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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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‘The Simpsons’ paid tribute to the late Stephen Hawking

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Stephen Hawking has been honored by The Simpsons.

The astrophysicist had a number of cameos on the show in its now 29-season run, perhaps most notably in 1999 when he appeared at the end of the episode “They Saved Lisa’s Brain.”

The show ended Sunday’s episode with an image of Hawking in his now iconic helicopter and jet-powered wheelchair, complete with Lisa Simpson sitting on his lap. 

The Simpsons’ executive producer Matt Selman, who called Hawking the show’s “most intelligent guest star,” posted the image on Twitter. Read more…

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Steven Spielberg explained why ‘Ready Player One’ only references the original ‘Star Wars’

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As an unabashed homage to geek culture and 80s nostalgia smorgasboard, you probably assumed Ready Player One would be dripping with Star Wars references.

You’d be wrong.

While the marketing for Steven Spielberg’s upcoming movie showed zero restraint when it came to pop culture references, the director said he was actually careful about name-dropping Star Wars. Or rather, which Star Wars movies he included from the ever-expanding movie franchise.

“We didn’t want to use the main cultural icons from any of the Disney Star Wars films, because those are ongoing. That’s really part of our contemporary world right now. And even though it began in the ’80s, it is so much a part of our real life today in the 21st century. So we asked for some of the smaller items, and Disney gave us everything we asked for,” Spielberg said at a SXSW interview with Fandango. Read more…

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nuqneH? yIjatlh! You can now learn Klingon with Duolingo

If you’re a real Star Wars Star Trek fan, chances are you’ve always dreamt of learning Klingon. It’s one of the most lovely and melodic tongues in the pantheon of fake languages, after all. Well, here is your chance: Duolingo today announced the launch of the official Klingon course on its service.

“Many Star Trek fans become curious about the Klingon language at some point, but learning a language takes time, energy and regular practice, especially when you’re just starting out,” lead course creator and Star Trek fan Felix Malmenbeck, who started working on this project back in 2015, told us. “Therefore, if the language isn’t one of your primary interests, chances are you’ll end up investing that energy elsewhere, whether it’s cosplay, fan fiction, reading novels or any of the multitude of forms that fandom can take.”

Like all Duolingo courses, the Klingon course, too, is available free of charge. Unlike regular languages courses, though, Duolingo probably had to get its legal department involved in launching this one, and the course is actually under licence by CBS Consumer Products.

Klingon joins the other 30 languages that are currently available on the Duolingo platform, which currently has about 200 million users.

Michael Shannon watched ‘The Shape of Water’ win Best Picture from a dive bar

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Sure, attending the Oscars is a dream come true for many people.

Except perhaps in Hollywood, where it’s just another event that you have to get dressed up and look nice for. 

Michael Shannon, who plays the terrifying colonel Richard Strickland in The Shape of Water, surely would’ve been invited to the Oscars on Sunday, given how many nominations the film received. 

Instead, Shannon decided to spend it at a dive bar. Specifically Chicago’s legendary Old Town Ale House, where he watched the Best Picture win on the TV with no sound, but with the subtitles on. Read more…

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Netflix’s ‘Icarus’ wins the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature

Icarus It was a quiet Oscar ceremony for the big streaming services, but Netflix’s doping film Icarus (directed by Bryan Fogel) did win the award for best documentary feature. The Big Sick, distributed by Amazon Studios, was nominated for best original screenplay, while Netflix’s Mudbound was nominated for best adapted screenplay, cinematography (amazingly, Rachel Morrison is the first… Read More

Jennifer Lawrence, Jodie Foster will reportedly replace Casey Affleck to present Best Actress

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Jennifer Lawrence and Jodie Foster will present the Best Actress category at the Academy Awards Sunday in lieu of Casey Affleck, Variety reports. 

The news comes after nearly a month of speculation as to who would replace Affleck. The Best Actor winner decided not to present at the end of January because he feared he’d become a distraction. 

