The daily gossip: H.E.R. is now a Disney princess, Britney Spears randomly gushes over Michelle Pfeiffer in Batman Returns, and more
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H.E.R. is now a Disney princess
Be H.E.R. guest. Grammy-winning singer H.E.R. is set to become a Disney princess and make history in the process. She'll star as Belle in ABC's upcoming Beauty and the Beast: A 30th Celebration live special, which will make her the first Afro Filipina woman to play the role on screen. "The world will see a Black and Filipino Belle!" H.E.R said, adding, "I have always wanted to be a Disney princess." The two-hour special will air on ABC this December, and it will be taped in front of a live audience, though ABC says it will combine live-action with animation, and the "performances will be seamlessly woven through the original feature film." The rest of the cast hasn't been announced, but Jon M. Chu, the director of the upcoming Wicked movie, will produce the special — so let's hope he doesn't inexplicably split it into two parts.
Britney Spears randomly gushes over Michelle Pfeiffer in 'Batman Returns'
The stars, they're just like us: weirdly obsessed with Michelle Pfeiffer's performance in 1992's Batman Returns. Britney Spears took to Instagram to pen an entire post about how incredible the actress is, particularly as Catwoman in the Tim Burton classic. "I feel like she's the most charming … sexy … and alluring woman," Spears wrote. She even shared a clip from the movie: the scene where Selina Kyle makes her Catwoman suit and puts it on. "This scene is probably the hottest scene I've ever seen in my life," Spears wrote, adding, "I just want to let her know a silly girl from the South has always thought she was a freaking God." Pfeiffer soon thanked Spears in the comments for the "beautiful compliment," saying she's a "huge fan." So what prompted the post, exactly? Is Spears using her newfound freedom to binge-watch all the Batman movies? If so, we're on the edge of our seats for her musings on George Clooney's Bat-nipples.
Linda Evangelista settles lawsuit after botched cosmetic procedure
Linda Evangelista is ready for the "next chapter of my life." Last year, the model revealed she had become a recluse because she was left "brutally disfigured" by a cosmetic procedure, alleging that she underwent Zeltiq's CoolSculpting procedure to decrease fat cells but that it left her "permanently deformed." At the time, Evangelista also filed a $50 million lawsuit against the company. Almost a year later, she has revealed on Instagram she's "pleased to have settled" the case. Terms of the settlement weren't revealed, but the news was shared as Evangelista also makes a return to modeling as part of a Fendi campaign, her first since the procedure. "[I] am happy to put this matter behind me," Evangelista said, adding, "I am truly grateful for the support I have received from those who have reached out."
'Jeopardy!' embroiled in penmanship scandal
What ... did she write? Jeopardy! is under fire — okay, some people on Twitter are annoyed, let's not be dramatic — for alleged inconsistent rulings after a contestant's difficult-to-read answer was accepted on the show this week. In Final Jeopardy!, Erica Weiner-Amachi wrote down the right response, "What is Waiting for Godot?" — but the "Godot" sort of just looks like a bunch of squiggly lines vaguely resembling that word. She was ruled correct, but viewers were quick to point out that just a few weeks ago, another contestant wrote a correct response, "Who is Harriet Tubman?," but was ruled incorrect thanks to her (arguably less sloppy) handwriting, with the judges claiming she didn't finish writing her answer. "I think that Harriett Tubman is FAR more legible than whatever Erica has written," one fan complained. The quiz show is expected to clarify its permanent hosting situation soon, so we can thank terrible penmanship for providing one more Jeopardy! scandal for old time's sake.
'Halloween Ends' trailer teases Jamie Lee Curtis' alleged final battle with Michael Myers
Evil dies tonight ... for real this time. Universal has dropped the first trailer for Halloween Ends, teasing yet another supposedly final battle between Jamie Lee Curtis' Laurie Strode and Michael Myers. The teaser shows Laurie and Michael absolutely going at it, with Laurie telling him to "come and get me motherf--ker" before brutally stabbing his hand. A plot synopsis also revealed this finale will take place four years after Michael murdered Laurie's daughter in Halloween Kills. He hasn't been seen since, and Laurie has let go of her fear and rage while living with her granddaughter. But this is Halloween, so clearly that can't last. Halloween Ends is expected to be Curtis' last time playing Laurie. But then again, we thought the same about 2018's Halloween, and considering this franchise once literally cut off Michael's head and still had a sequel in theaters a few years later, there's certainly reason to be skeptical of that Ends title.