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Twisted‘s Avan Jogia has landed a role in Michael opposite James Franco for director Justin Kelly and executive producer Gus Van Sant. Franco stars as a gay activist who, after enduring years of taunts and struggle, becomes an anti-gay Christian pastor. Jogia will play Will, a young man Michael (Franco) meets and falls for along his journey. Earlier this week ABC Family cancelled the teen drama series Twisted, which starred Jogia as a troubled high schooler who returns to his hometown amid suspicion after killing his aunt as a child. The 22-year-old Canadian thesp who earned a following on Nickelodeon’s Victorious was recently chosen to lead Spike’s upcoming event series Tut playing the young King Tutankhamun opposite Ben Kingsley. He’s been booking more indie feature fare of late including Ten Thousand Saints with Hailee Steinfeld and Shangri-La Suite with Emily Browning, Ashley Greene, and Luke Grimes. »
- Jen Yamato
While other 21-year-olds might go clubbing on their nights off, Ariana Grande is more likely to be sitting with sand between her toes. "I love going to the beach really late at night," she says. "That is how I make sure I don't explode." Ironic, because that's exactly what's happening to this petite girl from Boca Raton, Florida, who has a chart-topping single in "Problem" and will drop her second album, My Everything, on August 25. Grande hasn't followed the traditional path to pop stardom. After a couple of years on the stage, including a role in the Broadway musical 13, she »
- Patrick Gomez, @PatrickGomezLA
Avan Jogia (TV's "Victorious") is set to play Egyptian ruler Tutankhamun in Spike TV and Muse Entertainment's original miniseries "Tut". The project will be filmed entirely on location in Morocco and Canada this Fall ahead of a 2015 debut.
Jogia joins Ben Kingsley, who was cast last month as Tutankhamun's grand vizier who wields tremendous power and influence as the top adviser to the young Egyptian ruler. The project marks Spike's first scripted event series in eight years. [Source: The Live Feed]
"Fifty Shades of Grey" and "The Fall" star Jamie Dornan has scored the lead role of Irish Commandant Pat Quinlan in Richie Smyth's geo-political thriller "The Siege Of Jadotville" for Parallel Films. Kevin Brodbin ("Constantine") penned the script and filming begins in Ireland and South Africa in the spring.
The story is based on a 1961 siege in the Congo following Moise Tshombe taking control of the Katanga region. 150 Un Irish troops, »
- Garth Franklin
Spike TV has found its King Tut. Twisted and Victorious star Avan Jogia will take on the role as the Egyptian ruler in the Viacom-owned cable network's original miniseries Tut, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The limited series is based on the story of Tutankhamun, otherwise known as King Tut. Tut hails from Muse Entertainment, best known for Emmy-nominated The Kennedys as well as Pillars of the Earth. The company's Joel S. Rice and Michael Prupas along with Greg Gugliotta (The Fosters) will executive produce with writer Michael Vickerman (Impact), Bradley Bredeweg and Peter Paige (The Fosters) and Elice Island's Jeremy Elice and Angela Mancuso (Spartacus, Helen of Troy). Irene Litinsky (Being Human) serves as
- Lesley Goldberg
Nickelodeon hasn’t been making headlines for good reasons lately. The kid-targeted network lost its popular Victorious/iCarly crossover series Sam & Cat sooner than expected due to a clash involving its stars Ariana Grande and Jennette McCurdy, and it also recently moved animated fantasy series The Legend of Korra online after extremely low ratings. However, things may be turning around for the network today, with word that it has partnered with Paramount TV to revive the 2003 Jack Black comedy School of Rock as a live-action series.
The new show, which has landed a 13-episode, straight-to-series order from Nickelodeon, will follow the same premise of the film, in which rocker Dewey Finn (Black’s role) posed as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school, imparting to his young pupils the skills necessary to play and appreciate rock ‘n’ roll.
No cast members for School of Rock have yet been announced, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Ariana Grande and her dad don't speak to each other, the 21-year old singer has explained. The 'Problem' hitmaker - who recently had to cope with the death of her grandfather - has revealed that she fell out of touch with her dad last year but has come to terms with it. She told Seventeen magazine: ''It's private, but it happened last year. It took me so long to be Ok with it. The thing that got me there was embracing the fact that that I am made up of half my dad, and a lot of my traits come from him. So much of me comes from my father, and for so long, I didn't like that about myself. ''I had to accept that it's Ok not to get along with somebody and still love them.'' Ariana, 21, who shot to fame on Nickelodeon's 'Victorious', admitted she »
She's the vocal powerhouse behind what is shaping up to be the song of the summer, but even Ariana Grande hasn't always felt confident. "It's tough to spend some of the most important years of your life in front of so many strangers who want to pick you apart," the "Problem" singer says in the September issue of Seventeen, on newsstands Aug. 5. "Insecurity has been the hardest thing I've had to overcome. I think everyone my age struggles with that because everyone strives for approval and wants to feel loved." Grande, 21, found fame as a teen on the Nickelodeon shows Victorious and Sam & Cat. »
- Michele Corriston, @mcorriston
Lifetime has found its replacement for Zendaya Coleman.
