Today in Movie Culture: ‘Men in Black: International’ Promotional Prank, ‘Late Night’ Director Commentary and More

Today in Movie Culture: ‘Men in Black: International’ Promotional Prank, ‘Late Night’ Director Commentary and More

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Promotional Prank of the Day:

To help promote the new Men in Black sequel, Men in Black: International, Sony partnered with Lexus for an effects-driven prank. Watch as hapless potential car buyers meet a Lexus dealer revealed to be an alien operating a human suit similar to the creatures seen in the hit sci-fi movie franchise:

 

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Mindy Kaling’s Late Night celebrates individuality in a cutthroat industry—an empowering message for humor writers like me

Mindy Kaling’s Late Night celebrates individuality in a cutthroat industry—an empowering message for humor writers like me


Mindy Kaling’s <em>Late Night</em> celebrates individuality in a cutthroat industry—an empowering message for humor writers like me

I write jokes for a living. Well, I also write food reviews, local features, and technical content about cloud computing (I’m fun), but my income these days is about 65 percent jokes. As a humor writer with the ultimate goal of working in late-night TV, I was eager to check out Late Night, Mindy Kaling’s new comedy about a veteran late-night host (Emma Thompson) and her scrappy new writer’s room hire (Kaling). The comedy industry is slowly becoming more inclusive, but Late Night–an industry film penned by a woman–is long overdue. It didn’t disappoint.

Thompson is at the center of Late Night as Katherine Newbury, an extremely British late-night veteran clad in the most exquisite suits I’ve ever seen. Katherine has built a career on her dry, erudite humor and her personal motto: “Excellence without compromise.” She has decades in the business, a sumptuous sitting room packed with Emmys, and one serious problem: Despite her sharp humor and obvious influence, Katherine has become irrelevant. That’s due to a few things, most notably her all-white, all-male writer’s room that looks like a caucus of the Harvard Lampoon’s most ardent boat shoe devotees. Early on, Katherine’s stage manager, Brad (Denis O’Hare), tactfully suggests that the room is less than inclusive. “I don’t think you think you hate women,” he says lightly.

Enter Kaling’s character: Molly Patel, a Pennsylvania chemical plant quality control manager whose comedy experience is limited to the occasional quip sprinkled into her factory loudspeaker announcements. Katherine demands that Brad hire a woman, and Molly is simply the first one to show up for the interview. She gets the job, a fact that infuriates Katherine’s bro-centric writing staff. “I wish I was a woman of color so I could get a job with zero qualifications,” moans one of the writers. It’s a little on the nose, but it’s a complaint I’ve heard before from white colleagues who would rather bash diverse hiring practices than put in the work to make themselves more competitive candidates.

Molly fumbles her way into the room on her first day, dreamily quoting Yeats and toting boxes of cupcakes for her waspy coworkers–even sitting on an overturned trash can instead of asking for a chair. Despite her earnest nature, which Katherine describes as “hard to be around,” Molly quickly proves that she’s more than a diversity hire. With no one willing to teach her the rules of the room, Molly makes her own, injecting her own ideas into the tired, murky world of late-night. Molly’s perspective becomes even more valuable when network CEO Caroline Morton (Amy Ryan) announces her plan to replace Katherine with truly heinous dude comic Daniel Tennant (Ike Barinholtz). Faced with losing her show, Katherine accepts Molly’s advice to ditch her uppity tone and meet her audience on their level.

Like Molly, I’ve also been described as uncomfortably earnest.

I’m unmistakably Midwestern, with a penchant for consuming baked goods and “sneaking past” people who are in my way. However, that’s where my similarities with Molly end. I may be accommodating to a fault, but I’m also pretty gross. I write jokes about yeast infections and salami; I torment my partner with songs about butts. As a kid, I was often described as “too much,” wearing underpants on my head to get laughs at sleepovers. (If you didn’t wear underpants on your head at slumber parties you’re legally not allowed to submit late-night packets.)

Though I’ve found solace in the comedy community, I’m still occasionally besieged by anxiety when I think about my chosen field. I didn’t attend an Ivy League school, and despite increased diversity in the industry, things are still looking pretty rough. That’s why Late Night is such a delight. Yes, this industry is still incredibly nebulous, with social and professional norms that are sometimes impossible to interpret. Yes, writer’s rooms are still largely dominated by the Harvard Boat Shoe Coalition. But doors are opening. Some of my favorite writers–Ariel Dumas (The Late Show With Stephen Colbert), Karen Chee (Late Night with Seth Meyers) and Jaboukie Young-White (The Daily Show) to name a few–are skirting traditional joke formats and emphasizing kindness and vulnerability in the industry, making way for a whole new wave of diverse writers with unique stories to tell.

