Its closest competitors in primetime are well behind as well. Compared to Fox News’ 2.44 million, MSNBC pulls in a primetime average of 1.84 million and CNN draws an average 1.12 million. In total day viewership, MSNBC only averages 1.024 million and CNN only averages 761,000. In the 25-54 age demographic that is generally more important for news networks than for entertainment networks where 18-49 is key, Fox News wins 478,000 viewers on average, which is ahead of CNN with 374,000 and MSNBC with 332,000.
With raunchy collabs like “Truffle Butter” and “Rich Sex” under their belts, it only makes sense that Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne‘s next team-up would be for an ode about good cunnilingus. The Young Money boss has hopped on a remix of Nicki’s latest Queen single, “Good Form,” and on Thursday (November 29), they blessed us with a video that’s basically just four minutes of twerking.
Directed by Colin Tilley, the colorful, NSFW video finds Nicki rapping on a variety of sets, most notably in a giant tub of milk — with a sprinkled sugar cookie on the side, of course. She switches up her look seemingly every three seconds, trying on a slew of costumes and candy-pink wigs, but Wayne keeps it simple. Hopping on the track about three minutes in, he performs a typically witty verse with slick lines like, “Barbie, I think you gnarly / I think you fly, these other bitches just larvae.” Tyga even makes a brief cameo at the end of the clip, proving the trio’s Young Money ties still run deep.
“Good Form” joins “Barbie Dreams,” “Ganja Burn,” “Bed,” and “Chun-Li” as the latest Queen cut to receive the visual treatment. Earlier this month, Nicki performed the new single at the MTV EMA — check out her majestic performance below.
The Blade Runner franchise is getting another expansion, and the world of replicants will be making a transition from the big to small screen. The TV show is a surprise, not only because its announcement came out of the ether, but also because the high profile franchise is finding a home at a network one wouldn’t immediately expect. The series, Blade Runner: Black Lotus, will air on Adult Swim and Crunchyroll in the U.S.
Specifically, Blade Runner: Black Lotus will run during the Toonami segment of Adult Swim’s lineup, as it’s to be an anime. The premiere season contains 13 30-minute episodes all set within the year 2032. There isn’t much more known about the plot beyond that, minus that it will contain characters from the Blade Runner universe that audiences will be familiar with.
No specific clues were given as to who, but with Blade Runner: Black Lotus set squarely between the events of Blade Runner and Blade Runner: 2049, characters from both films could find their way into the action. Deckard or K may be involved, or the show may deal with more obscure figures from the franchise and tell their story instead.
Blade Runner: Black Lotus will be produced by Sola Digital Arts, who worked on the short-form anime Blade Runner: Black Out 2022. Shinji Aramaki and Kenji Kamiyama will direct the entire season, and Cowboy Bebop‘s Shinichiro Watanabe has been brought on as a creative consultant. Adult Swim will air the English dubbed episodes worldwide excluding Asia, while Crunchyroll will air the subtitled on its streaming service.
As far as what to expect from Blade Runner: Black Lotus, it’s anyone’s guess. Setting the show squarely between the two films gives a lot of free reign as to what could be tackled, although one would think the adventure will still be highly replicant-focused. Considering Shinji Aramaki and Kenji Kamiyama will follow up with this project shortly after completing work on an upcoming Ghost In The Shell series, it seems like a safe bet to make.
Blade Runner: Black Lotus is a big get for Adult Swim and Crunchyroll, who are both divisions of WarnerMedia. It’s to be the first of several collaborations between WarnerMedia and Toonami and will join the two’s recently released collaboration Mob Psycho 100. Toonami has a long-running history of running high profile anime on Cartoon Network, and this recent acquisition of the Blade Runner series may prove it’s still just as relevant as its ever been.
The DC live-action universe has had a fascinating life thus far, as Warners Bros. continues making bold choices and announcements about the still growing shared universe. There are currently a handful of projects coming down the pipeline, with Aquaman, Shazam!, and Wonder Woman 1984 arriving in theaters over the next few years. And now it looks like there’s another one being worked on: A Blue Beetle movie.
This news comes to us from The Wrap, with the publication reportedly having inside information about DC’s future plans. The report indicates that the developing movie will focus on latino superhero Jaime Reyes, who has recently been seen in both animated and video game formats. DC has reportedly nailed down Mexican-born writer Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer to craft the project, which is the latest in the bevy of DC projects being worked on.
