Warren Beatty has issued a statement after Sunday’s Oscar mishap during the Best Picture presentation. “Rather than for me to respond to questions from the press about the Academy ceremony,” he said in a statement to the Associated Press, “I feel it would be more appropriate for the president of the Academy, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, to publicly clarify what happened as soon as possible.” The Academy has issued their apology, stating they “deeply regret” the incident, adding, “To all involved — including our presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, the filmmakers and our fans watching worldwide — we apologize.”
Benedict Cumberbatch has landed another TV role, as he’s set to star in the limited series Melrose for Showtime and Sky Atlantic. The five-part drama is based on a series of novels by Edward St. Aubyn. The novels follow a character named Patrick Melrose, who undergoes a harrowing journey from a deeply traumatic childhood through adult substance abuse and eventually makes a turn toward recovery. Each episode will cover several intense days within the character’s life, which also spans decades and locations, with the south of France in the 1960s, New York in the 1980s and London in the early 2000s all providing the background.
Get your groove on, it’s time for the reveal of the cast for the 24th season of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars. In a bit of cross-promotion, The Bachelor star Nick Viall is on board to take part. The A-Team‘s Mr. T, Glee ctress Heather Morris, Olympic Gold Medalist Simone Biles, Olympic skater Nancy Kerrigan, Las Vegas entertainer Charo, Fifth Harmony member Normani Kordei, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ Erika Jayne, former SNL comedian Chris Kattan, bull riding star Bonner Bolton, former Chicago Cubs catcher David Ross and NFL running back Rashad Jennings round out the cast.
This seems like a sitcom we can get behind. Happy Endings star Casey Wilson has been cast opposite Cougar Town‘s Busy Phillips as down-on-their-luck siblings in The Sackett Sisters. According to TV Line, 30 Rock scribe Luke Del Tredici is taking on the single-camera project, which centers on a pair of estranged sisters who perform a public act of heroism and are forced to navigate the aftermath together. Tina Fey will serve as the executive producer.
Just keep on talkin’! Chris Hardwick has inked a deal with AMC to host a weekly talk show. Hardwick already hosts Talking Dead, the post-Walking Dead recap show, for the network. According to TV Line, Talking With Chris Hardwick will premiere on Sunday, April 9 at 11PM ET, with the host sitting down for an hour long chat with people from pop culture. The show will reportedly air in the weeks that Hardwick is not hosting Talking Dead, which typically follows The Walking Dead and the Fear the Walking Dead spinoff.
Might we be seeing Bobby Moynihan‘s time at Saturday Night Live winding down? Deadline reports that the comedian has been cast as the lead in the CBS single-camera pilot Me, Myself & I. Moynihan is currently in his ninth season on NBC’s sketch comedy staple, but should the show get picked up, Moynihan would likely move on.
Former Ugly Betty cast member Ana Ortiz has landed a voice role in a still untitled sequel to the animated film Wreck It Ralph. According to The Tracking Board, Ortiz will have a small role in the film, which features the return of John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jane Lynch and Jack McBrayer. Rich Moore, who directed the first movie, will co-direct the sequel with Phil Johnston.
On the big screen, Nicholas Hoult has just been cast in The Favourite, a period drama from The Lobster director Yorgos Lanthimos. According to Deadline, Hoult has been cast as Harley, a Tory Party leader during the reign of queen Anne. Past Oscar winners Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz have also been cast in the film.