Hump Day Update: October 22, 2014

By Rachel A.G. Gilman

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Welcome to Hump Day Update, the place to find out everything you need to know about what’s been going on in the entertainment world for the week. I’m Rachel A.G. Gilman. But enough about me, let’s get to the news.

NBC released the poster for their “holiday Broadway music event,” “Peter Pan Live!,” another go at a live, televised musical after the success of “The Sound of Music Live!” last year. If the creepy beauty mark on Christopher Walken’s face as Captain Hook isn’t enough to freak you out from watching, Allison Williams’s head looking photo-shopped onto a teenage boy’s body will definitely assure you to stay clear of this special.

NBC also made news this week announcing that they’re planning on formatting the film “Marley & Me” into a television series taking place years after the movie ended, where main characters Jenny and John Grogan have a new dog, who non-coincidentally is also named Marley and is using the same collars and leashes as the old pup. So, if you want to watch the most depressing TV show based on the most depressing movie, this is for you!

Taylor Swift released the third, too-pop-for-its-own-good song off her upcoming album, “1989,” this week, titled “Welcome to New York.” If you were wondering what the anthem for NYU’s next Welcome Week will be, I think we’ve found it.

San Francisco has banned Lorde’s song, “Royals,” from playing on the radio throughout the duration of the Giant’s World Series with Kansas City, whose team shares the same name as the song. Residents of San Francisco thanked the radio station and then asked what they had to do to get them to stop playing “Fancy.”

On “Family Feud” this week, when asked what body part they would most like to change on their husbands, the first woman to ring in immediately answered “his penis.” Unfortunately for her, that was not one of the top eight answers, only proving that Americans are both incredibly timid and very good liars.

Beyoncé is reportedly worried about husband Jay-Z’s weight and diet, hoping that he will slim down about twenty pounds. Looks like Jay-Z does have more than ninety-nine problems after all.

If you wondered why everyone was salsa dancing on your favorite talk shows last week, it’s because Gina Rodriguez from the CW’s new hit “Jane the Virgin” was making the rounds. The show is about a young woman who has never been intimate but is artificially inseminated at her OBGYN check-up. If you want to have nightmares about your next doctor’s appointment, ladies, tune in.

Miley Cyrus announced that she is over twerking. Instead, she has taken up a new dance move called “the Nae Nae” which she taught to morning show hosts when she performed in Australia this past week. Cyrus said that she is confused as to why when she performs the move at her concerts, no one in the crowd does it with her. I think we’re all just waiting for the creepy teddy bears and Robin Thicke to show us, too, Miley, since that’s how we got into twerking.

And finally, in NYU alumni news, Rolling Stone’s short film about Rick Rubin, founder of Def Jam Records, premiered this week online, where Rubin returns to the place where all the magic started: Room 712, Weinstein Hall. Ironically, I now live in this very dorm room, and not too much has changed since Rick left. I’m still sitting in the dark, listening to music, just as he was thirty years ago, though I don’t have crazy parties with the Beastie Boys in my room or get hip-hop demos in my mailbox.

Hope you enjoyed this week! See you back here next Wednesday.

Rachel A.G. Gilman is a staff writer. Email her at


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