Star Scoop: May the Force be with Lupita, Drake’s Summer Drop, Bad Does Angelina Good


Ever since fashion darling Lupita Nyong’o wrapped awards season with an Academy Award in tow, fans have been asking “what’s next?” Now we know… and it’s HUGE. The 12 Years a Slave star has been added to the cast of J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII, along with Game of Thrones star Gwendoline Christie. No word yet on what role either lady has filled, but according to The Hollywood Reporter, it’s a “substantial female part.” [The Hollywood Reporter]

Attention Drake fans! Not long before his Summer Jam cameo alongside labelmate Nicki Minajon Sunday, Drake released a new song entitled “0 to 100.” In it, he assured fans that the roster at his OVO Sound imprint “already got spring 2015 poppin,’” hinting that his fifth LP is in the works. [Huffington Post]

It pays to be bad, Angelina Jolie. Maleficent raked in $70 million at the box office this weekend, surpassing initial projections. It earned $170 million globally, a testament to what Disney head of distribution Dave Hollis says is Angelina’s ability to transcend “borders, cultures, and languages.” [L.A. Times]

Speaking of box office triumphs, enter X-Men: Days of Future Past. The Hugh JackmanJennifer Lawrencestarrer hit a franchise milestone by earning $500 million in just two weeks. To put things in perspective, it took $200 million to make the film. Something about those mutants, eh?! [Variety]

Sad news over at CBS. After making a triumphant return to television in September 2013 and being renewed for a second season, The Arsenio Hall Show has been cancelled. According to a statement from the network, “While there are many loyal fans of the show, the series did not grow its audience enough to continue.” [Vulture]

As if that wasn’t enough to dampen your mood, Ann B. Davis, the beloved maid from The Brady Bunch, has passed away. She was 88 years old. She’ll always be Alice in our hearts. Click through to see 12 little-known facts about the star. [Variety]