Star Scoop: HBO Sings the Blues, Boyhood Gets a Presidential Nod, Taylor Swift Breaks the Rules


Lady sings the blues goes from Broadway to HBO. The premium cabler will film a live performance of Audra McDonald’s award-winning, history-making turn as Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, and air the special some time next year. [Variety]

Birdman may be leading the awards season race, but only one film boasts the presidential seal. President Barack Obama proclaimed that Boyhood, the Richard Linklater coming-of-age drama shot over 12 years, was his favorite film of the year. [The Hollywood Reporter]

As for the First Lady, she prefers a darker tale: Gone Girl, the book, not the movie. [Vanity Fair]

When it comes to music in 2014, Taylor Swift was the biggest rule-breaker of them all. From 1989’s record-breaking debut to her industry-rattling decision to sever ties with Spotify, this good girl gone pop was ahead of the curve. And, surprisingly, plenty of her peers sent “text messages, emails and phone calls” to tell her so. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Portlandia is growing up, but not before immortalizing the moment on film. Season five of the Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein satire is nigh, and with it, new portraits, shot by Catherine Opie. Watch this clip to see how Opie brought the concept to life. [IFC]

It’s true! Justin Timberlake’s former NSYNC (boy) bandmate Joey Fatone confirmed that Mr. “Suit & Tie” and wife Jessica Biel have a baby on board. [Billboard]