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Watching Kevin Hart being afraid of a baby ostrich is pure joy

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Comedian Kevin Hart being scared of things is always funny.

He’s particularly frightened of random animals, even when it comes to something as cute as Robert Irwin’s baby ostrich, who makes an adorable chirping noise.

“You know what she’s saying. I want some little black man, and all of his brothers,” Hart said on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday night.

In case you didn’t know, Hart has a bit of history with ostriches, something which he spoke about in 2009’s I’m A Grown Little Man when he was chased by one. 

Hart is not so afraid of a falcon though, despite their frightful talons, managing to get close — if uncomfortably so. Read more…

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Bored? Make a doo-wop song on an iPad like Kelly Clarkson, Queen Latifah, Jimmy Fallon

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Here’s a fun activity: Get two friends, a Looper app, and make a doo-wop song.

On Tuesday night, Jimmy Fallon dragged out live music looping app Loopy to create a doo-wop iPad masterpiece with powerhouse singers Queen Latifah and Kelly Clarkson.

Choosing classic tune “Earth Angel,” originally by ’50s group the Penguins, and popularized by Marvin Berry and The Starlighters in Back to the Future, the trio layer up some sweet, sweet harmonies, then some deep basslines, and a whole lot of bahp-bahps.

It’s damn delightful, and could be a pretty solid activity for your next bored night. Read more…

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Hannah Gadsby’s one-minute of Emmys glory stole the show

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What are jokes anyway?

A delight in an often lacklustre Emmys, Australian comedian Hannah Gadsby pretty much stole the show on Monday with her brilliantly dry, but very funny bit while handing out the Outstanding Director for a Drama Series award.

Hosting alone, Gadsby took some time to acknowledge how amazing it was to be there, with her free outfit and everything thanks to the people who didn’t quite get Nanette

Second, @Hannahgadsby‘s bit. So good! pic.twitter.com/osw9Fo8bjI

— Kate Aurthur (@KateAurthur) September 18, 2018 Read more…

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A very disguised Justin Bieber photobombs people in Central Park

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Justin Bieber is the kind of celebrity who is sure to get swarmed once he’s seen in public.

So in the latest edition of Jimmy Fallon’s photobombing segment, Bieber and the late show host went in disguise to surprise people in New York’s Central Park, ahead of The Tonight Show‘s special outdoor broadcast from the park later that evening.

Despite dancing along to Bieber’s “What Do You Mean?” no-one in the segment manages to recognise the pop superstar, until right at the end when they pull their wigs off.

Also, like everyone these days, Bieber is really good at those Fortnite floss dances. As he should be. Read more…

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Nicki Minaj’s ‘Barbie Dreams’ video features a hefty amount of… puppets?

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Nicki Minaj’s latest video is the last place we thought we’d find a whole bunch of puppets, but here we are.

The rapper’s new Hype Williams-directed video clip for “Barbie Dreams” from her recently released album, Queen, features an exorbitant amount of costume changes and enough puppet characters to rival The Happytime Murders.

As if Minaj’s tongue-in-cheek naming and shaming famous male artists like Drake and 50 Cent wasn’t enough in the lyrics, you might recognise a few of Minaj’s puppet pals, with versions of Lil Wayne and DJ Khalid popping up in the clip.

It’s not really the first time puppets have appeared in a Minaj video, with her video for “Barbie Tingz” released in May seeing the rapper suspended as a marionette. Read more…

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John Legend is the youngest ever to achieve EGOT status

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John Legend has made history as the youngest person ever to achieve that sweet, sweet coveted EGOT status.

That’s someone who has received the big four, the holy grail of performance accolades: Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Awards. 

Legend, 39, completed the acronym at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday, as did Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, all for producing best variety special winner Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert.

He’s also the first black man to land EGOT status, making history in more ways than one.  Read more…

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‘Outlaw King’ is a waste of a perfectly good Chris Pine

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There are a few reasons to recommend Outlaw King, David Mackenzie’s medieval movie starring Chris Pine as Robert the Bruce.

