Star Scoop: Brad’s Biggest Hit, Katy Perry’s ‘Brave’ Beat, Did ‘Lovelace’ Let Amanda Seyfried Down?

By  August 12, 2013

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With titles like Fight Club, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and Troy under his belt, it comes as a surprise that an apocalyptic adaptation pitting Brad Pitt against zombies is his highest-earning film to date. Since it’s June 21 release, World War Z has earned $502.3 million at the international box office, trumping its $190 million budget. [Huffington Post]

Katy Perry may have appeased fans with an emoji-packed lyric video to “Roar,” but there is no shortage of critics (both professional and recreational) who’ve pointed out the song’s similarities to Sara Bareilles‘s “Brave.” Both women have celebrated each other’s work though, so there’s no need to brew up any beef. As for her new album, Perry spoke with Elvis Duran of Z100 and coined it the “essential oils of Katy.” [E! Online]

The saying goes that if you take a big risk you’re in for a big reward. Unfortunately, this mantra hasn’t rendered box office success for Lovelace, the film Amanda Seyfried deemed “the riskiest thing that’s happening in Hollywood right now.” It’s theatrical release bowed at $184,176 in 118 theaters over the weekend, failing in comparison to other limited releases like Woody Allen‘s Blue Jasmine. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Baby makes three: Star Wars wizard George Lucas and his new wife Mellody Hobson welcomed a baby girl over the weekend. Everest Hobson Lucas was born via surrogate on August 9 and is the first biological child for both parents; she joins Lucas’s three adopted children, Amanda, Katie, and Lucas. [USA Today]

Two slots have been filled on the set of Expendables 3Antonio Banderas and Mel Gibson are joining the Sylvester Stallone series while Bruce Willis bows out (a decision Stallone was happy to oblige). Fellow newcomers Wesley Snipes and Jackie Chan have also signed on. [The Guardian]

Where is Mischa Barton? Answer: exploring the halls of a haunted high rise to find the man who helped her cope with her parents’ death. Her romantic thriller I Will Follow You Into the Dark, has been picked up by Epic Pictures and will debut in theaters on October 11. [Variety]