ICYMI: Wicked fun for Jeff Goldblum, Florence Pugh is no wonder, and it’s 10 out of 10 for Taylor Swift on the US charts

Hollywood’s favorite eccentric charmer, the inimitable Jeff Goldblum, is in “final talks” to star as the slippery wizard in director Jon M Chu’s big-screen adaptation of Wicked. A loud and flashy prequel to the Wizard of Oz, the award-winning West End and Broadway hit will be split into two movies (don’t ask us why) with the Christmas 2024 premiere (hopefully we don’t get blown up before then) . Ariana Grande will take on the role of Glinda, with the fabulous Cynthia Erivo as Elphaba. Expect the usual from Goldblum, whose jazzy punctuation and eccentric flair should make him a hit on the yellow brick road.

Bad casting? Jeff Goldblum leaves for Oz

Morrissey records an album with a cast of international playboys

Where are we all on Morrissey these days? His politics tend to leave a sour taste, but music maker gobby continues to attract celebrity fans, some of whom lend their talents to Mozza’s 14th studio album, Pyre of teenagers, scheduled for February. Recorded in Los Angeles and financed by Capitol Records, the album features past and present members of the Red Hot Chili Peppers on guitar, bass and drums, with lively vocal contributions from Iggy Pop and – wait for it – Miley Cyrus (no, really). Here’s the funniest part: the album will be released worldwide except in the UK, where Morrissey remains an unsigned artist. Eh.

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Actress Florence Pugh has posted songs on YouTube under the name “Flossy Rose”. Photo by Andres Poveda

Actress Florence Pugh has posted songs on YouTube under the name “Flossy Rose”. Photo by Andres Poveda

Florence Pugh shows she’s not a successful wonder

Fresh off at Smithfield for the premiere of wonderment, the phenomenal Florence Pugh has revealed that she might have an album up her sleeve. Speaking on BBC Radio 4 This cultural life with John Wilson, Pugh shared how she used to post songs on YouTube as “Flossy Rose” (“Miss Flo” sounds better, if you ask us). “I would have staked a lot more on being a singer than an actor,” said Pugh, who says he recorded songs for an upcoming film project. “I plan to release music. It’s something I’ve been so aware of since my acting career. [took off], that I miss it. We can’t wait to hear it.

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Taylor Swift has become the first artist to occupy the entire top 10 of the US Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. Photo by Steve Marcus/Reuters


Taylor Swift has become the first artist to occupy the entire top 10 of the US Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. Photo by Steve Marcus/Reuters

Taylor Swift has become the first artist to occupy the entire top 10 of the US Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. Photo by Steve Marcus/Reuters

​10 out of 10 for Taylor in the US charts

What a week for Taylor Swift. First, she was forced to put on a scene in the Anti-hero music video following unusual accusations of “fatphobia”. Then she went on to smash all book records by becoming the first artist in history to occupy the entire top 10 of the US Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. Swift tweeted: “10 out of 10 from the Hot 100??? On my 10th album ???JE SUIS EN PANNE There you go, folks: the highs and lows of the contemporary pop superstar.

Did you hear the one about the sorry talk show host?

James Corden has addressed plagiarism allegations following a controversial monologue on his popular CBS talk show. Basically, Corden launched into a skit about Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter, and it sounded suspiciously like a Ricky Gervais routine from 2018. Gervais took to Twitter to blame Corden’s writers for the incident. Corden then tweeted that he was “inadvertently telling a brilliant Ricky Gervais joke…obviously not knowing it was coming from him”. Anyway, repeating someone else’s gag is never pretty, James. Try harder.

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