Star Scoop: Lupita Meets Her Match, Kanye Gets Cinematic, D’Angelo Comes Home


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Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o has met her match. Golden Globe nominee David Oyelowo (for Selma), will play her love interest in upcoming indie drama Americanah. The story is based on Beyoncé-endorsed author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s best-seller, and will be produced by her 12 Years A Slave co-star Brad Pitt. [Variety]

True to form, trap star and G.O.O.D. Music emcee Pusha T is back with a new single, and a promise to take your “Lunch Money.” Thank Kanye West for the production. [Stereogum]

Speaking of Kim Kardashian’s better half, he could be coming to a theater near you. In the midst of Sony’s massive hack, it was revealed that West’s creative director Elon Rutberg pitched Sony chief Amy Pascal a feature from Mr. “Bound 2.” “I supervise all of Kanye’s film and media projects, and we have a major film project coming up that involves both cinematic and technological innovation, so I naturally thought Sony and wanted to reach out,” wrote Rutberg. “We premiered a multi-screen cinema experience to great response at Cannes 2012, and are looking to take the storytelling to the next level with a feature length film, shot for an immersive cinema experience.” [The Daily Beast]

It’s been 15 years since we ogled soul singer D’Angelo’s chiseled body in his steamy video for “Untitled (How Does it Feel).” The same amount of time has passed since his last album, Voodoo, dropped. That all ended Sunday night with the surprise early release of his latest LP, Black Messiah, and his first new single, “Sugah Daddy.” The thirst is real ladies; the thirst is real. [Vulture]

An Edward Scissorhands ballet is happening. This is what goes on backstage at the Lez Brotherston and Matthew Bourne production. Date night pick? [Vanity Fair]

There’s more Brian Williams in store at NBC. The Nightly News mainstay and managing editor just signed a new long-term deal with the Peacock on his tenth anniversary with the show. It’s reported that he’ll net an additional $10 million for each year of the deal… and maybe a co-host spot for daughter Peter PanAllison Williams?! One could only hope. [Variety]

Birdman continues to fly high. After nabbing top nominations at the Golden Globes and SAG Awards, the Michael Keaton-starrer earned 13 nods at the Broadcast Film Critics Association’s 20th annual Critics’ Choice Awards. Its closest competitors are Grand Budapest Hotel and Boyhood, with 11 and eight nominations, respectively. Perhaps director Alejandro G. Inarritu should start celebrating now. [The Hollywood Reporter]