Star Scoop: Running the Race, Friends Turns 20, Shonda Rhimes in Three Words


Maze Runner is the latest post-apocalyptic feature to captivate audiences and bring it at the box office. The film’s weekend opener grossed $32.5 million stateside and an impressive $81.5 million worldwide. Consider it a confidence booster for Fox, which has already set the date for a 2015 sequel. [Variety]

“There’s a sustaining humor at work on the new NBC entry Friends.” So reads the opener to The Hollywood Reporter’s review of Friends in 1994. Twenty years later, the publication is commemorating the classic by republishing its original article, which deemed the series “a clumsy parody of MTV's The Real World” with the potential to be “humorously involving.” [The Hollywood Reporter]

The New York Times hit a huge PR problem when writer Alessandra Stanley opened up an article deeming Shonda Rhimes an “angry black woman.” While expertly-crafted rebuttals from the Internets and apologies from NYT ensued, more than 30 stars from Rhimes’ television empire combatted the original prose with three adjectives of their own. Read responses from Kerry WashingtonGuillermoDiaz, Viola Davis, and more. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Are you a Dr. Dre fan in need of a Detox? Don’t hold your breath. While he is releasing a new solo front—the highly-anticipated followup to 1992’s The Chronic and 1999’s 2001Detox isn’t it. “He scrapped Detox a couple years ago, and came up with another title,” says producer Dawaun Parker. Such a tease. [Billboard]

Bill Hader isn’t the only big name coming back to Saturday Night LiveJim Carrey, who guest starred on the sketch comedy show in 1996 and 2011, will be back this fall, near Dumb and Dumber To’s November 14 release. [Vulture]

Broadway’s The Lion King has no worries… for the rest of its days. Seventeen years, and counting, the mainstay has earned a whopping $6.2 billion, making it the highest-grossing Broadway production of all time. It even beat out the longest-running show in Broadway history, Phantom at the Opera, which has grossed $6 billion, to date. [Variety]

Four times are a charm for filmmaker Bryan Singer. He’s inked a deal with Fox to direct X-Men: Apocalypse, his fourth film from the Marvel franchise. You only have to wait a year-and-a-half to see how it turns out. [Deadline]