Hugh Jackman will open the 2019 Brit Awards next week (20Feb19) with a tune from The Greatest Showman soundtrack. The actor, who portrayed American showman P.T. Barnum in the movie musical, will perform The Greatest Show, which will be directed by Michael Gracey, the man behind the film. Hugh confirmed his Brit Awards appearance in a video he posted on his Instagram page, in which he pledges to keep the big news to himself, whispering, "Don’t tell anybody, keep it to yourself, I know it’s amazing but keep it to yourself..." He then enters a studio and announces to his dancers, "We’re opening the Brits. Oh no! I didn’t tell you that, I didn’t tell you anything... we’re just going to rehearse. It doesn’t matter what we’re rehearsing for. Why don’t we just work on The Greatest Show for no reason? Don’t tell anyone, I shouldn’t have told you." Brits chairman Jason lley has also confirmed the big news in a statement, which reads: "We are delighted to welcome the Golden Globe and Tony Award-winning superstar Hugh Jackman to the Brits stage this month with a performance that is set to be nothing short of spectacular. "The Greatest Showman soundtrack dominated the charts in 2018, breaking records all over the world as well as here in the U.K. It’s only fitting that the U.K.’s biggest celebration of musical successes should be kicked off with a performance from the biggest selling album in the U.K. of the last year." Little Mix, Dua Lipa, and Calvin Harris have also been booked to perform at the O2 Arena in London as part of the Brit Awards, as has Pink, who will make history at the ceremony by becoming the first international act to pick up the Outstanding Contribution to Music prize.
Liam Payne was spotted leaving rumored girlfriend Naomi Campbell's apartment in New York on Friday (15Feb19). The couple has been reportedly dating since December (18), and the Strip That Down hitmaker jetted out to meet up with Naomi, 48, shortly after they attended the BAFTA afterparty she hosted for Vogue at at Annabel’s in Mayfair, London. It was the first time the pair had been seen together publicly, though they avoided being photographed and left the exclusive London members' club minutes apart. The 25-year-old was papped sneaking out of the side door of Naomi’s Manhattan apartment building the day after Valentine’s Day, and carried a suitcase as he climbed into a waiting car, according to British newspaper The Sun. A source told the outlet that Liam has been wooing the supermodel with secret dinner dates and sexy private messages on Instagram. "Liam thinks she's amazing and beautiful, and has said their time together has been mind-blowing," they added. "He can't believe his luck." The unlikely couple first sparked speculation of a budding relationship when they exchanged a series of flirty messages on Instagram. Commenting on a steamy black-and-white photo of Liam, Naomi wrote: "Beautiful Soul." Liam quickly replied, "Takes one to know one," with a kissy face emoji. And on a photo Naomi shared of her showing off an incredible afro hairstyle as she prepared for the Louis Vuitton show during Paris Couture Week, the Strip That Down singer wrote: "Perfection in a person... don't give me those eyes." Naomi has reportedly previously dated Quincy Jones, Prince Albert of Monaco, Mike Tyson and Usher, and was most recently linked to grime star Skepta. Meanwhile, Liam split from Cheryl, the mother of his 22-month-old son Bear, in July (18) after more than two years together.
James McAvoy has confirmed the ending of X-Men: Dark Phoenix was reshot due to "parallels" with another superhero film. The Scottish actor reprises his role as Charles Xavier / Professor X in the latest installment of the Marvel Comics franchise, with the new movie focusing on how Jean Grey, as played by Sophie Turner, loses control of her telepathic and telekinetic powers and becomes the Phoenix. However, McAvoy has now shared in an interview with Yahoo Movies UK that the third act of the feature was totally re-written as it bore a resemblance to another movie in production at the time. "The end (of Dark Phoenix) changed a hell of a lot. The finale had to change. For the better. There was a lot of overlap and parallels with another superhero movie that came out... a while ago. And we had no idea that we were," he stated, while his co-star Michael Fassbender, who plays Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto, interjected: "They had spies on set and (they) basically stole our ideas. Infiltrated." "We were basically trawling through the source material, it seems,” McAvoy added. X-Men: Dark Phoenix began filming in June 2017, though director Simon Kinberg spent over a year in the post-production phase, with studio executives forced to delay the film's release twice. While McAvoy refused to comment on which other film he was referring to, there have been numerous Marvel and DC superhero movies made within the same period, including Thor: Ragnarok, Captain Marvel, Avengers: Infinity War, Aquaman and Avengers: Endgame. Elsewhere, Turner spoke about the changes to the ending of the flick, and added: "I think it's so much better for the reshoots. It was just one of those things... you watched the first two acts and the third act just didn't feel cohesive. We went back and we redid all of the third act pretty much and it was such a good decision. I mean, the third act is the best part of the movie, for me." X-Men: Dark Phoenix, also featuring Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult.

Taylor Swift has reignited her feud with Kim Kardashian by hinting the reality TV star's past comments sent her spiraling to a new low. Kim stood up for her husband Kanye West when he insisted Swift had given him the OK to poke fun at her in the lyrics to his Famous track. When Taylor denied his claims back in 2016, Kardashian took to Twitter to note that it was "National Snake Day", before releasing footage which appeared to show Swift consenting to the song lyrics while on speaker phone with Kanye. The Look What You Made Me Do hitmaker has never spoken about the drama, but in a new Elle magazine article she makes it clear that Kim cut her deeply with her social media remarks. "In my experience, I've come to see that bullies want to be feared and taken seriously," the singer explains. "A few years ago, someone started an online hate campaign by calling me a snake on the internet. The fact that so many people jumped on board with it led me to feeling lower than I've ever felt in my life." Taylor reveals she turned the negative into a positive by turning Kim's snake comment into a stage prop on her Reputation Tour. "I can't tell you how hard I had to keep from laughing every time my 63-foot inflatable cobra, named Karyn, appeared onstage in front of 60,000 screaming fans. "It's the Stadium Tour equivalent of responding to a troll's hateful Instagram comment with 'lol' (laugh out loud)." Taylor reveals she has never had an apology from Kim, adding, "It would be nice if we could get an apology from people who bully us, but maybe all I'll ever get is the satisfaction of knowing I could survive it, and thrive in spite of it."

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