Star Scoop: Cuoco Cashes Out, Meet Your New Cinderella, Who Dropped Christina Hendricks?


So… how do we get on Kaley Cuoco’s payroll?! The Big Bang Theory star, along with castmates Jim Parsons and Johnny Galecki, have inked new, three-year contracts for the CBS favorite, increasing their salaries from $325,000 per episode to $1 million, à la the seven-figure Friends[The Hollywood Reporter]

Keke Palmer, the youngest talk show host in history, is adding another first to her resume. Starting September 9, she’ll star as the first black lead in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella. “Theater offers so much more than I haven’t been able to access doing film and TV and everything like that,” she told AP of her stage debut, citing Brandy’s Cinderella in the 1997 made-for-TV movie as inspiration. “I’m very excited to learn all that it has to offer—that focus and that dedication to perform at a certain level every night.” [Vanity Fair]

Critics and Mad Men buffs can attest to Christina Hendricks’ on-screen appeal. Before she became a household name, though, an agency, that shall remain nameless, dropped her for taking on the AMC role. Had they known then what we all know now. [The Guardian]

It’s official: Transformers 4 has joined the billion-dollar club. The Mark Wahlberg starrer, has become the first film of 2014 to hit the milestone, and one of the reasons Paramount courted director Michael Bay for a new three-year deal. [Variety]

With an Emmy nomination under her belt, one might not think civil war, polio, and Broadway busts comprised Uzo Aduba’s past. In an exclusive with The Daily Beast, she pens her journey from no-name to Orange is the New Black star. [The Daily Beast]

Spider-Man is the gift that keeps on giving. After Sony confirmed it’ll delve deeper into the webbed wonder’s world with a SinisterSix spinoff, the studio announced that it will develop a “female-fronted superhero movie,” based on a character from the hero’s universe. We just have to wait three years to find out who she is. [Vulture]

Lucky number… 18? So says Taylor Swift. The country crooner teased her new album on Instagram today in a video clip where she presses an elevator’s 18th-floor button, six times in a row. Reports speculate it could indicate a release date on or near October 18, in line with her first four albums. [Billboard]