Star Scoop: Janelle Monae Gets BUST-ed, Natalie Portman’s ‘Dark’ Directorial Debut, J.K. Rowling Rolling into TV?

By  July 24, 2013

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Covergirl Janelle Monáe was crowned pop music’s most intriguing star (sound familiar?) for Bust magazine’s latest issue. Within the glossy, the funky, futuristic “Q.U.E.E.N” plugged her upcoming LP, The Electric Lady, and says she hopes it will captivate a “new breed of women… who are taking their stands and not being marginalized.” [Bust]

In order to tackle her next role, Natalie Portman is going to have to get comfortable in the director’s seat. The Academy Award-winner will helm the film adaptation of A Tale of Love and Darkness based on the life of acclaimed Israeli writer Amos Oz. That’s not all though; Portman also penned the screenplay and will star as Oz’s mother in the autobiographical flick. [Huffington Post]

Can J.K. Rowling‘s magic roll off of the page and on to your television sets? The Harry Potter author confirmed that The Cuckoo’s Calling, a novel she’d written under the now ousted pen name of Robert Galbraith, has been approached by two production companies for a television deal. The fact that those offers came before her true identity was revealed speaks to the potential of her writing outside of the wizardry vein. “Robert’s success during his first three months as a published writer (discounting sales made after I was found out) actually compares favourably with J.K. Rowling’s success over the equivalent period of her career,” Rowling wrote in an updated FAQ section on Galbraith’s official website. We’re sure her—ahem his—sales have gone up since the revelation. [Telegraph]

No new friends, no new FriendsLisa Kudrow told reporters that “the creators have put them [rumors of a film reunion] to rest. NBC has. I don’t know who else needs to say, ‘It’s really not happening.’” While we’d want to think this is just a ploy to throw us off a Friends movie trail, deep down, we know Kudrow means it. Tears. [CNN]

Back in 2009, Lana Del Rey was “So Legit” that she slammed Lady Gaga using her legal name, Stefani. Four years later, that jab is coming back to haunt the “Young and Beautiful” chanteuse. A rough cut of “So Legit” hit the internet yesterday with a sultry Del Rey—or what sounds like her—singing “Stefani, you suck/I know you’re selling 20 million/Wish they could have seen you when we booed you off in Williamsburg.” The angsty record also laments the death of Brooklyn as she knew it. “What happened to Brooklyn/the last frontier,” she sings. “[There's] no magic in the air.” While neither stars have addressed the demo publicly, Gaga’s little monsters have used social media to express their discontent with Del Rey’s diss. Whether it turns out to be the real deal or not, it will certainly rev up publicity for Gaga’s upcoming ARTPOP release. [Refinery 29]