Star Scoop: Lena Dunham’s Million Dollar Deal, Jewel Preps Greatest Hits, Kim Kardashian Mourns Mercy


Move over Hilary Swank — there's a new million dollar baby in town! Remember the $3.7 million book deal GIRLS creator, writer, and star Lena Dunham inked with Random House in October? The treatment for the project Not That Kind of Girl, has leaked, with 66 pages of the 26-year-old's coming-of-age tales. In it, she pens (quirky) essays on seeing a therapist since she was seven, a newsworthy vegan dinner party, and why she never kept a diary. [Gawker]

Jewel is back in the limelight with an upcoming Greatest Hits album. The folk star collaborated with Kelly Clarkson and country girl group Pistol Annies (Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe, and Angaleena Presley) for reprisals of two of her earlier hits, “Foolish Games,” and “You Were Meant For Me.” The project, complete with one to two new songs, will be in stores February 5, 2013. [Billboard]

It's official: Twilight star Kirsten Stewart has confirmed that she will, in fact, appear alongside Ben Affleck in a new romantic comedy, Focus. The pair will star as con-artists, who team up in work and love. Production on the John Requa and Glenn Ficarra-directed film will begin in April 2013. [Huffington Post]

Kim Kardashian is mourning the death of her beloved Mercy, a Persian teacup kitten that was a gift from beau Kanye West (and named after his hit single with G.O.O.D. Music collaborators Big Sean, Pusha T, and 2Chainz). The “Keeping Up” star couldn't keep up with Mercy for too long as it turns out the star was allergic to the posh pet, but after handing her over to a family friend, it turned out Mercy fell ill to a fatal form of cancer. [USA Today]

Last year, he serenaded us with hits like “Grenade” from his debut LP Doo-Wops & Hooligans, and this go-round, he's breaking into our iPods with an Unorthodox Jukebox. This December, Bruno Mars is also covering the latest issue of Papermag, where he opens up about his dark side, hosting SNL and what led to his split from Motown. [Papermag]

Looks like The Simpsons took a page from the fashion set in Brooklyn. Springfield gets a hipster-style makeover on the latest episode of the almost 24-year-old series. Think American Apparel overload and Homer's take on the trend with a knotted scarf and wallet chain. [Racked]

Jenni Rivera, Latin music star known as the “Diva of Banda,” was pronounced dead this weekend after a fatal plane crash near Monterrey, Mexico where she just finished performing. Rivera has sold more than 15 million records, was nominated for three Latin Grammys, and was a coach on the Mexican version of The Voice. She was 43 years old. [TIME]