Star Scoop: Rihanna Remembers Shakira, BAFTA’s Rising Stars, Gaga Can’t Do What She Wants

By  January 06, 2014

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That Rihanna reign just won’t let up… and for good reason too. The second, hardest-working woman in showbiz was recently named the face of Balmain, is steadily promoting her MAC Viva Glam campaign, sits atop the Billboard Hot 100 with Eminem, and still manages to make room for Shakira. Her “Can’t Remember to Forget” feature on the Latin star’s forthcoming single will drop on January 13th. [MTV]

Léa SeydouxLupita Nyong’ODane DeHaanGeorge Mackay, and Will Poulter could be in for even bigger career breakthroughs. Their critically-acclaimed performances in the likes of Blue is the Warmest Color and 12 Years a Slave have landed them on the shortlist for the 2014 British Academy of Film and Television Arts’ EE Rising Star Award. The winner, who will join alum like Kristen Stewart and Tom Hardy, will be announced in London on February 16th. [Vogue UK]

ARTPOP may have been released to the masses on November 6, 2013, but in Lady Gaga‘s own words, “the next few months of ARTPOP will truly be its beginning.” In an open letter to her little monsters, Gaga hinted at discord with former managers who “mismanaged [her] time and health,” apologized for not foreseeing a delay with the “Do What U Want” video, and pledged to show her fans “the meaning of seeing art all around.” [The Hollywood Reporter]

It’s only the sixth day of 2014, and already, Maxim has declared Eva Longoria its Woman of the Year. The guy’s guide has deemed Longoria as the “sexiest suburbanite in history,” with brains and brawn to boot thanks to her production company, philanthropy, and 2013 master’s degree. [Maxim]

Welcome to Westeros. For one week only, a small London town will enter the Game of Thrones arena. In a promo move for the show’s season three DVD release, producers have convinced authorities of Kings Langley to change the town’s name to Kings Landing. [Huffington Post]

Will 2014 mark the fall of the franchise? The Hollywood Reporter reports that Sony, Fox, Warner Bros., and Lucasfilm are following in Marvel’s footsteps and developing “interlocking superhero movies” that extend the stories of blockbuster favorites. The move calls for the likes of Spider-Man and X-Men to enter “shared universes” that will “create a world of characters who can be brought together in a mega movie.” [The Hollywood Reporter]