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Crystal Kung Minkoff Will Be RHOBH’s First Asian-American Housewife

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The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills will welcome its first Asian-American housewife after ten seasons — and one of just a few Asian-American housewives in the entire franchise. Kung Minkoff’s casting is Bravo’s latest effort in making its Housewives series, many of which are majority or exclusively white, better reflect their cities. And The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City, which premieres in early November, will feature the franchise’s first Muslim and first Pacific Islander housewife, Jen Shah. Together, they share two children: an 8-year-old son, Max, and a 5-year-old daughter, Zoe. Recently, Real Housewives of New York City welcomed its first Black housewife after 12 seasons, Eboni K. While Mellencamp said her contract was not renewed, Richards left after being at the center of a story line involving fellow housewife Brandi Glanville’s claims that the two had an affair. Kung Minkoff joins RHOBH after Teddi Mellencamp and Denise Richards both left the series at the end of season ten. Related

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Tags: RHOBH season ten ended late September, so don’t expect to see Kung Minkoff on your TV screens anytime soon. Crystal Kung Minkoff is joining the series for season 11, according to People. Williams. Inkoff founded the company Real Coco, which sells products made from coconut. She has been married to director Rob Minkoff, known for directing the original Lion King, Stuart Little, and The Haunted Mansion, for 13 years.

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Clare Crawley Has Been Liking Tweets About The Bachelorette Forcing Her to Leave

“It didn’t happen like that,” she put it at the time. During her first post-filming media appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Crawley said it’s “false” that she and her foxy contestant of choice, Dale Moss, depart early together. Things are rosy, and life goes on. However, as first brought to our attention by Entertainment Tonight, Crawley’s recent social-media activity suggests that her exit from the show is far more complex than an Irish good-bye amid a pandemic, and perhaps wasn’t even her idea at all. In a series of tweets that she “liked” on Twitter over the weekend, Crawley gave her silent approval to comments that stated producers “were trying to force her out,” and reports of her misbehavior at the show’s resort were “hard to believe considering how bad she wanted” to be a Bachelorette lead over the past few years. Production knows exactly what they were doing.” As of publishing time, Crawley still “likes” all of these tweets, and they can all be perused here. “They had Tayshia quarantined nine days after Clare started filming. This is the second indication from Crawley that her Bachelorette season unfurls in a different way than what has been heavily reported by gossip and spoiler websites. And I just don’t think it’s fair. Photo: Courtesy of ABC

The common narrative surrounding this season’s historically juicy Bachelorette is that Clare Crawley, after falling in love with a certain contestant, initiates a departure a few episodes in and gets swiftly replaced by franchise alum Tayshia Adams. Related

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Tags: They are feeding into the narrative and the rumors and making it seem like it was Clare’s decision that this ended and I feel like that’s not the case,” another “liked” tweet read. They wanted to remove Clare. “I really feel like they are giving her a bad edit. We, and Reality Steve, must be feeling pretty dumb now.

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Hope You Cleaned! Vulture Festival Kicks Off in Your Home Today.

Then, Luca Guadagnino will teach us all about film, and I do mean film as in cinema, as in the artistic kind one discusses over wine and ambient lighting, at 7:15 p.m. ET with the cast of Northern Exposure reuniting in full for a look back on life in our favorite Alaskan town. So, buy a ticket, log on, and get ready to have your life enriched culturally and spiritually, and filled with the warmth of John Corbett’s aura. And if you can’t make day one don’t worry, you can access the events after they air on demand all week! Blige, 50 Cent, and Method Man. After that we’ll hear from the cast of Beyond the Lights about what it takes to make a beloved romantic drama. ET. ET with a little music chat between a few people who know a thing or two about it: Mary J. That would be wildly unsafe and prohibitively expensive. Blige, Method Man, and 50 Cent Make Vulture Festival Even More Powerful

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Hopefully you spent your weekend getting the house ready for company, because today’s the day we start parading some of your favorite cultural icons right through your very home. Get your tickets now on! I’m kidding, of course. They’ll all be coming to you from, so they don’t need to know you have been sitting and working and sleeping on four weeks’ worth of laundry. It all kicks off tonight at 6 p.m. And finally, we’ll cap the night off at 9:15 p.m. Related

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Trump Calls Sacha Baron Cohen ‘a Creep’

Let’s talk!— Sacha Baron Cohen (@SachaBaronCohen) October 24, 2020

If Trump doesn’t agree to a collaboration, at least Baron Cohen can use his very convincing Trump costume. 20. I’m always looking for people to play racist buffoons, and you’ll need a job after Jan. Related

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Tags: I admit, I don’t find you funny either. Dueling ugly suits. Let’s talk!”

Donald—I appreciate the free publicity for Borat! On Friday, October 23, a journalist on Air Force One asked Donald Trump if he had seen the new Borat movie. Photo-Illustration: Vulture, Amazon Studios and Getty Images

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm is an outlandish comedy sequel that brings back the catchphrases and chram jokes that made the character a hit in 2006 while also speaking to the current political moment with its damning footage of Mike Pence downplaying the coronavirus and QAnon conspiracists outlining their theories. One comedy critic who doesn’t appreciate Sacha Baron Cohen’s satire of conservative American politics in 2020, however, is the president. But yet the whole world laughs at you. On Saturday, October 24, Sacha Baron Cohen responded to Trump’s review with mutual feelings, tweeting: “Donald — I appreciate the free publicity for Borat! I admit, I don’t find you funny either. But years ago, you know, he tried to scam me and I was the only one who said no way.” He added, “That’s a phony guy and I don’t find him funny” and “To me, he’s a creep.” The “scam” Trump refers to is most likely a scene from Da Ali G Show in 2003, in which Baron Cohen, in character as Ali G, tries to sell him on his invention, the “ice-cream glove.”

In the clip, Trump humors Ali G for a minute before getting up and leaving the interview, in a move he would replicate years later on 60 Minutes. 20. I’m always looking for people to play racist buffoons, and you’ll need a job after Jan. But yet the whole world laughs at you. According to VOA News White House bureau chief Steve Herman, Trump reportedly answered: “I don’t know what happened.

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Want to Try Iconography? Start Here.

Start Here. (Craighead: “Johnny Depp may be canceled, but he’s so hot in that movie.” Klausner: “I knew so many lesbians who were like, ‘But … Johnny Depp.’”) Only after starting to count how many cheekbones Hairspray star Debbie Harry really has does Klausner finally grasp how far down the rabbit hole she has gone. Ever the fan, Klausner decides to make the ultimate sacrifice: “I will kill … myself and marry both of the other two! Olivia Craighead and Ayo Edebiri. A little present! Now palpably struggling to keep it together, Craighead tries valiantly to describe the article. Want to Try High and Mighty? But just as the show is wrapping up, she becomes struck with self-doubt. We’re yelling. I’m sorry. In each episode, a guest suggests a favorite cultural icon to Edebiri and Craighead, who steadily dissect everything that person has ever made, said, or done. Unlike in the studio episodes, the sound here is distant and echoey, and the room is annoyingly noisy. We have a lot of people where it’s like, ‘Timothée Chalamet, oooh, he’s got a good jaw!’ Or ‘Oh, someone else looks hot.’ Pfft. Start Here. “I do it every day!”

Edebiri then offers to buy into “one of our favorite boys,” Lucas Hedges, the rare celebrity who is actually a normal-seeming human. I’m tired! Klausner tries to explain over the din that sploshing involves actual cream pies, which is why it’s “especially popular with the British.” (Edebiri: “Oh, this rocks.”) Craighead asks Klausner and Edebiri, “If you guys had to be sploshed with any food item, what would it be?” Perhaps inevitably, a male audience member delivers the night’s first heckle: “Baked beans!” “Okay, Benny Hill,” Klausner sneers. At first, she responds with an unabashed yes, given that every “white male comedian” she knows has tried and failed to be “more fucked-up” than Waters. “We had him when we had him,” she moans. But she doesn’t hesitate to “sell” her stock in “the former king of the South,” the artist T.I., after he notoriously claimed he checks his teenage daughter’s hymen on the regular. As a result, while Iconography is never boring, it can take listeners a beat to hook into its idiosyncratic wavelength. “Actually, this is the part where you STOP LAUGHING! Then it’s Klausner who, once and for all, pushes the episode into complete anarchy: “Oh, I know what sploshing is! Should I be funnier?”

The audience titters nervously, so Edebiri rushes in to salvage things with a round of the fan-favorite game “The People’s Court.” “We’re gonna have a little seg, baby!” she announces. (Even though Craighead requests more audience feedback, it’s a nuisance in an audio-only medium and therefore a good reminder that comedy podcasts that can afford it should always transcribe their episodes.)

Nonetheless, the hosts arrive in good spirits to Ben Lapidus’s Carly Rae Jepsen–esque theme song, delivering their signature synchronized “Hello, hello!” with undaunted excitement. “Yeah!” Edebiri snaps decisively. Her biggest mistake is revealing that, in the profile, Waters is reading a book called Splosh! I’m sending my kids up to Exeter.”

In this version, Craighead “buys” personal stock in “the oldest director in Hollywood,” Martin Scorsese — not because of The Irishman, she clarifies (“I have a small bladder”), but because of his then-recent anti-Marvel New York Times screed: “I appreciate anyone who’s like, ‘I said what I fucking said.’” She decides to “hold” her stock on Henry Golding, due to his movie Last Christmas becoming “a notorious flop,” but decides to get rid of her emotional investment in Liam Payne, “former member of One Direction, current maker of bad music,” and a man she describes with audible venom as “dating a girl who is either 18 or 19.” It’s so easy “not to date a teenager,” Craighead says. “Remember when People was a real magazine?” Craighead asks. Although the hosts usually reserve this game for guest-free episodes, they start by playing a special edition of “Celebrity Stock Market,” which, as Edebiri puts it, requires listeners to “understand that celebrities aren’t people — they’re meat and money. The vibe settles just enough after 59 raucous minutes for the comics to discuss whether they’d fuck, marry, or kill Waters’s filmography, his bon vivant persona, or “his teeny-tiny little mustache.” All three instantly agree that they have no choice but to fuck the mustache. But Iconography is never funnier than when it gets fully out of control, as in the life-mirrors-art tour de force energy of its best and only live episode, “LIVE! Edebiri and Craighead are just … themselves, which makes every episode both unpredictable and a little chaotic (chaotic good, though). “Should I have chosen Kylie Minogue?” Klausner asks. “Remember when people used to read?” Edebiri cracks. “Right, because it’s like pubes, and that’s like fucking!” agrees Craighead. It’s the stock market. Edebiri is a fast-rising stand-up with a big break coming via Netflix’s Big Mouth, while Craighead is a pop-culture writer with a millennial-savvy newsletter, so theirs is a match made in comedy heaven. I feel like such a hag.”

