Star Scoop: Neil Patrick Harris Back on Broadway, Beyonce Disc Delayed, Sam Taylor-Johnson Slated for ‘Fifty Shades’

By  June 19, 2013

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Entertainer extraordinaire Neil Patrick Harris is going from a four-time host of the Tony Awards to a potential nominee for next year’s ceremony. The original Doogie Howser has landed the title role in Hedwig and the Angry Itch. “I am simultaneously ecstatic and terrified to be stepping into Hedwig’s heels,” said Harris, who will sing and dance his way through the performance as a transgender rock star. “It is truly a once-in-a-lifetime role and I can’t wait to begin the journey.” The spring 2014 debut of the musical will be Harris’ first Broadway stint since 2011′s Company. [Entertainment Weekly]

Beyoncé fans will have to wait even longer for a new disc from the star. In an interview with Billboard, singer-songwriter Ne-Yo (who is responsible for “Single Ladies”), revealed that the megastar won’t release anything short of perfection. “They’re still trying to figure out what they want that to be, which I’m not mad at,” he said about Bey’s team. “Beyoncé’s the kind of artist where you’re not gonna see it till it’s right. And her fans—they love her so they’ll be patient.” With songwriting credits from the likes of Sia and Ryan Tedder, we think it’ll be worth the wait. [Billboard]

The Fifty Shades of Grey film is finally getting some direction. Sam Taylor-Johnson has been recruited to direct the racy work, which leads us to believe that her husband, Savages star Aaron Taylor-Johnson, could be the frontrunner for the role of Christian Grey. If so, we would not oppose. [Huffington Post]

Peter Parker won’t be hanging up his suit anytime soon. Sony Pictures announced that it will be releasing two more sequels after next year’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2. “Spider-Man is our most important, most successful, and most beloved franchise,” chairman of worldwide marketing and distribution Jeff Blake said in a statement. “We’re thrilled that we are in a position to lock in these prime release dates over the next five years.” [CNN]

Selma Blair is giving up on Anger Management. The FX star is exiting the Charlie Sheen series amidst rumors of tension on set. Lionsgate Television confirmed the departure in a statement while Blair simply tweeted “I thank you for support and love.” [Hollywood Reporter]