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Jennie Garth Reunites With Tori Spelling For Mystery Girls

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ABC Family has cast Jennie Garth to join former “Beverly Hills 90210” co-star Tori Spelling in the network’s comedy pilot, “Mystery Girls.” Both Spelling and Garth will also serve as executive producers. The casting marks a reunion of the two from their days on the hit series.

“Mystery Girls,” starring Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth, follows a former starlet who is roped into solving crimes with her former mystery TV show co-star when a witness to a crime will only speak to the infamous ‘Mystery Girls,’ which was the highest rated program of the 90’s. Spelling will play Holly, who is desperate to regain her former fame and plans to resurrect her life by using her acting skills and crime “experience” to open a detective agency. Now she just has get Charlie (played by Jennie Garth), her former co-star-turned suburban housewife and mother, on board with the plan. Tori Spelling, Jennie Garth and Maggie Malina (“Single Ladies”) will serve as executive producers. The story is by Tori Spelling and Shepard Boucher (“Men at Work”). The pilot was written by Shepard Boucher. “Mystery Girls” is scheduled to shoot in November.

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SWAG GIVEAWAY: Win A Pacific Rim DVD

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Directed by Guillermo del Toro, Pacific Rim is an epic science fiction film set in the 2020s. Earth is at war with Kaijus; colossal monsters from an inter-dimensional gateway on the Pacific Ocean floor. Humanity unites to fight these huge monsters by creating the Jaegers: gigantic humanoid robots that are controlled by two pilots whose minds and memories are linked. The story takes place in the later days of the war, following Raleigh Becket, a former Jaeger pilot called out of retirement and paired up with newbie pilot Mako Mori in a final effort to defeat the Kaijus!

Pacific Rim is released on Blu-ray & DVD Oct.15!

All you have to do to win is to take the Pacific Rim SUPERFAN QUIZ and post YOUR results in your comments section as a giveaway entry. We will choose a winner at random on October 28th.

NOTE: Each household is only eligible to win 1 Pacific Rim Blu-Ray via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

Good Luck!

Casting Continues on FX’s FARGO

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Bob Odenkirk, Oliver Platt, Kate Walsh and Glenn Howerton are among the stars joining Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman and Colin Hanks in the FX limited series Fargo, an original adaptation of the classic Academy Award-winning feature film. The announcement was made today by Eric Schrier, President, Original Programming, FX Networks and FX Productions and Steve Stark, President, Television Production, MGM Television. Production begins in November in Calgary, Canada and the series is slated to premiere next spring on FX.

FX’s Fargo will feature an all-new “true crime” story, following a new case and new characters, all entrenched in the trademark humor, murder and “Minnesota nice” that has made the film an enduring classic. As previously announced, Oscar winner Billy Bob Thornton stars as “Lorne Malvo,” a rootless, manipulative man who meets and forever changes the life of small town insurance salesman “Lester Nygaard,” played by BAFTA Award winner and Emmy-nominated Martin Freeman. Colin Hanks plays Duluth Police Deputy Gus Grimly, a single dad who must choose between his own personal safety when he comes face-to-face with a killer.

Rounding out Fargo’s colorful cast of recurring characters will be Emmy winner Bob Odenkirk (Breaking Bad), as “Deputy Bill Olson,” a Bemidji deputy with seniority over his younger, smarter and more ambitious fellow deputy, “Molly Solverson,” played by Allison Tolman (Sordid Lives), who will be a series regular.

Golden Globe and Emmy-nominated Oliver Platt (The Big C, and the upcoming features Lucky Them, Chef and Kill the Messenger), will play “Stavros Milos,” the Supermarket King of Minnesota. Screen Actors Guild Award® winner Kate Walsh (Private Practice) will star as “Gina Hess,” a former stripper and mother of teenaged twin boys. Glenn Howerton, star of FXX’s It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, will play “Don Chumph,” an ambitious personal trainer. Joey King (The Conjuring, Oz: The Great and Powerful) will play Gus’s daughter, “Greta Grimly” and Peter Breitmayer (The Middle, A Serious Man) will play “Lieutenant Schmidt,” Gus’s superior officer.

