Glee: During the Fox series' third season, Whoopi Goldberg was brought on to embody the character of Carmen Tibideaux — the dean of Rachel's and Kurt's dream school, the New York Academy of Dramatic Arts. No stranger to musical theater, Goldberg carried her character through three episodes, including the season's penultimate "Nationals." Now that Rachel is NYADA-bound, Goldberg is set to continue her turn as Tibideaux, providing likely a new mentor for the young New York-based Ohioan. The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Goldberg will take on a recurring role during Glee's upcoming fourth season.
Community: In the third act of Community's Season 3 premiere, some tough and to-the-point life lessons from new Biology teacher Michael Kenneth Williams sent Jeff spiraling into an existential crisis, highly reminiscent of the classic final vignette in Stanley Kubrick's 2001: a Space Odyssey. The study group's next teacher will illicit a more direct Kubrick reference: The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Malcolm MacDowell, best known as the star of A Clockwork Orange, is signing on to teach History at Greendale Community College. MacDowell will appear in two episodes at the beginning of the fourth season.
Hawaii Five-0: Taking a lesson from her half-sister Kim Kardashian, young Kendall Jenner is getting into the acting game: Jenner is making her debut on the CBS series Hawaii Five-0, as Life & Style Weekly reports. Jenner's episode, which is set to air in October, will feature the 16-year-old as a sales associate who gets mixed up in the Five-0's case.
Raising Hope: Chris Klein is well-versed in the "long lost not-quite-brother" territory, if you can believe it; the 2001 rom-com Say It Isn't So starred Klein as a young man in love with a woman who might be his estranged sister. Now, he'll revisit the theme on Raising Hope, playing the "almost long-lost brother" (as The Hollywood Reporter puts it) to Jimmy.
The Vampire Diaries: TVLine reports that the bloodthirsty CW series is bringing in The Borgias actor David Alpay to take on a Season 4 role: Alpay will play a beloved teacher with yet unknown ties to the series' Virginia town and one of its resident clans. Alpay will appear on the fourth episode of the season.
Scandal: Norm Lewis, established singer and Broadway actor, is taking his turn on the small screen for a few episodes of Scandal. Playbill reports that Lewis will begin his arc on the third episode of the forthcoming Season 2; series star Bellamy Young refers to Lewis' role as "Kerry's character's ex-boyfriend kind of thing."
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You know you've made it big in Hollywood when you become a star - on the Hollywood Walk of Fame that is. Many talented actors and actresses have joined the cement constellation along that famous Hollywood strip in Los Angeles. Late last night, a number of new stars were born when the Hollywood Walk of Fame Selection Committee announced its 2012 honorees. Check out who's getting ready to hit the pavement.
Leading the pack of new honorees is America's sweetheart, Jennifer Aniston, who, oddly enough, is being given a star for her mostly rom-com movie career and not her all-time, Emmy-winning run as Rachel on Friends. Go figure. Other A-list celebrities receiving stars for their work in film include Kate Winslet, Scarlett Johansson, and Vin Diesel. As far as TV celebs go, Simpsons creator Matt Groening and Adam West will be getting stars, along with Law & Order: SVU actress Mariska Hargitay, Valerie Bertinelli and Star Trek actor Walter Koenig. Jennifer Lopez will also be receiving a star to honor her career as a successful recording artist. Way to go J-Lo! The ceremony will take place a little less than a year from now on June 17, 2012. It will truly be a star-studded event.
Here is the full list of honorees:
Motion Pictures: Jennifer Aniston, Kate Winslet, Vin Diesel, Scarlett Johansson, John Lasseter, Malcolm McDowell, Sumner Redstone and Richard Burton (posthumous). Television: Valerie Bertinelli, Matt Groening, Mariska Hargitay, Patricia Heaton, Marg Helgenberger, Walter Koenig, and Adam West. Recording: Jennifer Lopez, Pepe Aguilar, AMERICA, Boyz II Men, Hal David, David Foster, Vince Gill, Ann and Nancy Wilson (Heart) and Barry White (posthumous). Radio: Ellen K.
Source: Huffington Post
Set in 1984 Josey Aimes (Charlize Theron) returns to her ice-cold hometown in Northern Minnesota after fleeing from an abusive husband. In order to care for her two young kids she needs a job--and for most of the townsfolk including her distant dad (Richard Jenkins) that means working in the local iron mines. Problem is not too many women work there and those who do are subjected to continual harassment by their male coworkers. Josey lands a job anyway and starts to get her fair share of sexual innuendos. One day her former high-school sweetheart also a mine employee takes it way too far with her. Although met with strong resistance of course a lawsuit ensues that results in a groundbreaking decision for women’s rights in the workplace. Ah what an Oscar can do for a career. It wasn't that long ago Theron wouldn’t even have been considered for such a dramatic role. But with deserved recognition she gets to strut her stuff in North Country. She's no Monster but she's no supermodel either--and while it's impossible to erase her beauty its glare has been reduced. A second-consecutive Oscar win? Maybe not but a nomination wouldn't be out of the place. Co-star Frances McDormand might also be in line for a nod of her own. She plays Glory a woman who gets Josey the job and encourages her to fight the good fight something that seems visceral for McDormand. Woody Harrelson is also solid as Josey's attorney though his Midwest-stoner drawl gets in the way of the northern accent he's supposed to be selling. New Zealand director Niki Caro mightily impressed us with Whale Rider a poignant mixture of grief and vigor and with North Country she continues to impress. As more an observer than anything else Caro lets the true story tell itself--of what happened in this small town with its frigid denizens and sexist behavior. And the film is definitely a period piece á la Norma Rae in that it's from a specific period albeit a recent one and pertains to a specific region. But it's kind of slow going. There’s a lot of weeping and dramatic speeches. Still Caro makes up for it by including several Bob Dylan songs who rarely grants the use of his songs in films. Perhaps he felt a certain a kinship to this film since it takes place in the desolate cold Northern Minnesota where he comes from--and so resents.