Whether you’ve gotten your fill of summer television, or not, it’s time to start falling for TV’s upcoming roster. With final seasons of Sons of Anarchy, Boardwalk Empire, and Newsroom; comedic debuts like Black-ish, and Selfie; and a Shonda Rhimes Thursday night takeover with Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and How to Get Away With Murder, your DVR options abound.
Before new shows and movies are on your radar, they’re being planned, executed, and put into motion by production teams far and wide. Each week, Glam is going to give you the rundown on your favorite celebrities and their new gigs, from Hollywood’s rising stars to Broadway’s top talents. Welcome to the Casting Room.
This week, we learned that a “Fancy” feline and a Brooklyn girl have earned some major on-air cred. Iggy Azalea, MTV’s new House of Style host, will be making her silver screen debut in Fast & Furious 7, while Girls star Allison Williams will put her pipes to use as Peter Pan in NBC’s live musical production this December. We wonder if her dad, Brian Williams, had anything to do with that.
Now, more from the Casting Room:
Bordertown | Hank Azaria
Fast & Furious 7 | Iggy Azalea joining Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson
The Jungle Book | Christopher Walken joining Lupita Nyong’o, Scarlett Johansson
Marvel’s untitled Dr. Strange film | Joaquin Phoenix
Miss Peregrine’s Home | Eva Green
American Horror Story: Freak Show | Neil Patrick Harris, Finn Wittrock | FX
The Blacklist | Krysten Ritter | NBC
Brooklyn Nine-Nine | Kyra Sedgwick | Fox
Grace and Frankie | Brooklyn Decker, Ethan Embry | Netflix
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. | Simon Kassianides | ABC
Nashville | Laura Benanti | ABC
Once Upon a Time | John Rhys-Davies and Tyler Jacob Moore| ABC
Resurrection | Donna Murphy | ABC
The Slap | Mary-Louise Parker, Peter Sargaard | NBC
Sons of Anarchy | Lea Michele | FX
We Hate Paul Revere | Ron Livingston | AMC
Peter Pan Live | Allison Williams joining Christopher Walken | NBC
We won’t be seeing the Batman v. Superman trailer that Comic-Con fans were treated to over the weekend, but this sneak peek makes up for it. The new trailer for Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar has arrived, and with it, plenty of tear-jerking moments from Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, and Jessica Chastain—though plot details remain few. Visit the film’s official site and enter access code 7201969 (the date Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin stepped foot on the moon) to see the flick’s softer side. [Interstellar Movie]
Just when you thought it would be a relatively quiet summer at the box office, Guardians of the Galaxy is here to shake things up. The Marvel project, which director James Gunn says is more “space opera” than “superhero,” will open in more than 4,000 theaters on August 1 and is projected to make $65 million over the weekend. It’s already set a record for becoming “the top August pre-seller in Fandango history,” good news for the future of the franchise. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Sorry Hilary Duff. You’re comeback has got nothing on this. N’SYNC dropped a new album today!!! Ok—it’s not a new album, rather a compilation of best hits and a few hidden gems. And the boy band’s members didn’t know a thing about it. But it’s N’SYNC, throwback cover art, and all. [Vulture]
Can we have Jon Feltheimer’s job? You may not know the name, but you do know that of the company he runs: Lionsgate. Now, we know his salary, too. The studio revealed that Feltheimer made $63.6 million in the 2014 fiscal year (including stock options), almost five-times what he made in 2013. Imagine, the s h o e s. [Variety]
It’s never too late to capitalize off of a big win, especially if you’re Warner Bros., and said win is your $7.7 billion Harry Potter franchise. The studio rounded up a new squad, known as the Harry Potter Global Franchise Development team, that will oversee a spinoff film series, Universal Studios theme park attractions, and a new Harry Potter-based play. We wonder what Daniel Radcliffe has to say about that. [Businessweek]
Because you need something to get over Hump Day, Justin Bieber v. Orlando Bloom. Round one. [Billboard]
Just call it Fast & Fancy.
Iggy Azalea, whose double-platinum “Fancy” is an early contender for song of the summer, landed another role in front of the camera. In addition to taking up post on MTV’s House of Style, the Down Under dame will appear in Fast & Furious 7.
Vin Diesel announced the casting news Tuesday during an interview with SkyrockFM to promote his approaching blockbuster, Guardians of the Galaxy. When asked if he’d rather dance to Azalea’s “Fancy,” Ariana Grande’s “Problem,” or Jason Derulo’s “Wiggle,” (remember that “Drunk in Love” get down?), Diesel opted for the former.
“I just worked with her two weeks ago,” Diesel said. “I guess you’ll be the first person that knows this—we casted [sic] her in Fast & Furious 7. She has a cameo in Fast & Furious 7.”
Azalea will join a long line of musicians who’ve nabbed Fast & Furious roles, including Ja Rule, Shad Moss (formerly known as Bow Wow), Rita Ora, and franchise regulars Ludacris and Tyrese. And, to curb all shade, she won’t be responsible for writing her lines.
Fast & Furious 7 will arrive in theaters on August 3, 2015.
Lana Del Rey’s music video for “Ultraviolence” debuted on Noisey, and it involves a wedding dress, a blood red manicure, a man’s fingers and an orange. Random, you might say—and, yes, random it is. The singer wanders through an overgrown wooded path dressed as a bride and carrying flowers as she sings the title track of her latest album. We have to admit, we’re confused about the finger-sucking and the orange. Otherwise, she looks gorgeous (those lips…) and we’re loving the ethereal-yet-totally-haunting vibe of this video. What are your thoughts?