Klausner says she presented “a really long list of just white guys” to discuss but ultimately settled on her hero, the self-proclaimed filth elder John Waters. John Waters (w/Julie Klausner).”

This episode was taped on November 9, 2019, at Brooklyn’s Union Hall, a beloved space for live comedy (RIP) but an off-kilter choice for this program. Start Here. Both are also naturally ebullient performers who, lest they be misunderstood as too sunny, enjoy taking detours into delighted (some may say borderline-toxic) savagery. On rare occasions, the volatility threatens to overwhelm an episode, forcing Edebiri to make awkwardly direct segues (“On that note …”) to keep the ship steady. He’s my icon.”

Edebiri and Craighead are fans too, and they instantly launch into a wild 15-minute riff that starts with Terry Gross’s weird obsession with Waters and ultimately passes through Michael Ian Black’s killing it on I Love the ’80s, Patty Hearst’s wealth-flaunting on Instagram, and getting horny to Cry-Baby. Is this … the sexual act?”

At that, the hosts, guest, and audience simultaneously go ballistic. Suddenly, Edebiri pivots to one of her patented overly frank transitions: “That’s too much. Our guest!” Craighead seems dumbfounded at their “incredible get,” the “queen of pop culture” herself, Julie Klausner, whom Craighead names as an inspiration for their podcast. I’m such a bad person.” Edebiri and Craighead excuse her failure to play by their rules and instead offer Klausner the final word on whether she chose her icon wisely. Is this what I’m thinking about? See All

Tags: Do you know? A little set of presents.” “And I think that’s nice,” Craighead says reassuringly. Photo: Courtesy of Forever Dog

Iconography, Ayo Edebiri and Olivia Craighead’s celebrity-obsessed podcast, uses the complicated stardom of others as the flowing well from which grade-A riffing is drawn. “Thank youuuuu,” Edebiri coos back. Want to Try Scam Goddess? “Is this boring? And they share a frankly intimidating artistic intelligence, trading innumerable recommendations and experiences with music, books, comedy, cinema, and travel in every episode. But as Craighead pulls up a mid-’90s profile of Waters trolling the customers at his favorite “horny-gross” bookstore, Baltimore’s Atomic Books, things get even looser. “Our generation doesn’t have enough actors who look like nothing!” Edebiri pleads while the audience giggles. “That mustache is a fuh-reak!” yells Klausner, inspiring a hearty round of applause. … [Hedges] gives me hope that we’re gonna have somebody that looks like Tim Blake Nelson.”

To “hold,” Edebiri selects Kristen Bell while waiting to see how well Frozen 2 does (“What’s up, money?!”). “That would have been funnier.”

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Want to Try Couples Therapy? Yet Edebiri and Craighead’s personal cultural tastes remain intriguingly quixotic, and their dynamic is rare for comedy-podcast duos: They are neither each other’s regular antagonist, ready to disagree simply for the sake of argument, nor do they parrot each other’s opinions for the sake of maintaining a united front. Since their July 2019 premiere on the Forever Dog network, the podcast’s creators have become seasoned in the art of brutally funny analysis. We’re in suits. Over the course of revolving segments like “FMK,” in which, instead of objectifying people, one must choose which of the celebrity’s accomplishments or traits to fuck, marry, or kill, and “The People’s Court,” in which Craighead uses her illicit EBSCO access to dredge up surreal People magazine stories about them, so-called icons come under such intense scrutiny that the guests who choose them are often forced to rethink whether they truly are, in fact, icons. “Remember when people used to read People?” Klausner cracks back. But you know what isn’t too much? Craighead swiftly acknowledges that they are “trying to cram two different kinds of episodes into a live thing.” Then Edebiri pipes in: “We want to give you a little treat! No show more cannily deconstructs the problematic parts of a problematic fave than Iconography. Ever since learning about Divine’s “eating dog shit” in Pink Flamingos, Klausner explains, she has adored the filmmaker: “He is enduring, he is an original, and I always was influenced by him. Klausner returns the compliment, noting that Craighead and Edebiri are wearing matching outfits like something out of a 1950s diner: “It’s soooo cute. After 51 episodes, it’s still impossible to guess what each will think about the next week’s icon.

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Breaking Moon News: Oscar Isaac Tapped to Play Marvel’s Moon Knight

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Marvel saw that NASA had a big announcement about the moon coming up and said “hold my lunar water.” Deadline reports that Oscar Isaac “is in negotiations to star as Moon Knight in the Marvel and Disney+ series based on the comic book hero.” Moon Knight will join She-Hulk, Ms. Which one is Moon Knight? We’re excited to see Isaac as some sort of Moon God Man, but it’s getting hard to keep track of all these benchwarmer Marvel characters being added to the MCU roster. Tatiana Maslany Says She Is Not Playing She-Hulk

Tags: Marvel and WandaVision in the upcoming slate of Marvel streaming series debuting on Disney+. Isaac is no stranger to Disney or to outer space, having just finished playing Poe Dameron in the most recent Star Wars trilogy. And Deadline says Umbrella Academy series creator Jeremy Slater has been tapped to lead the writing staff on Moon Knight, so it’s got the comic book adaptation angle down pat. Related

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Kid Cudi Teases Man on the Moon III, a Decade After II

THE TRILOGY CONTINUES… Cudi’s last solo album was 2016’s Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin’. Cudi had been teasing fans about a new album called Entergalactic for over a year now, and it’s unclear whether that project will still be released as well. Photo: Jason Koerner/Getty Images

Looks like Paul McCartney isn’t the only man using 2020 to follow through on a trilogy. Recently, he’s been more generous, joining Kanye West on their collaborative album Kids See Ghosts in 2018 and teasing fans about a collaborative project with Travis Scott as “the Scotts”after their debut single became Cudi’s first No.— The Chosen One (@KidCudi) October 26, 2020

The clip Cudi shared on Twitter doesn’t give many details about the project. 1. Rager in November 2010. 1 While Megan Thee Stallion Cracks Top 10

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Tags: After all that, we’re more than ready to journey back to the moon. “The trilogy continues …,” it teases. “Soon.” Featuring a certain Hollywood fan this time, we wonder? Related

Kid Cudi Gets His First Billboard No. He also released a collaboration with Eminem in July and just featured on Ty Dolla $ign’s new album Featuring Ty Dolla $ign. Cudi released his groundbreaking concept album debut, Man on the Moon: The End of Day, in September 2009, before following up with Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Kid Cudi posted a video to Twitter on October 26 teasing III, which those of us who’ve spent the past ten years waiting know refers to Man on the Moon III. It just shows a few clips of Cudi including one in which he is smoking a joint underneath a red full moon. Cudi didn’t follow through on Man on the Moon III for nearly a decade, despite releasing the album Satellite Flight: The Journey to Mother Moon, meant to set up the Man on the Moon III story line, in February 2014.

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Bidi Bidi Bom Bom Your Way to Netflix’s Selena: The Series Trailer


Netflix’s Selena TV Show Has Found Its Selena

Tags: “If you stand around and wait for what you want, you’re going to be waiting your while life,” her father, played by Desperate Housewives’s Ricardo Antonio Chavira, tearfully explains. “You have to go and get it.” The series will premiere to her adoring fans on December 4, except for the one who she punches in the trailer. The Queen of Tejano music has arrived. Tight bustiers, big hoops, and boots with the finest cowhide fringe? Selena, which has the full support of the Quintanilla estate, will focus on the Tejano icon’s slow ascent to stardom and the many sacrifices that her family made to get there. Netflix debuted the official trailer for Selena: The Series, which will find The Walking Dead’s Christian Serratos honoring Selena Quintanilla with a coming-of-age story about her life before her tragic murder in 1995.

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U2’s Songs of Innocence Has Been Haunting Me for 6 Years. Until Now.

