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BRITNEY SPEARS SAYS MUCH OF CNN SPECIAL ‘UNTRUE’ … But Looking for Fresh Start

Britney Spears is warning fans and viewers of a new documentary about her conservatorship to take it with a grain of salt … because she claims a lot of the information is untrue.

According to our sources … Britney’s latest Instagram post is specifically calling out the CNN special — “Toxic: Britney Spears’ Battle For Freedom” — that debuted Sunday night, and she has a list of reasons why she’s not down with it.

Aside from Britney claiming it’s loaded with inaccuracies — even though she says she’s only watched a little bit of it — she suggests that it’s all about stuff that happened in the past … and she’s trying to move forward.

Brit also seems to take issue with the dialogue not being very “classy,” doesn’t like the footage they used of her … and implies the general tone of the special is unkind.

Now, while we’re told she’s referring to the CNN special, it’s actually another one — the new NYT documentary, “Controlling Britney Spears” — that made more headlines for the allegation her father, Jamie Spearsrecorded her bedroom conversations.

So far, at least, Britney’s staying mum on that claim, but as we reported … her attorney Mathew Rosengart will almost certainly raise the alleged recordings during Wednesday’s conservatorship hearing.

Strangely, the singer’s IG post takes a left turn where she focuses on her “Rose Project” and how she once kissed Madonna and suffers from social anxiety.

Then, she reveals she’s wearing white for her post for “new beginnings” … which possibly alludes to her huge court hearing and her father finally stepping down as her conservator.

Rihanna: “I REALLY WANNA SELL THIS MANSION” … Relists Hwood Hills Home

The dining room has beamed ceilings and arched windows, while a formal living room has filed floors, a tiled fireplace and a ceiling medallion surrounding a chandelier. The first floor also has a guest suite and a beamed billiards room with glass exterior doors.

The second floor has three guest bedrooms and a primary bedroom suite with a sitting area, fireplace, a balcony with 180-degree views and a spa-like bathroom, according to the listing.

The 0.44-acre lot also has lounge areas, a gunite infinity pool, a grassy yard and a barbecue. A separate two-car garage has a second-floor guest house with a gym and a full bathroom, permit records and listing shows.

The formal living room has filed floors, a tiled fireplace and a ceiling medallion surrounding a chandelier.

The tiled chef’s kitchen has an L-shaped black marble island and bar and backlit ceiling beams.

Rihanna, who is currently sporting a mullet hairstyle, is dating rapper A$AP Rocky. She wore a black Balenciaga cape-and-beanie ensemble to the Met Gala last week after finishing filming the Savage x Fenty Vol. 3 fashion show, which is set to release September 24 on Amazon Prime.

Fenty’s net worth is $1.7 billion according to Forbes, and her lingerie brand, Savage X Fenty, was recently valued at $1 billion. The perfume entrepreneur is known for scents like “Kilian Love, Don’t be shy” and “Fenty Eau de Parfum.” She also has her own line of leggings, a makeup empire and soon, fans hope, a haircare line.

The dining room has beamed ceilings and arched windows, while the formal a formal living room has filed floors, a tiled fireplace and a ceiling medallion surrounding a chandelier.

The primary bedroom suite has inset shelving and vast views.

The primary bedroom suite has its own sitting room.

The first floor also has a beamed billiards room with glass exterior doors

Jamie Lee Curtis Defends Scarlett Johansson Amid Lawsuit

Scarlett Johansson sued Disney for breach of contract in July after the company made Black Widow available on Disney+ at the same time as theaters

Jamie Lee Curtis is fiercely standing by Scarlett Johansson amid her lawsuit against Disney.

Curtis, 62, wrote a piece honoring Johansson, 36, for being named one of Time Magazine‘s 100 Most Influential People, where she threw her support behind the actress and accused Disney of using “manipulation.”

The actress, who played Black Widow for a decade before retiring from the role in June, sued Disney in July, alleging the company breached its contract with her by releasing Black Widow on the Disney+ streaming service (with Premier Access) at the same time it hit theaters.

In the blurb, Curtis began by writing, “I always felt a kinship with Scarlett Johansson because she was born on my birthday, in the year I was married.”

Curtis then praised the actress for the way she portrayed her mother, Janet Leigh, in the 2012 movie Hitchcock before outlining the year Johansson has had.

“I recently watched her own the screen as the Black Widow, who exacts revenge on a powerful figure who manipulates (emphasis on man) women to fight for him,” Curtis wrote. “And then I saw her brilliant response to a real-life manipulation (same emphasis), when she filed a breach-of-contract lawsuit against the studio, alleging its decision to release the film simultaneously in theaters and on streaming cost her substantial losses in pay.”

“Whether as an assassin with a conscience, an actor with an emotional center or, having just given birth to her second child, a fierce mother, the message is clear: Don’t f—- with this mama bear,” Curtis concluded.

Johansson’s Avengers costars Benedict Cumberbatch and Elizabeth Olsen have also supported the star in her lawsuit, as well as several other prominent figures in Hollywood.

Scarlett Johansson in Black Widow (2021)

CREDIT: FILM FRAME/MARVEL STUDIOS 2020

In citing manipulation, Curtis likely refers to Disney’s statement accusing Johansson of having a “callous disregard for the horrific and prolonged global effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Disney’s statement caused backlash, with several female-led groups in Hollywood accusing the company of using a “gendered character attack” in a joint release.

“While we take no position on the business issues in the litigation between Scarlett Johansson and The Walt Disney Company, we stand firmly against Disney’s recent statement which attempts to characterize Johansson as insensitive or selfish for defending her contractual business rights,” Women in Film, Los Angeles, ReFrame and TIME’S UP  wrote.

“This gendered character attack has no place in a business dispute and contributes to an environment in which women and girls are perceived as less able than men to protect their own interests without facing ad hominem criticism,” the statement concluded.

