Star Scoop: Avatar Wins Sigourney Weaver, McConaughey Epitomizes a Hollywood Star, Lion King… Part Two?


Dr. Grace Augustine is back? Though we saw Sigourney Weaver’s character die in the first Avatar film, director James Cameron confirmed that she will make a return for its upcoming sequels… but now how you’d expect. “She’s playing a different and in many ways more challenging character in the upcoming films,” Cameron said in a statement. Interesting. [Deadline]

Matthew McConaughey is the ultimate Tinseltown star. The newly-minted Oscar winner will receive this year’s American Cinematheque award in an October 21 ceremony, joining the ranks of Eddie MurphyJodie Foster, and 24 other stars who are “committed to making a significant contribution to the art of the motion pictures.” Apparently, his “matinee-idol looks” had something to do with the coup. We’d agree. [Variety]

Hakuna matata, Lion King loyalists! The award-winning classic is coming back to life… with a part two. Disney Junior is developing an animated, made-for-TV sequel that will follow the story of Kion, Simba and Nala’s second-born, who is tasked with leading his pride’s Lion Guard. We’ll be watching—even if it is geared toward kindergarten critics. [The Hollywood Reporter]

In case you missed it: Lil Kimgave birth to a healthy baby girl. And named her Royal Reign. [E! Online]

Meanwhile, her successorNicki Minajjust dropped the video for her Pink Print lead single, “Pills N Potions,” featuring rapper The Game as her love interest. We’re still trying to figure out all of the symbolism, but it’s still enjoyable for Barbz the world over. [Billboard]

“The ‘deal’ is off; the lawsuit is on.” Those are the words of Donald Sterlingattorney Maxwell Blecher, who says the embattled Los Angeles Clippers owner will not back out of his role quietly. After his estranged wife negotiated a $2 billion sale of the Clippers to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Sterling said that he will fight for his rights as a “dedicated” owner of the team and pursue a billion-dollar lawsuit against the NBA. [USA Today]

It’s been 10 years since Napoleon Dynamite gave us the perfect punchline against inquiring minds: “Whatever I feel like I wanna do. GOSH!” Josh Heder, who starred as the title character, is opening up about how he still can’t beat that definitive role. P.S. Vote Pedro! [Huffington Post]