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Britney Spears Is Engaged

Britney Spears announced her engagement to longtime partner Sam Asghari this past weekend. Hilariously, Octavia Spencer commented “Make him sign a prenup.” Equally hilarious, Asghari then posted a story saying “Of course we’re getting an ironclad prenup to protect my jeep and shoe collection in case she dumps me one day.”

-The VMAs were wild last night. UFC champion Conor McGregor shoved Machine Gun Kelly on the red carpet because security tried to stop him from shaking MGK’s hand (you can see Megan Fox being ushered out of harm’s way), Normani and Lil Nas X ate their performances, Madonna showed off her butt, and everyone dressed like it was 2002.

This video of Ben Affleck interacting with fans is very cute (even though some of their comments are making me cringe. His laugh after that guy’s “Man, you got that girl back” and the other guy’s “You’re the real MVP” saves it, though).

-Here’s Beyonce and Jay-Z’s video ad for Tiffany’s, directed by Emmanuel Adjei. The company has also has pledged to donate scholarship funding to students pursuing degrees in creative fields at HBCUs.

Jeff Bridges revealed that his cancer is now in remission. He also says he endured a brutal battle with COVID-19 and spent five weeks in the hospital due to all his health issues. “We, (I) often want some other gift that life isn’t giving us. I mean, who would want to get cancer & COVID? Well… it turns out I would. I would, because I get to learn more about love, [and] learn things that I never would have if I never got it.”

-Doctor Who actress Tanya Fear has been found safe after her family reported her missing since Thursday.

-Succession is back Oct 17 on HBO!

Jessica Chastain talks about how her her old Juilliard pal Oscar Isaac sang her favourite song to make her chill out during their sex scenes in their new HBO show.

-Ted Lasso’s stars and writers just scored big paydays for season 3, while showrunner Bill Lawrence is also seeking a rich new deal as WB and Apple battle over linear rights — which means it could eventually air on a TV network.

Olivia Wilde‘s second directorial project Don’t Worry Darling has a release date and a short teaser that features a steamy kiss between Florence Pugh and Harry Styles.

-This review of Dear Evan Hansen is hilarious. “Ben Platt is the Jar Jar Binks of his own movie.”

-The first trailer for Ava DuVernay and Colin Kaepernick‘s Colin in Black & White just dropped. It premiered at TIFF this past weekend and hits Netflix on Oct 29.

-Here’s the first trailer for Disney+’s Hawkeye series, starring Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton, and Hailee Steinfeld as Kate Bishop.

Bennifer Take Their Love to Venice

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck have taken their PDA tour pubic with a spin on the Venice red carpet. I need them to do this at the Met Gala on Monday. I NEED IT!

-Speaking of the Met Gala, rumour is that Rihanna will be there. Her incredible photoshoot for Dazed magazine is just what we needed to kick off the weekend.

Katy Perry is on the cover of LVR Magazine and talks about how motherhood has changed her. “She is everything I was ever looking for”

Prince Andrew has finally been served court papers over his sex accuser’s lawsuit — after his security was initially ordered not to accept them.

-Queen Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme‘s children filed a restraining order against him. His 10-year-old and 5-year-old sons detailed allegations of physical and emotional abuse. But the restraining order was denied by two judges, and Homme’s lawyer blamed his ex, The Distillers’ Brody Dalle, for prompting the “spurious claims.”

-TMZ is reporting that Kate Beckinsale was sent to the hospital when her back went out while shooting a film in Vegas.

Olivia Munn opened up about being pregnant in an interview with Mario Lopez. (Unfortunately, she keep completely mum about become a mom at her TIFF q&a).

-Dear Evan Hansen reviews coming out of TIFF are wild. People either HATED it or thought it was amazing.

Nicki Minaj‘s husband, Kenneth Petty, pleaded guilty to failure to register as a sex offender in California during a virtual court appearance today.