Looks like Allison Williams is moving out of Brooklyn and shipping off to Neverland. The Girls star, who plays Marni, has been cast as Peter Pan in NBC’s Peter Pan Live! telecast, which airs December 4. “[Williams] is a major find,” said executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. “She will reinvent the iconic role of Peter Pan with her wit, her warmth, her dynamic flying and her wonderful musical abilities. The score will be sung beautifully and introduced to a whole new generation of families.”
This reinvention of sorts follows the success of last year’s live performance of The Sound of Music, which was led by Carrie Underwood. After that production drew an impressive 18.6 million viewers, we’re certain our favorite singing “girl” will live up to those high expectations. Of course, Williams qualifies this role as a “dream come true,” as any twenty-something who grew up watching the cartoon version of the tale might. “And besides,” she added, “what could go wrong in a live television production with simultaneous flying, sword fighting and singing?”
Star Scoop: Batman v. Superman Crushes Comic-Con, Missy Elliott is Loaded, Fifty Shades’ Friendly Competition
The stats are in and Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice was the most-popular movie at Comic-Con. Research firms Mashwork and Way to Blue told Variety that 73% of emotional reactions to the film deemed it “amazing,” while the film’s first trailer received 248,960 mentions. [Variety]
Missy Elliott is ready for a revival. Her longtime collaborator and friend, Timbaland, told Rolling Stone that she’s already selected a lead single for her upcoming album, her first solo effort since 2005’s The Cookbook. “It’s just a matter of when she wants to do it,” he said. “We got the hollow-tip bullet in the gun. We have the game-changer right there.” Can’t wait to get our freak on. [Huffington Post]
Fifty Shades of Grey is getting some friendly competition. The Jamie Dornan-Dakota Johnson starrer will face off against faith-based love story God’s Not Dead on Valentine’s Day 2015. Though the Fifty book series sold over 100 million copies worldwide, God’s was also commercially successful with $60 million in sales. “Opening the same weekend as Fifty Shades, there’s definitely a David v. Goliath comparison,” said Rik Swartzwelder, who will write, direct, and star in the feature. “They will have more screens, more money, more hype [ed note: and, Beyoncé]. . . but we’re hopeful that we are not alone in our belief that there are others out there who desire more from love–and the movies–than objectification or domination.” [Variety]
Speaking of Fifty, it reigns as the as the most-viewed trailer of 2014 with 36 million YouTube visits… and counting. [The Hollywood Reporter]
With the slew of unscripted series and “reality” shows that VH1 produces, it’s with great cheer—literally—that we report the Viacom network is renewing Hit the Floor for a third season. Now, if we could only get rid of Steebie and his Love & Hip Hop Atlanta crew. [VH1]
With the world’s need for social swag and the media’s need to offer immediacy, what better way to meld the two than with an improv show fueled by live tweets? Comedy Central is doing just that with a six-episode digital series, CC: Social Scene, that will draw inspiration from Twitter posts about “worst breakup lines,” “oddest combos at the BBQ,” “beach hogs,” and more. [Broadway World]
Back in the kitchen and into the fire, 18 of the best Top Chef alumni battle it out in Bravo’s upcoming Top Chef Duels, premiering Wednesday, August 6, at 10 p.m./9 p.m. CT. Showcasing the biggest chef rivalries in the show’s history, each episode will pair two former contenders against one another in a challenge of skill, creativity, and timeliness. The prize at stake? Top Chef Duels proves to be more than just hashing out the biggest rivalries in Top Chef history—the winner will receive a $100,000 grand prize and a culinary adventure to be featured in Food & Wine magazine. No pressure, Top Chef alumni. Check out who is set to battle it out and make your predictions in advance—which 10 chefs will make it to the finale to dish it out for the grand prize?
Nicki Minaj may have pushed back the release date for “Anaconda,” but she still has new music to share. After Monday’s leak of her bodacious “Bang Bang” collaboration with high-powered crooners Jessie J and Ariana Grande, the trio have officially released the record on iTunes.
“Bang Bang,” a sassy soundtrack to the bad girls, will be the debut single from Jessie J’s third album, her second to be released in the U.S. Grande will also add the Max Martin-produced song to her discography with a spot on the deluxe edition of My Everything, out August 25. No word on whether Minaj will feature the track on The Pink Print, but rumor has it that the three will perform the modern-day “Lady Marmalade” at the MTV Video Music Awards next month.
One thing we can bet on is that there’s a video on the way.
“We fly to L.A. in about six hours to shoot the video,” Jessie J told Elvis Duran and The Z100 Morning show today. “Honestly, I’m so excited! We shoot the video tomorrow and the next day. Me, Nicki, and Ariana are all available which is rare in itself—no blue screen, no green screen, no screens!”
Listen to “Bang Bang” below and await the badass visuals that will undoubtedly follow.
In other music news… Hilary Duff returned to the recording booth after seven years. Here’s her new, Colbie Caillat-penned single, “Chasing the Sun.”
Beauty buffs may have a thing for old Hollywood glamour, but Monday night, at Los Angeles’ The Wiltern Theater, Tinseltown’s youngest stars stole the stage. Kelly Osbourne hosted the 2014 Young Hollywood Awards, which honored achievements from pop culture’s emerging acts, as merited by 13—19 year old voters. Orange is the New Black proved the evening’s top victor, earning three awards: Breakthrough Actress Danielle Brooks, the We Love To Hate You award for Pablo Schreiber, and most Bingeworthy TV Show—though we’re not sure it’s a program aimed at teen audiences (*wink).
Click through to see other young favorites, like Shailene Woodley, Chole Grace Moretz, and Ansel Elgort, take home YHA trophies.