The Manchester by the Sea star was accused of sexual harassment in two 2010 lawsuits, which mostly went under the radar, until the #MeToo movement shined a spotlight on men with histories of sexual misconduct allegations. Affleck’s publicists have characterized the lawsuits as extortion attempts. The producer and cinematographer of I’m Not Here, Affleck’s 2010 film, are the accusers. Their cases were settled out of court, with no monetary figure disclosed. Read more…

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Come to TechCrunch’s party and SXSW panels

 TechCrunch invites you to our annual Crunch By Crunch Fest party in Austin, Texas. RSVP to come meet our writers while enjoying free drinks and musical performances by live electronic pop wizards Autograf, digital RnB drummer Mobley, angelic songwriter MIEARS, and yacht dance DJs Glassio. It’s going down from noon to 4pm, Sunday March 11th. We’re teaming up with Splash to take over… Read More

Imagine the hits from ‘Hamilton’ given the ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic treatment

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Fans of Hamilton need to hit play on ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic’s bonkers new medley.

Dubbed “The Hamilton Polka,” Yankovic’s new release is a crazy mashup of hits from the Broadway musical, with takes on “My Shot,” “Wait For It,” “The Schuyler Sisters,” and more.

It’s the next chapter in Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda’s year-long #Hamildrops project, which sees new Hamilton content dropping every month.

The first taste came in December, with a recording of “Ben Franklin’s Song,” by The Decemberists, and was followed by Nas’ “Wrote My Way Out” featuring Aloe Blacc, Dave East and Miranda himself. Read more…

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Trailer for ‘Silicon Valley’ Season 5 drops, minus TJ Miller of course

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What’s life going to be like for the Silicon Valley gang, sans Erlich Bachman?

Following last season’s departure of TJ Miller, who plays Bachman, fans have likely wondered what Season 5 will look like — especially without that priceless tension between him and Jian Yang.

HBO dropped a trailer for the upcoming season on Tuesday, and well, it’d certainly appear the rivalries are staying the same. Pied Piper is still butting heads with Hooli, and its founder Richard Hendricks, played by Thomas Middleditch, is still trying to prove himself as a competent leader.

Same old, maybe, but we shall see. Season 5 of Silicon Valley debuts on Mar. 25. Read more…

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Bruno Mars takes home the Album of the Year at the 2018 Grammys

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Bruno Mars had a big night at the 2018 Grammy Awards and topped it off by winning the biggest award of the night, Album of the Year, for his critically acclaimed album 24K Magic.  

The Hawaii native snagged the honor by beating out Jay-Z, Donald Glover, Lorde, and Kendrick Lamar in the category. 

“First off to the other nominees in this category…you guys are the reason i am in the studio pulling my hair out man…than you for blessing the world with your music,” he said, thanking his peers before telling a story about opening a show in Hawaii at the age of 15. Read more…

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Celebrities at the Grammys will wear white roses in support of Time’s Up

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#TimesUp is set to make its mark on the Grammys, too.

Celebrities attending the awards ceremony on Sunday have been asked to wear a white rose in support of the campaign.

The encouragement comes from a letter penned by a group calling itself Voices in Entertainment, consisting of women in the music industry, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Addressed to its “brothers and sisters in music,” the letter explained the group “is inspired by the #timesup campaign” and is encouraging “the artists that we work with and our colleagues attending the 60th Annual Grammy Awards in New York City to wear a white rose to the ceremony on Sunday, January 28th.” Read more…

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Watch Joey Bada$$ spin a Prince cover with ‘When Thugs Cry’

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Rapper Joey Bada$$ put his own spin on a Prince classic on Friday, with a cover dubbed “When Thugs Cry.”

Performed at Australian radio station triple j on Friday, for the popular, weekly “Like a Version” cover songs segment, the Brooklyn artist paid tribute to The Purple One. 

“To this day my mum is the biggest Prince fan, she always played Prince around the house, put me on to Prince at such an early age. Me and her we used to always sing “When Doves Cry” together, so I made my own version. It’s called “When Thugs Cry,” he told triple j.

