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FOX Announces More Gotham Cast Members

In: Donovan, TV Shows

On the heels of confirmation that Ben McKenzie is playing a young Commissioner Gordon in FOX’s highly-anticipated Batman prequel, the network announces more cast additions to Gotham. Included in bunch is news on who’ll be playing Penguin and Bruce Wayne’s butler Alfred Pennyworth.

First up is Robin Lord Taylor. He’s been tapped to take on Oswald Cobblepot, better known as Penguin. Taylor’s previous credits include The Walking Dead, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Accepted. In FOX’s series, Penguin is described as having “the brains of a chess grandmaster and the morals of a jackal, Oswald Cobblepot is a low-level psychopath for gangster Fish Mooney who hides his sadistic lust for power behind an exquisitely polite demeanor.”

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Ben McKenzie Heads To Gotham

In: Donovan, TV Shows

Welcome to Gotham BITCH!!! Ben McKenzie leaves the sunny shores of The O.C. to Gotham for FOX’s highly-buzzed Batman prequel. Like his Southland character, McKenzie will once again be part of the police force. The 35-year-old actor will play a rookie detective named James Gordon for Gotham City Open Police Department’s Homicide Squad. As we all know, his character will eventually become Commissioner Gordon and work alongside the Caped Crusader.

“We’re not starting in that world where the villains are in costume,” he said. “You see markers for it that are delicious you see where the evolution and eccentricity where they become those characters. We don’t start off with capes and costumes.” – FOX entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly

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The elusive Oscar acting statue she desperately wants slipped through her fingers a few weeks ago when the Academy snubbed Oprah Winfrey for her performance in Lee Daniels’ The Butler. Perhaps, a Tony is more in line with her stars.

The 60-year-old is heading to the Great White Way once again. She co-produced The Color Purple Broadway production back in 2005. This time, she’ll step from behind the scenes and stand front and center.

Reportedly, Winfrey is set to make her Broadway acting debut in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Night, Mother. It is believed that she read for the part at producer Scott Sanders’ apartment with Audra McDonald, who was most recently seen in NBC’s Sound of Music live telecast. Winfrey will play the mother to McDonald’s suicidal depressed daughter. Broadway veteran George C. Wolfe is expected to direct.

Do you think Winfrey has a shot at a Tony? Do you think the Academy rightfully snubbed Oprah? Weigh in below.

Paul Bettany Joins Avengers: Age Of Ultron

In: Donovan, Music

Paul Bettany is the latest to join the growing cast of Avengers: Age of Ultron. Other recent additions include James Spader as Ultron, Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch, Aaron Johnson as Quicksilver, and Thomas Kretschmann as Baron Wolfgang von Strucker.

This isn’t the first time that Bettany is going to appear in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. The 42-year-old actor previously voiced Jarvis, Tony Stark’s helpful A.I. system. In the highly-anticipated sequel, Paul gets a promotion and will play a villain. Find out which character below.

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David Schwimmer Returns To Network Television

In: Donovan, TV Shows

With exception to Jennifer Aniston and David Schwimmer, all the former Friends have headlined television comebacks since the NBC classic sitcom. If Schwimmer’s new show gets picked up by ABC, Aniston will the lone wolf.

TV Guide reports that Schwimmer inked a deal with the alphabet network to star in Irreversible. The potential comedy is based on the Israeli No. 1 hit series Bilti Hafich. The US adaptation will be a single-camera show instead of one filmed in front of a studio audience.

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Even though Warner Bros. pushed back the untitled Superman-Batman flick to May 6, 2016, the studio is still on the casting hunt. Two more actors are joining Henry Cavill (Superman), Ben Affleck (Batman) and Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) in the superhero epic.

First up is Jesse Eisenberg. The Social Network actor has been tapped to play Superman’s arch-nemesis Lex Luthor. Not an obvious choice but I approve. I can definitely see Eisenberg as the maniacal Luthor. Jesse follows in the footsteps of Gene Hackman and Kevin Spacey who played Lex in the three Superman films and 2006′s Superman Returns respectively.

“Lex Luthor is often considered the most notorious of Superman’s rivals, his unsavory reputation preceding him since 1940,” Snyder said. “What’s great about Lex is that he exists beyond the confines of the stereotypical nefarious villain. He’s a complicated and sophisticated character whose intellect, wealth and prominence position him as one of the few mortals able to challenge the incredible might of Superman. Having Jesse in the role allows us to explore that interesting dynamic, and also take the character in some new and unexpected directions.”

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Poor New Yorkers. They seem to always face catastrophic events. This July, they’ll have to fend off a downpour of sharks as a ‘sharknado” will be unleashed on the city’s population and iconic landmarks. Will sharks take a huge bite of the Big Apple? Count on it.

“Sharknado was an extraordinary ‘perfect storm’ which captured the attention of movie fans across the globe,” Syfy’s executive vice president Thomas Vitale said in a statement. You couldn’t go anywhere without hearing about Sharknado! By reassembling the creative team–and dropping sharks onto New York’s iconic sites–we’re unleashing yet another ‘fin’ wave of shark-mania.”

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Rosie O’Donnell Returns To The View

In: Donovan, TV Shows

Hell must’ve frozen over. I never thought I’d see the day, but Rosie O’Donnell returns to her former stomping grounds on February 7. Albeit as a guest, but still. I thought she’d never step foot on the daytime show again. I suppose with Elisabeth Hasselbeck no longer on The View panel, it was easier for producers to reach a détente with the former co-host. It’ll mark her first appearance since she moderated The View during its 2006-2007 season.

“I have great affection for Rosie and we have remained in contact throughout the years. I am happy to welcome her back to the program. She is always a lively and engaging guest and a part of the show’s successful history,” – Barbara Walters

After leaving the show, O’Donnell expressed she experienced something like post-traumatic stress disorder. A source tells People magazine that “She wanted to go back and visit The View to celebrate Barbara’s last season and talk about her ABC show The Fosters and her one woman show.” To relive the infamous fight between Hasselbeck and O’Donnell, watch the video below.

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