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‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: Chance The Rapper Charms His Way Through The Season’s Best

‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: Chance The Rapper Charms His Way Through The Season’s Best
The biggest shock to come from this week’s episode of “Saturday Night Live” is that Chance The Rapper can apparently exist without his signature hat. He might even thrive without it, which is a fascinating reality to accept. The point is, with or without the hat, Chance The Rapper hosts the best episode of this season so far, the first one to maintain a consistently good quality from top to bottom as well as successfully use the host to their strengths. In fact, Chance The Rapper showed signs in this episode of being the next Justin Timberlake for “Saturday Night Live” in terms of his versatility, gameness, and general sense of humor as a host.

The second biggest shock is that, despite the opening monologue, the “Family Feud” sketch, and some Weekend Update, this year’s Thanksgiving episode is not tied down to the concept of being a Thanksgiving episode.
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‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: Chance The Rapper Charms His Way Through The Season’s Best

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: Chance The Rapper Charms His Way Through The Season’s Best
The biggest shock to come from this week’s episode of “Saturday Night Live” is that Chance The Rapper can apparently exist without his signature hat. He might even thrive without it, which is a fascinating reality to accept. The point is, with or without the hat, Chance The Rapper hosts the best episode of this season so far, the first one to maintain a consistently good quality from top to bottom as well as successfully use the host to their strengths. In fact, Chance The Rapper showed signs in this episode of being the next Justin Timberlake for “Saturday Night Live” in terms of his versatility, gameness, and general sense of humor as a host.

The second biggest shock is that, despite the opening monologue, the “Family Feud” sketch, and some Weekend Update, this year’s Thanksgiving episode is not tied down to the concept of being a Thanksgiving episode.
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From Queen of Hip-Hop Soul to Acclaimed Actresses: How Mary J. Blige Conquered Hollywood

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From Queen of Hip-Hop Soul to Acclaimed Actresses: How Mary J. Blige Conquered Hollywood
It’s no secret that Mary J. Blige can do it all.

The Grammy Award winner, celebrated for both her singing and songwriting skills, has also been acting for years in TV and film.

But this year the “Queen of Hip-Hop Soul” has taken her acting career to the next level: Blige is starring in Netflix‘s potential Oscar player Mudbound — a Dee Rees film adaption of the 2008 novel — where she plays a mother-of-four dealing with racial prejudice on a Mississippi Delta farm during the Jim Crow South.

How did the 46-year-old R&B icon become a respected actress? Here
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See 'Stranger Things' Cast's Motown Cover Medley on 'Corden'

See 'Stranger Things' Cast's Motown Cover Medley on 'Corden'
James Corden recruited the four male teenage stars from Stranger Things to join him in the Upside-Downs, a fake Motown vocal group, on the latest episode of The Late Late Show.

During a Behind the Music-like prelude, Corden quickly established the Upside-Downs' backstory: The Late Late Show-host met Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin and Noah Schnapp after being held back many, many years in school. "The boys and I, we have so much in common," Corden explains. "We like playing video games; we all love taking naps.
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Stranger Things Cast Form Motown Group With James Corden — Watch

Stranger Things Cast Form Motown Group With James Corden — Watch
On a scale from one to ten, we’re giving this Motown medley an Eleven.

James Corden on Wednesday ditched the carpool lane for an in-studio performance with the cast of Stranger Things, forming late-night’s funkiest supergroup The Upside-Downs. The Late Late Show host was joined by TVLine’s Performer of the Week Gaten Matarazzo, Finn Wolfhard, Caleb McLaughlin and Noah Schnapp on a crowd-pleasing selection of R&B classics, including Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back,” The Temptations’ “My Girl” and The Four Tops’ “Reach Out I’ll Be There.”

RelatedStranger Things Season 2 Recaps

The performance
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Pink Claims Christina Aguilera Tried to Punch Her in a Club, Hints They've Collaborated Since Settling Feud

Pink Claims Christina Aguilera Tried to Punch Her in a Club, Hints They've Collaborated Since Settling Feud
Pink and Christina Aguilera have done more than just settle their beef, they've apparently teamed up!

On Thursday's Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen, the 38-year-old pop star was asked if she would ever work with the "Dirrty" singer, of which she coyly responded, "We may or may not have already collaborated."

Cohen's face said it all upon hearing the news, as he exclaimed, "Really?!"

