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Lifetime Picks Zendaya To Star In Aaliyah Biopic

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Whitney Houston isn’t the only R&B singer’s life Lifetime plans on telling in an upcoming biopic. The network announced today Aaliyah’s short-lived career is also heading to the small screen.

Based off Christopher Farley’s bestselling biography Aaliyah: More Than a Woman, the project is tentatively titled Aaliyah: Princess of R&B. Surprisingly, it’s the first biopic about the 22-year-old phenom who tragically died in a plane crash in the 90s.

While an ANTM model was tapped to play Houston, a singer-actress has been plucked to play the “Try Again” singer. Zendaya Coleman, star of Disney Channel’s Shake It Up!, will put her acting and singing skills on display for the role. Coleman also appeared on the 16th season of Dancing With The Stars where she just missed winning and placed runner-up to Kellie Pickler. Lifetime plans to air the original movie sometime this Fall. Read the official press release below. Be sure to also check out my five favorite Aaliyah tracks here.

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At last Sunday’s Tony Awards ceremony, Neil Patrick Harris picked up his first Tony for his show-stopping performance in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. The Broadway production also won Best Revival of a Musical, Best Performance By A Featured Actress In A Musical (Lena Hall) and Best Lighting.

With the musical doing boffo business, the originally planned limited run has been extended. Sadly, Harris isn’t sticking around for it. Find out who’s stepping into his fishnets below.

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Kylie Minogue Joins Earthquake Disaster Flick

In: Donovan, Movies
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Kylie Minogue is everywhere these days. Earlier this year, she appeared on British television as a coach on The Voice UK. She followed that up by releasing her twelfth studio album, Kiss Me Once. The 46-year-old Aussie is now heading back to the movie biz. She previously showed her acting chops in Moulin Rouge, Jack & Diane and Holy Motors.

It was just announced she’s joining the earthquake disaster flick San Andreas. Her role, at the moment, is being kept under wraps. Any wagers she contributes a song to the film’s soundtrack? Even though the film centers around an 9.0 earthquake hitting California, the film is shooting on the Gold Coast of Australia. Keep reading to find out who else in starring in the earth-shattering film.

check out the rest of the cast after the jump

Mel B. Returns To The X Factor Family

In: Donovan, TV Shows
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Series 11 of The X Factor UK is about to get a lot scarier. Scary Spice that is.

Mel B. has officially been confirmed as the fourth judge, sitting alongside Louis Walsh, Cheryl Cole and Simon Cowell. The 39-year-old has previously judged the Australian version for two seasons and appeared during the UK’s ninth season during one of the audition stops. This marks her debut as a full-time judge on the British version.

“I’ve always thought honesty is the best policy when being a judge and that’s what I’m going to bring more of this year,” she said. “Whether it’s spotting an incredible singer, giving someone a reality check or debating with Simon over who’s got it wrong.” – Mel B.

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She may not have won America’s Next Top Model but Yaya DaCosta has carved quite a decent post-ANTM career for herself. The 31 year-old stunner has landed ads for Garnier Fructis, Sephora and Oil of Olay to name a few.

In addition to her modeling gigs, she’s done relatively well in acting as well. Her small screen credits include All My Children, Ugly Betty, House and Law & Order: SVU. On the big screen Yaya appeared in The Kids Are All Right, Tron: Legacy, The Butler and In Time.

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Long before he donned vampire fangs for Twilight, Kellan Lutz appeared in HBO’s The Comeback. With the network renewing the much-loved cult hit almost ten years after it canceled the show, many hardcore fans were hoping several of the original cast members would return. Today, their collective wishes have been granted.

Lutz is reprising his role of Chris MacNess, an actor featured on Valerie Cherish’s sitcom, Room and Bored. The 29-year-old muscle stud will be joined by Malin Akerman who also appeared on the show within the show. She will once again play Juna Millken. Both actors will reportedly appear in all six new episodes of the show’s second season.

Did you watch The Comeback? Are you happy both Lutz and Akerman are back? Hoping any other originals return? Weigh in below.

ABC Announces Bachelor In Paradise Cast

In: Donovan, TV Shows
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After three seasons of Bachelor Pad, ABC took a break last year but vowed to return. Somewhat true to their word, the network is offering another series from the Bachelor franchise. But this time, they’re sending Bachelor and Bachelorette rejects to an isolated island. I’m sensing Temptation Island but without any committed couples. Here’s the official description.

Some of The Bachelor’s biggest stars and villains are back. They all left The Bachelor or The Bachelorette with broken hearts, but now they know what it really takes to find love, and onBachelor in Paradise they’ll get a second chance to find their soul mates. Contestants will live together in an isolated romantic paradise and, over the course of six episodes, we’ll follow these former bachelors and bachelorettes as they explore new romantic relationships. America will watch as they fall in love or go through renewed heartbreak.

Earlier today, the network announced most of the cast starring on Bachelor In Paradise. Why only most? Reportedly, three of the men appearing on the show are currently on The Bachelorette vying for Andi Dorfmann’s heart. Once they’re eliminated, ABC will officially announce their participation. Check out the revealed cast below.

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Naomi Watts Joins Divergent Franchise

In: Donovan, Movies
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Have you read the Divergent books? Who did you picture playing Evelyn, leader of the Factionless? If Naomi Watts was on your list, you’re in luck. The 45-year-old Aussie has been tapped to join the Divergent franchise. She’ll appear in the next film, Insurgent, along with the final chapter Allegiant which will be split into two parts. I really hate how Lionsgate does that with all their franchises.

Watts joins Octavia Spencer as new additions to the cast. Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ansel Elgort, Kate Winslet and Miles Teller who all appeared in Divergent will return for the sequel which began shooting in Atlanta last week. You excited for Watt’s addition? Sound off below.

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