For one, it’s pretty. Like, really pretty. Mackenzie never misses an opportunity to showcase the pristine beauty of the Scottish countryside, with its rolling hills and soft mists. There’s one particular shot of a rainbow that nearly made me gasp. 

It’s also got plenty of fighting, if you’re into that sort of thing. The film rarely goes longer than 20 minutes without a battle scene, some more doomed or more epic or more violent than others, but all convincingly choreographed to look difficult and exhausting and flat-out brutal. Do you wish Game of Thrones had way less talking and way more action? Outlaw King might be for you. Read more…

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Marvel wanted Wakandans in ‘Black Panther’ to have British accents

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When you’re hearing Wakandans speak in Black Panther, you’re actually hearing the Xhosa accent, which originates from South Africa.

But things could’ve been different if it went Marvel’s way, with the studio apparently wanting a British accent, according to the film’s star Chadwick Boseman.

The film’s dialect coach Beth McGuire told Slate that Xhosa was picked due to the ancestry of South African actor John Kani, who played T’Chaka in the precursor to Black Panther, Captain America: Civil War.

“They felt like it was maybe too much for an audience to take,” Boseman told The Hollywood Reporter’s “Awards Chatter” podcast. Read more…

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Dave Bautista might not return to ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

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The ousting of James Gunn from the third Guardians of the Galaxy film has left Dave Bautista incensed.

In an interview on Saturday, the Hollywood star — who plays Drax — told The Jonathan Ross Show that his future in the third film of the franchise is in doubt.

“It’s a bittersweet conversation. No, it’s a bitter-bitter conversation, because I’m not really happy with what they’ve done with James Gunn,” he said. 

“They’re putting the movie off. It’s on hold indefinitely. And to be honest with you, I don’t know if I want to work for Disney.” Read more…

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This is what critics are saying about the ‘Suspiria’ remake

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Luca Guadagnino has come a long way from Call Me By Your Name. His newest project, a remake of 1977’s witch-horror movie Suspiria, recently premiered at the Venice Film Festival to…somewhat mixed reviews. 

Reviewers say that while the movie is stylish and Guadagnino’s directorial eye is strong, the thematic additions he layered onto the original’s more straightforward horror plot worked for some people and turned others off. 

Here’s what other reviewers had to say about Suspiria.

It’s not scary, but the spooky tone is well done

Owen Gleiberman, Variety: Read more…

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‘Sharp Objects’ revealed the Wind Gap killer…and the other one, too

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This article contains spoilers for the finale of HBO’s Sharp Objects.

By the time audiences got to the finale of Sharp Objects it was pretty clear that the central mystery of the show wasn’t exactly the point. Yes, the murders of Natalie Keene and Ann Nash were the reason Camille returned home to Wind Gap and incremental advancements in the case pushed the plot along, but the story was always more about Camille Preaker, her trauma, and the tragedies that have left physical and emotional scars on her entire person. 

However, in a shocking twist that only unfurls in the last few moments of the series, Camille learns that the murders and her family’s painful legacy are in fact the same issue — both her mother and her sister are killers, with Adora killing Camille’s sister Marion and Amma being responsible for the murders of Natalie and Ann. Read more…

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Madonna’s self-indulgent tribute to Aretha Franklin gets criticised by fans

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The death of Aretha Franklin still continues to inspire tributes from across the world, and the MTV VMAs are no different.

At the ceremony on Monday, Madonna gave a tribute to the Queen of Soul. But fans have complained the speech was more about herself, rather than Franklin.

Madonna launched into a long-winded anecdote about the start of her career before presenting the Video of the Year award — Camila Cabello won, in case you’re wondering.

“Aretha Louise Franklin changed the course of my life. I left Detroit when I was 18, $35 in my pocket,” she said.  Read more…

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Read the beautiful letter that allowed ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ to use Coldplay’s ‘Yellow’

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One of the most emotional moments in Jon M. Chu’s much talked-about rom-com Crazy Rich Asians almost didn’t happen. 

Luckily, the director wrote one hell of a beautiful letter to Coldplay.

Soundtracking one of the final scenes of the film, a Mandarin cover of Coldplay’s hit “Yellow,” sung by former The Voice contestant Chinese-American singer Katherine Ho, will have you in tears.

