Tony Award-winning Broadway star Victoria Clark has landed a surprising new role on the upcoming season of "Homeland." The "Sister Act" and "Cinderella" star has reportedly signed on to appear as the mother of Claire Danes' character Carrie Mathison. Thus far there is no word on the context in which Carrie's mother will appear on the show.
Garth Brooks had his performance in Greensboro, North Carolina broadcast at the American Music Awards on Sunday night. The country superstar played "People Loving People" in North Carolina and had the performance beamed into the Nokia Theatre in L.A. However, Brooks lost in the Favorite Country Album category to Brantley Gilbert, who won for his latest LP, Just As I Am.
Rutger Hauer has been added to the cast of "The Last Kingdom" on BBC America. The historical drama series is an adaptation of Bernard Cornwell's best-selling series of books "The Saxon Stories." Alexander Dreymon ("American Horror Story") heads up a cast that also includes David Dawson, Emily Cox, Matthew Macfadyen and Ian Hart.
Lil Wayne has released "Start a Fire," the lead single from his upcoming album, Tha Carter V, featuring a guest spot from Christina Milan. Weezy dropped the cut hours after he and Milan debuted it during the American Music Awards. "I ran into my old thang / I told her, 'bitch, you broke my heart / But that's just growing pains / Trust me: she ain't nothing," raps Wayne.
Lady Antebellum have released a parody video of "All About That Bass" to benefit No Shave November, an effort to raise awareness and funds for cancer treatment and prevention. In a video, Lady A do an acoustic version of the Meghan Trainor hit. According to St. Jude's child hospital, No Shave November is a great way to bring attention to the cause.
T.I. has released "I Need War," a cut from his Hustle Gang mixtape G.D.O.D. 2. The video features Tip and Young Thug hosting an epic paintball battle. According to Complex, the visual benefits from its easygoing mood. "It looks like Thugger and Tip are having a blast on the paintball field and aren't taking themselves too seriously."
Actor Adam Pally has reportedly confirmed plans to part ways with "The Mindy Project." According to avclub.com, Pally has inked a deal with his former "Happy Endings" network ABC to return as a producer for television and digital content. Pally first appeared on "The Mindy Project" in the role of Peter Prentice last year as a recurring star but was bumped into the regular cast shortly after.
Will Butler of Arcade Fire will release a solo album called Policy on March 10 via Merge Records. Merge released Arcade's first album Funeral in 2004, along with their most recent record, Reflektor. Butler joined Arcade Fire a few years after his brother, Win, started the band in 2001. He plays bass, guitar and percussion.
Universal Pictures has offered up a glimpse at the first trailer for "Jurassic World." A 20-second trailer hit the web earlier this week and gives fans of the franchise a first look at the new environments, dinosaurs and co-stars Christ Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard. Pratt described his character as a cross between the leading roles previously played by Sam Neill and Jeff Goldblum.
"Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," a new comedy from Tina Fey, is headed to Netflix after originally getting ordered by NBC. The program features Ellie Kemper ("The Office") as a woman who escapes a cult and moves to NYC. "We are thrilled to have the opportunity to debut Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt exclusively on Netflix, which has proven to be such an outstanding place . . ."
Though a $123 million opening was actually below most expectations, "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" still posted far and away the biggest opening of 2014 over the weekend, hauling in nearly $30,000 per site at an aggressive 4,151 total theaters. Meanwhile, "Dumb and Dumber To" had a sharp drop-off from its opening total.
The songwriter who initially claims she discovered Lady Gaga has won a $7.3 million lawsuit, according to New York Post's Page Six. Wendy Starland, a California songwriter, first found Gaga singing at The Cutting Room in Manhattan in 2006. She also claims she introduced Gaga to pop producer Robert Fusari at a meeting in New Jersey.
Aretha Franklin is reportedly threatening to sue over what she claims is a "trashy" unauthorized biography about her life. David Ritz recently released the somewhat controversial biography on the Queen of Soul titled Respect on October 28. It has been said the book was in the making for 25 years.
AC/DC have hinted that Phil Rudd may not be reuniting with the group after his recent arrest. The band's drummer was arrested for supposedly at one point hiring a hit man, but the charges were dropped due to lack of evidence. However, he will still face charges of making threats to kill and possession of the drugs methamphetamine and cannabis.
Faith Evans has released a preview of her upcoming sixth studio album Incomparable. The album sampler features 90-second clips from seven of the LP's songs. Included are "Make Love" (feat. Keke Wyatt), "Incomparable," "Take Your Time," "Thank You Goodnight," "He Is," "Paradise" (feat. B Slade & Karen Clark-Sheard) and "Good Time" (feat. Problem).