Star Scoop: Nicki Minaj Nixed at ‘American Idol,’ David Beckham Stops Kicking, Scarlett Johansson Takes a [Director's Chair] Seat

By  May 16, 2013

And then there were two. Nicki Minaj is the next judge to say goodbye to American Idol. Rumors have swirled for weeks that all four judges will be getting the axe, but so far, Randy Jackson has been the only one to publicly address the news. Sources spoke to Us Weekly, though, and said that Minaj will soon announce that her first season on the celebrity panel would be her last. [ABC News]

David Beckham is hanging up his cleats. His next two games for the Paris Saint-Germain will be his last as the H&M ambassador will retire at the close of this season. “[I am] thankful to PSG for giving me the opportunity to continue, but I feel now is the right time to finish my career, playing at the highest level,” he announced. Beckham signed a five-month deal to play with the French team after relocating back to Europe with designer wife Victoria Beckham; it is the fourth team the 38-year-old athlete has played for in his 20-year career. [People]

Ryan Gosling isn’t the only A-lister giving it a go behind the camera. Scarlett Johansson is priming for her directorial debut by taking on Truman Capote’s Summer Crossing. The novel, which was published 20 years after Capote’s death, follows a 1940s NYC debutante who skips out on a family trip to Paris and pursues a romance with a Jewish parking attendant. “Several years ago I began working alongside the Capote estate and writer Tristine Skylar to adapt Summer Crossing, an inspired early work of Truman’s which has long captured my heart,” Johansson said. “Being able to bring this story to the screen as my full-length directorial debut is a life dream and deep privilege.” [E! Online]

Rebel Wilson is the Pitch Perfect addition to the ABC family. The comedic breakout star will lead the cast of Super Fun Night, a sitcom about three, nerdy girlfriends who set out to make Friday their best night of every week. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Looks like Bill Hader isn’t the only one leaving Saturday Night Live. Fred Armisen is departing from the sketch comedy hit after 11 seasons on the show; fellow veteran Jason Sudeikis is “probably” going to follow suit according to the New York Post. Add Seth Meyers to the tally—who will be leaving SNL in 2014 to take over NBC’s Late Night—and that makes four empty spots on the SNL stage. [Entertainment Weekly]

From now on, your favorite Ciroc connoisseur will be known as Downton Diddy. Revolt TV head SeanDiddyCombs spoofed the award-winning hit for a spot on Funny or Die in anticipation of the show’s first black character reveal (played by Gary Carr) in season four. [USA Today]