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When Mo’nique teamed up with Lee Daniels, she earned an Oscar statue for her stunning work in Precious. Since nabbing the Academy Award, the 47-year-old actress has been practically MIA. Not for lack of trying though.

A couple of months ago while promoting her film Blackbird, Mo’nique revealed she was set to reunite with Daniels on two projects- The Butler and Empire. Eventually, the roles went to Oprah Winfrey and Taraji P. Henson respectively.

After she claimed she was initially offered the juicy role of Cookie Lyon, Danny Strong, the writer for The Butler and co-creator of Empire, stated that Mo’nique was never offered the roles. Turns out, the actress wasn’t lying one bit.

During an interview with Sway, she pulled out the emails, proving her claims were valid. While I can’t picture anyone else as Cookie than Taraji, I’m glad that Mo’nique cleared her name. Many thought she was making things up as retaliation for Daniels saying Mo’nique ‘blackballed herself‘ in Hollywood after winning the Oscar. Check out the emails and interview below.

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Anyone else going through Empire withdrawal? I definitely am. It’s not the same without a weekly sassy one-liner from the one and only Cookie Lyon (Taraji P. Henson). reports that two cast members featured during the freshman series of the hip-hop drama have been promoted for Season 2. Have any guesses? While I was hoping for either Naomi Campbell or Courtney Love to make more appearances, I’m okay with the lucky duo. These two characters are fan favorites and made memorable splashes whenever they appeared on screen. Find out who below.

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If you’re a regular reader, it’s no secret that I’m beyond excited to check out Scream Queens. When it comes to a Ryan Murphy production, you’re pretty much guaranteed a fantastic first season. It’s the subsequent seasons that can be hit or miss. Am I right, or am I right?

Entertainment Weekly recently snagged their hands on some new promotional material for the new FOX anthology series. The three new posters are in line with the already-released video teasers which incorporated sharp knives and bubble gum. Like the clips, only Emma Roberts and Keke Palmer are featured. When will Lea Michele and company get in on the artwork? Check out the other two posters below.

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FOX Remaking The Rocky Horror Picture Show

In: Donovan, Movies, TV Shows

In addition to their Grease remake, FOX is also developing one for The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Unlike the former, the reboot of 1975 musical comedy cult classic won’t be a live production.

According to Entertainment Weekly, this way the network will have an easier time attracting top talent who are fearful of performing without the safety net of retakes.

Kenny Ortega, the man behind High School Musical, is helming the project. He’ll work alongside the original producer of the film, Lou Adler. This won’t be FOX’s first experience with The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Glee previously paid homage to the film.

Who would you cast in the main roles? Hopefully Tim Curry or Susan Sarandon who appeared in the original make a cameo in the remake? Weigh in below.


The promos keep getting better for FOX’s highly-anticipated new comedy horror anthology. If the actual show is remotely as good as the clips, we’re in for a good time when Scream Queens premieres this Fall. There’s one thing you can always count on with a Ryan Murphy production. The first season is always killer. This time literally.

Scream Queens revolves around a college sorority stalked by a masked killer and stars Jamie Lee Curtis, Lea Michele, Keke Palmer, Abigail Breslin, Oliver Hudson, and Diego Boneta with appearances by Nick Jonas and Ariana Grande.

In the latest visual, Emma Roberts’ character Chanel holds a knife but doesn’t necessarily use it as you’d expect. Check it out below.

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April Fool’s Day is always tricky. One never knows what’s real or simply a prank. At first glance, I thought this was a joke, but it seems legitimate. Unless of course, FOX and Kellan Lutz went to extreme lengths to punk everyone.

The network announced a new one-hour unscripted challenge series for the ultimate weekend warrior. Four men and four women each episode will test their their bodies and brains in three ultimate challenges that ask nothing more than for them to hit the BULLSEYE- literally. At the end, the last person standing walks away (if they still can get on their feet) $50,000 richer.

“I am a huge fan of extreme sports, and for me, nothing beats an adrenaline rush, which is why I am so excited to host this series,” Lutz said in a statement. “I love the concept of physicality and strategy combined with the most awesome challenges that will blow your mind. I am looking forward to watching these competitors push themselves out of their comfort zones and I’ll be on the sidelines cheering them on.”

Comedian Godfrey co-hosts alongside Lutz. Bullseye debuts on Wednesday, May 27. Check out the promo below where individuals transform themselves literally into human cannonballs. It’s Wipeout meets Fear Factor meets American Ninja Warrior.

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FOX Gives New Girl Season 5 Renewal

In: Donovan, TV Shows

There were rumblings that FOX was pulling the plug on New Girl due to dwindling ratings. Personally, I didn’t see the network canceling it with the comedy so close to the magical 100-episode mark. It’s all about syndication baby. As I expected, FOX gives the Zooey Deschanel sitcom a fifth season renewal.

“Four seasons in, New Girl continues to be one of the smartest and most relatable comedies on television,” said Fox Entertainment President David Madden. “The writing is razor-sharp, the ensemble is consistently hilarious, and we couldn’t be more proud of Liz, Brett, Dave and the entire New Girl team.”

There is some sad news though for New Girl fans. Damon Wayans Jr. who starred in the pilot and returned in Season is jumping ship. To fill the void, SNL‘s Taran Killam and Sleepy Hollow alum John Cho are being brought in.

Production has already begun on the new season mostly in part to work around Deschanel’s pregnancy. The show isn’t planning on incorporating her baby bump into the show. Excited that New Girl is coming back? Weigh in below.

FOX Officially Resurrects The X-Files

In: Donovan, TV Shows

Incessant rumors have been abound for months now and it appears all the chatter was true. FOX officially confirmed they’re resurrecting the landmark sci-fi conspiracy drama, The X-Files.

Even more exciting is the fact original stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson are on board. Don’t expect a weekly dose though. The network is only bringing it back for a limited six-episode event series which begins production this Summer.

“I think of it as a 13-year commercial break,” producer Chris Carter states. “The good news is the world has only gotten that much stranger, a perfect time to tell these six stories.”

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