Star Scoop: OWN’s Soap Box, Hunger Games Catches Comic Con Fire, Rick Rubin Hints on ‘Yeezus’ Part Two

By  June 26, 2013

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Daytime drama is making a comeback via the year’s most powerful celebrity, Oprah Winfrey. Beginning on July 15, The OWN impresario will air the first 40 episodes of All My Children and One Life to Live, both of which were cancelled by ABC in 2011, then picked up by The Online Network this past spring. “These shows have proven to be very popular with a significant, loyal fan base, not to mention Oprah herself is a big fan,” said OWN president Erik Logan. “Many of our viewers across numerous platforms have expressed their passion for the soaps, so we are especially excited to air this limited engagement on OWN.” Although no plans have been made for OWN execs to pick up additional episodes, we’re banking on a more long-term affair. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Katniss Everdeen and her brunette braid are headed to Comic Con. Lionsgate announced today that talent from Catching Fire will host a panel at the annual San Diego convention where a new trailer—and Jennifer Lawrence in Dior?—will be unveiled. [CNN]

Kanye West certainly missed the projected 500,000 mark with his sixth LP, Yeezus, but that didn’t stop him from besting J. Cole and claiming the number one spot. There may, however, be another musical genius to thank for the enigmatic rapper’s bragging rights: Rick Rubin. The Def Jam co-founder and Yeezus executive producer revealed his hand in minimizing the initially overwhelming project and even hinted at a part two. “Initially, he thought there were going to be 16 songs on the album,” Rubin said in an interview with The Daily Beast. “But that first day, before he even asked me to work on it, I said, ‘Maybe you should make it more concise. Maybe this is two albums. Maybe this is just the first half.’ That was one of the first breakthroughs.” [The Daily Beast]

Senator Wendy Davis has helped Kill (the) Bill. The politician’s successful 13-hour filibuster of a Texas anti-abortion bill not only marked a pivotal moment for women’s rights, but also aroused speculation of a Hollywood feature… at least in the wild world of Internet memes. [Vulture]

She may have a highly-celebrated Oscar to her name, but J. Law is no match for Angelina Jolie in Forbes’ world of celebrity. The Maleficient lead ranked as the list’s most powerful actress (and 41 overall in celebrity), while counterpart Hugh Jackman howls in as the most powerful actor and barely misses the celebrity top 10 at number 11. [Huffington Post]

Moms can be mean too, you know. That’s why New Line Cinema has recruited Saturday Night Live veteran Beth McCarthy-Miller to direct another Rosalind Wiseman-inspired movie, Mean Moms. The adult comedy will focus on a married mother-of-two who moves to the suburbs and encounters the world of competitive parenting. [Deadline]