think she will bring the perfect blend of ‘boyish’ vulnerability and bravado to save the day against Christopher Walken’s powerful Captain Hook.”

Williams briefly demonstrated her singing abilities on the HBO comedy. I’m sure she’s actually better than what was shown on Girls. Love Allison but I’m not sure if she has the star wattage to lure in viewers like Carrie Underwood did last year with The Sound of Music. Her wooden acting generated 18.6 million viewers. Read Allison’s reaction below.

read Allison’s response after the jump

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