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Pop Culture Daily: Vampire Academy, Scientology, Witches of East End

Julia Ormond
Julia Ormond cast in Lifetime’s Witches of East End

Let’s have a TV show about witches! Lifetime has ordered “Witches of East End” to series. Great cast, too: Julia Ormond, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Rachel Boston and Mädchen Amick. Hopefully, it’ll last longer than ABC’s  “Eastwick” (which we loved).

We need a new vampire franchise we can sink our teeth into, don’t we? Reliance Entertainment is hoping Richelle Mead’s young adult novels will be just the thing. “Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters” is the first, with “Mean Girls” helmer Mark Waters directing, and his brother, Daniel Waters penning the script.

Ooh. More Scientology scandal. Jenna Miscavige, niece of church helm David Miscavige, has penned a tell-all book titled “Beyond Belief.” We’ll be picking that up for sure.

Note to Will Smith: Never use Beyonce to entice your daughter to do a movie. Willow Smith has dropped out of the film adaptation of  “Annie” (produced by Will Smith and Beyonce’s hubby Jay-Z), telling her dad, “Daddy, I have a better idea, how about I just be 12?’”

“The Originals” — that’s the “Vampire Diaries’ spinoff — has cast a witch (Daniella Pineda) and a vampire (Charles Michael Davis).

These chocolate-covered strawberries for the Oscar festivities are adorable. And they look delicious.

With the success of Netflix’s original series “House of Cards,” we expect to see more original shows streaming. Like Amazon’s comedy “Alpha House,” which recently cast the great John Goodman as North Carolina Senator Gil John Biggs, a large man with a large appetite. The show follows four senators who live together in a rented house in Washington DC.

How ’bout a Yoda movie? Or a Jabba the Hutt movie? Disney is planning on releasing movies based on “Star Wars” characters. Let’s hope they leave Jar Jar Binks out of it.


3 responses to “Pop Culture Daily: Vampire Academy, Scientology, Witches of East End”

  1. Isaac Avatar

    Vampire Academy is not just another vampire thing, those books are really well writen and full of humor and kick-ass characters. Yes, there are vampires, but they are not the typical ones… A movie based in the first book can be epic.

    1. Jane Boursaw Avatar

      Thanks for the note. I don’t have a lot of reading time available, but will definitely check out the first Vampire Academy book.

  2. […] Smith’s daughter, Willow Smith, was originally attached to star as the lead, but the actress exited the project after she reportedly would have been too old — at 12 — to play Annie by the time the movie was set to roll. And word has it she just wanted to be 12. […]

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