The rise of these writers affirms the core message of Late Night: The industry is craving diversity and authenticity.

While the film certainly speaks to the challenges of working in a white male-dominated field, it comes across less as a scrappy women’s story and more as a testament to individuality. By the end of the film, Katherine discovers that her motto–“excellence without compromise”–needs some reshaping. This is, of course, because excellence looks a little different for everyone, and the only way to make truly powerful satire—satire capable of telling important stories and tackling traditional power structures—is to include diverse perspectives. Whether that comes from a Pennsylvania chemical plant worker or a reformed underpants hat model like me, new perspectives move the industry forward.

And let’s be honest: If Emma Thompson can go from snaggletoothed childcare professional to fabulous platinum-coiffed late-night host, anything’s possible.

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Review: Late Night Is a Pitch-Perfect Workplace Comedy

Comedy, the genre that’s easiest to underestimate, can be a tunnel into practically everything. We may make distinctions between dumb comedies and smart comedies, but the best ones prick the skin at least a little, injecting an energy rush that dilutes any self-pity or self-congratulation we may be carrying around in us. Had a crap day? Buster Keaton is having a worse one. Afraid to fall in love? Barbara Stanwyck and Henry Fonda are having a hard time with that one, too. Feeling stupid? Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels are definitely dumber. Good comedies are the stuff of everyday life, and for most of us, the bulk of everyday life is work.

In Late Night—directed by Nisha Ganatra and written by Mindy Kaling, who also co-stars in the film—Emma Thompson plays Katherine, the brittle, uncompromising host of a long-running late-night show that’s running aground, at least in part because Katherine herself is out of touch: Her jokes are too frosty and erudite, and her taste in guests runs to serious types like historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, while her competitors are cleaning up by putting Kevin Hart on a Slip’n’Slide. Perhaps it doesn’t help that her writers are all white dudes; she instructs her right-hand man (a gloriously persnickety Denis O’Hare) to hire a woman, fast. The beneficiary—or the victim, depending on how you see it—is Kaling’s effervescently optimistic Molly Patel, a lifelong stand-up comedy devotee who has miraculously made her way from toiling at a chemical plant in Pennsylvania to gaining a coveted spot in the writers’ room. The men who have long had their butts planted there resent her; when she shows up on her first day, beaming and armed with cupcakes for everyone, their derision hangs in the air like invisible cigar smoke.

But if Molly has a tough enough time breaking into the bro circle, she has even less luck with Katherine, who doesn’t like any of her writers to begin with. Suddenly desperate to revitalize her show, she crashes one of their meetings. Not knowing any of their names, even though many of them have been in her employ for years, she assigns them numbers. When Molly eagerly offers some accurate criticism of what’s wrong with the show, Katherine accepts her candor with cool approval—then berates her for not having an immediate solution for the problems she’s pinpointed. Before long, Molly is crying at work—under her desk, no less—a terrifically unfunny thing in either a movie or in real life. Maybe most women have done it at one time or another, but the more hardened among us make sure no one sees it.

As Molly weeps under her desk, she lashes out at her officemate and fellow writer, Burditt (Max Casella, delightfully world-weary): She deserves this job and will not be marginalized by the white patriarchy or anyone else. He stops her short: The point isn’t whether she’s deserving or not, it’s that she’s there to produce material. “You’re a writer,” he tells her, “so write.”

There’s nothing fancy about that advice, but its hard-nosed straightforwardness is part of what makes Late Night work so well. Even if getting the job is hard enough—as it is for a woman of color like Molly, or, for that matter, like Kaling—once you’ve landed it, the only way forward is to prove your worth. Kaling has written a film that argues for diversity in the workplace and against giving in to relentless self-victimization, which is not only uninteresting but also self-defeating. That’s not to say victimization isn’t real. Workplaces can be oppressive: Molly is, at first, undermined both by her boss and her co-workers. One of the latter, Hugh Dancy’s Charlie, tries, almost successfully, to wheedle her into bed; another, Reid Scott’s Tom, the show’s head monologue writer, feels threatened and tries to block her best ideas.

