The music world is again reeling today after the loss of Linkin Park frontman, Chester Bennington, who was found deceased in his California apartment yesterday due to an apparent suicide. The rockers death comes just one month after the suicide of grunge icon Chris Cornell. Music itself is a well-known cathartic process and Chester made it well known in his lyrics and interviews about his struggle not only with depression and addiction but his traumatic experience with molestation as a child. His vocals would scream pain and agony over each melody but ironically his songs gave those who could commiserate with his afflictions – hope. Linkin Park magnificently walked the bridge of rock and rap effortlessly in their career, even collaborating with rapper Jay-Z to birth Collision Course – a 2004 EP mixing hit songs from both artists into singles. This 6 song experiment thrilled fans and skyrocketed to #1 on the Billboard Top 200 and even went on to win one of the highest honors in music – a Grammy, one of two awarded to the group during their reign. In a 2009 interview with Noise Creep, Chester discussed how his addiction lended itself to the band’s song “Crawling”, a near literal depiction of the emotional turmoil he experienced as a drug and alcohol addict. As battled recovery, fans were able to lyrically view his journey through each song and album released. His most recent song “Heavy” continued this trend. While Chester may be gone, his music and lyrics provided a voice to those who felt they had no way to express the darkness or sadness that often visits them. With his music, his fans will always have an opportunity to verbalize their pain through his lyrics and through that gift, his legacy will always live on.
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June happens to LGBTQ Pride Month, an annual anti-discrimination effort made official in 2014 with a proclamation from then President Obama. By the way, we all know LGBT stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. The added Q letter is now used and stands for either “questioning” or “queer.”
Young people have come to embrace the word “queer” and taken it back as a respected word. Years ago, “queer” was used in a perjorative manner against the gay community.
TV host Jimmy Kimmel of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” did something unique and hilarious in honor of Gay Pride Month, and people can’t stop buzzing about it. He sent a reporter to West Hollywood with one question in mind:
“What’s the straightest thing you’ve ever done?”
Gay people took the question with a good sense of humor. Some of the replies were sensible and others crazy.
For example, one gentleman says the straightest thing he ever did was “baled hay.” Another answered that he went to a Dodgers game and didn’t know what was going on. One woman said that at age 16 before she came out to her relatives, the straightest thing she ever did was go to a Barnes & Noble store with her family.
One gentleman said,”I’ve never done anything straight,” and the audience howled with laughter.
Perhaps the heartiest response came when a young man told the Jimmy Kimmel Live! reporter that the straightest thing he ever did was “dated a girl.” When she then asked him what the gayest thing he had ever done, he answered, “F—ed a guy.”
It was all in good fun and a clever way to celebrate LGBTQ people around the world.
Hats off to Jimmy Kimmel for keeping it real and respecting all people who choose to be themselves.
In the meantime, Ivanka Trump has shown her celebration of June’s Gay Pride Month with a tweet, saying she is proud to support her friends in the LGBTQ community and those LGBTQ Americans who have contributed tremendously to society and the economy in the United States.
Unfortunately, there has been no official White House statement commemorating LGBT Pride Month.
As a teenager, Mandy Moore sang about “Candy” and was the school mean girl in The Princess Diaries. Since then though, she’s expanded her acting horizons to include all manner of genres. TV audiences know her for her work on the critically acclaimed This Is Us and kids know her voice for her work with animated Disney characters. Now, she’s taking on a thriller at the bottom of the ocean floor in 47 Meters Down, but filming the movie was no picnic.
Moore stars with Claire Holt as a pair of sisters who try cage diving while on vacation, but when the cage breaks from the boat, they are left racing against their own air tanks in shark-filled waters. As Moore pointed out to Jimmy Kimmel in an appearance on his talk show, the movie is “95% under water,” which meant Moore and Holt spent a lot of time in a water tank, but not just any water tank – one filled with broccoli and urine.
The movie’s team needed their water to look like they were filming on the ocean floor, and the closest they could mimic the algae was by finely chopping broccoli and placing it in the 20 foot water tank with the girls and the camera crew. The broccoli was the only part of the movie that “concerned” her, Moore revealed, after being asked about the possibility of pruning skin when shooting in water for eight weeks. She explained that the chlorinated water was kept warm, so it was like filming in “broccoli soup” for five weeks, with a “pungent” smell.
What she discovered while shooting for hours on end though was that no one in the water crew was taking bathroom breaks, meaning that to save time, and not disrupt the shooting schedule, the crew and the actors were relieving themselves in the water tank, something Moore had trouble with, but she eventually hopped on the bandwagon.
That’s one unique filming experience she’ll probably never forget.
