The daily gossip: Kristen Stewart raves about playing Princess Diana, Lil Nas X has a pregnancy shoot for his album, and more
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Kristen Stewart raves that playing Princess Diana made her feel 'taller'
To quote the great theater practitioner Konstantin Stanislavski, "Every person who is really an artist desires to create inside of himself another, deeper, more interesting life than the one that actually surrounds him." He might have added "taller life" to that list of desires, too. Speaking with Variety, Kristen Stewart, the 5'5" actress who embodies Princess Diana in the forthcoming biopic Spencer, said she got "more pleasure in my physicality making this movie than I have on anything. I felt more free and alive and able to move — and taller, even." Spencer screened early for critics Friday at the Venice Film Festival, and Stewart earned rave reviews for her performance: Variety wrote that she "doesn't just do an impersonation ... she transforms." A whole five inches, too, apparently, since the late Princess of Wales was reportedly 5'10".
Lil Nas X welcomes his baby … album
Lil Nas X is expecting … an album! The musician promoted his forthcoming debut, Montero, with an all-out pregnancy photo shoot, lovingly cradling his "bump" and gazing softly at the camera from beneath his flower crown. Lil Nas X explained that he got the idea from Megan Thee Stallion's verse on his new song "Dolla Sign Slime": "I was like, 'Oh my God, this is amazing,' so I immediately called my stylist," he told People. "She was like, 'Wow, this all comes together. Your album. Your baby.' I was like, 'Yeah, this is my baby, huh?' As a joke, she was like, 'Yeah, you should do a pregnancy shoot.' I was like, 'You know what? That's actually brilliant.'" Lil Nas X stressed, though, that his pregnancy isn't an immaculate conception: "I guess I am the father as well as the mother," he said, "but I guess the producers who worked on it are like the dads too. Or maybe uncles."
Miles Teller allegedly tested positive for COVID-19, shut down production on The Offer
Miles Teller is an actor in a forthcoming drama series about the making of The Godfather, an alleged anti-vaxxer, and now supposedly a COVID-19 patient. Teller, who plays Godfather producer Albert S. Ruddy in the Paramount Plus series The Offer, reportedly refused to get vaccinated or tested for COVID-19 before showing up for production in Hollywood. He subsequently "brought the virus to the set and the whole set had to shut down," a studio insider told The Daily Mail. A publicist for Teller told The Daily Mail that "your facts are incorrect" but reportedly "declined to elaborate further," though a spokesperson for Paramount Television Studios confirmed to Deadline in late July that there was a positive test among "the cast and those interacting with them" and that "out of an abundance of caution, we have temporarily halted production." Teller is also slated to star in Top Gun: Maverick, so just wait until Tom Cruise gets a load of this.
Amid Kanye/Drake feud, Jay Z features on both rappers' albums
Kanye told Pusha T about Drake's secret son, Drake mocked Kanye, Kanye released Drake's address, and now the rappers are duking it out on the charts, having both released albums this week. While Drake, Kanye, and their fans may be in a tizzy, Jay Z has opted for the Switzerland route — he featured on Kanye's Donda, and Drake's Certified Lover Boy. Of course, the internet had jokes. But in the end, Jay Z clearly emerges as the winner of this years-long feud.
The Cambridges are 'very much a family of sailors'
Kate Middleton spent the summer in a particularly royal way: teaching her husband, Prince William, and their three children to sail. "They are very much a family of sailors now," a source told Vanity Fair. "Kate has always been a competent sailor and William's pretty good too." George and Charlotte are excellent swimmers, and the source noted they "had no qualms about jumping into the sea even if it was a bit fresh." Kate herself was taken on "sailing holidays" growing up, and we know the monarchy loves traditions, so expect the trend of "royals on boats" to continue for some time.