But if the guys Molly works with are jerks, they’re not villains. There’s a difference, and Late Night gets that. What’s more, Kaling hasn’t written this film to be about Kaling, or even, really about Molly: It’s mostly about Katherine, and that’s what makes Late Night feel so generous-spirited. (Kaling has said that she wrote the role specifically for Thompson, without having a clue as to whether the actress would be interested in it or not.) Who should feel sorry for a highly successful past-middle-aged white woman like Katherine? No one—not even Katherine. But Late Night is hip to the reality that women working in comedy have always been swimming upstream: Katherine fought to get where she is, but somewhere along the way, she lost the plot. No wonder she feels lost, and if her prickly self-confidence has always served her well, its magic has stopped working

This is a great role for Thompson, and she shoulders it like a caryatid on killer stems. If Katherine is a hellion at work, she’s not much of a bargain at home, either. Her husband, played by the always superb John Lithgow, is a former NYU professor sidelined by Parkinson’s; he tries to stand by her, but sometimes she’s moving too fast for him. Even after Katherine undergoes the transformation the plot requires of her, she’s still not wholly likable. But her reserve—and it’s more than just the fact that she’s British—is part of what’s compelling about her. She’s cool, like fire—you want to get closer, even if you’re scared to. And she’s dazzling with a punchline. Molly, once she figures out how to key into Katherine’s intermingled strengths and vulnerabilities, devises a woman-on-the-street routine for her—she stops people of color on the street and quizzes them, with exaggerated earnestness, about the indignities they face. When one guy notes that he still has difficulty getting a cab, she hails one for him, even though he protests that he doesn’t need it. “That’s what white saviors do!” she says with exquisite radiance, addressing the air around her, spreading her magnanimous overkill like dandelion seed.

Katherine, whether cutting down her employees or her guests—she humiliates a ditzy YouTube sensation known as Mimi Mismatch, who then turns on her in righteous and not wholly unjustified fury—can be terrible to behold and wonderful to watch. If she’s a cartoon of the worst boss you’ve ever had, she’s also a crystallization of the most demanding, the one who summons the best from you, like Leopold Stokowski coaxing mad perfection from all those flutes and strings and woodwinds. Nisha Ganatra has directed a lot of TV and a few previous movie features, and she keeps Late Night moving at a clip; it has the wiggy energy of a workplace that might sometimes drive you crazy, but is never boring. This is a great workplace comedy about the ways in which people who seem to be holding you back can also, sometimes, be the ones pushing you forward. Crawling under your desk gets you nowhere. It also means you miss all the fun.


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We've all had dreams about doing great, seemingly unattainable things that we truly want to accomplish in our lives. In Late Night, Molly Patel (Mindy Kaling) gets the rare opportunity to live out her dreams. But nobody said it would be easy.

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Ladies’ Night: HOT 97’s Summer Jam Was Dominated By The Women Of Hip-Hop, And It Was Lit

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Even if you live outside of the New York/New Jersey metro area, if you know Hip-Hop, then you know about HOT 97’s Summer Jam. The biggest stars in the genre take the festival and main stage to showcase their biggest hits. And though most of the acts prominently featured are often men (including stars Meek Mill, Migos and Tory Lanez), we noticed that this year, women were front and center as some of the biggest acts. Cardi B was the main female headliner, while there was also Yung Miami of City Girls, along with Megan Thee Stallion, Kash Doll, Saweetie and more ladies who took the stage. We were pretty impressed, so we compiled photos of all the women doing their thing at the MetLife Stadium in Jersey. Hit the flip to see the familiar femme faces who put on during their electric sets and/or showed up to support the performers.

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Watch Saturday Night Live Try and Fail to Pay Tribute to Game of Thrones on Season Finale

Everything was set for a flashy rap tribute to Game of Thrones on the 44th season finale of Saturday Night Live — high-end lighting, Pete Davidson with a gold chain, even a surprise appearance from Jacob Anderson, who plays Grey Worm on the hit TV show.

But when it came time to lay down some verses, the results were … uninspired.

“Jon Snow, dragons, lotsa wolves, blue zombies, armor clothes, silver swords that extendo, prostitute houses, lotsa wine and a big *** wall,” Davidson rapped. “Never miss an episode. There’s hobbits and toads. Magic and muggles, I assume some crows.”

