Star Scoop: How Kanye West Records, Women in Film Honors Laura Linney, HBO Wants More Vice

By  June 13, 2013

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Kanye West has certainly taken an unconventional approach in marketing his sixth studio LP, Yeezus, but the paparazzi-evading emcee is still offering a glimpse into his creative world. That is, on his own terms. Today, for instance, his mutable site’s main page features a teaser of his new song “I Am a God.” In the clip, we see West recording the track with Def Jam co-founder and industry icon Rick Rubin. And dare we say the often stoic rapper manages a smile?! [Kanye West]

Actress Laura Linney and filmmaker George Lucas were the main attractions at the celebration of Women in Film’s 40th anniversary. Lucas was honored for giving women positions of power in the industry like Kathleen Kennedy, who he appointed head of Lucasfilm, while Linney took home the Crystal Award for her lifetime achievement in film. “There certainly is a wider diversity of roles available to women; careers don’t instantly end at 29 anymore,” she said during her acceptance speech. “But the progress in every other area has been so slow, very slow. So there’s a long way to go, and not just in this industry, but in every industry.” [Yahoo News]

We all have our vices. So far, premium cable channel HBO has racked up two. The network renewed Vice, an innovative magazine series covering provocative stories around the world, for a sophomore run. “Vice’s fearless, irreverent style of news coverage has produced a uniquely provocative show,” HBO programming president Michael Lombardo said in an interview. “We look forward to more of their groundbreaking reporting in season two.” [The Hollywood Reporter]

The Lee Hall biopic about the life and times of Sir Elton John will be coming to a theater near you. FilmDistrict is close to acquiring the U.S. rights to director Michael Gracey‘s Rocketman, which sought financing during its run at the Cannes Film Festival. [Yahoo News]

It may be one of the most recognizable songs in the world, but singing “Happy Birthday” in a commercial capacity will cost you. That’s why Good Morning to You Productions Corp. has filed a lawsuit against Warner/Chappell Music, the company that owns the rights to the song and charges a $1,500 licensing fee for its use. If producers win, Warner/Chappell Music would have to pay back millions in fees that it’s charged for commercial use of the birthday tune. [Salon]

Brazen bodies in action-packed slo-mo? We thought you’d never ask. Though the follow-up to Gerard Butler‘s 2006 blockbuster 300 has been pushed back for another year, we finally have a trailer full of hot bodies to feast our eyes on. [Entertainment Weekly]

At PETA, former pageant queens carry the crown. Miss USA winners Shanna Moakler (1995), Susie Castillo (2003), Shandi Finnessey (2004), and Alyssa Campanella (2011) are the latest personalities to pose for the organization in an anti-fur campaign. [E! Online]

Remember those books we all read in high school where we controlled how the story ended? You know—turn to page 126 to hide out from zombies in the closet or page 83 if you want to take your chances and run for it?! Well, they’re coming back in movie form. 20th Century Fox is developing a film based on the Choose Your Own Adventure series that will be a “cross-platform four-quadrant action-adventure franchise.” Whatever that means. [Vulture]