Star Scoop: Pippa Middleton Live, Taylor Swift Wins 2014, Benedict Cumberbatch Gets on Bended Knee


Reporting live… Pippa Middleton? NBC has reportedly offered Kate Middleton’s baby sister a correspondent role on Today. Her special segments will revolve around health, lifestyle, and fitness, which echoes her weekly column in British magazine Weekend Waitress. You’ll be able to get the Pippa posterior sooner than you think. [Page Six]

It happened: Taylor Swift’s 1989 surpassed industry predictions and sold 1.287 million copies in its first week, making it the only album released in 2014 to go platinum. It’s also Swift’s third album to surpass the million-mark in just one week, as did Speak Now in 2010 and Red in 2012. [Huffington Post]

And this is how she celebrated. Apparently for Kendrick Lamar, whose “Backstreet Freestyle” Swift lip-synced in her Instagram upload, the feeling is mutual. The “i” emcee is a fan of “Shake it Off,” and will sing the chorus to prove it. [Vulture]

She. Said. YES! Benedict Cumberbatch got on bended knee and asked his significant other, Sophie Hunter, for her hand in marriage; but it’s the announcement that really gets him points. He bought an ad in UK newspaper The Times’ classified section. Keep it classy, Cumberbatch! [E! Online]

And baby makes three. Kelly Rowland and her husband Tim Witherspoon welcomed baby boy Titan Jewell on November 4. Looks like he’ll share that lucky number with his aunt Bey-Bey. “We are thrilled to announce that today we are the proud parents of our first son,” Rowland said in a statement. “We are blessed to report everyone is healthy and happy!” [People]

Titan isn’t the only cele-baby the stork left in Tinseltown. Iron Man Robert Downey Jr. and his wife Susan said hello to their family’s latest addition, a healthy baby girl. She joins the couple’s two-year-old son Elijah and Downey Jr.’s eldest son, Indio. [Bustle]

Mama Pope is back. If you think back to season three, you’ll remember that Papa Pope (played by Emmy Award-winning actor Joe Morton) didn’t kill off Olivia’s terroristic mom. Now we know that Khandi Alexander will reprise the vicious role for Scandal’s current midseason finale. Oooh, the d-r-a-m-a! [Entertainment Weekly]