As it turned out, Davidson had never actually seen the show.

“Look, Pete, you don’t have to do a rap about Game of Thrones just because it’s the most popular show in the world right now,” said longtime cast member Kenan Thompson.

That’s when things got weird. With free reign to sing about his actual favorite show, Davidson, along with special guests DJ Khaled and Paul Rudd, performed an extended rap about Netflix’s Grace and Frankie instead.

“Better than Game of Thrones,” rapped DJ Khaled. “Grace and Frankie. They’re different but they’re friends. It’s a nice show,” he sang later, paying homage to the Netflix series starring Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda.

The season finale also kicked off with a musical cold open, which featured Alec Baldwin returning as President Trump, joining several cast members — and Robert De Niro — in a parody rendition of the Queen song “Don’t Stop Me Now.”

“I’m very excited about summer, getting around to those things I never have time for.” Baldwin-as-Trump said before the musical number started. “Golf, visiting friends in prison, and enjoying all the fantastic new tariffs from China.”

“Wait a second,” said De Niro as Robert Mueller later on. “I have something very important to say to the American people. Something they need to hear.”

“No collusion, no obstruction,” Baldwin’s Trump jumped in.

Watch the cold open below:


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Here’s who won big at the 2019 TV BAFTA awards last night

From Jodie Comer to Louis Theroux…

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The Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards took place on Sunday, with A-listers flocking to the Royal Festival Hall for the evening, hosted by Graham Norton.

Everyone from David Schwimmer to Keeley Hawes was in attendance, with the big winners of the night being Jodie Comer and Benedict Cumberbatch.

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These were the TV BAFTA Awards winners 2019…

TV Bafta for Drama Series:

WINNER: Killing Eve
Bodyguard
Informer
Save Me

TV Bafta for Leading Actor:

WINNER: Benedict Cumberbatch, Patrick Melrose
Chance Perdomo, Killed By My Debt
Hugh Grant, A Very English Scandal
Lucian Msamati, Kiri

TV Bafta for Leading Actress:

WINNER: Jodie Comer, Killing Eve
Keeley Hawes, Bodyguard
Ruth Wilson, Mrs Wilson
Sandra Oh, Killing Eve

TV Bafta for Supporting Actor:

WINNER: Ben Whishaw, A Very English Scandal
Alex Jennings, Unforgotten
Kim Bodnia, Killing Eve
Stephen Graham, Save Me

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TV Bafta for Supporting Actress:

WINNER: Fiona Shaw, Killing Eve
Billie Piper, Collateral
Keeley Hawes, Mrs Wilson
Monica Dolan, A Very English Scandal

TV Bafta for Entertainment Programme:

WINNER: Britain’s Got Talent
Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway
Michael McIntyre’s Big Show
Strictly Come Dancing

Virgin Media’s Must-See Moment:

WINNER: Bodyguard – The bomb scene
Coronation Street – Gail’s monologue
Doctor Who – Saving historical moments
Killing Eve – Eve stabs Villanelle
Peter Kay’s Car Share – Finale
Queer Eye – Tom’s transformation

TV Bafta for Mini-Series:

WINNER: Patrick Melrose
A Very English Scandal
Kiri
Mrs Wilson

TV Bafta for Comedy Entertainment Programme:

WINNER: A League of their Own
The Big Narstie Show
The Last Leg
Would I Lie to You?

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TV Bafta for International Programme:

WINNER: Succession
54 Hours: The Gladbeck Hostage Crisis
The Handmaid’s Tale
Reporting Trump’s First Year: The Fourth Estate

TV Bafta for Live Event coverage:

WINNER: Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance
Open Heart Surgery: Live
The Royal Wedding: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Stand Up to Cancer

TV Bafta for Factual Series:

WINNER: Louis Theroux’s Altered States
24 Hours in A&E
Life and Death Row: The Mass Execution
Prison

TV Bafta for Current Affairs:

WINNER: Myanmar’s Killing Fields
Football’s Wall of Silence
Iran Unveiled: Taking on the Ayatollas
Massacre at Ballymurphy

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TV Bafta for Short Form Programme:

WINNER: Missed Call
Bovril Pam (Snatches from Women’s Lives)
The Mind of Herbert Clunkerdunk
Wonderdate