Photo: Bravo

More: Pink Opens Up About the Hardships of Monogamy -- 'You Have Times When You Haven’t Had Sex in a Year'

Pink added, "I don't know if I'm allowed to say that but I just did."

While participating in "Plead the Fifth," the "What About Us" singer further addressed why she and Aguilera didn't get along at first. "At the time, we were super young and super new at the whole thing," she explained. "I think I'm an alpha and she's an alpha. I'm used to taking
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Toronto Film Review: ‘Eric Clapton: A Life in 12 Bars’

Toronto Film Review: ‘Eric Clapton: A Life in 12 Bars’
“Clapton is God” graffiti began appearing — to the guitarist deity’s considerable annoyance — very early in his career, which now spans more than five decades. He certainly comes off as a fallible mortal in longtime friend Lili Fini Zanuck’s “Eric Clapton: A Life in 12 Bars,” which tells the legendary British musician’s story via a wealth of archival footage and (mostly) latter-day voiceover commentary. The Showtime feature is slated for limited theatrical release early next year, prior to its Feb. 10 cable bow.

As absorbing as much of this material is, the lengthy feature does not feel definitive: It commits the typical music-doc sin of devoting nearly all its time to a celebrated first professional decade, then hastily skimming past all events since. Further, the limited attention paid to later years dwells entirely on already amply chronicled struggles with addiction and personal tragedy, basically ignoring any music made after 1972. Though it all, Clapton
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Netflix Developing ‘Rhythm & Flow’ Hip-Hop Competition Show From John Legend, Jeff Gaspin (Exclusive)

Netflix Developing ‘Rhythm & Flow’ Hip-Hop Competition Show From John Legend, Jeff Gaspin (Exclusive)
ABC, NBC, and Fox all have new music competitions in the works. Now Netflix wants in on the action.

Variety has learned that the streaming service is developing “Rhythm & Flow,” a new show from producer John Legend and his Get Lifted Film Co. and former NBC executive Jeff Gaspin and Primary Wave Entertainment. The unscripted series is a classic shiny-floor music competition that focuses on a particular genre: hip-hop music.

No talent is attached at this stage to the project, which has yet to receive a series order from Netflix. There is no indication as to whether Legend would be involved in the show in an on-camera capacity. Representatives for Netflix and Primary Wave declined to comment.

Netflix has found recent success in original unscripted programming with documentary-style series such as Emmy winner “Making a Murderer” and Emmy nominee “The Keepers,” as well as in the variety-talk genre with Chelsea Handler’s “Chelsea.” The
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Pink Says Her Feud with Christina Aguilera Is Over: ‘We’ve Made Amends’

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Pink Says Her Feud with Christina Aguilera Is Over: ‘We’ve Made Amends’
Pink has put the kibosh on rumors her feud with Christina Aguilera is still going on.

On Wednesday, the “What About Us” singer responded to a Twitter user who believed that her 2001 music video for “Lady Marmalade” — which also featured Aguilera, Mya and Lil’ Kim — was the only “relevant” music video of her nearly 20-year career, even calling Pink a “Xtina backup dancer.”

“Want to point out an awful new phenomenon of the last 10 years. We can no longer be happy for each other,” Pink, who is the recipient of this year’s MTV VMAs Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award,
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Pink's Feud With Christina Aguilera Is Totally Over: 'We've Made Amends'

Pink's Feud With Christina Aguilera Is Totally Over: 'We've Made Amends'
Pink is not here for anybody bringing up old beefs.

The 37-year-old singer called out a Twitter user on Thursday for a snarky comment about her receiving the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the MTV Video Music Awards this year.

"Let's celebrate @Pink's Vanguard Award with the only relevant video of her career, starring as Xtina backup singer," the Twitter user wrote, with a clip of the 2001 "Lady Marmalade" music video starring Pink, Aguilera, as well as Mya and 'Lil Kim.

Watch: Pink Makes Powerful Statement in Political 'What About Us' Music Video

Pink responded by reiterating that she and Aguilera have since made up.

"Want to point out an awful new phenomenon of the last 10 years. We can no longer be happy for each other," she tweeted. "I ❤ Xtina, we've made amends.... Music brings us all together. The best part of music is -- there's room for everyone to win at the same
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Michael Alago, Who Signed Metallica and White Zombie, Gets the Documentary Treatment in ‘Who the F**k Is That Guy?’

