Morning Briefing

X Factor Australia boosts star power

TV3’s The X Factor Australia will soon have the added star power of Usher, Snoop, Kelly Rowland, Boyzone and Richard Branson, who have all been announced to be helping out in the next stage of the talent competition.

Pattinson to guest on Entourage?

Reports are suggesting that Twilight actor Robert Pattinson will be making an appearance in the season finale of Entourage, playing himself in a role which will supposedly see him be a huge annoyance to his agent Ari (Jeremy Piven).

Freeman turns down The Hobbit

Due to his commitment to a BBC television show, actor Martin Freeman has reportedly has to turn down a seven-figure offer to play Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit. The former Office actor is committed to the second season of BBC’s Sherlock which films at the same time.

Not a good mix

In perhaps the most entertaining TV news of the day, the same managing director who oversees the ‘home of British porn’, Television X in the UK has also been appointed to run Channel 5’s children’s arm, Milkshake!. The pair of channels will also share premises.

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