August 3rd, 2021


Lorne Michaels wants to keep SNL veterans around a little while longer

• Ever since Chevy Chase left SNL after its first season, it's been seen as a place you leave. It was, and still is, a major stepping stone for the career of any comedian who appears on the show. But recently it's become a place where cast members stay for a very long time.

• Kenan Thompson is the most obvious example, having just completed his 18th season on the show (to steal my favorite Girls5eva joke, Kenan has been on the show for an entire Olivia Rodrigo). Kate McKinnon, Cecily Strong, and Aidy Bryant have all tied Maya Rudolph's record as the longest running female cast members at 9 seasons on the show. tl;dr: the show has seen very little cast overhaul since season 40, with the last major departure being Leslie Jones back in season 44.

• It turns out that producer and showrunner Lorne Michaels would like to keep it that way. Variety says that he's been negotiating with these veteran cast members, trying to get them to stay for a few more seasons. Apparently the goal is to keep them around until the show's 50th anniversary.

• Part of the negotiations include offering more flexible schedules for the stars to take time off during the season to shoot other projects. Though it's a practice as old as the show itself, for many years it wasn't something that Michaels was a big fan of (in fact, multiple sources point to this being the reason for Taran Killam's untimely firing in 2016).

• His attitude towards the practice has changed recently. Pete Davidson missed some episodes of season 45 in order to shoot scenes for James Gunn's The Suicide Squad, while Cecily Strong missed the first six episodes of season 46 in order to complete production on the Apple TV+ show Schmigadoon. Aidy Bryant missed most of the first half of season 46 to finish shooting the final season of Shrill. Kenan Thompson's NBC sitcom, Kenan found ways to shoot their season without cutting into his and co-star Chris Redd's screen time on SNL. (It should be noted here that Schmigadoon, Shrill, and Kenan are all produced by Lorne Michaels production company, Broadway Video).

• Variety notes that SNL has a newfound important to NBC. For the first time in its 46 year run, the show ended its season as the number one most-watched entertainment program on TV among the 18-49 demo. Kate McKinnon, Cecily Strong, Aidy Bryant, Kenan Thompson, and Bowen Yang have all been nominated for Emmys this year, adding to the importance of keeping veteran cast members. (Bryant and Thompson are double nominees, getting recognition for their work on SNL in the supporting category and recognition for their work on Shrill and Kenan respectively in the lead category. Yang makes history as the first featured player in the show's history to get an Emmy nomination).

ontd, what do you think? are you happy that these cast members are sticking around or would you like to see an overhaul of the show?

Lil Nas X & Jack Harlow’s INDUSTRY BABY Debuts at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100

Chart dated for the week of August 7th 2021

Lil Nas X & Jack Harlow’s INDUSTRY BABY debuts at No. 2 while BTS’s Butter secures the No. 1 spot again for it's 9th week.

Other debuts on the chart this week include Jason Aldean & Carrie Underwood’s If I Didn’t Love You at No. 15 and Camila Cabello’s Don't Go Yet which debuts at No. 42.

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Olivia Rodrigo Covers Clash Magazine

Olivia Rodrigo reflects on her rise, the struggle to adjust to sudden, overwhelming fame, and where she plans to go next. As honest as her music, this revelatory interview shows another side to this contemporary icon, someone whose intimate relationship with her fans has created a 21st century sensation.

No actual interview is out yet however the issue is available for pre-order.
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Nia Long is joining the cast of Wanuri Kahiu's Plus/Minus

Good news! Wanuri Kahiu's new project "Plus/Minus" now has a new cast member and it's none other than Nia Long. She's joining Lili Reinhart, Danny Ramirez, David Corenswet, Aisha Dee, Andrea Savage and Luke Wilson. The film "Plus/Minus" is currently filming accoridng to IMDB and there has been no confirmed release date yet. Apparently it's been classified as a romantic comedy, drama and fantasy movie.

Here's the synopsis of the movie so far:

"Plus/ Minus centers on Natalie (Reinhart), whose life diverges into two parallel realities on the eve of her college graduation. One version sees her become pregnant and navigate motherhood as a young adult in her Texas hometown, and the other journey takes place as she moves to Los Angeles to pursue her career. Per the logline of the movie, the contrary paths lead the 20something Natalie to experience life-changing love, devastating heartbreak and rediscover herself."

I'm pretty excited about this movie myself. Hope to hear more about it soon!
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'What If...?' stories officially canon for the MCU. Live action versions to appear in later films.

- 'What If...?' headwriter AC Bradley made it very clear that, despite its animated style and anthology premise, everything in the show is being considered as canon and a direct follow up of the events of the 'Loki' season finale.
- Also, they tease that those multiverse character may appear in live action in other Marvel properties, which makes sense since Hayley Atwell is rumored to appear as Captain Carter in 'Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness'.
- The first three episodes of 'What If...?' Season 1 have been confirmed to be:
1. Captain Carter
2. T'challa as Starlord
3. Loki on Earth.
We also know there are other episodes featuring What if Spiderman became Doctor Strange. What if Iron Man met Killmonger, What if Bucky met Zombie Avengers, What if Party Thor was not worthy, What if Doctor Strange met Nightmare, What if only Black Widow survived Age of Ultron and an alt!Avengers season finale.


