Star Scoop: Cashing in on Coachella, Chiwetel Breaks Bad, Remembering Mickey Rooney

By  April 07, 2014

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While music lovers the world over have shelled out hundreds of dollars for Coachella tickets, travel, and accommodations, your favorite festival starlets are getting paid big bucks to attend the sonic spree. Vanessa Hudgens, for instance, is reportedly getting paid $15,000 to hit Coachella on behalf of McDonald’s, while Lea Michele will earn $20,000 for wearing Lacoste gear there. Hey ladies, any room for a plus one?! [The Cut]

We fell in love with Chiwetel Ejiofor for his captivating, compelling role as Solomon Northup in 12 Years A Slave, but his next gig could turn us against the award-winning star. Reports have surfaced that Ejiofor will play the villain in director Sam Mendes’ followup to Skyfall. If the news proves true, he’ll join Daniel CraigRalph Fiennes, and Naomie Harris who are all slated to reprise their 2012 roles. [MTV]

Hollywood mourns the loss of a legend. Mickey Rooney, whose lifelong career in entertainment is evidenced by more than 300 film and television appearances, passed away on April 6th at 93 years old. Of all the public displays of admiration for the late star, it’s this 1938 review from his earlier years that describe him best: “… There is no better actor in the world than Mickey Rooney. And no matter what scenario writers put in the scripts, Mickey knows he can play it.” [Huffington Post]

Silver screens will see Brittany Murphy for the last time. Something Wicked, a psychological thriller Murphy wrapped in 2009, opened in Eugene, Oregon on April 4th, and will receive a limited test run in Seattle, Portland, Alaska, and Idaho before being considered for a wide release. See the trailer here. [ABC News]

Valentine’s Day may be long gone but with a new season dawning, there’s plenty of room for love in the air. Kylie Minogue, as evidenced with her latest single “Into the Blue,” shares those sentiments, and is helping us get into the spirit of spring fever with a curated playlist of her favorite love songs on Rdio. Now, all you need is a better half. [Glam Inbox]

After announcing her retirement last year, Barbara Walters has set the date for her final bow. The May 16th broadcast The View will be her last, though Walters will remain the show’s executive producer and contributor to ABC News. To cap off her departure, ABC News will rename its New York City headquarters in her honor. [The Hollywood Reporter]

You don’t have to be a paid HBO subscriber—or have login credits for its mobile HBO Go streaming service—to get a first look at Silicon Valley. The half-hour spot premiered last night and can now be viewed in its entirety on YouTube. No word on how long the video will be available, so enjoy it while you can. [Entertainment Weekly]

AOL is upping its web series ante. The media company has renewed four of its original dotcom productions for second seasons, including Nicole Richie’s #CandidlyNicole, which is being developed into a half-hour reality series—with totally different content—for VH1. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Fan of the show or not, we’re pretty sure your social media timelines were flooded with news of Game of Thrones’ return. And not without a warm welcome from Netflix rival House of Cards. “May the best house win.” [Twitter]