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Neil Patrick Harris Hosting 87th Academy Awards

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Someone has graduated to the big leagues. After hosting the Tony Awards and Emmy Awards previously, the 41-year-old actor has been tapped to host the 87th annual Academy Awards. The perfect man for the job if you ask me.

If sometime in the future, Neil Patrick Harris is asked to host the Grammys, he could be the first person to have a hosting EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscars and Tony) to his credit. It’s rare for a performer to win each of those statues, but hosting all events has never been done. If anyone can do it, it’s Harris.

The How I Met Your Mother actor takes over Ellen DeGeneres who hosted last year’s event which was seen by 43 million viewers. It saw ratings rise 6%, becoming the most-watched entertainment broadcast in 10 years. Can he topped those numbers? More importantly, can he outdo DeGeneres’ epic selfie pic?

Neil Meron and Craig Zadan have been recruited to produce the Oscars for the third year in a row. The annual extravaganza will take place Sunday, February 22, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

Do you think NPH is a great choice to host the event? He has a very similar hosting style to Hugh Jackman. I fully expect an extremely gay-centric production. I.CANT.WAIT!!! Watch his video announcement below and weigh in afterward.

watch the announcement after the jump

The Good Wife Loses An Original Cast Member

In: Donovan, TV Shows
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Someone’s following in Josh Charles’ footsteps and leaving The Good Wife. And that someone is Archie Punjabi who has played Kalinda Sharma since the first season. She’ll exit at the end of Season 6. The Emmy award-winning actress will headline a drama pilot for 20th Century TV, under a new talent deal she recently signed.

“Archie is an Emmy award-winning dramatic actress, and rightly so,” said Sharon Klein, 20th’s executive vice president of casting. “Her work on The Good Wife has been extraordinary, and the time has come for her to star in a project of her own. We couldn’t be happier that it will be with us.”

Showrunners for The Good Wife, Robert and Michelle King, also chimed in. Read their statement below.

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It pays to have Ellen DeGeneres on your side. Especially if you want a part in Magic Mike XXL.

Stephen “tWitch” Boss, who’s frequently the guest DJ on her daytime talk show, already has a gig in the highly-anticipated sequel. DeGeneres even waxed his extremely buff torso on camera in preparation for his role. Her sexy gardener Nick, aka Bill Reilich, has now booked a role in the film.

A couple of weeks ago, DeGeneres blindsided one of the film’s producer into taking an impromptu meeting with Reilich. It appears it was all worth it. Channing Tatum called Ellen while filming to tell Bill the great news.

“Nick! What’s up man?” Channing said. “After careful inspection of your ab region, we have deducted that we need you in Magic Mike XXL.”

I wonder if his ab region was the only part of Bill’s anatomy Channing and the powers-that-be checked out. Recently, alleged nude pics of Bill have surfaced. Let’s just he doesn’t disappoint in any department.

Check out Bill learning about his big break below, along with more shirtless photos. I’ve embedded the video of Ellen waxing tWitch as well for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy.

watch Bill receive the call after the jump

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You know the script must be horrendous if Hugh Grant is leaving a project because of it. Like him but let’s face it… he’s not exactly super busy these days.

The 54-year-old actor has been keen on reprising his role of Daniel Cleaver ever since a third Bridget Jones film was announced back in 2011. Since then it’s been in pre-production hell with numerous script rewrites. He revealed why he left the film in a recent interview. Read it below.

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Has Sam Mendes Found His Femme Fatale For Bond 24?

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When it comes to James Bond movie rumors, especially involving Bond Girls, I tend to take them with a grain of salt. For some reason, most of them never come to fruition. When Skyfall was in pre-production Freida Pinto, Olivia Wilde, Rachel Weisz, Margarita Levieva and Alice Eve were just a few names reportedly to have snagged the femme fatale role. Eventually, Bérénice Marlohe and Naomie Harris officially joined the ranks of Bond Girls.

For Bond 24 (working title), Penelope Cruz, Downton Abbey actress Joanne Froggatt, Norwegian actress Synnøve Macody Lund have all been mentioned at some point or another. Even Rihanna’s name has been in the mix. I’m thinking she’ll probably do the theme song and make a brief cameo much like Madonna did in Die Another Day. Find out who’s reportedly snagged a role in Bond 24 which begins filming in December.

find out after the jump

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Before you get too excited, Nicole Scherzinger isn’t reuniting with the Pussycat Dolls. Although, it wouldn’t surprise me if she did in the future, if her new solo album flops like her previous attempt. Rather, the 36-year-old singer is joining the West End revival production of Cats. She’ll play “Glamour Cat” Grizabella for a 12-week run starting in December at London’s Palladium.

“I am really thrilled to be making my West End debut in such an iconic show and I couldn’t be more excited,” Nicole shared in a statement. “To have the opportunity to work with Andrew [Lloyd Webber], Trevor, and Gillian is a dream come true. I grew up listening to Andrew’s extraordinary music and was lucky enough, a couple of years ago, to record Cats’ beautiful song ‘Memory.’ Andrew’s score is breathtaking and I am truly honored to have been asked to take part in what I know will be a very special time in my career. I can’t wait to begin rehearsals.”

This isn’t the first time Scherzinger has performed songs from an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical. She’s previously sang songs from Phantom Of The Opera and Evita for various music specials. Check out the performances below.

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Stephen Collins is best known for playing the patriarch of the Camden family on the long-running drama 7th Heaven. The 67-year-old actor is in hot water after a recording of him admitting to child molestation surfaced. According to EW.com, Collins has been fired from Seth MacFarlane’s upcoming sequel, Ted 2.

On the tape, Collins is heard confessing about an 11-year-old New York girl, specifically admitting to placing her hand on his penis and then exposing himself to her on other occasions. His estranged wife, Faye Grant, reportedly taped the admission during a therapy session back in 2012. In California, it is legal to record a conversation if the purpose is to gather evidence of a felony.

The New York Police Department is currently investigating Collins for alleged “inappropriate sexual contact” with at least three children. No charges have been filed yet. Listen to the taped conversation below.

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Baywatch Movie Snags Its First Cast Member

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After several attempts, it appears Paramount’s plans for a big screen adaptation of Baywatch is finally coming together. Over the years it’s gone through vastly different iterations ranging from serious fare to a screwball comedy and everything in between. With comedy writer Justin Malen rewriting the script and Sean Anders and John Morris, the team behind We’re the Millers and Horrible Bosses 2 directing, it appears it’s a straight comedy.

find out who’s signed on after the jump

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