Star Scoop: MTV Is Snap Happy, Beyonce Leads the Pack, A New Day for Captain America

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Many people (hello, anyone age 25+) still don’t fully understand SnapChat, but MTV is apparently loving it. Today, the Viacom network announced nominations for BeyoncéEminem, Iggy Azalea and more at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards via the photo messaging service; the means was a followup to last year’s nominees rollout using Vine and Instagram videos. [Mashable]

Speaking of the approaching MTV VMAs, Beyoncé leads the pack with eight noms. Her potential—and deserved, if we do say so ourselves—wins could come from Video of the Year for “Drunk In Love,” Best Female Video for “Partition,” and Best Video with a Social Message for “Pretty Hurts.” Run the world, girl. [Variety]

Marvel is diversifying its arsenal of iconic characters. Just a day after announcing that the new Thor will be a woman, Marvel creative exec Joe Quesada told Stephen Colbert that the new Captain America will be black. Steve Rogers, the character who plays the patriotic hero, will pass his suit and shield over to Sam Wilson (known as The Falcon), this fall. [The Verge]

Plenty are indifferent to Drake’s many personas—hardcore rapper, meets emo crooner, meets playboy—but there was no denying his hosting chops during Wednesday night’s ESPY Awards. From a song dedicated to athletes’ “side pieces,” to a spot-on Manny Pacquiao impression, we have to give him a pass. [Vulture]

Gone Girlfever is officially on the rise. Director David Fincher released an exclusive photo from the set of the BatfleckBen Affleck starrer, this time, with the leading man being questioned for involvement in his wife’s murder. [The Hollywood Reporter]

The Broadway world is mourning the loss of a legend. Described as a “brassy, tart-tongued” performer, Elaine Stritch, 89, has passed. She first rose to acclaim for her 1955 Tony Award-nominated role in Bus Stop, and had recurring television roles on Law & Order, and NBC’s 30 Rock. [The New York Times]