I don’t think you’ll be stuck with it in ten years. So, every few months, my wife and I take a rental car upstate to find some open, no-one-around-for-miles kinda air. Here’s an edited transcript of the unthinkable conversation that ensued:

Me: [Politely laying out the situation, explaining that I have this album that keeps autoplaying in my car. I wouldn’t know. There was media blowback; Wired described the release as “spam with forced downloads.” Even Bono offered a mea culpa by way of a lactose-inspired analogy for the album’s backfired rollout, speaking to NPR the following month: “We wanted to deliver a pint of milk to people’s porches. We’d hike for hours, returning to our rental car in the late afternoon, looking forward to a relaxing drive back home. It’s possible that the whole album might be a triumph on the level of Abbey Road — Rolling Stone sure thought so — or DAMN. Let me put you in touch with my manager.They forward me on to their supervisor.Apple supervisor: Sorry, but we can’t actually remove that album. After suffering with it for a few years, I found out that you could “hide” albums from iTunes, ensuring that they’re never automatically played. 2: That’s funny! Trips outside of the city had to be carefully choreographed for safety and sanity. Apple’s annual iPhone events had become major cultural gathering points, and to spice this one up, Apple CEO Tim Cook invited U2 to perform a song from their not-yet-released 13th album, Songs of Innocence, on stage. It was in that moment of exasperation that I discovered Apple’s removal tool was no longer functioning. Will the iPhone 22, with its lavender-scented aromavision, revolutionize the ocular cybermod marketplace? Related

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Tags: It appears, unsolicited, to spoil the beauty of the winding roads surrounding Minnewaska State Park. [Laughs.] I’m like, Is this the most annoying thing or what? Forever. You know, like [singing] bingo bingo bingo bah bingo. And due to some quirk in iTunes, it was unkillable. It was a gift.Me: [I’m sorry?] I’m sorry?Apple supervisor: It was a gift. 2: [Laughing at my enthusiasm.] Thank you, Russell, you’re the best. Have a great weekend, okay? What will the world be like in 2030? On a quiet, early morning drive to the farmers’ market, it returns. 2: Oh, I see! [30 seconds later.] Huh, so it’s not actually allowing me to remove it.Me: [Dear God, this will never end.] Oh, huh, that’s weird. But one album remained: Songs of Innocence. And while there were likely U2 fans thrilled to receive a free album from their favorite band, most other iTunes users on the planet were instantly either confused, annoyed, or worried to see an album they didn’t purchase automatically downloading onto their computer or smartphone. Would you like us to do that?Me: [!!!] Oh! Apple tech support person: Which album?Me: Uh … it’s called Songs of Innocence by U2?Apple tech support: Oh … okay, just one minute. A lot of people call in about it, they have a problem with it. Unlike the other albums, there was no way to hide this, and it never appeared in my purchased albums. I was free. I know how tough working tech support can be; I really strive to be as polite as possible in these scenarios. And as much as I love Huey Lewis, “The Heart of Rock & Roll” has its limits. Something I never asked for. It’s a gift that comes with every phone, so you can’t delete it. It saved me from the shame of hearing the first track of the Charlie Brown Christmas album for the 700th time. Any idea why?Apple tech support: I’m not really sure. I just want to remove it from my account so it doesn’t keep syncing with my iPhone.Apple tech support No. I decided I would do everything in my power to remove this album from my life. It got so bad that, at one point, Apple released a (now-defunct) tool so people could manually remove the album from their accounts without having to contact Apple directly. I would come to regret that. Whenever I got into a car and connected my phone, it would automatically play something I had purchased on iTunes: a list of options so small — just nine albums total — it meant I was incessantly hearing the same tracks over and over again. It’s more that it’s sorta forced upon me.Apple supervisor: Yeah, I know what you mean. For those whose memories were spared: On September 9, 2014, Apple hosted an event to debut the iPhone 6, set to launch later that month. For years — I’ve been working here for five years — at the beginning, you used to be able to request to remove it.Me: [I’m doomed.]Apple tech support No. GODDAMN IT!”[Final seven seconds.] Me scrambling for my phone to shut it off. I thanked them for taking the time to help me out before asking how I might remove an album from my iTunes account. Okay! That works great! 2: But now we have the option to just remove it for you. I used to sing that song, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.” So every time I got in the car, that annoying karaoke version would come on. Is it that U2’s Songs of Innocence album?Me: [Uh-oh.] Yeah, that one.Apple tech support 2: Oh! I think they’ll fix it.Me: [Dejected.] Alright, thanks for your time. It was U2’s Songs of Innocence, back again to terrorize us. I turned to Twitter for help:

Didn’t realize there was a (now deleted) tool to remove this album from my iTunes account and now I’m stuck with it forever. It was like a gifted album.Me: [Traumatic flashbacks.] Yeah, I remember.Apple tech support 2: So we get a lot of calls about it because people thought they were charged for it. Hell yeah, I will. But at least, I thought, I know what I’ll be listening to. It’s hard to say. Every time I get into the car, it’s there. 2: [Reading from her screen.] Yeah, it says “U2’s Songs of Innocence removal queued.” So it should be gone.Me: [Internally screaming.] Awesome!!! [But some] people were like, ‘Hey, I’m dairy-free.’ So, you know, apologies for that.” Meanwhile, Apple’s support lines were flooded with calls from people demanding that the album be removed from their accounts (Apple never officially disclosed how many calls, but more on that later). My wife and I would park our car and go on long hikes through the beautiful Mohonk Preserve, taking in the natural splendor and quiet. Well, thank you so much for your help!!!Apple tech support No. It is legion. I remember the negative reaction at the time but didn’t pay it much attention; I’d already turned off automatic downloads on my various devices to keep my meager hard-drive space free, so Songs of Innocence never found its way onto my phone or computer. After the performance, U2 front man Bono stood in front of a screen depicting the new album’s cover art and, fully rehearsed, turned to Tim Cook, knowingly asking, “How do we get this to as many people as possible?”

Tim Cook, speaking as if he just came up with the idea on the spot, himself, said, “Well, you know, we do have iTunes.” The crowd laughed, apparently digging the cheesy vaudevillian bit. The pandemic was the breaking point for me. The air that doesn’t smell like your own breath being forced back up your nose under a mask on a hasty trip to CVS. Will it be a post-pandemic utopia? Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Living in New York City during a pandemic has made finding safe, people-free outdoor space an even tougher mission than usual. Same thing here, it just comes with the phone.Me: Okay, but what would happen if a kid purchased an inappropriate album on their parents’ account that kept showing up. Bono then responds to Tim Cook, really leaning into the bit: “You would consider putting Songs of Innocence out to over half a billion people, free, in, say, five seconds from now?”


Cook then explained that every one of the then-500 million existing iTunes users would instantly get the album added to their accounts, no action required on their behalf … and definitely no consent. Suddenly, the calm afterglow of an exhausting hike would be dashed by percussion and chanting. 2: Oh … well it’s giving me options on how to do it on the computer, but …Me: [Wait, what? When I heard about the removal tool I cockily thought, Why bother? She can actually remove it?] Oh! It is …

… U2’s 2014 album Songs of Innocence. But on each of these trips, something has followed me no matter where I go. Somewhere in Apple’s database it said that I owned the album, but so long as I never saw or heard it, it may as well have never existed for me. Every minute was scheduled to offer the precise respite I was looking for. Those ten seconds play out the same way every time:

[First two seconds.] “Wait, what’s that noise?”[Third second.] “OH! It is the Highlander of albums. I’ve listened to the first ten seconds of that first track hundreds of times. She’d pull open Google Maps as I started the car and rolled down the windows.— Russ Frushtick (@RussFrushtick) September 9, 2020

Someone suggested I contact Apple support directly, so I steeled myself and called them up. Obviously if it’s not an album you bought and it’s the first thing that pops up on your phone, I get it.So I went ahead and removed it from your account.Me: Oh terrific, so it just won’t show up anymore?Apple tech support No. I think they’ll fix it eventually. 2: But I never really looked into it, so I see where you’re coming from.Me: Yeah, so is there anything that can be done to remove it?Apple tech support No. It was a gift from Tim Cook and Bono. So it became a thing. You know how you can’t delete the Messages app? The albums were constantly syncing to my newer devices because of some iCloud setting somewhere; even deleting them didn’t do the trick, as they’d continue to play over the cloud. [Hope is brimming.] So … under “Library” it says Songs of Innocence and it’s got, like, a cloud arrow pointing down. Even if I delete it, it rises like a phoenix on every new iOS device. Would you be able to remove that?Apple supervisor: Oh, yes, we can remove that no problem.Me: But not this?Apple supervisor: No.Me: I’m concerned ten years is going to go by and I’m still going to be stuck with this album playing in my car.Apple supervisor: That’s funny, I actually really like the album!Me: [Patiently.] Yeah, I’m sure the album is great. In September 2020, upon returning from the latest trip, I hit rock bottom. I’ll never see this thing anyway. Yeah! I used to have CarPlay in my car and I used to sing a lot of karaoke. That’d be terrific!Apple tech support 2: Sorry, I should have asked what song it was, but yeah we have the option on our end. Because I hadn’t purchased it. Me: [Unironically loving this moment.] Yeah, totally!Apple tech support No. I leave out the album name in the hopes that maybe she won’t dismiss me offhand.]Apple tech support No. A few days after writing everything you just read, I decided to give one more call to Apple support, hoping to better understand what exactly was preventing them from removing the album in the first place. Around 2016 or 2017, a couple years after Apple launched its CarPlay service, allowing your vehicle to sync with iOS, I started noticing something odd.

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Netflix’s Over the Moon Is Visually Exquisite and (Sometimes) Quite Moving

The story turns out to be not just about those left behind finding a way to move on, but also about those who have departed learning to move on as well. In this lunar setting, light is not reflected but emanates from within, giving almost everyone an unreal, globular glow. But on the Moon, Fei Fei, along with her trusted rabbit sidekick and her adorably annoying stowaway future step-brother Chin (voiced by Robert G. Fei Fei’s world back on Earth is warm and life-sized, filled with activity and chitchat and food (her family owns a moon cake shop), the kind of place from which animated adventures often start. In a bit of telling character dissonance, Fei Fei is a science wiz who also happens to believe fervently in Chang’e, the Chinese moon goddess whose thwarted love for the archer Houyi was one of her mom’s favorite stories. That makes no rational sense, but it makes grief sense; a late scene set in a Lunarian dimension called the Chamber of Exquisite Sadness is, indeed, exquisitely moving (and visually exquisite). Chang’e is alternately decked out in futuristic party skirts and a flowing robe that feels redder and realer than anything I’ve ever seen. Chiu), finds herself in the kingdom of Lunaria, a dream-like land presided over by Chang’e herself (voiced by Philippa Soo), who is not quite the romantic, elegant being of Fei Fei’s dreams but a vain, domineering, colorful rave diva. Whenever these ideas crystallize, Over the Moon becomes overwhelming. The story follows a 12-year-old girl named Fei Fei (voiced by Cathy Ang), who has lost her beloved mother to a terminal illness, as she struggles to reconcile her continuing sorrow with the fact that her father (voiced by John Cho) is considering remarrying. It finds beauty as it whipsaws between wildly different tones and visual styles, working the contrast between the earthly and the celestial, between debilitating grief and gonzo fantasy. But all that might be beside the point. Up until this point, director Glen Keane (the legendary Disney animator responsible for Ariel, Beast, and Aladdin, making his directorial debut here) keeps things mostly grounded. The inspiration here is clearly The Wizard of Oz, but Fei Fei and Chin’s adventures on Lunaria don’t quite have the narrative suspense or clarity of Dorothy’s journey through Oz, and their companions aren’t nearly as distinctive or moving. (“I’m the light every night in your world, eh/You revel to the glory of my beauty/You ready to watch me be legendary?/ Cause I’m ultra-lumi-na-ryyyy,” she sings, in one of the film’s most dazzling musical numbers.) And what started off like a mournful but fairly standard fairy-tale becomes, at least for a while, a candy-colored, throbbing extravaganza. Suddenly, a mysterious beam from the sky catches it, and the rocket is carried to the lunar surface by giant, glowing orbital Chinese imperial guardian lions. The script was written by the late Audrey Wells (The Hate U Give, Under the Tuscan Sun), who passed away in 2018 after a long battle with cancer, which gives the film’s theme of grief and how it powers our hope for a world beyond our own an added depth. (“I would fly beyond the stars to keep my family/If I did, I’d show my father love lasts all eternity,” she sings.) The girl’s homemade ship, cast in a massive paper lantern shell, catapulted by magnets, and powered by what appears to be a thousand firecrackers, shoots into the sky — then begins to fall back to Earth. More Movie Reviews