TV Bafta for Single Drama:

WINNER: Killed By My Debt
Black Mirror – Bandersnatch
Care
On the Edge – Through the Gates

TV Bafta for Single Documentary:

WINNER: Gun No. 6
Driven: The Billy Monger Story
My Dad, the Peace Deal and Me
School for Stammerers

TV Bafta for News Coverage:

WINNER: Cambridge Analytica Uncovered
Bullying and Harassment in the House of Commons, Newsnight
Good Morning Britain: On a Knife Edge
Good Morning Britain: Thomas Markle Exclusive

Features TV Bafta:

WINNER: Who Do You Think You Are?
Gordon, Gino and Fred’s Road Trip
The Great British Bake Off
Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing

Specialist Factual TV Bafta:

WINNER: Suffragettes with Lucy Worsley
Bros: After the Screaming Stops
Grayson Perry: Rites of Passage
Superkids: Breaking Away from Care

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TV Bafta for Male Performance in a Comedy Programme:

WINNER: Steve Pemberton, Inside No. 9
Alex Macqueen, Sally4Ever
Jamie Demetriou, Stath Lets Flats
Peter Mullan, Mum

TV Bafta for Reality & Constructed Factual Programme:

WINNER: I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!
Dragons’ Den
Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds
The Real Full Monty: Ladies’ Night

TV Bafta for Female Performance in a Comedy Programme:

WINNER: Jessica Hynes, There She Goes
Daisy May Cooper, This Country
Julia Davis, Sally4Ever
Lesley Manville, The Money Men

TV Bafta for Soap & Continuing Drama:

WINNER: EastEnders
Casualty
Coronation Street
Hollyoaks

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Sport TV Bafta:

WINNER: 2018 World Cup Quarter Final: England v Sweden
2018 Six Nations: Scotland v England
England’s Test Cricket
Winter Olympics

TV Bafta for Scripted Comedy:

WINNER: Sally4Ever
Derry Girls
Mum
Stath Lets Flats

TV Bafta for Entertainment Performance:

WINNER: Lee Mack, Would I Lie To You?
Anthony McPartlin & Declan Donnelly, Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway
David Mitchell, Would I Lie To You?
Rachel Parris, The Mash Report

Congratulations to all of the winners and nominees!

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Hosting “SNL” for the first time since he was a mainstay cast member, Adam Sandler opened his monologue by saying he told his family his time on the show — from 1990 to 1995 — was the “greatest time of my life.”


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Why the Night King won’t be at the Battle of Winterfell on ‘Game of Thrones’

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The battle plans are drawn, dragonglass weapons forged, and the dead’s arrival at last signaled by three horn blasts in the dark night.

But something is missing. Or rather someone — horned, blue-eyed, and winged.

Ever since fans first got wind of a massive Battle in Winterfell, they’ve been questioning the seeming inevitability of an epic fight with the Night King. Now what began as pure speculation has crystallized into the most popular and logical twist for next week’s Episode 3 of Season 8. 

The White Walkers about to punk Winterfell

The White Walkers about to punk Winterfell

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The Night King won’t be at the Battle of Winterfell. Instead of doing what everyone expects of him, his army will take down Winterfell as a distraction as he focuses on the other target, King’s Landing. Read more…

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Fantastic Voyage 2019 Day 6: 70’s Night Was A Blast From The Past

If you made it to the 6 a.m. session of Afro Aqua Aerobics, you are an amazing soul. For most of the rest of us, the day started much later when we finally peeled our eyes open. The rest of the morning’s activities included Socanomics CaribbeanDance Fitness, a seminar on the ins and outs of Medicare, an entrepreneurship panel, an empowerment panel on managing procrastination and a basketball tournament.

And all of that happened before 11 a.m. Interested in what music therapy could for you? There was a panel for that. Did you want to attend the Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival? The festival organizers held a panel.

If you didn’t get a chance to mingle with your favorite artists, some of whom were just casually hanging out before and after their shows, you could find them at the Autograph Signing Session. Myra J., SOS Band, Chrisette Michele and more were there, meeting and greeting fans.

If that wasn’t enough to do before noon, the Greek Day Party kicked off at noon on the ever-popular Lido pool deck. If you were one of the Divine 9 or one of any of the historically black fraternities and sororities, you represented with ALL of your best gear and some impromptu stepping took place as well. Although we know this ship is a grown folks’ party, some frats and sorors still have the dynamic moves held over from their college days.