Joey Bada$$ is currently touring Australia, performing at Melbourne’s Sugar Mountain festival in Melbourne alongside Actress, A.B. Original, Jamila Woods and more on Saturday, Jan. 20. Read more…

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Saudi Arabia just lifted its cinema ban, and well, the first movie screened was an interesting choice

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Saudi Arabia has just lifted a 35-year-old ban on cinemas, and picked an, uh, interesting movie for the first screening.

Ready? The Emoji Movie. Yep.

The very first film hitting cinema screens in three and a half decades was 2017’s animated feature about a city populated by talking emojis. It’s currently sitting at 9 percent on Rotten Tomatoes — although, granted, it has a 39 percent audience score. And it’s targeted at children.

But hey, let’s celebrate the fact that it was shown at all.

The conservative kingdom’s Ministry of Culture and Information agreed to issue licenses for cinemas on Dec. 11, 2017. According to Reuters, the country’s first permanent theatres could open as early as March 2018, and the authorities are sponsoring temporary cinemas for now — one, in Jeddah’s cultural hall, apparently has a popcorn machine. Films will be censored to adhere to the “moral values” of the kingdom — exactly what these censored films look like remains to be seen. Read more…

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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ returns to Hulu on April 25 (and here’s a new trailer)

 The first season of The Handmaid’s Tale has been a home run for Hulu — the series has been embraced by awards voters, and it was one of the streaming service’s most-watched dramas last year. This weekend, Hulu has been working to build up anticipation for the 13-episode second season, with the release of the first images and the announcement that the show will return sometime… Read More

Mark Wahlberg donated his $1.5 million ‘All The Money’ fee to Time’s Up

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In the wake of an uproar over the $1.5 million Mark Wahlberg was paid for his All The Money In The World reshoots, the actor announced Saturday that he will donate the money in his costar Michelle Williams’ name to the Time’s Up legal defense fund.

Wahlberg’s hefty reshoot fee made headlines earlier this week after it was reported that Williams earned just $1,000 for her time. 

The cast of All The Money In The World reshot multiple scenes after director Ridley Scott cut actor Kevin Spacey from the film following multiple sexual assault allegations. Christopher Plummer replaced himUSA Today first reported the massive pay discrepancy on Tuesday. Read more…

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The first draft of that steamed hams script from ‘The Simpsons’ was excellent too

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So, the steamed hams skit in The Simpsons’ “22 Short Films About Springfield” is a pretty hot meme right now.

Also known as “Skinner & The Superintendent,” the scene featuring Superintendent Chalmers and Principal Skinner is one of the show’s funniest, but has landed an extra bit of comedic oomph thanks to the plethora of remixes by people on the internet.

In case you haven’t been keeping up, here’s the steamed hams skit performed to a custom Guitar Hero song, for some reason.

Or this guy who hasn’t seen The Simpsons before, so he improvises the whole scene in one take. Read more…

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YouTube star Logan Paul apologises for video depicting an apparent victim of suicide

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YouTube star Logan Paul has issued an apology for posting a video containing footage of an apparent victim of suicide, but it might not be enough for some.

In the now-removed video, the 22-year-old vlogger visited Japan’s Aokigahara forest on the northwestern flank of Mount Fuji. The forest’s name translates to the “Sea of Trees” but is known internationally as the “Suicide Forest,” the site of hundreds of suicides every year.

According to New York Magazine, Paul posted a video to his 15 million YouTube subscribers with the title “We found a dead body in the Japanese Suicide Forest…” that was meant to be the third part of his “Tokyo Adventures,” series. The publisher reports that the video contained footage of a person who had apparently died by suicide, with their face blurred. Read more…

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Lorde’s cancellation of Israel show sparks meeting request with its ambassador

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Lorde’s decision to cancel her performance in Israel has been suitably contentious.

Now Israel’s ambassador to New Zealand has requested to meet with the Grammy-winning singer following her decision to pull out of her Tel Aviv show in May.

In an open letter posted on Facebook Wednesday, ambassador Itzhak Gerberg called the decision “regrettable” and criticised the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for pressuring the singer into cancelling her show.

