Star Scoop: Kevin Hart Bests Johnny Depp, Bonham Carter Takes On Liz Taylor, James Franco x Veronica Mars?


Fans let Kevin Hart explain all the way to the box office, earning his new film a spot on the holiday weekend's top 10 list. Though Let Me Explain landed at number eight, it still managed to beat the second-best movie, Lone Ranger, in per-theater sales. Johnny Depp's latest made $29.4 million, averaging $7,539 per theater, while Hart's routine grossed $11,530 per theater. [Variety]

Lindsay Lohan's role as the late Elizabeth Taylor tanked in critical reviews; but BBC Four is looking to earn biopic glory with Burton and Taylor starring Helena Bonham Carter. The star's portrayal will find Taylor working on the 1963 Broadway production of Private Lives with lover Richard Burton. See the trailer here. [ET Online]

The Veronica Mars movie is happening; and James Franco could be making a cameo as himself. According to reports, Franco would appear as “one of several celebrities in the movie who have been victims of a hidden camera scam… where someone hides cameras in famous people's houses and tries to sell the videos.” [Vulture]

The next time Dane Cook hits the road, he swears to the tell truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. This fall, he kicks off his Under Oath tour with plans to tackle everything from the cancellation of his NBC series Next Caller to the flack he received after refusing to live-stream a Boston charity show. “As a comedian, I am obligated to tell you the truth, my truth, to share with you my beliefs, my perspective,” he told Entertainment Weekly. “And I think that we forget sometimes that that’s the oath that comics take, that we will go up and share everything—the irreverent, the scary.” Tickets for Under Oath go on sale this Friday and Cook's tour will debut in Washington D.C. on September 12. [Entertainment Weekly]

Ellen Grossman pretty much became a household name when she rode the subway with Jay-Z back in December as an “adorable old lady” who was unfamiliar with his work. Now that she's in-the-know, the NYC artist offered her take on his new album Magna Carta Holy Grail. “[He's saying] that the money's nice, but there's life beyond that, that he's exploring,” Grossman in an interview with MTV News. “I picked that up from the papers but I felt it in the man too, when I met him—that he had a depth to him.” [E! Online]

Tennis star Andy Murray won on the grass and on Twitter with his Wimbledon victory on Sunday. Not only did he become the first British male to win a singles competition, but he also broke a record with 120,000 tweets per minute during his performance. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Six months after his confession of steroid use on Oprah Winfrey's OWN, Lance Armstrong is making a cycling comeback. The former LiveStrong rep will race his fifth Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa later this month. “I'm well aware my presence is not an easy topic, and so I encourage people if they want to give a high five, great,” Armstrong said of his controversial return. “If you want to shoot me the bird, that's OK, too.” [USA Today]