But the song almost didn’t make it into the film. In a Quartz interview, Chu said both Warner Bros. and the band were worried that although the song is not about race, the title of the song would be associated with the racial slur used against Asian people.  Read more…

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Kevin Spacey’s ‘Billionaire Boys Club’ opened to $126 — and no, that isn’t a typo

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Yes, you read that rightBillionaire Boys Club, starring Kevin Spacey, made just $126 at the box office during its opening weekend. 

The film opened Friday in only 10 theaters in the U.S. 

Despite its all star cast — including Ansel Elgort, Taron Egerton, Emma Roberts, Jeremy Irvine, Cary Elwes, Judd Nelson, and Billie Lourd — it brought in an abysmal $126 in total. 

The Hollywood Reporter breaks down the numbers: each location averaged $12.60, which is approximately less than two tickets per viewing if the average cost of a ticket is $9.27.  Read more…

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Tiffany Haddish says she ‘would thrive in space’

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You’d better believe Tiffany Haddish would be quite alright existing in space.

The Girls Trip star and Saturday Night Live favourite joined Jimmy Kimmel for a cocktail and “Three Ridiculous Questions” on Thursday night, one of which was whether or not she would do well in space.

“I know I would thrive in space,” she told Kimmel. “If there was a man there with me. If there’s a female there, I’m not gonna thrive. Because we can’t reproduce.”

Older man? “That’s fine, yeah that’s cool with me, I’ll change his space diaper. That sperm still work.” Read more…

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Disney won’t change its mind on James Gunn and ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’: report

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James Gunn will not be coming back to Guardians of the Galaxy.

As first reported by Variety, Disney and Marvel will not reinstate Gunn as director of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, despite significant pressure from stars of the film and the public.

The decision reportedly came following a meeting between Gunn and Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn. Sources told Variety the meeting was “civil and professional,” but Horn stood by his decision despite the push for Gunn to be given a second chance by him and his agency. Read more…

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MoviePass users cancelling their subscriptions find they can’t actually leave

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Tried to cancel your MoviePass subscription? Some users of the movie ticket subscription service are finding they can’t actually leave.

Former MoviePass users are venting their rage on Twitter, after finding their accounts have not been closed as requested, and have instead been reactivated under new plans.

First reported by Business Insider, some complained on Twitter that users who tried to cancel their subscriptions were automatically enrolled in a “new plan,” detailed in a confirmation email.

“Please note: if you had previously requested cancellation prior to opting-in, your opt-in to the new plan will take priority and your account will not be cancelled,” reads one email, apparently sent by the MoviePass team. Read more…

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Math determines that the more Tom Cruise runs, the better his movies are

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Arguably, Tom Cruise running his goddamn ass off is the glue that holds the Mission: Impossible franchise together. And now, we have math to prove it.

In celebration of the most recent addition to the franchise, Mission: Impossible – Fallout, Rotten Tomatoes has crunched the numbers to find out exactly how much the man has sprinted throughout his nearly four-decade long career, and whether his running has a net positive effect for his films.

Spoiler alert: Tom Cruise’s running sells more tickets than Forrest Gump could ever hope to.

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Britney Spears obsesses over horses and mermaid pillows with BFF Jimmy Fallon

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Britney Spears joined Jimmy Fallon for a totally ahmazeng instalment of recurring Tonight Show sketch “Ew,” on Thursday.

Reuniting for a sleepover after meeting at camp, Sara (Fallon) and her BFF Abby (Spears) obsessed over horses and custom mermaid pillows, traded Throwback Thursday Instagram photos, and nailed Fashion Freeze.

There’s a perfect “I’m Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman” throwback, plus, they totally gave mad love to Steve Carell in here, especially for his work in Dahspackabal Mah Thrah. Read more…

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Jimmy Fallon and Tom Cruise hardly make it through this spy movie scene without losing it

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Jimmy Fallon and Tom Cruise have done their fair share of silly skits on The Tonight Show over the years. And their newly made-up Mission: Impossible scene is just as harebrained.

