The Weekly Casting Couch: Megan Fox, Ashley Greene, Zoe Saldana, Queen Latifah and More!
Have you dried your tears from this week’s "Grey’s Anatomy" season finale? Seriously! Megan Fox, Ashley Greene, Zoe Saldana, Queen Latifah and Vanessa Williams lead this installment of the Hollywood Trade Roundup, a collection of hotties making headlines in The Hollywood Reporter and Daily Variety.
Have you dried your tears from this week’s Grey’s Anatomy season finale? Seriously! Megan Fox, Ashley Greene, Zoe Saldana, Queen Latifah and Vanessa Williams lead this installment of the Hollywood Trade Roundup, a collection of hotties making headlines in The Hollywood Reporter and Daily Variety.
It was Russell Crowe — sans tights — battling Robert Downey Jr. at the boxoffice and Robin Hood couldn’t match the brawn of Iron Man 2 as the comic book sequel topped the boxoffice again. Amanda Seyfried and her big blues came in third with Letters to Juliet and Steve Carell and Tina Fey’s Date Night finished in seventh for the frame.
Megan Fox has transformed into an unemployed actress as the robot franchise has asked the hottie actress not to return for the third film in the Transformers series. Will you miss her? Did you even see the second? Yeah, me neither.
In Twilight saga news, two of the Cullen kids have resolved their salary disputes with Summit Entertainment. Kellan Lutz and Ashley Greene will indeed be back for the two-part Breaking Dawn big-screen adaptation — at a cost of $1.25 million apiece. Wow. I wonder if that’s how much Kristen Stewart gets per lip bite.
Meanwhile, TV’s biggest week got under way as NBC kicked off five days of network presentations known as the upfronts. While NBC failed to save the cheerleader, canceling Heroes and our favorite bisexual bombshell. The net picked up eight new shows and also announced that its long-running court drama Law & Order would end its run.
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Over at Fox, the network unveiled its fall TVL plans, which include shortening the weekly results show for American Idol and throwing that extra half-hour onto the weekly performance show in addition to positioning Glee in the prime post-Super Bowl slot. Speaking of Glee, the network will move it to Tuesdays at 8 p.m. and also put the kibosh on an extended hiatus. This means we won’t have to wait months in between our Lea Michele fixes. Lea, call me!
On ABC, 10 new shows were part of its presentation, including its Modern Family-inspired Ordinary Family and Off the Map, Shonda Rhimes’ (Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice) third show for the network. And yes, it’s a medical drama. Seriously.
CBS, meanwhile, gave seven shows the ax, including Cold Case, Ghost Whisperer, Numbers, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Accidentally on Purpose, Miami Medical and Gary Unmarried. Sorry, Wanda Sykes. You’re really out of work now. Can we find a new gig for our favorite out funnywoman? What show do you want to see her on? Sound off in the comments, you know we need more out lesbians on primetime!
Newbie net the CW has given new life to its freshman hit Life Unexpected and — against what most critics and TV experts thought — renewed One Tree Hill for yet another season. The series will be joined by newbie’s Hellcats and Nikita, starring Maggie Q. Hellcats, meanwhile, looks to cash in on the Sue Sylvester phenomenon as it follows a group of cheerleaders and their “intense” competition. Life is hard, OK!?
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Avatar’s main Smurf, Zoe Saldana, is in talks to star in Columbiana, a drama in which she would play a woman who grows up to be an assassin after she witnesses the brutal slaying of her parents as a child.
Kaley Cuoco and her Big Bang Theory geeks are heading for syndication on Fox and TBC beginning fall 2011 in a multiyear deal so big it made the front page of Variety. She’s adorable — and so are the geeks! Tune in! And when you tune in next fall, Big Bang will be making the massive jump from Mondays to anchoring Thursday’s new CBS comedy lineup. If that’s not a vote of confidence in a show, I don’t know what is.
Noomi Rapace, otherwise known as The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, said this week that she will not reprise her role as goth vixen Lisbeth Salander in the English-language remake currently prepping. A-listers drooling for a chance to get inked include Natalie Portman, Keira Knightley and Carey Mulligan. But feel free to suggest Kristen Stewart take this role, too.
Remember this name: Juno Temple. No, it’s not a character in an upcoming Diablo Cody movie! She’s the indie actress about to become a household name thanks to her casting as the royal highness in the 3D version of The Three Musketeers. Mark my words, people.
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Vanessa Williams has found her first post-Ugly Betty gig: She’s heading to Wisteria Lane and joining ABC’s Desperate Housewives. She’ll play a housewife who shakes things up during the series’ upcoming seventh season. Shocker!
Queen Latifah has been tapped to host the BET Awards, set to be broadcast June 27. No word yet if her personal trainer will be her “escort” for the evening though.
Over on the Billboard charts, Justin Bieber’s “My World 2.0” jumps back to No. 1 from No. 5, Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now” holds steady at No. 2, Lady Gaga’s “The Fame” holds at No. 11 and two of three Dixie Chicks slide from No. 7 to No. 12 as the Court Yard Hounds slide in their second week on the charts.
Looking to the weekend at the boxoffice, it’s definitely summertime as the big, plotless blockbusters begin to make their way to the calendar. Shrek Forever After opens in more than 4,300 theaters and Universal offers even more mind-numbing madness in with its Saturday Night Live-inspired MacGruber. But don’t fret, there are plenty of limited releases to check out: Holy Rollers, Kites and … oh, just go see Iron Man and Scarlett Johansson now that the crowds have died down a little.
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