Star Scoop: Aaliyah Biopic Put on Hold, Ariana Grande Gives Her Everything, Wahlberg’s Record-Setting Weekend


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Not so fast, Lifetime. You may have been able to get the green light on your (controversial) Whitney Houston project, but pulling off Aaliyah’s biopic won’t be as easy. Just two weeks after confirming Zendaya for a role as the late princess of R&B, the network released a statement saying the Disney alum “will no longer portray Aaliyah.” Production is now on hold as Aaliyah’s family is not aligned with the film, and the network is wrangling to acquire rights to Aaliyah’s musical archive. [E! Online]

Ariana Grande is riding the wave of her Billboard hit and giving fans something more to look forward to from her sophomore album’s August 25 release. The Iggy Azalea collaborator tweeted that her next body of work will be titled My Everything, and will be promoted with a new video, for “Break Free,” out later this week. [Huffington Post]

In news we saw coming, Transformers: Age of Extinction broke the bank. The Mark Wahlberg-starrer’s weekend release took home more than $400 million globally, setting a weekend box office record for 2014 (so far). [Vulture]

Speaking of summer blockbusters, if this Dawn of the Planet of the Apes review is any indication, the Matt Reeves action flick is looking to best its predecessor’s $55 million opening weekend. [Variety]

Forbes has crowned Beyoncé as the world’s most-powerful celebrity, dethroning the beloved Oprah Winfrey. From June 2013—2014, Bey raked in $115 million, was endorsed by H&M and Pepsi, and revolutionized music with her fifth LP. Any questions? [Forbes]

The music industry is bidding adieu to a legend. Soul singer Bobby Womack passed away Friday, June 27, at the age of 70. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee is best known for classics like “If You Think You’re Lonely Now,” “Across 110th Street,” and “That’s The Way I Feel About Cha.” [Billboard]