‘The Simpsons’ Hints Krusty The Clown Could Be Killed Off

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By Nik

The major character dying on “The Simpsons” may have been revealed, and we’re not clowning around. Fans have been speculating for months on what character would be killed off in the Seasons 26 premiere of “The Simpsons,” and now it appears that Krusty the Clown is set for his final act.

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You Betcha ‘Fargo’ And ‘Louie’ Got Renewed By FX

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By Nik

Don’t cha know it’s official! FX CEO John Landgraf has announced that the network will pick up new seasons of both “Louie” and “Fargo,” according to FX press releases. The fifth season of Louis C.K.’s comedy series will premiere in late spring 2015. A press release indicated the new season of “Louie” would have seven episodes; however, in comments made at the Television Critics Association press tour, Landgraf said there could be up to eight. Season 4 of the series is currently nominated for five Emmys.

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Casting Net: Ben Whishaw Replaces Colin Firth in ‘Paddington’

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By Nik

Ben Whishaw (“Skyfall”) will replace Colin Firth as the voice of Paddington Bear in the Weinstein Company’s “Paddington,” based on the popular children’s literature character. Firth departed the live-action/CGI-hybrid project in June. Producer David Heyman told the Daily Mail, which broke Thursday’s news, that Firth’s voice was “too mature” for the part; the film needed a slightly younger voice for the beloved bear who arrives in England from Peru. Nicole Kidman, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, and Peter Capaldi will also lend their voices to the film.

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‘The Flash’ Casts ‘Prison Break’ Star As Captain Cold

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By Nik

“The Flash” is getting a chilly character addition this fall. The CW’s “Arrow” spin-off has just cast “Prison Break” actor Wentworth Miller as Leonard Snart, a.k.a. Captain Cold. The freeze-gun-touting villain is one of Barry Allen/The Flash’s biggest adversaries in the DC Comics, and is the leader of the Rogues—a group of his enemies. Miller will guest star as the character in the fourth episode of the show’s debut season this fall.  “We’ll be seeing his origin and the origin of the Rogues,” said executive producer Greg Berlanti.

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Alexandra Shipp Replaces Zendaya In Aaliyah Lifetime Biopic

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By Nik

Lifetime found a new actress to replace Zendaya in its Aaliyah biopic. The iconic R&B singer will now be played by Nickelodeon star Alexandra Shipp, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed, before Lifetime tweeted the news. Zendaya backed out of the made-for-TV movie last month and her rep confirmed she was “no longer involved with the film.” At the time, Lifetime’s PR department released a statement on Twitter: “We are sad Zendaya will no longer portray Aaliyah. Production is currently on hold.” She was scheduled to record four songs to appear in the movie.

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‘Two and a Half Men’ Final Season to Tackle ‘Gay’ Adoption

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By Nik

“Two and a Half Men” isn’t going quietly: The longest-running comedy on broadcast TV will conclude its run with a final season storyline that deals with gay adoption—sort of—and possibly marriage. CBS entertainment chairman Nina Tassler gave some reporters the scoop after her executive session panel at the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills Thursday. In the show’s 12th and final season, Walden (Ashton Kutcher) is going to have a major health scare that leads him to an “existential crisis” that causes the young playboy to want to “add more meaning to his life.”

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‘True Blood’ Actress To Star In Marvel’s ‘Daredevil’

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By Nik

A “True Blood” actress has found her next gig, and it’s a big one: Deborah Ann Woll has landed the female lead in Marvel’s upcoming “Daredevil” series, sources say. With HBO’s vampire drama coming to a close this year, Woll has signed on to play Karen Page in the Netflix-distributed series.

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Bryan Cranston Is Returning To TV For HBO Adaptation Of ‘All The Way’

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By Nik

Walter White may not be back, but Bryan Cranston is returning to the small screen. After taking a break from TV following the end of “Breaking Bad,” Cranston spent his time on Broadway portraying President Lyndon Johnson in Robert Schenkkan’s play “All the Way.” HBO Films has since acquired rights to the play, which will feature Cranston reprising his Tony Award-winning role, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “All the Way” will be adapted for the screen by Schenkkan and produced by Steven Spielberg and Cranston, among others.

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Amazon Looks Like It’s Creating A Netflix For Books

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By Nik

Amazon is about to make it even harder for book-lovers to quit Amazon by unveiling a new service that the company clearly hopes will become the Netflix of books. Gigaom reported Wednesday that the online retailer appears to be testing a new e-book and audiobook subscription service called “Kindle Unlimited” in the U.S. The service will cost $9.99 a month — making it more expensive than Amazon Prime, which costs $99 a year, or $8.25 a month — and will offer unlimited access to more than 600,000 titles and 7,000 audiobooks.

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Ron Howard Is Making An Authorized Beatles Documentary

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By Nik

The long and winding road of Ron Howard’s illustrious career has taken him to The Beatles. The Oscar winner will direct an authorized documentary about the Fab Four, with participation expected from Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison. (Ono Lennon and Harrison will represent their respective late husbands, John Lennon and George Harrison.) The untitled film will focus on The Beatles’ touring years, which ended in 1966. Apple Corps Ltd., White Horse Pictures and Imagine Entertainment will produce the movie.

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