Posted Wednesday 1/16/19 at 5:17AM EST
Travis Scott reportedly consulted with Colin Kaepernick before agreeing to Super Bowl halftime show
Variety reported last month that Jay-Z, who is staunchly against performing at the Super Bowl following the NFL's alleged blackballing of Kaepernick, tried to convince Scott not to perform at Super Bowl LIII halftime with Maroon 5. Variety now reports that Scott spoke to the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback by phone at least once before he agreed to do the halftime show. To blunt criticism, Scott agreed to perform as long as the NFL agreed to donate $500,000 to the non-profit social-justice organization Dream Corps. A source tells Variety's Jem Aswad that "Scott said that while the two did not necessarily agree, they emerged from the conversation with mutual respect and understanding, with the rapper taking the stance that everyone makes a statement in their own way and he felt that the money going toward Dream Corps, combined with the platform provided by the Super Bowl, will do some good. The source also said that Scott would not confirm his performance until the donation was locked in." UPDATE: Colin Kaepernick's people are calling BS on the meeting: "There is NO mutual respect and there is NO understanding for anyone working against @Kaepernick7 PERIOD. #stoplying," tweeted Nessa, Kaepernick's girlfriend. Kaepernic retweeted her tweeet.
Jimmy Fallon performs with the Hamilton cast for special Tonight Show in Puerto Rico
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Fallon not only sang "The Story of Tonight" with updated lyrics on The Tonight Show with Lin-Manuel Miranda and his Hamilton cast, but he also performed "MIA" with Bad Bunny and The Roots on the streets of Old San Juan for his special trip that he considered a "love letter" to the island in wake of Hurricane Maria.
Why Black-ish devoted an episode to colorism
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"Colorism is best defined as varsity racism — an advanced form of prejudice where people are discriminated against based on their skin tone," says executive producer Peter Saji, who wrote Tuesday's episode. "Simply put: It's the bigoted notion that lightskin is good and darkskin is bad. It's also typically done among people of the same group, which possibly explains why it's such a taboo topic. You see, even though black people didn't create colorism, the fact that we already endure so much oppression makes it almost shameful to admit we can contribute to our own suffering. And hopefully that's enough context to talk about the episode."
Protesters plan to descend on Louis CK's San Jose performances
Source: NBC Bay Area
The disgraced comedian is performing with days of advanced notice, for the first time since his sexual misconduct scandal, on Wednesday and Thursday night at the San Jose Improv. In response, the San Jose-based Enough is Enough Voter Project and San Jose Women's March say they are organizing a protest against CK. Both shows quickly sold out.
Kirsten Gillibrand officially announces her presidential candidacy on Late Show with Stephen Colbert, as expected
Source: BuzzFeed News
"I'm filing an exploratory committee for president of the United States tonight," the U.S. senator from New York told Colbert during Tuesday's taping. The Late Show's Twitter account quickly tweeted out the announcement.
The Sopranos-inspired Bada Bing! strip clubs are popping up around the world
Source: Mel Magazine
Strip clubs unaffiliated with HBO from Copenhagen to Rosarito Beach, Mexico are taking advantage of The Sopranos name.
White Like Her book is set to become a TV series
Author Gail Lukasik's bestselling book about her mother, who tried to pass for white while hiding her African-American heritage, is being adapted for TV. Lukasik's book came as a result of her appearance on PBS' Geneaology Roadshow.
Roku drops Infowars channel after backlash
While Roku initially defended its decision to host the channel that carries Alex Jones' controversial show six months after he was banned from Apple, Twitter and YouTube, the company changed its mind on Tuesday night. "After the InfoWars channel became available, we heard from concerned parties and have determined that the channel should be removed from our platform," Roku tweeted. "Deletion from the channel store and platform has begun and will be completed shortly."
Schitt's Creek has perfected its "funny and light and loopy" formula in Season 5
Source: The New York Times
"Big on love, big on reactions, big on outré black-and-white outfits," Margaret Lyons writes as the Canadian comedy returns on Pop TV. "At a time when sitcoms are prone to seriousness — the Will & Grace reboot had a frank discussion about sexual assault, characters have died from drug overdoses on Mom and an annotated copy of 'Nicomachean Ethics' wouldn’t hurt for watching The Good Place — Schitt’s Creek is even more welcome," says Lyons. "It’s silly but not stupid, and it’s feel-good in the best possible ways. The characters can be stuck up, but the show is Canadian: No one wants to be truly rude. The co-creators Eugene and Dan Levy — father and son in life and on the show — have created a sweeter, gentler world than ours; the problems are sillier and the solutions involve musical performances more often than the solutions in our dumb boring real lives seem to. Redemption is never more than 21 minutes away."
You's point is to showcase Penn Badgley as being hot, despite his objections
Source: The Cut
"When I first saw Badgley’s tweets telling fans not to get too horny over him, honestly my first thought was: 'Welp, too late,'" says E. J. Dickson. "As Joe, Badgley exudes the rumpled, self-effacing charm of a young John Cusack, or a pre-Esquire profile Miles Teller. (The fact that Joe is prone to wearing shirts that show off his chest hair doesn’t hurt, either.) He’s undeniably sexy, and that’s precisely the point: were he even slightly homelier, it’s unlikely that Beck would look past the myriad red flags that pop up like Whack-a-Moles during their first few dates together. Hot, charming people have a hell of a lot more privilege than bumbling, non-charismatic fuggos." Dickson adds: "In a twisted way, this dynamic makes You one of the first great romance stories of the post-#MeToo era. In light of the cultural conversation we’re having about consent and boundaries, we’re slowly coming to terms with the idea that obsession isn’t the same as infatuation, harassment isn’t the same as persistence, and wanting to save someone isn’t the same as loving them. And if Penn Badgley showing his chest hair is enough to help us do away with these problematic ideals once and for all, then so much the better." ALSO: You captures the hell of dating as a straight woman.
