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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.

BeyoncĂ© and Jay-Z’s Stunning Tiffany Campaign

Beyoncé and Jay-Z are starring in a new Tiffany campaign featuring a never-before-seen Basquiat painting, as well as the iconic yellow diamond, which has only been worn by 4 women.

-In a joint Vanity Fair interview with Jason Sudeikis, Elizabeth Olsen commented on Scarlett Johansson’s fight against Disney. “I think she’s so tough and literally when I read that I was like, ‘Good for you, Scarlett.’ ” So far, the only  other Marvel actor to publicly comment on the lawsuit is Dave Bautista, who tweeted, “Told em they should’ve made a #Drax movie but noooooo!”

Drake and Kanye West‘s feud reignited over the weekend. Drake appeared to take a shot at West in his verse on the Trippie Redd song “Betrayal” and West then shared a screenshot of a text message he sent to a thread with eight people on it (including Drake, presumably) that showed a photo of Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker with the message “I live for this. I’ve been f–ked with by nerd ass jock n—as like you my whole life. You will never recover. I promise you.” And then West posted a Google Maps screenshot of what appeared to be Drake’s home address in Toronto.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been praised for their efforts to help evacuate the people of Afghanistan.

Elliot Page accepted his Outfest’s Achievement Award virtually and talked about the importance of representation. “I don’t know if I would have made it through the moments of isolation and loneliness and shame and self-hatred that was so extreme and powerful and all-encompassing that you could hardly see out of it. And then, you know, at 15, when you are flipping through the channels and you stumble on ‘But I’m a Cheerleader’ and the dialogue in that film, and scenes in that film just transform your life.”

Sandra Oh says she’s excited to see what Elliot Page is going to do next. “I have done so many movies with him.”

-I had no idea that Oh’s new Netflix show The Chair was created by actress Amanda Peet.

Jesse Metcalfe is revealing why he chose to leave Chesapeake Shores. “Getting to know a new showrunner and create a working relationship with a new person was not necessarily something I wanted to do…I didn’t have any conversations with our new showrunner, Phoef Sutton. We took a lunch well before the pandemic. Then the pandemic hit and Phoef and his writing team had a long time to craft season 5, but unfortunately I never heard from anybody on the production side and so I was given the [scripts for the] first couple of episodes. That creative relationship was not really established this time around.” This seems to be asking a lot of a Hallmark show but ok.

Taylor Swift joined TikTok with a video recreating looks from past albums – and an announcement that her version of Red will be released on vinyl Nov 19.

-In a new interview, Molly Shannon (who is coming off The White Lotus and stars in the new season of The Other Two) talks about the tragic childhood loss that has shaped her life. She reveals her mother, younger sister and cousin died in a car accident when she was 4. Her father, who had been driving under the influence, survived but was horribly injured.

-The trailer for Kacey Musgravesupcoming album and film pays homage to Romeo + Juliet, and offers a glimpse of Euguene Levy‘s cameo. She also dropped a new single.

-Speaking of new music, Olivia Rodrigo released a video for “Brutal.”

-I loved this interview with Ted Lasso’s Brett Goldstein. He talks about how a classic Dickensian villain helped shape brooding hero Roy Kent, and why the show isn’t as light and fluffy as people make it out to be.

-HBO made some announcements today, including that Insecure, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Succession will all return in October.

Barry Jenkins and Dan Levy tweeted out their support to a Toronto restaurant that’s being targeted but dumb anti-v**xers.

-The Toronto Film Festival is requiring all attendees to show proof of vaccination or a negative test to attend. I still haven’t figured out if all my screenings with be virtual or if I’ll do a few in-person, but this is comforting.

-The reviews for Shang-Chi are glowing.

-William Miller’s fictional think piece about Stillwater from Almost Famous is now online.

Mayim Bialik will take over hosting Jeopardy until the dust settles. She’s scheduled to tape three weeks of episodes when production resumes this week.

-This is a very smart piece on what happened with Jeopardy and what it says about the industry. “There are countless relatively anonymous producers across Hollywood who probably know that if Richards’ situation is about to define the new standard for decency in Hollywood, in terms of what is and what isn’t acceptable, they’re going to be in trouble as well.”

-A feature film focusing on Jurnee Smollett‘s Birds of Prey character Black Canary is in early development for HBO Max, with Smollett’s Lovecraft Country showrunner Misha Green set to write the script.

-The trailer for season 2 of The Morning Show (a show that started really rocky but grew on me by the end of season 1) has dropped. Looks like Will Arnett has joined the cast — and Billy Crudup is still the best thing about the show ’cause he continues to just GO for it.

Behold: Elizabeth Debicki’s Princess Diana and Dominic West’s Prince Charles

-Netflix has released the first look of Elizabeth Debicki as Princess Diana and Dominic West as Prince Charles in Season 5 of The Crown. She looks incredible; him, not so much.

-Meanwhile, Kristen Stewart’s take on Princess Diana will hit theatres in Nov.

Drake says he had covid last year and hair loss was a side effect that he’s just beginning to get over.

Barbra Streisand is walking back her initial praise of Bradley Cooper‘s A Star is Born, now saying she would have preferred BeyoncĂ© and Will Smith in the remake. “I thought it was the wrong idea,” the 79-year-old icon said of Cooper’s version on an Australian talk show. “Look, it was a big success. I can’t argue with success. But I don’t care so much about success as I do originality.”

-Good Girls’ Mae Whitman revealed she identifies as pansexual, tweeting: “I know ppl might be unfamiliar with what pansexual means; for me it means I know I can fall in love with people of all genders.”

-K-pop star and actor Kris Wu was arrested in China on suspicion of rape following an accusation from a then-17-year-old girl.

-Even though they’re both nominated in the same Emmys category, SNL’s Bowen Yang says he wants Kenan Thompson to win. “I know this is messy… and that someone on my team will be mad at me, but I’m just being real.” Thompson hold the record for the the longest serving SNL cast member and has only won once.

Laura Prepon says she’s no longer a member of Scientology: “I haven’t practiced Scientology in close to five years and it’s no longer part of my life.”

-This is a fascinating read (though it ends somewhat abruptly) about a mysterious figure presumably in the publishing industry who has been stealing books before their release.

Drew Barrymore (who knows a little something about overcoming a messy past) has weighed in on Britney Spears’ conservatorship. “I have very purposefully stayed out of this conversation, but, since she’s spoken up: She’s the key to her freedom.”

-Broadway’s Alice Ripley has been accused by a woman of grooming her when she was a teen (first in a viral Tiktok, and then in a longer Twitter thread).

Eminem‘s first big acting role since 8 Mile will be in 50 Cent’s upcoming drama series, where he’ll play White Boy Rick.

-If you’ve finished The White Lotus finale, this interview with creator Mike White is worth your time. I like that he doesn’t offer any easy answers and is still kind of grappling with what he was trying to say. (I also very much liked this thread about the Armond character.)

-In relation to The White Lotus, this is an excellent piece on how TV’s white guys are in crisis.

-Congrats to The Flash’s Grant Gustin and his wife, who welcomed their first child — a baby girl named Juniper Grace.

-The first reactions to Shang-Chi are incredible. I hope the hype is enough to overcome the lackluster trailers and the fear of going to the movies.

Bella Thorne and her real-life fiancé Benjamin Mascolo star in the Time Is Up trailer.