Earlier this week, Martha Stewart was branded "tone deaf" for her "dystopian" post about the "small iceberg" she'd "captured" for cocktails while aboard a luxury cruise in Greenland. She has since responded to the backlash by having a little fun with her haters. In a series of Instagram Stories posted to her account on Aug. 30, Martha shared a photo of a "pleated ice berg" she teased was "perfect for cocktails." She then shared a Washington Post headline that read, "Martha Stewart put an iceberg in her drink. Experts say it's no big deal." As it turns out, experts agree Greenland's ice sheets are melting at a dangerous pace thanks to carbon emissions, but they do not seem to think this has much to do with Martha's cocktail hour.
The story she linked to featured an interview with award-winning glacial scientist Eric Rignot, who studies the effects of climate change on polar ice sheets. He wasn't too worried about Martha and her ice cap cocktail situation. "It is not like she went to a glacier and carved a piece of ice off it," said the University of California — Irvine professor. "Icebergs float at sea already and slowly melt. Whether they melt in the ocean or in your glass does not make a difference."
'90s beauty nightmare
When Charlize Theron made her Hollywood debut in 1997's "The Devil's Advocate," she was sporting one of the most popular beauty trends of the decade. And while fashion's fallen back in love with all things '90s circa 2023, Charlize won't be revisiting the look anytime soon. Asked to name her one "beauty regret" in an interview published Aug. 30, the 48-year-old told InStyle, "Hands down, the thin eyebrows in the '90s." She added that she's "still recovering from that." Though eyebrows are notoriously difficult to regrow once they've been over-tweezed, the barely-there brow appeared on everyone from Gwen Stefani to Halle Berry to Drew Barrymore 25 years ago. Today, the trend is staging a comeback, thanks to Gen Z's '90s style obsession. But when it comes to her face, Charlize is not about rehashing the past.
"My face is changing, and I love that my face is changing and aging," the Oscar winner recently told Allure. "But people think I had a facelift. They're like, 'What did she do to her face?' I'm like, 'B****, I'm just aging! It doesn't mean I got bad plastic surgery. This is just what happens.'"
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Aug. 31 marked 26 years since Princess Diana's death, a milestone the late royal's brother, Charles Earl Spencer, honored by sharing a childhood photo of the two on Instagram. In the pic, Diana towers above her younger brother, draping one arm protectively around his shoulder.
Diana's own children, Prince William and Prince Harry, have struggled to remain friendly in the wake of Harry's tell-all memoir, "Spare." Despite their rift, William shared memories of the two from happier times on social media as a memorial to Diana. His Instagram post opened with a clip of the siblings unveiling a statue of their mother before moving into a montage of photos and video of the boys with Diana when they were young.
"On this day 26 years ago the world lost Princess Diana, The iconic Beautiful Mother," William captioned the post. "She will be forever loved, always in our hearts missed and never forgotten." Diana died on Aug. 31, 1997, following a car crash in Paris. She was 36.
Help from Matt and Ben
As the Hollywood writers' strike got underway earlier this year, shutting down all the major late-night shows, Jimmy Kimmel says two of his famous friends offered to step in. (Well, make that one famous friend and one faux-nemesis.) "Ben Affleck and the despicable Matt Damon contacted me and offered to pay our staff for two weeks," Jimmy said, referencing his long-running fake feud with Matt on the debut episode of his new podcast series, "Strike Force Five," according to The Hollywood Reporter. Speaking to his fellow co-hosts — late-night stars Jimmy Fallon, Stephen Colbert, Seth Meyers and John Oliver — Jimmy recalled that Matt and Ben wanted to cover "a week each" of staff pay, and "they wanted to pay out of their own pocket." In the end, Jimmy said he declined the offer. "I felt that that was not their responsibility," he explained. ("Couldn't you say yes and then give your money to us?" Stephen joked in response.)
Jimmy also admitted the strike has changed his tune on retirement. "I was very intent on retiring right around the time where the strike started," he said. "And now, I realize, oh yeah, it's kind of nice to work. You know when you are working, you think about not working."
As of Aug. 31, the Writers Guild of America remains on strike after hitting the picket lines nearly four months earlier in May. Hollywood's actors union, SAG-AFTRA, followed suit in July and also remains on strike as of late August. Both unions are calling for updated compensation related to developments in streaming, AI and more.
Rapper 50 Cent has been accused of badly injuring a concert-goer by throwing a microphone into the crowd while onstage in Los Angeles on Aug. 30. He's reportedly been named a suspect in a criminal battery report stemming from the alleged incident. According to social media footage from the show at L.A.'s Crypto.com Arena, Fiddy was handed multiple mics that didn't work before he apparently got frustrated and hurled one of them. The move allegedly left Power 106 radio host Bryhana Monegain with a bloody gash across her forehead. TMZ, which published photos of the injury, reports Bryhana has since filed a police report. TMZ sources have said 50 didn't target Bryhana, though a source connected to the rapper claimed she was in a "restricted area" she should not have been in at the time she says she was hurt.
The report comes less a month after Cardi B was hit with a party-goer's drink while performing at a Las Vegas pool party and responded by hurling her mic at the alleged perpetrator.
At one point on her new track, "Single Soon," Selena Gomez croons about being "a little high-maintenance" while hatching a plan to show a suitor the door. But the lyric's really about simply knowing what she wants in a romantic partner. "I think I have standards," Selena explains in a new interview on SiriusXM Hits 1 LA. "And I think I live in a world right now where boys confuse standards with high-maintenance. It really isn't [the same thing]. But the line was really fun because I'm not ashamed to say, 'I actually require x, y, and z for you to be with me.' So in a way, it was just meant to be for the attitude of the song. And that's genuinely how I feel."
Selena, 31, confirmed she's happily single right now, having put her high-profile relationships with the likes of Justin Bieber and The Weeknd behind her. "I'm just enjoying where I'm at and … I just want to be happy with who I am so that whenever that person comes into my life, I can just have them add on to me instead of being this insecure, you know, person that I normally used to be," she said.
The "Only Murders In the Building" star also elaborated on her requirements for any future romantic interests. "I mean you gotta be cool, man. Not cool in the sense that people think you're cool," she said. "You just gotta be nice and like, please make me laugh and also just be good to my family and people around you."