NBC Sets an Incredible Female Cast for "The Wiz Live" and More Major Moments for Women in Hollywood
By Megan Angelo
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NBC sets a sick lineup for "The Wiz Live!"
All of a sudden, NBC's live musicals are a big part of our yearly viewing calendar, and this staging of "The Wiz" (a fabulous '70s take on "The Wizard of Oz" that traditionally has an all African American cast) could be the most exciting one yet. (Not that we don’t still love you, absent-minded Christopher Walken as Hook.) Queen Latifah will play the titular wizard, while Uzo Aduba will be Glinda the Good. Mary J. Blige is the Wicked Witch of the West, and Amber Riley plays the Good Witch of the North (obviously the best thing about The Wiz is that there are more witches than there are in regular old Oz). Best of all: Dorothy will be played by a complete newcomer: 18-year-old Jersey girl Shanice Williams (pictured above) won the part over hundreds of hopefuls.
Megyn Kelly eviscerates Donald Trump during the televised Republican debates
Forget the Twitter echo chamber: Kelly played Trump perfectly during the first big debate of the 2016 election. When she asked him to respond to a history of calling "women you don't like 'fat pigs,' 'dogs,' 'slobs' and 'disgusting animals,'" Trump fired off a nasty quip about Rosie O'Donnell. A cheer went up from the audience (sign of the apocalypse?), but Kelly waited it out without breaking a sweat, then clarified that Trump had called many women these names, forcing him to respond. Which he did, by complaining that America has gotten too "politically correct." Yes, what a pity. It's like rich, racist misogynists can't have any fun anymore! For our full recap of the debate, click here.
"Amy" becomes the highest-grossing British documentary of all time
People have been reacting strongly to the chronicle of singer Amy Winehouse's life, which peels back the layers on a huge star who was exceedingly media-shy. Now that reaction is being reflected in box-office dollars: The film has made $4.9 million so far.
A My Little Pony movie is happening
And from the file of "That Makes Sense," Kristin Chenoweth will voice a lead character. This represents major redemption for all the My Little Pony dolls out there who had their tails mercilessly cut and styled or who were accidentally left behind at a public pool in the '80s.
Carla Gugino takes over for Christina Hendricks in "Roadies"
The much-anticipated Showtime drama from the director of "Almost Famous" focuses on the crew behind a rock tour. Earlier this month, it was announced that Hendricks, who played the production-manager lead in the pilot, would be recast. Now Gugino is stepping in — and as longtime fans of her get-it-done ‘tude on Entourage, we are fully behind this.
We get the first glimpse of Elle Fanning as a transgender teen
The younger Fanning's awards season chatter begins now. In the drama, her character (transitioning from female to male) struggles to earn her mother's acceptance, while her mother (played by Naomi Watts) tries to adjust to her child's new identity. Click here to watch the trailer.
Kate Mara closes a deal to play a heroic real-life Marine
Mara will play Megan Leavey in a film by the same name. Leavey and her dog, Rex, saved lives by sussing out roadside bombs during the Iraq war — then, after being wounded in battle, Leavey endured a five-year quest to bring home Rex. Yeah, we're crying too. The film will be directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite, who made the sensational documentary Blackfish.
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