Star Scoop: Usher Loves the Biebs, Fast & Furious Slows Down, Joan Didion Gets the Doc Treatment


Billboard’s latest cover star, Usher, has plenty to share on his 20 years in the music biz, from his album production process and why he’s not ready for a new LP, to how he keeps those abs in tip-top shape. He also doesn’t shy away from his equally-as-successful protégé Justin Bieber, controversy and all. “He’s making his own decisions and it’s important to show support,” Usher told the magazine. “I can say I’m not happy with all the choices my friend has made, but I’m supportive of him. I try my hardest to give as much positive reinforcement as I can. I’ll punch him in the f—ing chest when I need to, and give him a hug and kiss when I need to. It’s more than just mentoring. I love the kid.” [Billboard]

For the first time in history, Fast & Furious is slowing down. Universal revealed Furious 7 as the title of its high-octane blockbuster; it will be the only film in the franchise to not have “fast” be part of the name. [The Hollywood

The Joan Didion story: coming to a theater near you. Filmmakers Griffin Dunne and Susanne Rostock have nearly doubled their Kickstarter fundraising efforts to produce We Tell Ourselves Stories In Order to Live, “the first and only documentary about Joan Didion, made with Joan, using Joan’s words.” Michelle WilliamsAnnie Leibovitz, and Anna Wintour will appear in the doc and give their musings on one of the most prominent literary figures of our time. [Kickstarter]

Taylor Kitsch finally confirms that he’ll star in season two of True Detective. Thanks Tay, for telling us what we already knew. [Entertainment Weekly]

Sad news from the Beyoncé camp: her longtime tour photographer Yosra El-Essawy, succumbed to a battle with inoperable esophageal cancer at 33 years old. [Beyoncé]

We wouldn’t necessarily say that Honda makes our dream car, but after a starring role in Ok Go’s new music video, we may be courting the brand for a new gadget: the UNI-CUB. Famous for synchronized cardio, Ok Go took its choreography to the next level for “I Won’t Let You Down.” This time, instead of relying on treadmills, the foursome scooted around Japan on Honda’s motorized unicycle. Segway, have a seat. [Vulture]