Star Scoop: Secrets to Pharrell’s Success, A Lesson in Rebranding from Kim K., How Catfish Comes Together


Here’s a lesson in producing a hit song in the key of Pharrell: start each track with a “four-count loop of the first beat,” as heard in classic cuts from SWV’s 1992 debut “Right Here” to 2013’s Oscar-nominated “Happy.” Don’t take our word for it? Listen to this mash-up of some of the multihyphenate’s greatest hits. [Stereogum]

Despite her legion of loyal followers, we’ll never forget that Kim Kardashian’s rise to fame was due in part to the release of a salacious “home video.” Still, seven years later, as she readies to wed Kanye West, she’s more relevant than ever… with a Vogue cover to boot. Wonder how she did it? We’ve got the answers. We just don’t endorse following in her footsteps. [Huffington Post]

How many people do you know are willing to be ousted on national television for being a fraud? If Catfish is any indication, there are plenty. In this instance, it’s the liar who seeks the attention. “It’s often the catfish we hear from first because they’re looking to unburden themselves,” said MTV exec Marshall Eisen. “It’s not always the case, but it probably happens more than people realize.” [Vulture]

She stole our hearts—and Hollywood—with her captivating turn as Hushpuppy and penchant for doggie bags in 2013. Apparently, we weren’t the only ones to take notice. Armani Junior has signed Quvenzhané Wallis, future Annie and youngest Oscars nominee of all time, as the new face of its line. She wore a custom Armani gown on the Academy Awards red carpet, and says now, all of her friends will want to borrow her clothes. [Pret-A-Reporter]

There’s a new girl in town! Community’s Gillian Jacobs is joining season four’s cast of Girls. All we know is that she’ll be introduced as Mimi-Rose Howard in an eponymous fifth episode. Maybe she can make us interested in the show again. [Vulture]

Speaking of additions to the HBO family, the premium cable network is welcoming Saturday Night Live alum Bill Hader. He inked a deal with the company to develop a new comedy series, the plot and title of which remain under wraps. [Variety]