Game of Thrones' endless Season Two cast list expands again today. The HBO series was seeking an actress for Ygritte, a strong-willed Wilding girl who encounters Jon Snow (Kit Harrington) on his travels beyond the Wall. And they've found their girl: Rose Leslie (Downton Abbey). Although Leslie's acting resume is limited primarily to Downton Abbey and two episodes of a UK series, Case Histories, she is a highly promising talent. Plus, it doesn't hurt that she is "kissed by fire" (that's just Wilding slang for having red hair). Game of Thrones' ten-episode second season will return to HBO in the spring. -AOLTV
Fox's New Girl will be welcoming Rachael Harris in a guest role. Harris (known best perhaps as Ed Helms' toxic girlfriend in The Hangover) will play Jess's (Zooey Deschanel) quirky vice-principal boss and friend, Tanya, who will bend the rules for Jess so long as she can be included in our lovable hero's zany misadventures with her three new roommates. Something tells me she'll be more trouble than she's worth. According to Entertainment Weekly, Tanya has the potential to be a recurring character. - EW
Courteney Cox and David Arquette (doesn't it make you happy that they still do things together?) are producing a comedy for ABC, home to Cox's Cougar Town, called Ten Years. The single-camera comedy will focus on two characters, recently split after a ten-year relationship, but still bound by a group of mutual friends and family members. -THR
Another behind-the-scenes pair will manifest in Elizabeth Banks and her husband, producer Max Handelman. The two are developing a comedy series for Fox titled Dave's Dead. The series will take single-camera format, and, according to The Hollywood Reporter, has been called, "Shaun of the Dead meets My Name is Earl." Whatever that amounts to, there will probably be a good deal of ragged clothing. -THR
The Spider-Man star and her husband, Max Handelman, welcomed a son via surrogate in March (11) after years of failed fertility treatments.
But despite their long struggle to become parents, Banks is determined to carry on making movies while raising her son.
She tells People.com, "I'm not really a break-taker. I'll just keep on going, and then we'll see. You do it. You push through just like any other working mom.
"I don't want to say I take it day by day, but I pretty much take it month by month. My life is now in monthly increments.
"The thing about motherhood is it's a full-time job and everything else gets piled onto it. I don't think I ever really understood that until it came into my life. You put so much of your brain energy, and your emotional and psychological energy into, 'Where is he? What is he doing?' that it's almost hard to concentrate on anything else."
Banks is currently filming the much anticipated big screen adaptation of The Hunger Games.
Elizabeth Banks announced on Twitter yesterday that she and her husband, Max Handelman, had welcomed a son, Felix, via gestational surrogate. On her website, she explained more about the monumental event: "I have been very fortunate in life both professionally and personally... The one true hurdle I've faced in life is that I have a broken belly. After years of trying to get pregnant, exploring the range of fertility treatments, all unsuccessful, our journey led us go gestational surrogacy: we made a 'baby cake' and bake it in another woman's 'oven.'" She described the whole experience as being a miracle on two fronts: the first in meeting their surrogate, and the second was the arrival of their son, whose name is Latin for "happy" and "lucky." At least Jack Donaghy can't make this one Republican!
The W star and her husband, Max Handelman, are parents after years of failed fertility treatments.
Banks took to her personal blog on Wednesday (30Mar11) to announce the arrival of baby Felix.
She writes, "The one true hurdle I've faced in life is that I have a broken belly. After years of trying to get pregnant, exploring the range of fertility treatments, all unsuccessful, our journey led us to gestational surrogacy: We make a 'baby cake' and bake it in another woman's 'oven'.
"From that came two miracles. The first was meeting our carrier and her husband who were truly humbling in their decency and generosity. And the second miracle was the birth of our baby boy, Felix Handelman. Felix means happy and lucky in Latin. And true to his name, Felix is a very happy baby and a blessing on our life."
Banks wed Handelman, her college sweetheart, in 1992.