“Music is a wonderful language of tolerance and friendship, which brings people together,” the letter reads. “Your concert in Israel could have spread the message that solutions come from constructive engagement that leads to compromise and cooperation.” Read more…

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Rian Johnson says Adam Driver had no problem with shirtless ‘Last Jedi’ scene, duh

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Slight spoiler alert for Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Adam Driver agrees with you that he’s looking good in The Last Jedi – at least, according to Rian Johnson.

People caught up with the Star Wars: The Last Jedi director to ask how the much-buzzed-about beefcake moment came about.

“Adam looks so damn good because he’d been training hardcore for the past six months for those fight scenes,” Johnson told the magazine. “I’m like, ‘Eh. He looks so good. We should put him up there.'”

Rian: I like the way you think.  Read more…

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Miss America CEO resigns after sexist, offensive emails surface

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There he goes, Miss America Organization CEO Sam Haskell.

Haskell had been suspended Friday after a HuffPost story detailed his email correspondence over the years leading the beauty pageant. His leaked emails included many sexist, offensive comments about contestants and winners.

By Saturday afternoon he had resigned. 

Board chairman Lynn Weidner also offered her resignation, but she will remain on for up to 90 days to help “facilitate a smooth transition.” Weidner had been involved in targeting Miss America 2013 Mallory Hagan, whom Haskell and other MAO colleagues had insulted because of her weight after she won the competition. Read more…

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Dark vs. Light: ‘Star Wars’ fans storm social media with dueling ‘Last Jedi’ opinions

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Spoiler alert! This post contains big spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Seriously, get out of here now if you don’t want to know what happens.

The critical response to The Last Jedi has been overwhelmingly positive, with reviews lauding the film for — among other things — deviating from the Star Wars norm.

Audiences online, though, haven’t been quite so enamored of the movieAs Mashable reported earlier this week, the gap between Rotten Tomatoes scores from critics vs. those from moviegoers was, at one point, a whopping 37 percent.

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‘The Last Jedi’ gave us the perfect answer to the question of Rey’s parents

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Spoiler alert: This post contains major spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

As promised, Star Wars: The Last Jedi gives us a definitive answer to the question of who Rey’s parents are.

And with apologies to every fan who’s spun an elaborate theory about why she’s definitely a Kenobi, or a Skywalker, or a Solo, or a Palpatine, or what have you, she’s none of the above.

After a movie and a half’s worth of wondering about and pining after her missing family, Rey finally comes to terms with the truth in The Last Jedi: her parents were just a couple of random deadbeats who, as Kylo sneers, probably sold her off for drinking money, and are now in a pauper’s grave. Read more…

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‘Jumanji’ is a great video game movie that’s not actually based on a video game

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It’s a truism that Hollywood has a terrible track record when it comes to video game movies. But it’s not entirely accurate. There are lots of great video game movies out there – they’re just not based on actual video games.

This month, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, joins films like Edge of Tomorrow and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World on the list of excellent films inspired by video games but not directly adapted from one. This one is a loose sequel to 1995’s Jumanji, which reimagines the dangerous board game as a ’90s-era video game. Read more…

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Madonna brings back Photo Booth, covers ‘Toxic’ for Britney Spears’s birthday

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Saturday was singer and internationally renowned artist Britney Spears’s 36th birthday, and to celebrate, Madonna booted up her Photo Booth app (#tbt) and covered “Toxic.”

In an Instagram post, the icon explained that the cover was also her song for World AIDS Day, which was Friday. (She certainly did a better job raising awareness than the president.)

Watch the wonderful, thermal-y cover below.

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And yes, Britney liked the post.

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Trump’s ‘Time’ tweet got better with every internet spoof

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It’s Thanksgiving week, and you know what that means: Time for Donald Trump’s annual tiff with Time magazine and it’s “Person of the Year” issue. 

Trump won the honor last year, which should have silenced his irritation forthwith. But because he’s Donald Trump, he will not be satisfied unless he is the center of all attention always. 

Time Magazine called to say that I was PROBABLY going to be named “Man (Person) of the Year,” like last year, but I would have to agree to an interview and a major photo shoot. I said probably is no good and took a pass. Thanks anyway!

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Taylor Swift seems to diss on Kanye West in ‘This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things’ and Twitter’s loving it

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Squad, Taylor Swift’s reputation has landed, and it was never going to be without a few swipes.

