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Netflix's new documentary, Britney vs. Spears, sets out to uncover the whole truth behind Britney Spears' both private and public battle to end her 13-year conservatorship. 

"I have worked my whole life," Spears is heard saying over performance footage of herself. "I don't owe these people anything."

The doc shows years of investigative work, including exclusive interviews and confidential documents that are said to have been leaked to director Erin Lee Carr (How to Fix a Drug Scandal, Dirty Money) and journalist Jenny Eliscu.

"The film weaves a shocking timeline of old and new players, secret rendezvous and Britney’s behind the scenes fight for her own autonomy," reads Netflix's press release. "Text messages and a voicemail as well as new interviews with key players make clear what Britney herself has attested: the full story has yet to be told."

In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Carr says she was never able to interview Spears for the documentary, but "tried to contact her repeatedly," even sending her a letter that she has "reason to believe that she was able to read it."

"I had to sit with the understanding that it was unlikely ever to happen," she tells the publication.

Carr tells the Times that during filming, they did have "a source that was connected to the conservatorship that began to give us documents in the fall of 2020."

"This was the first time I had seen what people in the conservatorship at the inception of it said. It made me feel like I was on the right track," Carr says of the documents obtained. "Because there was this overwhelming fear: What is it I don’t know? Why is the legal system, her father, everyone keeping her in this conservatorship? What if I am making a story about something where I just can’t have access to the right facts?"

The director also addresses her documentary coming out months after The New York Times Presents Framing Britney Spears.

"This is a two-and-a-half years long investigative process into the conservatorship," she says of her doc. "There has been an amazing amount of coverage, but that’s a really long time to be focused on this. We wanted to be the definitive place to understand the beginning, middle and hopefully what we will find out as the end of this saga."

As for what you won't seen in this doc, the director states, "[In making the film I] was trying to not be another person to trespass on her privacy again and again. But she wants to get out of the conservatorship, so therefore we should know what is going on inside it. I specifically made the creative decision that we were not going to utilize the same imagery that she has said before is traumatizing. The incidents that happened in 2007 during one of the episodes at the hospital -- you’re never going to see those."

Carr implores, "If you care about women, you should watch this movie. If you care about mental health, you should watch this movie. If you’re a fan of Britney Spears, you should watch this movie."

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Meanwhile, Spears' boyfriend, Sam Asghari, left a comment on Netflix's Instagram post sharing the trailer. The actor wrote, "I hope the profit from these docs go towards fighting agains [sic] injustice #freebritney."

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Britney vs Spears begins streaming Sept. 28 on Netflix.

On the same day that the documentary trailer was released, a court filing by the 39-year-old singer's lawyer, Mathew Rosengart, was obtained by ET that asks the court to remove Spears' father, Jamie Spears, as her conservator immediately. The pop star first requested her father's removal as conservator in August. Shortly thereafter, Jamie Spears said that he was willing to step down from the role "when the time is right." This month, Jamie filed court documents to end Britney's conservatorship entirely.

The next hearing is Sept. 29.

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Asking Roy Kent not to swear proved to be a self-fulfilling prophecy at the 2021 Emmy Awards. Ted Lasso star Brett Goldstein won one of the first awards of the night for playing the foul-mouthed footballer in the Apple TV+ series, and took to the stage for a sweet speech that was bleeped several times. 

When ET's Nischelle Turner and Kevin Frazier caught up with Goldstein backstage, the 41-year-old British actor and writer was asked if he realized he'd dropped the F-bomb. 

"That does not sound like me," he teased. "That sounds like an accusation that cannot stand." 

In fact, in an uncensored version of the speech, Goldstein is clearly heard dropping two F-bombs. 

"I was very, very specifically told I'm not allowed to swear, so this speech is going to be f**king short," he joked from the start, before later adding, "This is the f**king icing on the cake. I'm so sorry, please have me back." 

As for who told him not to curse, Goldstein told ET, "Quite a number of people over the build up to this were saying, 'Just listen man, I think this is a big show and it's like an afternoon show and you really, really shouldn't swear.' And I was like, 'OK.'"

