Star Scoop: Kanye West Spotted on Set, Madonna Boasts Billboard’s Top Tour, Usher Setting Macy’s July 4th Soundtrack

By  May 09, 2013

Writers for Saturday Night Live may have nixed Kim Kardashian jokes to appease Kanye West for his May 18th performance, but that doesn’t mean the Chicago rapper isn’t game for a laugh or two. The “Power” player was recently snapped filming a scene with Christina Applegate and Paul Rudd on the set of Anchorman 2, adding to the sequel’s A-list cameos. Harrison Ford, Liam Neeson, and Nicole Kidman will also be making appearances in the comedy. [Huffington Post]

Madonna’s record-breaking MDNA tour is earning her a special honor at this year’s Billboard Music Awards. The original “Material Girl” will be awarded the Top Touring Artist accolade for her sold out, 88-date run, which grossed a whopping $305 million. [Billboard]

The Voice coach Usher has us seeing fireworks! He’ll be helping retail giant Macy’s develop the concept, curate a playlist, and choreograph fireworks for the 37th annual “It Begins With Spark” display. Rihanna, Swedish House Mafia, and Frank Sinatra are a few of the artists he plans to feature for the 4th of July score. [Yahoo]

One of our favorite (on-screen) bad guys, Benicio del Toro, is rumored to be joining the cast of Inherent Vice, an adaptation of the Thomas Pynchon novel of the same name. If he lands the role, del Toro will play an attorney who represents the protagonist, although his specialty isn’t in criminal law. [Vulture]

Fox won’t be holding back on the funny in the coming season. The broadcast network has picked up five new comedies, including Adam Samberg’s detective farce Brooklyn Nine Nine; Seth MacFarlane’s Dads; and Enlisted, a show about three brothers who live on an Army base. [Variety]

Unfortunately, the network has passed up on Emma Roberts’s pilot for Delirium. The sci-fi adaptation of Lauren Oliver’s namesake novel starred Roberts as a teenager in a dystopian future where it’s against the law to fall in love. [Entertainment Weekly]

This year’s Tony Awards host is, (drumroll, please), Neil Patrick Harris. That makes four times that the How I Met Your Mother star has emceed the theatre ceremony. “I’m very excited to be back hosting the Tony Awards at the legendary Radio City Music Hall,” said Harris. “It’ll be more impressive than ever — if my math is correct, it will be 267 times bigger than last year.” [The Hollywood Reporter]

The Beatles are coming to Broadway! A London tribute concert to the iconic band, Let It Be, will run for 5 ½ months at the St. James Theater starting in July, with 40 of the group’s top hits. [Variety]