George R.R. Martin responds the record-breaking Instagram egg with a Game of Thrones dragon egg
"I, too, have a famous, egg," Martin tweeted Tuesday in response to the egg that broke the record for most Instagram likes. ALSO: Game of Thrones' trailer is a huge nod to longstanding fan theories.
Dirty John's mean-girl daughters were the best thing about the Bravo series
Julia Garner and Juno Temple "act like real twentysomethings, which is to say sometimes they seem a whole lot younger and more immature than their years," says Heather Schwedel. "They also both affect accents for the parts, filling their speech with California uptalk similar to the mode of speaking one of the daughters’ real-life counterparts employed on the original podcast. These accents inevitably led to complaints on social media, which reek of a familiar bias: Uptalk is associated with young women, so it’s looked down upon, but one of the big themes of Dirty John is that young women are much stronger than they are often given credit for. The voices are deliberate—both actresses discussed them in a bonus episode of the Dirty John podcast about the making of the TV show—and strike me as perfect for their characters, whose young, feminine, and privileged markers function as a kind of decoy for the ultimate role they’ll play in the end." ALSO: Dirty John was a complicated tribute to female strength.
Colton Underwood spent an entire day filming Bachelor shower scenes
“You know how many showers I took? You ready for this? This is a spoiler alert,” Colton said on Ben Higgins and Ashley Iaconetti’s Almost Famous podcast. “We had a shower B-roll day. It was awesome.” ALSO: Bachelor in Paradise alum Wells Adams calls BS on Colton.
Susan Kelechi Watson talks Beth's This Is Us flash-forward
Source: Entertainment Weekly
"I didn’t realize that it was going to be on such a large scale, but it really looks some grand ballet studio," she says of Beth's showcase episode. "It was amazing because first of all, Beth made it into the future, which was a concern for many people." ALSO: Sterling K. Brown on Tuesday's episode.
RuPaul's Drag Race reveals Season 4 "midseason lip-sync smackdown" twist
Source: Entertainment Weekly
“For the first time in Drag Race Herstory, all of the eliminated All Stars get a chance to return to the competition,” the show said in a press release. “But first they have to send home a competing All Star.“
Corporate is still refreshingly pessimistic in Season 2 despite some subtle changes
"The dynamic of the main duo has slightly shifted," says Vikram Murthi. "Matt’s nascent positivity has developed into foolhardy optimism, adopted in a desperate attempt to enjoy life, and Jake’s self-aware nihilism, though still serving as a counterbalance to Matt’s character, masks insecurities heretofore unexplored. The show’s targets have expanded beyond the cubicle to encompass privacy rights, the gender politics of wearing makeup, and social-media feeds in the wake of regularly scheduled national tragedies. Its overall bite has softened (possibly as an attempt to court new viewers, or possibly just a general evolution of perspective), and the humor has become more absurdist and slightly less tethered to real life. Despite these changes, its refreshingly pessimistic worldview remains intact. Corporate remains an essential show for anyone who looks outside and cringes at our shared social fabric."
The jump in Marie Kondo-related internet and social media searches proves the Netflix effect is real
Source: The Ringer
Internet searches for hashtags like #konmari and #sparkjoy have soared since Tidying Up with Marie Kondo was released on New Year's Day. "The explosion of Marie Kondo and the KonMari Method on the internet is certainly proof of the star’s capabilities and winning personality," says Molly McHugh. "But it is also evidence of Netflix’s ability to resurface a trend. Of course, plenty of the KonMari content floating about is negative. The backlash cycle is in full swing, with much of it specifically focused on Kondo’s suggestion to part with books (although she says to do this only if they don’t bring the owner joy). Still, it hit a nerve. But data about page views and hashtags isn’t concerned with whether or not the accompanying content is positive or negative, only that it exists. To that end, KonMari has never been more alive."
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Roswell, New Mexico has a lot of potential, but it often takes the easy route in tackling the nuances of immigration
Source: The A.V. Club
In contrast to the teen angst of the original WB/UPN Roswell, the reboot "ages everyone up a decade in an effort to support the many ideas that are at play here: a romantic drama, murder mystery, and political allegory," says Danette Chavez. But Roswell, New Mexico is hampered by its clunky exposition and clunky dialogue, says Chavez. "Roswell, New Mexico’s real potential lies in much more fraught territory, something the series is cognizant of and occasionally unconcerned with," says Chavez. "Where (the original Roswell) focused on how every teen feels like an outsider at some point, the new series is in a better position to also examine how people’s fear of the unknown leads to some appalling actions."
- Roswell, New Mexico roots itself so well in the present day that its relevance is hard to argue
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- Lazy Roswell, New Mexico is the reboot craze at its worst
- Why the aliens on Roswell, New Mexico drink nail polish remover instead of hot sauce
- How the reboot compares to the original WB/UPN series
- Travis Scott reportedly consulted with Colin Kaepernick before agreeing to Super Bowl halftime show