Star Scoop: Christian Bale Nixes ‘Justice League,’ Dwight Howard Offered TV Show, RIAA Could Promise Jay-Z Platinum

By  July 02, 2013

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The Dark Knight will rise no more… at least with Christian Bale behind the mask. The actor confirmed that he won’t reprise his role as Batman for the Justice League project that will unite DC Comics characters including a caped Bruce Wayne, Superman, and Wonder Woman. “It’s a torch that should be handed from one actor to another,” said Bale, who said he’d only take on Batman again if director Christopher Nolan agreed to a fourth film (which he won’t). “So I enjoy looking forward to what somebody else will come up with.” [Entertainment Weekly]

Billboard may not see it for Jay-Z‘s Magna Carta million, but the Recording Industry Association of America does. The trade organization updated its rules for awarding gold and platinum status to digital sales just in time for Hov’s latest work. “Going forward, sales of albums in digital format will become eligible on the release date, while sales of albums in physical format will still become eligible for certification 30 days after the release date,” wrote RIAA authority Liz Kennedy who heralded the Samsung deal as a “novel and creative marketing move.” This means that Magna Carta Holy Grail will be the first album to receive platinum certification in a single day upon its download by one million Samsung customers this Fourth of July. [The Hollywood Reporter]

It’s no question that Dwight Howard is the most sought-after center in the NBA right now, but could he be a frontrunner in reality television too? Reports indicate that Time Warner Cable Sports Net may offer the free agent a TV show if he signs on for another season with the Los Angeles Lakers. [Sports Illustrated]

From Nicki Minaj‘s aerial entrance to Charlie Wilson‘s stellar tribute and performance, BET proved that anything really could happen during its 2013 BET Awards—even a four-year network ratings high. With 7.8 million viewers, this year’s production was also Sunday night’s number one primetime telecast. [Variety]

If “Blurred Lines” made you blush, you won’t be ready for Robin Thicke‘s racy follow-up. The Star Trek singer released “Give It 2 U,” a funky groove featuring critically-acclaimed newcomer Kendrick Lamar; and if his title single’s success is any indication, this one will shoot to number one, too. [Spin]

Another reason to fall for Justin Timberlake? Don’t mind if we do. Here’s the third theatrical trailer for Inside Llewyn Davis, a Cannes contender directed by brothers Joel and Ethan Coen about a struggling folk singer. Oscar Isaac stars as the title character while Timberlake and Carey Mulligan play his more successful contemporaries. [Vulture]