In a segment on Monday night’s show, Fallon and Cruise acted out a dramatic spy movie scene they’d written together playing the “Mad Lib” game. Adhering to the segment rules, Cruise answers Fallon’s random questions, and then the two use them as dialogue in a made-up movie scene.

Cruise’s answers are quite bizarre — his response to a hypothetical spider crawling up his leg was a cool “come here, darling,” — so make for a pretty strange scene. But it’s worth watching just for the pair to try and keep a straight face during their fictional train ride. Read more…

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Is ‘The Purge’ TV series pure fiction or a vision of our grim future? Watch the first trailer.

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Each new release in The Purge series pushes us closer to the central question: How much of this is actually fiction and how much is a taste of what humanity’s future looks like?

For the USA Network’s 10-episode televised take on the series, it certainly appears as if we’re getting more of the same. The “all crimes are legal for one night each year” conceit, an idea dreamed up by the totalitarian figures presiding over the United States of America (fictional ones), is central to the story.

This trailer doesn’t give up the goods on who the central players are in this story. There are some suggestions in the various snippets that they hail from different walks of life, but character development will have to wait for a later date. This trailer is about capturing a vibe, and it more than succeeds. Read more…

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‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ unveils three more Spider-People, including Spider-Ham

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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is not done adding Spider-People.

At Comic-Con’s Hall H Friday, Sony unveiled dazzling new footage that included our first glimpses at three new Spider-Folks: Spider-Man Noir, voiced by Nicolas Cage; Peni Parker, voiced by Kimiko Glenn; and, last but not least, Spider-Ham, voiced by John Mulaney.

In the footage, which was screened exclusively for Comic-Con, Miles Morales (Shameik Moore), Peter Parker (Jake Johnson), and Gwen Stacy (Hailee Steinfeld) arrive at a mysterious building, where a smiling woman hands them “Hello my name is” stickers. Read more…

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And now, here’s a ‘Trumpy Cat’ augmented reality app from George Takei

Anyone who follows George Takei on Twitter can tell you that Star Trek‘s original Sulu is not a fan of President Donald Trump. But he’s found a new way to express that criticism — not just in tweets, interviews and op-eds, but also in an augmented reality app called House of Cats.

The app was built in partnership with Montreal-based development company BMAD, and it allows users to interact animated animal characters like Trumpy Cat, Meowlania, Vladdy Putin and Lil’ Rocket Pug. They can add their own voice recordings, superimpose the animals on real environments and take photos with them — Takei suggested including Trumpy Cat in photos of real-world protests.

When I asked where the idea came from, Takei had a simple explanation : “The Internet loves the combination of politics and cats.”

While the app looks pretty silly, Takei made the by-now-commonplace observation that satire is having a hard time keeping up with the daily news.

We spoke shortly after Trump had his press conference with Vladimir Putin — setting off this week’s cycle of criticism, denial and missing double negatives — and Takei told me, “No augmented reality could have created the true reality of what we saw this morning: Donald Trump standing shoulder-to-shoulder with Vladimir Putin … his denial of the attack on the core activity of our democratic system.”

Takei added that humor is a key ingredient in getting a serious message out into the world. He’s pointed to his embrace of memes (particularly Grumpy Cat) as one of the main drivers of his popularity on social media, which in turn gives him a bigger platform for his political views.

“I’m a political activist — I have been since I was a teenager, largely because of my childhood incarceration behind American barbed wire fences,” Takei said. He said his social media presence is meant to be an extension of that activism, but, “I notice that if I’m documenting the truth, people are nodding off. [So] I try to kind of inject a little humor into it.”

The app costs 99 cents, and there are plans for subscription content as well. It might seem strange to pay money for a satirical cat app, but keep in mind that some of the profits will go to Refugees International.

“Making a mockery of this particular person is going to be a very effective tool,” Takei said. “We’ll have fun while we also accomplish our mission to make this a better America.”

Gun rights activist claims he was in on the joke of that ‘Who Is America?’ skit

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Who among us hasn’t tried to save face during an embarrassing situation with the classic “I actually meant to leave my fly down” excuse?

That’s essentially the defense strategy of one of the unsuspecting participants in Sacha Baron Cohen’s latest mockumentary satire, Who is America?.

