ESPN announces that McGregor will appear in this year’s ESPN The Magazine‘s “Body Issue,” an annual collection of photographs of famous athletes in either nude or semi-nude conditions. Prior UFC stars to appear have included Jon Jones, Ronda Rousey, and Miesha Tate. The full roster of athletes to be featured in the magazine will be released June 20, with the issue on sale from July 8.
Gutiérrez will play Diesel’s love interest in xXx: The Return Of Xander Cage
Mendoza is tapped by Disney to represent Frozen’s Elsa in their 2016 calendar.
The shoot was so much fun because it’s my first time to do this and it’s very new to me. I love it. I love Elsa.
Dumezweni is cast as Hermione Granger in the upcoming play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
Sulkowicz will participate in a TEDx talk at the TriBeCa Performing Arts Center in New York on 20 Oct, with several others on the topic of “borders and belonging.” According to the program:
[The speakers] will explore the physical and socially-constructed borders between peoples, places and communities, as well as challenge how borders divide and unite us.
Kent State University’s production of The Mountaintop casts a white actor to play Martin Luther King Jr. Oatman, the production’s black producer:
I truly wanted to explore the issue of racial ownership and authenticity…I wanted to see how the words rang differently or indeed the same, coming from two different actors, with two different racial backgrounds.
E! News reports Jenner will model nightwear in Victoria’s Secret annual fashion show set to air on CBS on Dec 8.
Trump will host Saturday Night Live in November. Trump previously hosted the show on April 3, 2004.
Voight, Chan, and Ejogo are cast in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Character information is not revealed.
Schwarzenegger will host the upcoming season of Celebrity Apprentice, replacing Donald Trump who left the show to run for U.S. president. NBC:
Arnold Schwarzenegger is the epitome of a global brand in entertainment and business, and his accomplishments in the political arena speak for themselves.
Schwarzenegger has ideas for a new take on the show:
[I am a huge fan of the show and] the way it showcases the challenges and triumphs of business and teamwork. I am thrilled to bring my experience to the boardroom and to continue to raise millions for charity.
Escape Artists announces Blanchett will play Lucille Ball in an as-yet untitled biopic written by Sorkin.
NBC says Morgan will host the October 17 episode of Saturday Night Live, returning to Studio 8H for his second time as host.
The candidates for the GOP Presidential debate are announced: Trump, Bush, Walker, Huckabee, Carson, Cruz, Rubio, Paul, Christie and Kasich will appear on stage on Aug 6 in Cleveland, OH. RNC chairman Priebus:
Our field is the biggest and most diverse of any party in history and I am glad to see that every one of those extremely qualified candidates will have the opportunity to participate on Thursday evening. Republicans across the country will be able to choose which candidate has earned their support after hearing them talk through the issues.
At London’s MineCon, McElhenney is chosen to direct the Minecraft Movie which comes out in 2017.
Some of you may have seen this guy hanging around MINECON in London a couple weeks ago. He’s Rob McElhenney, and he’s going to be directing the upcoming Minecraft movie
Ranbe is in talks to play a serial killer in the upcoming American Horror Story: Hotel.
A familiar face just wandered into the Hotel lobby
Carter will appear as a Guest Shark on ABC’s Shark Tank, taking the place of Kevin O’Leary on one show. The season, which premieres on September 25, will also have Chris Sacca and Ashton Kutcher as Guest Sharks. Carter says he is excited to join because of the show’s ability to reach Americans outside the Bay Area and New York hubs, “specifically kids that look like me” from less privileged or minority backgrounds.
I love Silicon Valley, but it doesn’t have a patent on innovation and entrepreneurship. These are legitimate business negotiations with entrepreneurs who are spending their own money.
As for dealing with the other sharks:
The daggers were out along with the checkbooks.
Cyrus will host the Video Music Award (VMAs) on August 30, 2015 in Los Angeles at the Microsoft Theater. Cyrus dresses as an alien to announce the news:
Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios announce Holland is being cast for the role of Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the upcoming 2017 Spider-Man adventure. The search for a lead actor was world-wide and extensive. The actor completed several complex screen tests and attended numerous meetings with studio executives, producers and other decision makers before learning he would be given the role. Producer:
We knew that for Peter Parker, we had to find a vibrant, talented young actor capable of embodying one of the most well-known characters in the world. With Tom, we’ve found the perfect actor to bring Spider-Man’s story into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
TechCrunch announces that Carter will participate in a live on-stage interview at Disrupt SF 2015 on September 21st-23rd at San Francisco’s Pier 70. It will be Carter’s second appearance at the conference.