More to come…
I have good news and bad news: We’re still going to have to wait until tomorrow (Friday, November 30) to see the highly-anticipated new music video for Ariana Grande‘s single “Thank U, Next.” But on the bright side, Ari just released a three-and-a-half minute behind-the-scenes look at the filming of the video to tide you over until then.
The first trailer for the video was a total homage to the movie Mean Girls. But in it, we don’t actually see Grande, though she is much discussed by the other “students” a la Regina George. And, based on Instagram posts leading up to the big reveal, we knew that Bring It On, 13 Going on 30, and Legally Blonde would also be represented.
So, thankfully, the BTS footage gives us a little more insight into what looks like an extremely entertaining shoot. While the single plays, we get to see Grande having fun with director Hannah Lux and the cast and crew—including actress Jennifer Coolidge reprising her famous role as Paulette in Legally Blonde. There are dancers doing Elle Woods’ signature move, the Bend and Snap, and Grande’s former Victorious co-star Matt Bennett seems to be playing Jesse Bradford’s character from Bring It On. Her bestie Courtney Chipolone (credited as “That Bitch”) is in a wedding scene—with Grande in a white dress and veil. Hmm…
Also spotted: Bruiser Woods, Jenna Rink’s dollhouse, the burn book, tons of “Thank U, Next” signage, and Grande doing a perfect Elle Woods walk. Take a look, below:
Fans on social media are, obviously, pretty psyched.
The video ends with a title card reading, “Thank U, Next. Tomorrow. Bye.” So if you need us for the next however many hours, we’ll just be watching this on a loop until the actual video drops.
It’s been a little over a week since Creed II came out, and the sequel has been doing quite well for itself both critically and commercially. Just like with the first Creed movie, Sylvester Stallone reprised Rocky Balboa, but yesterday, Sylvester Stallone indicated that Creed II was his last time playing the character. However, Dolph Lundgren, who returned for Creed II as Ivan Drago, doesn’t think we’ve seen the last of the Italian Stallion. As Lundgren put it:
I’ve heard that before. I don’t really believe it, but we’ll see.
Dolph Lundgren does have a point, as there’ve already been three separate occasions when it looked like Sylvester Stallone was hanging up the boxing gloves for good. 1990’s Rocky V was the first, and given how critically derided that movie was, no doubt there were a lot of fans who were thankful when Rocky Balboa arrived 16 years later. That movie provided a much better conclusion to Rocky’s boxing career, but nine years, he was back again, but this time as coach and mentor. Now we’ve come to a third instance where it seems we’ve seen the last of Rocky, but Lundgren isn’t so sure this is the end.
I don’t think so either, but maybe not the big way that he turned out in the Rocky and the Creed franchise. I think, like, a smaller role maybe. We’ll see.
In case you missed Sylvester Stallone’s original message about Rocky on Instagram, you can read it below:
I just want to thank everyone around the whole wide World for taking the Rocky family into their hearts for over 40 years. It’s been my Ultimate privilege to have been able to create and play this meaningful character. Though it breaks my heart, Sadly all things must pass… and end. Keep punching, I love you Kind and generous people, and Rocky loves you too.
He doesn’t come right out and say he’s retiring as Rocky, but it sounds like he’s made up his mind. Still, things can change, and perhaps Florian Munteanu has the right idea predicting that Sylvester Stallone could return for Creed III in a smaller capacity. There’s no rule that says that Stallone has to have a leading role in the Creed movies since Adonis is the star of the show. To be fair, though, Creed II did lay the groundwork for Rocky to bid a final farewell.
Warning: SPOILERS for Creed II are ahead!
As was made abundantly clear in the marketing, Creed II was an indirect sequel to Rocky IV. Creed established that Adonis was the son of the late Apollo Creed and followed Adonis as he embarked on his own boxing career, but Creed II saw Adonis coming face-of-face with Ivan Drago, the man who killed Apollo more than 30 years ago, and duking it out with Viktor Drago in the ring.
But Ivan’s return also dredged up pain that had gone unhanded for years. Remember, Rocky could have called off the fight between Ivan and Apollo when things were looking bad for the latter, but Apollo told him not to, and he subsequently died in Rocky’s hands. And as Rocky told Adonis about his own fight with Apollo, “He broke things in me that ain’t never been fixed.” Clearly Rocky hadn’t fully gotten over what happened with Ivan, and even made a point of confirming to Ivan that he wouldn’t hang any pictures of their fight in his restaurant.
