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Helen Mirren Confirms Fast 8 Role

In: Donovan, Movies
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Just when you thought the next installment of the popular action franchise couldn’t get any more bad-ass, it does. Dame Helen Mirren is about to unleash some havoc on Vin Diesel and company.

Mirren previously expressed her desire to appear in a Fast and Furious movie. ““My great ambition is to be in a Fast and Furious movie. I so want to be a mad driver in a Fast and Furious movie,” the 70-year-old actress told Yahoo! Movies in 2015. It appears her dreams have come true.

During an interview with Elle, Mirren confirmed her participation in Fast 8. Read below what she had to say about her role.

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Meet The Big Brother Season 18 Cast

In: Donovan, TV Shows
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Big Brother kicks off its 18th season next week with a three-hour premiere spanning two nights- two hours on Wednesday, June 22 and one hour on Thursday, June 23. This year’s group of houseguests will embark on a record 99 days inside the house. Yikes.

With only 12 names released so far, it’s obvious CBS is waiting til the premiere to reveal the other houseguests. There’s no way only a dozen people are competing for $500,000 given the marathon time inside the house.

From the looks of it, the remaining houseguests will be returning players. Based on the names of the cast revealed so far, the alums will most likely be related to the newbies. I expect Cody Calafiore and Vanessa Rousso to be included in the bunch. They don’t exactly have the most common surnames and the newbies sharing their names look remarkably similar. Check out the cast of Big Brother S18 below.

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What’s the opposite of a sausage party? Taco fest, clam bake? Whatever the term is, that’s exactly what the third season of summer staple, Bachelor In Paradise< /em>, is looking like so far.

Jared Haibon is the sole male announced as part of the cast. Obviously, more men will follow and fingers crossed that uber volatile Chad Johnson, on the current season of The Bachelorette, is one of them. Love him or hate him, he makes for riveting television.

Among the women revealed so far, most are Ben Higgins’ rejects. Most notably, Jubilee Sharpe and Lace Morris are included. Not surprising, given both dominated the early part of Season 20 with their antics.

Bachelor in Paradise returns Season 3 on Tuesday, August 2. Check out the partial cast list below.

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Welcome to the ’60s, Maddie Baillio.

Just like The Wiz Live! NBC has tapped a newcomer to play the lead role for the network’s next live musical production. Shanice Williams absolutely slayed as Dorothy Gale last year and I have a feeling Baillio will as well, based on her audition footage. Girl has some pipes on her.

Maddie is a 20-year-old actress and singer from Texas. The sophomore at Marymount Manhattan College reportedly beat out a pool of nearly 1,000 hopefuls at the casting call. Her turn as Tracy Turnblad is by far her biggest gig to date.

Baillio joins previously announced cast members Harvey Fierstein as Edna Turnblad, Jennifer Hudson as Motormouth Maybelle, Martin Short as Wilbur Turnblad, and Derek Hough as Corny Collins.

Hairspray Live! airs on NBC on December 7. Check out Maddie’s audition below and her reaction upon learning she landed the coveted role.

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Fans have long waited for a sequel to The First Wives Club. Sadly, that never happened, nor do I think it ever well. TV Land’s television series is, I suppose, some sort of consolation prize.

The network’s adaptation will more or less follow the film but with some minor changes. The three women will still reunite at their college friend’s funeral, but instead of their friend committing suicide, she’ll die from a freak accident. Also, New York City will be swapped out for San Francisco.

The first two actresses starring in the remake have just been announced. Find out who below.

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The Quantico cast just got a little sexier and a little more British as well. Russell Tovey enrolls as a series regular for the ABC thriller’s second season.

The Hollywood Reporter reveals the 34-year-old actor will play the role of Harry Doyle, a “mischievous gadabout.” For those who don’t know, ‘gadabout’ is a habitual pleasure-seeker. I had to Google it as well 😉

“Ever since being introduced to him in The History Boys 10 years ago, I’ve hoped to work with Russell. It’s been an honor for the writers and myself to be able to create this role specifically for him,” showrunner Josh Safran tells THR.

learn more about his role after the jump

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Forget the Man of Steel, it’s all about The Man of Bronze aka Doc Savage. It’ just been announced that Dwayne Johnson has been cast to play what is being dubbed the “world’s first superhero.”

The fictional character, whose real name is Clark Savage, Jr, was originally published in American pulp magazines during the 1930s and 1940s. A team of scientists assembled by his father deliberately trained his mind and body to near-superhuman abilities almost from birth, giving him great strength and endurance, a photographic memory, a mastery of the martial arts, and vast knowledge of the sciences.

The 44-year-old former wrestler was most recently seen in Central Intelligence and can next be heard in the Disney animated musical, Moana later this year. He also has Fast 8, Baywatch and Jumanji scheduled for release in 2017. Not to mention his HBO show, Ballers. The Rock is certainly in-demand these days. Busy, busy, busy!!! Check out his Instagram post below, announcing his new superhero project.

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Leona Lewis Joins Cats Broadway Revival

In: Donovan, The Arts
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Cats returns to the Great White Way on July 31 at Broadway’s Neil Simon Theatre. It marks the first revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-breaking musical since its original run closed in 2000.

Nicole Scherzinger, who appeared in the London West End production in 2014, was scheduled to lead the Broadway show but pulled out last second. She opted to do another stint as judge on The X Factor instead. A bit baffling to say the least. Fittingly, a winner from the UK talent show has now been tapped to replace her.

Leona Lewis steps in to play the glamorous cat of them all, Grizabella. If you’ve seen the show, you know the character is famous for the showstopping number, “Memory.”

“It is an incredible honor to be asked by Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber to join the Cats family. I will never forget seeing the show as a little girl and how blown away I was by the magical experience of it. I am beyond thrilled for my Broadway debut to be in such an iconic show. To work with a team as legendary as those on Cats is an experience I will cherish every moment of. I cannot wait to see the audiences out in NYC!” – Leona Lewis

Have you watched Cats? Do you think Lewis is a good replacement? Weigh in below.

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