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Tags: Over the Moon. What comes through, instead, is the girl’s inconsolable longing. It’s a fairy-tale about loss that becomes a boisterous techno-sci-fi extravaganza, and it takes place on two worlds that, at least at first glance, couldn’t be more different. The film connects Fei Fei’s need to believe in Chang’e with her conviction that her mother is still somehow present, and the goddess’s eternal love for Hou Yi with the sense of betrayal Fei Fei feels about her father’s attempts to move on. Photo: Courtesy of Netflix

The latest volley in Netflix’s ongoing efforts to become an animation powerhouse, Over the Moon might be one of the most gorgeous animated films ever made — but it’s gorgeous in strange ways. It’s like you’ve fallen into the world’s biggest, most beautiful lava lamp. Struggling with the fact that the world expects her to move on from both her anguish and her childhood belief in a magic moon queen, Fei Fei gets the bright idea of building a rocket to the Moon, to go meet Chang’e and prove that she exists. The cluttered story and the shifts in form might lose you from time to time, but the film conjures some genuinely powerful emotions. Visually, Lunaria is a marvel — a kaleidoscopic kingdom of surreal floating objects, tiny comet sentries, trippy giant frogs, and Angry Birds riding things that look like the light cycles from TRON: Legacy. This movie is a lot. (The costume design, by Guo Pei, and the production design by Celine Desrumaux are, in a word, stunning.) The catchy, eclectic soundtrack (with songs by Christopher Curtis, Marjorie Duffield, and Helen Park) varies from big melodic ballads to hip hop to techno to orchestral swells.

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So That’s What Harry Styles Was Up to in Italy

1 single in August. “Golden” follows the instantly iconic video for “Watermelon Sugar,” which soundtracked our pandemic summers and became Styles’s first No. Fittingly, “Golden” is already certified gold in the U.S., and now this video seems to be what’s going to get us through the cold of winter. Now you, too, can fantasize about frolicking around the Amalfi Coast with Harry Styles by watching his new video for “Golden.” Much of the video for the Fine Line single finds Styles running toward the camera in a barely on white shirt (and now sans mustache), and really, why would we want anything else? Tags: While the rest of us were stuck at home, Harry Styles spent part of the summer living it up in Italy, even growing a mustache for the occasion. In case he hadn’t already made you jealous enough of his getaway, you’ll also get to watch Styles swimming, driving a convertible, and dancing along the coast. Related

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Desus & Mero & Borat Are an Incredible Improv Team

Last night on Desus & Mero, the co-hosts welcomed their most “illustrious” international guest yet when they had Sacha Baron Cohen on, in character, to promote Borat Subsequent Moviefilm. Tags: Borat meets his improvisational match in their extended conversation, because Desus and Mero — or “Jesus and Mary” as Borat hears it — respond with “yes, and” to every ridiculous thing Borat says. When Borat asks Desus if his sneaker room is a “manufacturing plant for shoes,” for example, Desus rolls with it. But they disappear at special voting booth.” What a touching cultural exchange. Related

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So Here’s What Happened During Trump’s 60 Minutes Interview

“I think it’s one of the great strengths that he’s had as president of the United States, is that the American people always know where they stand.” Stahl replied, “I’ll buy that.”


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Tags: Anthony Fauci, his crowded rallies, and his nonexistent health-care plan. “I wish you would interview Joe Biden like you interview me,” he said, continuing, “You know, he’s in the middle of a scandal.” “He’s not,” Stahl replied. That is such a misleading question, Lesley.”

Stahl and Trump went on to spar about various topics related to the pandemic, including his ongoing public clash with Dr. “Look at the bias, hatred and rudeness on behalf of 60 Minutes and CBS,” Trump wrote on Facebook at the time. Play it, and I’m kidding. Then, Trump said, “I think we have enough of an interview here,” seemingly addressing his aide Hope Hicks. And we can’t put on things we can’t verify.”

Stahl refused to engage further on Hunter Biden, pivoting to Trump’s use social media. “Lesley, President Trump is a man who speaks his mind,” Pence explained. After a back-and-forth, she explained, “You know, this is 60 Minutes. Your first statement was, ‘Are you ready for tough questions?’” Stahl replied, “Are you?” to which Trump said, “That’s no way to talk.” At that point, according to Stahl, a producer cut in to remind them how much time was remaining for the interview. Filled with executive orders, congressional initiatives, but no comprehensive health plan,” by Stahl’s assessment). Trump’s press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, later gave her a book allegedly containing Trump’s health-care plan (“It was heavy. I’m kidding. Then Stahl pivoted to the behavior of Trump’s supporters, challenging him about his decision to enable “lock her up” chants directed toward Hillary Clinton at his rallies and stirring up opposition to Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, after the FBI recently stopped a plot to kidnap her. (60 Minutes traditionally interviews the Republican and Democratic nominees for president and vice-president ahead of the election.)

“Are you ready for some tough questions?” Stahl asked Trump, before he replied, “You’re gonna be fair.” He eventually claimed to Stahl, “You don’t ask Biden tough questions.” (60 Minutes later aired a segment with Joe Biden, in which the interviewer pressed the former vice-president on his relationship to the progressive wing of the Democratic Party and his mental ability, among other topics.) Stahl fact-checked Trump from the outset of the interview, telling him, “You know that’s not true,” with a slight smile after Trump claimed he created “the greatest economy in the history of our country.” When Trump later claimed his administration has “done a great job with COVID,” Stahl countered, “Sir, excuse me, cases are up in about 40 states.” (Trump went on to say cases were up because of increased testing, which Stahl disputed, citing data from the COVID Tracking Project.) Stahl later brought up Trump’s pleading, “Will you please like me?” to suburban women. The president claimed he uses social media because “the media is fake,” and Stahl reminded Trump what he told her in a previous interview: “I say that because I need to discredit you so that when you say negative things about me, no one will believe you.” Trump replied, “You’ve discredited yourself.” He then claimed her questions “were inappropriately brought up,” and added, “Lesley, you started with me. Photo: CBS

Lesley Stahl wasn’t afraid to address the controversy around her 60 Minutes interview with President Donald Trump last night, opening the segment by stating, “In what has become an all-too-public dustup, the conversation was cut short. When Stahl asked if the interview with the president would continue, McEnany said, “The president has given you a lot of time.”

Stahl’s interview with Vice-President Mike Pence followed, where she asked him about the president’s abrupt exit. “It was our Justice Department that’s helping her,” Trump claimed of Whitmer, before going on to add, “I think the way she locked down Michigan is a disgrace.” When Stahl said Trump was “encouraging” his supporters to chant “lock her up” regarding Whitmer, Trump called Stahl’s statement “vicious.”

Trump eventually turned the conversation to unproven claims that Joe Biden was involved with allegedly corrupt business dealings by his son Hunter in Ukraine. Trump told her, “I said that in a joking way. “I’ve got a lot of questions I didn’t ask,” Stahl said as Trump left. The way you have it, it’s like, ‘Oh,’ like I’m begging. It began politely, but ended, regrettably, contentiously.” She was referring to news that the president exited his interview with her, then posted the White House’s archival footage of the interview to Facebook.

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John Oliver Calls Trump’s Debate Performance ‘Still Absolutely Appalling’

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Tags: Oh, shit, he is definitely less racist than me, for sure. So he’s effectively throwing them under the bus there, too. But I do still think I’m in the top two.’” Oliver, like Jimmy Fallon last week, also noted the biting irony of Trump’s statement, given who else was present at the debate: “When he said he is the least racist person in the room, that room contained, and this is true, his family. His best behavior is still absolutely appalling.”

Also touching on one of the most viral pop-culture moments of the autumn, Oliver brought up Rudy Giuliani’s questionable cameo in Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, in which the Trump adviser puts himself in a compromising position involving a pants tent. ‘I can’t even see the audience but I’m the least racist person — hold on, is that Tom Hanks? Photo: YouTube

Even though the presidential debate season is technically over, John Oliver is offering one last analysis before Daylight Saving ends and deprives us of all of that coveted warmth: Donald Trump, who proclaimed on the debate stage that he’s “the least racist person in this room,” was clearly operating under Opposite Day rules. (Some say he was masturbating; he says he was tucking in his shirt. “That is strange for multiple reasons. Either way, it’s not very nice.) “Even when the bar is so low as to be virtually nonexistent, like, don’t tell your supporters that you hate their stupid city, or don’t say everyone in the audience is more racist than you, or don’t hire a personal attorney who falls for a Borat prank 14 years after the first movie came out,” Oliver concluded, “the unshakable fact is unless you set the bar at ‘nobody caught fire,’ Trump will always find a way to disappoint.” For absolutely no reason, here’s a guide to early voting. First, he’s implying his answer might have changed if the house lights were up.