CREDIT: FILM FRAME © MARVEL 2016

In the suit, Johansson claims her contract with Disney’s Marvel Entertainment was for a guaranteed exclusive movie theater release and that her salary largely depended on the film’s box office performance. (Disney took in $372.3 million worldwide, including $67 million from Disney+, according to Box Office Mojo.)

“Disney intentionally induced Marvel’s breach of the agreement, without justification, in order to prevent Ms. Johansson from realizing the full benefit of her bargain with Marvel,” the suit said.

A Walt Disney Company spokesperson later released a statement blasting the lawsuit as meritless and claiming Disney had fully complied with Johansson’s contract.

“The lawsuit is especially sad and distressing in its callous disregard for the horrific and prolonged global effects of the COVID-19 pandemic,” the statement said.

The spokesperson also argued that the release of Black Widow on Disney+ had “significantly enhanced her ability to earn additional compensation on top of the $20M she has received to date.”

Kate Hudson Reacted To Her Son Trolling Her On Social Media

Kate Hudson‘s funniest critic might be right in her own home.

During the Sept. 14 episode of Late Night with Seth Meyers, the How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days alum confessed that her oldest son, 17-year-old Ryder Robinson, has a hilarious knack for poking fun at her wellness videos and social media posts.

As those following the actress may know, Kate has not only ventured into the fitness world with her own clothing brand, Fabletics, but she also shares wellness tips and products on her Instagram page. In fact, host Seth Meyers showed the actress a must-see reel of footage featuring Ryder imitating his famous mom.

“Hi guys, Kate Hudson here,” Ryder says in the video, with his mom standing beside him. “I know you know me because you follow me, I’m so funny.” And after explaining that he’s getting ready to make a “goji berry protein shake,” he then (as his mom of course) continued, “It’s delicious. I give it to my kids. They love it. My whole family loves it.”

After admitting that her oldest son’s impression is “fairly accurate,” the mom of three also added, “I mean, he’s also deeply funny. Ryder—I mean, he’s clearly gonna probably follow in the footsteps of family.” Those family footsteps would include Kate’s mom actress Goldie Hawn, stepdad Kurt Russell and her biological father, actor Bill Hudson.

“And I would say he’s probably the funniest in our family,” Kate gushed. “So, this is like every day for me. Nobody makes me laugh like Ryder, and he just constantly makes fun of me.”

And although Ryder certainly has his comedic skills, he isn’t the only one of Kate’s kids with their own specialty. The actress also revealed her 10-year-old son, Bing, is currently immersed in the stock market.

The Eyes of Tammy Faye’ Review: The Jessica Chastain and Andrew Garfield Show

It’s an odd thing to say at the beginning of any piece of writing, but I’ve always been fascinated by televangelism. I’ve never understood the highly lucrative movement of utilizing religion to serve the founder’s greed, yet I’ve seen many documentaries and read innumerable books on the subject. It’s the main reason why I was looking forward to seeing Michael Showalter’s latest film at the Toronto International Film Festival, The Eyes of Tammy Faye, based on the documentary of the same name by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato. Unfortunately, the hectic festival schedule prevented me from seeing the documentary beforehand. Still, the movie tells how Tammy Faye Bakker (Jessica Chastain) and her husband, Jim Bakker (Andrew Garfield), created their televangelism empire and swindled many viewers for money. Some donations from Praise the Lord Studios were used as hush money to keep a rape victim quiet or used to support the Bakker’s lavish expenses, plastic surgeries, and mink coats. And when The Eyes of Tammy Faye recreates many of PTL’s shows, with Chastain and Garfield magnifying the screen, this is where the film is at its strongest, but a lack of a precise end goal and a formulaic structure will ultimately prevent the movie from being as memorable as it should be.

In The Eyes of Tammy Faye, Jessica Chastain continues to prove why she’s one of the very best actresses working today. In her “Betty Boop voice” (as described by Garfield’s Jim), she gives one of the most compelling performances of the year as someone who believes she is doing good by spreading the Lord’s work but is entirely impervious by what Jim’s Empire is doing. She wants to sing and spread positivity in her messages. In contrast, Jim wants religion to be as radicalized and close-minded as his boss and mentor, Jerry Falwell (Vincent D’Onofrio), believes it should be. Falwell, a staunch conservative, opposes any interpretation of Bible verses as slightly progressive and believes the Church’s (or Ministry’s) role should fight any progressive/democrat regarding feminism and homosexuality. One of the best sequences of the entire film is when Tammy interviews an AIDS patient, in the hopes to show her audience that religion isn’t political and that we must learn to accept everyone as human beings, regardless of who they love, which party they support, or the mistakes they did in the past. But, of course, Falwell thinks this message is “problematic,” which will cause a significant rift between Tammy and her husband.

With minimal screentime as Jerry Falwell, D’Onofrio makes an equal impression as Chastain does the entire film. As soon as you see him arriving at Pat Robertson (Gabriel Olds)’s party, the smugness that’s on his face is unbelievable, and every audience member should hate him right then and there, even before he speaks of the fight against “the liberal agenda.” D’Onofrio is highly skilled, and it’s great to see him in a role that exploits his strengths as an actor, and he’s as much of an essential part of the film as its two leads are. Regardless if D’Onofrio and Garfield will appear in the MCU very soon, they’re both terrific in this film. Garfield, in particular, has had one hell of a year with Gia Coppola’s Mainstream, and now this (and maybe more in December…but…let’s not jump the gun just yet, even if there’s a 99.99% chance he will show up). Both characters (Link and Jim Bakker) are oddly similar in the way they approach the camera; it’s what gives them power. Look at the way Garfield looks at the camera in both films; they’re in total control of their audience and are an expert manipulator at creating a cult-like relationship with them. In The Eyes of Tammy Faye, he constantly asks them for money as he believes Jim and Tammy are the victims of “vicious attacks” by the mainstream media (this remind you of someone?), who are reporting facts on PTL’s dubious financial operations and allegations of accounting fraud, which puts the couple in a rather precarious position.

