Star Scoop: Taylor Swift Waxes Poetic, Mila Kunis is Staying Home, Usher Gets His Groove Back

By  July 08, 2014

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Taylor Swift doesn’t just pen breakup songs. She scribes op-eds, too. The 24-year-old wrote piece for the Wall Street Journal’s 125th anniversary, where she offered her take on the state of music, criticized artists who support piracy and streaming, and added “It’s my opinion that music should not be free, and my prediction is that individual artists and their labels will someday decide what an album’s price point is.” How about those #newrules, Jay? [Variety]

Baby makes three… and Mila Kunis a full-time mom. In an interview with W Magazine, the future Mrs. Ashton Kutcher said that after her baby is born, acting will take a back seat. “I have never wanted to be the person who only has business on her mind. To me, this job has always been a hobby that turned into a great profession, but I don’t eat and breathe acting,” she said, adding that she will take a full year off, at least. “I’m sure Meryl Streep has a very different point of view. But I’m excited about being a full-time mom.” [The Hollywood Reporter]

Nicki Minaj isn’t the only one getting back to her rootsUsher, whose 2012 album Looking for Myself had more of a dance/electronic feel, released the second single from his upcoming LP, and is getting back into the R&B groove. The Pharrell-produced track includes a feature from Minaj, who seems to have found someone worse than a one-minute man. [Vulture]

Harry Potter: the gift that keeps on giving. J.K. Rowling released a 1,500-word update the saga, seven years after its last book was published. Her short features Potter, Harry, Ron, and Hermione in their thirties, and teases “a tantalizing glimpse into the next generation.” [Mashable]

AMC is leaning back. The movie theater chain is investing $600 million to update its 5,000 nationwide auditoriums and install wider, fully-reclining seats. That’ll keep us at the box office! [Variety]

Getting caught on candid camera isn’t always the funniest thing. That’s the basis for a baseball fan’s $10 million lawsuit against ESPN. New Yorker Andrew Rector is taking the network, the Yankees, announcer Dan Shulman, and commentator John Kruk to court after footage of him asleep at a game aired and yielded “[an] avalanche of disparaging words.” [NY Post]