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Britney Spears rips Diane Sawyer for 'making me cry' in 2003 interview
Britney Spears has a message for Diane Sawyer: "Kiss my white a--." The pop star on Instagram slammed Sawyer over a primetime interview she conducted with her in 2003, following Spears' breakup with Justin Timberlake. Sawyer told Spears she "broke his heart," also asking if she had an addiction to shopping. "What was with the 'You're in the wrong' approach?? Geeze ... and making me cry???" Spears wrote. Spears also claimed her manager "put that woman in my home and made me talk to her on national television." She said she was "in shock" after her split with Timberlake and "never spoke to anyone for a very long time," but she alleged she was "forced" to talk to Sawyer. In the interview, Sawyer also asked Spears if she's a woman or a girl, and almost 20 years later, Spears offered a response: "'Ma'am I'm a catholic slut!!!"
James Cameron wonders if his 'Avatar' sequels will 'make any damn money'
James Cameron has spent the last decade of his life working on sequels to Avatar, though even he's not fully confident we'll all rush out to see them. Cameron chatted with Entertainment Weekly about the not one, but four sequels to Avatar he's got on the way, the first of which is allegedly set to arrive next year. But given how much the theatrical landscape has changed since the 2009 movie became the top-grossing film ever, Cameron told EW, "The big issue is: Are we going to make any damn money?" That would be an issue, yes! Cameron continued, "Big, expensive films have got to make a lot of money. We're in a new world post-COVID, post-streaming. Maybe those [box office] numbers will never be seen again. Who knows? It's all a big roll of the dice." When Spider-Man: No Way Home makes approximately one gazillion dollars this weekend, maybe he'll feel better.
Kim Kardashian says there's 'no possibility of saving' Kanye West marriage
Sorry, Ye: it looks like Kim Kardashian won't be running back to you anytime soon. Kardashian has filed new court documents in her divorce from Kanye West, which say that since she originally filed for divorce in February, she has "reached out to [West] and his counsel several times in an attempt to move this case forward to a speedy and amicable resolution," but West "has been non-responsive." The documents also say that the marriage has "irremediably broken down," that "there is no possibility of saving the marriage through counseling or other means," and that "no counseling or reconciliation effort will be of any value at this time." Kardashian is seeking to be declared legally single, though West is still publicly asking her to take him back, singing at a recent concert, "I need you to run right back to me, baby!"
Leonardo DiCaprio 'had a problem' with Meryl Streep nude scene in 'Don't Look Up'
Meryl Streep was totally down for having her character appear nude in Don't Look Up, though Leonardo DiCaprio wasn't so sure about it. In an interview with The Guardian, director Adam McKay was asked about a moment in which Streep's character is seen naked — though it's actually a body double — and he revealed that DiCaprio "had a problem with it." He "just views Meryl as film royalty," McKay explained, and he "didn't like seeing her with the lower back tattoo, walking for a second naked." So DiCaprio actually asked McKay, "Do you really need to show that?" McKay made the case for the scene, though, telling DiCaprio it's Streep's character who's naked, not her. As for Streep, according to McKay, "She didn't even blink. She didn't even bring it up."
'Return of the Jedi' and 'Fellowship of the Ring' added to the Library of Congress
It's official: The Fellowship of the Ring is as culturally relevant as Shrek. The National Film Registry on Tuesday announced the latest 25 films that will be preserved in the Library of Congress because they're "culturally, historically, or aesthetically" significant. Among the movies joining the list are Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, WALL-E, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, and A Nightmare on Elm Street. This comes after last year's list of inductees included The Dark Knight, The Hurt Locker, and yes, Shrek. The original Star Wars was already preserved by the Library of Congress years ago, though if only one of Return of the Jedi's Jabba's Palace scenes had included "All Star," perhaps it might have gotten in sooner.