This was the first of two days at sea motoring back from St. Thomas to Miami and it was a glorious day moving through the Caribbean. This was a great time to spend some time on the deck, preferably with your adult beverage of choice. Heading around the ship, you had multiple options for fun, relaxation or information. The popular African head wrap class was going on, as was a panel on how to prepare for retirement…even if you’re way behind. And the plant-based diet class was among the most popular as people sought more information on how to improve their health via a more holistic diet.

Celebrity charades? Line dancing? It was all happening on the cruise, but one of the most popular of the day’s events was the Old School Games Happy Hour. If you remember Operation or love a good round of Connect Four, you’d have felt right at home. There were also, as you can figure whenever Black folks to be found, some spirited games of bid whist and spades.

If you were lucky enough, artist Frank Frazier was silk-screening T-shirts with a copy of one of his pieces and if you were in the line early, you got one to take home with you at no charge. That’s if you didn’t make it to the pool party on the Aft deck, which had the advantage of going on during a beautiful day along with some great music and good vibes. Imagine hosting a huge pool party where everyone brings nothing but good vibes and you have just some idea of how it went down.

As the evening went on, you had several chances to enjoy yourself before the big concerts and the night’s most highly anticipated event – 70’s Night. The Practice Team, an affinity group of cruisers who link up on each year’s cruise, some of whom who have been coming since the very first one in 1999, hosted a meet and greet while Chris Paul and Huggy Lowdown hosted a “Never Have I Ever” Happy Hour.

The Celebrity Chef Takeover continued so diners headed to the restaurant to enjoy a specially curated menu from a stellar group of celebrity chefs including TV One and The Food Network’s Chef Jernard. You were going to need to get your nutrition before you headed out, because as it was the night before the last night, what was the point of going to bed? (Unless you had a cruise boo – who was hopefully, also who you got on the ship with).

Which show to see? Well, if you had the night’s tickets for Fantasia and Chrisette Michele, that’s where you were heading. It was the second night for the sangin’ duo but you would have never known. Chrisette, who was on the ship with her parents, acknowledged the love she felt from the crowd and even as she made her way around the ship. Fantasia never makes it through a show with her shoes on (she may as well come out barefoot at this point, like Sheila E., does) so those were kicked off early. She told the crowd it was the last night on the shop so we was ‘fin to get rowdy and they better be ready to get rowdy with her.

Not your choice in music? No problem. Maxi Priest was on the Lido pool deck performing his own big hit “Close to You” as well as selections from a variety of genres including songs by The Temptations, Michael Jackson and the Black-Eyed Peas. If you wanted to relive your club days, whether you hung at New York’s Paradise Garage or any dance music club in the 80’s, you were able to do so.  Strafe of  “Set It Off,” James “D Train” Williams, who you know from “Keep On” and dance music stalwarts took the entire room back to all the good times  and good music in the nation’s hottest clubs of the day.

Natural Change and the Ernest Walker Band kept their audiences vibing with their mix of soul, funk R&B and jazz. Our hats off to them for playing and holding it down every night of the cruise.

And if you think the “Gotta Have House” artists threw it back to the 80’s you ain’t seen nothing yet. It was 70’s Night on The Fantastic Voyage and let me tell you, people showed the hell out. Where do y’all find platforms with goldfish in the heels in 2019? We need to know. It was a true Playa’s Ball as several pimps were in all their finery but the realm of creativity was unsurpassed. How about Shaggy, Velma and Daphne from Scooby Do?

What about the Pink Ladies from “Grease?” But we have to give our greatest respect to the TJMS Crew starring Tom Joyner as Sir Nose from Parliament/Funkadelic, Sybil Wilkes as Minnie Riperton, Guy Torry as James Brown, Damon Williams as several eras of Prince, judging from the outfit, and Kym Whitley as Dolly Parton. Kudos to all for the commitment. Josie and the Pussycats, two different version of Ike and Tina Turner and Hugh Hefner and his Playboy Bunnies. Yes, people, you went there.

If you had energy to party in those platform heels, we once again have to salute you. And if you made it to the War show at 2 a.m. well, you have our admiration. We hear it was groovy, a stone cold blast from the past. But we had to put our heads on our pillow so we could recharge for the last (tears!) night of the Fantastic Voyage. 