Tom Musgrave (Beethoven’s 5th) will portray “Bo Munk,” Lester’s boss at the Bo Munk Insurance Shop, and Josh Close (The Master) will play “Ron Nygaard,” Lester’s younger and more successful brother. Russell Harvard (There Will Be Blood) and Adam Goldberg (The Unusuals) will play members of the Fargo Crime Syndicate, “Mr. Wrench” and “Mr. Numbers,” respectively – Mr. Wrench is the muscle. Mr. Numbers is the mouth.

A 10-episode limited series, Fargo is written by Noah Hawley. Emmy Award-winning director Adam Bernstein (30 Rock) will direct the premiere hour. Executive Producers are Hawley, Warren Littlefield, Joel & Ethan Coen, and Geyer Kosinski. Fargo is produced by FX Productions and MGM Television.

Trisha Yearwood Poses Seductively For Oprah

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Trisha Yearwood is featured in O, The Oprah Magazine’s November fashion spread looking like a “sexy domestic goddess” in a spread that puts a high-fashion, fantasy spin on her Food Network show, “Trisha’s Southern Kitchen.” This is the first time that Trisha has been shot with such a focus on fashion and she looks fantastic.

Yes, I said it and I’ll say it again…SEXY DOMESTIC GODDESS. Check out the highlights from the interview below:

On not being used to her new size:

“I lost the weight eight months ago, and I still wake up every day and think there’s no way my clothes will fit. I used to try on ten things and just wear whatever was the least offensive,” she admitted. “I guess I still have that mental block.”

On her music fans vs. her food fans:

“There’s a pretty big overlap. The die-hard music fans keep tweeting, “we like the show, but make another record.’”

So what do YOU think? Is Trisha sexy?

Kelly Clarkson Sets The Record Straight on Her Rumored Miley Cyrus Slam

Kelly Clarkson wants to expand on that “pitchy strippers” comment she made while watching the MTV VMA’s.

Our friends at Extra TV gave us the scoop. “Extra’s” AJ Calloway sat down with Grammy-winning singer Kelly Clarkson on Thursday, where she set the record straight about her controversial “Pitchy Strippers” tweet surrounding the MTV VMA’s and her true feelings on Miley Cyrus.

Kelly making it clear, “Pitchy strippers… It was more me just being funny. I guess I saw about 6 performances from it (The VMA’s) and I was just being funny…Everybody says stuff and I didn’t even put names on it…People did not think it was funny. I did. That’s ok, I make myself laugh.”

AJ saying everyone associated Kelly’s “Pitchy Stippers” VMA tweet with Miley Cyrus’ performance, Kelly insisting, “That’s not my fault. I didn’t say any names… I’m not dragging anyone’s name in the mud. Everybody’s art is their art. I was just simply expressing my artistic point of view… Ain’t nothing wrong with being a stripper, maybe be on key… Be the best dang stripper you can be.”

As far as Kelly’s thoughts on Miley’s VMA performance and music, Kelly revealing, “My favorite is actually ‘Wrecking Ball.’ I love that song. That’s a killer song. And I just love the intimacy…” And as for Kelly’s review of Miley’s “SNL” performance, Kelly saying, “It’s outstanding. I love it. I love that song and she’s quite a singer.”

Lea Michele’s Tearful Farewell to Cory Monteith on ‘Glee’

In case you missed the Glee tribute show for Cory Monteith, you missed Lea Michele belt out a very stirring rendition of Bob Dylan’s “Make You Feel My Love.” But do not fear, we have it here from our good pals at Hulu.

The entire cast remembered Finn and Cory Monteith in the most beautiful way. It didn’t come off corny or cheesy, but the cast presented the show in a way that stayed true to the show and the way Cory would have wanted it.

Yes, there were moments of tears and sadness, but there were definitely some happy moments as well.

This Lea Michele performance was a hard one to watch for sure. Get the tissues out, peeps. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Marion Cotillard & Naomie Harris Get Their ELLE On Too

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ELLE revealed four of its November Women in Hollywood covers, all honoring women who have made extraordinary contributions to the film industry this year. We are pleased to share these additional shots of Penelope Cruz, Marion Cotillard and Naomie Harris. The ladies pose in The Row, Dior, and Calvin Klein Collection and open up about their unique experiences as female leads in Hollywood, the women they love to watch, and their hopes for the future.

