Dexter Darden has joined the cast of “Joyful Noise,” to be directed by Todd Graff. Pic’s cast already includes Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton. Story follows two women who join forces to prevent the local gospel choir from shutting down. Darden’s credits include “Standing Ovation” and “Cadillac Records.”

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Claire Holt has landed a role on ABC Family’s “Pretty Little Liars.” She was most recently seen in the indie pic “Blue Like Jazz” and can also be seen in “Mean Girls 2” which preems on ABC Family on Jan. 23.

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Ashley Argota has been cast as the female lead in the Nickelodeon series “Bucket & Skinner’s Epic Adventures.” Argota plays an all-American surfer girl that all the guys want to date. Past credits include “True Jackson VP” and “iCarly.”

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Gia Mantegna will star in “Unleashed.” She play a manipulative girl who toys with the emotions of two surfer boys. Past credits include “Gigantic” and “The Secret Life of the American Teenager.”

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Luke Kleintank has landed a recurring role in “No Ordinary Family.” He’ll play the love interest to Kay Panabaker’s character. He has also been seen in “Gossip Girl” and “Parenthood.”

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