When the film explores these themes and puts Chastain and Garfield at the forefront of a lens, The Eyes of Tammy Faye more than succeeds in delivering an entertaining look at the shady operations of televangelism. But when it tries to develop its characters, the film falters in superficial character beats and predictable storylines. For example, as Jim becomes distant of Tammy’s needs, she finds comfort in recording artist Gary Paxton (Mark Wystrach) and begins to have an affair with him. If you’ve seen any biopic with that storyline, where a character will start getting addicted to drugs and become more volatile through their marital relationship, you’ve seen The Eyes of Tammy Faye. And as much as the film’s aesthetic (and gorgeous cinematography from Mike Gioulakis, who continues to be a driving force in film photography) and performances keep us engaged, the movie’s script is filled with so many half-baked character beats and a paint-by-numbers biopic structure. As a result, it becomes pretty hard to stay invested as the film becomes riddled with dramatic clichés and sequences that only serve to cover as much as possible on Tammy Faye and Jim Bakker’s life, instead of delivering a compelling portrait of two of the most fascinating individuals that put the word “televangelism” on the mainstream.

Because without Tammy Faye and Jim Bakker’s exploitation of the televisual lens, televangelism wouldn’t have likely skyrocketed and became such a captivating subject as it is today, with millions of devout fans tuning into their favorite televangelical channels to receive a warped vision of the Bible based on their political ideologies. But the film barely explores the impact of televangelism, not only on mainstream viewers who are looking for channels that essentially confirm their way of thinking but also on religion as a whole. For example, if you’ve ever been to a catholic mass, no Priest will ever tell you to pledge money for their church. You do it if you want to, but the peer pressure Tammy and Jim brought to their viewers by utilizing media articles, Tammy’s painful spiral into darkness, and other elements of their lives to swindle viewers of money so they can pay for their expensive lifestyle created one of the most engaging and bewildering stories of past forty years.

It’s just a shame that the film delves into superficiality instead of crafting two characters in which the audience can invest themselves. That being said, both Chastain and Garfield have loads of fun playing Tammy Faye and Jim and share terrific chemistry. I wouldn’t be surprised if Chastain gets nominated for an Academy Award due to her performance, and she could potentially be one of the frontrunners to win the Award. However, the competition is fierce with Kristen Stewart in Spencer, who may take top honors this year. Regardless of who you’re rooting for, the competition will be exciting come to Awards Season, and if you want to see a pure actor’s picture, then look no further than The Eyes of Tammy Faye. Though if you’re looking for something more substantial, with better-developed characters and performances, then the latest adaptation of Maria Chapdelaine may do the trick for you.

The Eyes of Tammy Faye is now playing in theatres everywhere.

Lil Nas X Explains The Meaning Behind His Met Gala Looks

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Lil Nas X continues to make style statements everywhere he goes.

The Montero artist, 22, arrived at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala on Monday evening in not one, not two but three head-turning looks, styled by Hodo Musa.

He made a grand entrance on the red carpet, draped in a regal gold velvety cloak with a long train, which was fit for a king. Next, Lil Nas X removed his cape on the carpet, revealing a full gold suit of armor underneath, which was complemented with a pair of gold earrings and some subtle gold winged eyeliner.

For his final look of the evening, the performer wore a fitted, long-sleeve black jumpsuit with a plunging zipper, all covered in sparkling gold jewels. He paired the look with black combat boots and accessorized it with a gold choker.

“How did I decide to get this look? Well, it was about three different looks,” he told Keke Palmer on the red carpet during Vogue‘s livestream. He said after he took off his “amour,” then, “We got to sexy. You know, we got really sexy slutty.”

Asked how he has the freedom to express his vision, Lil Nas X noted that “COVID let me get a lot of time to think and learn to block people’s thoughts about what I have to do… [I] just like, realized we only get one chance to do this.”

This year’s gala celebrates the museum’s two-part exhibit, kicking off with In America: A Lexicon of Fashion on Sept. 18 and In America: An Anthology of Fashion on May 5, 2022. According to Vogue and exhibit organizers, part one will “celebrate The Costume Institute’s 75th anniversary and explore a modern vocabulary of American fashion.”

Be sure to check out all of PEOPLE’s Met Gala coverage to get the latest news on fashion’s biggest night.

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, this year’s Met Gala event organizers have issued a vaccination mandate and mask requirement (all guests are expected to wear a mask indoors except when eating or drinking), a spokesperson for The Met confirmed to PEOPLE.

Lil Nas X stepped out a day prior in another statement-making style, arriving to the 2021 MTV VMAs in an off-the-shoulder lilac Atelier Versace blazer with floor-length train, paired with matching pants all covered in crystal embroidery, plus purple boots.

See who won at the 2021 MTV VMAs

Justin Bieber leads this year’s list of nominees with seven, followed by Megan Thee Stallion with six nods. Billie Eilish, BTS, Doja Cat, Drake, Giveon, Lil Nas X and Olivia Rodrigo, a first time nominee, each earned five nominations.
Below is a list of nominees. Check back for winners throughout the night.

