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Like it or not, the Point Break remake is happening. Personally, there’s no need to touch the Kathryn Bigelow-directed original starring Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze, but with Hollywood’s love affair for rehashing hits from yesteryear, it was bound to happen.

Ericson Core whose cinematography credits include The Fast & the Furious and Daredevil will direct the remake. The movie is rumored to be eyeing a summer shoot. Kurt Wimmer’s revised screenplay will move the action from the Southern California surf scene to the international world of extreme sports. Other than that, the plot of an FBI agent going undercover to infiltrate a crime ring will remain the same, as well as the names of the main characters. Find out who’s close to officially signing on to the project below.

original trailer and Butler in a wetsuit after the jump

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Aisha Tyler is moonlighting once again. The Talk co-host just snagged a guest spot on Modern Family. She’ll appear on Season 5′s 16th episode titled, “Spring-a-Ding-Fling.” The 43-year-old actress joins this season’s guest roster that already includes Adam DeVine, Jane Krakowski, Jesse Eisenberg, John Benjamin Hickey and Nathan Lane.

find out her role after the jump

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Kenan Thompson must be breathing a sigh of relief. The number of occasions when he’ll be asked to play a black female character will drastically decrease because of this new casting development. With that being said, I still hope he plays Whoopi Goldberg every now and then ;)

For Season 39, Michaels added six new cast members- five white guys and one girl. Naturally, this caused an uproar. Kerry Washington hilariously played Michelle Obama, Oprah and other notable women of color to make light of the situation late last year. After Washington’s episode, Lorne Michaels quietly held casting sessions to fill the void. SNL has finally addressed the criticism and hired its first African-American female since Maya Rudolph. Meet Sasheer Zamata.

Believe it or not, Saturday Night Live has only featured four African-American women in its entire 39-year history: Yvonne Hudson (1980-81), Danitra Vance (1985-86), Ellen Cleghorne (1991-95) and Rudolph (2000-2007). Hopefully, Zamata will last longer than SNL’s first black actress Hudson. She was fired midway through the season. Sasheer will make her debut on January 18 when Drake pulls double duty as host and musical guest. Check out a few YouTube clips below and see if she has what it takes to survive on SNL.

check out a couple of clips after the jump

Luke Grimes Exits True Blood

In: Donovan, TV Shows
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Quel bummer!!! The addition of Luke Grimes to True Blood was one of the best things about last season. Next to Robert Kazinsky that is. HBO confirmed Grimes’ departure and revealed the role of James would be recast.

So why the exit? Naturally, I thought it was because of scheduling conflicts due to Luke snagging the role of Christian Grey’s brother in the Fifty Shades of Grey flick. Surprisingly, that’s not the case. Instead it’s ” due to the creative direction of the character,” according to the HBO statement.

An insider further reveals to TV Line that, “He initially joined the show because he wanted to work with [his Forever co-star] Deborah Ann Woll.” They add “But when he started reading the scripts for Season 7, he was disappointed to learn that they were going in a completely different direction with James.”

That’s a shame. I’m definitely going to miss Grimes on the show. Hopefully, they hire an equally sexy actor to play the role. If Jessica and James are no longer together, does that mean a happily ever after ending for Jason Stackhouse and Jessica? I hope so. Weigh in below after checking out how fine Grimes is. I’m a sucker for the long blond hair.

check him out after the jump

carly-rae-jepsen-cinderella

Looks like the glass slipper fit. Carly Rae Jepsen is making her Broadway debut as the titular princess in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella. The revival earned nine nominations at this year’s Tony Awards. She’ll take over Laura Osnes who’s leaving the production. The 28-year-old singer begins her 12-week run on February 4, 2014.

“Broadway has been a dream of mine since I was a little girl and I look forward to working with this incredibly talented cast to tell this classic tale. These last few years have been a real fairy tale come to life for me, so I feel especially blessed to play this part and be reminded that you must never stop dreaming!” – Carly Rae Jepsen

Before scoring the global smash “Call Me Maybe,” Jepsen attended the Canadian College of Performing Arts. Her theater credits include high school productions of Annie, Grease and The Wiz in British Columbia. Find out which classic sitcom is joining the cast as her wicked stepmother below.

find out who her stepmother will be after the jump

hugh-jackman-houdini-musical

It was a role Hugh Jackman wanted to play ever since he was a young boy growing up in Australia. Fresh off his well-received one-man show Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway in January 2012, the 45-year-old confirmed a more permanent return to the Great White Way. “I have been deeply fascinated by the life of Harry Houdini since I was young, and in many ways I’ve been preparing for this role my whole life,” the actor revealed about his decision to take the part.

Now it appears he’s too tied up (not in a Harry Houdini strap jacket kind of way) to take on the role. The Wolverine star has out-stunted Houdini himself and disappeared from the production. Now that’s vanishing act the famed magician would be proud of ;)

find out why after the jump

paul-rudd-ant-man

Both Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Paul Rudd were in the running for Marvel’s next superhero franchise. With the Don Jon actor recently signing on to play Sandman for rival DC Entertainment, that left Rudd as the frontrunner. The Hollywood Reporter reports the 44-year-old actor will play Ant-Man on the big screen.

The story follows Henry Pym, a brilliant scientist who invented a substance called Pym Particles that allows him to change his size and communicate with insects. Edgar Wright (The World’s End) who co-wrote the script will also direct the feature. Ant-Man is one of Marvel’s earliest superheroes. The film is tentatively scheduled to hit theaters on July 31, 2015. Reportedly, Rashida Jones is in talks to play the female lead role.

What do you think of Rudd playing Ant-Man? Excited for the Marvel character to finally get the big-screen treatment? Weigh in below.

Matthew Perry Attempts Another Primetime Comeback

In: Donovan, TV Shows
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How many chances does a guy get? Gotta give Matthew Perry credit for being so resilient and forge ahead despite numerous failures. If I was him, I’d just sit back and enjoy those Friends royalties. Right?

Since the classic NBC sitcom signed off, Perry has headlined three failed series- two on NBC, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (2006) and Go On (2012) and one over at ABC, Mr. Sunshine (2011). This time, he’s hoping to have better luck over at CBS.

The 44-year-old is working on a new version of Neil Simon’s Broadway classic, The Odd Couple. The play was previously adapted into a successful TV series back in the 70s starring Jack Klugman and Tony Randall. Mad About You‘s Danny Jacobson is the writer on the project. Perry will play Oscar Madison, the messy curmudgeon one.

read what Perry said about this being his dream project after the jump

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