"The Vampire Diaries" is getting its higher education on when our favorite Mystic Falls supernaturals return for a new season on The CW. With half the beloved cast relocating to New Orleans (and Tuesday nights) for spin-off "The Originals," there’s some room for new blood. (That was a vampire joke. You’re welcome.)
Can’t wait until October 10 to find out what happens to everyone after that doozy of a season finale? Here’s everything we know about the fifth season so far, now that filming has begun:
Could the casting process for one of literature's most dysfunctional couples be nearing an end? Amid reports that Ben Affleck is eyeing the role of Nick Dunne in the big-screen adaptation of Gillian Flynn's "Gone Girl," comes word from The Wrap that three high-profile actresses are on the shortlist for titular girl, Amy Dunne.
According to the site, Natalie Portman, Charlize Theron and Emily Blunt are being considered for the role—despite earlier speculation that producer Reese Witherspoon might star.
For the uninitiated, "Gone Girl" centers around the disappearance of 30-something Amy on the day of her and Nick's fifth wedding anniversary. Of course, if you've watched even 10 minutes of a "Law and Order" episode, it should come as no surprise that Nick emerges as the No. 1 suspect. But should he?
by Lauren Mandel
What would "Glee" be without its tremendous lineup of guest stars? From Kate Hudson and Sarah Jessica Parker to Britney Spears and John Stamos, the musical television series has definitely called upon a heaping helping of Hollywood heavyweights. So, naturally, another famous face is being added as the show gears up for season five.
On Wednesday, creator Ryan Murphy took to Twitter to announce that "the super talented Adam Lambert is joining the cast of Glee this fall."
Adam will be the second "American Idol" alum to join the show, following season 11’s Jessica Sanchez, who brought her sass to powerhouse diva Frida Romero. While we're still waiting to hear exactly which role Adam will be taking on and whether he’ll be a series regular or just appear in a couple episodes, we've decided to take matters into our own hands with three characters we could see him playing.
Happy Endings may still be in Damon Wayans Jr.'s future, despite the cancellation of his cult-loved ABC sitcom.
TVLine reports that the actor could return to Fox's "New Girl" in what they're calling a "significant season three arc." As you may recall, Damon starred in the pilot episode as housemate Couch but had to give up the role when "Happy Endings" was renewed for a second season. Lamorne Morris moved into the vacated bedroom as long-lost (and criminally under-utilized) roommate Winston.
Fox has yet to confirm the news, but we're hopeful Damon will find a new television home following the cancellation of one of our favorite series. And if nothing else, Damon and "New Girl" co-star Jake Johnson will share screen time again very soon: They're currently filming the buddy comedy "Let's Be Cops."
Could we get Veronica Mars on the case, here? There's a weird, fabulous rumor floating 'round the internets about the petite detective's upcoming feature film, and it needs investigation. The gossip, from an unnamed source cited over at Zap2it, is as follows: that James Franco, the illustrious actor, musician, writer, artist, and several other things we can't quite remember, will be making an appearance in the "Veronica Mars" movie—and, because it's apparently his new favorite thing to do, he'll be playing himself.
The rumor is that James will be making a celebrity cameo as the victim of a cellphone hacker-like invasion, in which some nefarious person has taken clandestine footage of celebs at home and tried to sell it on the black market. (The details of said footage: a mystery! Which means we can just go ahead and assume it's a secret video of James Franco dancing nude to ABBA with his cat while wearing a visor made of roast beef. Because why not.)
Australian actor Brenton Thwaites will be spending plenty of time inside the pages of some very classic tales. He's already starring opposite Elle Fanning in 2014's "Maleficent" (as the prince, fittingly), and now Brenton has booked the lead role in the big-screen adaptation of Lois Lowry's 1993 children's novel, "The Giver."
According to Deadline, the "Blue Lagoon: The Awakening" star will play an aged-up Jonas in the dystopian drama, which takes place in a society where pain has been eliminated through adhering to a plan known as the Sameness. Jonas has been selected as the next Receiver of Memory—responsible for the collective consciousness from before the Sameness. He inherits these memories from the Giver (hence the title of the novel). Jeff Bridges (who is also producing) will play the Giver.
Just a day after scoop surfaced that four original "Glee" cast members (Heather Morris, Amber Riley, Mark Salling and Harry Shum Jr.) would not be returning as series regulars, came news that five actors have been promoted to fill their shoes.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jacob Arist (Jake), Melissa Benoist (Marley), Blake Jenner (Ryder), Alex Newell (Wade a.k.a. Unique) and Becca Tobin (Kitty) have been upped from recurring to series regulars. This comes as "Glee" gears up for production on its fifth season, debuting this fall. The series has already been renewed for season six.
"Glee" may have been renewed for two more seasons, but the Fox series will be returning to the airwaves with fewer familiar faces.
TVLine reports that four original cast members—Heather Morris, Amber Riley, Mark Salling and Harry Shum Jr.—will not be coming back as series regulars. The report did indicate, however, that the quartet (along with Dianna Agron, who was all but absent from season four) could return as guest stars "here and there."
Beyond the void of several once-integral actors, the fifth season will face another challenge: After its initial fall episodes, the series will take a mid-season break, not returning with new episodes until the spring.
"Stuck in Love" star Nat Wolff might earn a seat in the literal heart of Jesus, after all.
As you'll recall, the 18-year-old was among the five young actors vying for the role of sensitive teen Augustus Waters in the big-screen adaptation of John Green's best-selling novel "The Fault in Our Stars"—a role that eventually went to star Shailene Woodley's "Divergent" castmate Ansel Elgort. But as Nat told MTV News recently, he may still have a part to play in the project.
"It was really great. The script is really great," Nat said of auditioning for the lead role. "Josh Boone, who did 'Stuck in Love,' is directing the movie, and I think I might—it's still in negotiations—but I might be playing another role in the movie. [We're] still figuring it out. I'd love to be a part of it, just to work with Josh, and it's a cool story."
"Catching Fire" won't hit theaters until the end of this year, but that's no reason not to start flipping out a full 18 months in advance over OMG SO EXCITING casting news for the "Hunger Games" trilogy's final two films...er, is it? Whatever! It's too late! We're already wearing our party hats! Because the dish from Deadline is that the franchise is about to get its hands on a major player in the oncoming revolution: Julianne Moore is circling the role of President Alma Coin.
For those not in the know (and who don't mind minor spoilers), Coin is the chilly grande dame in charge of the mysterious District 13, which becomes a pivotal setting for Panem's revolutionaries in the bestselling trilogy's third and final installment. In this case, with "Mockingjay" being split into two separate films, it would likely mean a double movie deal for whomever takes the role of the ambitious madame President.