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Posted Monday 9/24/18 at 3:53PM EDT
Pete Davidson: I've received death threats for dating Ariana Grande
Source: New York Daily News
“Someone wanted to shoot me in the face because she’s so hot. You know how insane that is?” the SNL star told Howard Stern this morning. “I was like, am I that ugly that people want to shoot me in the face? They’re like, no, f*ck this guy. I’m like, what did I do?” ALSO: Davidson calls Chevy Chase a "racist" and "douchebag" for SNL criticisms.
Posted Tuesday 9/04/18 at 9:45AM EDT
Luke Cage's Mike Colter apologizes for making light of a pastor's inappropriate touching of Ariana Grande at Aretha Franklin's funeral
Colter was responding to a Trevor Noah tweet about Bishop Charles Ellis groping Grande, tweeting: "Now THIS is how you shoot your shot! Zero F***!" Colter said in his apology that "in no way do I condone any such behavior. It was intended to point out the absurdity of the act itself. Complete and biting sarcasm. I realized quickly that it was not taken as such.”
Posted Monday 8/20/18 at 10:18PM EDT
James Corden's "Carpool Karaoke" has gone from a breath of fresh air to tired and formulaic
Source: The A.V. Club
The recurring Late Late Show segment still gets many millions of views on YouTube while occasionally pulling off memorable moments like the recent Paul McCartney installment. But the McCartney segment, which was expanded for a primetime special tonight on CBS, points to one of "Carpool Karaoke's" main flaws: all the memorable stuff happened outside the car. "The problem here is not McCartney, or even Corden (although he remains a divisive figure in some circles): rather, evidence suggests the 'Carpool Karaoke' format has lost its distinctiveness amid intense repetition, and renewed competition from the rest of late night," says Myles McNutt. "What once felt like a spontaneous and intimate encounter with a celebrity has become, over the course of 40 installments, a plug-and-play series of bits that feels like it’s exhausted its cultural moment a mere three years after its introduction." McNutt says. "Carpool Karaoke's" inability to surprise anymore could be seen in last week's Ariana Grande segment that recycled a moment from Grande's earlier appearance with Seth MacFarlane on Apple's Carpool Karaoke: The Series. "Whereas Corden’s harmonies and other vocal achievements were once unexpected, they’re now built into the formula," says McNutt. "It no longer feels like an individual artist is going to impact what happens in the car on 'Carpool Karaoke.' It’s now about how the show’s producers filter that artist through the predetermined formula, and how the artist’s management wants them to appear within those limitations."
Posted Thursday 8/16/18 at 10:40PM EDT
Ariana Grande reportedly broke down in tears while performing an Aretha Franklin tribute on The Tonight Show
The singer, who was supposed to do a comedy skit with Jimmy Fallon during Thursday's visit, initially declined a request to do a tribute to The Queen of Soul, according to TMZ. But Questlove changed her mind. "Ariana brought the house down and got a standing O. We're told when Ariana left the stage she broke down in tears," says TMZ, which adds that her performance will open Thursday's Tonight Show. UPDATE: Watch Ariana Grande and The Roots perform "Natural Woman" in tribute to Aretha Franklin.
Posted Tuesday 8/07/18 at 10:55PM EDT
Ariana Grande suffered an injury while filming "Carpool Karaoke"
Source: E! Online
The singer posted an image of her bandaged hand in her Instagram stories without detailing her injury. "Well Mr. Corden, today is off to a wild start," she said.
Posted Tuesday 8/07/18 at 2:27PM EDT
CBS is expanding Paul McCartney's "Carpool Karaoke" segment for a primetime special
Carpool Karaoke: When Corden Met McCartney Live From Liverpool will air on Monday, Aug. 20 at 8 p.m., featuring never-before-seen footage that wasn't shown in James Corden's already-long 24-minute segment. "After the shoot, while we sat in the edit, we had to cut so much we loved for time," says Late Late Show executive producer Ben Winston. "Not only did Paul do a concert in that Liverpool pub, but James and he discussed so much in the car. We are so delighted CBS has given us this primetime special to make an hour-long version of this ‘Carpool Karaoke.’ Now everyone can see the joy of that concert and more of their chat.” ALSO: Ariana Grande is next up for a "Carpool Karaoke" segment.
Posted Friday 7/06/18 at 3:07PM EDT
Dating Ariana Grande has made Pete Davidson more famous -- and more scrutinized over his old jokes
Source: The Washington Post
The SNL star made headlines this week when a Manchester bombing joke that he told last fall surfaced. Grande had to defend her fiancé while denouncing the joke as not funny. As Elahe Izadi points out, "sudden and increased fame for a comic also can mean that a spotlight is shone on their old material. After Trevor Noah got tapped to take over for Jon Stewart at The Daily Show, Twitter users easily surfaced some of his old tweets, deeming the jokes as lazy, offensive or lame."
