CAmeron Diaz retired from acting after his last film, a remake of annie in which she played Miss Hannigan, premiered in 2014. She casually confirmed that she would no longer act in an interview with ew in 2018, telling her co-stars about the early 2000s romantic comedy The sweetest thing that she was “really retired”. Two years later, she expanded about her decision to walk away from Hollywood, telling Gwyneth Paltrow that she had grown tired of being “infantilized” by her industry and realized she had to learn to be self-reliant. Her move brought her, she said at the time, “a peace in my soul.”
Diaz has obviously since learned to boil the kettle and brew a cup, because he’s coming out of retirement after eight years. Jamie Foxx broke the news on Twitter, announcing that he and Diaz would be starring in a new movie for Netflix called, appropriately, back in action. Foxx added a clip of him on the phone to Diaz, who claimed that she was feeling anxious. “I don’t know how to do this,” she said; Foxx then enlisted retired and then non-retired NFL star Tom Brady to give him some guidance on how to stage a comeback.
Not much is known about the film, but Term calls it an “action comedy” and production will begin this year. Diaz, who turns 50 next month, is best known for her comedy work, but a look from her at her IMDb page is a reminder of its great variety, from Being John Malkovich a Shrek a there’s something about mary. Diaz’s return to the action genre seems like a wise and intriguing choice, and not just for fans of Barrymore-Diaz-Liu. Charlie’s Angels Holy Trinity.
Men can be action heroes as long as they want. Tom Cruise and Keanu Reeves remain box office titans. One of the most anticipated films of the next few years is the fifth Indiana Jones film, starring Harrison Ford, who is now 79 years old. The same is beginning to apply to women. The biggest role in years for Charlize Theron, 46, was that of an immortal warrior in the old guard. Carrie-Anne Moss, 54, To return to Matrix. Sandra Bullock, 57, scored a retro action hit with The lost City. It’s horror, more than action, but Jamie Lee Curtis, 63, is about to leave the Halloween franchise after 44 years with end halloween.
There’s a lot of debate and satire about what happens to actresses after they turn 40, but in action movies there seems to be a clear answer: they get to kick ass.
Kirstie Allsopp: Don’t keep taking the Airpods
Sometimes all you need is the news that Kirstie Allsopp accidentally swallowed an Airpod while purposefully swallowing her vitamin pills. “I don’t recommend it,” he tweeted, assuring her followers that he had managed to “get off” without going to the hospital, though he did leave her with a sore throat. Some were skeptical about its ability to mistake an earphone for a tablet, though they clearly haven’t seen the size of a supermarket’s own-brand vitamin D and calcium combo, which I take whenever I want to dress up as a borrower.
Maybe that’s why, unlike giant chocolate buttons, giant Tic Tacs didn’t exist. You never know what could happen if you need a fresh, minty breath while enjoying the latest episode of this american life. Allsopp has taken a combative approach to the surprisingly large number of people denying Airpod ingestion on Twitter, pointing out that it would be stupid to lie.
Incredibly, she is not the first human being to claim to have made the same mistake. Having scoured the bins to retrieve one of my Airpods (not swallowed, just thrown away), surely the cables have made a strong enough case for their usefulness to warrant a comeback.
Avril Lavigne: still wearing the pants
To paraphrase a minor musical act, it was 20 years ago today or so that Avril Lavigne taught the band how to play, or at least taught fans how to wear baggy pants that scraped the floor when you walked, dislodging a strip of fabric between the hem and pant leg, which one of my friends with baggier pants would reuse as a tied wristband.
Although it was a good early example of zero-waste fashion, a threadbare bracelet made of puddle-spattered denim is a concept that’s still stuck in 2002.
Lavigne marked the 20th anniversary of the release of her debut album, Let it goposing for a photograph in the city of New York that recreates the cover. The shoes were a little higher and the pants a little less billowy, but you had to squint to know that 20 years had passed. (Shawn Mendes pulled a similar stunt last week, recreating his 2016 album cover. Glow up with the subtitle, “back in time”. She’s 23, so by the time she hits the 20-year mark, her nostalgia will be through the roof.)
Lavigne’s wardrobe impact may come and go, but her musical legacy has proven solid. At Glastonbury last weekend, Olivia Rodrigo covered Lavigne’s smash hit Complicated, which she’s been performing on her Sour tour. In April, in Toronto, she took out lavigne to perform it on stage with her. Surprisingly, Rodrigo has yet to celebrate her own 20th anniversary: the song came out nearly a year before she was born.
Rebecca Nicholson is a columnist for the Observer
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