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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.

Olivia Rodrigo Talks Selena Gomez and Taylor Swift

Olivia Rodrigo, lil nas x and thomas doherty on separate Variety covers

-It’s a big day for the young ‘uns in Hollywood. The Hollywood Reporter announced it’s New Hollywood A-list, featuring Florence Pugh, Anya Taylor-Joy, Rege-Jean Page and more. Meanwhile, Olivia Rodrigo is on the cover of Variety’s Power of Young Hollywood Issue, which also features Lil Nas X and Gossip Girl’s Thomas Doherty. (The 90s styling for all these photo shoots is breaking my brain.)

-Meanwhile, Variety’s Q&A portion with Lil Nas X is worth a read. The talks about meeting guys on Grindr, why people shouldn’t make jokes about bottoming, and how he’s met “the one.”

-In news that should surprise no one, David Schwimmer‘s rep is shooting down that sketch report that he’s dating Jennifer Aniston.

Dolly Parton has co-authored a novel with James Patterson, because there’s nothing she can’t do!

-Jeopardy announced Mike Richards and Mayim Bialik are splitting host duties. Richards will host the daily syndicated program (shady lawsuits be damned) and Bialik will host prime time specials and spinoffs

-A new Netflix YouTube series interviews mothers about their famous children. Anyone else find it weird that Netflix has series on Youtube? Like, don’t you already have a streaming service for that?

-“The female gaze is a Career Maker” is so, so true, which makes actors shying away from romcoms odd. Even recently, I feel like Glen Powell, Noah Centineo, and Jacob Elori all became buzzy only after being in a romcom.

-Speaking of Elori, Kissing Booth 3 is getting unsurprisingly bad reviews. Still gonna watch it and hate myself after…

Hilary Swank has settled her suit against SAG-AFTRA after being denied health coverage for treatment of endometriosis and ovarian cysts.

50 Cent says DaBaby is going to be just fine. “As long as he keeps the consistency with the music, he’ll be back. Remember they cancelled Chris Brown like five or six times?”

Justin Bieber is leading the MTV VMAs with seven nominations, followed by Megan Thee Stallion with six nods.

-I keep forgetting that Brett Goldstein not only plays Roy Kent on Ted Lasso, but he’s also a writer on the show. He says his favourite scene is one he didn’t write or star in: when Rebecca confesses to Ted.

Lea Michele trended today because there’s a Funny Girl revival happening and everyone is wondering how she’s feeling that she wasn’t cast in it — Beanie Feldstein was.

-Congrats to Sophia Bush, who announced her engagement. I love that they did a whole photo shoot in Lake Como.

-Meanwhile, the ladies of OTH are doing a podcast rewatch, we means we’re suddenly getting new dirt on a show that went off the air in 2012. Sophia Bush says talking about her ex-husband and former costar Chad Michael Murray is “not worth my time,” adding “Oh, I’m not going to talk about him. I’m not allowed to because I’ve tried to poke fun at being a dumb kid and whenever I’ve done that, it gets twisted into I’m talking s— about somebody who I don’t even know anymore, who’s clearly a grownup.”  I still remember how crazy it was to be in Toronto when Murray was shooting House of Wax with Paris Hilton and all the crazy sightings/rumours flying around.

-Fans of Dan Levy raised $5ok for the Faculty of Native Studies at UofA, and he took to Instagram to express his awe and admiration.

-Here’s the season two trailer for The Other Two, one of my favourite comedies from last year. Between this and The White Lotus, I’m so here for the Molly Shannon renaissance!

-Showtime released the trailer for its upcoming docuseries Gossip, about celeb coverage. The trailer focuses on Rupert Murdoch and Page Six’s Cindy Adams, but I hope it also has an episode devoted to Janice Min, who I think had the biggest impact on who gets covered and how.

-The trailer for Nic Cage’s Prisoners Of The Ghostland is as odd as you’d expect.

Billie Eilish Moves On

Billie Eilish rolling stone

Billie Eilish talked to Rolling Stone about planning to move out of her parent’s house, how she only watches TV on her phone (“I can’t go to the bathroom without watching something on my phone. I can’t brush my teeth. I can’t wash my face”) and getting over a fame-related traumatic experience (“I went through some crazy shit, and it really affected me and made me not want to go near anyone ever”). She also brought her dog to the photoshoot.

-Meanwhile, her rumoured boyfriend is apologizing for old racist and homophobic social posts.

Anthony Mackie is getting some heat on Twitter for his comments about people shipping his character with Sebastian Stan‘s in Falcon & The Winter Solider. “So many things are twisted and convoluted. There’s so many things that people latch on to with their own devices to make themselves relevant and rational…It used to be guys can be friends, we can hang out, and it was cool…You can’t do that anymore, because something as pure and beautiful as homosexuality has been exploited by people who are trying to rationalize themselves.” I agree with this thread that actors shouldn’t be required to speak on the writers’ queerbaiting — though having an answered prepared wouldn’t hurt. But I really agree with this thread about how queer audiences are desperate for representation because there’s so little of it in Hollywood, and it’s really not hard to just say “hey man, you do you.” Mark Hamill had it right when he was asked questions like this.

-Though full reviews for Black Widow are still embargoed, the first initial reactions are positive, with Florence Pugh getting lots of shout outs for her performance.

-There’s talk that Machine Gun Kelly and Megan Fox are already considering marriage.

Hugh Grant is shooting down rumours that he has a green card marriage.

-I liked H.E.R.’s profile in Variety. “H.E.R. isn’t a persona; it’s not something that I think I have to turn on. It’s me: my true self.”

-It feels like Stephen Colbert is having a really busy week trying to throw his guests a life raft and stop them from saying more — and they just won’t.

-The Friends reunion is the gift that keeps on giving. On James Corden’s show last night, he aired a clip of a “carpool karaoke” segment he filmed with the cast at the time.

Marc Maron was taking some hits on Twitter over an interview he did with William Zabka (in which he admitted he’s never seen the show, so the actor stepped in.

Meghan Markle can now add “NYT best-selling author” to her resume.

-This could become a problem with travel. Springsteen On Broadway and Jimmy Fallon’s show will not allow audience members who were vaccinated with AstraZeneca.

Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom star in this dystopian-themed short to fight voter suppression.

-Um, Nicolas Cage is in a new movie about a truffle hunter who searches for his pig after she is kidnapped. It’s called Pig. I can’t believe this is real.

-Here’s the first trailer for Apple TV+ series The Shrink Next Door, starring Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Casey Wilson and Kathryn Hahn.