Star Scoop: Will Rihanna Pay to Play?, Lenny Kravitz Joins iTunes Lineup, Meet… Ant Man!


The NFL is reportedly courting Katy PerryRihanna, or Coldplay to headline the 2015 Super Bowl’s half-time show. There’s just one catch: whoever signs on for the gig will have to turn over some dough. Though the league banks $9 billion a year, it is looking to tap into the pockets of half-time performers whose own income hikes after game time shows. They knew not to ask Queen Bey. [Vulture]

Speaking of center stage, Lenny Kravitz is going to get away (fly away)as the latest headliner to join London’s iTunes Festival lineup. The September jamboree will also feature PharrellKylie MinogueDavid Guetta, Maroon 5, and singer-of-the-moment Sam Smith. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Paul Rudd as Ant-Man doesn’t sound like an action hero epic, but the Marvel character was big enough to land a feature-length film. Here’s a first look at Rudd, in character—or not—below San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. [TIME]

Ever since first images of Exodus: Gods and Kings were released, the Internet has been in a frenzy over the “whitewashing” of lead characters, who historically have been recognized as people of color. While stars like Christian BaleSigourney Weaver, and Joel Edgerton were cast to play Moses, Ramses, and Tuya, actors of color have been relegated to roles of servitude. In his own words, Edgerton says he’s not to blame. “I do understand and empathize with that position (but)… it's not my job to make those decisions… I got asked to do a job, and it would have been very hard to say no to that job.” [Indiewire]

Sad news from the Saturday Night Live family: long-time radio, television and SNL announcer Don Pardo has died at the age of 96. He voiced 38 out of 39 seasons of the show, announced The Price is Right, lent his voice to the original Jeopardy, was the first reporter to tell NBC viewers about President Kennedy’s assassination, and was a war reporter during World War II. [Variety]