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

 
 
Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion — “WAP”
DJ Khaled ft. Drake — “POPSTAR” (Starring Justin Bieber)
Doja Cat ft. SZA — “Kiss Me More”
Ed Sheeran — “Bad Habits”
Lil Nas X — “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)” *WINNER
The Weeknd — “Save Your Tears”

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Ariana Grande
Doja Cat
Justin Bieber *WINNER
Megan Thee Stallion
Olivia Rodrigo
Taylor Swift

SONG OF THE YEAR

24kGoldn ft. iann dior — “Mood”
Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic — “Leave The Door Open”
BTS — “Dynamite”
Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion — “WAP”
Dua Lipa — “Levitating”
Olivia Rodrigo — “drivers license” *WINNER
 

BEST NEW ARTIST

24kGoldn
Giveon
The Kid LAROI
Olivia Rodrigo *WINNER
Polo G
Saweetie
 

PUSH PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR

September 2020: Wallows — “Are You Bored Yet?”
October 2020: Ashnikko — “Daisy”
November 2020: SAINt JHN — “Gorgeous”
December 2020: 24kGoldn — “Coco”
January 2021: JC Stewart — “Break My Heart”
February 2021: Latto — “Sex Lies” — RCA Records
March 2021: Madison Beer — “Selfish”
April 2021: The Kid LAROI — “WITHOUT YOU”
May 2021: Olivia Rodrigo — “drivers license” *WINNER
June 2021: girl in red “Serotonin”
July 2021: Fousheé — “my slime”
August 2021: jxdn — “Think About Me”
 

BEST COLLABORATION

24kGoldn ft. iann dior — “Mood”
Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion — “WAP”
Doja Cat ft. SZA — “Kiss Me More” *WINNER
Drake ft. Lil Durk — “Laugh Now Cry Later”
Justin Bieber ft. Daniel Caesar, Giveon — “Peaches”
Miley Cyrus ft. Dua Lipa — “Prisoner”

GROUP OF THE YEAR

Blackpink
BTS *WINNER
CNCO
Foo Fighters
Jonas Brothers
Maroon 5
Bruno Mars / Anderson .Paak / Silk Sonic
Twenty One Pilots
 

BEST POP

Ariana Grande — “positions”
Billie Eilish — “Therefore I Am”
BTS — “Butter” — BIGHIT MUSIC
Harry Styles — “Treat People With Kindness”
Justin Bieber ft. Daniel Caesar, Giveon — “Peaches” *WINNER
Olivia Rodrigo — “good 4 u”
Shawn Mendes — “Wonder”
Taylor Swift — “willow”
 

BEST HIP-HOP

Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion — “WAP”
Drake ft. Lil Durk — “Laugh Now Cry Later”
Lil Baby ft. Megan Thee Stallion — “On Me (remix)”
Moneybagg Yo — “Said Sum”
Polo G — “RAPSTAR”
Travis Scott ft. Young Thug & M.I.A. — “FRANCHISE” *WINNER
 

BEST ROCK

Evanescence — “Use My Voice”
Foo Fighters — “Shame Shame”
John Mayer — “Last Train Home” *WINNER
The Killers — “My Own Soul’s Warning”
Kings Of Leon — “The Bandit”
Lenny Kravitz — “Raise Vibration”
 

BEST ALTERNATIVE

Bleachers — “Stop Making This Hurt”
Glass Animals — “Heat Waves”
Imagine Dragons — “Follow You”
Machine Gun Kelly ft. Blackbear — “My Ex’s Best Friend” *WINNER
Twenty One Pilots — “Shy Away” — Fueled By Ramen
WILLOW ft. Travis Barker — “t r a n s p a r e n t s o u l”
 

BEST LATIN

Bad Bunny x Jhay Cortez — “Dákiti”
Billie Eilish & ROSALÍA — “Lo Vas A Olvidar” *WINNER
Black Eyed Peas and Shakira — “GIRL LIKE ME”
J. Balvin, Dua Lipa, Bad Bunny, Tainy — “UN DIA (ONE DAY)”
Karol G — “Bichota”
Maluma — “Hawái”
 

BEST R&B

Beyoncé, Blue Ivy, SAINt JHN, WizKid — “BROWN SKIN GIRL”
Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic — “Leave The Door Open” *WINNER
Chris Brown and Young Thug — “Go Crazy”
Giveon — “HEARTBREAK ANNIVERSARY”
H.E.R. ft. Chris Brown — “Come Through”
SZA — “Good Days”
 

BEST K-POP

(G)I-DLE — “DUMDi DUMDi”
BLACKPINK and Selena Gomez — “Ice Cream”
BTS — “Butter” *WINNER
Monsta X — “Gambler”
SEVENTEEN — “Ready to love”
TWICE — “Alcohol-Free”
 

VIDEO FOR GOOD

Billie Eilish — “Your Power” *WINNER
Demi Lovato — “Dancing With The Devil”
H.E.R. — “Fight For You”
Kane Brown — “Worldwide Beautiful”
Lil Nas X — “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)”
Pharrell Williams ft. JAY-Z — “Entrepreneur”
 

BEST DIRECTION

Billie Eilish — “Your Power” — Directed by: Billie Eilish
DJ Khaled ft. Drake — “POPSTAR (Starring Justin Bieber)” — Directed by: Julien Christian Lutz aka Director X
Lil Nas X — “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)” — Directed by: Lil Nas X and Tanu Muino *WINNER
Taylor Swift — “willow” — Directed by: Taylor Swift
Travis Scott ft. Young Thug & M.I.A — “Franchise” — Directed by: Travis Scott
Tyler, The Creator — “LUMBERJACK” — Directed by: Wolf Haley
 

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Beyoncé, Blue Ivy, SAINt JHN, WizKid — “BROWN SKIN GIRL” — Cinematography by: Benoit Soler, Malik H. Sayeed, MOHAMMAED ATTA AHMED, Santiago Gonzalez, Ryan Helfant *WINNER
Billie Eilish — “Therefore I Am” — Cinematography by: Rob Witt
Foo Fighters — “Shame Shame” — Cinematography by: Santiago Gonzalez
Justin Bieber ft. Chance The Rapper — “Holy” — Cinematography by: Elias Talbot
Lady Gaga — “911” — Cinematography by: Jeff Cronenweth
Lorde — “Solar Power” — Cinematography by: Andrew Stroud

