Star Scoop: J.J. Abrams to Direct ‘Star Wars,’ W Praises Best Performances of 2012, Hear Missing Frank Ocean Track Soon


We can finally reveal the leader of the next Star Wars feature film: J.J. Abrams. The Mission: Impossible III producer worked on the 2009 installment of the Star Trek franchise and was tapped to direct 2013's Star Trek Into the Darkness flick, even though he denied that he'd be involved with the other outer space blockbuster. Let's hope we can keep up with his intergalactic journey! [Entertainment Weekly]

See Amy Adams, Marion Cotillard, and Kerry Washington like you never have before — in the word's of Drake, chilling with no makeup on. The three actresses are among 33 that W Magazine honored in its annual Best Performances issue for their roles in The Master, Rust and Bone, and Django Unchained, respectively… and their posing with fresh faces. They are joined by Skyfall villain Javier Bardem, Beasts of the Southern Wild breakout star Quvenzhané Wallis, and Dree Hemingway in the Juergen Teller-shot spread.[W Magazine]

Remember the lost track that Grammy-nominated artist Frank Ocean recorded with Nas his critically-acclaimed Life is Good album? The track's producer, Hit-Boy — who boasts credits on songs for Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, and Rihanna — retrieved the song after a studio mixup with his mentor Kanye West, and cites that it should soon see the light of day. [Huffington Post]

The Strokes have pulled a “One Way Trigger” and we've fallen victim to their return. The New York City-based band dropped their new single today off, possibly from their new album which is set to hit shelves later this year. [MTV]

Matt Damon – 1, Jimmy Kimmel – 0. The Promised Land star pulled the ultimate prank on Kimmel during his Thursday show, “kidnapping” him and taking over his hosting duties. Robin Williams, Sheryl Crow, and Reese Witherspoon were all in on the fun, appearing on the show as a tied up Kimmel was forced to watch backstage. After an extra hour or so of Damon on our tubes, we're certainly not complaining. [Yahoo News]

If Tina Turner is taking any cues from her 1970 remake of “Proud Mary,” then it's safe to say she keeps on rolling… right into Swiss citizenship. The iconic performer is officially renouncing her American citizenship and will become a citizen of Switzerland, where she's lived since the '90s. [ABC News]