Conan O’Brien has been hosting late night TV shows since 1993 when he inherited the “Late Night” show from David Letterman on NBC. He now handles the late night duties on TBS. O’Brien has been one of the pioneers of embracing YouTube as a method of promoting his show and reaching a larger audience than would ever be able to find him on TBS. The cable network recently announced a new agreement that will see O’Brien continue to helm his late night show for another four years. However, his new contract is much more comprehensive than it has been in the past.
O’Brien will also be involved in creating various programs that will air in prime time. He will also produce original content for live shows, mobile games and podcasts. He will still continue to stay involved with YouTube because it is a platform that he has enjoyed remarkable success with in the past. O’Brien realizes that the late night landscape has changed dramatically over the past 24 years since he first came on the scene as a virtually unknown comedy writer. He feels that it is important to keep his show evolving in order for it to stay relevant. He wants to be able to reach people in the ways they are currently using to watch TV. Technology is a huge part of his new contract with TBS. O’Brien has said that millions of people watch his show without ever tuning their TV to TBS. That is why the online world will play such a huge role in the future of his show.
O’Brien has become known for traveling to foreign countries that other late night hosts would never even consider visiting. He made a very famous trip to Cuba in 2015 and became the first American late night host to set foot in the country. The host has confirmed that these trips will continue on a regular basis over the course of his new contract.
Academy Award-winning director Oliver Stone went on Th eLate Show With Stephen Colbert recently to promote his new documentary and got more than he bargained for.
The four-part documentary -The Putin Interviews- will air on Showtime in one-hour blocks. Stone has spent two years following Russian President Vladimir Putin and has cobbled together a four-hour documentary from over 20 hours of tape.
The problems started right away when Colbert plays a short clip of Stone interviewing Putin. In it, Stone asked Putin if he had interfered with the eUS Presidential election. To which Putin responded that Russia would never interfere with another country’s elections.
Instead of asking any sort of follow up question, Stone merely says, “Thank you, sir. We’ll see you tomorrow.”
Colbert then pressed Stone and asked why he failed to ask a follow-up question. Stone’s only defense was the, “you have to be polite.”
At this point, derisive laughter began to come from the audience. Colbert then told Stone that with the lack of a follow-up question, it was as if he had given Putin a platform to spread his propaganda.
Stone insisted that more hard-hitting questions would come in the fourth hour of the documentary and that the audience would simply have to watch in order to see him question Putin more forcefully.
Olver Stone has long been a defender of the freedom of speech, so it seemed odd to Colbert that he would take it easy on Putin, who has jailed opposition journalists and is alleged to have had opposition politicians murdered.
To that, Stone replied that Putin is merely a “social conservative.” At this point, the audience broke out in more laughter. To which, Stone replied, “I don’t know why you’re laughing.”
“Because it seems like a mild description”, Colbert informed him.
It remains to be seen if Stone does, indeed, ask Putin harder question later on in the interview. But one thing is certain, he has certainly drummed up some interest in his new documentary.
Political events have been providing late night talk show hosts with funny jokes as long as the medium of TV has existed. Therefore, it should not come as a shock that the testimony of former FBI chief James Comey has drawn the attention of all the biggest names in late night TV. Trevor Noah, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Stephen Colbert, Conan O’Brien and James Corden provided their take on the critical testimony which could have a huge impact on the presidency of Donald Trump. What is interesting is the way that these late night hosts go about writing jokes about big stories in the political world.
All of the late night TV shows have large staffs of professional comedy writers who are paid to make their bosses funny on a nightly basis. The procedure about how these writers come up with material varies depending on the show. However, their procedure regarding huge stories like the Comey hearing is remarkably the same. All of the late night shows have several writers assigned to watch the hearing in its entirety. The writers were instructed to take notes about anything that could potentially be used for jokes. After the hearing is complete, those writers have a meeting to throw around ideas for funny monologue jokes or bits that can be used later in the show.
At some point, the rest of the writing staff is brought into he equation to see if they can add anything to what he first group of writers have come up with. Conan O’Brien has said that he wants his writers to always collaborate because one person can come up with a solid premise that other writers can build on. Writers who always work alone will never have the benefit of other writers making their material even funnier. Jimmy Kimmel says that his writers feed on the pressure of having to come up with topical jokes on a nightly basis. He loved their Comey material.
Katy Perry has finally squashed her beef with Taylor Swift, an ongoing feud rooted as deeply as three years ago. Taylor Swift initiated bad relations between the two in 2014 after she released the song “Bad Blood.” The country song had mentioned a former friend, assumed to be Katy Perry, “stealing” Taylor Swift’s backup dancers. That’s in quotations because their contact agreements stated the dancers were to be shared, but maybe there’s more to it than that.
Katy Perry had mentioned the fiasco on “The Late Late Show with James Corden,” urging Taylor Swift to squash beef between the two. After all, the bad relations were in regards to only three backup dancers.
