And Anastasia Steele’s Best Friend Will Be Played By…

…actress Eloise Mumford!

eloise-mumford-20100929085815967-3322823_320w Mumford will play the role of “Kate Kavanagh”, Anastasia’s best friend and roomie in the erotic romance novel Fifty Shades of Grey. Mumford is best known for her turn on TV shows such as “Lone Star” and “The River”, and the movie So Undercover, which also featured Miley Cyrus, Jeremy Piven, Mike O’Malley, and Kelly Osbourne.

I can’t hate on any more casting news for this film because I’m still a “Fifty Shades of Grey” virgin, but I think that Mumford looks the part so far! Plus, the won the coveted role so she must have done a few things right during her audition.

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“Scrubbing In” Rescheduled To A Graveyard Shift Hour

Have any of you caught the new MTV docuseries called “Scrubbing In”? I wanted to tune in to see if it would mirror “Grey’s Anatomy” or “Nurse Jackie” in some way, but I’m not sure if I will give it a chance in real time due to it’s move to a midnight timeslot. (Hello On Demand!) Now, when a new television show is moved to a later time, notably past 11 p.m., or on a Friday, especially when it was once showing on any other weekday, there is a high chance that it is not long for this world.

Alas, “Scrubbing In” is about the lives of nurses on and off-duty has garnered criticism ever since its debut on October 24th of this year. Like most MTV reality shows, “Scrubbing In” is not the type of program to watch if you’re looking for a hard-hitting documentary fit for HBO. Rather, judging from its promo, its about hot tubs, being in da club, and relationship drama. However, there are moments where we see these young working professionals in the hospital, talking to patients, and doing the jobs they chose to do. Not all young nurses live pious lives, but a petition from Change.org with more than 30,000 signatures and concern from nonprofit nursing organizations believe that MTV should depict the lives of nurses in a more respectable fashion.

What do you think? With the glut of Real Housewives and Bad Girls on TV, should we expect for reality shows depicting professions that are not a part of the entertainment business (nurses, doctors, lawyers, etc.) to be suitable for viewers or are we asking for too much?

What Might Have Been: Thespians Who Were Nearly Cast In Your Favorite TV Shows

Years ago I found out how close Katie Holmes came to being cast as Buffy in the TV version of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” (and I still always try to envision her singing in the magical “Once More, with Feeling” episode). But the rest of these what-might-have-been casting decisions leave me breathless! Imagine Isaiah Washington as McDreamy in “Grey’s Anatomy”, Ryan Reynolds as “Xander” on “Buffy”, Sandra Bernhard as “Miranda” on “Sex and the City”, Whitney Houston (R.I.P.) as “Sondra” on “The Cosby Show”, or Ashlee Simpson as “Elena” on “The Vampire Diaries”!!!! E! Entertainment’s “TV Scoop” list of “Amazing TV Roles That Almost Went To Other Actors” just goes to show you how vital the right cast and casting outcomes are to a production.

Dana Delany was first offered the role of "Carrie Bradshaw", but turned it down (HBO|ABC)

Dana Delany was first offered the role of “Carrie Bradshaw”, but turned it down (HBO|ABC)

Happy Catching Fire Day!!!!

Even though screenings of  The Hunger Games: Catching Fire started last night, today marks the official viewing of the film, as most theaters began to show the anticipated sequel to The Hunger Games in full swing.

While I think 99% percent of the casting for Catching Fire is on point (I’m still a little testy over the casting choice for “Finnick Odair”), what I really want to know is which scenes were taken out of the sequel for this book-to-movie adaptation. Catching Fire, in book form, is even more depressing than the first The Hunger Games, brutal, and unforgiving, and there are a few particular scenes involving Donald Sutherland (“President Snow”), Lenny Kravitz (“Cinna”), Liam  Hemsworth (“Gale Hawthorne”), and Sam Claflin (“Finnick Odair”), that, if executed well, are going to make me cry, among others. No matter what, I have no doubt that the movie will be visually stunning.

 

 

A “Center Stage” Reunion On Starz?

I have a confession to make- Center Stage is one of my favorite movies of all time. It’s right up there with Repulsion, Rosemary’s Baby, and The Breakfast Club. You may be thinking, “WTF?! It’s a corny, predictable, trite version of Fame!” Well I say to that, “Hush yo mouf!” “Center Stage” introduced millenials to Zoe Saldana before “Avatar”, Amanda Schull before “Pretty Little Liars”, Peter Gallagher before “The O.C.”, and parts of the secret, cutthroat world of ballet before “Black Swan”.

With that passionate introduction, you can only imagine the elation I felt after reading about a new Starz ballet drama that is currently in the development stage, titled Flesh And Bone. Ethan Stiefel, who starred in Center Stage and Center Stage: Turn It Up as heartbreaker  “Cooper”, is attached to the project as a choreographer and consultant, and American Ballet Theatre dancer Sascha Radetsky, who was the lovable “Charlie” in Center Stage, will star in a supporting role. This show needs a green light. I’m having all types of wonderful flashbacks right now you guys: