Star Scoop: Beyonce’s Grammy Surprise, Rita Moreno’s SAG Story, Sundance’s Next Big Stars

By  January 17, 2014

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Move over tongue-wagging, Instagramming, rump-shaking songstresses du jourBeyoncé may have another scene-stealing move up her sleeve. The Queen Bey is reportedly set to perform at next week’s Grammy Awards. Outlets are going so far as to forecast that she and hubby Jay Z will even open the show. Her set wouldn’t be the night’s sole surprise: Madonna is confirmed to sing alongside one of the night’s nominees. [L.A. Times]

The 2014 Screen Actors Guild Awards winners have yet to be revealed (the ceremony airs tomorrow night on TNT), but there’s at least one person we know who’s taking home a trophy: Rita Moreno. The Puerto Rican star of West Side Story fame—and one of few performers to win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony—will be presented with the SAG Life Achievement Award for her more than 50 years of career excellence. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Critics may have already declared Elle Fanning as Sundance’s 2014 It-girl, but there’s another set of rising stars we’ve got our attention on. From Desiree Akhavan’s semi-autobiographical tale of coming out to a traditional Persian family in Appropriate Behavior to Josh Wiggins’ spot-on performance as a “destructive kid on the brink” in Hellion, these are five Sundance stars to watch. [Variety]

With Martin Luther King, Jr. Day near, it brings to mind what’s going on with the Civil Rights leader’s anticipated biopic. Today, we’ve learned the Oliver Stone-helmed project has come to an end. “Sad news. My MLK project involvement has ended. I did an extensive rewrite of the script, but the producers won’t go with it,” he tweeted. “The script dealt w/ issues of adultery, conflicts within the movement, and King’s spiritual transformation into a higher, more radical being,” Stone continued, adding that King’s estate and certain leaders would rather “suffocate the man & the truth.” [The Wrap]

Dexter… isn’t done? Though the Showtime series already met its demise, entertainment president of the network David Nevins teased that a spin-off could come to light, but only if Michael C. Hall is involved. [Entertainment Weekly]

Winter breaks, be gone! The Walking Dead will resurrect from its Polar Vortex slumber on February 9th, and here’s a first look at the episodes ahead. Expect a sword-flinging Michonne, a still-hardended Carl, and, of course, flesh-eating zombies. [Vulture]