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Stevie Nicks, Tenacious Witch, Performed With Double Pneumonia at 2019 Rock Hall

The second that your name goes up, you’re like, ‘Oh my God, it’s a really big deal.’ And so I’m very sorry that it’s going to be done in some sort of a weird virtual reality way, because it’s like not going to the ball.” The 2020 class consists of Depeche Mode, the Doobie Brothers, Whitney Houston, Nine Inch Nails, the Notorious B.I.G., T-Rex, and Ahmet Ertegun Award honorees Jon Landau and Irving Azoff, in addition to dozens of star-studded guests. (It will be streaming for HBO and HBO Max subscribers on Saturday, November 7.) “Do you know what I would have done if I ran the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? “The next day, I got really sick, and I ended up going into the hospital in Philadelphia for a week in ICU with double pneumonia and human metapneumovirus and asthma. The night of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, I knew before I went on stage that something was wrong with me, so I had to really pull it together,” Nicks explained. Related

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Tags: I was really sick last year. So we’re going to do it next year, and hopefully everything will be back to normal enough where we can do it the way it’s supposed to be done,’” Nicks explained. Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images For The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

With this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony going totally virtual amid the pandemic, Stevie Nicks (who, it should always be stated, is the only woman to be inducted into the Hall twice), isn’t sold on the idea of cable television gatekeeping the event. Hopefully it’s just a year. Talk about your oxygen levels going down; my oxygen levels were hardly existing.” During her Rock Hall induction segment, Nicks performed several solo songs (one with “love child” Harry Styles) and gave the longest speech of the evening. The only people that think it isn’t a big deal are the people who don’t get in. They’re making the best of it! I would have just said, ‘We’re going to take a pass this year. In a new interview with Variety, the Fleetwood Mac chanteuse revealed that during her induction ceremony as a solo artist in 2019, she was hiding what became a very severe illness that left her hospitalized for several days. Despite being plagued by illnesses, Nicks called the induction an “incredibly memorable night,” which makes this year’s virtual “exclusive special” on HBO all the more depressing to her. “I have compromised lungs. But, she notes, at least the inductees seem to be in good health. “I mean, it’s the biggest deal in the world.

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SNL Is Very Concerned for the ‘Trump Addicts of America’

I mean, he started with an impression of a disabled reporter. In fact, “if anything, he’s gonna get more vocal, and angrier, and crazier, and with all his crimes, there’s bound to be a trial at some point!” The nightmare, SNL points out, is not going to end with next week’s election — far from it. Related

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Tags: Focus on my kids again? What the hell will people who have built their identities around bashing the Cheeto-in-chief do or talk about to get attention when Trump is gone? Or, as Melissa Villaseñor’s character puts it in the political ad parody: “My entire personality is hating Donald Trump. The presidential election is now just eight days away, and should Joe Biden win, Saturday Night Live noted that there will be huge problem in many people’s lives in this pretaped sketch from Adele’s episode over the weekend. Best-case scenario, Biden gets there by, like, year three.” Thankfully — or, really, sadly — this group of “Trump addicts of America” realize that the president getting voted out doesn’t mean he’ll disappear forever, though. If he’s gone, what am I supposed to do? No thanks!” Kenan Thompson’s character argues, “He changed the game! That problem? Great. That was the starting point!

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Nicole Kidman Does in Fact Sing Over The Undoing Credits

Listen closely to the rendition of “Dream a Little Dream of Me” that plays over the opening credits. That is Nicole Kidman herself singing. The actress confirmed as much in an interview on Zoë Bell’s BBC Radio 2 show (about two hours and 20 minutes into the broadcast). “We were in lockdown. at the moment. The whispered S sounds of a certain Australian doing an American accent? “We laid it down and sent it in, and they mixed it so it ended up in the series,” she said. No, I so don’t want to do that. My voice is not good,’ which is always my reaction, and she said, ‘No, no, I think you can sing it.’”

Nevertheless, with a little help from her husband, Keith Urban, who luckily does have a recording studio at home and is a fan of prodding Nicole to sing, she went ahead and recorded the song. Do you notice a certain familiar languid quality? Dream a little dream of wig. She’s singing and dancing in Netflix’s The Prom, and while she spends most of HBO’s The Undoing wearing fancy coats and spiraling into existential dread, she’s slipped in a little musical surprise there. Death in Front of You

Tags: “I was like, ‘What? “I don’t know if that’s a good or bad thing.” Okay, but when can we get her and her co-star Hugh Grant, who also knows a thing or two about singing over a credit sequence, to duet? Photo: Niko Tavernise/HBO

Just like Emily when she first arrives in Paris, Nicole Kidman is feeling just a little bit like Nicole Kidman in Moulin Rouge! Sources


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Imagine Nicole Kidman Casually Doing Her Moulin Rouge! We were in Tennessee, in Nashville, and the director [Susanne Bier] sent me a text going, ‘Would you sing the title track, ‘Dream a Little Dream,’ to the series?’” Kidman said. Preferably while singing about Paddington, of course.

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90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way Recap: Failure to Communicate

Once they get married, won’t she lose her citizenship and social security? He wants to do a proper ring ceremony and Jenny deserves that. I’ve doubted Sumit’s intentions, but I think he was right to say no to Jenny’s promise ring. I do think Kenny is a good dad and he obviously wants to be a good co-parent, but that would’ve involved taking a few Spanish lessons! It is odd that they’re living off of Jenny’s social security, though. 90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way
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Well, I think we can all firmly say we’re on Team Yazan now, can’t we? She was excited! Email

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Terms of Service apply. Sumit had a job when Jenny first came to visit, so why isn’t he employed now? Ariela sees everything he does as an attack. She deserved some toys and ice cream after that long drive. Bini said “I love you” and she just replied with “okay.” There’s no real love here and I feel like Ari is just going to use that to manipulate the situation. I also think he was a bit harsh about the gifts, it was their first day in the city together! Bini absolutely should’ve prepared Ariela for the sheep sacrifice happening outside their apartment, so her shock there was warranted. Finally, there’s Kenny and Armando. Why would she do that? This was not a great episode for the ladies! Terms & Privacy Notice
By submitting your email, you agree to our Terms and Privacy Notice and to receive email correspondence from us. Now I want her to stay in Florida so Yazan can go back to his life. Deavan was totally demeaning when she kept calling Jihoon a “good boy” and told his boss he had gotten in trouble for stealing phones before. I don’t think she thought he was serious about it. As Sumit said, “making love was passionate,” which is something I really didn’t need to know. Jenny certainly isn’t attacking Sumit anymore. Bini isn’t in a great position. Her belittling of Bini’s religion and the baptism his aunts wanted was absolutely gross, though. I also thought it was hilarious when Deavan pretended that the banquet hall wasn’t good enough for a wedding. He’s done everything for her and she barely mentions his hardships. Okay, I finally feel bad for Jihoon, too. They don’t communicate anything to each other. She keeps telling the audience that she’s only asking for plane tickets and an apartment to buy time for her divorce, but now that it’s been granted she has no excuse for this behavior. At least they don’t have to deal with Sumit’s court charges anymore since everything was dismissed, but it’s kind of funny his ex-wife sued his entire family. If the hospital was unsafe, he wouldn’t have brought the baby there. Does she want Jihoon to get fired? Yazan isn’t asking her to convert and be modest because of them anyway, it’s because of his own beliefs. Now that he’s fathering a child who only speaks Spanish, Kenny has finally realized it might be important for him to learn the language. If the baptism matters to Bini’s family, it’s not right to call it silly. Even if she says they can do a baptism, she could change her mind with no explanation just like she did with the circumcision. How can Kenny tell Armando how to treat Hannah when Kenny can’t even talk to Hannah? Remember when we first met Brittany and we were worried about her safety because Yazan seemed aggressive and uncaring? She keeps saying Yazan needs to stand up to his parents, but he doesn’t even have parents to stand up to anymore. Brittany might be keeping things from Yazan, but Bini and Ariela seem like they’re on totally different planets. Somehow, Yazan still seems to be in love with her, which is more than I can say for some of 90 Day Fiancé’s other couples. He’s terrified of losing his family and Ariela keeps calling their baby “her baby.” He agrees to whatever she says and she has all the power. He even bought Brittany the ridiculous plane ticket she asked for, despite knowing he’ll have to work the entire time she’s there. When the season started, I wanted Brittany to go home for her safety. For example, I’ve fully given up on Ariela and Biniyam and kind of doubt that they ever even liked each other. He’s not dumb, he knows how to take care of a baby and he cares about Ariela. He was homeless and managed to turn things around just a little bit. Who does that? I know she’s a new mom, but Bini has had a kid before. Tags: Sumit mostly seemed confused about the difference between a promise ring and an engagement ring. Yazan has lost his family and his job. It was beautiful! Deavan doesn’t seem to trust Jihoon even when he’s doing the right thing and all she does is complain. Jenny probably should’ve cleared that up. VULTURE NEWSLETTER
Keep up with all the drama of your favorite shows! I think it’s more about control and Ariela wanting things done her way. Before, she made it seem as if she was willing to get married as soon as her divorce was final, but I think Brittany is only now realizing that Yazan is actually religious. Brittany and Yazan have never really fit with the show because their relationship seemed so fake, but now it looks very real, absolutely one-sided, and unfair. Maybe they can only have an hour, but can’t they just have a reception somewhere else? Maybe she knows her ultimatum will backfire and this will bring the breakup she secretly wants. Is this the biggest reveal of a true villain in 90 Day Fiancé history? Either way, Kenny and Armando did handle the situation very well and actually communicated, unlike every other couple in this episode. Usually, she’s right to complain, but putting his job at risk because she’s worried he’s stealing phones again isn’t a great plan.

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Elvis Costello Wrote the Anthem for This Brooding Time

“So where are the bodies buried?”

