Star Scoop: Scandal-ous Road to the Emmys, Adam Sandler Gets Serious, Breaking Bad’s $1Mil Bid

By  September 19, 2013

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The Emmys are just three days away, and for the best-dressed woman in the world, it could be a historical occasion. Kerry Washington is the first black woman to be nominated in her category (Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama) since Cicely Tyson in 1995. Still, Scandal showrunner Shonda Rhimes says Washington isn’t jaded by all of the acclaim. “She knows every single person’s name (on the show),” Rhimes told Vanity Fair. “She gave out the prizes in our little weight-loss competition that we had on set. And, more importantly—and this is a thing I am really trying to learn from her—I have never heard Kerry Washington complain.” [CNN]

While we’re used to LOL moments from Adam Sandler, the comedy vet will be turning down the dial for his next gig. He’s in talks to join the cast of The Cobbler as a shoemaker who can metaphysically walk in the shoes of his customers. [Vulture]

Breaking Bad is bringing home the bacon. The series finale screening of the critically-acclaimed drama will raise an estimated $750,000 for The Kind Campaign, an anti-bullying nonprofit run by star Aaron Paul‘s wife Lauren Parsekian. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Leighton Meester‘s days as a Gossip Girl are long gone. The 27-year-old actress has been cast in Like Sunday, Like Rain as a struggling musician who has to take care of a child prodigy over summer break. [Deadline]

Rapper Meek Mill‘s ode to a slain music legend will ring true: Tupac’s back. An eponymous biopic is underway about the late rapper, to be produced by his mother Afeni Shakur. Morgan Creek Productions is taking on the film, which will be shot in Atlanta. [Huffington Post]

Does Taye Diggs have what it takes to woo the New Girl? He’ll guest star as a “self-assured ladies’ man” on an episode of the Zooey Deschanel sitcom later this fall. [Entertainment Weekly]