Star Scoop: A Bunch of Girls in Love, Here’s How iTunes Ends the Year, Howard Stern’s Got Talent


The closer we get to January 11, the more Girls we’ll see. Lena Dunham and HBO have released a new trailer, this time focusing on the “romantic discord” that will dominate season four. [Vulture]

iTunes is ending the year how any sensible person would: with Beyoncé. Apple’s music app has crowned her the year’s best artist. Frozen triumphed as the app’s best-selling album of 2014, while Grammy hopefuls Taylor SwiftPharrell and Sam Smith earned other best-of superlatives. [Billboard]

Dear America’s Got Talent, I can’t live without you. Signed, Howard Stern. The Sirius XM mainstay is returning to the judges panel for AGT’s tenth season. “America needs a caring, compassionate, and wise judge, and who am I to deny the people what they want?,” he shared via Facebook. “It would be selfish of me to walk away.” We’re sure a hefty paycheck had something to do with his return, too. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Sorry J.J. AbramsGeorge Lucas doesn’t have time for your Star Warstease. The iconic saga’s founder is not one of the 45 million fans who’ve watched Episode VII’s first trailer. “I like going to the movies and watching the whole thing there,” he told Page Six. “I plan to see it when it’s released.” Someone must like surprises. [Variety]

Mark Wahlberg is begging your pardon. The actor-producer extraordinaire petitioned the state of Massachusetts to expunge a racially-charged assault from his record—one that landed him behind bars for 45 days in 1988. “I am deeply sorry for the actions that I took on the night of April 8, 1988, as well as for any lasting damage that I may have caused the victims,” he wrote. “Since that time, I have dedicated myself to becoming a better person and citizen so that I can be a role model to my children and others.” [Vulture]

Somebody on The Leftovers is getting left behind. For season two, the HBO drama is undergoing a creative reboot, and with it, a majority of its supporting cast will be cut. Its characters will relocate from Mapleton, New York to an undisclosed location, with only Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Carrie Coon, Margaret QualleyChris Zylka and Christopher Eccleston set to return. [Deadline]