Star Scoop: Lea Michele Returns to ‘Glee,’ A (Controversial) Lady Gaga Leak, ‘Awkward’ Issa Rae Heads to HBO

By  August 06, 2013

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In the wake of her boyfriend and co-star Cory Monteith’s deathLea Michele is returning to the set of Glee. “At my first wardrobe fitting for Rachel Berry for season five,” she tweeted. “I’ve missed her so much.” Cast and crew will deal with Monteith’s untimely passing in episode three of the new season, in which his character will “deal directly with drug addiction and with the circumstances surrounding Cory’s death,” according to  Fox entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly. [Grazia Daily]

If this alleged Lady Gaga leak turns out to be the real thing, it’s going to spark a whole lot of conversation—and controversy. The reported ARTPOP demo is tentatively titled “Burqa” and makes political references to a woman’s place in society. “I’m not a wandering slave I am a woman of choice/ My veil is protection for the gorgeousness of my face,” an unidentified voice sings. “Do you wanna see the girl who lives behind the aura, behind the aura?” [Paper Mag]

HBO is welcoming a new girl—an awkward one. Issa Rae, the woman behind popular web series The Mis-Adventures of an Awkward Black Girl, has been tapped to develop and star in a comedy about “the awkward experiences and racy tribulations of a modern day African-American woman,” with the help of writer Larry Wilmore. The Forbes “30 Under 30” entertainer is also penning a memoir as well as a series with Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy authority Shonda Rhimes. [Deadline]

Despite a surprise cameo here and there, fans thought they heard the last of Jimi Hendrix‘s stand-in André 3000… until now. The performer, who showed his eclectic side on OutKast’s double CD Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, is going solo. According to BET executive Stephen Hill, he’s “got a solo album coming top of the year.” Can we get a “Hey Ya?!” [Vulture]

Lindsay Lohan‘s Next Chapter interview may be a difficult one to digest, but the redemptive child star took a lighter approach during her takeover of Chelsea Lately. In the show’s opening monologue, she thanked celebrities like Kanye WestJustin Bieber, and even the Royal Baby for keeping the paps busy during her “lovely court-ordered vacation in Malibu.” [Vulture]

We’ll be seeing less of Donald Glover on the next season of Community, but for good reason. He’s tapping into his next small-screen project: a comedy centered around the music scene in The Big Peach. Considering Glover’s rap persona Childish GambinoAtlanta may be television’s next best thing. [The Hollywood Reporter]

One of James Gandolfini’s final works is headed to the big screen; here’s a first look at Enough Said starring the HBO mobster opposite Julia Louis-Dreyfus. [Variety]