Nicki Minaj: Movie Star

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Today in show business news: Nicki Minaj is going to try her hand at film acting, Duck Dynasty is huge, and MTV gets into the Scream business.

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It begins. Nick Minaj, who wanted to be an actress before she was a rapper, has landed her first movie role. She's just signed on to play a supporting part in the Cameron Diaz comedy The Other Woman. In it, an unwitting mistress (Diaz) teams up with her fella's wife (Leslie Mann) and another mistress (Kate Upton) to get revenge on the bad guy (Game of Thrones's Nikolaj Coster-Waldau). Minaj will be playing "Diaz's opinionated assistant at a law firm, a woman on her third marriage." Ah, so it's one of those little supporting character comedy roles, a few quick and sassy things here and there and we're out. So it's not exactly a juicy role, but it might work for her, right? Will this be the beginning of a grand acting career for Ms. Minaj, à la previous rappers like Mark Wahlberg or Ice-T? Who knows! But you have to start somewhere, and this seems like a good enough place as any. I mean, what did we expect, some soft-focus Lasse Hallström film? A quiet character study from Mike Leigh? Hm. Now that I type those things I suddenly want them to happen. This Other Woman experiment better go well. [The Hollywood Reporter]

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Welp, that Duck Dynasty show that everyone keeps telling me to watch sure is popular. The A&E reality series, about a Louisiana family who makes duck hunting gear, closed out its third season with a whopping 9.6 million viewers and a 4.3 rating in the 18-49 demo. Just how big is that? Well in that particular rating, it beat both Survivor and American Idol. A cable reality show about a weird family that makes duck noises beat two of the biggest American reality shows of all time. By a lot. Survivor only had a 2.9, while Idol had a 3.3. So Duck Dynasty creamed them. The end of an era, the beginning of a new era, whatever is happening here, something is happening! What does broadcast network TV mean anymore? And when will it stop meaning something someday soon? Who knows. Maybe not. Maybe people just really like ducks. And zombies. The Walking Dead is kicking butt on basic cable too. A zombie reality show can't be too far off. [Entertainment Weekly]

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MTV has announced that they're developing a TV pilot based on the Scream movies. Yeah, you might also know the movies by their other name, Neve Campbell's Mortgage Payments. Who knows how it's going to work. I guess the killer will just be on the loose for a really, really long time? Or there are successive killers? Or there are no killers and instead it's werewolves and other ghouls and all the guys are shirtless. That's worked for MTV recently, so why not repeat the formula. Speaking of repeating the formula, Snooki & JWOWW has been renewed for a third season. Despite everything, those girls just keep clinging on. It's oddly respectable, isn't it? They've really done quite well for themselves over the years. They're millionaires, right? They've got to be millionaires at this point. Which is crazy. But, hey, that's America. [Deadline]

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Here's a new full-length trailer for Pixar's big summer movie Monsters University, the prequel to Monsters Inc. that has our two heroes back in college and c--t punting everyone. Well, no, OK, they're not doing that. They're just doing nice Pixar things. Y'know. Like Pixar is always nice.

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