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Dan Aykroyd Confirms Ghostbusters Reboot Cameo

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After Indie Revolver first broke the news, Dan Aykroyd took to Twitter to confirm his cameo in the all-female Ghostbusters reboot. He subsequently deleted the tweet, but plenty of people managed to grab a screenshot before it disappeared.

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The 63-year-old actor is the only cast member from the original Ghostbusters films to join Paul Feig’s reboot starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon. Hopefully, Ernie Hudson and Bill Murray follow suit soon. Read below to learn what his cameo will entail.

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FOX was having such a difficult time casting Danny Zuko, it pushed the live broadcast from 2015 to January 31, 2016. I was beginning to wonder if anyone could ever fill John Travolta’s shoes. At long last, the network has finally found its leading man.

Aaron Tveit has been given the monumental task of playing the head T Bird. Currently, the 31-year-old can be seen on the cable series Graceland, but he has quite the extensive stage resume. He’s appeared in Catch Me If You Can and Next To Normal on Broadway. Not to mention his turn as Enjolras in the big-budget film adaptation of Les Miserables in 2012. He should do just fine with his new high-profile gig.

“I’m thrilled and honored to be joining this incredibly talented team of actors in re-imagining this classic and beloved musical,” Tveit said. “Playing Danny Zuko is a dream role and I can’t wait to be a part of all the fun that comes along with performing live on television.”

Tveit joins previously announced cast members Julianne Hough (Sandy), Vanessa Hudgens (Rizzo) and Keke Palmer (Marty). Find out below who’s playing his on-screen sidekick Kenickie.

find out who’s playing Kenickie after the jump

Daredevil Casts Elektra For Season 2

In: Donovan, TV Shows
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Elektra was mentioned during the first season of Daredevil but was never seen. That’s all about to change for the Netflix series’ second season. Marvel revealed Elodie Yung has been tapped to play the female ninja assassin.

“After a worldwide search, we found in Elodie the perfect actress to embody both Elektra’s impressive and deadly physicality, as well as her psychological complexity,” said Executive Producer and Head of Marvel Television, Jeph Loeb. “Paired with Charlie as Matt Murdock, the two will bring one of the most beloved and tumultuous comic book relationships to life with all the accompanying sparks and spectacular action sequences the show is known for.”

Marvel describes Elektra as “a mysterious woman from Matt Murdock’s past whose dangerous and exotic ways may be more than he can handle.”

Things will definitely be sticky for Murdock come next season. He already has two love interests on the show- Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll) and Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson). Now, he has a stunning new lady in the mix.

find out who after the jump

Rosie Perez Exiting The View

In: Donovan, TV Shows
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Another Rosie has bit the dust. Just six months after joining the panel, Rosie Perez is leaving The View. The White Man Can’t Jump actress is the second panelist to leave this season, following in Rosie O’Donnell’s footsteps.

O’Donnell and Perez were added, along with Nicole Wallace, as part of a major overhaul of the long-running daytime show this year. It appears more huge changes are in store for Season 19. Raven-Symoné was recently hired as a permanent host and it is expected frequent stand-in, comedian Michelle Collins, will be added as well.

Executive Producer Bill Wolff broke the news today in an email sent out to the staff. Read it below.

read the statement after the jump

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Portia de Rossi isn’t the only one being promoted from recurring status to series regular. Cornelius Smith Jr. is also getting upgraded for Scandal Season 5.

The 33-year-old made his debut as activist Marcus Walker during the riveting Ferguson-inspired episode. He appeared later in the season when his character was framed for murder during his mayoral bid.

Details of Smith’s return are still under wraps, but I suspect he might be the new ‘gladiator.’ Since Harrison’s (Columbus Short) departure and Abby (Darby Stanchfield) now working in the White House, Olivia Pope & Associates has been on a skeleton staff for far too long.

Scandal returns to ABC for another OMG season starting on Thursday, September 24. Excited to see more of Cornelius? Sound off below.

Kelly Rowland Books Guest Spot On Empire Season 2

In: Donovan, TV Shows
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Come September, FOX is going to have a field day promoting all the high-profile celebs stopping by Empire. Season 2 of the breakout hip-hop drama will feature plenty of guest stars including Chris Rock, Lenny Kravitz, Alicia Keys, Magic Mike’s Adam Rodriguez and Marisa Tomei. Kelly Rowland is just the latest marquee name to join the cast. Find out what role she’s playing below.

find out her role after the jump

Marisa Tomei Joins Empire For Season Two

In: Donovan, TV Shows
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Empire has just added another high-profile guest star to appear on the second season of the breakout FOX drama. Oscar winner Marisa Tomei joins the cast as a lesbian billionaire named Mimi Whiteman.

Deadline reports her character is “a demanding venture capitalist who becomes involved in Lyon family drama. A Forbes list billionairess, Mimi is a lover of hip hop music, social trends, high-end fashion and beautiful women.”

This isn’t the first time Tomei has appeared on a television series with a predominantly African-American cast. The 50-year-old was a series regular on the first season of The Cosby Show spinoff, A Different World. Loved her on that sitcom and was bummed when she left.

Tomei joins previously announced guest stars including Chris Rock, Alicia Keys, Lenny Kravitz and Magic Mike’s Adam Rodriguez.

Excited to see Tomei face-off against Cookie and Lucious Lyon? Weigh in below.

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Julia Roberts is once again teaming up with the director that made her into a household name. Without a doubt, Garry Marshall put the 47-year-old actress on the map with the blockbuster Pretty Woman. The two joined forces again in Runaway Bride and Valentine’s Day.

Deadline is reporting Roberts will take part in Marshall’s next film set around yet another holiday. Mother’s Day “tells intertwining stories about the lives of several mothers as the title holiday approaches.” Find out below which actresses are in negotiations to also appear in the film

find out who else is joining the film after the jump

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