Hump Day Update: 12/16/2015


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.

Adele’s NBC special aired this Monday evening, featuring her performing at Radio City Music Hall last month to promote her latest, record breaking album “25.” Coming off candid, Adele swore on stage, had no elaborate costume changes, and appeared happily surprised when the crowd knew the words to her songs. Well, when they’re practically always on the radio, it’s not like we have any other choice but to sing along.

The Golden Globe nominations were released this week, which featured a strange array of nominees, including the consideration of little unknown shows with big time players in the categories of best drama and comedy TV shows. Oh, Golden Globes, you’re the strange aunt in the awards show family with a passion for funky sweaters that we all pretend to take seriously.

It’s been a while, but here’s some Kanye news. The new father of two said he is tired of people asking about his upcoming album and that he doesn’t want to be asked for anything until after the album’s release. Maybe I can use the same kind of excuse for my professors looking for final papers to be written at the end of this semester.

HBO renewed existential drama “The Leftovers” for a third and final season this week, proving it had a significantly longer shelf life than the food items it shares a name with (and if you thought the show was about poultry in Tupperware having chats in the refrigerator, don’t worry—I might’ve, too).

If you were worried Miley Cyrus had run out of elaborate things to do to make you raise your eyebrows in shock and surprise, fear not! In her latest music video for the song “BB Talk” off her album “Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz,” Miley dresses us like an adult baby and rolls around on the floor with a pacifier in her mouth before dancing with another adult babies. If there were ever a nightmare version of live-action “The Rugrats,” I’d say it’s close to this.

ABC apparently did not feel the world was already filled with enough bad remakes and decided to produce a special musical version of “Dirty Dancing” starring Abigail Breslin. No word on who’ll play the Patrick Swayze to her baby, but I can almost guarantee it probably won’t be the second time of our lives.

The 1975 released their video for the first single, “Love Me,” off their upcoming album. In it, lead singer Matty Healy makes out with a cardboard cutout of Harry Styles, which he says was not planned. It’s okay, Matty, you’re only doing publically what many of us think about privately. Let your fanboy flag fly proudly!

On a very big episode of “The Big Bang Theory,” Sheldon and Amy reconciled and reunited in romance. This week, the couple is set to finally consummate the relationship by getting physical, which if they’re successful should be a real big bang, too.

And finally, in holiday-themed news, The Shins and their cover of Paul McCartney’s “Wonderful Christmastime” dethroned Mariah Carey from her place as having the most played Christmas song. The Internet has responded by heavily criticizing the new top song, calling it redundant and annoying. Guess Mariah doesn’t have to get her inner diva out after all!

Hope you enjoyed this entire semester of Hollywood hilarity! Hope to see you back here next year for even more fun and fabulousness, babes.

Rachel A.G. Gilman is a Highlighter Staff Columnist.


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