The pop mogul’s highly anticipated sixth studio album has dropped, with one of the tracks generating a significant amount of buzz, “This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things.” 

It’s (look, probably) a big swipe at Swift’s big frenemy, Kanye West.

Co-written with producer pal Jack Antonoff, the track appears to make a few digs at the rapper, who Swift has had a complicated friendship with over the last few years, from the 2015 Grammys to the West’s “Famous” lyric, right up until that phone call. Read more…

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Donald Trump and Paul Manafort take a very naked shower on ‘Saturday Night Live’

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Donald Trump took a naked shower with Paul Manafort on Saturday Night Live tonight, and yes, things got weirder from there.

Kicking the episode off in classic SNL fashion, Alec Baldwin reprised his role as Trump – the real-life version of whom is on his first trip to Asia as president, the late night version of whom snuck off to check on his old buddy Manafort (Alex Moffat) after his no good very bad week.  

But don’t worry. Melania is happy with the (very) fake lookalike Baldwin’s Trump sent along in his stead. In fact, she’s falling in love!

To make absolutely sure Manafort isn’t wearing a wire, Trump insisted the pair pop in the shower together, as one does. He even got in a shot at the Hollywood scandal du jour. Read more…

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Seth MacFarlane seemed to hint about the Kevin Spacey allegations back in 2005

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Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane seems to know a lot more than he gives off.

Following the allegations of sexual assault and harassment against Harvey Weinstein, a clip from the best supporting actress Oscar nominations in 2013 went viral.

MacFarlane made an awkward joke about the nominees, and congratulated them because they “no longer have to be pretend to be attracted” to Weinstein. 

Now in the wake of accusations that Kevin Spacey made sexual advances toward actor Anthony Rapp when Rapp was 14 years old, another clip is making the rounds on social media.  Read more…

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7 things that will 100% maybe happen in ‘Stranger Things’ Season 2

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It’s been over a year since we rampantly binged our way through the sweet ’80s nostalgia of Stranger Things Season 1, and now — finally — the sequel is less than 10 days away.

The final trailer is out, a clip of Eleven has been released, and the Upside Down is so close you can practically smell it.

Still, we’ve got to find some way of killing time until those nine beautiful episodes glide their way into our hungry, hungry Netflix accounts.

In a desperate attempt to guess some of the things that might happen in Stranger Things Season 2, I’ve combed through as many clues as I could find in the trailers and promotional material. Read more…

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Amazon drops David O. Russell show as Weinstein fallout continues

 Amazon said earlier this week that it was reviewing its options around the shows it was producing with The Weinstein Company. Now it looks like the company has made a decision and is moving to sever ties with TWC. One show, an untitled project from director David O. Russell, has been canceled entirely. Russell, along with stars Robert De Niro and Julianne Moore, released a statement saying… Read More

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Watch Tom Petty's classic 'Free Fallin' tribute by Coldplay and R.E.M.'s Peter Buck

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Tributes are flowing for American rock ‘n’ roll everyman Tom Petty, who passed away at 66 on Monday night after suffering a cardiac arrest.

One notable live tribute came from Coldplay, performing to thousands at The Moda Center in Portland, Oregon on Monday.

After opening the show with a minute’s silence for Petty, Coldplay was joined by guitarist and co-founder of R.E.M. Peter Buck for a rendition of Petty’s 1989 classic “Free Fallin’,” the opening track from his solo debut album, Full Moon Fever.

Sing along in your own tribute to Petty, and then crank up these other nine songs in his honour. Read more…

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So … what is Jennifer Lawrence's 'mother!' really about?

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Warning: Major spoilers for mother! are ahead.

Well, that was something.

Jennifer Lawrence’s mother! has finally arrived in theaters, and the general reaction can be summed up in three letters: WTF?

It’s clear that writer-director Darren Aronofsky is trying to say something with his new work, and that he wants to get people talking about that something. The problem is that no one quite seems able to agree on what that something is. 