Alexandra Shipp will play late R&B singer Aaliyah in Lifetime’s upcoming biopic Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B (working title), EW has confirmed. The planned film is set to premiere this fall and will be executive produced by Debra Martin Chase and talk show host Wendy Williams.
Willams broke the news earlier today when she tweeted:
I'm excited to exec produce the Aaliyah @lifetimetv movie w/ @DebraMChase. Prod starts later this month and @AlexShipppp will play Aaliyah.— Wendy Williams (@WendyWilliams) July 18, 2014
Shipp’s previous film credits include Nicklelodeon’s House of Anubis, »
- Chancellor Agard
Wendy Williams made it known on Friday that Lifetime's Aaliyah biopic is back on and has found a new actress for the lead role. According to Williams' Twitter, Alexandra Shipp will now play Aaliyah, replacing Zendaya Coleman, who gave up the role in late June. A Lifetime spokesperson told TheWrap that Williams’ announcement is true. Also read: Zendaya on Exiting Lifetime's Aaliyah Movie: It ‘Wasn't All the Way There’ Shipp is best known for her role as KT Rush on the Nickelodeon show “House of Anubis.” She has also appeared on “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel,” “Switched at Birth” and “Victorious. »
- Jethro Nededog
“Sam & Cat” may soon be a thing of the past, but the Nickelodeon show lives on in the heart of its star, Ariana Grande. Grande took to her Facebook account on Sunday, following news that the series — which starred Grande and Jennette McCurdy — had been canceled after a single season. In a lengthy post, Grande reflected on her character Cat Valentine, which she also played on Nickelodeon's “Victorious,” saying that the character was so well-loved that she “used to pretend to be more like her.” Also read: Nickelodeon Canceling ‘Sam & Cat’ Amid Production Drama “I want to thank (series »
- Tim Kenneally
The "Problem" singer says goodbye to her Nickelodeon show with a heartfelt post.
Ariana Grande is saying goodbye to the character that made her famous with a heartfelt sendoff.
Nickelodeon has officially canceled Sam & Cat after placing the show on hiatus earlier this year. Multiple reports have surfaced stating that behind-the-scenes drama is to blame for the cancellation, but as far as Grande is concerned, she's got nothing but love for her Nick family.
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The "Problem" singer posted a lengthy statement to Twitter, in which she thanked the Viacom-owned network for "making a childhood dream of mine come true, for being a family to me, for being so accommodating and supportive of my multitasking with my music career, and for of course introducing me to many of my fans however many years ago."
Grande's character on the show, Cat Valentine, actually originated »
Ariana Grande has confirmed that Sam & Cat are winding down their onscreen shenanigans together. The Nickelodeon series, which was slated for a 40-episode first season, has been prematurely canceled, with the 36th episode to serve as the series finale on July 17. Grande, 21, confirmed the show's end and wrote an emotion-filled tribute on Twitter Sunday. "I want to thank Nickelodeon for being a family to me. Thank you to the cast and crew who I spent almost every day with for a good four or five years. I can't imagine that there is a more pleasant or professional crew in Hollywood, »
- Katherine Foreman
Nickelodeon has canceled Sam & Cat, with last Saturday’s episode serving as its series finale. The show lasted one season.
Sam & Cat, a spinoff starring iCarly’s Jennette McCurdy and Victorious’ Ariana Grande, followed two best friends who had an after-school babysitting business. Created by Dan Schneider, the man behind All That and Drake & Josh, the show seemed like a sure thing. But after a successful series premiere, a 40-episode order, a production hiatus in April, rumors of co-star feuds, and more, Nickelodeon has pulled the plug.
Grande addressed the cancellation on social media, saying: “I want to thank Nickelodeon »
- Samantha Highfill
Well, "Sam & Cat," Nickelodeon's wildly successful spin-off of two of its most popular shows ("iCarly" and "Victorious"), has been quietly cancelled before the last four episodes of the series had been shot or aired. This Thursday's episode (number 36 for those playing at home), will serve as the de facto series finale. Program your DVRs accordingly.
