Star Scoop: Mad Men’s Parting Gifts, Idina Menzel Lets Go, Meet the New Aaliyah

By  July 18, 2014

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Mad Men has (almost) come to the end of the road. Its cast members shot the final episode earlier this month and celebrated with a week of partying, says leading lady Christina Hendricks. Surprisingly, when nabbing mementos from set, the show’s stars had to shell out the dough. No freebies here, folks. [Vulture]

Let’s face it: Idina Menzel and “Let It Go” jokes will never get old. In fact, the Frozen tune is the first thing that came to mind when we found out Menzel is selling the Studio City, California mansion she shared with ex Taye Diggs. It’s only $2.995 million. We’ve got that tucked away somewhere. [Variety]

Lifetime is moving forward with its contentious Aaliyah biopic. After announcing the departure of Disney alum Zendaya from the project, up-and-coming actress Alexandra Shipp has been tapped to take on the role of the late R&B singer. One more thing… Wendy Williams will executive produce. [IndieWire]

While we’re on the casting front, Star Wars: Episode VII has revealed another talent on its roster. Newcomer Christina Chong, who recently appeared in 24: Live Another Day, will have a small part in the Lupita Nyong’oHarrison FordAdam Driver starrer. [The Verge]

The Roots are paying homage to the unseen member of their group: Richard Nichols. The 55-year-old, who worked as the band’s manager and producer since its 1992 inception, passed after a battle with leukemia. In a statement, the Jimmy Fallon house band saluted Nichols for being “instrumental in every aspect of The Roots’ creative, cultural, and professional life over the past two decades.” [Billboard]

A year, $90 million, and one sequel later, The Purge is under attack. Thursday, scribe Douglas Jordan-Benel filed a suit against the studio behind the film for copyright infringement. “The plot in both works is also virtually identical,” states the lawsuit, arguing that The Purge is based on Jordan-Benel’s 2011 script for Settler’s Day. “A family must withstand a siege of its fortified home on the one night of the year that killing is legal.” We’ll see who survives the night as this plot unfolds. [The Hollywood Reporter]

For a dose of Friday funny: this is what happens when Conan O’Brien and Dave Franco (James’ dashing baby bro) do Tinder. [Vulture]