Ask 10 people who’ve just seen this movie what they think it’s “really” about, and you might get half a dozen different explanations. I know, because I did just that after seeing mother! for the first time at TIFF. Read more…

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What Jaime's big moment with Cersei means for 'Game of Thrones' Season 8

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Ah, Jaime Lannister. Longtime kingslayer, first-time queen betrayer.

Turns out that most of the biggest political maneuvers in Game of Thrones Season 7 finale were a farce. For all her apparent fear of the wight from beyond the Wall and waffling over whether or not to join the Great War, Cersei was full of it the whole dang time.

That was one of the bombshell revelations from the episode’s concluding sprint across Westeros: Cersei still gonna Cersei. She’s been a vile, duplicitous monster for seven straight seasons and, hey… she’s still got it!

Although she agreed to stand beside Dany, Jon, and their assembled forces to fight in the Great War, Cersei never intended to do anything of the sort. Instead, she sent punk rock pirate boytoy Euron Greyjoy off on a secret mission to retrieve the Golden Company mercenaries: 20,000 warriors — with elephants — who can defeat dragons, I guess? Read more…

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9 key predictions for how 'Game of Thrones' Season 7 will end

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Warning: Contains plenty of spoilers for Game of Thrones Season 7 so far, plus some inevitably wonky predictions for Sunday’s finale.

After many long months of waiting for Game of Thrones to come back on, I now have to contend with the horrible, horrible reality that it’s about to go away again.

Old Nan thinks she knows all about Winter, but we know what the Long Night really is: it’s those 10 sickeningly dragon-free months before Season 8 finally gets here.

But enough of all that. The fact is we still have one deliciously long episode still to go. So rather than waste time worrying about next Monday, let’s focus on those sweet, sweet predictions. Read more…

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Old Taylor Swift is dead. May New Taylor Swift forever reign in terror

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Taylor Swift has been sorted into Slytherin, and she’s bringing a new banger to their house parties.

If the snake videos weren’t enough of a clue, Taylor’s enemies have driven her to a poisonous place — or so she’d have us believe. “Bad Blood” will go down as a bratty tiff compared to “Look What You Made Me Do,” a message from the all-new Taylor Swift, a first offering from Reputation that’s dripping with lethal venom.

“I’m sorry, the old Taylor can’t come to the phone right now,” she sarcastically snarls during the break. “Why? Oh! ‘Cause she’s dead!”

RIP sunny, lovelorn Taylor. Long live dark, vengeful Taylor.  Read more…

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'Mass Effect: Andromeda' is basically over and BioWare just confirmed it, folks

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Five months.

That’s how long it’s been since Mass Effect: Andromeda launched, and that’s how long it took BioWare Montreal to admit that nothing more can be done with the ailing game’s story mode. Technically, it wasn’t even a full five months, as Andromeda launched on March 21.

BioWare confirmed the decision in an update on the Mass Effect website. The Andromeda corner of the game’s universe won’t be tossed, but continuing stories will be relegated to special multiplayer missions and other forms of media.

“Our last update, 1.10, was the final update for Mass Effect: Andromeda,” the note reads. “There are no planned future patches for single-player or in-game story content.” Read more…

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Usain Bolt's final race ended with an unexpected injury, but he's still a legend

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This wasn’t supposed to be how it ended.

What should have been a triumphant finish to a momentous career ended in injury when Usain Bolt fell to the track in the midst of his last-ever race at the IAAF World Championships in London on Saturday.

Bolt had apparently developed a cramp in his left hamstring just after taking the baton in his anchor leg of the 4×100 relay and was unable to finish.

The United Kingdom went on to win the race, and America and Japan took second and third as Bolt’s teammates helped him limp off of the track. Read more…

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Here's the first 6 minutes of the 'Carpool Karaoke: The Series' premiere

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James Corden’s mega-popular segment now has an Apple flavor.

You can catch the first six minutes of the premiere episode of Carpool Karaoke: The Series, which released on Tuesday night, as part of a 16-episode season for Apple Music.

Will Smith is the first guest, and they open with a rendition of “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It.” Then they get into a very over-the-top version of “Boom! Shake The Room,” while also discussing if Smith would ever play Barack Obama. 

