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When NBC cut ties with Donald Trump, a short list of personalities quickly emerged as ones being eyed to helm Celebrity Apprentice. Among them were Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, Sir Richard Branson, Martha Stewart and George Lopez. It appears the network has gone with someone else. Variety reports The Terminator himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger, will helm the next season.

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Patrick Schwarzenegger Joins Scream Queens

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Move over Nick Jonas. The Scream Queens cast just a got a little hotter. Ryan Murphy sure knows how to pick ’em.

The 49-year-old producer revealed the news via Twitter, “Happy to announce that PATRICK SCHWARZENEGGER has joined the cast of SCREAM QUEENS.” The 21-year-old rising star is reportedly playing a relative of an existing cast member. His episode will air sometime in November.

Though Schwarzenegger has appeared on the silver screen in bit parts in Grown Ups 2 and Stuck In Love, the FOX series marks his television debut. His new gig reunites him with Ariana Grande. He starred as the love interest in her 2013 clip, “Right There.”

Scream Queens debuts on FOX on Sept 22. Excited to see Patrick on the small screen? Weigh in below.

Vivica A Fox Snags Empire Gig As…

In: Donovan, TV Shows

The star-studded guest roster keeps growing. Empire just snagged another notable name to appear for the FOX hip-hop drama’s second season.

Entertainment Weekly reveals Vivica A. Fox will play Cookie Lyon’s older sister. Previously in Season 1, we were introduced to Cookie’s other sister Carol played by Tasha Smith.

“Cookie’s other family members are troublesome to say the least,” reveals executive Ilene Chaiken. With rumors that Lee Daniels is planning a spin-off based on Cookie’s family, the introduction of more of Cookie’s family could be a test run for the potential series.

Excited that Fox is joining the series? I predict this sibling rivalry isn’t going to be all unicorns and rainbows. Weigh in below.


Looks like McDreamy has found a new gig. After shockingly leaving Grey’s Anatomy last season, Patrick Dempsey has booked his first major role.

Deadline reports the 49-year-old actor is close to finalizing a deal to appear on the big screen. The publication reveals Dempsey is set to star in the third installment of the Bridget Jones franchise. The film has been in the works for many years and it finally looks like it’s picking up steam.

Plot details about his role are being kept under wraps. But with Hugh Grant not appearing in Bridget Jones’s Baby, it’s safe to assume he’ll play the thorn in Bridget’s love life. Renee Zellwegger and Colin Firth will reportedly return to reprise their roles.

Excited to see Dempsey snag a new gig? Is a third part of the Bridget Jones’s Diary really necessary? Weigh in below.


When I first heard of Hollywood’s plans to remake the Patrick Swayze classic Road House, naturally I was opposed. Swazye owned that role of an elite bouncer brought in to clean up a rowdy Missouri watering hole. The 1989 flick was a little cheesy but nonetheless a great guilty pleasure. I wasn’t in the minority. It garnered a cult following after doing well on home video.

Variety reports producers have finally found their leading man, or should I say woman. Undefeated UFC fighter Ronda Rousey is reportedly attached to the remake. This casting choice I approve of.

Not only can the 28-year-old kick major ass, but supposedly she asked Swayze’s widow Lisa Niemi for her blessing and she approved. Road House would no doubt be Ronda’s biggest role to date. She’s previously appeared in Furious 7, Entourage and The Expendables 3.

What do you think of producers pulling a gender switch? Is Rousey the right person to step into Patrick’s shoes. Weigh in below after checking out the original trailer.

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Bob Harper Is New Biggest Loser Host

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Alison Sweeney has hosted The Biggest Loser since Season 4, replacing a departing Caroline Rhea. A few weeks ago, the Days of Our Lives actress revealed she was leaving the show after helming the reality series for 13 cycles.

Stepping into the vacant hosting position is Bob Harper. The 50-year-old trainer has appeared on the show since its inception for a whopping 16 seasons. For Season 17, he moves aside to let Dolvett Quince and Jennifer Widerstrom whip the contestants back into shape.

“I’m super excited about taking the position of host on The Biggest Loser, says Harper, who will continue to offer his training expertise to contestants at various points throughout the season. “I’ve been with the show since Season 1 so I know all of the ins and outs, and let me tell you, the weigh-in room is going to be a completely different ballgame with me at the steering wheel.”

Season 17 begins production this month and will return to the team-versus-team format. Excited to see Harper take on a new role? Sound off below.


Vanessa Williams won the Miss America title in 1983, becoming the first ever African-American woman to do so. The fairy tale hit a little bump when nude, explicit photos from her past were published in Penthouse magazine. Naturally, the scandal rocked the pageant and America, forcing Williams to resign ten months after her historic win.

As everyone knows, Vanessa eventually achieved her happy ending, become a successful singer, actress and Broadway star. Arguably, she’s the biggest name ever to emerge from the beauty pageant.

Pageant CEO Sam Haskell reveals she tried many years to woo back Williams. On Sunday, Saturday 13, Williams makes a triumphant return to Miss America. She’ll serve as head judge for the 95th competition. It’s a major coup for the beauty pageant.

read Williams reaction after the jump

Cate Blancett Set To Star In Lucille Ball Biopic

In: Donovan, Movies

Cate Blanchet won her first Oscar for playing Katherine Hepburn In The Aviator. The 46-year-old Aussie also scored a couple of nominations for portraying Queen Elizabeth I in Elizabeth and Elizabeth: The Golden Age. She’ll probably snatch another nod for this role as well. She’s simply sensational.

The Wrap broke the news that Blanchett is set to star in an upcoming biopic on the one and only Lucille Ball. Unlike all those Lifetime network biopics, this one is authorized. Ball’s two children, Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr., will co-produce the project with Aaron Sorkin reportedly writing the script.

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