Via Elle:

Marion Cotillard, on why she became an actress:

“When I was a kid, I started to have a lot of questions about human beings, and I was a troubled child because of all of these questions. I guess that’s why I became an actress. Not only because my parents were actors and, yeah, it’s a beautiful thing to tell stories, but I think I became an actress because I wanted to explore this- to explore what a human being is.”

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Naomie Harris, on standing up for herself on set:

“On my first film, I played a stowaway on a ship heading to Germany, and the director told me I was going to be thrown into the sea. But he didn’t have any stunt coordinators! I told him I would agree to be pushed over the side, but only if I could watch him getting pushed over first. Both of us stayed dry.”

Photo credit for Marion and Naomie: Thomas Whiteside

Reese Witherspoon Knows Who She Is Now That She Has Kids

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November marks ELLE’s annual Women in Hollywood issue, honoring women who have made extraordinary contributions to the film industry this year. Icons Reese Witherspoon, Penelope Cruz and Melissa McCarthy, alongside emerging star Shailene Woodley, look stunning in Versace, The Row, Marina Rinaldi and Calvin Klein. The icons opens up about their unique experiences as female leads in Hollywood, the women they love to watch, and their hopes for the future.

Check out the highlights via Elle below:

Reese Witherspoon, on what inspired her to begin producing movies:

“I started noticing a couple years ago that I wasn’t seeing women as the stars of movies. I’m seeing them as the guys’ girlfriends, or so-and-so’s wife. I just thought: God, if I don’t start buckling down and start producing some movies, what’s my daughter going to see in the movies?”

Reese Witherspoon, on how her children changed her life:

“Somebody was saying to me the other day, ‘Oh, people get less interesting when they have kids.’ I just don’t think that’s true. I feel like I was so confused before I had kids, I almost got in my own way. Having kids made me clearer about who I was as a woman. I just wanted to exhibit good qualities for my daughter. I was a little competitive before I had kids- probably really competitive, to be honest. It really made me let go of that.”

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Melissa McCarthy, on playing nontraditional female comedic leads:

“A lot of times, women have had all their tools taken away (in Hollywood comedies). It’s like you’re never inappropriate, you have the greatest job, you look great, your hair is amazing, and now go be funny. And it’s like, with what? You have to fall down for us to want to watch you get back up. And it’s like they never let you watch women fall down.”

Melissa McCarthy, on which comediennes she enjoys watching:

“I watch Julia Louis-Dreyfus on Veep and she is so good, because she is playing the world’s biggest asshole narcissist, and yet you can’t take your eyes off of her. In fact, you still strangely like her and almost want to hang with her.”

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Penelope Cruz, reflecting on her Hollywood stardom:

“The concept of a ‘star’ will always sound foreign and surreal to me because growing up in my country, you’re an actor, not a star.”

Penelope Cruz, on the best piece of career advice she’s ever received:

“How important it is to learn to say no. You’re going to have to put a lot of your time into a project, and you have to know if it’s something you really feel connected with, because it’s not a job you can do like you press a button- no.”

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Shailene Woodley, on staying true to herself in Hollywood:

“There’s nothing like walking into a meeting and people expecting me to shake hands, and you hug them. For me, a hug is to disregard all of that bullshit and be like, This is me, Shai. This is who I am. Now let’s talk about real situations. Let’s not talk about all this surface-level stuff.”

Shailene Woodley, on the next five years:

“I’m so young, and I’m single, and I just want to drift. I’m just going to be a drifter. I want to do something totally different before Insurgent [the second film in the Divergent trilogy]. Maybe I’ll work in a tea shop. Or live in Amsterdam. Or be a nanny. Life experience only helps us as actors. I need new experiences to draw upon.”

On newsstands nationwide October 22nd!

When Will Kim Kardashian Marry Kanye West?

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Will they? Won’t they? Oh, the speculation! When will Kim Kardashian Marry Kanye West?

