WILL ARNETT JOINS ‘TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES’: Arrested Development star Will Arnett has joined the cast of Michael Bay’s Ninja Turtles. It is unknown who Arnett will be playing but The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed he will not be playing April O’Neil’s love interest and turtle ally Casey Jones.
TLC ANNOUNCES NEW ‘BREAKING AMISH’ SEASONS: TLC has announced that the second season of Breaking Amish will feature an entirely new cast of young people looking to explore the world outside of their Amish community. It was also announced that the original cast from season one will appear in a spin-off called Breaking Amish: Brave New World which will premiere on May 12th.
DISNEY LOOKING TO CAST CINDERELLA: Now that Emma Watson has reportedly rejected the role, Disney and director Kenneth Branagh are apparently choosing between three actresses to star in the live-action Cinderella currently in development. They are said to be testing Bella Heathcoate, Lily James, and Margot Robbie to fill the glass slipper.
LUCASARTS LAYS OFF EMPLOYEES: Disney has canceled all work on two projects and laid off around 150 people at LucasArts — essentially closing the entire video game sector of the studio. The company released a statement saying, “After evaluating our position in the games market, we’ve decided to shift LucasArts from an internal development to a licensing model, minimizing the company’s risk while achieving a broader portfolio of quality Star Wars games. As a result of this change, we’ve had layoffs across the organization. We are incredibly appreciative and proud of the talented teams who have been developing our new titles.”
SNL CAST MEMBER LANDS NBC SITCOM: Saturday Night Live cast member Nasim Pedrad is reportedly exiting the show to join John Mulraney’s unnamed comedy pilot for NBC. Nasim joins the previously cast Mulaney, Martin Short, and Elliott Gould.
KATE HUDSON SAYS HER MAN PROVED HIMSELF DURING HER PREGNANCY: Kate Hudson reveals in the May issue of the UK version of Elle that her boyfriend, Muse frontman Matthew Bellamy, really stepped up to the plate and proved his devotion when the actress found out she was pregnant after only two months of dating. She says, “It was all very old-fashioned and proper, and we went on lovely dates. And two months later I was pregnant…Well, yes I was shocked, but I also thought, ‘This is going to be interesting.’ I knew it would take a strong man to deal with it. You know that with a relationship things can go either way when you have a child. When you get pregnant everything changes: you, your body. Everything becomes a big decision. But he was there and that was that.”
ROGER EBERT HAS CANCER AGAIN: Roger Ebert announced on Tuesday (April 2nd) that his cancer has returned. He wrote on his blog for the Chicago Sun-Times that he is taking a ‘leave of presence’ but plans to still write selected reviews while he focuses on his latest illness.
‘GLEE’ ACTRESS ANNOUNCES PREGNANCY: Glee actress Heather Morris has announced that she is expecting a baby with her longtime boyfriend Taylor Hubbell who she met in high school. Sources tell Us Weekly that she is a little more than three months along.
PRODUCERS WILL PAY FOR SHAIN GANDEE’S FUNERAL: The two production companies behind the MTV show Buckwild have offered to cover the expenses for cast member Shain Gandee’s funeral. A public service for Shain will occur this Sunday (April 7th.)
MELISSA MCCARTHY ‘SNL’ PROMOS RELEASED: The promos for the new episode of Saturday Night Live with guest host Melissa McCarthy have been released. Phoenix will be the musical guest for the episode airing April 6th.