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Downton Abbey Casts Its First Black Character

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Last year Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes said he wanted to “open up the show ethnically” and that the introduction of a black or Indian character would lead to storylines about race relations in the 1920s. Looks like he’s made good on his word. The popular British period drama has cast its very first recurring black character. Described as “a charming and charismatic young man”, the character Jack Ross is a jazz musician at an exclusive club. The actor required would be “a very attractive man with a certain wow factor,” who would “ideally be able to sing brilliantly.”

“We are delighted to introduce another fantastic, dynamic character to Downton Abbey,” executive producer Gareth Neame said in a statement. “His addition will bring interesting twists to the drama which we can’t wait for viewers to see in series four.”

Chosen to play Ross is London-born actor Gary Carr. His previous television credits include Bluestone 42 and Death in Paradise. Carr joins previously announced new cast members Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Joanna David, Dame Harriet Walter and Tom Cullen. Downton Abbey returns for its fourth series in the UK in September and in North America in January 2014. Check out Carr below.

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Cate Blanchett Finally Has Her Cinderella

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At long last, Disney finally found someone to wear those iconic glass slippers. At one point Amanda Seyfried and most recently Emma Watson were rumored to take on the titular role in the live-action version of the beloved fairy tale Cinderella. The studio revealed their final pick earlier today. Find out who below.

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Ryan Murphy Gets A Little More ‘Precious’

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Back in 2010, Howard Stern called Gabourey Sidibe “enormous” and predicted she would never work again. Not only has the 29-year-old Oscar nominee proven him wrong, but definitively so. She continues to work on both the small and big screen. Perhaps Stern should step down from the America’s Got Talent panel. Clearly, he’s not very good as assessing star potential.

Sidibe is the latest to join the third season of Ryan Murphy’s FX hit series. Murphy made the announcement official via Twitter, his favorite way of revealing everything. I wonder if he even has a publicist at this point. Gabourey joins Jessica Lange, Taissa Farmiga, Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Frances Conroy and Lily Rabe for Season 3. Reportedly, American Horror Story: Coven will revolve around witchcraft in New Orleans.

After Gabourey’s star-making role in Precious, she’s continued to work in film (The Heist), television (The Big C) and even a music video (Foster The People’s “Don’t Stop (Color on the Walls).” Excited to see Gabourey on AHS? Are you counting the months til American Horror Story returns? Sound off below.

From Roman history to Greek mythology, Liam McIntyre sure loves keeping it old school. The 31-year-old actor is set to appear in the big budget take on the Greek demigod Hercules. The $70 million film directed by Renny Harlin is set to begin filming May in Bulgaria. Harlin had nothing but kind words for his newest castmember.

“He’s infinitely entertaining to watch. I am lucky to have him play military commander, Sotiris, Hercules’ best friend. Their relationship begins antagonistic and develops into a close bond, forged in battle.” – Renny Harlin

McIntyre joins Kellan Lutz who plays the titular character in the film. This will mark Liam’s first Hollywood feature role. The Aussie has previously appeared in TV series (Spartacus) and short films.

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Which Following Actor Is The Next X-Men Mutant?

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The already huge X-Men: Days of Future Past cast is getting even bigger. On the heels of the first look at Halle Berry as Storm, director Bryan Singer’s Twitter account revealed another casting addition. While attending a Montreal Canadiens hockey game, a picture of Shawn Ashmore, Ian McKellan, Patrick Stewart and Singer wearing personalized jerseys was taken. Included in the bunch was this Following actor. Find out who below.

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Back in February, there were rumblings that Khloe Kardashian wasn’t coming back for the third season of The X Factor. FOX just released a statement officially announcing the 28-year-old reality star’s departure from the singing competition.

“Khloe Kardashian will not be returning to co-host The X Factor,” the show’s producers said in a statement. “We really enjoyed working with her and wish her all the best in her future endeavors.”

Staying on board though is Mario Lopez. No word if another personality will join him to co-host Season 3, but most likely he’ll do it solo. Having two hosts was completely unnecessary, IMHO. That said, I didn’t completely hate Khloe in that role. Her wardrobe malfunctions, awkward hosting skills and even more awkward on-air flirtations with Simon Cowell were somewhat entertaining to watch.

“I’m thrilled Mario is back for Season Three of The X Factor,” said Cowell in a statement. “Hosting a live show and keeping the judges – especially Demi – in line, is not an easy job, but Mario is a pro and we are glad he’s coming back.”

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Will you miss her? Do you think Mario can do the gig all by himself? I hope they don’t bring Lopez until the live performances. I actually quite enjoyed the audition process and boot camp portions without a host. It had that Hills-like quality about it. Don’t you agree? Sound off below.

Compared to last year, it’s been relatively quiet on The X Factor casting front. Before Britney Spears and Demi Lovato officially came on board, practically every pop star’s name was mentioned as a possible replacement for Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul. This year, with exception to Cheryl Cole, there really hasn’t been anyone I can recall as a rumored potential judge.

With so many singing competitions on the air, not to mention in the UK and Australia, the pool of interested musicians wanting to judge is very limited. Maybe that explains this potential rumor. That, or musicians might think the FOX show is a sinking ship and don’t want any part of it. Find out who’s reportedly in the mix below.

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Glee Casts Mentors For Kurt & Blaine

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Two legendary actresses from classic television shows have signed on to appear as a lesbian couple on the FOX musical show. Even though the network hasn’t officially renewed the show, both actresses are expected to return should Glee come back for a fifth season. STOP READING NOW if you don’t want any details about the Season 4 finale.

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