Star Scoop: Charlize’s Saturday Night, Welcome to the Jungle (Book), Meryl Streep Didn’t Think She’d Be Great

By  April 24, 2014

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Charlize Theron and Andy Samberg are gearing up to grace the Saturday Night Live stage. Theron will host the May 10th edition of the late-night romp with musical guests The Black Keys, while funny man Samberg will make his SNL debut for the show’s May 30th season finale. [Entertainment Weekly]

Welcome to the jungle… book! Lupita Nyong’o and Scarlett Johansson are in talks to join Idris Elba in Disney’s live action-CGI adaptation of the 1967 animated original. If the ink dries, Oscar-winning Nyong’o will voice mother wolf Rakcha who takes Mowgli in as her own, while Johansson will voice the hypnotizing python Kaa. [Vulture]

She’s the most-nominated actress in Oscars history, but once upon a time, Meryl Streep didn’t think she had the looks to make it in Hollywood. “I thought I was too ugly to be an actress—glasses weren’t fabulous then,” she told students during a lecture at Indiana University while receiving an honorary doctorate. “I think I was probably like every other girl who puts on a princess dress and expects everyone to pay full and total attention… For young men, and women, too, what makes you different or weird, that’s your strength.” [Vogue UK]

After sharing the cover art for his latest single on InstagramPharrell gave fans a new reason to be “Happy” with the video for “Marilyn Monroe.” The clip features choreography by Fatima Robinson and celebrates a beautiful, diverse group of women—perhaps a response to critics who (ignorantly) slammed his G I R L album art. [L.A. Times]

Brooklyn could be losing out on its most-famous couple. Jay Z and Beyoncé have (reportedly) dropped more than $9 million on a Mayfair, London townhouse, which will (reportedly) serve as a residence for the (again, reported) UK edition of their Mr. and Mrs. Carter Tour. They take this “on the run” thing quite literally. [The Independent]

After invading Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, the MTV Video Music Awards are returning to their western roots. This year’s ceremony will be the first awards show to take place at Inglewood, California’s newly-renovated Forum. [Variety]

Apple TV is selling out and raking in the dough. Company CEO Tim Cook confirmed that his “hobby” has sold 20 million units to date, and become a billion-dollar business based on content sold through the box alone. [CNET]

Amazon is reallyreally, trying to make us fall for Prime. HBO inked a licensing deal with the instant video service, making it “the exclusive online-only subscription home for hundreds of hours of HBO programming.” Which means we can all cancel our obscenely-expensive cable services and still enjoy our Girls. [The Hollywood Reporter]