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Victoria Beckham Explains Why She Doesn’t Want a Spice Girls Reunion

Victoria Beckham covers Vogue Australia

Victoria Beckham looks amazing in the pages of Vogue Australia (though I’m not sold on the flesh-coloured bandeau). In the interview, she talks about why she doesn’t want to do a Spice Girls reunion (“I always wanted to do fashion, so I was lucky that music was never my main passion. For the other girls it was”) and why she left the group in the first place (“I remember sitting very near to the front [at an Elton John concert] and looking at him singing those songs he’d sung time after time, year after year, and his passion and his enjoyment was incredible, even after all that time. And a few nights later, I was on stage at Madison Square Garden with the Spice Girls and I thought: ‘It’s almost like a waste that I’m given this opportunity. I appreciate the time I’ve had with the girls, but I don’t have what Elton can have after all these years.’ There was nothing there, other than that my kids were in the audience and I wanted them to see Mummy doing the Spice Girls.”).

Bryan Singer is working hard to get ahead of an article that Esquire is about to publish an article that he says will ruin his career.

-This article about how Timothee Chalamet is the perfect movie star for 2018 (according to producers, agents and studio execs) is so, so weird.  There’s lots of talk about how he’s a soft “beta” and not a hard “alpha” like Leonardo DiCaprio by people who clearly forget that Leo was a teen heartthrob for decades (“He’s pretty fey,” says one veteran studio hand and Academy voter in his 60s. “He might be the next Anthony Perkins, rather than the next Leo”).  This part is especially gross: “Girls love him now because I don’t think they’re scared of him…You’re selling the new male. What does the new male movie star look like in a post #MeToo world, where you can’t get away with all the things the alpha guys used to crush it at?” What exactly were you trying to get away with before?!

-Speaking of articles that deal a lot about traditional movie star archetypes, Viggo Mortensen talks about how not becoming famous until he was in his 40s helped him avoid celebrity traps. I have mixed feelings about Green book — I liked it but it’s problematic — but I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s part of the mix when Oscar talk comes around. (Also, I can’t believe he’s going to be 60 in 5 days!)

-I was genuinely surprised by Meghan Markle’s pregnancy announcement. I wonder how Princess Eugenie feels about the fact that they announced it to the family at her wedding?

-Twitter is fantasy casting a movie with Kerry Washington and Chris Evans, and Washington is into it because she’s no fool.

Jennifer Garner says an Alias reboot may be in the works. Despite my reboot fatigue, I don’t hate this idea.

-Kirsten Dunst and Kristen Scott Thomas have designed sweaters, with proceeds going to their fave charities.

Nicole Kidman has not one, but two movies that are generating Oscar buzz (Boy Erased and Destroyer) so she’ll be doing quite a bit of press in the next few months. Still, I’m surprised that she talked about Tom Cruise in a new interview while addressing #MeToo: “I got married very young, but it definitely wasn’t power for me — it was protection. I married for love, but being married to an extremely powerful man kept me from being sexually harassed. I would work, but I was still very much cocooned. So when I came out of [the marriage] at 32, 33, it’s almost like I had to grow up.”

-I really like Ariana Grande and I hope she’s doing ok after her split from Pete Davidson. At least it happened before the wedding.

-On a new podcast, Taran Killam got candid about the mood behind the scenes on SNL: “When Seth Meyers left the show, the dynamic changed quite a bit. He was the last person there who I witnessed really collaborate with Lorne, as opposed to just kind of do what Lorne says.”

Drake comes off really, really well when talking about his drama with Pusha T in Lebron James’ new HBO show The Shop.

Ansel Elgort is living two different lives in the Jonathan trailer.

Leighton Meester Is Not Interested in a Gossip Girl Reunion

Leighton Meester Gossip Girl

-I’m here for Leighton Meester gushing about hubby Adam Brody. I’m even more here for her gently shading her Gossip Girl experience: “I’m not haunted by that time, but it’s been interesting and helpful for me to look at it and examine it as an adult and go, ‘I don’t know if it was the healthiest environment.'”

Joe Alwyn has no interest in talking about his relationship with Taylor Swift. He says in a new interview, “I understand people’s curiosity in the world we live in, about people’s private lives. Well, I don’t understand it, but I know it exists. For me, I just don’t feel it’s something I want to offer up to be picked apart by people who don’t know about it, and it’s just not theirs to have.”

Millie Bobby Brown is defending her text relationship with Drake, because it’s totally not weird for a 31-year-old dude to text a preteen.

-Here’s our first look at Joaquin Phoenix in Joker makeup. It’s suitably terrifying.

Robert Pattinson and Suki Waterhouse: still boning.

Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson look just fine after a photo surfaced in which she may have been crying (or possibly just sneezing).

