Star Scoop: Christina Applegate Leaves ‘Up All Night,’ Alicia Keys Joins Black Eyes Peas, Hushpuppy Takes ‘Annie’

By  February 08, 2013

Despite holding down the lead role on NBC’s “Up All Night” since its pilot aired in 2011, Christina Applegate has announced that she will be leaving the primetime sitcom, citing “a different creative direction” as the reason for her to “move on to other endeavors.” [ET Online]

Baby Bruno Mars? You bet. The “Locked Out of Heaven” Grammy nominee was a movie star well before he hit the scene with his 2010 debut. Check out this clip of the young star as Elvis in the 1992 comedy “Honeymoon in Vegas” starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Nicholas Cage. [E! Online]

Has Alicia Keys replaced Fergie as the sole lady in the Black Eyed Peas? Not quite. The “Girl On Fire” powerhouse performed for frontman Will.I.Am‘s TRANS4M benefit show for his i.am.angel foundation and joined BEP onstage for a live rendition of “Where Is the Love.” Ludacris and Bobby Brown later joined the show, which raised $3.3 million for Will.I.Am’s charity. [Huffington Post]

Rock legend Patti Smith has an old Hollywood starlet’s tribute award to add to her collection. The singer, songwriter, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee was honored with the Katharine Hepburn Medal from Bryn Mawr College for her 42-year career. [Yahoo News]

There could be a new “Annie” in town very soon. Oscar nominee Quvenzhané Wallis, 9-year-old breakout star of “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” is the lead contender for Sony’s remake of the 1977 Broadway play, which is being produced by companies owned by Will Smith and Jay-Z. Smith’s daughter Willow Smith was originally being eyed for the role. [Entertainment Weekly]