1. Justin Bieber kissed Ariana Grande on the cheek, and Beliebers are not pleased
Beware the Beliebers. When Victorious star Ariana Grande tweeted a picture of pal Justin Bieber playfully kissing her on the cheek, she wound up with both 27,300 retweets and a concentrated attack by the pop star's many jealous fans. Grande quickly deleted the post and replaced it with the message, "Everyone, girls are allowed to be friends with guys. I'm a lady. Chill out." An argument that will surely quell the uproar from the Biebs' famously rational fan base. [E! Online]
2. Don't worry, Emma Roberts got her cronut after all
On Thursday, Emma Roberts learned the limits of her fame when fans refused to let her cut in line to get one of New York City's fabled cronuts, a croissant-donut hybrid. But don't feel too bad for the young star; when she appeared on The Late Show with Jimmy Fallon later that day, the host presented her with a cronut of her very own. So it's true: Some stories do have happy endings (if you're a beautiful, wealthy, famous person). [Eater]
3. Mark Strong might play Lex Luthor in the Man of Steel sequel
Quick — name a bald, handsome guy who's played a bunch of villains. If you said Mark Strong, congratulations! You could probably be the casting director for the Man of Steel sequel. When Digital Spy asked if he'd be playing the role of Lex Luthor in the upcoming film, the actor — who cut his teeth in blockbusters like Sherlock Holmes and Green Lantern — all but confirmed the reports by saying, "All I can say is… watch this space." Better luck next time, Billy Zane. [Digital Spy]
4. CBS is developing a medical drama based on The Wizard of Oz
Today, in ideas that make less sense the more you think about them: CBS is developing a Wizard of Oz-inspired medical drama called Dorothy set in New York City in the modern day. Will a farmer need brain surgery? Will a steelworker need a heart transplant? Will a big hairy guy need a new set of guts? Probably, since those are literally the only three story lines we can think of. [Slashfilm]
5. There's a Now You See Me sequel on the way
In a summer packed with overlong, over-loud blockbusters, the "magicians robbing banks" caper Now You See Me was a breath of fresh air, offering some big-screen hijinks that were actually kind of fun. So what's the best way to instantly kill the only original project you've released all summer? Release a wildly unnecessary sequel! Lionsgate has officially announced that a Now You See Me sequel will hit theaters in 2014; though the company hasn't announced a title yet, we're splitting our bets between Now You See-Quel and Now You See Me, Too. [The Hollywood Reporter]
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