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It appears Lifetime’s Aaliyah biopic is back on. The network put production on hold when Zendaya dropped out of the project. The 17-year-old actress received plenty of criticism from online haters saying she wasn’t black enough. Though vague about her decision to leave at the time of her departure, Zendaya explained her reasoning today via Instagram.

“Let me just explain something. The reason why I chose not to do the Aaliyah movie had nothing to do with the haters or people telling me that I couldn’t do it, I wasn’t talented enough, or I wasn’t black enough. It had absolutely nothing to do with that.

The main reason is that the production value wasn’t there, there were complications with the music rights, and I just felt like it wasn’t being handled delicately considering the situation.

And I tried my best to reach out to the family on my own, and I wrote a letter, but I was unable to do so; therefore, I felt not really morally okay with moving forward with the project.

With all that being said, congratulations to the new woman playing Aaliyah; I only hope she does not have to deal with half the hate that I had to deal with. And remember that we are all human beings trying to do what we love to do. Let’s practice motivation and love; not discrimination and hate. All right?” – Zendaya

Speaking of the new woman tapped to play Aaliyah, Wendy Williams revealed the lucky woman to play the “Try Again” singer. Why Williams? The talk show host has been added as an executive producer, joining Debra Martin Chase. Sounds like Wendy’s exec producer title is just a vanity one for the sole purpose of generating buzz for Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B (working title). Find out Zendaya’s replacement below.

find out who the replacement after the jump

True Blood Actress Joins Netflix’s Daredevil

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When True Blood meets its true death in a few weeks, one cast member won’t be unemployed for too long. Deborah Ann Woll, who plays vampire Jessica, already has a new gig lined up. The 29-year-old is swapping out supernaturals for superheroes.

The True Blood actress has been tapped to take the female lead in the upcoming Netflix drama, Daredevil. Woll will play Karen Page, the on-again/off-again love interest to the titular blind crimefighter played by Charlie Cox. She joins previously announced cast members Vincent D’Onofrio, Rosario Dawson, Elden Henson and Peter Shinkoda on the Marvel series.

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Previously, it was announced James Franco would play ex-gay activist Michael Glatze in Michael. The film executive produced by Gus Van Sant is based on the New York Times Magazine article by Benoit Denizet-Lewis titled “My Ex-Gay Friend.”

“This isn’t just a story about an ‘ex-gay,’” director Justin Kelly said. “It’s actually a very relatable story about the power of belief and the desire to belong.”

Michael tells the story of a man who was once considered a leader in the LGBT community but later rejected his homosexuality to become a Christian minister. Glatze founded Young Gay America (YGA) magazine and edited the teen-twink glossy, XY. The controversial figure also made a documentary film, Jim in Bold, which discussed gay teen suicide.

check out who else is playing an ex lover after the jump

NBC Taps Christopher Walken For Peter Pan Musical

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NBC’s next live musical event finally has its first cast member. The network announced Christopher Walken’s addition during the Television Critics’ Association’s summer press tour on Sunday. Walken will play none other than Captain Hook in the network’s production of Peter Pan.

The 71-year-old actor is known mostly for his dramatic work but he’s worked in musicals before, appearing in both Hairspray and Jersey Boys, though he doesn’t sing in the latter. Here’s what NBC entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt told reporters.

“He might really be a song and dance man at heart. He’s fearless as a comedic actor and always comes to play.”

“I guarantee you he’s going to bring his own spin to Captain Hook,” added the exec. “He might be the first tap dancing Captain Hook.”

read Walken’s thoughts after the jump

Robbie Amell Joins Arrow Spinoff The Flash

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Robbie Amell wasn’t in the unemployment line for very long. Even though The CW canceled The Tomorrow People, network execs are smart enough to know they have a star on their hands. Wisely, they quickly snatched the 26-year-old actor for another program on their schedule.

Amell is joining The Flash on a recurring basis. He’ll play Ronnie Raymond aka Firestorm and make his first appearance during the third episode. With Robbie now part of the DC universe, fingers crossed he appears with his cousin Stephen Amell during a special Arrow-Flash crossover episode. Shirtless preferably ;)

“Geoff Johns, Andrew Kreisberg and myself designed the pilot and series to include Ronnie (aka Firestorm) — and to actually have someone with Robbie’s talent playing the role is beyond exciting. We can’t wait for viewers and fans of the character to check it out,” – executive producer Greg Berlanti

learn more about Firestorm and watch extended trailer after the jump

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The American Beauty star is about to get a little freaky for Ryan Murphy. TVLine.com reports that Wes Bentley is the latest addition to the American Horror Story family. He’ll appear on the special two-part Halloween episode of Freak Show.

His role of Eddie is reportedly going to torment Kathy Bates’ character. He’s from her past and is hell-bent on exacting a little vengeance. For what? No details have been revealed. But in the twisted minds of Murphy and his team, expect the unexpected, especially for the upcoming circus-themed anthology.

Bentley’s episode will air on October 21 and 28. Excited about Bentley’s addition? He joins Michael Chiklis as one of the newbies this season. They’ll join returning favorites including Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett and Frances Conroy. Weigh in below.

Sean Hayes Joins CBS Sitcom

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The biggest takeaway from Sean Hayes‘ failed sitcom, Sean Saves The World, is that Hayes is better suited in a supporting role as opposed to headlining a show. Rival network CBS seems to agree with that as well. The eye network’s sitcom, The Millers, has scooped up the 44-year-old actor.

Sean will play Kip Withers, Carol Miller’s (Margo Martindale) new best friend and source of friction for her son, Nathan (Will Arnett). Uh oh, I wonder how Karen Walker feels about this. Wouldn’t it be great if Megan Mullally eventually makes an appearance. I’d love for Mullally and Martindale to go head-to-head for Hayes’ affection.

“After years of being a fan and hearing from others how wonderful he is to work with, I couldn’t be more excited about Sean Hayes joining ‘The Millers,’ ” said Greg Garcia, series creator and executive producer, in a statement. “The thought of he and Margo Martindale as BFF’s makes me smile every time I think about it. We’re only just getting started, and writing this season’s stories has been a blast.”

What do you think of Hayes playing the best friend once again? I wonder if his character will be gay or straight? Do you watch The Millers? I don’t because Arnett gives me gas but I might have to check it out now that Sean is part of the cast. Weigh in below.

Elizabeth Mitchell Joins Once Upon A Time

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Now that NBC pulled the plug on Revolution, Elizabeth Mitchell is heading back to ABC. The 44-year-old actress reunites with her Lost cohorts Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis on Once Upon A Time. She’s the latest Lost alum to head to Storybrooke following in the footsteps of Emilie de Ravin (Belle), Jorge Garcia (Anton the Giant) and Rebecca Mader (Wicked Witch of the West) to name a few.

find out what role after the jump

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