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Looks like someone is having no problem booking gigs post Glee? Lea Michele already has a role in FOX’s new high-profile comedy horror anthology, Scream Queens. She’s also branching out and headed to the silver screen. The 28-year-old just booked a leading role in the feature film, The Layover.

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Zayn Malik Officially Quits One Direction

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If I was a betting man, I would’ve placed all my money on Zayn Malik being the first to leave One Direction. Even before he took a break from touring last week due to stress, I had a feeling he was the Ginger Spice of the group.

The announcement was made today via the band’s Facebook page. Those worried that this means this is the end of 1D, fear not. They will continue as a quartet much like Spice Girls did when Geri Halliwell left.

Question is, for how long? Sans Ginger, the Spice Girls only lasted for another album which performed mediocrely compared to their previous albums. Check out Zayn’s official statement below.

“My life with One Direction has been more than I could ever have imagined. But, after five years, I feel like it is now the right time for me to leave the band. I’d like to apologize to the fans if I’ve let anyone down, but I have to do what feels right in my heart. I am leaving because I want to be a normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight. I know I have four friends for life in Louis, Liam, Harry and Niall. I know they will continue to be the best band in the world.” – Zayn Malik

read One Direction and Simon Cowell’s statements after the jump

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It’s the sequel no one was really asking for, but a follow up to Independence Day will hit theaters twenty years after the original blockbuster stormed cineplexes. While it’s highly unlikely Will Smith will return, his on-screen love interest has just signed on the dotted line.

Vivica A. Fox played Jasmine, a single mother slash exotic dance in the 1996 blockbuster film. She would eventually marry Smith’s character. Director Roland Emmerich broke the news via Twitter.

The 50-year-old actress is just the latest from the original cast to return. Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman also agreed to reprise their roles for the sequel. New blood cast for the film include Liam Hemsworth, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Jessie Usher. The latter is playing Smith and Fox’s son.

Excited for the sequel? Do you think Will Smith will return for a cameo? Sound off below. Independence Day 2 is scheduled to hit theaters on June 24, 2016. Check out Emmerich and Fox’s tweets below, along with Fox channeling her inner stripper from the original blockbuster.

check out tweet after the jump

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Hopefully, she fares better this time around than her nymphomaniac character, Shelley, in Asylum. Poor girl was tortured and mutilated beyond recognition during the second season of the popular horror anthology.

Chloe Sevigny is the latest to check into American Horror Story: Hotel. She joins previously announced cast members Lady Gaga, Matt Bomer, Wes Bentley and Cheyenne Jackson. Sadly, this time around Jessica Lange won’t be participating. She formally announced her exit during the show’s recent PaleyFest panel.

Ryan Murphy broke the news via social media. “Very excited to announce that Chloe Sevigny returns to the AHS family as a series regular on “‘AHS: Hotel,’” he tweeted gleefully.

Excited to see Sevigny back in the franchise? Which other former AHS alum do you want to see return? Sound off below.

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It appears that Disney is not the only studio giving their classics a live-action treatment.

After almost a decade in development, a live-action Fraggle Rock movie appears to be finally picking up steam. The series which told the adventures of cave-dwelling creatures debuted in 1983.

With this ‘A’ list actor now on board as producer and signed on to star, Jim Henson’s beloved Muppet characters are all but assured to come to life on the silver screen.

“The first screen personas I ever loved were Henson creations, first on ‘Sesame Street,’ and then on ‘Fraggle Rock. Jim Henson’s characters make you laugh and sing, but they’re also layered, surprising, and wise. From Oscar the Grouch, to Yoda, to the Fraggles. I’ve never stopped loving his work, even as a young frisky man, and on into adulthood. Collaborating with Lisa Henson makes me confident we can do something that Jim would have loved. I’m grateful and excited to be working with New Regency on this project.”

The above statement is from the film’s producer and star. Have any idea who it could be? Find out below.

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I’m sure by now you’ve heard of the bullying controversy surrounding The X Factor New Zealand. Natalia Kills and her husband Willy Moon faced major backlash after their scathing remarks towards a contestant. Widespread condemnation from viewers, fellow judges and celebrities for their actions dominated social media this week. Not surprisingly, they were fired and the married couple fled the country.

If their intention was to generate press, mission accomplished. While the world now knows their names, sadly, I think they’ve committed career suicide with their antics. Don’t see them ever recovering from this.

With only days til the next live episode, I’m sure producers had a difficult time finding replacements. How many established musicians are immediately available and have several weeks of free time to attend the tapings? Find out who’ll sit on the panel below.

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At this point, the next season of American Horror Story is going to be Lady Gaga and a bunch of hot guys. Sign me up!!!

Wes Bentley joins previously announced cast members Matt Bomer, Cheyenne Jackson and Mother Monster for American Horror Story: Hotel. Ryan Murphy revealed the 36-year-old actor will be a series regular via Twitter.

As with most instances, Bentley has appeared in a Ryan Murphy production previously. He guest starred as Edward Mondrake on AHS: Freak Show. Murphy loves recycling his cast.

Are you looking forward to AHS: Hotel? Who else do you want to join the cast? Weigh in below.

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The casting team for the Beauty and the Beast live-action adaptation are obsessed with Brits. Emma Thompson is the latest from across the pond to join the star-studded cast. The 55-year-old will feel at home on set with her fellow countrymen Emma Watson (Belle), Luke Evans (Gaston) and Dan Stevens (Beast).

What part is Thompson playing? She’ll take on the role of Mrs. Potts, voiced originally by Angela Lansbury in the 1991 animated classic. Since the new version will feature the movie’s original songs, Emma better brush up on her vocals. The title track is one of the most revered and beloved from the Disney archive. As RuPaul would say, ‘Don’t f*ck it up!!!’

The studio also revealed that Kevin Kline is on board to play Maurice, Belle’s father. At least now, Josh Gad who’s taking on Le Fou will have another American to talk to on set ;)

In other BATB-related news, Luke Evans who’ll channel his inner douchebag to play the obnoxious Gaston recently shared a shirtless sweaty pic of himself on a hike. Let’s hope the live-action adaptation allows at least a couple of scenes for Evans to show off his physique. Check out the photo below.

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