Pause. “Should people read the backstory of you?” I ask. Others demonstrated a way into who he could become. Does he care? He reminds us of our resentments and our lack of nerve — the unsent message, the unreturned call, the voice in our head that tells us to want the wrong person and to want that person so badly it could kill us. Elvis can’t tell us our secrets any more than anyone else. If you were someone who loved This Year’s Model in brutal youth, then sought out jazz, bluegrass, country, and classical, you would find Costello wrote in all of these genres, and that voice of umbrage was unmistakable everywhere he went. There are certain choices in there. We mourn the victims of outrages, but when the outrages are done in our name, we don’t mourn the names of the people that are killed. No flag, no God, no religion …”

“Not every single day, obviously, but the days you do feel like that, there should be a theme song for it. You can read when you’re shortsighted. His adenoidal singing voice is not perfect, but it delivers catharsis. Half of it’s lies.”

“But you reveal so much in the music.”

“Or do I?”

On the screen, I can see my reflection and crumbling porch in his trademark specs. Maybe I’d be dressed this way if I had never heard Costello, but this person was still the same character who grabbed hold of me at age 14 and never let go. “The song was written before the turn of the year, and it’s something I’d been thinking on for a while,” he says. I didn’t know this. And I think it affects my breathing.”

Pause. Photo: Christopher Anderson for New York Magazine

I know where the bodies are buried and the choices that I can’t or won’t take,” Elvis Costello tells me with utter conviction and without going into the specifics. The truth is Elvis is not only the soundtrack to our spotty and frustrated backstories; for many of us, he embodies the backstories. I never bought clothes.”

Some of the records had sounds he could never reproduce. “The Lennon ‘I Want You’ repeats the title probably as much as my song does. It used to surface at basketball games, although its subject is not about scoring but what happens when one doesn’t: “Pump it up, until you can feel it / Pump it up, when you don’t really need it.”

And now he’s even given us a bleak, defiant pandemic anthem: “No Flag,” on which he sings: “I got no religion, I got no philosophy / got a head full of ideas and words that don’t seem to belong to me.” It was the first track to drop from Hey Clockface, which, depending on who is doing the counting, is Costello’s 31st studio album, out October 30. There’s no bass until the chorus, so everything in the first minute and a half, two minutes of the record is a drum.”

“Do you feel that way in real life?” I ask. I’m singing about somebody who’s fearful. Don’t start me talking; I could talk all night. My song is the opposite. He wants to talk about songwriting almost in a technical sense. He may evolve, he may age, he may be knighted, but he is also, for many of us, the one who made us think he knows who we really are. Earlier this year, Costello won his second Grammy for Look Now, a collection of what he calls “uptown pop,” released shortly after a cancer scare, for which he had successful surgery. It’s an awkward thing to try to thank him for, so I don’t. “By the time I was 13, 14, I was saving money to buy a guitar, but after that, every penny I spent was on records. He mentions that two of his favorite artists — Dylan and Lennon — had songs called “I Want You” first. “I wanted to have that kind of voice, like a stun gun, you know, but Rick Danko had a kind of desperation in his voice, with that nervous, like, throw-yourself-at-it way that he did. I think it’s more interesting now for me to regard it in the past. So that is the theme song for it, you know?”

On another song, “We’re All Cowards Now,” I was getting concerned that Elvis, in this haunting A-minor blues — that could be in a mash-up with “Summertime” and “Bad Guy” — was lamenting that the government was coming for our guns:

They’re coming for our PeacemakersOur Winchesters and ColtsThe rattle of our Gatling gunsOur best cowboy revolts and threats and insults

Which sounds a bit … right-wing paranoid, maybe? “Everyday I Write the Book” (1983) became an MTV hit and can still be heard in supermarkets. For millions of spectacle wearers like me who came of age in the 1980s, if you put on an Elvis Costello record, it all comes rushing back: your adolescent bile and angst, the pique of every slight, your ex-friends and ex-lovers. “You have to distinguish between what is communicating an emotional truth and what is just a tantrum,” he says. They could read the backstory I wrote. He is on record trashing the royal family and writing a song, “Tramp the Dirt Down,” about dancing on Margaret Thatcher’s grave, yet he is now an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) — on receiving the honor, he mentioned that his mum thought Prime Minister Theresa May was “rubbish.” When the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honored him years ago, he thanked Franz Schubert. It’s not just a raw spontaneous wailing.”

“No Flag,” off the new album, feels appropriate to this long, sinking moment. “It’s because I have a heart murmur. That voice still reminds us of all we didn’t have the courage to be and the regret that there was some even deeper desire somewhere for an outcome that would surely be the worst of all. In an early interview, as a 22-year-old seeking attention in 1977, he proclaimed all of his songs come from “revenge and guilt,” knowing that he had already revealed his tenderness in “Alison,” a song about trying to make a woman’s pain go away with a refrain that still resounds in his most recent live performances: “My aim is true.”

Over the years, Costello became expeditionary, taking us loyal fans along with him. “I’m not going to tell you that,” he says, “because that’s what I have to know in order to sing them!”

*This article appears in the October 26, 2020, issue of New York Magazine. We are both wearing black sweaters and specs. The music — belted out, brooded, crooned — continues apace. He’s outside Vancouver, where he lives with his wife, the jazz pianist and singer Diana Krall, and their two 13-year-old sons, and I’m on my front porch in Syracuse talking to him through my computer screen. It’s like an open wound. Pushing 40, he learned to drive, speak Italian, and finally read music. It’s a litany. And in this pandemic — which cut short his tour in mid-March; he flew back from London to Canada while he still could — who couldn’t use some? It’s like being color-blind. Which is a creepy image and not something anybody wants to think about. You take everything that happens in stride.”

Costello always sounds like he’s in a battle. “My vibrato is actually an affliction,” he says when we discuss his distinctive singing on ballads. He was born Declan MacManus in London in 1954 and, thanks to his bandleader father, had access to the latest records: Joni Mitchell’s Song to a Seagull, Jefferson Airplane’s Surrealistic Pillow, Charles Mingus’s Oh Yeah, along with Marvin and Tammi, Lou Rawls, Frank Sinatra, Muddy Waters, Louis Armstrong, and on and on. I guess he can see himself. Nervousness. If we talked forever, we’d never get there. I ask him if he owns a gun. His voice is the one that says, I know this world is killing you. Costello’s indignant muse is still going. Tags: Make everything on the record a drum, and my voice is a drum, drum machine is a drum, the organ is a drum, the guitar is a drum. He says, “Me? “I’ve been lucky to have access to stacks of records pocket money couldn’t have afforded me,” he tells me. There’s that line, ‘They’re draping stones with colors and a roll of stolen names, except those we never cared about and those we need to blame.’ We’re very selective about who we mourn. But in the end, we are just left with ourselves. And, growing up, many of us felt that he was battling for us. No philosophical idea, no theological idea, no allegiance. “I don’t really read the backstories of people,” he says. I will not touch a gun.”

“But there are guns all over the lyrics to that song.”

“They’re all over the world.”

“But it sounds like you’re saying that people are coming for our guns, but we’re all cowards.”

“Well, it doesn’t really matter what I think or do. When I come upon it, I come upon it like an actor who has to play a role that’s been written down. It is more natural to talk about the songs that express these feelings than the feelings themselves. “What, everything is a drum?”

“No, no. Young Declan took it all in. There is so much to say, and even more clues about where the bodies are buried. Subscribe Now! The repetitive nature of revenge and hatred is such that we do that at our peril, because eventually, it rebounds.”

Elvis can’t go anywhere anymore, not even to visit his older son or 93-year-old mum in the U.K. “Well, there were no held notes in my early material, so nobody knew I had it till tempos dropped a little bit and it came out. His recordings of “She” (from the credits of Notting Hill) and “(What’s So Funny ’Bout) Peace Love and Understanding” are perhaps his best-known tracks, even though he wrote neither of them. He listened very closely. He’s sitting under a photograph of a young Aretha Franklin in mid-song and cradling what appears to be a Fender bass guitar, which he seems to be on the verge of playing but never does. than in America but still sometimes floated into the mainstream here. Where it’s … nothing satisfies you. None of it is consoling.”

He continues, “That’s the reason to write the song. Nobody’s out on tour, the concert halls are closed, and yet he works on, with a musical based on Elia Kazan’s film A Face in the Crowd, a three-part comedic drama, an audio pamphlet about making music, a Spanish-language album, music for Tommy McLain and Rodney Crowell, and secrets he’s keeping under his hat. In songs like “I Want You,” from Blood & Chocolate (1986), one element that sets Costello apart is palpable sexual jealousy:

I want youIt’s the stupid details that my heart is breaking forIt’s the way your shoulders shake and what they’re shaking forI want youIt’s knowing that he knows you now after only guessingIt’s the thought of him undressing you or you undressing

These are not hard lyrics to decode. He was a very fearless singer.”

Desperation. He smiles. Does he see me reading his backstory? You could take your vulnerabilities as far as rock and roll could allow, even beyond rock and roll when you wanted to. I have certain limitations in my breathing. Take “Pump It Up,” a 1978 angry-young-man classic. “Just the idea that there are days when other circumstances than the ones we are living through now get you to the edge, like, on the precipice — whatever that precipice is. “The singer I wanted to be like when I was a kid was Levi Stubbs,” he says. You can have an appreciation of art and be color-blind. Our conversation is not only about Costello’s own music but, just as much, about why the Dylan of Triplicate and “Murder Most Foul” should be considered a great singer (as a Sinatra-league storyteller, not in the America’s Got Talent sense), how the late period of Leonard Cohen knocked him out, his amazement at watching Count Basie play a piano solo from a few feet away, how he at 16 was transfigured by a performance of Joni Mitchell singing the Blue songs in Manchester before they were on record, why Lou Reed kissed him on both cheeks after a performance on the Letterman show, and how he wrote songs with Paul McCartney, always harmonizing on the lower end, trying not to evoke the Beatles, until they couldn’t help themselves and did it anyway. Oddly enough, it was a really joyful experience to make the record, because I was in Helsinki,” a choice he made because “I wanted to literally go somewhere I’d never been and start to make a rock-and-roll record without a blueprint. A girlfriend once told me that Costello sounded to her like the angry guy masturbating on the other side of the door. Costello charted more in the U.K. He is the thing that we wished we could have said in the moment but would have regretted if we had. That song is a carnal celebration. (His last album has a song called “Unwanted Number.”) He is the thing we really want to do but can’t and, in any case, probably shouldn’t. Sometimes I wear a hat, as he does. He’s not going to tell us. But Costello doesn’t want to talk about its emotional content. “I don’t care. But don’t expect him to do the digging for you. Male sexual frustration has gone from being an acceptably ubiquitous font of artistic inspiration to something that sounds like incel, and whether or not that is entirely fair, the culture has more important injustices on its mind, and that is okay. You’re obsessive sounding, and the melodies are very simple, but it keeps landing on this very unexpected minor chord that doesn’t fit. And yet he knew I had to ask. “But emotionally, it’s so right for the material,” he says.

