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Brace yourself Gladiators, but it’s true. There was another actress in the running before Kerry Washington stepped in. Respect this other actress, but I can’t imagine anyone else besides Washington as the professional fixer on Scandal.

Before I divulge who that is, I just wanted to quickly congratulate the 36-year-old actress. The Django Unchained star just tied the knot with San Fracisco 49ers cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha in Blaine County, Idaho. Reportedly, Asomugha’s sister, Chisara Okwu Asomugha officiated the ceremony. They have been dating since summer 2012. This is Kerry’s first marriage, but she was previously engaged to actor David Moscow before breaking off the engagement in 2007.

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I was debating whether or not to make you guess which American Idol champ was joining Season 15 of the NBC weight loss reality show, but let’s be honest, Ruben Studdard is the obvious choice. Even when Kelly Clarkson was at her heaviest she wasn’t The Biggest Loser material. The Velvet Teddy Bear on the other hand is. Hope Ruben knows what he’s getting himself into. Jillian Michaels is hardcore.

This isn’t the first time the Season 2 winner has attempted to lose weight. Back in 2008, he slimmed down considerably when he married Surata Zuri McCants but gained it back when they divorced in 2012. He explained stress eating because of the divorce and a $100,000 tax bill from the IRS were to blame. Studdard also lost a bit of weight when he turned to vegetarianism, going from 455 lbs to the 380 lbs range.

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Games of Thrones Casts The Red Viper

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The first major casting news of Game of Thrones Season 4 has been made. The hit HBO show headed to Chile to find its Oberyn Martell aka The Red Viper. Given the importance of the character, I’m pretty sure Pedro Pascal beat out tough competition to land the coveted role. For those unfamiliar with the Red Viper, he is the Prince of Dorne whose sister was killed by the Lannisters when the Mad King was overthrown. Here’s what the showrunners told EW.com about the casting.

“The Red Viper is sexy and charming, yet believably dangerous; intensely likable, yet driven by hate… We found a fellow who can handle the job description and make it seem effortless. He wasn’t easy to find and he won’t be easy to stop.” – showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss

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Glee Cuts Four Series Regulars For Season 5

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Last year, when the first crop of seniors graduated McKinley High, Ryan Murphy wasn’t ruthless enough to cut any of them, letting the cast decide if they wanted to stay on the show. The Glee co-creator kept all of them on payroll and as series regulars despite some of them only appearing in a handful of episodes. That’s not the case for Season 5. Find out who’s being cut from the show below.

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Scott Speedman Opens Himself For Ryan Murphy

In: Donovan, TV Shows

Keri Russell has The Americans on FX. Scott Foley was recently promoted to series regular for the third season of Scandal. With this casting development, all three actors tangled in Felicity’s love triangle now all have regular TV gigs. God, I miss that WB show ;)

Scott Speedman just landed a lead role on Ryan Murphy’s HBO drama pilot, Open. Hopefully, this job lasts longer than his last television project, ABC’s The Last Resort. On the potential HBO show, Speedman will play Jonathan, a handsome sports agent in the drama that explores sexuality. Given that this is a Murphy project, I fully expect a few gratuitous shirtless scenes. Scott joins the cast which includes Wes Bentley as the handsome but arrogant Evan Foster.

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It’s A Hard Knock Life For Cameron Diaz

In: Donovan, Movies

Will Smith and Jay-Z’s Annie remake finally has a Miss Hannigan. Originally, Sandra Bullock was being courted to play the role, but talks fell through. Enter Cameron Diaz to save the day. Deadline.com reports that negotiations finished June 26. Diaz is the latest to play the iconic role which has been played by Carol Burnett in the original film, Kathy Bates in a TV remake and Jane Lynch who’s currently starring in the Broadway musical revival.

The 40-year-old actress joins a star-studded cast which includes Jamie Foxx as Daddy Warbucks Benjamin Stacks (apparently they renamed the character), Jada Pinkett-Smith and Quvenzhane Wallis stepping in to play the titular role. The Will Gluck-directed remake is slated for a Christmas 2014 release.

Do you think Diaz is a good choice to play Miss Hannigan or would Sandra Bullock been a better choice? For that matter, is another Annie film even necessary? Sound off below.

With the amount of people that die on Downton Abbey, PBS is continuously on the hunt for new cast members. Season 4 already boasts a bunch of new faces including Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Tom Cullen, Julian Ovenden, Nigel Harman, Joanna David, and most notably Gary Carr. The latter is the first black actor to appear on the period drama.

TVLine.com reports that another character will be introduced on the season finale of the fourth season. This latest addition will be Cora’s (Elizabeth McGovern) brother and Martha’s (Shirley Maclaine) son. Find out who’ll step in to play Harold Levinson below.

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Scott Foley Gets More Scandalous

In: Donovan, TV Shows

If you’re a hardcore Gladiator like myself, this bit of news should excite you. EW.com is reporting that Scott Foley has been promoted to a series regular for Scandal‘s third season. AMAZING. Guess that means Foley’s other gig, FOX’s The Goodwin Games, is pretty much dead in the water. Call me crazy, but I kinda enjoy it. Foley and Becki Newton (Ugly Betty) on the same show. It doesn’t get much better than that.

With Foley’s promotion, this clearly means he’s not stuck in “the hole” for too long. If you recall, on the season finale he was being punished for saving Olivia Pope’s life (Kerry Washington) and tossed in small dungeon. With his character sticking around, fingers crossed that Olivia and him pursue a relationship. Love them together.

“I’m thrilled to join such a talented, enthusiastic and professional group of people,” Foley said in a statement. “Shonda and company have created a troupe of layered complex characters and to be able to be part of that is both exciting and humbling.”

Do you watch Scandal? Excited to see more of Scott Foley? Sound off below.

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