Since last November, when Regis Philbin and his staff were sealed up in his burial tomb with an army of terracotta Gelmans, Kelly Ripa has been hosting Live! with a revolving repertory company of special guests. They've been good people — Anderson Cooper, Michael Strahan, Seth Meyers — but she hasn't been able to nail anyone down. Or hasn't wanted to. Well now, the search is coming to an end. It's been announced that she will name her new partner on September 4th. Meaning, all the cardinals and bishops of television are assembling and will soon lock themselves in an ornate room to whisper and campaign and vote and they will not leave until a unanimous decision has been reached. At that point Ripa will turn her head to the sky, open her jaw wide, and white smoke will come billowing out while expectant crowds in Times Square cheer in celebration. But, if it's black smoke, it means the voting will continue. So who do we think it will be? Someone inoffensive and non-edgy and reasonably milquetoast, most definitely. It will probably just be Regis with a facelift and skinny jeans. Right? Either that or Mark Consuelos. They could keep it in the family. Of course the one person it will never be is Gelman. No sir, nobody asks Gelman. He's only been there for years, is only beloved my plenty of Americans, plenty of 'em, but they'd never ask old Gelman, ohh no, it's never Gelman. It's never, ever Gelman. [Deadline]
Blair from Facts of Life is going to be on Survivor. She has some sort of real name, but that doesn't really matter, does it? (OK, it's Lisa Whelchel.) What does matter is that she's a rabid born-again who is vehemently pro-home schooling and is maybe a bit of a nut, and now she is going to be on Survivor, and oh god, what will happen? I mean, very likely she'll be voted off quickly because she's been on TV so people will assume she's rich, but who knows. What if she lasts a long time? What if Nancy McKeon is a special surprise guest during the family visits episode?? So many questions, so few, well, facts. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Game of Thrones has cast the role of Daario Naharis, the leader of the Stormcrows and SPOILERZ ALERTZ the one-time sex friend of Daenerys, and he is handsome! In the book he's described oddly, with a tri-forked blue beard and a golden tooth, so it's hard to understand why Daenerys, a girl all of 17 or something, would be soooo attracted to him. But this fellow, this Ed Skrein ("Skrein"? Maybe change that, son. "I'm Ed Skrein and this is my friend, Bill Grunk.") is a looker. Well done, Game of Thrones! Oh also they cast Grey Worm and he is handsome too though maybe way younger than I ever pictured that character being, which is weird for this show, usually it's the opposite. Ah, well. Nerd on, Westeristas! [Entertainment Weekly]
Karen Allen, the beloved big-in-the-'80s actress from Raiders of the Lost Ark and Starman who kinda retired in the early '90s to raise her kid, is doing a play! She'll be off-Broadway in A Summer Day at the Rattlestick in October. So that's exciting! Y'know. Just a little Karen Allen newz for ya. Enjoy it. [Variety]
Nicki Minaj might be one of the judges on American Idol next season. They're looking to fill slots, so far they have only Mariah Carey, and Minaj's name has come up several times in connection with the show. So that could be interesting? She's relatively new to the biz and is really a rapper more than she is a singer, but whatever. Who really cares at this point? The judges don't actually do anything, they're just there for color, and Nicki Minaj, with all her wackadoodle clothes and bright makeup and all that, is certainly color. It would also be interesting to see her interact with Mariah Carey, though honestly it would be interesting to see just about anyone interact with Mariah Carey. Mariah Carey simply navigating the human world day-to-day is a fascinating subject, Minaj or not. [Entertainment Weekly]
Here's a first look at Forest Whitaker in Lee Daniels' The Butler, about a real-life White House butler who served under eight administrations. Looks nice! Can't see much, but it looks nice. Really this is just an opportunity to remind you that this is the movie with the following cast: Robin Williams as Dwight Eisenhower, James Marsden as JFK, Minka Kelly as Jackie O, John Cusack as Richard Nixon, Lafayette from True Blood as MLK Jr., Liev Schreiber as LBJ, Melissa Leo as Mamie Eisenhower, Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan, Alan Rickman as Ronald Reagan, and in other roles, Oprah Winfrey, Mariah Carey, Alex Pettyfer, Yaya from America's Next Top Model, Cuba Gooding Jr., Lenny Kravitz, and of course rounding it all out, Vanessa Redgrave. That is a movie that will exist. Sort of already does exist. That cast. Playing those roles. In a movie. What mysterious wonders the gods made possible when they breathed life into this world! What strange ideas do blossom in the minds of men. [Variety]
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