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.
This Monday, you were either following the Iowa Caucus, or you were following a much more important race: that of“The Bachelor” on ABC. Either way, you were in for edge on your seat drama and false emotions. Apparently resident mean girl Olivia (who has memes dedicated to her large mouth) was finally given the boot, and part of me really hates that I know how much of a relief this is. Political mean boy Donald Trump is sadly still in the running for President.
Monday was also Harry Styles’s of One Direction’s birthday, where the former boy-bander (the premiere of the “History” music video confirmed their break-up, right?) tweeted lyrics from ex-girlfriend Taylor Swift to celebrate “feeling 22.” Emoticon responses from fangirls aside, we can’t deny the song’s annoying and catchy as heck.
The group One Million Moms is lashing out against the new FOX series “Lucifer,” which features an appealing version of the Devil assisting the LAPD in crime by protesting the show’s sponsor Olive Garden. I guess conservative moms are just against ridiculous ideas in general, because we all know Olive Garden is a sad excuse for Italian food.
Rihanna finally released her new album “ANTI” this week, with slightly disappointing results – 27th on Billboard’s Top 100. When you compare the songstress with the other leading lady who returned to the music scene just recently, we realize people are more concerned with being sad than with having sex (you keep racking in those album sales, Adele!).
The SAG Awards aired this week, where we received the most diversity we’re going to get this awards season. Jeffrey Tambor completed his collection of awards for his role on “Transparent” with his win, meaning he has yet another heavy, useless object to lug around on talk show appearances.
Without Kanye West, this column is sad, and this week he makes the news for entering into a Twitter battle with Wiz Khalifa after announcing the renaming of his upcoming album yet again from “SWISH” to “Waves,” which Khalifa argued is a stolen idea from rap artist Max B. The pair exchanged a pretty heated conversation, but after reading it, I still don’t understand what’s so “wavy” about “waves” in general (guess I’m not “wavy” enough).
Get out your coffee cups and start drinking because the “Gilmore Girls” reunion was finally confirmed this week. Most of the cast has agreed to return, though things are still up in the air about whether Melissa McCarthy and any of Rory Gilmore’s ex-beaus will make appearances. I guess if they decide not to the plot could always be about Sookie and Logan running away together after Rory shook off his proposal (anyone else disappointed with that decision?).
Coldplay released the music video for their latest single “Hymn For The Weekend” with Beyoncé. If you don’t have time to check it out, just picture “Slumdog Millionaire” meets Free People’s spring collection.
And finally, “Grease: Live!” finally took place this week on FOX, and featured more blasts from the past than just the show itself: Joe Jonas sang, old Frenchy (Didi Con) met new Frenchy (Carly Rae Jepson), and best of all Vanessa Hudgens returned into the musical part of her lives. The show was so busy you almost forget it’s really all about teens willing to be freaky between the sheets – who doesn’t agree that’s wholesome, family fun?
Hope you enjoyed this week! See you back here next Wednesday.
Rachel A.G. Gilman is a staff columnist for the Highlighter.