We probably don't have to tell you that the movie adaptation of "The Fault in Our Stars" has officially begun filming in Pittsburgh—no doubt we've all watched John Green's video missive from the set, also known as "Ansel Elgort paints miniature figurines," several dozen times in a state of total panting/frothing excitement—but did you know that, technically, the cast of the movie isn't even complete yet? Not only are we still waiting on a grizzled, crotchety old dude to play the reclusive author, Peter Van Houten (and please, oh please, let it be Philip Seymour Hoffman?), but according to a tweet from John Green himself, comedian Mike Birbiglia has just snagged the previously unfilled role of Patrick.
Patrick is the overenthusiastic leader of the cancer support group in which Hazel and Augustus, the story's key couple, meet for the first time. A survivor of testicular cancer (and therefore, the proud non-owner of exactly zero testicles), the man is a cliche of Pollyanna positivity who is eyed skeptically by both of the "TFiOS" protagonists. The man playing him, Mike Birbiglia, is a comedian, writer and actor who's been in a handful of films, but is probably best known for an oft-cited personal anecdote about having jumped out of a second-story window while sleepwalking.
With school back in session, it's no surprise TV's teachers are quickly being cast into the classroom.
The latest (via Entertainment Weekly): Rick Cosnett, who will join "The Vampire Diaries" as Dr. Wes Maxfield, a biology professor at Whitmore College. He will make "fast enemies" with new students Elena and Caroline, and they, in turn, will begin to suspect he's hiding something. (But, really, what character on "The Vampire Diaries" isn't hiding something?)
Rick's casting is just the latest bit of news pertaining to the BFF's entry into higher education. Earlier this summer, we talked to "TVD" executive producer Julie Plec, who spilled a few details about the upcoming semester, er, season.
FROM MTV NEWS: Dedicated Gleeks alread knew "X Factor" judge Demi Lovato had been cast in a guest arc during the upcomign season of the FOX song-and-dance series, but now co-star Naya Rivera is revealing just how close her character Santana will get to Demi's Dani.
"I mean, she's playing my love interest, so I'm very, very excited about that," Naya told MTV News on the red carpet at this weekend's Video Music Awards. "We get to sing a song together. It's gonna be good. I'm excited to work with her. We're bringing her to the dark side. Well, she comes in in a Beatles episode, so [we're singing] a Beatles song. I'm excited."
We're excited too, Naya!
For more about "Glee" and Naya's upcoming album, check in with MTV News!
It's nesting season for the "Mockingjay."
Sure, "Hunger Games" fans still have three months to wait until the highly anticipated sequel, "Catching Fire," hits theaters, but casting is already ramping up on the third and fourth installments. The newest addition (per Lionsgate): "90210" alum Evan Ross (whom you may also recognize as Ashlee Simpson's boyfriend).
Evan joins "Mockingjay" as Messalla, one of the camera crew members filming propaganda for the Capitol. He's the assistant to director Cressida, who will be played by "Game of Thrones" actress Natalie Dormer.
Is this the new Mr. Fitz?
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the "Pretty Little Liars" spin-off, "Ravenswood," has cast its obligatory adult figure, a teacher named Benjamin Price, who will be played by "Grey's Anatomy" actor Justin Bruening. (You may also recognize him from another ABC Family series "Switched at Birth.")
Benjamin is described in the report as having a "special affinity for his students, connecting with them as a teacher and a friend, and is patient, wise and generous." Whether "special affinity" translates into a clandestine relationship with one of his beloved pupils remains to be seen. Mr. Price is set to appear in the October 22 premiere.
The news just broke, and already the "Glee" cast is welcoming songstress Demi Lovato to the set of their FOX series. Among the first to tweet her congratulations was Naya Rivera, whom fans know as the sassy Santana.
We can't help but wonder too, Naya. I guess we'll just have to wait for the new season to premiere on September 26!
FROM MTV NEWS: Demi Lovato won't be giving her voice a break anytime soon.
TVLine is reporting that the 20-year-old is eyeing a role on Fox's song-and-dance series "Glee"!
Demi would appear in at least six episodes, playing a struggling New York artist named Dani, who befriends Rachel (Lea Michele) and Santana (Naya Rivera). She would also share screentime with another guest star: Adam Lambert!
Click on over to MTV News for the full story!
Dust off your halo and fluff up those wings, angels—we've got some heavenly casting news for you. According to Deadline, the long-gestating big-screen adaptation of Lauren Kate's young-adult novel "Fallen" has landed two leads: Addison Timlin and Jeremy Irvine!
Addison, whom you may recognize from Showtime's "Californication," will play Luce, while Jeremy of "War Horse" fame will portray Luce's enigmatic love interest Daniel.
Author Lauren took to her blog to hype the news, writing, "Their audition tapes are thrilling. I know you are going to love them on the big screen. Stay tuned for a Cam announcement..." SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
The big-screen adaptation of "The Fault in Our Stars" is looking a bit shifty these days, isn't it? Ha! Hahaha! Bwahahahaaaa! ...Yeah, okay, but we had to. Because the dish from The Wrap is that Sam Trammell, the figurative (and occasionally literal!) silver fox of Bon Temps, is joining the cast of the much-anticipated teen tearjerker in the role of Hazel's dad.
For the uninitiated, "The Fault in Our Stars" is the story of Hazel Lancaster and Augustus Waters, two teenagers who fall in love while both are battling cancer. Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort are starring, and Sam will be joining Laura Dern as the other half of Hazel's parental unit—a nice chance for him to show off his range as an actor in a role that's a little more family-manly (and a world that's a little less gory, sexy and supernatural) than the one he inhabits on "True Blood,"
Remember when Nick Jonas Instagrammed that shirtless selfie? (We know, you actually can’t forget it.) Well, you may get the chance to see his washboard abs again this fall.
The singer/actor has just booked himself a role on CBS’ "Hawaii Five-0." He’s slated to appear on the series as a computer hacker in an upcoming episode. But, as it turns out, Nick’s "Hawaii Five-0" alter-ego has some intentions that may muddle up the storyline a bit.
“Just signed on for a guest role on Hawaii Five-0 that will air in late fall! Aloha! #H50 @HawaiiFive0CBS #Five0Friday,” he tweeted. Aloha, indeed! Consider our DVRs already set!