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.
Our old friend Taylor Swift was recently asked to comment about duet partner Zayn Mailk because of their song and the subsequent video, “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever,” where she said he was “special and wonderful.” That also sounds like the inspiration for a new infatuation song, Taylor.
Comedian extraordinaire, Samantha Bee, on the show “Full Frontal” announced this week that she was going to be throwing a rival White House Correspondents’ Dinner this year, held at the same time as the actual event where the President is expected to mingle with the press. Not sure who will be attending what, but the idea of Trump trying to be polite to those he so thoroughly dislikes is funny enough on its own without a host.
In more entertainment-turned-political news, the SAG awards happened this past weekend, and many actors felt it was their place to turn political in their acceptance speeches given the recent travel ban President Trump has put into place. Well, everyone except Jennifer Lawrence, who spent her time trying to remember the better years of her career as she watched Emma Stone accept yet another award for “La La Land.”
My two favorite guys combined this week for a very special video. Stephen Colbert (with a little help from Chance the Rapper and Ziggy Marley) imagined what it would be like to live inside the “Arthur” television series and be animated with his band leader Jon Batiste. Sounds like something we all might be looking for in this heated political world.
If you’re an HGTV fan, than you’ve probably been following the heated divorce of the Tarek and Christina on “Flip or Flop,” which many worried was going to threaten the future of the show. However, this week. the network announced that there are chances that the program will remain on the air, proving there is no fight too big that can’t be solved by a little redecorating.
Ed Sheeran released another music video from his upcoming record this week, this one for the song “Shape of You,” where fans find him pretending to be a boxer and getting a little beat up in the face. If this is a metaphor for something, Ed, I feel like you should have just used a stand in to prove your artistic point.
NBC announced this week that they decided to renew “The Good Place” for another season, proving that in these crazy days of political uncertainty they’re just looking for proof there’s still a heaven – even if that comes in the form of a very strange dystopia where Kristen Bell is a jerk.
Nicki Minaj was featured on Major Lazer’s newest release “Run Up” this week where she rapped out a verse about her promise to drop her fourth album sooner rather than later. It also helped me decide that I will now make all major announcements through song so look out for a great country crooner next time I get promoted.
And finally, ABC planned to air a new miniseries “When We Rise,” featuring the accomplishments of members in the LGBTQ community in the face of adversity, but the network must reschedule its debut as President Trump has decided to address Congress on the same night. What better way to highlight what a minority group of the population has done than to say, “Well, we better let the white, straight guy say something first.”
Hope you enjoyed this week! See you back here next Wednesday. Stay warm, NYU.