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Audra McDonald Joins Live-Action Beauty & The Beast

In: Donovan, Movies
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Like the cast for the live-action Beauty & The Beast wasn’t sensational enough. Producers have just added a major Broadway talent to the mix.

Six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald is the latest addition to the star-studded cast. She joins Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as the Beast, Luke Evans as Gaston, Josh Gad as LeFou, Kevin Kline as Maurice and Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts. Have any guesses on what part she’s tackling? Find out below.

find out which role after the jump

Another Original Cast Member Joins Heroes Reborn

In: Donovan, TV Shows
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When NBC first announced it was resurrecting Heroes for a 13-episode miniseries, many were hopeful that some of the original cast members would return. Jack Coleman who played Noah Bennet was the sole OG alum attached to Heroes Reborn. That is until now… A fan favorite just booked a guest-starring arc on the event series. Find out who below.

find out who after the jump

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Out of all the sitcoms to resurrect from the 1990s, this one comes out of left field. Even more surprising is the fact, the original series ran on ABC initially. NBC, though, somehow got their peacock claws on Coach and convinced Craig T. Nelson to reprise his role. The network announced it’s ordered 13 episodes.

Coach aired on ABC from 1989-1997 and was a Top 20 hit show for the first six seasons. The revival will “pick up 18 years later and find his character Hayden Fox interrupting his retirement to become assistant coach to his own grown son, who is the new head coach at an Ivy League school in Pennsylvania that is just starting up a new team.”

It’s not known if any of the other original cast members are returning. Hopefully, a couple of them make special cameos.

This revival comes off the heels of another 90s classic being resurrected. FOX renewed The X Files for a six-episode event earlier this week. What show from the 90s will be resuscitated next? Weigh in below.

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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

In: Donovan, Music
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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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