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In the grand tradition of the original Broadway musical, a woman has been tapped to play Peter Pan. NBC has found its leading lady for their upcoming Peter Pan musical in the form of Girls actress Allison Williams. She’ll play the titular character for the network’s live presentation airing December 4. Williams joins previously announced Christopher Walken as Captain Hook.

“We couldn’t be happier that Allison Williams is our Peter Pan,” said NBC chief Robert Greenblatt. “She’s a lovely rising star on the award-winning show Girls—where she occasionally shows off her incredible vocal talent—and we think she will bring the perfect blend of ‘boyish’ vulnerability and bravado to save the day against Christopher Walken’s powerful Captain Hook.”

Williams briefly demonstrated her singing abilities on the HBO comedy. I’m sure she’s actually better than what was shown on Girls. Love Allison but I’m not sure if she has the star wattage to lure in viewers like Carrie Underwood did last year with The Sound of Music. Her wooden acting generated 18.6 million viewers. Read Allison’s reaction below.

read Allison’s response after the jump

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They’ve already found their Anna, Kristoff and Elsa and now producers have cast two more Frozen characters for Once Upon A Time Season 4. Both Prince Hans and Pabbie the Troll King are joining the ABC drama.

Taking the role of morally questionable Hans is Shameless actor Tyler Jacob Moore. Meanwhile, Lord of the RingsJohn Rhys-Davies will voice the Troll King.

The casting news comes days after the first official photo of Georgina Haig as Elsa was released at San Diego Comic-Con. Speaking of which, a fun little clip revealing the truth behind the Frozen arc also was shown over the weekend. Check it out below, along with the photo of Haig. Once Upon a Time returns Sunday, Sept. 28.

check out the video after the jump

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It appears Lea Michele is padding her acting resume in preparation for life after Glee. Smart move considering her recording career has seemingly gone nowhere despite a valiant effort.

Speaking of which, not that I was expecting the next pop diva, but I thought she’d perform far better on the charts and radio than she has. I’m a little shocked both “Cannonball” and “On My Way” have flopped, especially the latter. “On My Way” is a solid summer pop jam.

Where is she popping up? Personally, I thought she’d appear on HBO’s Looking given that her gay bff Jonathan Groff stars on it. Michele also previously expressed in reuniting with her former Spring Awakening co-star. Sadly, she’s not heading to San Francisco but somewhere else. Find out below.

find out what show after the jump

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During their panel at San Diego Comic-Con, HBO announced nine new cast members joining Game of Thrones for Season Five. They range from veteran actors to relative newbies.

Alexander Siddig (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), newcomers Toby Sebastian and Nell Tiger Free, DeObia Oparei (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides), Enzo Cilenti (Rome), Jessica Henwick (North by Northhamptonshire), Rosabell Laurenti Sellers (The Whistleblower), Academy nominee Keisha Castle-Hughes (Whale Rider) and the legendary Jonathan Pryce (Ronin) will play key roles in the upcoming season. Watch the video below to see what parts they’ll be taking on for GoT.

In addition to the big news, the show shared a blooper reel from Season 4. It’s so odd seeing the actors laugh and show their lighthearted sides given the dramatic nature of the series. Pedro Pascal who plays Prince Oberyn almost sets himself on fire. Check out all the hijinks and line flubbing from your favorites including Kit Harington below.

watch both clips after the jump

MTV Resurrects House Of Style With Iggy Azalea

In: Donovan, Fashion, TV Shows
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House of Style was a mainstay at MTV during the 90s supermodel era. Originally hosted by Cindy Crawford, the fashion series aired from 1989 to 2000. During its run, the show saw several models take on hosting duties once Crawford left including Amber Valletta, Shalom Harlow, Rebecca Romijn and Molly Sims. In 2009, the network revived the show for only one episode with Bar Refaeli as the host and Chanel Iman as a correspondent. MTV announced it’s resurrecting the stylish series once again.

read more about the revival and Iggy’s reaction after the jump

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Prep yourselves Gladiators!!! Portia de Rossi is heading to Scandal for a top secret story arc. Portia’s wife, Ellen DeGeneres, broke the news via Twitter.

“So annoying when people brag on twitter & that’s why I’m not tweeting that Portia just signed on to do a top secret arc on “Scandal”. Oops.” – Ellen DeGeneres

If her role is half as good as Lisa Kudrow’s guest appearance last year, I’ll be one happy camper. Too bad Kudrow didn’t stay a little longer.

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On Sunday’s episode of True Blood, Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) hooked up with James (Nathan Parsons). For anyone watching the final season, this was a longtime coming. I hope a sexier, steamier session is in store in the coming weeks.

In a recent interview with Vulture.com, Ellis blasts his former co-star Luke Grimes (top right) who played James last season. Grimes mysteriously quit the show a few months ago citing creative differences. Some also thought Luke shooting Fifty Shades of Grey conflicted with the HBO show. It appears though, Grimes left (allegedly) due to being uncomfortable kissing another dude on screen. Read what Ellis has to say about both Parsons and Grimes below.

read what he says after the jump

Lucy Lawless Joins Marvel’s Agents Of SHIELD

In: Donovan, TV Shows
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Holy Xena Warrior Princess!!! Lucy Lawless is ready to kick butt once again.

TV Guide has discovered that the 46-year-old actress is joining Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD for its sophomore run. Being as tight-lipped as they typically have, the showrunners haven’t disclosed anything about Lawless’ mysterious role. Hopefully, they’ll share a few juicy details during the show’s panel at San Diego Comic-Con on Friday.

Since playing Xena, the Kiwi actress has maintained her geek street cred. She’s appeared on Battlestar Galactica, Spartacus and No Ordinary Family.

Excited for Lawless to enter the Marvel universe? Anyone else hoping a future showdown between her character and Ming-na Wen? Weigh in below.

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