Viewers of the recently premiered Showtime series will recognize Virginia Citizens Defense League president Philip Van Cleave as the “gun rights hero” in the show’s “Kinderguardians” training video. 

In the disturbing segment, Cleave can be seen alongside an in-character Cohen, teaching toddlers how to use “Puppy Pistols” and “Gunny Rabbits” to make “bad guys go to sleep.” Read more…

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Michelle Wolf perfectly roasts Australia’s ‘bag rage’

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Some Australian customers are losing their damn minds after finding single-use plastic bags banned from many major supermarkets. One even became violent, a perpetrator of “bag rage.”

Oh, Michelle Wolf noticed.

The Break host took a moment during her  monologue this week to skewer part of the country’s attitude toward the plastic bag ban rolling out in some states, as Australia moves to reduce marine pollution.

Kicking off July 1, the states of Queensland and Western Australia banned single-use, lightweight plastic bags from major retailers. This means aligning with other state bans in the ACT, South Australia, and Tasmania. Read more…

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Jimmy Kimmel finally responds to Trump’s bizarre rally rant — with a fact check

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Jimmy Kimmel has been pretty quiet about Donald Trump’s recent vendetta against late night show hosts.

During a rally for South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, Trump called Stephen Colbert a “low life,” Jimmy Fallon a “lost soul,” and Kimmel “terrible.” But unlike Colbert and Fallon, Kimmel had yet to respond. 

Now we know why — he was off-grid, on summer vacation with his family in the Bob Marshall Wilderness, Montana with no service. But Kimmel finally responded to Trump on Monday night, with a big ol’ fact check.

During the rally speech, Trump told a longwinded story about his experience on Jimmy Kimmel Live! pre-election, that included a claim that the late show host reverently waited out on Hollywood Boulevard for Trump, and apparently visited him in his dressing room before the show. Read more…

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MoviePass was down for hours, ruining everyone’s Friday night

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Frustrated moviegoers let out a collective scream Friday night when MoviePass stopped working. 

As customers from across the country tried to purchase tickets, they were left confused as the popular app that lets you pay a monthly subscription fee was down for several hours. The company announced on Twitter that it was aware of the issue around 7:45 p.m. ET — after social media users had complained prior —  and asked moviegoers to buy tickets at full price from the theater in exchange for a refund at a later date. The company resolved the issue around 9:30 p.m. ET and asked customers to wait to submit their refund requests until Saturday. Read more…

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Drake’s ‘Scorpion’ destroyed major Apple Music and Spotify streaming records

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It’s been a big week for Drake. 

First the artist confirmed on multiple tracks off his album Scorpion that he is indeed a father. Now, one day after the new album’s Friday launch, we’ve also learned that Scorpion broke a big streaming record: It earned the most streams on its very first day, on both Spotify and Apple Music. 

Apple Music confirmed the broken record on Instagram, noting that Scorpion was streamed more than 170 million times in its first 24 hours of release. An earlier post also noted that the album had hit #1 in 92 countries. Read more…

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‘Simpsons’ fans dream of a Mexico and Portugal World Cup final

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Fans of The Simpsons will never forget its classic parody of soccer. 

From 1997, the episode “The Cartridge Family” poked fun at the sport with its meaningless but exotic player names (“Ariaga! Ariaga II! Bariaga!”) and the impatience Americans had for the sport.

In that fictional match (which ended in a riot), Mexico and Portugal battled it out to “determine once and for all which nation is the greatest on earth.”

For followers of the sport, the inclusion of the two countries was a bit of a joke in itself at the time. When the Season 9 episode aired, Portugal’s team was on the slide, ranking 30th in the worldMexico, however, managed to reach a much more respectable 5th.  Read more…

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Jimmy Fallon on Trump’s tweet: ‘Shouldn’t he have more important things to do?’

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For the most part, Jimmy Fallon has tried to avoid being political on The Tonight Show. But he can’t avoid it when the politics come to him. 

Following a tweet by Trump which told the late night show host to “be a man,” Fallon responded to the furore in the opening monologue of his show on Monday night.

