Star Scoop: Andy Cohen Boycotts Beauty, Six Reasons to Watch ‘Glee,’ Clap It Up for Gaga

By  August 19, 2013

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Bravo personality Andy Cohen has been a hit for Donald Trump‘s Miss Universe pageant the past two years, but he’s halting his hosting duties for 2013. “Their discriminatory policies make it unsafe for the gays who live there and gays coming to work or visit,” said Cohen about the annual ceremony’s stop in Moscow, Russia. “The law is that anyone under suspicion of homosexuality can be arrested,” he shared with co-host Giuliana Rancic, adding that he “didn’t feel right as a gay man stepping foot into Russia.” We’ll certainly miss his special quirk. [CNN]

If you’re looking for a reason to watch Glee this season, here’s six: Demi Lovato. The X Factor judge has signed on for six episodes on the Fox hit where she’ll star as Dani, Rachel and Santana‘s friend from the NYC. [Vulture]

Despite ARTPOP leaks and Twitter feudsLady Gaga still managed to blow our mind—and visual capacity—with the official video for “Applause.” In the three-and-a-half minute clip, she appears as a zombie, pony, black swan, and three-legged bride, putting to bed the notion of a truly minimal Mother Monster. [YouTube]

While we’re on the topic of a pop stars who take many forms, we’d be remiss to offer a post-birthday nod to Madonna. The original queen of reinvention celebrated her 55th birthday as the infamous Marie Antoinette at a French château. Yes, she let her guests eat cake. [Grazia Daily]

In case your invitation got lost in the mail, though, don’t call the birthday girl. Call her assistant. [Insert #secretproject hashtag here]. [Instagram]

Perhaps this tease is Stranger than the one above: J.J. Abrams released a short clip today that we’re 100 percent sure has nothing to do with Star Wars. “He arrived knowing nothing of himself,” a narrator says as a bound man washes ashore. “Who is he? Soon he will know,” the mysterious voice adds before cutting to a harrowing shot of a man with his mouth sewn shut. Whaaaa?! [L.A. Times]

Lee Thompson Young, the Disney alum who stole our hearts as The Famous Jett Jackson, has died of an apparent suicide. He was 29 years old. “We are without the words to truly express our collective grief and profound sadness at the loss of such a sweet, bright light,” tweeted Janet Tamaro, creator of Young’s latest show Rizzoli & Isles. “We are broken-hearted.” [The Daily Beast]