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STAR WARS: EPISODE VII CAST ANNOUNCED

Star Wars: Episode VII has announced its cast. “Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in the new film,” revealed Lucasfilm in a statement. JJ Abrams said, “We are so excited to finally share the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. It is both thrilling and surreal to watch the beloved original cast and these brilliant new performers come together to bring this world to life, once again. We start shooting in a couple of weeks, and everyone is doing their best to make the fans proud.” The movie opens worldwide on December 18, 2015. 

CHRISTINA AGUILERA CONFIRMS GWEN STEFANI FOR THE VOICE

Christina Aguilera has confirmed No Doubt frontwoman Gwen Stefani will join The Voice as a coach. Rumors that bosses at NBC wanted the Don’t Speak singer to replace Aguilera while she takes time off during her pregnancy began to circulate earlier this month, and the Dirrty star appears to have now confirmed the news. Aguilera wrote on her Twitter page yesterday, “So excited to have you join #TheVoice squad @GwenStefani! Welcome to our crazy fam (family)!” Pharrell Williams is set to replace judge Cee Lo Green for the next series of the talent show competition, while singers Adam Levine and Blake Shelton are expected to keep their spots on the panel.

So, who received redemption? Kat Perkins of Team Adam Levine. That meant Kelly (of Team Usher) and Boyer (of Team Shakira) were immediately sent home. Unfortunately, now Usher and Shakira are both down to their final contestants after just two weeks of the live competition.

TVGN ORDERS NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK CRUISE SHIP SERIES

TVGN has ordered a cruise series featuring New Kids on the Block, the network announced yesterday. Rock This Boat: New Kids on the Block is an eight-episode series that will feature diehard NKOTB fans on week-long cruise with the boy band.  TVGN has also ordered a casting special for Rock This Boat: NKOTB. The network describes the docuseries Sing It On (working title) as "the real-life Pitch Perfect. The show will follow college a cappella groups around the country as they prepare for and compete in the nation's top a cappella contest.