“When I saw that Trump had insulted me on Twitter, I was going to tweet back immediately, but I had more important things to do,” Fallon joked. “Then I thought, wait, shouldn’t he have more important things to do? What are you doing? You’re the president. Why are you tweeting at me?”

Of course, Fallon isn’t the only late night show host that’s been in Trump’s firing line. Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert also received scorn from the president at a rally on Monday. Read more…

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Here are all 47 artists featured in Netflix’s ad highlighting black representation

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Netflix recreated a legendary photo for its new ad showcasing black artists who create original content with the streaming giant.

Aired during Sunday’s BET Awards broadcast, the ad dubbed “A Great Day in Hollywood” features 47 black actors, writers, showrunners, and producers from over 20 Netflix original shows, films and documentaries.

Notably, the ad comes just days after Netflix fired its top communications chief Jonathan Friedland for “insensitive” remarks, which included repeated use of the N-word.

Directed by Lacey Duke (who also did Janelle Monae’s “I Like That” music video), the ad directly references Art Kane’s infamous 1958 Esquire photograph, “A Great Day in Harlem,” which featured 57 jazz legends sitting on the steps of a brownstone in Harlem, New York, including Thelonious Monk, Count Basie, and Charles Mingus. Read more…

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Holy sh*t, Beyoncé and Jay Z just dropped a surprise album

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Sad about missing Beyoncé and Jay Z’s “On the Run II” tour? Well, now you don’t have to be.

Not exactly, anyway. The wife-and-husband power duo surprise released a new album — exclusively for Tidal, of course — on Saturday afternoon. The long-rumored joint album bears the title “Everything Is Love.”

To whet the appetites of all those non-Tidal subscribers out there, Bey shared a video snippet from one of the album’s nine tracks on Instagram. In the video, which is for a track called “APES**T,” she and Jay wander around the Louvre in a variety of different outfits while dancers do their thing. Read more…

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Christina Aguilera covers Aretha Franklin in disguise on the subway

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World-famous musicians busking on the subway is totally a Jimmy Fallon thing now.

Joining the likes of Maroon 5 and Miley Cyrus in a (not so) random act of singing was pop queen Christina Aguilera, who hid under a floppy hat and sunglasses to sing a cover of Aretha Franklin’s “Think” at the 50th Street station in New York City.

Of course, what would a star be without the hits: Aguilera also performed an acoustic version of “Fighter” to a very enthusiastic crowd, and lots of cowbell from Fallon. Read more…

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John Travolta still has the moves from ‘Grease’ 40 years on

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That belt loop hip shake from 1978’s Grease has surely been replicated countless times in schools, dances, and in front of mirrors.

Wednesday marked 40 years since the film premiered in New York City, and John Travolta just so happened to be on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, although to promote his upcoming film Gotti.

The shake, which Travolta calls the “four corners,” was introduced when Grease’s choreographer needed a step at the end of “You’re The One That I Want.”

Turns out Travolta still has some of those moves, by the way. Read more…

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‘Fallout: 76’ goes fully online in November

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Fallout is going online with Fallout: 76.

The world got an in-depth look at what to expect with Fallout: 76 during Bethesda’s E3 press conference on Sunday. The latest game from the Fallout franchise takes place entirely online, meaning you’ll be able to play with other players if you’d like for the first time and either team up to fight monsters or try to blow each other’s limbs off starting on Nov. 14.

As we learned with Fallout: 76‘s reveal a couple weeks ago, the game takes place in West Virginia where players are some of the first people to emerge from the country’s vaults on the tricentennial: 2076. Read more…

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Samantha Bee apologizes for Ivanka Trump insult, and for it being a distraction

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Following a week of outrage, Samantha Bee opened Wednesday’s episode of Full Frontal by again apologizing for calling Ivanka Trump a “feckless cunt.”

The comment came from last week’s episode, when Bee criticized Ivanka Trump for not doing anything against her father’s immigration policies that are pulling migrant families apart.

“I hate that this distracted from more important issues,” Bee said in her opening monologue. “I should’ve known that a potty-mouthed insult would be inherently more interesting to [the media] than juvenile immigration policy.”