The series, which starred Ariana Grande, who is currently dominating the pop radio airwaves with her single "Problem," and Jennette McCurdy, who had a minor backlash when some racy (but non-nude) photos leaked online, had been plagued by production problems, according to a story posted on The Wrap. After the show became a smash, Nickelodeon upped the series order to a whopping 40 episodes, which put the cast and crew on edge and left them "exhausted and taken advantage of," while the two stars wanted to be able to renegotiate their contracts and also take some time off. »
- Drew Taylor
Nickelodeon has officially cancelled the hit teen drama series Sam & Cat, after putting the show on an indefinite production hiatus earlier this year. Due to behind-the-scenes conflicts, the Viacom-owned network will not be bringing the series back for a second season, despite its success. Last July, Sam & Cat received a lengthy 40-episode first season order after only four episodes, so this news is definitely surprising.
Although the network released a promo video for the series recently which promised a conclusion to the show that would “go out with a bang,” fans will have to settle for what they’ve already seen. THR reports that Sam & Cat will continue to air in reruns, but according to a statement released earlier by a network spokesperson, there won’t be any new episodes available.
“Nickelodeon will not be producing more episodes of Sam & Cat. We are very proud of the show and its »
- Lindsay Sperling
Sam & Cat Canceled
Sam & Cat, which brought together two popular characters from two successful Nickelodeon programs – iCarly’s Sam Puckett (McCurdy) and Victorious‘ Cat Valentine (Grande) – had been a ratings hit. Helping Nickelodeon’s ability to sell the show was McCurby and Grande’s off-screen friendship and Grande’s rising music career.
Despite the show’s success, Nickelodeon has announced that Sam & Cat is being put on a “permanent hiatus," reported Deadline.
"Nickelodeon will not be producing more episodes of Sam & Cat,” the kids network said in a statement. “We are very proud of the show and its very talented cast and we wish them the best."
Salary Issues To Blame For Cancelation?
Back in March, McCurdy was noticeably absent for the Kids Choice Awards. The actress addressed her absence on Twitter, saying she was “put in an uncomfortable, »
After being put on permanent hiatus months ago, the show has been officially cancelled.
Nickelodeon's Sam & Cat-- which in April was put on "permanent hiatus"-- has been officially cancelled.
"Nickelodeon will not be producing more episodes of Sam & Cat. We are very proud of the show and its very talented cast and we wish them all the best," the kids network told Et in a statement.
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Sam & Cat was supposed to be a profit machine for the network, and was a massive success in the short time it was on the air, even getting a 40-episode order from Nick.
However, behind-the-scenes drama and conflict put the show in danger early on, according »
Nickelodeon finally cut the cord of its ratings draw Sam & Cat, which went on "permanent hiatus" back in April. Episode #36, "Getting Wiggy," set to air on Thursday, will be the series finale. The show fused the star power of two Nickelodeon stalwarts: iCarly's Sam Puckett played by Jennette McCurdy and Victorious's Cat Valentine played by Ariana Grande. However, there were reports of discord on set between the network and besties Jennette and Ariana. An anonymous source told The Wrap, "They [Ariana Grande and Jennette McCurdy] are both 21 and are pursuing successful new paths in their careers." This is certainly true for Ariana for whom the tween show was becoming a hindrance to her diva aspirations. She might have 99 problems, but Nickelodeon is no longer one. »
- E. Alex Jung
Nickelodeon has pulled the plug on Sam & Cat, with a handful of episodes from the series’ 40-episode freshman run left unproduced.
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“Nickelodeon will not be producing more episodes of Sam & Cat,” the network said in a statement. “We are very proud of the show and its very talented cast and we wish them all the best.”
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Well it seems that Nickelodeon has indeed cancelled Sam & Cat. The sitcom is ending after one extended season.
A combined spin-off of Victorious and iCarly, Sam & Cat finds Sam Puckett (Jennette McCurdy) and Cat Valentine (Ariana Grande) becoming friends and roommates. To make money they start an after-school babysitting business. Maree Cheatham, Cameron Ocasio, and Zoran Korach co-star.
The series was initially picked up for 20 episodes and they started airing in June 2013. It was such a big hit that the cable channel ordered 20 more after just one month of airings.
The series was on track to be renewed for a second season but some backstage issues derailed Sam & Cat towards the end of its first year of production, resulting in only 36 episodes being produced.
The sitcom was later put on »
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