Netflix purchases the rights to produce a feature film based on Hastings book The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War In Afghanistan. Pitt will star as the military general in the satirical comedy. The film will be released in 2016.
Diggs will return to Broadway for the first time in a decade in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, stepping into the musical’s lead role on July 22. His casting marks the first time the role has been played in a major New York production by an African-American actor.
During a Cannes Music Festival appearance, Variety reports that Portman will star as Jackie Kennedy in Jackie, about the first four days of the first lady’s life after the assassination of her husband, President John. F. Kennedy. Aronofsky will produce the film.
Redmayne has been offered the role of Newt Scamander in Warner Bros.’ Harry Potter spinoff, Fantastic Beasts and where to find them. Scamander is described as a “magiczoologist,” a person who studies magical creatures. Besides Scamander, there are four other main roles — two American girls and two American boys — that the studio is looking to cast.
Portman is set to play Ginsburg in On The Basis Of Sex. The script, which follows the Ginsburg as she faces numerous obstacles to her fight for equal rights throughout her career.
Freeman will play an unnamed character in the follow-up to 2014’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier alongside Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr. and Scarlett Johansson. Producer Feige:
From his roles as Bilbo Baggins and Doctor Watson to Tim in The Office, Martin’s range from the dramatic to the comedic has consistently impressed us. We couldn’t be more honored or excited to have such a talented actor join the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Emmerich announces Monroe joining the cast of Independence Day 2. The movie also stars Usher, Vivica A. Fox, Jeff Goldblum, Liam Hemsworth, Jessie Usher and Charlotte Gainsbourg.
Radcliffe is confirmed to star in Game Changer, a film about Houser, Grand Theft Auto’s creator. Paxton is confirmed to costar.
Game Changer tells the story of an extraordinary chapter in the history of this iconic game, and reveals the major impact it has had on our cultural landscape.
Murphy casts Peters in American Horror Story: Hotel. He joins Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson, Matt Bomer, Cheyenne Jackson, Wes Bentley, Chloë Sevigny and Lady Gaga.
McGregor will play the candelabra Lumiere in Disney’s upcoming live-action Beauty and the Beast. McGregor will join Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as the Beast, Luke Evans as Gaston and Ian McKellan as Cogsworth.
Gosling is in negotiations to star in the Blade Runner sequel. The roles is as-yet unknown, though Variety says the likelihood of him playing a son-type character to Deckard seems the safest bet. Harrison Ford is already on board to reprise his role as Rick Deckard.
Comedy Central announces that Noah is the new host of The Daily Show. Comedy Central president:
Trevor Noah is an enormous talent. He has an insightful and unique point of view, and most importantly, is wickedly funny. For the next host of The Daily Show, we set out to find a fresh voice who can speak to our audience with a keen take on the events of the day, and we found that in Trevor. He has a huge international following and is poised to explode here in America, and we are thrilled to have him join Comedy Central.
It’s an honor to follow Jon Stewart. He and the team at The Daily Show have created an incredible show whose impact is felt all over the world. In my brief time with the show they’ve made me feel so welcome. I’m excited to get started and work with such a fantastic group of people.
In Heroes Reborn, Oka reprises the role of Hiro Nakamura, which he played in the original Heroes series.
I’m excited to return to my Heroes roots. Hiro Nakamura was such an inspirational role to play, and I’m hoping the fans will enjoy seeing him back on TV.
Fanning signs on for a role in the sci-fi film IO. She will play one of the last people on Earth, who is trying to find a cure for the dying planet before the final shuttle from Earth leaves her stranded. Fanning is set to star alongside actor Diego Luna in the film, which will go into production this year.
Lawless joins the cast of Ash Vs. Evil Dead as Ruby, a mysterious figure who believes Ash is the source of the Evil outbreaks.
In Disney’s upcoming Beauty and the Beast live action remake, Stevens takes the role of the spellbound prince, opposite Emma Watson, who takes the role of Belle. Watson:
Could not be more happy that this man will be Beast!!! Welcome aboard
Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures casts Willis to star as the housebound romance novelist Paul Sheldon. This will be Willis’s Broadway debut.
Cuban and Coulter join Sharknado 3’s cast as the President and Vice President respectively. Cuban:
I had a blast doing it. Lots of shooting, running, and sharking — in a very presidential manner.
Gunn takes questions from fans on Twitter and in one of his responses, he indicates he is adding a new superhero to the existing cast.