“I would do anything to help those kids. I hate that this distracted from them, so to them I am also sorry.” Read more…

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New woman joins class-action rape lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein

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Justice continues to close in on Harvey Weinstein, ever since he surrendered himself to the New York police on May 25 (before being released on bail). Now, one more survivor accusing him of rape is adding her story to the legal battle.

CNN reports that Melissa Thompson joined the three other women who filed a class-action lawsuit against the infamous, disgraced Hollywood producer. Before the new charges, he already stood accused of first and third degree rape, as well as first degree criminal sexual act. 

Though Thompson’s story sounds very similar to the litany of other allegations brought to light by women over the past seven months, it adds a fresh layer of (alleged) insidiousness from Weinstein’s lawyer.  Read more…

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K-pop group BTS just smashed another world-first

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Aside from being very good at the music thing, Korean pop kings BTS are smashing records.

The group’s album Love Yourself: Tear will debut at number one on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart for the week of Jun. 2, becoming the first K-pop group to do so.

“It’s the first No. 1 for the seven-member group, and the first K-pop album to lead the tally,” according to Billboard’s announcement

The Billboard 200 chart ranks albums based on traditional album sales, downloads and streamsLove Yourself: Tear unseats Post Malone’s beerbongs & bentleys, which sat on top of the chart for three consecutive weeks and now drops to number two.  Read more…

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The ‘Arrested Development’ actors prove men in Hollywood learned nothing

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The family drama around the Arrested Development cast continues to unfold. And like kids caught in the crossfire of feuding parents, it hurts to watch. 

We’ve heard countless bad takes on #MeToo from Hollywood men. But this one feels personal. And it’s because it comes across as definitive proof that the house is still in burning, despite promising signs that things might be getting better.

To recap the situation at hand: It all started with a New York Times article that might as well be renamed “Well Actually: An Arrested Development Interview.” 

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Eurovision cancels Chinese broadcast due to LGBTQ censorship

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Following allegations of LBGTQ and tattoo censorship, the remainder of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest will no longer be broadcast in China.

The decision comes from Eurovision’s organiser, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), who terminated the agreement with China’s Mango TV on Thursday. 

As per the BBC, reports surfaced about the internet broadcaster blurring out the flags of Albania, Ireland, and the LGBTQ flags during the first semi-final of this year’s contest, as well as editing out the performances by Irish and Albanian contestants. Read more…

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‘Westworld’ went to imperialist India this week and we didn’t really need it

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Westworld Season 2, episode 3 didn’t begin in any place we’ve seen. The episode opened on what appeared to be colonial India, which we immediately realize is another Delos park: The Raj.

It’s certainly a twist in what fans expected of Season 2 – namely a clamoring for Shogun World – and an interesting choice, to say the least.

The purpose of introducing The Raj – which we may not ever see again – is twofold: First, to see that hosts in other parks are revolting, just as they are in Westworld, and to learn where that monstrously large Bengal tiger came from in episode 1. Read more…

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Congratulations, John Oliver, on the koala chlamydia ward named after you

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So a few weeks ago, Last Week Tonight’s John Oliver hit the headlines for buying a whole bunch of Russell Crowe memorabilia.

The auction of stuff included, of all things, the backs of seats sat on by famous people like Denzel Washington and Crowe, a vest from Les Misérables, and a jockstrap worn by Crowe in Cinderella Man.

Crowe amassed more than $3 million in sales at the auction, which you’d assume would go straight to his coffers. 

But not so fast: The actor ended up donating that money to a koala chlamydia ward at Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo, after promising on Twitter that Oliver’s “random act of kindness is going to be honoured in a cool way.” Read more…

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The first full trailer for ‘Venom’ is here

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Sony has released the first trailer for Venom, starring Tom Hardy as an antihero who gets tangled up with a mysterious and powerful symbiote. 

If the character sounds kind of familiar, you may recall that he’s frequently associated with Spider-Man – Topher Grace played a version of him in 2007’s Spider-Man 3

But this Venom exists separately from Spider-Man. The current Spidey exists in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with all the Avengers, while Venom is off doing his own thing in a different continuity.