His co-star, Hannah Waddingham, who also won an Emmy for her role as Rebecca Welton in Ted Lasso, asked ET if she also dropped an F-bomb during her speech. 

"My parents are going to be so disappointed," she said, cringing after learning she had. 

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"Don't invite us on the stage if you don't want us to swear," Goldstein retorted. 

He also admitted to being in shock when his name was called, so much so that he didn't hear it. 

"I actually was like, 'Who is it? Who'd they say?' And then everybody stood up and they were looking at me," he added. "Thank god they had it written on the thing, because I was like, 'Oh s**t.'" 

In the press room after his win, the actor admitted to not even remembering which expletives he dropped during his speech, not realizing it was heavily bleeped. 

"Oh, did they bleep it? Oh no! Really?" he asked reporters. "Truthfully, I don't know what I said. It's all a blur."  

The 2021 Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Cedric the Entertainer, aired live Sunday, Sept. 19 on CBS and Paramount+. For complete Emmys coverage, keeping checking in with ETonline.com, and tune in to Entertainment Tonight.

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Meghan McCain has no regrets about leaving The View. In an interview with DailyMailTV, McCain talked about taking a job as a columnist for DailyMail.com, and why it's a better fit for her.

Although 36-year-old McCain had plenty of fiery exchanges with some of her former co-hosts on The View -- Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Sunny Hostin and Sara Haines -- over the four years she was on the ABC show, she shared that the main reason she left is because she didn't want to move back to New York City where the show films. McCain and her husband, Ben Domenech, and their daughter, 11-month-old Liberty, are based in Washington, D.C.

"When I think about where I want Liberty to take her first steps and her first words, I just have this wonderful life here that I felt ultimately like I didn't want to leave," she shared. "I left New York during the pandemic and I sort of had an existential crisis when my dad [late Arizona Sen. John McCain] died. I got really scared and I just really started thinking about life and what I wanted."

"I just didn't feel like moving back to New York was the right choice for me," she continued. "And it was a really hard decision, but, I feel really good about it now and I don't miss it at all."

McCain also noted that being a columnist for the Daily Mail would allow her to be more uncensored.

"I like change," she noted. "I like trying new things. And, you know, one of the opportunities here -- and I'm also working on a lot of other projects -- but especially at the Daily Mail, being completely uncensored and working for a company that really values true free speech."

McCain said she's accepted that some people will always dislike her.

"People really love fighting with me and I've come to terms with the fact that people love me and love to hate me," she said. "I really have gotten to a place where I'm comfortable with that."

She stressed that she's proud she got to leave The View on her own terms as opposed to getting fired.

"I was happy that I got to make the decision and be in control of my own life," she expressed. "And, you know, The View was and is incredible and gave me so much. I don't feel anything negative about it. But I also really pride myself in life on knowing when to hold them and when to fold them, like, I'm such a gambler."

McCain's last episode of The View aired on Aug. 6. Watch her farewell address below.

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Alanis Morissette isn't happy with her upcoming HBO documentary, Jagged. On Tuesday, the 47-year-old singer spoke out against the film in a statement. The "You Oughta Know" singer says that after seeing the first cut of the film, she doesn't agree with its "salacious agenda" and alleges that she was "lulled into a false sense of security."

In a press release, HBO describes Jagged as an intimate exploration of the singer and her groundbreaking 1995 album, Jagged Little Pill. The documentary is directed by Alison Klayman and is scheduled to be released this fall. ET has reached out to HBO for comment.

"I agreed to participate in a piece about the celebration of Jagged Little Pill's 25th anniversary and was interviewed during a very vulnerable time (while in the midst of my third postpartum depression during lockdown)," Morissette says in her statement, according to multiple reports. "I was lulled into a false sense of security and their salacious agenda became apparent immediately upon my seeing the first cut of the film."

"This is when I knew our visions were in fact painfully diverged," the statement continues. "This was not the story I agreed to tell. I sit here now experiencing the full impact of having trusted someone who did not warrant being trusted."

