The daily gossip: Neve Campbell won't return for Scream sequel after salary dispute, Lori Harvey is 'moving on' from Michael B. Jordan, and more

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1. Neve Campbell declines to return for next 'Scream' film

Goodbye, Sidney. Neve Campbell won't return as Sidney Prescott in the upcoming sixth Scream film, making this the slasher series' first sequel without its iconic final girl. "As a woman I have had to work extremely hard in my career to establish my value, especially when it comes to Scream," Campbell told Deadline. "I felt the offer that was presented to me did not equate to the value I have brought to the franchise." When unconfirmed rumors previously suggested Campbell wouldn't be back, fans were disappointed, though some supported the idea of giving the character a rest considering her story seemed fairly wrapped up. But Campbell's brutally honest statement suggested this wasn't a creative decision as much as a classic contract dispute. And if Paramount thought it was going to underpay the Sidney Prescott, she had only one thing to say: not in my movie.


2. Lori Harvey is 'moving on' from Michael B. Jordan

Survey says ... see ya! Michael B. Jordan and Lori Harvey have broken up after less than two years together. The news was first reported over the weekend, and on Monday, People shared additional details, citing a source who said Harvey "wasn't ready to commit." The model and daughter of Family Feud host Steve Harvey is "very focused on her career," and she "realized that they weren't on the same page" when they were "were making plans for their future," the insider told People, adding, "She is sad that their relationship didn't work out, but she is moving on." Harvey and Jordan had been dating since November 2020, and last December, the Creed star told The Hollywood Reporter, "I finally found what love was." Sorry, it looks like "love" is not on the board.

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3. 'Borat' star Maria Bakalova joins 'Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3'

Very nice! Maria Bakalova, the Bulgarian actress who played Borat's daughter in Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, has been cast in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Details of her Marvel character haven't been revealed, though Deadline says it's a "key role." Borat was Bakalova's first major American film, but her performance earned her an Oscar nomination — maybe in no small part due to the shocking climactic scene where she and Sacha Baron Cohen prank Rudy Giuliani in a hotel room. Director James Gunn confirmed the news, tweeting that Bakalova is "incredible" in the Guardians sequel. He previously sparked speculation by referring to an "unannounced actor" in the film, though according to Deadline, he wasn't talking about Bakalova. Obviously, the unannounced star can only be one person: Rudy Giuliani.


4. Jennifer Lopez thanks everyone who 'broke my heart' at MTV Movie & TV Awards

Jenny from the Block received a major honor at Sunday's MTV Movie & TV Awards, and she rattled off a "different kind of list of thank yous" in her acceptance speech. After receiving the Generation Award, Jennifer Lopez thanked pretty much everyone she's ever encountered in her entire life who had a positive or negative impact. "I want to thank the people who gave me joy, and the ones who broke my heart," she said. "The ones who were true, and the ones who lied to me." She choked up as she went on to thank "all the people who told me, to my face or when I wasn't in the room, that I couldn't do this," as "I really don't think I could have done it without you." With that mindset, we can almost forgive the Academy for not giving her an Oscar nomination for Hustlers. Almost.


5. Mariah Carey sued over 'All I Want For Christmas Is You'

All songwriter Andy Stone wants for Christmas (in July) is … $20 million in damages from Mariah Carey. The queen of Christmas has been sued over her hit song "All I Want for Christmas Is You," with Stone claiming she ripped off his song with the same title. The song he co-wrote, performed by Vince Vance & the Valiants, was released in 1989 and "began making appearances on the Billboard Music Charts," the lawsuit says. Carey's, meanwhile, came out in 1994, and the lawsuit says she "never sought or obtained permission" to reproduce his song, a "copyrightable subject matter." It's just the latest in a series of copyright infringement lawsuits against musicians, including Taylor Swift and Dua Lipa. But considering Carey's song doesn't really sound like Stone's and it's mostly just the titles that are the same, we're guessing a judge will end up awarding him one giant lump of coal.

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Brendan Morrow

Brendan is a staff writer at The Week. A graduate of Hofstra University with a degree in journalism, he also writes about horror films for Bloody Disgusting and has previously contributed to The Cheat Sheet, Heavy, WhatCulture, and more. He lives in New York City surrounded by Star Wars posters.