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May 8, 2015

Southside With You — an upcoming romantic dramedy about Barack and Michelle Obama's first date — has found its leading man. Actor Parker Sawyers, who has played small roles in films like Zero Dark Thirty, Kick-Ass 2, and Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, will star as the young Barack Obama, opposite the previously cast Tika Sumpter as Michelle:

In an interview last December, producer Stephanie Tracey Bing said Southside With You would be a "smart and timeless film that sheds light on one of the great love stories of our time," as it follows the future president and first lady through their first date in Chicago. The film is expected to hit theaters in 2016. Scott Meslow

March 2, 2015

The Sharknado universe just keeps getting bigger. With the series' upcoming third installment set in Washington, D.C., the SyFy original movie has elected its top politicians: President Mark Cuban and Vice President Ann Coulter.

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news of the duo's unlikely rise to the top of American politics, though it's unclear if Cuban and Coulter will be playing themselves and not just thinly-veiled caricatures of themselves. Sharknado 3's bevy of D-list guest stars also include Jerry Springer, Bo Derek, and N*SYNC alum Chris Kirkpatrick. Scott Meslow

February 25, 2015

Fresh off a buzzy performance at the Academy Awards, Lady Gaga has lined up her next gig: a starring role in the next season of the FX anthology series American Horror Story.

Nothing is known about the role Gaga will play — or even the time period and basic premise of the latest season — but Entertainment Weekly has confirmed that Gaga will be a series regular. In a tweet, Gaga referred to the series as American Horror Story: Hotel, likely confirming the subtitle of the fifth season:

This is Gaga's first meaty role as an actress, but she has turned up in movies like Men in Black 3Machete Kills, and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, as well as a small, pre-fame role in an episode of The Sopranos. Scott Meslow

January 26, 2015

Disney's live-action remake of the 1991 animated classic Beauty and the Beast has found its Belle. Emma Watson, best known for playing Hermione in the Harry Potter series, will star in the film.

Waston confirmed the news of her casting on her own Facebook page. "I'm finally able to tell you... that I will be playing Belle in Disney's new live-action Beauty and the Beast!" she wrote. "It was such a big part of my growing up, it almost feels surreal that I'll get to dance to 'Be Our Guest' and sing 'Something There.' My six year old self is on the ceiling — heart bursting. Time to start some singing lessons. I can't wait for you to see it."

After the box-office successes of recent movies like 2010's Alice in Wonderland and last year's Maleficent, Disney has been busily mining its animated history for new live-action films. A live-action adaptation of Cinderella is bound for theaters in March. Scott Meslow

January 23, 2015

In a casting choice that reads like a fan fiction writer's dream, X-Men Apocalypse has recast the role of Jean Grey with one of the most notable stars from Game of Thrones. Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark in the HBO fantasy drama, will step into the role originated by Famke Janssen in 2000's X-Men. Director Bryan Singer broke the news, along with several other casting announcements, on Twitter:

X-Men: Apocalypse will hit theaters in 2016. Scott Meslow

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