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Adele Heads To Saturday Night Live

In: Donovan, Music

Mark your calendars folks!!! Saturday Night Live just booked Adele as the musical guest for the pre-Thanksgiving episode on November 21. Obviously, this was perfectly orchestrated as part of her media blitz for her new album, 25, dropping just the day before on November 20.

The “Hello” chanteuse made her SNL debut back in 2008 which included an unexpected appearance by then US vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Find out below who’s hosting her episode.

find out who’s hosting after the jump

Quantico Recruits Anne Heche

In: Donovan, TV Shows

Had Anne Heche been part of the Quantico cast since the beginning, my money would be on her as the one framing Priyanka Chopra. The 46-year-old actress was a bit of a fruitcake several years back. Remember her supposed alien encounter, alter ego Celestia and her alleged drug trip gone bad in Fresno? Girl was cray. It’s that unpredictability that makes this casting fantastic.

Heche joins ABC’s breakout FBI drama as Dr. Susan Langdon. According to, she’s a former FBI agent and medical examiner who’s now a best-selling author. She returns to Quantico to facilitate a seminar on how to identify and catch serial killers.

Excited to see Anne on Quantico? Are you hooked on the ABC series? Weigh in below.

NeNe Leakes Books Another Broadway Gig

In: Donovan, The Arts

It appears that NeNe Leakes is doing just fine since leaving The Real Housewives of Atlanta. The 47-year-old reality star just booked another Broadway gig.

After making her Broadway debut as the wicked stepmother in Cinderella, Leakes will now torment the murderesses of Cook County Jail. She’ll play Matron ‘Mama’ Morton in the long-running musical, Chicago. Queen Latifah brought the character to life on the big screen in 2002 and earned an Oscar nomination in doing so.

Chicago is currently celebrating its 19th year on Broadway. If you’re interested in checking out NeNe on stage, her four-week run will go from November 23 until December 20. Do you think Leakes is perfect for the role? Why or why not?

Simon Cowell Returns To American Television

In: Donovan, TV Shows

Though he’s a co-creator of the show, Simon Cowell has never appeared on the panel of America’s Got Talent. That’s all about to change for Season 11 of the summer reality staple.

“The good news is America’s Got Talent is back next year and the even better news is so am I!” tweeted Cowell.

The 56-year-old acerbic British judge replaces an exiting Howard Stern. No word if Heidi Klum, Mel B or Howie Mandel are returning to the show to sit alongside Simon.

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Grease isn’t the only musical in the works over at FOX. The network is also remaking The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Unlike Grease though, the cult classic won’t be live, but rather a two-hour taped event. Orange Is The New Black standout, Laverne Cox, is the first cast member attached to FOX’s re-imagining.

Before I reveal what part she’s playing, props go out to the original 1975 film. It recently broke a record. With it being a fan favorite for Halloween and random midnight shows, the film has 40 years of theatrical distribution under its belt. That’s a longer stretch than any other movie in history.

find out Cox’s role after the jump

Chris Rock Confirmed To Host The 2016 Oscars

In: Donovan, Movies, TV Shows

After much speculation, it’s confirmed that Chris Rock will host the 88th Academy Awards. It marks the second time the 50-year-old comedian has hosted the annual event. He previously held court in 2005 for the 77th Oscars telecast.

“I’m so glad to be hosting the Oscars,” said Rock. “It’s great to be back.”

Rock follows in the recent footsteps of Neil Patrick Harris (2015), Ellen DeGeneres (2014) and Seth MacFarlane (2013). Check out below the Saturday Night Live alum’s opening monologue from his first stint as Oscar host.

“Chris Rock is truly the MVP of the entertainment industry,” Academy Awards producers David Hill and Reginald Hudlin said in a statement. “Comedian, actor, writer, producer, director, documentarian — he’s done it all. He’s going to be a phenomenal Oscar host!”

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Donald Trump Set To Host Saturday Night Live

In: Donovan, TV Shows

It appears NBC hasn’t completely cut ties with Donald Trump, after not airing the 2015 Miss Universe pageant and replacing him with Arnold Schwarzenegger on Celebrity Apprentice. And for his part, it seems the 69-year-old Republican presidential candidate isn’t holding a grudge against the peacock network despite their recent history.

Mark your calendars folks!!! Saturday Night Live has chosen The Donald to host the November 7th show. Over the years, Trump has provided much fodder for the long-running late night sketch variety show. With Donald part of the joke this time around, I have no doubt viewers will be entertained with beyond hilarious skits.

find out who the musical guest is after the jump

Meet The Teen Voicing Disney’s New Princess Moana

In: Donovan, Movies

After an exhaustive search, Disney has found a talented teen to voice the studio’s new princess, Moana. 14-year-old Auli’i Cravalho won the role after an open casting call. The native Hawaiian will star opposite Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson in the animated film slated for released Thanksgiving 2016.

“I didn’t think I would have a chance,” she shared in a statement. “When I was little, I used to dance around the house singing at the top of my lungs. In my mind, that was performing and I loved the feeling of it. But I never imagined being in a Disney movie, being Moana—representing my culture in that way.”

Directed by the renowned filmmaking team of Ron Clements and John Musker (The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, The Princess & the Frog), Moana will be another sweeping CG-animated adventure that will no doubt become another blockbuster hit for the Mouse Studio. Check out the adorable moment below when Auli’i found out she snagged the role.

Movie Synopsis

“In the ancient South Pacific world of Oceania, Moana, a born navigator, sets sail in search of a fabled island. During her incredible journey, she teams up with her hero, the legendary demi-god Maui (Johnson), to traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous sea creatures, breathtaking underworlds and ancient folklore.”

watch the moment she heard the news after the jump

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