BEST ART DIRECTION

Beyoncé, Shatta Wale, Major Lazer — “ALREADY” — Art Direction by: Susan Linns, Gerard Santos
Ed Sheeran — “Bad Habits” — Art Direction by: Alison Dominitz
Lady Gaga — “911” — Art Direction by: Tom Foden, Peter Andrus
Lil Nas X — “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)” — Art Direction by: John Richoux
Saweetie ft. Doja Cat: “Best Friend” — Art Direction by: Alec Contestabile *WINNER
Taylor Swift — “willow” — Art Direction by: Ethan Tobman, Regina Fernandez
 

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Bella Poarch — “Build A Bitch” — Visual Effects by: Andrew Donoho, Denhov Visuals, Denis Strahhov, Rein Jakobson, Vahur Kuusk, Tatjana Pavlik, Yekaterina Vetrova
Coldplay — “Higher Power” — Visual Effects by: Mathematic
Doja Cat & The Weeknd — “You Right” — Visual Effects by: La Pac, Anthony Lestremau, Julien Missaire, Petr Shkolniy, Alexi Bailla, Micha Sher, Antoine Hache, Mikros MPC, Nicolas Huget, Guillaume Ho Tsong Fang, Benjamin Lenfant, Stephane Pivron, MPC Bangalore, Chanakya Chander, Raju Ganesh, David Rouxel
Glass Animals — “Tangerine” — Visual Effects by: Ronan Fourreau
Lil Nas X — “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)” — Visual Effects by: Mathematic *WINNER
P!NK — “All I Know So Far” — Visual Effects by: Dave Meyers, Freenjoy Inc

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY

Ariana Grande — “34+35” — Choreography by: Brian Nicholson & Scott Nicholson
BTS — “Butter” –Choreography by: SON SUNG DEUK With BHM PERFORMANCE DIRECTING TEAM
Ed Sheeran — “Bad Habits” — Choreography by: Natricia Bernard
Foo Fighters — “Shame Shame” — Choreography by: Nina McNeely
Harry Styles — “Treat People With Kindness” — Choreography by: Paul Roberts *WINNER
Marshmello & Halsey — “Be Kind” — Choreography by: Dani Vitale
 

BEST EDITING

Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic — “Leave The Door Open” — Editing by: Troy Charbonnet *WINNER
BTS — “Butter” — Editing by: Yong Seok Choi from Lumpens
Drake — “What’s Next” — Editing by: Noah Kendal
Harry Styles — “Treat People With Kindness” — Editing by: Claudia Wass
Justin Bieber ft. Daniel Caesar, Giveon — “Peaches” — Editing by: Mark Mayr, Vinnie Hobbs
Miley Cyrus ft. Dua Lipa — “Prisoner”
 

Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott: Relationship Timeline

Hot and cold! Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott have had their fair share of ups and downs throughout their relationship, but they always seem to find their way back to each other.

The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star and the rapper went public with their romance at Coachella in April 2017, just weeks after she split from her boyfriend of four years, Tyga. The pair welcomed their daughter, Stormi, in February 2018.

After more than two years together, Us Weekly confirmed that the couple was taking a break from their romance. “Kylie and Travis have been on and off at various times throughout their relationship,” a source explained in October 2019, shortly after news broke of their split. “Kylie still loves Travis and this isn’t considered a full breakup to either of them.”

A second insider told Us at the time that the pair had never had a “traditional relationship” but were “very much in love” before deciding to take a break.

Even during their time apart, the Kylie Cosmetics founder and Grammy nominee remained close and were committed to working together to raise their daughter. The couple made such a great team that even their close friends were rallying for them to reconcile and could “see them getting back together at some point in the future.”

Jenner gushed over the strong coparenting relationship she had with the “Butterfly Effect” rapper during an interview with Harper’s Bazaar in March 2020. “We’re, like, best friends,” she said of Scott at the time. “We both love [our daughter] Stormi and want what’s best for her. We stay connected and coordinated. I think about [my parents, Kris Jenner and Caitlyn Jenner], in situations with Stormi, what they would do. They were very hands-on with me, and I want the same for Stormi.”

Later that month, multiple outlets confirmed that the pair were back together. Entertainment Tonight reported that the reality TV personality and her former flame had been seeing each other for about a month, while a source told In Touch that they were taking things slow due to Jenner’s trust issues.

Kylie’s nephew Mason Disick denied the rumors, however. “No, Kylie and Travis are not back together, he said in a March 2020 Instagram live.

In the year that followed, the duo focused on coparenting their daughter amid the COVID-19 pandemic. In May 2021, they were spotted looking cozy when Kylie attended one of Travis’ concerts at Liv Nightclub in Miami.

“They were visibly together and definitely seemed to be enjoying themselves and each other’s company,” an eyewitness told Us exclusively.

Us confirmed in August 2021 that the on-again, off-again couple are expecting baby No. 2. “She has been trying for almost two years to get pregnant,” a source exclusively told Us at the time.

Scroll down to see the complete timeline of Jenner and Scott’s relationship.

‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’: One of the best Marvel Action Movies!

Photo by Jasin Boland. ©Marvel Studios 2021.

Someone will have to do the actual math (and I don’t doubt that someone will), but if Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings isn’t the most action-oriented movie of the Marvel Cinematic Universe thus far — purely in terms of ratio of time spent watching people beat each other up to time spent vamping in the interim — it has to rank somewhere near the top. This is saying a lot for a movie that does have a hefty dose of backstory to plow through, being a cross-generational, culture-forward origin story and family drama — a narrative with heavy lifts on the exposition front and a heap of traps to avoid on the cultural front.