Wendy Williams has canceled her upcoming public appearances due to “ongoing health issues.

-Skins and Finding Carter star Kathryn Prescott has been hospitalized in the ICU after being hit by a cement truck in NYC.

-HBO’s Scenes From a Marriage remake, which debuts this weekend on HBO and stars Jessica Chastain and Oscar Isaac, is getting great reviews.

-There’s a new featurette on the upcoming season of The Morning Show. Billy Crudup remains the only one who truly understands the assignment.

Joaquin Phoenix explores his gentler side in the C’mon C’mon trailer.

Regina King Brings Back the Buzz

regina king wears a red dress on the cover of vanity fair

Regina King graces the October cover of Vanity Fair. I feel like she got robbed of lots of Oscar buzz last year because the awards circuit was so quiet, so I’m hoping she gets to make up for it with The Harder They Fall. (“It won’t be like One Night in Miami….” She pauses, and I hear tears in her voice. “We never got the opportunity to see our film with an audience. I’m grateful to be healthy. I’m grateful that all of our crew and cast are healthy. We got to be in so many different festivals…but we didn’t get a chance to share that, except through this,” she says, indicating the virtual realm. “That was disappointing. But everything is for a reason. I try not to question God’s will.”) Also, this photoshoot is awesome. That gold skirt!!

-In THR’s new cover storyBenedict Cumberbatch discusses staying in character as a meanie while shooting Netflix’s The Power of the Dog. “[Director Jane Campion] introduced me to the crew as Phil and said, ‘You’ll meet Benedict at the end. Benedict’s really nice. Phil is Phil.’ And it just gave me carte blanche to say, ‘No.’ To be Phil, really. To stand in his shoes.”

-Congrats to Jennifer Lawrence and Cooke Maroney, who are expecting their first child.

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez have arrived in Venice for the premiere of his new movie.

Jessica Chastain laughed off the hysteria surrounding Oscar Isaac‘s arm kiss. “We have all been locked in our houses for so long. When this video went viral, I was like, people just need to see people touch and hold each other.”

-Gossip Girl got renewed for season two, which is genuinely surprising to me. I felt like the buzz (and any critical admiration) fell off a cliff after the first few episodes.

-The Met Gala is Monday night and there’s still rumours about the guest list. One star who won’t be attending: Zendaya.

-Netflix will be bringing a Bridgerton fan experience to select cities next year. I want it!

-The is an interesting look at how the depiction of suicide on TV is changing.

-I think I would actually love this outfit on pretty much anyone else but Katie Holmes. It’s just not her.

Rebel Wilson and some of her Pitch Perfect costars reunited to celebrate her birthday.

-TIFF starts today! Here are my picks for the 10 buzziest films, most of which are hitting theatres or streaming very soon.

Keira Knightley’s dark holiday film, which I’m seeing next week, has already sold at the festival.

-I’m not going to be able to watch any TV for the next week, but it feels like everything is debuting, including Jessica Chastain and Oscar Isaac‘s HBO show Scenes from a Marriage, FX’s long-awaited Y: The Last Man, and the VMAs.

-Speaking of the VMAs, Nicky Minaj just pulled out.

-Aw man. Phoebe Waller-Bridge has left the Mr & Mrs Smith project she was going to do with Donald Glover for Amazon.

-Netflix must have been more impressed with Addison Rae’s performance in He’s All That than critics were; they just signed her to a multi-movie deal.

-Watch Demi Lovato and friends search for UFOs in the trailer for Peacocks’ Unidentified.

-The Princess Diana content keeps flooding in. Netflix released the first trailer for Diana: The Musical, which will premiere in October ahead of the show’s return to Broadway.

Jason Sudeikis is doing a Ted Lasso-y accent in the South of Heaven trailer while playing a very non-Ted Lasso character, and it’s breaking my brain.

-The Matrix Resurrections dropped its first trailer early Thursday morning. I have no idea what’s happening in it but I’m in!