Morissette says she will not attend any event promoting the documentary.

"I have chosen not to attend any event around this movie for two reasons: one is that I am on tour right now," she says. "The other is that, not unlike many 'stories' and unauthorized biographies out there over the years, this one includes implications and facts that are simply not true. While there is beauty and some elements of accuracy in this/my story to be sure — I ultimately won't be supporting someone else's reductive take on a story much too nuanced for them to ever grasp or tell."

The Washington Post reports that in the documentary, Morissette makes allegations of statutory rape, stating that multiple men engaged in sex with her when she was a 15-year-old pop star in Canada. She does not name any of her alleged abusers. The outlet notes that while Canada's legal age of consent is now 16, it was 14 when Morissette was a teenager, though the law states that the age can be higher "when there is a relationship of trust, authority or dependency."

"It took me years in therapy to even admit there had been any kind of victimization on my part," she reportedly says in the film. "I would always say I was consenting, and then I'd be reminded like, 'Hey, you were 15, you're not consenting at 15.' Now I'm like, 'Oh yeah, they're all pedophiles. It's all statutory rape.' I did tell a few people and it kind of fell on deaf ears. It would usually be a stand-up, walk-out-of-the-room moment."

ET spoke with Morissette last July, and she talked about Jagged Little Pill turning 25 and how motherhood has changed her music. Watch the video below for more.

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Matt Damon may not have any public social media accounts, but that doesn't mean the 50-year-old actor isn't keeping up with his family and friends online. 

In a new cover story for GQ, Damon reveals that he has "a very private Instagram account."

“I have 76 followers and I’ve done 40 posts since 2013," he shares, noting that his last photo was on his daughter Isabella's 15th birthday in which she is holding up two middle fingers. 

"That’s what she’s been doing every time we take a picture of her nowadays," he quips. 

Damon also opens up about the tattoos of his daughters' names, revealing that the interesting ink above them on his arm is inspired by the late Heath Ledger. 

Damon's wife, Luciana Barroso, knew the late actor and when they decided to get inked in 2013 by Ledger's tattoo artist, Scott Campbell, Damon decided to get a tattoo identical to one Ledger had. 

"I just wanted to get something that Heath had," Damon explains. "Scott showed me his laptop and I said, ‘Scott, what’s that one?’ And he goes ‘I have no idea—I think that’s just some s**t that Heath squiggled.’ And I went, ‘That’s the one I want.’ ”

His wife got the same tattoo on her foot. 

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Damon is now preparing to co-star with his longtime friend, Ben Affleck, in The Last Duel, a film they adapted from the book of the same name. The two have remained friends long after their days working on the Oscar-winning film Good Will Hunting. 

“Like, I don’t want to be his friend in public, you know what I mean?” Damon says. “It’s way too important a friendship for that, and it goes so beyond this career or anything. You know, it’s a significant part of my life and not for public consumption in that way.”

Affleck, 49, also spoke in the cover story about his enduring friendship with Damon. 

“I can’t speak for Matt, but my own kind of sanity and mental health really benefited from having someone who I grew up with and knew as a child who was also going through something similar — this 20-year-plus journey of being in the public eye — who I could reflect on it with honestly, talk things over with, be myself with, who I knew why we were friends, why he was interested and loved me, why I loved him. I often think of people who just become successful and then get thrust into this, and I think, ‘How do they do it without having somebody that they can talk to? Who they can trust? Who knew them before?’ It’s just been such an asset to me—and, I think, I hope, to Matt—this relationship that we’ve had.”

Damon recalls approaching Affleck for the film, saying the star was "recently sober." 

"When he’s on his game, he really sees the matrix. At seven o’clock the next morning, he called me—he had gone home and read it—and said, ‘We should write this,'" Damon says of Affleck. 

“The discovery, I think, for both of us was: It’s so much more pleasant and rewarding and wonderful to go to work and work with people that you love," Affleck adds. 

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