Weekend News Roundup! Beyoncé is Pregnant; VMA Results; Irene Aftermath; Janthrax Moves In



Happy Monday! Here’s our compendium of pop-culture news you may have missed while you were doing more important things over the weekend.

• By far the most exciting moment during last night’s Video Music Awards was Beyoncé’s announcement, after performing, that she is pregnant. In an uncertain, earthquake-and-hurricane-riddled world, this is exactly the sort of thing that keeps us going. We don’t know anything yet about the baby’s sex, due date, possible names, or where you can apply to babysit. [MTV]

• Though Beyoncé basically won the VMA broadcast, several other artist actually won VMAs, among them Katy Perry (Video of the Year, for “Firework”), Lady Gaga (Best Female Video, for “Born This Way;” she accepted in character as Jo Calderone), Justin Bieber (Best Male Video, for “U Smile”), Tyler, the Creator (Best New Artist), Katy Perry and Kanye West (Best Collaboration, for “E.T.”), and Nicki Minaj (Best Hip-Hop Video, for “Super Bass”). [MTV]

• Entertainment news on the East Coast, at least, was held up somewhat this weekend by Hurricane Irene, which made landfall in North Carolina on Saturday morning and traveled up the East Coast throughout the weekend. Damage in New York wasn’t as extensive as was feared, but at least 16 people died throughout six states, millions lost power, and the total national cost of the storm could be as high as $40 billion. [NYT]

• Michele Bachmann, Presidential aspirant and notable lunatic, sort of said God was responsible for the earthquake and hurricane. “I don’t know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians,” she said. “We’ve had an earthquake; we’ve had a hurricane. He said, ‘Are you going to start listening to me here?'” We’re going to stop listening to you here, Michele. [NYM]

• The weekend box office took a hurricane hit—its winner (The Help again) made just $14.3M. Colombiana and Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark opened in second and third places, with $10.3M and $8.7M; Rise of the Planet of the Apes held on with $8.7M; and Our Idiot Brother opened in fifth with $6.6M.

People reports Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux have moved into a two-bedroom rental in the Hollywood Hills together. If we were Aniston, now is when we would finally ask what’s been eating us up inside: how Sex and the City could cast him as Carrie’s love interest two different times and just expect us not to notice. This question has been on our minds for years. [People]


• Pedro Almodóvar will be the guest artistic director at AFI Fest this November. He totally deserves it! [Deadline]