But this is also as it should be. I do actually go to an Iron Man movie wanting to see Robert Downey Jr. be a wise-ass for two hours; if he has to do it from behind a mask for a few scenes, so be it. Put the likes of Michelle Yeoh and Tony Leung in a movie, on the other hand, and attach it to a kung-fu superhero, and my needs adjust accordingly. The promise of Shang-Chi, which is as much martial-arts movie as it is standard superhero origin fare, is that a lot of people will get their asses kicked: sometimes gracefully, even beautifully, and other times with the battering-ram power you can expect of a movie advertising 10 rings at play. (Frodo just had the one, and it was enough of a pain in the ass.)

Inevitably, someone wants to unleash great evil upon the world, and someone else wakes up one day to realize that it’s his fate, responsibility, and chore to be the guy who stops the other guy. The success of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, which was directed by indie filmmaker Destin Daniel Cretton (Short Term 12), is that it manages to do everything expected of it: set up a new and, for many, not terribly familiar (or, because of dated stereotypes, not always fondly remembered) superhero; break free of those aforementioned stereotypes by giving the cultural legacies at its center a little weight; satisfy audiences so used to the usual hero-journey theatrics of origin stories that phoning it in with “the usual” just won’t cut it anymore. And it accomplishes all of this efficiently and effectively enough that we indeed spend most of our time watching people duke it out on the sides of skyscrapers, in underground fighting rings, on San Francisco public transit, and elsewhere. It’s a good movie. It’s got a plausibly fearsome villain by way of Leung, a nice ensemble of heroic personalities (played by Simu Liu, Meng’er Zhang, Yeoh — even Awkwafina gets in a good kill when it counts), and a dose of actually-poignant family drama undergirding all the rest. The rest — a forest maze that collapses in on people, dragons, souls getting sucked out of bodies, roles for women that are more than the standard gender-flipping lip-service — is a cherry on top.

It’s probably best to leave the intricacies of the life of Xu Shang-Chi (Liu) to the movie. Suffice it to say he and his sister, Xu Xialing (Zhang), descend from a legacy of power and myth. In one corner, there’s their mother, Ying Li (Fala Chen), guardian of the hidden village Ta Lo, which, buried in deep in a forest, happens to be all that stands between humanity and its imminent destruction. In the other corner: their father, Xu Wenwu (Leung), a centuries-old warrior who, empowered by a mythical set of bangles known as the Ten Rings, has been able to hoard money and power, fucking around with governments, building his own army and the like, for years and years. He can’t be defeated. Then he sets out to find Ta Lo, the last frontier for a man who has everything. There, he meets Mom. And, in one of the movie’s most pleasurable scenes — a leaf-strewn bit of pleasing wuxia fighting intercut with “I think I’m in love with this woman” close-ups — he gets his ass handed to him for the first time in centuries.

Fast-forward to the present. Bad things have happened. Wenwu, who’d set aside his Ten Rings for love — which entails becoming mortal — has been given good reason to traipse back over to the dark side. And the kids that the couple had in the meantime, Shang-Chi (Shaun, to friends) and Xialing, have grown into masterful warriors in their own right — the young man because his father saw him as the direct heir to the Ten Rings, the young woman because her father’s lack of interest became, in a skewed way, an opportunity to train herself. And fend for herself. When we meet adult Shaun, he’s a hotel valet in San Fran pretending to be a normal guy, working alongside his girlfriend, Katy (Awkwafina), and contentedly failing to make anything of himself. Xialing, meanwhile, runs a fighting ring in Macau. The siblings are estranged.

Things are not allowed to remain that way, of course. Fates must be confronted. Legacies wrestled with at long last. Part of the fun of Shang-Chi is that it goes through these motions with an actual sense of interest in them. The obvious setup of the thwarted daughter, the never-heir, finally getting to have her say doesn’t just end there; it becomes a way of exploring an entire maternal legacy akin to its own equally powerful way of being and fighting. The bad-dad routine — unusually compelling, thanks to Leung — grows more menacing with time, gnawing at Shang-Chi’s sense of who he can even become given the things he’s done and seen.

I had a blast watching Shang-Chi, which arrived exclusively in theaters on Friday, September 3, and I spent most of the time after my screening wishing for more. It could have been longer. Maybe there’s a director’s cut. Or, maybe this is the darned good launch of an entirely new film franchise, and this film is merely meant to set up the even more fully rounded sequel(s). Whatever the case, that’s a decidedly better way to leave theaters than being bored, annoyed, or otherwise shaken out of a good moviegoing experience by bad writing, acting, and directing decisions.

Shang-Chi seems driven by an apparent top-down directive to fortify a new class of mystical superheroes while sticking to Marvel’s guns of inclusion and fully rounded character development. The result is good news for anyone looking for a mix of refreshing surprises and comfort food in their superhero tentpole films. Plus, this superhero big screen debut delivers enough “holy whoa” moments to make any viewer feel like a kid again.

“I’m the Asian Jeff Gordon”

In terms of cinematic transformations from the comics, Shang-Chi‘s is more severe than other Marvel Cinematic Universe characters. Instead of loudly aping all things Bruce Lee, like the character’s original 1970s ink-and-paper version, today’s Shang-Chi (played by Simu Liu, Kim’s Convenience) dances between straightforward Chinese martial arts and the ancient, barely understood powers of a series of magical rings, meant to be worn five on each arm. (The film also punts much of the comic series’ Fu Manchu lineage, in ways that nobody new to the series would ever notice.)

The character Shang-Chi begins his film nowhere near said rings, thanks to his father controlling them. At the outset, Shang-Chi rejects his powerful origins, so much so that we get to know him as a mild-mannered car valet who does not sneak out at night to fight crime. It’s at this job in modern-day San Francisco that he pals around with party-loving Katy (played by Awkwafina, The Farewell), who catches flak from her family for falling short of high expectations.