There’s also a teaser of other hosts and guests, such Gwyneth Paltrow (an easy choice, given she’s in another of Apple’s shows, Planet of the Apps), Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner from Game of Thrones, and Billy Eichner singing it out with Metallica, of all people. Read more…

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The Navy SEAL movie of summer has disappeared. Poof. Gone.

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Can I get a visual on Renegades?

The Navy SEAL drama that was set to hit North American theaters in three weeks has vanished from the schedule, reports Richard Rushfield in Friday’s edition of The Ankler. We’ve confirmed that EuropaCorp, the French film production company behind Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, has indeed aborted the mission to open it Sept. 1. No alternate date has been set.

The tale of a Navy SEAL team that discovers treasure in a Bosnian lake stars J.K. Simmons — he of now beastly ripped old-man physique — and no one else you’ve likely heard of. Does Sullivan Stapleton ring a bell? I guess Ewen Bremner (Spud from Trainspotting) was just in Wonder Woman, so there’s that. Read more…

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Cersei was channeling her inner Joffrey in this week's 'Game of Thrones' and it's TERRIFYING

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Nothing good can come of this.

Now that Daenerys (aka “The Mad King’s daughter”) has landed in Westeros, it’s safe to say that Cersei is feeling the heat of dragonbreath at her door. 

Handily, she still has the reliably creepy Qyburn as her political fixer, and after facilitating the mass murder of several hundred rival nobles and priests at the Sept of Baelor last season, the disgraced former maester has come up with an equally subtle approach to help Cersei defeat Dany’s dragons, should they come knocking:

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That 'Star Wars' Disney attraction that's going to take all your money has an official name now

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Well, we can stop calling it “Star Wars Land” now. Disney has finally announced the official name for the Star Wars-themed zone that’s coming to Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It’s “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.”

Yeah, I’m probably still gonna refer to it as “Star Wars Land.”

In addition, Bob Chapek, chairman of Disney Parks & Resorts, served up a host of new details about what parkgoers can expect from Star Wars Land Star Wars: Galaxy’s EdgeNot that we needed convincing – but hey, we’re not about to complain.  Read more…

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'Silicon Valley' said goodbye to Erlich in the most Erlich way possible

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This post contains spoilers for Silicon Valley Season 4, episode 10, titled “Server Error.”

Much like everything Erlich Bachman has ever attempted, T.J. Miller’s Silicon Valley exit was kind of ridiculous.

In the Season 4 finale, after venturing to Tibet to catch up with former Hooli CEO Gavin Belson for a fresh start, Erlich wasted no time going back to his old habits — literally — and getting cozy with an opium pipe. 

As Gavin left to rescue Jack Barker from a hostage situation in a Chinese factory to try and curry the favor of the Hooli board, he encouraged Erlich to come with him, but the curly-haired miscreant was too high to pay any attention to him. Instead of dragging him along while stoned, Gavin paid the owner of the drug den enough cash to allow Erlich to stay there for five years, and left him giggling up at the ceiling in a fugue state. Read more…

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The first 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' reviews are in

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Are your Spidey senses tingling yet?

One of the first media screenings of Spider-Man: Homecoming took place Friday night, and while official reviews are still under embargo, audience members were allowed to share their general thoughts on social media following the film.

And boy, did people have a lot to sayMashable‘s movie reporter Angie Han noted on Twitter:

#SpiderManHomecoming is fantastic. Perfectly cast. Does an impressive job of balancing superheroics & high school drama.

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Stephen Colbert grilling Oliver Stone about Putin is excruciating to watch

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It shouldn’t be surprising in this current political climate that Oliver Stone’s four-part Showtime series about Russia’s leader, Vladimir Putin, hasn’t had the warmest of receptions.

Stephen Colbert is more known for his quips, but a meeting with Stone on The Late Show on Monday proved too irresistible for the host. Colbert asked the director if he was “cosying up” to what some would call a dictator.

“You know, you have to be polite because this was a two-year deal, and it was four times, and I was with him numerous times,” Stone explained.

Colbert admittedly hadn’t watched the series yet, but asked Stone what would surprise him about Putin when watching it. Read more…

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