Michael Alago, Who Signed Metallica and White Zombie, Gets the Documentary Treatment in ‘Who the F**k Is That Guy?’
If the histories of Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre warrant four hours of prime HBO real estate in “The Defiant Ones,” then certainly Michael Alago, the flamboyant New York punk habitue who signed Metallica to Elektra and White Zombie to Geffen during his stints as an A&R executive, deserves his 77 minutes of recognition.

In the spirit of similar documentaries on behind-the-scenes heroes such as Rodney Bingenheimer (“The Mayor of Sunset Strip”) and Danny Fields (“Danny Says”), “Who the F**k Is That Guy?” recounts the remarkable journey of Alago, a Puerto Rican kid who grew up on Brooklyn’s New Utrecht Avenue with his bedroom facing an elevated subway track. That undoubtedly influenced his passion for post-punk hardcore rock. “I love the noise,” he says at one point in the movie. “I love the sweat. I love when I go to concerts and it’s 99% guys.”

The documentary was directed by punk-rock veteran Drew Stone, who
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TV Review: HBO’s Dr. Dre, Jimmy Iovine Documentary ‘The Defiant Ones’

TV Review: HBO’s Dr. Dre, Jimmy Iovine Documentary ‘The Defiant Ones’
The music documentary — the authorized oral-history-with-archival-footage style essentially invented by VH1’s “Behind the Music” in the 1990s — is currently in an indulgent and expansive era… its progressive-rock phase, if you will. In 2017 alone, music fans have been clobbered by overstuffed documentaries like “Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives” (123 minutes), the Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs/Bad Boy Records documentary “Can’t Stop Won’t Stop” (a long 80 minutes) and even Lizzie Goodman’s sprawling book about the early 2000s New York City rock scene, “Meet Me in the Bathroom,” which exceeds 500 pages. (We won’t include Jay-z and Beyonce’s real-life, multi-platform reality show, which is playing out in real time.)

All three tackle their respective histories with a combination of refreshing honesty and a sometimes inflated sense of self-importance — yet each must also function as entertainment, and how skillfully they incorporate drama largely determines how successful they are. “Soundtrack
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James Corden’s Production Company Preps ‘Bros’ Feature Documentary

James Corden’s Production Company Preps ‘Bros’ Feature Documentary
Fulwell 73, the U.K. producer that makes the “Late Late Show” and now counts James Corden as one of its partners, is making “Bros,” a feature doc about the British boyband, which shot to fame in the 1980s and is reforming this year.

The documentary film will be financed by Lorton Entertainment and directed by by Fulwell 73’s David Soutar (“Harry Styles Behind The Music”). It will track the highs and lows of the band, from their breakout success, to family tragedy, and internal bust-ups.

Bros were hugely popular in the in the 1980s and the band became the youngest to have its own Wembley show. A reunion concert will take place at the London O2 later this year, the first gig since 1989, and which sold out in seven seconds when tickets went on sale late last year.

Band members Matt and Luke Goss will appear in the film, alongside
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James Corden’s Production Company Preps ‘Bros’ Feature Documentary

Fulwell 73, the U.K. producer that makes the “Late Late Show” and now counts James Corden as one of its partners, is making “Bros,” a feature doc about the British boyband, which shot to fame in the 1980s and is reforming this year.

The documentary film will be financed by Lorton Entertainment and directed by by Fulwell 73’s David Soutar (“Harry Styles Behind The Music”). It will track the highs and lows of the band, from their breakout success, to family tragedy, and internal bust-ups.

Bros were hugely popular in the in the 1980s and the band became the youngest to have its own Wembley show. A reunion concert will take place at the London O2 later this year, the first gig since 1989, and which sold out in seven seconds when tickets went on sale late last year.