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Warner Bros’ File Copyright Claim Against Trump Tweet, Has ‘Dark Night’ Music Removed

Late on Tuesday night, Warner Bros.’ Pictures were forced to file a copyright infringement complaint against President Donald Trump and The White House due to their most recent controversial tweet. The two-minute 2020 re-election campaign video, which has since been taken down by Twitter after the complaint was filed, used music from Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises without the film studios consent.

 

The very strange video, which used the composer Hans Zimmer’s “Why Do We Fall” from the 2012 film, also used the same font from the movie, but portrayed a very different message. The text, which appears to be have been altered from another quote, said: “First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they call you a racist. Donald J. Trump. Your vote. Proved them all wrong. Trump: The Great Victory. 2020.”

The trailer-like video showed footage of Donald Trump from various rallies and events around the country, along with people who Trump would consider villains in his own superhero story, such as former President Barack Obama, his previous Democratic presidential rival Hillary Clinton, and comedians Rosie O’Donnell and Amy Schumer.

The video also highlighted Trump’s meetings with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and Brazil’s recently elected President Jair Bolsonaro.

After BuzzFeed News first reported that the music was used without approval, Warner Bros. took action and quickly filled a copyright claim. Last night a spokesperson from Warner Bros. said in a statement: “The use of Warner Bros.’ score from ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ in the campaign video was unauthorized. We are working through the appropriate legal channels to have it removed.”

The quick action by Warner. Bros led to Twitter removing the video after only a couple of hours, as it was deemed to have breached the social networks own copyright policies. However, this didn’t stop the video being viewed almost 1.8 million times.

This isn’t the first time that Trump has gotten into trouble for using cultural material without approval. Last year, Trump tweeted a meme based on the Game of Thrones tagline “Winter is Coming”, which said “Sanctions are Coming”, much to HBO’s displeasure.

Previously, Twitter also took steps to remove another one of Donald Trump’s tweets due to copyright infringement. Earlier this year his official Twitter account used the band R.E.M.’s most famous tracks “Everybody Hurts” in a promotional, which was taken down after the band complained to Twitter.

As the 2020 presidential race already begins to hot up, we’re sure this won’t be the last of Trump’s tweets that causes some level of controversy.

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BWW TV: OKLAHOMA’s Mallory Portnoy Takes Over Instagram For Opening Night!

Everything really is going our way because we got an inside look at last night’s opening of the new reimagined revival of Rodgers amp Hammerstein’s Oklahoma Cast member Mallory Portnoy, who plays Gertie, gave as a behind-the-scenes peek of her official Broadway debut, from pre-show to the after party In case you missed it or just want to experience it all again, we’ve compiled Mallory’s posts for you to enjoy. You cain’t say no to this, so check out all the footage below
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‘Game of Thrones’ Cast Members Hound Kit Harington for Season 8 Spoilers on ‘Saturday Night Live’

It’s been the better part of a decade, and everyone really, really wants to know how Game of Thrones ends.

That was the sentiment expressed in last night’s Saturday Night Live opening monologue, when host Kit Harington, known for playing Jon Snow on Game of Thrones, was flooded with questions about how the long-running fantasy show will end.

HBO’s Game of Thrones launches into its final season on Sunday, April 14, and series’ ending has been subject to nearly endless debate by fans.

Harington’s SNL monologue started out like any other, with the 32-year-old actor delivering jokes about the New York Yankees and his own spotty acting career. Then he was forced to fend off a series of questions about the popular show’s ending — many from his own fellow cast members.

“Could you just give us a general sense… of how it ends?” asked Emilia Clarke, who plays Daenerys Targaryen on Game of Thrones.

“Emilia, you’re in the show,” Harington responded. “You know already.”

“Well yeah, but, you know, I forgot,” she said. “It’s been so damn long since the last season. Plus a lot of my scenes are talking to a dragon, which is just a tennis ball on a green pole.”

Watch the full opening monologue here:


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Instagram is about to be too darn hot because Kiss Me, Kate’s Sarah Meahl is taking over BroadwayWorld’s Instagram Story tomorrow, March 14th, for the show’s opening night at Studio 54 Make sure to tune in to get a peek behind the scenes at all of the excitement throughout the day.It’s going to be Wunderbar
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Anthea Turner is dead ringer for Grease character Sandy in tight leather trousers and sequined top during night out in London

TELLY presenter Anthea Turner is such a dead ringer for Grease character Sandy, it’s enough to get our Kenickies in a twist.