At the start of the week, the speculation as to whether or not Kim Kardashian and Kanye West will tie the knot was pointing to yes. By mid-week, it was no, no, no. Today? Who knows. Is it some crazy plot to keep us guessing? It’s possible.

Here is what we know re: Yes vs. No.

Yes: According to reports, Kanye really wants a wedding and Mama Kris has his back. She’s in full support of nuptials. And we’re not talking some private affair. Nope. It’s go big or go home, folks. Kanye and Kris are pulling for a big, massive, gigantic wedding of a wedding. In fact, in true “momager” style, the word is Kris is convinced it will “look bad for the family” if the couple don’t get married soon.

No: Kim has been married before- a few times, actually. And she’s done the big wedding. If Kanye and Kris want a wedding, they may just have to settle for subtle. Can Mama Kris do subtle? Can Kanye do subtle? In all honesty, can Kim do subtle?

At this point, one thing seems clear- Kim Kardashian is in no big rush to marry Kanye. Maybe at some point she’ll concede to the big wedding bit, or maybe not. But at this point? Well, Kim says a wedding can wait… for now.

What do you think? Does big or small win out?

Before You Exit Covers Katy Perry’s Roar

The pop trio, known as Before You Exit, have released a cover for Katy Perry’s hit song, “Roar”. Releasing their new EP, I Like That, on February 4th, these young pop-rockers combine catchy hooks, charm, with the great musicianship to make an adorable group you will be seeing everywhere in 2013!

The Orlando-based band began a few years ago with brothers Connor McDonough, 19, (Vocals/Guitar) and Riley McDonough, 17, (Vocals), only recently did the band bring in younger brother Toby McDonough, 15, on vocals. Unlike many bands of brothers, Oasis and The Black Crowes come to mind, the trio work harmoniously. “We actually get along really well. We all have our thing and work in categories by preference,” Connor says. “I write vocal melodies, Riley writes lyrics, and Toby helps with both. There are never fights because each of us can do our own thing, but also contribute to each other.”

Just releasing their brand new EP in February 2013, the three brothers have crafted a soaring pop album of uplifting relationship songs that effortlessly blend sharp hooks with bright and buoyant rock. The album standout and first single, “I Like That”, is a tune with tenderly romantic lyrics and big pop-rock beat. Ryan Daly and Anthony Improgo, along with Connor McDonough, produced the new album. “They really listened to what we wanted to do and let us try out our ideas, no matter how crazy,” Connor says laughing. “Because of that, we feel really connected to the way the recording turned out,” Riley adds.

Before You Exit’s debut EP, Letting Go (March 2011), and most recent release, I Like That have been critically acclaimed by the likes of MTV, J-14, Seventeen, Teen Just Jared, Girls Life, just to name a few. The band has also gained a great buzz from touring in support of Allstar Weekend, All Time Low, Action Item, and more!

Conjuring up the optimism in the band’s name-inspired by the sentiment “make a difference before you exit” – the band works daily to make their way to the top but they never fail to stop and appreciate what has got them thus far. There’s no way we’d be anywhere without our incredible fans. They are behind us every step of the way and are a huge piece of this band,” states youngest brother, Toby. In light of the many short lived and fly by night artists, this young, singer/songwriting, brother driven band, is one to be around for a while.

These guys are the real deal! Check out their cover of Roar below.

John Legend’s All Of Me Video Features His Wedding Footage

Nine-time Grammy Award winning artist John Legend has released the music video for “All of Me,” the third single from his critically acclaimed fourth studio album Love in the Future. The single – a follow up to the acclaimed “Made to Love,” was produced by Legend and longtime collaborator Dave Tozer. The video was directed by Nabil Elderkin (Kanye West, Frank Ocean, Bon Iver, etc.) features Legend’s wife Chrissy Teigen along with footage from the couple’s recent nuptials in Lake Como, Italy.

After a quick break to celebrate, Legend will kick off his “Made to Love” tour on October 20th and has announced that the creative direction for the tour is being crafted and conceived by director Meredith Danluck with The Amoveo Company, the production company headed by Benjamin Millepied and Nicholas Britell. Production and Lighting Design is by Nook Schoenfeld from Visual Ventures Design. Video Programming and Additional Content Creation by John Featherstone and Austin Shapley from Lightswitch Inc.

