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The CW Snags Original Flash For Arrow Spinoff

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Before he played Dawson Leery’s dad on The WB teen drama, John Wesley Shipp donned red tights as The Flash for CBS. Over twenty years later, the 59-year-old returns to his superhero roots.

However, it’s unclear exactly what role he’ll play on the Arrow spinoff on the CW. All that was teased is that he’ll be a ‘mysterious character‘ that would expand to recurring status should the network pick up the pilot. Shipp is one of the final pieces in the casting process. Find out below who else is on board for The Flash.

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FOX Announces More Gotham Cast Members

In: Donovan, TV Shows
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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
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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

find out what other DC comics characters will appear after the jump

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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
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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
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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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