And it’s probably just as well. Between all the corporate intrigue and action and whatever else is going on in this trailer, Venom looks like he’s got plenty on his plate already. Read more…

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Man, Shania Twain regrets saying she would have voted for Trump

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Well, that was fast.

Perennial country star of our hearts, Shania Twain, has backtracked on saying she would’ve voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 U.S. election.

The revelation came from an interview with The Guardian published on Sunday, which focused on the Canadian artist’s musical career and her shattering divorce with her collaborator and husband Robert Lange. 

On Trump, Twain said, “I would have voted for him because, even though he was offensive, he seemed honest.”

“Do you want straight or polite? Not that you shouldn’t be able to have both. If I were voting, I just don’t want bullshit. I would have voted for a feeling that it was transparent. And politics has a reputation of not being that, right?” she added.  Read more…

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Yup, ‘Jane the Virgin’ just gave fans the most shocking TV twist ever

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SPOILER ALERT: This post contains major spoilers for the Season 4 finale of Jane the Virgin: “Chapter Eighty-One.”

Jane the Virgin has always had a knack for wringing our hearts out like old rags (sometimes in a good way), but the Season 4 finale ended with a special kind of torture. 

In the very last moment of the episode, Jane visits a grimly aloof Rafael at his apartment, expecting him to propose, where instead he reveals the secret he learned from Rose:  a living, breathing Michael Cordero.

So, in no particular order, here are 12 thoughts we had during that 5-second scene that felt like it lasted an eternity, and which we subsequently watched dozens of times and will haunt us until fall. Read more…

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‘Game of Thrones’ producers on epic Season 8 battle: ‘Never been done before’

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Warning: Spoilers loom ahead. 

Year after year, nearly every Game of Thrones season is defined by one major, sprawling battle sequence. And from the sounds of new reports, Season 8 will deliver a battle to end all battles.

And we are straight shook by what it could mean.

Watchers on the Wall reported on the now-deleted Instagram post from a Game of Thrones assistant director, Jonathan Quinlan. The post featured a letter from “The Producer Types” on the show, thanking “the Night Dragons” (aka the cast and crew) for shooting in “the cold, the snow, the rain, the mud, the sheep shit of Toome and the winds of Magheramorne” for 55 consecutive nights. Read more…

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Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump comes clean on ‘SNL’: ‘I do not care about America’

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Every time Saturday Night Live takes a few weeks off, the well of topical humor seems to get deeper and deeper.

Remember “Do not congratul-gate”? The note senior White House staffers allegedly gave President Trump as a reminder before his post-election call with Russian president Vladimir Putin? Seems like forever ago.

But with Alec Baldwin at their disposal, the writers at Saturday Night Live would be amiss not to cram three weeks worth of Trump jokes into a single cold open.

“First up a big congratulations to Vladimir Putin,” Baldwin said, after a perfunctory “Fox News” themed setup starring Leslie Jones as “Outnumbered” anchor Harris Faulker. Read more…

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Sara Bareilles slayed ‘I Don’t Know How To Love Him’ in ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’

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If your social media feed hasn’t been blowing up all night with people excited about NBC’s live broadcast of Jesus Christ Superstar, then you’re clearly not following the right people.

The whole show is a blast, but Sara Bareilles owned this standout moment when she sang one of the musical’s most well-known numbers, “I Don’t Know How To Love Him.”

No more words. Just hit play and soak it in. Read more…

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‘Justice League’ is officially, well and truly DC’s lowest grossing movie

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It’s over, guysJustice League has finally ended its domestic box office run and it’s now officially the lowest grossing film in the DC Extended Universe.

Director Zack Snyder’s multi-hero blockbuster starring Wonder Woman, Superman, Batman, Aquaman, Cyborg, and Flash, the antithesis to Marvel’s Avengers, made $229 million at the U.S. box office since opening in November 2017.

The film couldn’t top Man of Steel, next rung up, which made $291 million at the U.S. box office. DC’s top domestic grossing film to date is the unbeatable Wonder Woman, which hit $412 million — and notably, it came out only months before Justice League and probably should have harnessed more of a guaranteed flow-over audience than it did. Read more…

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