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Spice Girls reunion steals the show at Olympics

Plus, Jennifer Aniston is engaged to Justin Thoreaux; Billy Crystal is writing a book on ageing; and Rihanna says breaking up with Chris Brown was like losing a best friend.

The Spice Girls perform at the London Olympics closing ceremony. EPA
The Spice Girls perform at the London Olympics closing ceremony. EPA

Spice Girls reunion steals the show at Olympics

The Spice Girls performed two of their biggest hits at the London Olympics closing ceremony on Sunday, entertaining fans who made them the most popular global act of the 1990s. Victoria Beckham, Emma Bunton, Geri Halliwell, Melanie Chisholm and Melanie Brown sang Wannabe and Spice Up Your Life, the girl group's first performance since 2008. Beckham posted on Twitter a photo of the group after the performance and wrote: "We did it! I love you girls so much!" Halliwell tweeted: "That was amazing! Thank you all, we love you!" Other performers in the event included George Michael, Annie Lennox, the Pet Shop Boys and One Direction. – IANS

Jennifer Aniston is engaged to Justin Theroux

Jennifer Aniston is engaged to the actor-screenwriter Justin Theroux. "Justin had an amazing birthday on Friday, receiving an extraordinary gift when Jennifer accepted his proposal of marriage," Theroux's representative told People magazine. The couple began dating in May last year. Aniston, 43, married Brad Pitt in 2000, but the marriage ended in divorce in 2005. Theroux, 41, has not been previously married. The couple reportedly purchased a mansion in Los Angeles for roughly US$22 million (Dh81m). – AFP

Billy Crystal is writing a book on ageing

Billy Crystal plans to celebrate his 65th birthday next year with a book that is a humorous part-memoir, part-meditation about getting older. He has reportedly sealed a US$4 million (Dh14.7m) deal with Henry Holt and Company publishers. "There are 77 million of us baby boomers in America and this book will speak to them and how we look at the world," he said, adding that he's considering adapting the book for the stage. Crystal has made a career out of turning his life into comedy. His forthcoming film Parental Guidance, co-starring Bette Midler, is based on his experiences with his grandchildren. – AP

Joan Didion returns to scriptwriting

The American author and essayist Joan Didion, the co-writer of Panic in Needle Park (1971), A Star is Born (1976) and Up Close and Personal (1996), has not produced a screenplay in nearly two decades. Last week, the 77-year-old announced she is working on a new film with the director Todd Field, best known for his acclaimed 2001 crime drama In the Bedroom. Didion and Field are set to co-write a political thriller, tentatively titled As it Happens.

Rihanna on Brown: it was like losing a best friend

Rihanna says she lost a best friend when she broke up with Chris Brown. In an interview this week with Oprah Winfrey for the show Oprah's Next Chapter, the 24-year-old singer said: "It was embarrassing. It was humiliating. I lost my best friend. I was resentful. I held a grudge. I was super afraid of the pedestal that comes with fame." The couple split in 2009 after Rihanna said she was physically assaulted by Brown. They have reportedly rekindled their romance in recent months. – IANS