Rocky initially declined helping Adonis train for his first fight against Viktor Drago, which resulted in a temporary divide between the two that was healed when Adonis’ mother, Mary Anne, asked Rocky to help Adonis gets out of his mental slump following his defeat. Both men resolved for a re-match, they headed to Mexico for a different kind of regiment, and that was just the ticket to Adonis emerging victorious in his second fight against Viktor. Adonis got closure when it came to carrying on Apollo’s legacy, and when he invited Rocky to come into the ring immediately after the fight was over, Rocky declined, saying “It’s your time.”
It wasn’t just the Dragos that Rocky Balboa had to wrestle with in Creed II. The also established that Rocky was estranged from his son, Robert, and he hadn’t even met his grandson, Logan. But after Adonis beat Viktor at the end, Rocky traveled to Vancouver to mend his relationship with Robert and build a fresh one with Logan.
Between guiding Adonis Creed to continue his boxing career on his own and wanting to spend time with his son’s family, Creed II certainly could be a good time to shut the door on Rocky Balboa for good. Assuming Sylvester Stallone sticks to his guns and doesn’t plan on playing Rocky again, it will be interesting to see how the character’s absence is addressed. It could be something as simple as saying that Rocky moved to Vancouver to be closer to his family, or maybe Creed III would go so far as to actually kill off Rocky, leaving Adonis to cope with losing the man who’s been like a father to him.
If Creed III goes the killing route, maybe whoever’s leading the charge on that project could convince Sylvester Stallone to at least cameo, thus fulfilling Florian Munteanu’s idea of him having a smaller role. However, Stallone’s presence isn’t absolutely necessary to make that work. Then again, we don’t even know what the future of the Creed franchise looks like, as Creed III hasn’t officially gotten the green light yet. If/when it does, fans will surely want to know as soon as possible whether or not Stallone will participate.
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Top Chef is gearing up for Season 16 in Kentucky, which means another season of its digital companion show Last Chance Kitchen is just around the corner! Bravo is ready to give defeated contestants a way back into the competition and has revealed its lineup of fan-favorites who will kick things off. Brother Luck, Jim Smith, and Carrie Baird will all get another shot to compete after each fell short in previous seasons.
Brother Luck is back in the fray and will certainly be a force to be reckoned with on Last Chance Kitchen. Luck, who has been working professionally in kitchens since age 14, won five straight battles in Season 15 before finally falling short to the eventual Top Chef winner of the season, Joe Flamm. One can imagine he’s going to put everything he has into this Last Chance Kitchen appearance.
Brother Luck has a bit of an advantage going in, as he’s appeared on other cooking programs since his time on Top Chef. Luck successfully won his episode of Beat Bobby Flay, and was runner-up on an episode of Chopped. He’s obviously someone who performs well in timed challenges and could be a strong contender to beat the competition and make his way into Top Chef Season 16.
Alabama chef Jim Smith is back on television and the Top Chef franchise for the first time since Season 14. Smith had a solid start in his first run but ultimately ended up getting eliminated in the 7th week of the competition after losing the sudden death Quickfire Challenge. Last Chance Kitchen will be his shot at redemption, provided he can take the heat of this kitchen’s fiery competition.
In the real world, Smith has been continuing his work for the state of Alabama and working on the opening of his first restaurant, The Hummingbird Way. Bravo noted Jim Smith has a strong appreciation for local Alabama ingredients, so perhaps that will be something he tries to work into his time on Last Chance Kitchen.
Carrie Baird is another Top Chef contestant from Season 15 looking to dominate the competition in Last Chance Kitchen and work her way back onto the big show. Baird has achieved the highest amount of success of the incoming veterans, but her fourth-place finish denied her a chance to compete in Last Chance Kitchen.
Carrie Baird is a successful restauranteur in the Denver area, and will soon be opening another restaurant in New Orleans. Her high placement in last season’s competition certainly makes her a tough competitor going into Last Chance Kitchen, but her lack of experience on the specific aftershow may hurt her. Viewers will just have to wait and see!
Lin-Manuel Miranda is best known for his esteemed Broadway musical hit, Hamilton, which has the American founding father rapping about his incredible though tragic life. So, when he was cast as the leading man next to Emily Blunt’s Mary Poppins in the upcoming sequel, the potential addition of Miranda’s hip-hop influence raised concerns in some who want to see the musical stick to its roots.