-I didn’t think I wanted a Men In Black spinoff. Then Chris Hemsworth posted this selfie from the set with Tessa Thompson, and now I NEED it!

Keira Knightley says she can’t wait to see drag queens dress up like her from The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, which is a pretty great goal.

Kevin Hart freaked the eff out on the Tonight Show when as Robert Irwin, 14-year-old son of Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin, brought out some snakes, a bird and a tarantula. “I got so much sweat drippin’ down my ass right now!”

-I actually believe that Gina Rodriguez can do 1,000 pushups. I’ve seen her Insta stories about doing chin ups in her trailer and she’s a beast!

-The first Venom clip shows Eddie Brock being a terrible journalist.

Amandla Stenberg Is About to Break Out

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Amandla Stenberg (who’s promoting both The Hate U Give and Where Hands Touch) covers the Oct issue of Seventeen. I did not love WHT at TIFF but I was so very impressed by how articulate and thoughtful she was during the Q&A.  (Also, that pop can shirt she wears in the Seventeen photo shoot is fire!)

Kristen Bell announced today that a new season of Veronica Mars is officially a go at Hulu. The eight-episode season will stream in 2019, and all of the past episodes and the movie will also be available on Hulu. This is exactly the news I needed this week! I’m assuming a Cdn network will pick it up like the other Hulu shows.

-Creators Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero-Wright are both returning. Following the news, Thomas tweeted: “The movie was nostalgic. The Hulu limited series isn’t going to be. Hardcore So-Cal noir. One big case. Eight episodes to tell the story. This is a detective show.” (I seem to be one of the few who liked the movie. I know everyone complains that it was too much fan service but I’m a fan who likes to be serviced! Err, wait…)

-This is nice: Wilmer Valderrama has reportedly been a “constant presence” at ex-girlfriend Demi Lovato‘s side since her overdose.

Chris Evans just signed on to a limited series on Apple. They keep collecting stars but not actually telling us how/where we’re supposed to watch these shows.

Chloe Dykstra says she contemplated suicide because of Chris Hardwick-supporting harassers. “When I found out he had gotten his jobs back, I was actually relieved because I knew [the online harassment] wasn’t going to stop until he was reinstated.”

-This profile of Chevy Chase, who talks about how he’s sober and wants to work but no one wants him anymore, could double as a PSA on the importance of not treating others terribly during your entire career.

Drake is suing a woman who he claims falsely made pegnancy and assault allegations.

-That Slate piece about how Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian are good at “performing their relationship” is getting a lot of flack — deservedly. I’m not linking to it ’cause it’s gross. Just let the woman live.

-AMC has cancelled Dietland after just one season. It was a show that started with so much promise and then just kind of … fizzled.

-Speaking of shows ending, HBO’s The Deuce will come to a close with a third and final season order. This makes sense to me. The new season just started and despite the huge stars and critical love, the buzz has been crickets.

-The Hollywood Reporter released its 100 most powerful people in entertainment list. Not a lot of big surprises, but I like that Ronan Farrow and Tiffany Haddish made their list debuts.

-A series about Marvel’s female heroes is in the works at ABC, written by the Wonder Woman writer. Please, please, please let it include Agent Carter!

Prince Andrew reportedly wanted the BBC to air Princess Eugenie’s upcoming wedding and they said no because they assumed it would be a ratings flop.

-The butt hurt dudes on Twitter who think Brie Larson should smile more in the Captain Marvel trailer need to re-prioritize their entire lives.

-A bunch of famous women, including Julianne Moore, Eva Longoria, America Ferrera, Gabrielle Union and Amber Tamblyn, appear in a video to stand in support of Brett Kavanaugh accuser Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.

Cary Fukunaga will direct the 25th Bond film, taking over from Danny Boyle, who left the project after reported creative clashes. He’s mostly a TV guy, having directed True Detective season one, and the new Netflix show Maniac.

-The Serial podcast is back with a new season and a very different subject topic.

-This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman hit back at “white male movie critics” who are slamming Life Itself. I saw it at TIFF and I slammed it, and I’m not a white male movie critic. I’m just a person with eyeballs.

LCD Soundsystem‘s new “Oh Baby” video was directed by Rian Johnson and stars Sissy Spacek and David Strathairn.

-What exactly is Blake Lively trying to prove?

Paul Feig did a really great interview with The Independent, in which he talked about wanting to write better female comedic parts (“I got tired of seeing how women were being portrayed in movies. It just got so bad, especially in comedies. They’re props basically”), and his dislike of the term ‘strong female characters’ (“It feels two-dimensional. I like women who are strong and weak and funny and vulnerable and scared”). Yeah, he can stay.

Jodie Whittaker takes charge in the Doctor Who season 11 trailer.