Disney has introduced its newest princess, Elena of Avalor, a 16-year-old drawn from "diverse Latin cultures and folklore," according to a statement from the company. Elena makes her debut on Disney Junior's animated show "Sofia the First" next year. The character will be voiced by Aimee Carrero, of ABC Family's "Young & Hungry."
Eddie Murphy will make his first appearance on "Saturday Night Live" in 30 years. The legendary comic will take part in a new special to celebrate the show's 40th anniversary that will air on February 15. Murphy joined the "SNL" cast in 1981 at the age of 19. He was a regular on the show until 1984 when he parted ways to begin work on his "Beverly Hills Cop" franchise.
Mehcad Brooks, star of USA's cancelled "Necessary Roughness" has reportedly signed on for CBS' upcoming adaptation of the DC Comics classic "Supergirl." Brooks will appear opposite "Glee" star Melissa Benoist, who is set to appear in the starring role. The show centers on Kara Zor-El, Clark Kent's cousin who was also born on the planet of Krypton.
Bruce Jenner will be documenting the changes in his life and appearance with a new reality television show. The Olympic decathlon champion—and stepfather to the Kardashian sisters—has shot a documentary of his physical changes over the last months, which have included growing his hair, wearing nail polish, possibly augmenting his lips, and having his trachea shaved.
Netflix has released a new teaser trailer for their revival of "Wet Hot American Summer." Entitled "Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp," the series will serve as the prequel to the original 2001 film, and is set to feature a host of stars returning from the original, including Elizabeth Banks, Michael Ian Black, Bradley Cooper, Judah Friedlander, Janeane Garofalo and Joe Lo Truglio.
Lindsay Lohan avoided jail time yet again by finishing her community service in London. The actress was supposed to complete 240 hours of community service as part of her probation for a 2012 reckless driving charge. When she faced the judge to explain why she had been unable to finish the requirement, she noted that she had been suffering from chikungunya.
"Selma" director Ava DuVernay is reportedly connecting with that film's star David Oyelowo for a new drama based on the events of Hurricane Katrina. DuVernay will also produce and write the script for the new project, and will be joined by producer Jonathan King of Participant Media. "Hurricane Katrina is one of the most important social and environmental stories of our time," King said.
Benedict Cumberbatch has apologized after referring to black actors as "colored" during a recent interview. The "Imitation Game" star appeared on the Tavis Smiley show earlier this week and made the comment in reference to a lack of diversity in the British acting community. "It's an even playing field. [These actors] paid their dues for years by just doing beautiful performances," he said.
Miss Colombia Paulina Vega has officially been crowned as the 2015 Miss Universe. Vega became the 63rd annual Miss Universe after besting 88 other contestants. Vega, 22, hails from Barranquilla and is currently a business administration major at the Universidad Javeriana in Bogota. She wowed in the swimsuit portion of the event as well as in the evening gown portion.
Nicole Kidman's phone was tapped during her marriage to Tom Cruise, according to a former top official of the Church of Scientology. Mark "Marty" Rathbun told the makers of the new HBO documentary "Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief," says the church, which openly distrusts psychologists and psychiatrists, disapproved of Cruise relationship with Kidman.
Lindsay Lohan risks going back to jail after failing to complete her court-mandated community service. Lohan has fifteen days of community service pending which she must complete by Wednesday. Lohan is arguing that she had to put off her community service, which she was completing at the Community Service Volunteers agency in London.
"Game of Thrones" star Sophie Turner has reportedly signed on for next year's "X-Men: Apocalypse." The actress, who plays Sansa Stark on the HBO smash, will reportedly step into the role of the telepathic Jean Grey in the new film. News of Turner's role in the film comes via director Bryan Singer's Twitter feed earlier this week.
The current run of "The Elephant Man" on Broadway is headed to London where it will play a limited slate of dates at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from May 19 until August 8. The cast is headed up by Bradley Cooper as John Merrick, Patricia Clarkson as Mrs. Kendal, Alessandro Nivola as Dr. Frederick Treves, Anthony Heald as Ross/Bishop How and Scott Lowell as Snork/Pinhead Manager/Lord John.
Simon Pegg has been tipped to co-write "Star Trek 3." Pegg will co-write the script with TNT's "Dark Blue" series creator Doug Jung (who also wrote the film "Diamond" for Paramount and Bad Robot) and will reprise his role as engineering wonder Scotty. Justin Lin is pegged to direct after Roberto Orci gave up the director's spot on the film in December. J.J. Abrams directed the first two films.
Anne Hathaway is reportedly set to return to Broadway this spring in a new one-woman show titled "Grounded." The project will be directed by "The Lion King" co-creator Julie Taymor and will tell the story of a military pilot who relegated to flying drones after she becomes pregnant. The show will take place at New York's Public Theatre and will start on April 7.