News Nuggets: Shailene Woodley dethrones Jennifer Lawrence as top star of 2014

Shailene Woodley dethrones Jennifer Lawrence as the top star of 2014. The list is determined by the number of searches by the 200 million unique monthly visitors on IMDB. Last year, Woodley was a lowly 64th on the same list, but her blockbuster films “Divergent” and “The Fault in Our Stars” push her to the top position. One odd fact about this year’s compilation: all of the top 10 people are actresses for the first time. The others are Lawrence (top star of 2013), Margot Robbie, Emilia Clarke, Scarlett Johansson, Nicola Peltz, Chloe Grace Moretz, Rosamund Pike, Emma Stone, and Eva Green. USA Today

Michael Strahan will host the 20th annual Critics’ Choice Awards on January 15. He is the co-host of the daytime talk show “Live With Kelly and Michael” and a panelist each Sunday for Fox’s coverage of NFL football. Strahan was a defensive player for the New York Giants and was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame this past August. Deadline

Related: Watch our exclusive video chat with Shailene Woodley

The next Ryan Murphy horror project will star two familiar faces to that genre. “Scream Queens” will debut next fall starring Emma Roberts (“American Horror Story“) and Jamie Lee Curtis (“Halloween”). It will be a 15-episode one-hour horror comedy set on a college campus that is rocked by a series of murders. Hollywood Reporter

The top-selling song on iTunes for 2014 is “Happy” by Pharrell Williams, followed by “All of Me” by John Legend and “Dark Horse” by Katy Perry. The overall best for albums are the “Frozen” movie soundtrack, “1989” by Taylor Swift, and “Ghost Stories” by Coldplay. “Frozen” is also the best-selling movie, while the third season of “Game of Thrones” is the top TV show.  Billboard

Related News Nuggets:
Kennedy Center honors
Tom Hanks, Al Green, Sting, Lily Tomlin, Patricia McBride

George Stevens. Jr., founding producer of the Kennedy Center Honors since 1978, announces his retirement from the annual event. He helped found the Washington ceremony honoring entertainment legends 37 years ago and has been producing with his son Michael Stevens the past few years. The multiple Emmy winners will depart because the Kennedy Center “wanted new producers and a new perspective.” Sunday’s event honored Al Green, Tom Hanks, Patricia McBride, Sting, and Lily Tomlin. Washington Post

Original “Dancing With the Stars” judge Len Goodman is departing the long-running ABC reality program. He will leave after the upcoming spring season to “have a bit of time off.” He is also a judge on the British series “Strictly Come Dancing.” Producers are confident both Julianne Hough and Bruno Tonioli will continue to serve as judges. The Wrap

The classic Christmas special “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” celebrates its 50th anniversary Tuesday night on CBS. The U.S. Postal Service is marking the milestone with four new stamps in its honor. Produced by Arthur Rankin, Jr. and Jules Bass, the stop-motion animated program included the classic Johnny Marks song and starred Oscar winner Burl Ives. Last year’s audience was over 11 million viewers. TV Guide

More News from GoldDerby