The daily gossip: Jennifer Garner had a 'wedding for myself,' Rihanna to honor Chadwick Boseman in return to music, and more
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Jennifer Garner had a 'wedding for myself'
Eat your heart out, Bennifer. In a new Town & Country profile, Jennifer Garner said she threw a "wedding" for herself back in April when she turned 50 — so, a birthday party, in other words. "I basically had a wedding for myself," she said, laughing. "I was so shocked that I was doing it." Garner's birthday is April 17, which this year happened to be Easter. So according to Town & Country, she invited her sisters, parents, and a bunch of other guests, whom she asked to "fill 5,000 backpacks each with enough food to feed a family of four for a program called Blessings in a Backpack." This April wedding/birthday would have taken place just over one week after Garner's ex-husband Ben Affleck got engaged to Jennifer Lopez, who he went on to marry in July. It's unclear whether Jennifer Garner signed a prenup with Jennifer Garner before her wedding to Jennifer Garner.
Rihanna announces return to music with new 'Black Panther' song
Riri forever! Rihanna has officially announced her return to music, revealing she's performing a song for the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever soundtrack that will drop this Friday. The song is called "Lift Me Up," and according to Variety, it's a "tribute to the life and legacy of" late Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman. "After speaking with Ryan and hearing his direction for the film and the song, I wanted to write something that portrays a warm embrace from all the people that I've lost in my life," said Tems, who co-wrote the song. This will be Rihanna's first solo release since her 2016 album Anti. Before anyone's even heard the song, it has already become a frontrunner to be nominated for Best Original Song at the Oscars, meaning she'd likely be up against Lady Gaga for Top Gun: Maverick's "Hold My Hand" and possibly Taylor Swift for Where the Crawdads Sing's "Carolina." And our latest unhinged Gaga Oscar campaign begins in 3…2…
Alyssa Scott expecting another child, possibly with Nick Cannon
Did Nick Cannon strike again? Model Alyssa Scott took to Instagram on Wednesday to announce she's pregnant, and while she didn't say who the father is, Entertainment Tonight reports it's the usual suspect: Nick Cannon. Scott and Cannon shared a son, Zen, who tragically died last year from brain cancer at five months old, so this would be their second child together and her third overall. "With you by my side…" she captioned her Instagram post, which didn't mention Cannon. The news comes after Cannon in the month of September alone welcomed two more kids with two different women. Assuming he really is the father of Scott's kid, that would mean he'll soon have no fewer than 11 children with six women, so the day will come when the cast of a Knives Out sequel can consist entirely of his kids.
Matthew Perry takes bizarre swipes at Keanu Reeves in new book
Could Matthew Perry be any less of a Keanu Reeves fan? In his new memoir, the Friends star reveals what Page Six described as his "weird, bitter feelings" about Keanu Reeves, one of the few actors who seemingly everyone on Earth likes. In the book, Perry reportedly questions why "original thinkers like River Phoenix and Heath Ledger die, but Keanu Reeves still walks among us." Later, he makes nearly the same comment suggesting Reeves shouldn't be alive while he recalls finding out SNL star Chris Farley died of a drug overdose. "I punched a hole through Jennifer Aniston's dressing room wall when I found out," Perry writes. "Keanu Reeves walks among us." It wasn't totally clear why Perry is such a Reeves hater, and the comments were especially odd considering Reeves and River Phoenix were famously good friends. Someone really needs to get over their dislike of Johnny Mnemonic.
Hugh Jackman has 'split two pairs of pants' while preparing for Wolverine return
Hugh Jackman is getting jacked, man, much to the chagrin of his Broadway costume department. The actor chatted with Variety about his shock decision to return as Wolverine in Deadpool 3 despite the character getting killed off in Logan. Jackman explained he had second thoughts about retiring as soon as he saw the first Deadpool and immediately pictured a movie pairing Wade Wilson with Wolverine. So in August, Jackman called Ryan Reynolds, who had been asking him to come back "on the daily," to say he was finally ready to return. Months later, Jackman "has already started to bulk up" for the role, according to Variety — which has complicated things at his Broadway show The Music Man. "All the protein shakes are starting to kick in fast," he said, adding, "The other night, I could hear the Velcro go creaking and actually popped open. I've split two pairs of pants." He and SpongeBob both.