A chance encounter pulls Shang-Chi right back into his family’s business, though. Katy, flabbergasted to find out that her valet buddy has been a secret martial arts dynamo the whole time, insists on being part of the ride. And that leads the duo across the world—and beyond.

That brief, spoiler-free summary tiptoes around the family drama you can expect from Shang-Chi, but suffice it to say that the film’s heart beats its loudest and fullest when mother and father figure heavily into this hero’s story. In particular, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung (Chungking ExpressThe Grandmaster) brings his legendary film career to bear in his turn as one of the most hypnotizing personalities ever seen in a modern Marvel film. “Villain” doesn’t do his performance justice.

There’s truly no greater kryptonite to a powerful hero than disenchantment with a parent—or a child, for that matter—and Leung is fascinating here as a brooding-yet-loyal father. Leung’s performance hums with the slow burn of a father for whom nothing is ever good enough, and he radiates an unforgettably condescending aura, off which his co-stars feed ravenously.

Sometimes, a film can drag while trying to reflect characters’ cultural origins, yet Shang-Chi benefits from its own emphasis. Katy, Shang-Chi, and his sister Xialing (Meng’er Zhang) each grapple with Chinese family expectations that run counter to how they live their lives, whether in America or abroad. Yet director and co-writer Destin Daniel Cretton (The Glass Castle) is careful not to tie those issues up with cute, family-friendly bows. Shang-Chi in particular takes his conflict with his father to the very end of the film, stumbling and revolting at all turns, and it adds a rare heft to a Marvel film’s central conflict. Awkwafina is clearly here to chew scenery with comic relief, yet even her workload is tasteful here—and her character gets a development payoff by film’s end, to boot.

Cast nitpicks, action-scene acclaim

Sadly, the film misses a few opportunities to buttress its characters’ inspirations and origin stories. I would have savored another 5-10 minutes of Wenwu and Shang-Chi’s fraught relationship on the screen, if only because we only begin to see Simu Liu come into his own as a titular star at the very end of this duo’s screen time. And the family matriarch (Fala Chen, The Undoing) seems to have her on-screen time cut a bit too short, mostly because of how handily her performance neutralizes the character of Wenwu. Also, if you’re forcing me to keep score, Zhang’s turn as Xialing is shortchanged by the script, as the character has little to do beyond brood in her brother’s shadow—not a dealbreaker, but worth noting.

Still, the overall quality of the film’s plot and human connections is quite high, and from that foundation, Shang-Chi launches some seriously memorable action sequences.

At their best, Shang-Chi’s fight scenes toy with visual expectations in ways that emulate some of modern Chinese cinema’s finest. One character commands the wind in sync with their motions—giddily recalling and building upon the aerial wonder of Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. Another trades brutal blows inside of a high-speed bus, and the resulting brutality feels like a PG-13, Disney version of Police Story. Still another sequence decides that the construction catwalks on the edge of a skyscraper are a good place to flip between wooden planks on multiple levels and kick the crap out of anything that moves; it’s a scene paying homage in both humor and bombast to the directorial likes of Stephen Chow.

That list doesn’t even touch upon the film’s massive, climactic fight, which explodes thanks to a frantic ring-on-ring melee light show. It only gets bigger from there.

Good butt-kickings with a strong family foundation, whether that family is unified or dysfunctional: Shang-Chi nails this idea in ways that are truly unique to the superhero film canon. Quite frankly, I can’t think of other Chinese martial arts films that mix family chaos, beautifully staged action, and a new hero’s fantastical origin story this impeccably, either. Shang-Chi is exactly the blast I was hoping for ahead of next year’s massive Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Dare I let one good Marvel film make me optimistic about next year’s oft-hyped, cameo-filled series-synergy extravaganza?

Beanie Feldstein And Jonah Hill: Siblings with Different Last Names

When Superbad star Jonah Hill showed up to the premiere of Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut and instant teen classic, Booksmart, wearing a jacket embroidered with “beanie’s brother,” (via GQ) there were two distinct reactions. First and foremost, how cool was it that Hill, the better-known actor of the brother-sister duo, used the moment to shout out his sister, Beanie Feldstein, whose part in the movie was only her second major role following Lady Bird. However, there was also widespread confusion. 

Many social media users had no idea these two were related. In fact, as PopSugar notes, when Feldstein subsequently rocked up to that year’s Golden Globes and expressed her happiness over her big bro’s engagement news, Twitter was sent into a tailspin as commenters cried out for reassurance they weren’t the only ones who didn’t realize they were siblings. The fact Hill and Feldstein don’t have the same surname doesn’t help matters, of course, so what’s the deal? Are they really siblings or is it more of a White Stripes situation?

The super close siblings are actually both Feldsteins

In an interview with Us Weekly, Feldstein described her brother as her BFF, admitting, “We are constantly found heart-to-hearting in a corner at a family engagement.” The duo is so close Hill got his sister’s name tattooed on his arm in 2018, proudly showing off the results on Instagram. As HuffPost advises, the siblings are a decade apart in age and are both Feldsteins, but Hill goes by his middle name. Their mother worked as a costume designer, while Dad was Guns ‘N’ Roses’ accountant, so the kids grew up on the Hollywood fringes (via The Guardian). Although we don’t know for sure, it stands to reason Hill wanted a chance to make it on his own merits rather than relying on the family name, when he was first starting out — that or he really hates his last name (in a previous interview with The Guardian, the actor freezes up completely when the subject is raised). 

