Star Scoop: Maria Shriver Returns to NBC, Disney Welcomes a ‘Brave’ Princess, Frank Ocean Wins Big at Webbys

By  April 30, 2013

She’s been gone for a minute, now she’s back. California’s former first lady Maria Shriver is headed back to NBC where she’ll report on the role of women in modern society as a special contributor. Shriver Reports will air in early 2014, with the first special focusing on financial insecurities amongst women in the U.S. and their families. [Variety]

Disney’s posse of princesses has to make room for one more royal. Merida, the animated Brave lead and Pixar’s first female protagonist, will become Disney’s 11th official princess after a May 11 ceremony that will induct her into the classic clique. [Huffington Post]

Grammy winner Frank Ocean was crowned Person of the Year at the 2013 Webby Awards for his “deep understanding of the Internet as a communicative tool for social change,” while Canadian artist Grimes earned the Artist of the Year accolade. Jerry Seinfeld, Kevin Spacey, and members of President Barack Obama‘s tech team were also among the list’s special honorees. [Rolling Stone]

There’s no business like show business and on June 9, the Tony Awards will toast to the best of Broadway theater. The American Theatre Wing and The Broadway League released its list of nominees for this year’s ceremony, including Tom Hanks in his Broadway debut for Lucky Guy, Billy Porter for his “Kinky Boots” performance, and the Alec Baldwin-helmed Orphans for best revival of a play. [Washington Post]

Chris Hardwick can’t seem to sit still these days. The Talking Dead host and face of Nerdist is slated to get a late-night TV show on Comedy Central that will air after The Colbert Report. [Vulture]

If you thought My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy was Kanye West‘s “darkest” work, think again. The G.O.O.D. Music chief has reportedly finished recording his sixth studio album, which industry insiders say includes its fair share of somber songs. While the rapper remains mum on the project, one-half of electronic duo Daft Punk, Thomas Bangalter, added that we’ll be hearing from a more primal Kanye. “It was very raw: he was rapping—kind of screaming primally, actually,” Bangalter said of the new track he was able to hear. [Huffington Post]

Twenty years after its formation, the women of TLC have much to celebrate. Not only is the award-winning group reuniting for Mixtape Festival 2013 and a new album, its surviving members are planning a tour with digitally-generated performances of late member Lisa “Left-Eye” Lopes. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Much to Team Breezy’s delight, Chris Brown unveiled a new track last night (that won’t be on his forthcoming album), and shared the release date for his sixth album, X. The project, led by chart-topper “Fine China” will be released on July 16. [MTV]