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American Idol Finds Its Season 14 Mentor

In: Donovan, TV Shows
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You may not know his name, but you certainly know his work.

Scott Borchetta is credited with discovering Taylor Swift when she was 14 as he started his label Big Machine. In the past ten years, his Nashville-based label is now the home of major country acts including Florida Georgia Line, The Band Perry, Rascall Flatts, Tim McGraw and Reba McEntire.

The 52-year-old executive has been tapped as the mentor of the fourteenth season of American Idol. He follows in the footsteps of Jimmy Iovine and a recently-departing Randy Jackson.

“There’s only one reason I’m doing this: American Idol has proven again and again that it can launch superstars. I believe that working with these young artists the same way we work with new artists at the Big Machine Label Group will help the next American Idol be as prepared as possible to continue the tradition of creating new superstars,” said Borchetta. “The entire label group will be invested and we look forward to bringing our energy, focus and know-how to help develop this young talent at the highest levels.”

Definitely a change of tune from his words about the FOX reality show back in 2010. At the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards, Swift had an off-night with her vocals. He responded at critics by throwing some shade at American Idol which was in its 10th season at the time.

read after the jump

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It was truly one of the worst kept secrets in Hollywood. Yesterday, the proverbial cat was finally let out of the bag. Warner Bros. officially announced the cast of Suicide Squad, DC Comics answer to Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Variety reports, the film “centers on the team of super villains who are given a chance at redemption by the government. The catch: Their mission will probably kill them all.”

“We look forward to seeing this terrific ensemble, under David Ayer’s amazing guidance, give new meaning to what it means to be a villain and what it means to be a hero.” – Warner Bros. president Greg Silverman

By far, the most interesting casting decision is Jared Leto playing The Joker. After Heath Ledger’s Oscar-winning turn as Batman’s enemy, any actor playing him would be a suicide mission itself. With that being said, Leto is kooky and interesting enough to show a new dimension of the archvillain. Check out who else is starring in the film below.

check out the entire cast after the jump

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I think I just died and woke up in gay heaven. As if Kathy Griffin joining Fashion Police wasn’t enough, Brad Goreski’s addition just puts it over the top. I love the celebrity stylist and been a fan of his since his Rachel Zoe Project days. Goreski replaces original co-host George Kotsiopoulos on the panel as the sole male voice.

“I am SO excited to be joining @kathygriffin, @GiulianaRancic and @KellyOsbourne on @e_FashionPolice! Can’t wait to break it all down!!” – Goreski tweeted.

The only downside about this new panel is that the E! show will no longer air on a weekly basis. Rather, it’s slated to only air after special red carpet events such as the Golden Globes, Academy Awards and others. Hopefully, if the ratings are strong, the network and Melissa Rivers decide to increase its frequency.

Speaking of Melissa, she is reportedly stepping behind the camera to join the panel. I’m not sure how I feel about this development, but will reserve full judgement until giving the new format a sample.

“Not only was Joan a trailblazer, she was also a dear friend and mentor to Kathy, who will no doubt continue her legacy and do the series justice by bringing her own unique comedic style and tell-it-like-it-is personality to the host chair,” said Jeff Olde, Executive Vice President, Programming and Development, E!

Are you excited about this new team? Weigh in below. If you don’t follow Goreski on Instagram, be sure to check out some recent shirtless pics. Fingers crossed he busts out his fine hairy chest on the show for a future episode :)

check out shirtless pics of Brad Goreski after the jump

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For those too young to remember, David E. Kelley was sort of the Ryan Murphy of the 90s. The 58-year-old writer/producer was responsible for some of the most memorable series of the decade including Doogie Howser, M.D., Chicago Hope, Ally McBeal, The Practice and Picket Fences. His track record this decade hasn’t been as hot with several high-profile duds such as Harry’s Law, The Crazy Ones and the failed pilot for Wonder Woman. Here’s hoping his losing streak is finito.

Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon are definitely banking on his luck changing. The duo have signed on to star in a limited series titled Big Little Lies by Kelley. It is based on Liane Moriarty’s best-selling book of the same name.

Earlier this year, Kidman and Witherspoon optioned the rights to the book in hopes of starring in it for a feature film. Looks like they’re fulfilling the acting part, but it’s heading to a different medium. The two A-list actresses will executive produce along with Kelly and author Moriarty. Talk about too many chefs in the kitchen ;)

find out the show’s premise after the jump

Wonder Woman Movie Finds Its Female Director

In: Donovan, Movies
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Even though Warner Bros. considered male directors, the studio hoped to find a lady to helm Wonder Woman. Given that the DC superhero is all about female empowerment, I’m sure the studio felt pressure to go this route. Honestly, it only makes sense in my opinion.

After an exhaustive search, their quest is over. Among the frontrunners circling the project for months were successful film directors Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker), Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight), Mimi Leder (Deep Impact), Julie Taymor (Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark), Karyn Kusama (Jennifer’s Body) and two from the world of television- Michelle MacLaren (Game of Thrones) and Tricia Brock (The Walking Dead). Find out below who Warner Bros. lassoed for the highly-anticipated film.

find out who after the jump

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I guess Chris Pratt isn’t worried about being typecast. With the amount of dollars comic book flicks make these days, I don’t blame the 35-year-old for cashing in. Make money like an invoice gurl!!!

The Star-Lord confirmed his next role via Twitter recently. Find out below which comic adaptation he’s starring in next.

find out which comic book after the jump

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Zoolander 2 is picking up steam. Deadline reports the long-awaited sequel has snagged a ridiculously good-looking actress.

Penelope Cruz is reportedly signing on to co-star opposite Ben Stiller’s dimwitted supermodel alter ego Derek Zoolander. Let’s hope she has some flame retardant outfits just in case they recreate that memorable gas station scene. No details about her role has been released.

Though not confirmed, both Will Ferrell and Owen Wilson are rumored to reprise their roles as the sinister Mugatu and Zoolander’s rival Hansel respectively. Justin Theroux, better known as Jennifer Aniston’s handsome arm candy, wrote the script for Paramount Pictures.

Are you excited for the sequel? Do you think Cruz is a good addition? Sound off below.

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Ding-Dong! The witch is dead. I suppose that’s being a little harsh. Randy Jackson isn’t exactly a witch but he’s removal from American Idol is long overdue. Very long overdue!!!

When Jackson announced he was leaving after Season 12 and Harry Connick, Jr, Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban took the reins on the panel for Season 13, I thought that day had finally arrived. Unfortunately, in a last second reprieve, the 58-year-old was brought back. He took over the mentor slot after Jimmy Iovine left. It appears this time, his departure is for real and going to stick.

“I’m proud to have been a part of a series that discovered some incredible artists and will go down in history as one of the most successful television shows ever. A true original, Idol started it all. Onto what’s next.” – Jackson told Deadline.

read production’s statement after the jump

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