“Crossroads,” Britney Spears‘ first starring role in feature film, will be available on Netflix globally starting Feb. 15, the streamer announced.
The movie premiered on that same day in 2002, while Spears was fresh off the success of “Oops…I Did It Again” and “Baby One More Time” and had become the most commercially successful teenage music artist of all time.
Featuring her song “I’m Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman,” the film starred Spears as Lucy. The movie covered topics such as teen pregnancy, rape and childhood abandonment. The cult favorite also starred Zoë Saldana, Taryn Manning, Dan Akroyd, Beverly Johnson and Kim Cattrall. “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Bridgerton” creator Shonda Rhimes wrote the film, which was directed by Tamra Davis. The mostly female production team was a rare occurrence for the time.
“Wow, we were so ahead of our time with an African American screenwriter; me as a young, female director; and all these women telling a story about women,” Davis told Variety in an interview celebrating the film’s 20th anniversary.
Ann Carli, who previously worked for Spears’ label Jive Records, produced the film. When she approached Davis — with whom she had previously worked on music videos — to direct, Davis initially turned down the offer. However, meeting Spears caused the director to change her mind.
“Brit opened the door and she was like wearing a little T-shirt and underwear and she was like, ‘Last night, I was hammered!’ I was like, ‘Who’s this girl?!’ [Laughing] She was hilarious and I just thought she was amazing,” Davis told Variety. “We spent the whole day together and she proved to me that she really wanted to do this and put in the work and wanted it and was very serious about it.”
Britney Spears is getting candid about her personal details as she revealed her weakness on the internet, admitting it is "food."
Taking to Instagram, the Toxic hitmaker brought up the topic of eating habits while posting a photo of a hot chocolate cup.
"Food is my weakness I will admit it !!!" the Grammy winner shared. "When I was younger and would go to restaurants with my mom, she would either say 'sit still' or 'you are eating way too fast … please slow down'!!! I'm a passionate eater!!!"
She expresses fondness for hot chocolate and says she still enjoys "the same secret hot fudge Sunday from Wendy's." She added, "Around dinner I will go eat one for dinner!!!"
While remarking about her weight, she said, "I'm usually 135 on scale … that's my normal weight !!! Well that's good for me."
Noting, "I want to be 125 – 128 but I'm probably gonna do 140 now that this damn BLAZE coffee place has opened !!! D-MN !!!"
Similarly, Britney also credits her ex-husband Sam Asghari for having a good knowledge of a good diet.
"He knew a lot of different ways and easy tricks to stay healthy !!!" she penned.
“With a taste of your lips, I’m on a ride”! Twenty years ago, Britney Spears released her banger single “Toxic,” and I’ve yet to recover from its accompanying music video. Sampling the Indian Hindi song “Tere Mere Beech Mein” by Lata Mangeshkar and S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, the earworm-y track is a catchy piece of pop genius, and the action-packed music video is just as magical. Directed by Joseph Kahn, “Toxic” reimagines Spears as some sort of spy-slash-assassin who’s on a mission to poison her cheating ex. The concept, dreamed up by Spears, sees her in an array of stylish disguises, ranging from a sexy flight attendant to a leather-clad vixen.
The video has it all. Action! Fashion! A random steamy shower scene! But nothing tops the range of iconic costumes. Let’s start with the princess of pop’s first outfit: Up high in the sky, we meet Spears as a flight attendant. Her azure blue getup—a futuristic, sharp-shoulder minidress with a keyhole cutout—comes complete with a little cap and chandelier earrings. The look, which has since become an iconic Halloween costume, was created custom for Spears by designer Jeremy Scott. Spears then follows it up with her most famous “Toxic” look—which is not an ensemble at all but rather just her bare body covered entirely in glued-on diamonds. (No, it’s not a catsuit, contrary to popular belief.)
Britney Spears is celebrating another milestone in her publishing journey and she's positively thrilled.
According to a press release from publisher Gallery Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, Spears’ bombshell memoir, The Woman in Me, has sold over two million copies in the United States. The combined sales figures include hardcover, audiobook and ebook formats.
“My book has officially sold over 2 million copies in the US!!! Thank you to all the fans who have supported me and my story. Love you All!!!” Spears says in the statement.
The pop superstar's long-awaited memoir, which was published in the U.S. on Oct. 24, 2023, broke records within its first week of sales, selling over 1 million copies. In the bombshell book, the “Toxic” singer gets honest about her life as a ground-breaking performer, from her days as a Mouseketeer on the Mickey Mouse Club to her success as a teenage pop sensation and its impact on her life.
Spears also speaks out on some of the difficulties she faced, including the 13-year conservatorship placed upon her in 2008, which was terminated in November 2021. Spears’ father Jamie, along with a lawyer, controlled Spears’ finances and personal assets through the conservatorship.
Spears also details her reaction to the viral #FreeBritney movement, her mental health challenges and her relationship with Justin Timberlake, in which she revealed that she had an abortion during that time.
“It is finally time for me to raise my voice and speak out, and my fans deserve to hear it directly from me,” Spears told PEOPLE of the memoir via email for our cover story. “No more conspiracy, no more lies — just me owning my past, present and future.”
Upon its release, The Woman in Me was an instant No. 1 New York Times bestseller, as well as a No. 1 bestseller in the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia. The book, according to the press release, is currently in its fifth printing, with 1.65 million copies. An estimated 3 million copies of the book are in print worldwide.
Gallery Books also states that the audiobook, narrated by Michelle Williams, and including a spoken introduction by Spears, is the fastest-selling audiobook in the publisher’s history.
The Woman in Me is now available where books are sold.