Gaga joins cast of American Horror Story: Hotel.
Sam joins the cast of Dancing With The Stars.
Snyder reveals the first photo of Momoa as Aquaman.
Fans of the 1989 cyberpunk manga Ghost in the Shell have been petitioning Scarlett’s casting as the Japanese cyborg heroine, Major Motoko Kusanagi, for a 2017 live-action film.
An online petition created by Julie Rodriguez has already amassed 38K signatures demanding DreamWorks Studios replace Scarlett with an Asian actress.
Eleven of the 12 celebrities couples for the Season 20 cast are announced on ABC’s Good Morning America. The couples are: Noah Galloway & Sharna Burgess, Robert Herjavec & Kym Johnson, Patti LaBelle & Artem Chigvintsev, Nastia Liukin & Derek Hough, Riker Lynch & Allison Holker, Charlotte McKinney & Keo Motsepe, RedFoo & Emma Slater, Michael Sam & Peta Murgatroyd, Willow Shields & Mark Ballas, Suzanne Somers & Tony Dovolani, Rumer Willis & Valentin Chmerkovskiy. Alfonso Ribeiro:
The one thing I would say to everybody is simply that it is a marathon, not a sprint, It’s not about winning week one, it’s about winning that final week. You’ve got to take it slow, pace yourself. Go hard, learn everything, and be the best you can be and give it 100 percent, but pace yourself.
Watson will play Belle in the live action Beauty and the Beast.
I’m finally able to tell you… that I will be playing Belle in Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast! It is such a big part of my growing up, it almost feels surreal that I’ll dance to Be Our Guest and sing Something There. My six year old self is on the ceiling – heart bursting. Time to start some singing lessons. I can’t wait for you to see it.
Fincher comments on why he cast Pike in Gone Girl:
Rosamund was someone that I had seen in four or five different movies over 10 years, and I never got a bead on her. I never got a sense of who she was. And I pride myself on being able to watch actors and sort of know instinctively what their utility belt is, and I don’t have that with Rosamund. I didn’t know what she was building off of. There was an opacity there and it was interesting.
A representative for the show’s UK network, ITV, says the actor will appear in a Downton Abbey-related film made for ITV’s charity program, Text Santa. The annual fundraiser raises money to support six UK charities, including Alzheimer’s Society and Teenage Cancer Trust. Clooney will not appear in any Downton Abbey episodes.
Black is on board to direct The Destroyer, an adaptation from the long running adventure book series by Warren Murphy, from a script by Jim Urls, the writer of the adaptation of Fight Club and James Mullaney who co-authored and was the sole writer of the series until its end in 2008. Michael De Luca:
The destroyer is a two-fisted classic and deserves no less than the genius of Shane Black.
During the Game of Thrones panel at San Diego Comic-Con, HBO plays a video clip announcing nine new members to join Season 5’s cast. The cast members include: Alexander Siddig (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine; 24), Toby Sebastian, Nell Tiger Free, DeObia Oparei (Moulin Rouge!; Alien 3), Enzo Cilenti (Rome); Jessica Henwick (Silk), Rosabell Laurenti Sellers, Keisha Castle-Hughes (Whale Rider), and Jonathan Pryce (Pirates of the Caribbean; Brazil).
Jolie and Pitt are set to share the screen once again in By the Sea. The upcoming dramatic film is written and directed by Jolie, who is also co-producing with Pitt. It will be the couple’s first time together in film since 2005, when they co-starred in Mr. & Mrs. Smith
It’s not a big movie, it’s not an action movie. It’s the kind of movie we love but aren’t often cast in. It’s a very experimental, independent-type film where we get to be actors together and be really raw, open, try things. I am very happy to continue my relationship with [Universal Pictures Chairman Donna Langley] and the entire Universal team as I finish Unbroken and begin work on By the Sea. They have created a very special place for storytellers, and I look forward to the continued passion and support they have provided to me as a filmmaker.
Gordon-Levitt is set to star in the upcoming Sandman movie as Morpheus, the Lord of Dreams. Scheduled to be released in 2016, the film is based on the Neil Gaiman-penned comic book series about Morpheus and his powerful brothers called the Endless.
I love just the basic concept of it – just the concept of personifying Dream, along with all of his brothers and sisters, the seven Endless personifying Death, personifying Destruction and Delirium and Destiny and Desire and Despair. I mean, that’s just a fascinating and, I think, a really cinematic concept. You look at the art of Sandman, and it just looks spectacular.