Scene and Heard
Published: Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 20:01
1. An Undecided Destiny
Although members of Destiny’s Child have on several occasions denied rumors they will finally be reuniting on stage during Beyonce’s halftime performance at the Super Bowl this weekend, new evidence is suggesting just the contrary. It has been announced that group-member Michelle Williams will be missing this weekend’s opening of Fela!—the show is to be Williams’ third lead performance in Broadway musical.
2. 2013 SAG Awards
Last Sunday, the 19th Screen Actors Guild Awards honored the best movies and television of 2012. The earnest 90-minute affair did not try to compete with the Golden Globes on glamor. It did, however, offer clarity in a tight race between this year’s Oscar nominees. Ben Affleck’s Argo received the top honor of Outstanding Performance By A Cast, while Daniel Day-Lewis, Jennifer Lawrence, Tommy Lee Jones, and Anne Hathaway took home the individual awards. PBS’s Downton Abbey and ABC’s Modern Family took televisions top awards.
3. A New Hope With Abrams
Following Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm in October, J.J. Abrams was announced as director of Star Wars: Episode VII this week. Abrams, known best as director of Super 8 and 2009’s Star Trek reboot, initially declined Disney’s offer to direct. He will be joining Michael Arndt, screenwriter of Little Miss Sunshine, and Lawrence Kasdan, screenwriter of Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi, for the project. Star Wars: Episode VII is expected to be released in 2015.
4. Frankly Disturbing
After a violent altercation over a parking space, R&B artist Frank Ocean is expected to press charges against fellow artist Chris Brown. Ocean was reportedly jumped by Brown and four other men when arriving at a Los Angeles recording studio. Ocean’s charges could cause trouble for Brown, who is currently on probation for assaulting then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009. Brown has made no official response, but did compare the situation to the crucifixion of Jesus on his Twitter account. The Vatican has yet to reply.
5. Zero Black Coffins
Rick Ross narrowly escaped gunfire Monday, while driving through Fort Lauderdale in his Rolls Royce with girlfriend Shateria Moragne-el. He returned to the studio the next day, dropping a verse about the attack over Kendrick Lamar’s “B—Don’t Kill My Vibe.” The recording was released by his labor later that day. Rick Ross, who refers to himself as “The Boss,” is no stranger to the law—he served several years as a corrections officer after attending Albany State University on a football scholarship.