The daily gossip: R. Kelly to be locked up for 30 years, Cameron Diaz comes out of acting retirement, and more
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R. Kelly sentenced to 30 years in prison
It's official: R. Kelly is set to be locked up into the 2050s. A judge on Wednesday sentenced the disgraced R&B singer to 30 years behind bars after he was convicted on sex trafficking and racketeering charges last year. "The public has to be protected from behaviors like this," the judge told Kelly, according to The New York Times. The "I Believe I Can Fly" singer faced allegations of sexually abusing underage victims going back to the 1990s, but he wasn't found guilty until 2021, after prosecutors said he ran a criminal enterprise that involved preying on underage girls who attended his concerts. Prosecutors wanted him sentenced to over 25 years due to his "callous disregard for the very real effects that his crimes had on his victims," CNN reports. Multiple accusers spoke at Wednesday's sentencing hearing, per the Times, with one woman saying, "Many of us have been waiting for this day to come."
Cameron Diaz un-retires from acting with help from Tom Brady
Just when she thought she was out, Netflix pulls her back in. Cameron Diaz is coming out of retirement and returning to acting to star in a new Netflix movie with Jamie Foxx. Appropriately, the film to bring her back is called Back in Action, an action-comedy from the director of Horrible Bosses. Diaz hasn't starred in a movie in nearly 10 years, as her last film was the 2014 remake of Annie. "I needed to become self-sufficient again," she previously explained. On Twitter, Foxx shared audio of a phone call with Diaz, in which he brings on a special guest for advice on coming out of retirement: Tom Brady. "I was talking to Jamie, and he said you need a few tips on how to un-retire," Brady, who claimed he was retiring earlier this year only to immediately come back, said, "I'm relatively successful at un-retiring."
Eva Mendes asked for Ryan Gosling's Ken underwear from 'Barbie'
Sorry, museum collectors: one of the most important pieces of movie memorabilia in Hollywood history has already been swiped from set. Eva Mendes chatted on The Talk about her husband Ryan Gosling's role as Ken in the Barbie movie, revealing that after that jaw-dropping first photo of him as the character came out, she asked him to bring her home the now-iconic Ken underwear. "He sent it to me from work, and I said, 'Can I please have that underwear? Please. I never ask for anything,'" she said. "So anyway, I do have it. I'm wearing it right now." The photo that completely derailed Twitter for an entire day features a bleach-blond Gosling with underwear labeled "Ken" sticking out of his jeans, and Mendes said there was "something about the image" that "sparked my, you know, that little teenage…" — at which point she was interrupted, but we can guess where she was going with that. You can brush his hair, undress him everywhere.
Kate Winslet is working on another HBO limited series
It's not more Mare, but HBO may have the next best thing on the way. The network is teaming back up with Kate Winslet for a new limited series: an adaptation of the novel Trust by Hernan Diaz. Following a wealthy financier who asks his secretary to ghostwrite a memoir to correct the record after a novel based on his life is published, the story is "told in four different voices and genres" and is a "narrative puzzle that subverts the notion of truth and who gets to define it," Deadline writes. Winslet will star in and produce the show, which comes after she won an Emmy last year for the crime drama Mare of Easttown. There was some talk of a potential second season of Mare after the finale, but there's been no word on one since then, so for now, the Mare-CU remains dormant.
Wait, is Howard Stern going to play Doctor Doom?
Did Howard Stern just accidentally reveal a private part? While on a hot mic, the radio host was heard seemingly talking about his involvement in an unannounced Marvel project related to Doctor Doom, the famed Fantastic Four villain. "I told you, I'm going to do Doctor Doom," Stern told co-host Robin Quivers when asked what he's up to this summer. A possible Marvel role for Stern hasn't been revealed, nor has any film or TV project involving Doctor Doom been announced at all, though we do know a new Fantastic Four movie is in the works. Stern also appeared to suggest the project is MCU related, as he refers to calling Robert Downey Jr. about it. Surely, this was either a staged bit or he's talking about a joke cameo somewhere down the line, not a project where he'd actually be playing Doctor Doom ... right? If not, we look forward to seeing the official new MCU version of Mister Fantastic: Baba Booey.