Hump Day Update: 1/25/17

By Rachel A.G. Gilman, Staff Writer

Welcome back 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.

If you were looking for some comedy on Friday night, I hoped you tuned into the Inaugural Ball coverage, where you would have seen President Trump, Vice President Pence and their families do the same dance three times, as well as Pres. Trump giving the same speech three times – plus, great music acts you’ve never heard of but feel sort of bad for watching when no one in the crowd is even doing the same. Hey, when Anderson Cooper starts breaking out the fashion advice on CNN, you know it’s going to be a rough four years.

However, if you’d like to remember the past to get through these unsteady times, John Mayer has released four new songs from his upcoming album “The Search For Everything,” which he says is the first of the “waves” of music which he will be putting out rather than using the traditional single format. Whatever. They’re all still going to be about the women he’s slept with.

The Oscar nominations came out this week, where two records were set: first for “La La Land” with a stunning fourteen nominations, and for African Americans actors and actresses, with seven being nominated. Both accomplishments are impressive, but it does make me wonder how far back in history Trump’s presidency is setting us if a movie about white people dancing around is what’s making it big on the screen.

Drake took a trip to Amsterdam this weekend to play a show, but before that, he stopped off at a Bar Mitzvah, as most nice Jewish boys try to do before they go out and do something scandalous.

While we were away a new season of “The Bachelor” started, where we have a new dumb guy looking for love and a new evil girl determined to win his heart through sex. At this point the show should really just be called “Looking to Be Paid to Date People for 3-4 Months and Hopefully Not Get an STD.”

Fifth Harmony dropped down to four for their first performance at the People’s Choice Awards, and without Camila Cabello, the group seemed just fine, performing their song “Work from Home” in sexy leather, seemingly ignoring the rumors that Cabello left the group due to the way she was being sexualized. Oh, if only women’s bodies weren’t related to their talents in our society.

Lifetime decided to remake the classic film “Beaches” last week with Idina Menzel and Nia Long in the starring roles, which many are saying did not live up to their expectations. If they were looking for something to become more of tear jerker, they just have to turn on the news because 2017 is kind of a bummer already.

Ed Sheeran is back to making music, and he released a new music video for his song “Castle on the Hill.” An actor is hired to play a high school version of Sheeran who is very cute and cuddly, which is what Ed Sheeran definitely is now but probably wasn’t in his youth (because that simply wouldn’t be fair).

And finally, it was announced that my main man Stephen Colbert will be hosting the Primetime Emmy Awards this coming September, making him the last of the late-night talk show hosts to be honored with the ability to get into a primetime hosting spot. But hey, you’ll always be first in my book, Stephen.

Hope you enjoyed this week! See you back here next Wednesday. Stay warm, NYU.

 

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