By Rachel A. G. Gilman, Staff Writer
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.
Girl group Fifth Harmony released a new single a couple months after their album came out. It’s called “Voicemail” and kind of like people who still love the service, it’s exclusive to Napster. I smell a bad contract deal somewhere along the line, girls.
Scott Baio, formerly of “Happy Days” (ask your parents, kiddos) made a splash this week when he gave a speech at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, and voiced his support for Donald Trump as president. Hey, I guess if you’re desperate to get back into the public eye, you’ll do almost anything.
For more news surrounding the GOP Convention, Stephen Colbert and the Late Show will be broadcasting live from the place all week long alongside the more traditional news organizations. He and his team crashed onto the floor on Monday about the same time that the Republican delegates were protesting over an anti-Trump movement gone wrong. It’s a little scary that all the old, angry white men are blending into one another these days.
Now that One Direction is filming movies and fighting for baby custody, their Australian counterparts Five Seconds of Summer are really left to shine in the news. This week, the guys got so excited about their new single “Girls Talk Boys” that they dressed up like Ghostbusters. I guess they didn’t get the memo that this new movie is intended to shine a feminist light on the classic flick.
A rumour began this week that the CW’s show “The Vampire Diaries” is going to bring in a new character that will apparently come between lovers Stefan and Caroline in the new season. I mean, this might be for the best. Haven’t these characters all hooked up with each other enough?
Katy Perry returned to the music scene with her newest single “Rise” and left fans anticipating a new album. It’s also being used as an Olympics album, which is cool. Our gymnastics team definitely has a leg up now that all of the Russians have been caught doping up and disqualified (#longlivedignity).
The Emmy nominations were announced this week, where “Orange Is The New Black” was nearly snubbed and “Game of Thrones” is up for pretty much everything and anything possible. Meanwhile, my mother continues to question why “NCIS” is the most watched show and not shown any love each and every year. I mean, probably because it’s on the actual TV and not HBO or another subscription service.
Ariana Grande has a lot of time on her hands, I guess, because she released a new video for her song “Into You” this week, which she enlisted the help of Jimmy Fallon as the pair took photos using every single filter on Snapchat. Now I know Fallon is technically an adult, but let’s so honest, he acts like a millennial and I just feel like this video is giving us a bad name. We can do more than create great snap stories…can’t we?
And finally, speaking of Snapchat, the biggest story of the week happened after an episode of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” on E!, where Kim Kardashian reignited her anger over Taylor Swift’s response to Kanye West’s song “Famous,” where Swift was rapped about. Kim’s response was to post a Snapchat video of Taylor and Kanye on the phone where she apparently gives her consent, but since Taylor didn’t know she was being taped, the move could land Kim a lefty fine and even possibly jail time. I always knew that app was no good.
Hope you enjoyed this week! See you back here next Wednesday. Stay cool, NYU!