Star Scoop: J + B Forever, Michael Che Suits Up, Mandy Moore’s New Band


Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, forever! After the commercial and critical success of their first two projects, Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle, Lawrence and Cooper are teaming up again for a Depression-era drama, Serena. No date has been set for its stateside release, but fans will get a first look at the film during the London Film Festival in October. [Vulture]

There’s a new anchor pulling up to the late-night desk. Michael Che, of The Daily Show fame, is replacing Cecily Strong on Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update” segment. Strong will remain a regular cast member on SNL while series creator Lorne Michaels says Che will help the segment find its identity, post-Seth Meyers. [New York Times]

Mandy Moore is bringing her sweet tooth to Fox. The multi-hyphenate landed a recurring role as chief of staff on the network’s new medial dramedy, Red Band Society. Executive producer Rina Mimoun says the addition will help develop adult storylines, in addition to those of the adolescent characters who star on the show. [The Hollywood Reporter]

On today’s episode of Friday Funny, this sixth grader candidly told President Barack Obama that she was disappointed he wasn’t Beyoncé. Totally understandable. [Huffington Post]

CBS sports anchor James Brown is taking a public stance against domestic violence. Following the disturbing details surrounding Ray Rice’s assault on then-fiancée (now wife) Janay Rice, Brown asserted that the problem goes beyond football. “This is yet another call for men to stand up to take responsibly for their thoughts, their words, their deeds,” Brown said during last night’s Thursday Night Football broadcast. “Our silence is deafening and deadly.” [YouTube]

Apple received mixed responses when copies of U2’s Songs of Innocence magically appeared in 500 million iTunes libraries earlier this week. Though free for consumers, retailers are wondering how they can make a buck on all of the action. There’s a deluxe set with acoustic exclusives for that. [Billboard]