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Taylor Swift Is OUT Of Les Mis! Samantha Barks Cast As Eponine!

Whoa! What happened here?!

Although Taylor Swift had been widely reported as the lucky lady to be cast as Eponine in the upcoming Tom Hooper-directed adaptation of the musical Les Misérables, it appears now that theater actress Samantha Barks, who played the role during the 25th Anniversary Concert, has won the role!

During the curtain call of Manchester's Palace Theatre performance of Oliver! last night, in which Barks is currently playing Nancy, producer Cameron Mackintosh appeared on stage to make the announcement for the first time to the cast and audience alike that the young actress had won the part - and according to audience members present, "the look on her face was priceless."

Check out her performance of On My Own from the West End concert (above)!

You can't deny she's a pretty solid fit!

But we can't help but wonder what went down behind-the-scenes that got Swift the boot? That was the role of a lifetime for her!

What do U think? Are U pleased with the new Eponine?

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How Much Did Angie Make For Salt?

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And she deserves every penny she makes!

You can praise Angelina Jolie for her humanitarian efforts and her charity work, but people rarely focus on what she's done for film!

The award-winning actress' latest film, Salt, secured her a nice, solid $20 million - a paycheck that only a few MALE actors can even make on one film!

Lori Watson, director of Women's and Gender Studies at the University of San Diego, says:

"The fact that she is in the entertainment industry and can approach a male salary is an anomaly. Maybe she can command a salary, but she can't break through the expectations that women are supposed to be beautiful and sexualized and fit a certain mold and behave in a certain way."

Hey, we think being able to make that kind of money says something!

Especially when she has enough pull to have an entire action movie re-worked from a male lead to a female just to give her the part!

What do U think?? Has Angelina broken down barriers about women in action films??

[Image via AP Images.]

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American Idol Takes A Back Seat To Glee Next Year!

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After the snoozefest that was this season, we're not surprised!

FOX announced its fall and midseason line-up for next year this morning, and to the surprise of no one, American Idol has now taken a back-seat to the bulldozing success of the smash series Glee!

The singing competition, sans Simon Cowell, will now only have a 90 minute performance episode when it starts up again next January, and merely a 30 minute results show on Wednesday!

Meanwhile, Glee will have NO extended hiatus like it did this past year, and instead will be snagging the much-coveted post-Superbowl spot!

Peter Rice, chairman of FOX, says regarding the changes to Idol:

"We looked at some of the feedback and viewers want us to tighten up the show. And we need spots for our new half-hour comedies, which are a big part of our development this year. There's no bigger question for the summer. We have to find a judge to replace Simon that has music credibility and provides incredible entertainment value."

Well, whomever could that be?!

Oh yeah, PEREZ!!

Dooo it!

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