Regardless, the siblings are incredibly close, with Feldstein even revealing during an appearance on fellow actor Justin Long’s podcast that Hill hilariously used to call her Dexter because she was “a serial killer” in relationships (via Cheat Sheet). They’ve also been fans of each other forever, with the Booksmart star admitting during an interview with her big bro for Interview magazine that she’d loved his stuff since hearing it coming from his bedroom as a toddler. Hill, meanwhile, acknowledged simply, “Everyone who meets Beanie is a fan.” 

Jonah Hill Makes A Powerful Statement About Body Acceptance



For all our lofty talk about self-acceptance and not judging people based on looks, the truth is that weight discrimination is still very much alive. Sports Illustrated began featuring plus-size model Hunter McGrady in its celebrated swimsuit issue (via Page Six), but the rest of the pages look like they’re packed with size-0 women. It’s still considered news when celebs like Rebel Wilson drop dress sizes, or when stars “lose the baby weight” after pregnancy in a ridiculously short time – as if new moms have nothing better to do than go to the gym two hours a day. And movies and TV series are still primarily the domain of the thin; actors of a certain size appear as the wisecracking buddy, the oddball loner, or the bullied kid who’s nobly befriended by the star. 

There’s one actor who refuses to be fat-shamed any longer. Despite being an established Hollywood actor/writer/director/producer with two Oscar nominations to his credit and a design partnership with Adidas (via GQ), Jonah Hill still gets attention for his size. If he loses weight, he gets hailed (as when he toned up in 2017, per Men’s Journal); if he doesn’t, the snarking starts. When one tabloid recently took a potshot at Hill, he responded with class and courage.

Jonah Hill spoke out for “the kids who don’t take their shirt off at the pool”


The British tab Daily Mail is known for printing candid shots of celebs going about their day, frequently commenting on their appearance. When Hill recently went surfing in Malibu, the paper made a point of showing him with his shirt off as he toweled dry – a shot that seemed more aimed at shaming his body than at highlighting his tattoos.

Hill posted the image and headline on his Instagram account, along with a powerful message. He spoke about his “childhood insecurities” about his body, which were “exacerbated by years of mockery about my body by press and interviewers.” He went on to say, “I’m 37 and finally love and accept myself,” refusing to be “[fazed]” by the media’s continued attempts to ridicule his looks. Hill concluded that he wasn’t out for praise or sympathy; he spoke out “for the kids who don’t take their shirt off at the pool. Have fun. You’re wonderful and awesome and perfect. All my love.”

Among the million-plus (!) likes to the post were responses by Justin Timberlake, Johnny Knoxville, Andy Cohen, and FKA Twigs. Judd Apatow said, “When I take my shirt off at the beach, it still looks like I am wearing a shirt…or a sweater. Now I will show it off with pride!” Rashida Jones praised his “King energy.” Proud sister Beanie Feldstein said, “You’re the best in the world and i love you.” 

Kylie Jenner Is Ready For Round 2-Pregnancy!

Kylie Jenner is ready for round two!

The beauty mogul, 24, announced on Instagram Tuesday that she and Travis Scott are expecting their second child together.

In a sweet video announcing the news, Kylie holds up a positive pregnancy test before the clip cuts to Scott, 30, hugging her stomach. Next, the proud parents get in the car with their 3-year-old daughter Stormi for an OBGYN appointment. Kylie and Scott beam as the doctor tells them that the baby is “a couple of days away from a heartbeat.”

The 90-second clip also features the moment that Kylie (with the help of Stormi) told her mom Kris Jenner that she is once again expecting.

After Stormi hands Kris an envelope with some ultrasound photos, the proud grandma exclaims: “Wait a second…are you pregnant? Stormi, we’re gonna have a baby! This is one of the happiest days of my life!”

CREDIT: KYLIE JENNER/INSTAGRAM

Later in the video, Kylie celebrates her 24th birthday with her family and finally hears her baby’s heartbeat at another ultrasound. The video concludes with an adorable shot of Stormi kissing her mom’s growing baby belly.

Kylie kept the caption of her post simple, opting for just a white heart and a pregnant woman emoji. She also tagged Scott.

Travis Scott and Kylie Jenner
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Her sisters shared their excitement for the newest addition to the Kardashian-Jenner clan in the comments. “Crying this is so beautiful my blessed angel sister ” Kourtney Kardashian wrote.

“Crying!!!!” Kim Kardashian added, while Kendall Jenner commented: “i can’t handle it

Last month, multiple sources confirmed to PEOPLE that Kylie and Travis Scott are expecting their second child together. The pair recently got back together after splitting in October 2019.

“Kylie is a few months along. She has a cute bump. She is beyond excited,” a source told PEOPLE at the time, adding that the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star had been spending time with loved ones away from the public eye during her early pregnancy.

“She has been wanting to give Stormi a sibling for a while. She loves being a mom. She is thrilled that she and Travis are pregnant again,” the source said. “She has been enjoying her pregnancy in private. She has only spent time with close friends and family.”

Kylie, who welcomed Stormi in February 2018, has long been candid about her hopes for more kids.

High School Graduate Receives Portrait of Her with Late Brother

In April last year, she told best friend Stassie Karanikolaou during an Instagram Live that she saw herself having “seven kids down the line, but not right now.” That October, she told James Charles in a YouTube video that she thought about having another baby “every day.”

“I want more so bad. I actually think about it every day, I just still don’t know when,” she said at the time. “I’m not planning, I don’t have time for that to happen. You can’t, like, not want more almost. Being a parent, though, is stressful, to do the right thing at all times.”

Travis Scott, Kylie Jenner and Stormi
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While Jenner and Scott remained friendly after their breakup and continued to co-parent Stormi, a source told PEOPLE in June that the pair had recently become even closer.

“Although they always got along, there is a different energy between them now,” the source said. “Kylie and Travis are very close again. … They never put any pressure on their relationship. The focus was always on being the best co-parents. They still keep separated homes in Los Angeles because this is what works for them.”