Anthea, 58, looked glamorous in tight leather trousers and a black sequined top.

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But it also made her the spitting image of Olivia Newton-John’s leather-clad character from the hit 1978 movie.

She was pictured on a night out at London’s Wellington Club.

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Ben Stiller and Bill Hader returned to Saturday Night Live this weekend to make fun of Michael Cohen’s Feb. 27 sworn testimony before Congress about President Donald Trump’s conduct.

Actor and comedian Stiller reprised the part of Cohen, the President’s former personal lawyer who is slated to be sent to prison for lying to the Senate Intelligence Committee.

“Thank you for inviting me here today to correct the record under oath. Of course, the first time I testified was also under oath,” said Stiller-as-Cohen. “This time, I like really mean it.”

Stiller went on to take questions from SNL cast members playing various members of Congress.

Among these was former-cast member Hader as Rep. Jim Jordan, the ranking GOP member on the House Oversight Committee.

“Mr. Chairman, you’re right that I’m angry,” Hader said. “I’m angry that I have to sit here through this two-bit dirtbag flea circus! I’m so angry that I couldn’t even wear a jacket today!”

Kenan Thompson, playing House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings, offered Cohen one last chance to speak.

“Yes, your honor,” Stiller said. “Maybe I’m not a good person. Maybe I’m a liar. Maybe I’m a fool. Maybe I’ve ruined hundreds of people’s lives.”

“I’m sorry, is there a ‘but’ coming?” Thompson interjected.

“No there isn’t, thank you,” Stiller said.


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The best places to see the night sky

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Thanks to light pollution that’s evident in most residential areas, it has become nearly impossible to get a good view of the night sky. Man-made lights have made dark skies a thing of the past. Stars and other celestial features can only be observed in a dark sky. This is why finding spots with completely dark skies has become vital to enthusiastic stargazers and those interested in astronomy.
Luckily, there are still plenty of places that experience totally dark skies that are clear enough to display the wonders of the heavens. The list below will look at some of the places that offer the best views of the night sky.

1. Tuscany, Italy

Let’s start with Tuscany, which features prominently in the history of astronomical advancements in the world. Back in the 17th century, this is where famous astronomer Galileo Galilei developed his first telescope and conducted studies of the skies. To date, it remains a site for great views of the night sky and is a favorite among stargazers. Many astronomers also find the Tuscany hills very useful as there are observatories and equipment there. Exquisite sights to see in the Tuscany night sky include the Milky Way, the moon’s craters, and Jupiter’s moons.

2. Atacama Desert, Chile

The extremely dry conditions of the Atacama desert in Chile, coupled with its nearly non-existent cloud cover and isolation from cities and towns which keeps any kind of light pollution at bay, add up to make it a great place to see the night sky. It presents a clear and dark night sky that gives clarity that is rarely found anywhere else. The desert itself is a plateau with an elevation of 16,400 ft above sea level. This brings about the best vantage point of the night sky found in the southern hemisphere. There’s a high tech observatory situated here for space study, allowing scientists to make detailed observations of the cosmos. The fact that scientists find it very useful is an indication that it’s an ideal place to see an extraordinary night sky.

3. Mauna Kea, Hawaii

Hawaii’s many volcanoes offer great vantage points of the night sky. Mauna Kea is the best of them as is evident by the many astronomical observation sites set up on its peaks. Visitors here even enjoy the privilege of being provided with telescopes to get a better, closer look at the night sky. Many discoveries in astronomy have been made from observations made on Mauna Kea, so there’s definitely a lot to see here.

4. Death Valley, California

Death Valley National Park in California is one of the best and most popular night sky viewing places found in the US. Sights to see here include meteor showers, the expansive Milky Way, and even the rare lunar eclipse. It’s a popular destination for night-sky tourists, having been designated as the largest dark sky reserve in the United States by the International Dark Sky Association. The Las Vegas Astronomical Society also throws a Star Party at the site yearly, attracting a lot of night sky enthusiasts.

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President Donald Trump delivered his State of the Union address Tuesday night, a speech that was, in equal measure, surprisingly bipartisan and deeply divisive — reflective of the deep contradictions that sit at the heart of his presidency.


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