5 top pieces of celebrity gossip — from Taylor Swift's alleged Harry Styles diss to an existentially fraught Backstreet Boys documentary
1. Justin Bieber was "super upset" on Grammy night
When the Grammys failed to nominate Justin Bieber for a single award — despite the emphatic protestations of his mother — the 18-year-old pop star decided not to attend the ceremony, because who really cares about the Grammys? Not him, that's for sure. But alas, E! Online reports that Bieber's attempt to counter-program the Grammys with his own video livestream, during which he said he would "play some new music and answer questions," ran into technical difficulties that derailed his plans. "since nothing is working and im super upset i feel i gotta make it up to u," tweeted Bieber, adding that he plans to appease his legions of disappointed fans with "a vid" — so keep checking that YouTube channel, Beliebers.
2. Taylor Swift might have dissed Harry Styles at the Grammys
Meanwhile, at the actual Grammy ceremony, Taylor Swift interrupted the Fellini-esque nightmare of her "We Are Never Getting Back Together" performance to deliver a monologue that E! Online claims was meant for her ex Harry Styles. "So he calls me up and he's like, 'I still love you,'" said Swift, in a faux-British accent that made Austin Powers look like Downton Abbey. "And I'm like, 'I'm sorry, I'm busy opening up the Grammys!'" — reminding everyone, for the 16th or 17th time, that the music industry hath no fury like a Swift scorned.
3. No, Jessica Chastain does not hate Jennifer Lawrence
We're in the dog days of Oscar season, which means that the tabloid media has officially reached the point when they'll throw any potential celebrity feud at the wall to see if it sticks. But according to Jessica Chastain, reports that circulated on Friday claiming that "Jessica Chastain hates Jennifer Lawrence" were greatly exaggerated. "I've done two photo shoots with Jennifer Lawrence over the years and have found her to be utterly charming and a great talent," says Chastain at The Hollywood Reporter. "Please don't allow the media to perpetuate the myth that women aren't supportive of each other." Consider this The Week doing its own small part to un-perpetuate it.
4. A Backstreet Boys documentary is in the works, and it is serious business
Backstreet's back — and they're going to appear in an upcoming documentary whether or not you're alright with it. But if you're afraid the film will be another lazy vanity project in the vein of documentaries like Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, allow director Stephen Kijak to reassure you. "This isn't some 3D boy band puff piece," promises Kijak at Entertainment Weekly. "They're grown men in a boy-band." Ah, the existential crisis of life as a middle-aged Backstreet Boy.
5. The cast of Chicago will reunite at the Academy Awards
The cast of 2002's Best Picture-winning Chicago, which includes stars like Rene Zellweger, Richard Gere, and Catherine Zeta-Jones, will reassemble on stage at this year's Academy Awards — thereby reminding everyone that Chicago is a real movie that actually once won Best Picture. In an interview with the Associated Press, Academy Awards producer Craig Zadan refused to reveal whether or not the assembled Chicago cast members would sing, leaving open the tantalizing possibility that they'll take the Oscar stage for a silent, extended Parcheesi tournament.
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