It’s hard to argue about the original movie, and Lin-Manuel Miranda is absolutely right. Dick Van Dyke does rap in a scene in Mary Poppins and it’s pretty amazing. During the iconic live-action/animation hybrid sequence, Mary Poppins and Bert take a lovely stroll in the village and sing “Jolly Holiday”, sitting down with the cute penguins for a bite. Bert then lists several women’s names in the rap segment (much to Mary’s frustration), before he performs that cute dance with the penguins to woo her.
For a refresher, Lin-Manuel Miranda even tweeted the scene to demonstrate his point that rapping in Mary Poppins isn’t a new idea. Take a look:
While the actor will be delivering some of his signature style to Mary Poppins Returns, audiences shouldn’t expect a downright Hamilton-esque performance from Lin-Manuel Miranda, just because he’s in the movie. The film marks his first leading role in a film, and it’s also a project he doesn’t have writing credits on. Miranda has much to offer that he has yet to show audiences yet, and seeing a bit of his rapping in the movie would likely be a treat to his fans.
For Mary Poppins Returns, the music has been written and composed by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman who have written music for the ABC musical television show Smash, and recent Broadway musicals for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Hairspray. The pair follow one of the most beloved team of composers behind Disney films, the Sherman Brothers, who wrote the music for 1964’s Mary Poppins. The film went on to win Best Original Song at the Oscars for “Chim Chim Cher-ee” along with for Best Score.
Ahead of the release of Mary Poppins Returns, two tracks have already been released from the movie, one of which featuring Lin-Manuel Miranda’s vocals — and in his own cockney accent too. “Trip a Little Light Fantastic” primarily shows off his vocals leaving the mystery of his rap in the sequel yet to be seen. The highly-anticipated sequel to Mary Poppins comes to theaters on December 19.
The holiday season is here, so we should expect to hear a lot more Mariah Carey these days. But beyond the famous Christmas songs that she sings, Carey is back in the spotlight thanks to her new album, Caution, which came out earlier this month. In the midst of doing interviews for the brand new release, Carey also touched on some of her earlier career moments — including her infamous comments about Jennifer Lopez.
Specifically, Mriah Carey was asked why she said she didn’t “know” Jennifer Lopez in the early ’00s, which has since sparked a meme in recent years. Particularly when, in 2016, Carey claimed she “still” didn’t know her. While the comment is famous for being reportedly filled with shade, Carey claims that she was actually being nice.
Mariah Carey‘s blunt admission about Jennifer Lopez came during an expansive interview with Pitchfork. While many people over the years have taken Carey’s comments to be pure sass, the “Always Be My Baby” singer claims in this conversation that she was actually trying to be civil and kind to her fellow musician those years ago. Evidently, that wasn’t how it was received by numerous people, who turned it into a meme for dismissing people.
It’s hard to know for sure if Mariah Carey is telling the truth here or not, but it’s pretty common for innocent comments to be taken wildly out of context. It wouldn’t be the first time people on the Internet took what was meant to be inoffensive and turned it into something sneering. Alas, that might be the case here, based on what Carey is claiming in this recent interview from over Thanksgiving’s festivities. You can never be too sure of anything, after all.
Admittedly, Mariah Carey is used to everything she says being dissected in one way or another. Rather than be exhausted by all the noise, the musician thinks it’s best to tune a lot of things out. Because Carey believes that if you spend too much time obsessing over it, you can “drown in that.”
Neither do we. Alas, that’s probably the healthiest way to go. It’s never good to be obsessed with what other people say about you, because you might find yourself too caught up in all the noise. There is a lot that is written and said about Mariah Carey, and she doesn’t seem too interested in hearing it.
In the spirit of opening up, Mariah Carey recently admitted that she has bipolar disorder. Although she knew back in 2001, Carey didn’t tell the public, because she claims she “didn’t want to believe” it was true. It took her years of self-reflection before she came to terms with the diagnosis. Particularly with the new album currently available in stores, we should expect to hear even more from (and about) Mariah Carey in the next few weeks.
Witnessing Ariana and Pharrell in the studio together proves they were a match made in musical heaven. While recording “Get Well Soon,” they shared a deep convo about how the intensely personal Sweetener closer is meant to make people “feel rainbow clouds,” and Ari explained how much that song and “R.E.M.” mean to her.
“These two, I feel like, sound like my DNA. They’re how I wish I felt, how I’m striving to feel,” she said, later adding, “This feels like the most ‘me’ an album has ever felt. A lot of people were like, ‘How does it feel stepping out of your comfort zone?’ And I’m like nah, I don’t feel like I stepped out of my comfort zone, I feel like I found it.”