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Adele Sells Jeans That’ll Burn Your Butt and Your Front on SNL

These noxious scented chemicals are represented in the ad by neon glitter wisps pouring out of their butts, but even that effect isn’t as funny or weird as Adele’s breathy character saying, “Ya-huh! Related

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Tags: Do not wear these jeans if you have kidney or liver problems.” As if this sketch couldn’t haunt your brain enough as it was, of course Beck Bennett sings a jingle in a glowing lilac nether-space of billowing curtains. It’s “Mom Jeans” for a deranged and dangerous, but very aesthetic, timeline. Beauty hurts. This big-haired ’80s commercial parody asks the question: What if there was a pair of jeans that made your butt smell as good as it made your butt look? You think there’s no way this concept could possibly backfire, but as Adele explains, the “awesome industrial chemicals” scented like “cinnamon-sugar swirl” might make it hurt to pee and burn holes through furniture. Nobody understands this better than the models for “Ass Angel Perfumed Jeans,” played by Adele and Maya Rudolph in Saturday Night Live’s weirdest sketch of the week.

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A-Rod’s Reaction to World Series Game 4 Almost Makes Us Want to Watch Baseball

Sport! 😂😱 #WorldSeries @MLBONFOX @MLB— Alex Rodriguez (@AROD) October 25, 2020


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Tags: WOW!! We haven’t seen someone react like this to a sports victory since Howie bet it all on KG in the 2012 NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals. Oh my God!” with the kind of excited, infectious energy that he normally reserves for being a wife guy. Photo: NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

“You’ve seen one baseball, you’ve seen ’em base-all” … is something we used to say, before seeing A-Rod’s truly bat-doody reaction to Game Four of the World Series, in which the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-7. While his co-hosts scream off-camera, A-Rod gets up on the commentator desk and jiggles his feet in the air while going, “Oh my God! Former legendary Yankee and current legendary husband to Jennifer Lopez Alex Rodriguez appeared to lose his dang gourd live on Fox Sports after the October 24 game, breaking his usual sports analyst composure to do the greatest happy dance this side of an early-2000s Six Flags ad. This is how we win indeed! Me after that INSANE Game 4 ending.

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Drake Announces New Album Certified Lover Boy Will Drop January 2021

Drake announced the new album title and release date in a promo video released on his birthday, October 24. It’s like watching bb Aubrey grow up before our eyes. Drake’s new album will be called Certified Lover Boy, and presumably that won’t be sung to the tune of “Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch,” even though that’s how it’s already stuck in my head. He was a Certified Lover Boy, but now he’s a Certified Lover Man. Related

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Tags: In the promo video, Drake poses to recreate old album covers, including the moody Take Care restaurant shot and the cloud-dotted profile of Nothing Was the Same. Now we know it will be released January 2021. Back in April, Drake said that his sixth studio album would come out in summer 2020, but after the summer came and went, fans were left wondering when “lucky number six” would be released.

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Saturday Night Live Recap: Hello Again, Adele

Yes, these mature ladies are all about getting their share of vitamin D, and all of the suggestive metaphors get Adele giggling—so much so that she’s missing her cues. The washing of Doritos, the use of adult coloring books, the slighting of Louis DeJoy — all of these nicely chosen details really give a sense of how far the world has come since March. (For this reason, Rudy Giuliani’s appearance — which plays on his appearance in the new Borat movie — comes as a welcome, silly aside.) There is some nice, careful writing, in particular during the candidates’ closing statements. With H.E.R. While the entire piece feels fractured, Villaseñor is such a likable, talented mimic that it ultimately doesn’t matter. She enjoys herself so much, in fact, that she nearly derails a sketch by laughing so hard. Chad in a Haunted Mansion

The longer that irresistible, monosyllabic lunkhead Chad (Pete Davidson) sticks around in the SNL character stable, the more he becomes a gimmick. While the sketch doesn’t expand or change beyond its initial premise, Adele’s complete willingness to prod her persona and her art make this one a winner. VULTURE NEWSLETTER
Keep up with all the drama of your favorite shows! SNL didn’t confirm Adele until late last week, but even if she was a late invitee, Lorne Michaels’s instincts about her proved out. There are some painful truths here: Some people have made hating Trump their “entire personality,” while others can’t help but be impressed by the “next-level shit” with which Trump manages to get away. The Jeffrey Toobin stuff feels a little gratuitous, but it doesn’t upend the otherwise smart reframing of the absurd present. This sketch, about one very canny psychic’s predictions for her customers waaaaaay back in 2019, serves up the strange, unbelievable world of 2020 to those who have never heard of COVID-19. Update ends with an appearance from the costume-loving ’70s collective the Village People, who sing a doctored version of “YMCA” to issue a cease and desist to the Trump campaign for using “YMCA.” The vibe is silly, the dancing energetic, and everything Kenan Thompson does is gold. The frame’s pretty elaborate, considering that it’s about pants that smell like cake and burn the wearer. The most obvious: It’s a gag about grandma’s hearing, and what it is she’s willing to hear. Weekend Update

Much of Update’s first half is devoted to a dissection of the final debate, and much of that is Colin Jost lecturing Joe Biden about what he didn’t do. That said, Beck Bennett’s hamming, the head-to-toe denim outfits, and Adele’s genteel American accent make it all fairly hypnotic. The voters in this ad suggest that it can’t — but if Biden gets elected, what exactly are we all going to talk about? This sketch is about the withdrawal many Americans might endure after the constant barrage of tweets and headlines generated by Trump’s presidency ebbs. Adele Monologue

Adele speaks from the heart about her first SNL appearance, her weight loss, her excessive swearing, and her thanks to the frontline workers in the audience. Even in the sketches that required lots of line-reading from cue cards, she had an easy way about her. Terms & Privacy Notice
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Can the nation handle four more years of “scandal, name-calling, and racial division”? Adele does everything right, riding the wave of Halloween-y melodrama and finding little moments to fill out every beat of her story. Didn’t catch that Epstein line at all in the live show. Taken as a whole, the show featured a true variety of sketches, and remained pretty consistent: There were bright spots, as with the Village People bit and Adele’s laughing fit over dick jokes, but nothing stood out as truly stellar; there were lulls, but nothing bombed outright. As Kristen Welker, Maya Rudolph has plenty of dialogue but no stand-out bits. With its weird-ass concept and unusual trajectory, this is a true 10-to-1 sketch. As for Maya Rudolph, she makes enough appearances this week that it feels like she’s a regular cast member again. And Davidson is still the same Chad. Visiting Grandma

While gathered below their grandmother’s balcony at the old folks’ home, some adult grandchildren try (and fail) to communicate the difficulties they’re going through during the pandemic. While the audience at 8H remains pretty quiet and presumably baffled by all this, there will no doubt be stans online flaunting Ass Angel tats in the near future. And, of course, with “The Bachelor” sketch, fans weren’t left pining for her music. Africa Tourism

Though the satisfied divorcees of this tourism ad (Adele, Kate McKinnon, and Heidi Gardner) seem to be discussing some tropical island quite a bit smaller than Africa, it hardly matters — the only thing that holds sway is all the great “bamboo” provided by the many, tall “tribesman” with whom the ladies seem pretty taken. This time, as he visits a haunted mansion, a ghost (Adele) tries to scare him and then enlist his help in a revenge plot. All this, and she’s got a delightfully wicked cackle. Madame Vivelda

Ah, how ignorant, how unafflicted, how hopeful we were just 12 months ago! The best moment comes when Michael Che cops to having a hard, strange week and then delivers a shamefaced admission that he thought the president was going to die from COVID-19. She delivers micro-impressions of the Little Rascals, Link from Nintendo’s Legend of Zelda games, Stevie Nicks, and Sia. Some of the jokes the writers lean into, e.g., Biden Bingo, feel a bit stale. It’s also a lot funnier the second time, given the posted version with lyrics printed at the bottom — in trying to cram lots of information into the syncopated lines, some specifics got lost. With every little slight, the overbearing, needy Adele is on her feet belting “Someone Like You” or “Hello” in order to cope with her many, many feels. Final Debate Cold Open

Given SNL’s take on the debates thus far, and the fact that the third debate was hosted on NBC, the content of this sketch feels preordained. She speaks with unselfconscious sass, and takes celebrity in stride; she doesn’t just commit to the dumb games she’s made to play on talk shows, she elevates them; she makes Beyoncé laugh and lets Jennifer Lawrence tackle her in the gay bars of New York. In the past, she’s only appeared as SNL’s musical guest, or as the glue holding American families together, but her less melodic appearances make it clear she’s got more than just a good sense of humor. Additionally, there’s an idea here that the nuances of millennials’ lives don’t mean a thing to older generations — and maybe millennials complicate things that are, at the end of the day, pretty black-and-white. serving as SNL’s musical guest for the night, this sketch allows us to have our cake and eat it, too: Adele sings a medley of her big hits, which just happen to double as comic punctuation. The writers continue to address Joe Biden’s inner monologue, and with it, Jim Carrey gets time for a bit of scenery nibbling. After some gags about the age of the presidential candidates, Melissa Villaseñor arrives to talk about quarantining alone. This one’s about the text rather than the performers, but the ensemble does create a nice rhythm (with the help of editors). As an actor and a host, Adele clearly held her own. Here’s our breakdown, scene by scene. As per tradition, this week’s sketches are ranked here from best to worst. Beyond the unlikely setting, what seems to be missing here is what made the earliest Chad sketches work so well: genuine, personal stakes that keep the other person on the inexplicable roller coaster ride that is Chad. While the titular character may not be Kate McKinnon’s most detailed, McKinnon of course does a fine job keeping the sketch moving — not to mention doing her best to make Adele break. It doesn’t feel exactly fair putting this monologue on our sketch hierarchy, though; while it’s nice to hear Adele settle in with material that feels tailored to her, it also feels as though she decided she didn’t want anything too jokey. Here, Trump’s messy word salad sums up quite a lot about his person and his presidency, and Biden’s septuagenarian metaphors get to the heart of his blessedly inoffensive appeal. Related