Posted Thursday 6/21/18 at 6:51AM EDT
Pete Davidson confirms Ariana Grande engagement to Jimmy Fallon: “I feel like I won a contest, so sick"
“It’s f*cking lit, Jimmy. It’s so lit," the SNL star said on The Tonight Show, adding: “Some dude goes up to me and says, ‘Yo man, you gave me hope,’ I was like I didn’t know I was that ugly."
Posted Wednesday 6/13/18 at 7:04PM EDT
Leslie Jones hopes SNL cuts down on the "political stuff" next season
“I hope next year we can do more funnier stuff instead of a lot of political stuff this year, which we had to,” Jones said in an interview with The Wrap. “There was so much stuff that was happening, there was no way that our show, with the responsibility that we have, would not to cover that stuff. It was just too important. But I do hope that next year will be a lot more funny-funny based stuff, more comedy based stuff instead of a lot of political stuff.” Jones added that comedy can't "always be serious. You need The Three Stooges just as much as you need John Oliver.” Jones also expressed frustration that longtime cast member Kenan Thompson isn't more appreciated. “People are not really realizing how much of a foundation he is to the cast," she said. "Most of the stuff that you see him in that works, it works because of him. He’s the glue to all of it. It’s very infuriating to see people not notice that.” ALSO: SNL's Pete Davidson paid $93,000 for the engagement ring he gave Ariana Grande.
Posted Wednesday 6/13/18 at 3:30AM EDT
Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson's engagement has raised questions about their different levels of fame
"Ariana Grande is a Top 40 staple with a trio of Grammy nominations and three platinum albums," says Inkoo Kang. "She’s arguably one of the five biggest pop acts working right now. Pete Davidson has been on SNL for the last four years, but probably wouldn’t even crack a top 5 list among that show’s cast. Davidson’s no slouch: He was hired by Lorne Michaels at age 20, making him one of the show’s youngest cast members ever. But Grande and Davidson’s disparate levels of fame and accomplishment have made the couple Exhibit A in discussions about how differently humor is seen as a sexually desirable trait across genders." ALSO: Pete Davidson covers up his tattoo of ex-girlfriend Cazzie David's face.
Posted Monday 6/11/18 at 9:19PM EDT
SNL's Pete Davidson gets engaged to Ariana Grande after a few weeks of dating
Here's a timeline of their brief courtship: On May 12, Grande was spotted at an SNL after-party with a cell-phone case that looked like one that Davidson has. Less than one month later, the couple is engaged.
Posted Wednesday 5/30/18 at 2:14PM EDT
Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande confirm their relationship on Instagram
The SNL star and former SNL musical guest made their relationship "Intagram-official" by posing today in Harry Potter outfits.
Posted Friday 5/25/18 at 10:33AM EDT
Pete Davidson responds to internet commenters saying he shouldn't be in a relationship with Ariana Grande because of his mental illness
"I just think it’s f*cked up to stigmatize people as crazy and say that they are unable to do stuff that anyone can do. It’s not their fault and it’s the wrong way for people to look at things," the SNL star wrote in a lengthy message posted to social media.
Posted Tuesday 5/22/18 at 6:12AM EDT
SNL's celebrity cameo-filled 43rd season highlights the problem of having few cast members who are stars
Source: The Atlantic
"Since the departure of its prior core group of stars (the last of whom, Seth Meyers, departed midway through Season 39), SNL has struggled to build a major identity around its newer ensemble," says David Simms. "(Kate) McKinnon, the show’s one bona-fide star, and Kenan Thompson, its longest-running cast member, are two hall-of-famers. Everyone else is a mix of solid but unspectacular performers, some of whom (like Aidy Bryant and Cecily Strong) have been with the show for six years without ever quite making it their own." Simms notes that Saturday Night Live is doing fine, ratings-wise. But, he adds, "beyond the growing staleness of its Trump material, SNL struggled to really address some of the biggest news stories of the year, especially the #MeToo movement." The one standout episode was the one hosted by Donald Glover, he says. "There’s a lesson to be learned from Glover’s episode: Its distinctiveness is what made it work, and helped so many of its sketches travel online in the days following," says Simms." More often than not, SNL succeeds when its cast members and writers build up recognizable brands of humor that can recur throughout the show. That’s never been true for much of SNL’s current cast, partly because they’re not given enough air time to define themselves onscreen, and some of the longer-serving veterans may have missed their chance to do so entirely. It’s a problem the show knows that it has—and a mistake it should steer clear of when it begins its next rebuild around newer stars."
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Posted Thursday 5/17/18 at 10:42PM EDT
This Is Us' Chrissy Metz was once a talent agent who represented Ariana Grande
Metz told Jimmy Fallon about her talent agency past, saying she "represented Ariana Grande, Dove Cameron. Yeah, I was on the team that represented both of those incredible ladies."