Band members Matt and Luke Goss will appear in the film, alongside
See full article at Variety - TV News »

The Way Mike Fisher and Carrie Underwood Met Will Reignite Your Hope For a Future With Leo

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The Way Mike Fisher and Carrie Underwood Met Will Reignite Your Hope For a Future With Leo
Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher have been living in marital bliss since 2010. The duo, who are parents to 2-year-old son Isaiah, have shared so many cute moments together over the years. While it's hard to imagine things getting any sweeter than Carrie surprising Mike's NHL team by singing the national anthem at his game or him supporting her at award shows, it turns out that the start of their love story is probably their best moment of all. During a 2016 appearance on The Tyler Oakley Show, the "Church Bells" singer was asked if she's ever made out with a fan, including her husband. "No, he is!" she said. "I met him at a meet and greet." RelatedCarrie Underwood's Piercing Scream at Mike Fisher's Hockey Game Is Painful and Impressive She further explained how it all went down on a 2012 episode of Behind the Music. After agreeing to be set
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So, Harry Styles May or May Not Have Written a Song About a Girl He Met on a Blind Date

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So, Harry Styles May or May Not Have Written a Song About a Girl He Met on a Blind Date
Image Source: Getty / Ray Tamarra It's inevitable that whenever a new song comes out, people are going to speculate about what (or who) it might be about. It's especially inevitable when the artist is one with legions of dedicated fans and the song in question is about a girl. Case in point: "Carolina" by Harry Styles. Let me preface this whole shebang with this: I'm a massive, massive fan of Harry's, and while I do like to casually consider who he's writing songs about, for the most part I don't care. This is not coming from a place of jealousy or hatred for the lucky people who get to spend time with him. This is merely a statement of facts and maybe a sprinkling of my opinion. We good? Then let's carry on and dive into this highly publicized story behind the song "Carolina." For the too long, didn't read crowd,
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So, Harry Styles May or May Not Have Written a Song About a Girl He Met on a Blind Date

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Image Source: Getty / Ray Tamarra It's inevitable that whenever a new song comes out, people are going to speculate about what (or who) it might be about. It's especially inevitable when the artist is one with legions of dedicated fans and the song in question is about a girl. Case in point: "Carolina" by Harry Styles. Let me preface this whole shebang with this: I'm a massive, massive fan of Harry's, and while I do like to casually consider who he's writing songs about, for the most part I don't care. This is not coming from a place of jealousy or hatred for the lucky people who get to spend time with him. This is merely a statement of facts and maybe a sprinkling of my opinion. We good? Then let's carry on and dive into this highly publicized story behind the song "Carolina." For the too long, didn't read crowd,
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David Lynch on 'Twin Peaks' Revival: 'The Woods Are Full of Mystery'

David Lynch on 'Twin Peaks' Revival: 'The Woods Are Full of Mystery'
The season premiere of Twin Peaks is days away, and there is hardly any information about its episodes available. The synopsis for the first two episodes quizzically reads, "The stars turn and a time presents itself." Naturally, this is exactly what filmmaker David Lynch wants.

"These days, movie trailers practically tell the whole story," he says in his nasal, matter-of-fact, plainspoken manner. "I think it's really harmful. For me, personally, I don't want to know anything when I go into a theater. I like to discover it, get into that world,
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See 'Twin Peaks' Classic Characters 25 Years Later in New Teaser

See 'Twin Peaks' Classic Characters 25 Years Later in New Teaser
A new teaser for the revival of Twin Peaks shows series regulars from the show's original early Nineties run as they look today. The celebrated cult show is set to return more than a quarter century after the original, unplanned series finale with a two-part premiere on Showtime on May 21st at 9 p.m. Est.

In less than a minute, the clip shows characters Big Ed Hurley (played by actor Everett McGill), Carl Rodd (Harry Dean Stanton), Sarah Palmer (Grace Zabriskie), Deputy Andy Brennan (Harry Goaz), Deputy Tommy "Hawk" Hill
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‘Biography’ Franchise Returns as Event Programming Across A+E Networks Channels (Exclusive)

‘Biography’ Franchise Returns as Event Programming Across A+E Networks Channels (Exclusive)
A+E Networks is reviving one of the programming franchises that built the company into a cable powerhouse: “Biography.”

The series that once defined A&E Network will be revived starting in the spring as a recurring program tied to current headlines, milestone anniversaries and newly unearthed material about famous names.

The new-model “Biography” will air in various formats, from multi-part series to two-hour specials. The installments will primarily air on A&E Network but some will run on History and Lifetime as warranted by the subject matter. As part of the revival, A+E’s existing Bio.com digital content hub will receive a major overhaul, adding more video content and resources to coincide with new installments.

Among the docu productions ordered for the relaunch is a six-hour series examing the life and death of Tupac Shakur, a two-hour take on the murder of rapper Notorious B.I.G. (aka Christopher Wallace), and a four-hour look at the
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