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Her music doesn’t tell you this, but Adele’s funny. There’s a great one about a new Elton John–themed Barbie doll, and the anchors get credit for following through on a truly and exquisitely dumb Phil Collins joke. There are plenty of great little ideas here, e.g. As grandma, Maya Rudolph is pitch perfect. connections that are so deep one can “feel them in her stomach,” but it’s going to be remembered for Adele doubling over with laughter. At the very least, Adele confirmed her comedy chops on a big stage — making her the second successful debut host in two weeks. Email

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Terms of Service apply. Whether as a vengeful ghost or a noxious version of herself, Adele throws herself into roles; despite confessing nervousness, she seems quite at home. There are a couple of gags thrown in there, including the giant “swear jar” over which Kenan Thompson hovers, and they’re perfectly good. Ass Angel Jeans

This gauzy ’80s jeans ad features plenty of feathered hair and whispery dialogue, but the perfumed Ass Angel jeans are significantly more dangerous than Jordache. Next week, SNL continues its marathon five weeks with rightfully popular host (and former writer) John Mulaney and musical guest the Strokes. Jokes in the second half take on Mitch McConnell’s strange bruises, Thanksgiving at Popeye’s, and the terrible things that happen on playgrounds near the Vatican. Add up the syllables, and she probably has less to say than any of the other characters, but she fills out every single bewildered “Wha?” and affirming “O-kaay.” This sketch works on a couple of levels. The Bachelor

Unlike the usual Bachelor sketch format of shallow personalities spouting inanities, the presence here of Adele — as herself — changes everything.

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Tags: She’d “rather just put on some wigs, have a glass of wine or six and see what happens,” and you can’t fault her for that. “I don’t want to say anything too political,” she added, “So I’ll just say this, ‘Sarah Palin, babes, thanks for everything, yeah?’” The famously candid singer also confessed to her habit of swearing on live television, complete with a supercut of her swearing live at Glastonbury in 2016, but worked out a preventive technique with some help from Kenan Thompson and a huge swear jar. Adele first performed on SNL in 2008, in the same episode that featured Sarah Palin and Tina Fey as guest stars, which she notes helped launch her career in the U.S. Adele hosted Saturday Night Live last night, opening her monologue with, “Hello, it’s me.” She addressed the fact that she was the host of the episode and not the musical guest, admitting that her album isn’t finished yet.

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SNL’s Village People Give Trump a Musical Cease and Desist on Weekend Update

Yes, the writing’s hilarious and the performances nail it, but the real MVPs of the sketch are Bowen and Mikey’s crotchless chaps with denim cutoffs underneath, with Day’s cowboy shirt unbuttoned all the way down and Yang’s casual cat o’ nine tails ribbon choreo. Pack it up because they’ve already won Halloween for the year. When Jost tells them that’s an egregious accusation to make, the Village People take the next logical step for verse two: They threaten to shave Ivanka’s head. Trump still dances to 70s gay anthems “Y.M.C.A.” and “Macho Man” at his rallies, so Saturday Night Live’s version of the Village People showed up to Weekend Update last night to threaten Trump with legal, and illegal, action. Related

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Tags: There are so many musical artists who oppose Donald Trump’s use of their music as a part of his campaign, there’s a whole Wikipedia page devoted to keeping track of them all (which, mods, if you’re reading this, please add Betty Buckley to the list). Kenan Thompson (the cop), Mikey Day (the cowboy), Chris Redd (the soldier), Beck Bennett (the construction worker), and Bowen Yang (the leather daddy/biker??) bust out some choreo in front of Jost and Che’s anchor desk to sing about how they’ve hired Alan Dershowitz to send Trump a cease and desist because “he knows where you’ve been, he knows what you’ve seen, on that island with Epstein”.

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Play Biden Bingo on SNL’s Cold Open

The cold open referenced Biden’s love of the word “malarkey” as well as the debate’s mute button, with Harris as Welker announcing, “Tonight, we have a mute button, because it was that or tranquilizer darts, and the president has a very high tolerance for those after his COVID treatment.”


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Saturday Night Live took on the final presidential debate in last night’s cold open, bringing back Jim Carrey as Joe Biden, Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump, and Kate McKinnon as a suspiciously fidgety Rudy Giuliani. Maya Rudolph also made an appearance, though not as Kamala Harris, but as debate moderator Kristen Welker, whom Baldwin’s Trump refers to as “Hoda” and “Mindy” (“I love your project,” he notes). That is about as well as the race section could have gone.

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John Mulaney to Host SNL on Halloween With the Strokes

Musical guests the Strokes, coincidentally, will also make their fourth appearance on SNL next week, after appearing on the show in 2002, 2006, and 2011. Koch is dead, so they got me. Mulaney last hosted just eight months ago in the Before Time (March). Wow and wow and wow— John Mulaney (@mulaney) October 25, 2020


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John Mulaney is set to return to his old stomping grounds next week and host Saturday Night Live for the fourth time, SNL announced on Twitter. 4th time up. Next week! Tune in next Saturday night to find out. 4th time up.— Saturday Night Live – SNL (@nbcsnl) October 25, 2020

Three things define New York City: SNL, the Strokes, and Ed Koch. Wow and wow and wow.” The news of Mulaney hosting for the fourth time prompts one urgent question: Will there be a fourth installment of the “Diner Lobster” series? “I am so goddamn excited.

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Ariana Grande Unveils positions Track List

thank u for your love and excitement, it means the world to me.” The track list confirms the Weeknd and Doja Cat collaborations (“off the table” and “motive”) that fans have been speculating about since May, as well as a collaboration with Ty Dolla $ign, “safety net.” positions drops on October 30. After dropping her single of the same name on Friday, Grande posted the track list to Twitter and Instagram on Saturday, adding, “i don’t have a top three or anything! this project is my favorite for many reasons and i really can’t wait for it to be yours. Check out the full track list below. 🤍— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) October 24, 2020


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Ariana Grande, continuing in her relatively fast-tracked album rollout, revealed the track list for positions, her upcoming sixth studio album. everything goes hand in hand.

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Kanye West Tells Joe Rogan ‘My Calling Is to Be the Leader of the Free World’

Does that mean you have a plan that’s different that’s been implemented before? Rogan responds, “What does that mean, to you? What would you do if you were the leader of the free world? Despite whatever may be in the works for that soundstage, West admits, “I go back and forth on content. Related

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Tags: Edison. After all of this, a little over halfway through the interview, West reveals that he is flying to Atlanta multiple times a week, where he is building a soundstage. KOTUS. West proceeds to speak mostly uninterrupted for the nearly three-hour length of the episode, but does not clearly lay out a presidential platform. Photo: Joe Rogan Experience/Joe Rogan Experience

Within the first five minutes of Kanye West’s appearance on The Joe Rogan Experience, West tells Rogan, “I believe my calling is to be the leader of the free world,” meaning the president of the United States, and that the calling was given to him by God. West does talk about some other plans, though, which include “building a monastery that will then be the future of monasteries,” founding a “gospel university” that will seat 100,000 people in an arena and train them “like Russian swimmers” to recite his hymns, and his outlines for a sustainable community that will harness the four elements to produce power, but that won’t use solar, because of something about Tesla vs. What would be different about the way you would handle things? Don’t call any of these thoughts tangents, though; West says when he speaks, it’s a “symphony of ideas.” Some other things he references before he gets to policy: the sinking of the Titanic, the inventor of the keyboard, whether or not Brandon Lee’s death was a murder conspiracy, Edna Mode from The Incredibles, the Disney movie Maleficent, the Disney movie Tron, and the scene where Jim Carrey is under the table in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. If that’s your plan, what is it about that that is your calling?” What Rogan is asking is, essentially: What’s your platform? Should I work in content?” It’s the most relatable thing he’s ever said.

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Today in Matrix Glitches: Swizz Beatz Is First American to Win Saudi Camel Race

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Because 2020 is just making stuff up as she goes along to meet some sort of cosmic word count at this point, Variety reports that Verzuz creator Swizz Beatz has become the first American to win a pro camel race in Saudi Arabia. He tells Variety that instead of jockeys “there are robot backpacks that go on the back of the camels.” So not only is Swizz Beatz a champion camel racer; he’s a champion robot-backpack camel racer. All the way from #USA 🇺🇸 Kassem Abu Nasser becomes the first American to win a camel race in Saudi 🇸🇦#سباق_النعيرية_للهجن— Saudi Olympic | الأولمبية السعودية (@saudiolympic) October 22, 2020




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Tags: This is something of a record for the sport, because Swizz “is not only the first African-American but the first Westerner to own a camel-racing team based in the Middle East.” Swizz explains how he decided to buy a camel-racing team: “This was something my whole family could participate in.” In fact, Swizz “named all of the camels after my family members — my mother, my grandmother, my wife, my children, and me.” That means somewhere in Saudi Arabia, there is a camel running around with a robot on its back named Alicia Keys. Swizz bought and assembled a team called Kaseem Abu Nasser, “comprised of 12 fast camels,” and on Thursday, October 22 they won their very first race. No, the hip-hop producer doesn’t actually ride the camels himself. The face of someone who knows their camels are fast.

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