Perry spread news of the now-squashed beef on Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global Podcast, posted just two days ago. The forgiveness comes two days after Perry released her new studio album Witness.
Drama has been stirring, yet again, between Brandi Glanville and Eddie Cibrian. The former Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Brandi Glanville is alleged to have stalked her former husband Eddie Cibrian. While Cibrian and his current wife, LeAnn Rimes, were out on a date in Malibu at the famous Nobu restaurant, Glanville had showed up unannounced.
Glanville had received no invitation to go eat with the couple, having the nerves of steel to bring Eddie Cibrian’s two sons, Mason and Jake, along with her. It is reported that Brandi had viewed LeAnn Rimes’s recent Snapchats and social media posts to find out exactly where the current couple was going on a date. Drama is a long-standing issue between these two former lovebirds, expected to stop no time soon.
One of the biggest news stories since the 2016 Presidential Election has been the recent firing of FBI Director James Comey. Just a few weeks after he was fired by President Donald Trump, Comey was given the opportunity to testify before a Congressional Grand Jury about recent rumors that members of the White House had been having direct conversations with Russian government officials.
While the testimony could potentially have very serious repercussions for a lot of different people, it also provided a lot of inspiration for jokes on the most popular late-night television programs (http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/tv/ct-comey-hearing-late-night-tv-reaction-20170609-story.html). In the few days following the testimony, all of the major late-night shows took a variety of jabs at him and his testimony. Some of the most notable came from Steven Colbert, who has also been in the news for getting into a recent public dispute with Donald Trump.
While the late night hosts keyed in on a lot of different comments made, the main take away had to deal with the fact that Comey did not find Trump to be trustworthy. Several of the hosts made light of the fact that Comey stated that his initial thought was that he needed to write down everything that Trump said during their private meetings. Comey also stated that he was involved in helping these notes become public record, which also led to a few different jokes to be made.
While it has now been five days since the testimony was given, it does not appear that the jokes will be dying down. There have continued to be a number of summaries of the live testimony by the late night hosts, as well as a number of popular sketch comedy shows.
Considering she’s made a career out of singing and acting, Mandy Moore is probably no stranger to seeing her face used to sell plenty of merchandise. The latest place her likeness has popped up isn’t on a piece of her own sanctioned “merch,” but on the wall of someone’s new home.
The This Is Us actress stopped by Jimmy Kimmel’s late night talk show to discuss her role in the new thriller 47 Meters Down, which sees her spending a lot of time underwater with costar Claire Holt as they take on sharks in a failed cage diving trip. Her likeness has also been spotted in a place that sees plenty of water, and Jimmy Kimmel couldn’t wait to ask her about it.
He brought up something the New York Post had featured in the past – a social media post from someone whose friends had recently bought an apartment in Queens that featured a mosaic of Mandy Moore on the shower’s wall. When Kimmel jokingly asked her if it was a new piece of merchandise she was selling, Moore told him that it wasn’t her doing.
Kimmel pressed, wondering if the image (which is a startlingly good likeness to the actress at 16 when she was participating in concert tours and singing “Candy”) was a compliment or if it was terrifying. Moore seemed to lean toward the latter as she asked, “is it?” in response to it being a compliment. She explained that given the image is one of her as a teenager in someone’s shower, it’s “a little disconcerting” to see. She admitted that she didn’t “know how to feel” about the artwork.
Seeing your favorite celebrity in your shower everyday does seem a little weird. To be fair, die-hard fans will go the extra mile to have a piece of their favorite celebrities in their lives, so perhaps, the image wasn’t initially meant to be creepy.
When Zac Efron is a late night guest, then you know the women in the audience are going wild.
That’s exactly what happened when Jimmy Kimmel Live! recently had the handsome actor take a seat next to Jimmy Kimmel. Cat-calls were going off for just about everything the “Baywatch” movie sequel star spoke about during the interview.
Jimmy Kimmel quipped that he thought the vocal female audience members were into him when he walked out for his monologue, but he realized the ladies were actually in the house for the appearance of Zac Efron.
Jimmy Kimmel told the star that he had seen him on television next to Madonna at the UFC fight at Madison Square Garden. He wanted to know if the two had hooked up and how he happened to be seated ringside with the iconic singer for the Conor McGregor fight.
Zac Efron explained that he’s a huge fan of McGregor’s and followed the assigned labeled seats until he found his name. He passed by several major stars’ names and finally found his seat in the front row, right next to Madonna and no other seat open after that.
Zac Efron couldn’t believe he was sitting elbow to elbow with Madonna, but it was a cool coincidence and he enjoyed her company.
Madonna knows a lot about MMA and was totally into the fight, Zac Efron says.
Jimmy Kimmel pressed him for romantic details. He says Madonna only tapped him on the arm.