The 20+ stop tour begins October 20th in Mashantucket, CT and will make stops across the US and Canada, including Washington DC, New York, Miami, Atlanta, Detroit, Toronto, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. Award-winning singer, reality star and talk show host Tamar Braxton, whose album Love and War also drops September 3rd, has been confirmed as a special guest throughout the tour. Ticket & on-sale information can be found at www.JohnLegend.com.

Check out the video below!

Lauryn Hill’s Tax Evasion Tour In the Works

As we predicted, Lauryn Hill is about to start singing for her supper again!

The recently sprung ex-Fugees member was recently released from the clink for tax evasion and now that her three months is up, Hill is looking to make some cash to pay off the balance and feed her children (she had 5 the last time we counted).

According to sources, Hill was set to have home detention for the next three months, but she has asked the judge presiding over her case to give her permission to perform and make some money and he bought it. With that out of the way, Lauryn is busy trying to promote her new single and book venues to promote it.

Hey, it’s either this or sing ‘No Woman, No Cry’ on the sidewalks and we cannot have our hip hop legends doing that, right?!

additional reporting: A. Neff King

Halle Berry Returning to Television

The Oscar-winning actress made her start on television and then quickly segued into feature films. After a slew of success on the silver screen, Halle Berry is now returning to television in a big way. After recently giving birth to son Maceo Martinez with her husband, actor Olivier Martinez, she is now ready to get back to work.
In conjunction with Les Moonves and Steven Spielberg, Berry is headlining the 2014 show Extant, which follows a an astronaut, played by Berry, that is coming back to earth after a year-long mission and has to re-acclimate herself to her husband and son. Spielberg offered this nugget about the project and Berry:

“There’s only one Halle Berry and we are incredibly honored that she has chosen Extant to expand her illustrious career. As she does with everything she touches, she will bring a deep authenticity to her role and I very much look forward to working with her.”

The show will debut in August of 2014 and there is still speculation as to what the plot exactly is on this show.

Stay tuned…

additional reporting: A. Neff King

Casey Kasem’s Family Prepares to Fight

Casey Kasem is 81 years old and battling Parkinson’s disease and is being taken care of by his wife Jean Kasem. However, his children by his first wife, Linda Myers, are now preparing themselves for a legal fight to be the primary decision makers in his care. His daughter Kerri released a statement on his the current situation:

“It’s been really difficult, but I am hoping she comes out and says, you know, ‘I’m sorry. Of course you can see your dad. But we’ve heard nothing from her. Nothing. So our next step is legal action. We don’t have a relationship with her. I mean, literally, I haven’t been to that house in more than a decade. I have seen Jean twice in 15 years…And it’s like, nobody’s fighting; she just has never wanted a relationship with us.”

This fight seems to have underlying issues beyond his health care and it will be interesting to see I his children when. Most importantly, will Casey live through all of this legal action?

In the meantime, we send a round of support for Casey Kasem.

additional reporting: A. Neff King

Dianna Agron not Invited to Glee Tribute Episode?

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Apparently, there’s no love lost for Dianna Agron on the set of Glee. The former cast mate was snubbed (aka: not invited) to the show’s tribute episode, dedicated to the late Cory Monteith, and now, according to a “high-level source” from the show, the answer is simple.

They just don’t like her.

“It’s shocking, because even though she’s not contracted for this season, many other actors returned to pay tribute to Cory..even the ones with less of a story connection to Finn than Dianna [sic] had,” the source told RadarOnline.

He’s referring to the fact that Agron’s character once played Finn’s girlfriend on the show, making the fact that she was left out of the tribute episode all the more strange.

So what’s the problem?

That same source says that Monteith’s girlfriend, Lea Michele, along with the show’s co-creator, Ryan Murphy, “intensely dislike Dianna and have both worked to marginalize her as much as possible.”

Something about her not being a “team player” and concern she’d be “sharing the glory for this very special episode.”

Of course, I feel like there’s more to the story than this, because this reasoning seems petty. And, it feels like it’s an unnecessary distraction from a very heartfelt episode. None of the outside noise matters- or rather, it shouldn’t.