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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.

Lil Nas X Under Pressure

Lil Nas X in a white feathered sweater on the cover of Out

Lil Nas X covers Out magazine and talks about the pressures of being a Black gay musician: “Mentally, it’s really draining and straining sometimes.”

Pete Davidson and Bridgerton’s Phoebe Dynevor have reportedly split after five months of dating.

-Some people don’t like Lizzo‘s new song, but the body shaming she’s endured over it is insane and uncalled for. Cardi B came to her defense after she broke down on an IG Live.

Johnny Depp says he feels he is being boycotted because his latest film, Minamata, has yet to be released in the United States, calling his fall from Hollywood graces as an “absurdity of media mathematics.” I mean, he’s about to be honoured by not one but two film festivals, but sure.

Alicia Silverstone re-created a classic scene from Clueless wit a different Christian — Christian Siriano.

Channing Tatum threw Sandra Bullock in a pool to celebrate production wrapping on The Lost City Of D (a movie I CANNOT WAIT to see).

Madonna celebrated her 63rd birthday by announcing a new partnership with Warner Music Group that will see her entire catalog reissued over the next few years.

Britney Spears isn’t the only celeb trapped in a conservatorship nightmare. Star Trek’s Nichelle Nichols, who played Lt. Uhura in the original series, has been under conservatorship since 2018, since her only child filed a petition for it. It’s a 3-way fight, with her former manager and a concerned friend legally battling for what they believe are her best interests.

Chris Evans‘ new show on Middle Eastern politics seems really misguided and poorly timed.

-Stunt Coordinator Brett Chan talked about working on Netflix’s Iron Fist: “Everyone’s fighting and the main actor didn’t want to train, it’s like ‘Guys give me something to work with here.’ That’s why all the best sequences were with Jessica Henwick ’cause she trained 4 hours a day!’ ”

-I’m still in my feels from the first episode of Modern Love season 2. Minnie Driver made me bawl (and also wonder why she hasn’t been cast on a prestige drama yet).

-The xmas episode of Ted Lasso also made my heart grow three sizes.

-Also, the woman who plays Higgins’ wife in Ted Lasso is his wife IRL!

-Friends Michaela Coel and Cynthia Erivo were interviewed together for Vanity Fair, and Erivo tells a story about confronting a Broadway producer over the fact that they replaced her costar without warning her. “I go, ‘Why wouldn’t you tell me what’s going on?’ and he flies off the handle. Yells at me in the corridor, points at my face, says, ‘You don’t have the right to talk to me like this. You just do this show.’ And Michaela, this is after I’ve won the Tony.”

-Free Guy opened well ahead of expectations and grossed a healthy $28.4 million. (It wasn’t also available to stream immediately.)

-Meanwhile, Ryan Reynolds says Disney already confirmed they want a Free Guy sequel.

The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights” broke the record for the longest-charting song ever on the Billboard Hot 100, sitting at 88 straight weeks.

-The Good Place creator Michael Schur is working on adapting Field of Dreams into a TV series for Peacock, which seems like a match made in heaven.

-Despite rumors she would follow Scarlett Johansson’s lead and sue Disney, Emma Stone has signed onto Cruella 2. I wonder if the sequel was part of an unofficial settlement package?

-The cast of The Goldbergs paid tribute to George Segal.

Michael Keaton and Stanley Tucci play lawyers fighting to compensate the families of 9/11 victims in the Worth trailer.

Bill Cosby Is a Free Man

-Oof, what a rough day. Despite 60 women accusing him of assault, Bill Cosby was released from prison today because the courts overturned his conviction based on a technicality.

-Smallville’s Allison Mack was sentenced to 3 years in prison for her involvement with the NXIVM sex-cult. Prosecutors had asked the judge for leniency because she helped them seal their case against Keith Raniere on multiple sex trafficking, racketeering, fraud and conspiracy charges. He was sentenced to 120 years in prison last October.

James Franco has agreed to pay $2.2 million to resolve the sexual misconduct lawsuit that alleges he pushed his acting students into performing explicit sex scenes on camera.

Ed Sheeran sounds like a terrible houseguest. He says he stays with pal Courteney Cox every time he’s in LA, and has this running bit where he orders Cox S&M leather gimp masks using her Alexa.

Britney Spears is asking the paparazzi and fans to give her space while she vacations in Maui.

Madonna compared her VMAs kiss with Britney Spears to Lil Nas X‘s video, and it did not go over well.

Kaley Cuoco, Lena Waithe, Jean Smart, Cristin Milioti, Aidy Brant and Holly Hunter sat down for THR’s Comedy Actress Roundtable.

-The Vatican’s dress code prohibits visitors from wearing clothing that exposes their knees, shoulders, or chest. So naturally, Kim Kardashian broke the rules.

Ryan Reynolds has joined TikTok.

Amy Sherman-Palladino is recreating the Gilmore Girls on The Marvelous Mrs Maisel. First Milo Ventimiglia joined the new season, and now it’s Kelly Bishop’s turn.

Jonathan Taylor Thomas was photographed for the first time in years. He still looks great!

-Ohhhh, this is great casting: Nick Offerman will play Tom Hanks’ role in Amazon’s take on A League of Their Own.

-I still can’t believe Showtime has made a Ray Donovan finale movie, but there’s the first trailer.

-I wish the reviews of Zola were a bit better, but I still want to see it!

Peter Bradshaw’s review of Black Widow in the Guardian is getting lots of heat for its thirstiness.

Sandra Oh “is in f*cking charge” in the first teaser for Netflix’s dramedy, The Chair.

-Amazon dropped the first teaser for Kay Cannon‘s Cinderella, starring Camila Cabello and Billy Porter.