By Rachel A.G. Gilman
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.
Rumors swarmed this week about the Backstreet Boys and the Spice Girls possibly reuniting to go on tour together to celebrate their respective anniversaries after a “Rolling Stone” interview with A.J. McLean was released. Well, Nineties’ kids can tell you what they really really want—they want it that way (see what I did there?).
The much buzzed about “American Horror Story: Hotel” premiered this week. Hopefully with all of its nudity, sex, blood, and Lady Gaga, it satisfied those of you who have been missing the pop queen’s music videos.
Another queen of pop, Taylor Swift, celebrated her almost year anniversary with her album “1989” by explaining she wrote “Shake It Off” to help people who don’t usually dance get up and groove at weddings. So, if you were like me and thought she just wanted to create something annoying to get stuck in your head, we were both sorely mistaken.
In anticipation of its season premiere in November, a new opening for “Pretty Little Liars” was released this week, which now features all of the main female members of the cast with their new “mature” styles in line with the show’s time jump (and by mature, we mean the girls will finally be playing their actual age—a true Hollywood rarity!).
Speaking of ABC Family, the network will be changing its name come January to “Freeform” to try and appeal to a younger, hipper millennium crowd. I’m not sure if changing your name and adding a very cool hashtag mark in front of it will do that job, ABC Family. Maybe consider showing fewer movies our moms are into (I’m looking at you, Nicholas Sparks weekends).
Nick Jonas released the video for his newest song “Area Code,” which is all moody in black and white and apparently references an alleged fling with Selena Gomez. Between making the faux-emotional faces he made in circa 2008 Jonas Brothers concerts and flirting around with his childhood girlfriend, I wonder if this Disney darling will ever really grow-up—you know, beyond the chiseled body.
For all of you who miss “King of Queens,” Kevin James just signed a deal with CBS to write and star in a new sitcom where he’ll play a cop who decides to spend more time with his family only to find an even scarier situation at home. CBS, if you want to keep the title of having some of TV’s most loved shows, I’d carefully reconsider your green light on what is, basically, “Paul Blart Mall Cop 2.0.”
Rita Ora discussed the possibility of remaking the hit “Lady Marmalade” with Iggy Azalea, Charli XCX, and Miley Cyrus this week. Azalea immediately tweeted out her response to the story, saying she had “nothing to do with ritas ideas,” which received both positive and negative Twitter responses. It seems Iggy will never win, no matter what side of the argument she’s on. It’s probably karma for forcing the world to listen to “Fancy” for an entire summer.
And finally, Nicki Minaj crashed The Weeknd’s performance on SNL this weekend, debuting a new remix of “The Hills.” Minaj also followed in host Amy Schumer’s footsteps by wearing a sexy, cleavage-bearing dress, adding some physics to the show: how the heck are they able to keep their girls up that high?
Hope you enjoyed this week! See you back here next Wednesday.
Rachel A.G. Gilman is a Highlighter Staff Columnist. Email her at email@example.com