ONTD, will you be watching 'What If...?'

The Mighty Ducks Renewed For Season Two

  • Joshua Jackson (Charlie Conway) was in talks with Steve Brill, The Mighty Ducks writer, four years ago about doing a show.

  • He wasn't able to appear last season, but Brill would like to have him for a whole season depending on his schedule

  • Kenan Thompson (Russ Tyler) told Brill he'd come back.

Ducks fly together!

Angelina Jolie stars in an impromptu photoshoot on the Orient Express and the rooftops of Venice

While in Paris with her children for some work with UNICEF, Angelina Jolie participated in a sometimes silly impromptu photoshoot with French street artist JR.

You can view the photos at the source, as well as Laineygossip for the paparazzi pics.

In related news, Laineygossip also notes how TMZ, always up to date on court cases and especially Angelina and Brad Pitt's trial, has yet to report on Angelina's victory from last week. She asks people to consider how the court of public opinion is shaped in general, but especially in the battle of Angie vs Brad.

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WayV's TEN teases solo single "Paint Me Naked" dropping Tuesday, August 10

K-Pop prince TEN (of SuperM and WayV fame) is slated to drop a new solo single, "Paint Me Naked," next Tuesday, August 10, SM Entertainment has confirmed. It marks TEN's third release through the record label's digital music project SM Station, following "Dream in a Dream" (2017) and "New Heroes" (2018).

Check out the concept photos for "Paint Me Naked" below!

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New Books Hitting Shelves This Week

The Husbands

Nora Spangler is a successful attorney but when it comes to domestic life, she packs the lunches, schedules the doctor appointments, knows where the extra paper towel rolls are, and designs and orders the holiday cards. Her husband works hard, too… but why does it seem like she is always working so much harder?

When the Spanglers go house hunting in Dynasty Ranch, an exclusive suburban neighborhood, Nora meets a group of high-powered women—a tech CEO, a neurosurgeon, an award-winning therapist, a bestselling author—with enviably supportive husbands. When she agrees to help with a resident’s wrongful death case, she is pulled into the lives of the women there. She finds the air is different in Dynasty Ranch. The women aren’t hanging on by a thread.

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Lady Gaga "Love for Sale" themed walking post

Today is Tony Bennett's 95th Birthday, and he & Gaga are doing 2 shows at Radio City for it. Their next duet album, "Love for Sale", will be released on October 1st.

In support of this efforts / as part of Gaga's overall promo-mode self, she walked around in notable outfits!

[Every version of Gaga looks within]

New Album "Love for Me" first official release, I Get A Kick Out Of You

[Album cover art]

Gaga is also running a birthday card effort for Tony using Instagram reels. #Tonys95thBdayCard is the hashtag if you want to check it out!

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Are you friends with any seniors, ONTD?

Nicholas Hoult Will Play unhinged Dracula stan in 'Renfield'

This is not the alleged Dracula Dark Universe reboot that Karyn Kusama is supposed to be directing. But one about a Dracula Lackey (Draculacky?) who is in a mental asylum - they do not know he's a servant of Dracula.

But it takes place, allegedy, in the current day...which sounds really dull tbh give us semi-ancient vampire settings, you cowards.

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Here's how BTS used money laundering tactics to stay on top of the Hot 100

This week kpop kings' BTS’ english single ‘Butter’ remains at  #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It's Butter's 9th week in that position and it was only briefly replaced by another BTS song, ‘Permission to dance’.

But "Butter" is actually the first song in history at #1 to be out of the top 40 of the Streaming Songs chart (#44 this week).

It also has had the lowest score on US radio mediabase callouts for 2 weeks straight. Which shows most radio listeners don’t know and don’t like the song.

So how does a song no one is actually streaming and which is rejected by the general public get on top of the most popular chart in the world? Massive sales.

Despite recent reforms, pure sales (from artist's websites and online retailers) still outweigh streaming and radioplay on Billboard's points system.

This makes positions fairly easy to manipulate, and other artists have done it before BTS: Nicki Minaj, Taylor Swift etc. Usually by selling merch bundles with albums and songs. Billboard eventually stopped counting these for their charts.

Most recently, they removed some of Dua Lipa’s sales of ‘Levitating’, once they found out international fans were using VPNs to pretend more American fans were buying the song.

It seems ARMY got inspired by this particular scam, and since VPNs are easy to detect, they resorted to shadier practices. This is the money laundering part.


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NFL team facing potential crisis due to unvaccinated players

The NFL announced that 90% of their players are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. (There are around 1700 active players in the NFL including the practice squad, meaning at least 1530 players are fully vaccinated.)

However, one NFL team is facing potential problems due to the high number of unvaccinated players on their roster.

This means only about 30 players on the Vikings are fully vaccinated. All three of the Vikings quarterbacks, including starting QB Kirk Cousins, were placed on the COVID-19 reserve list on Monday. Notably, Cousins made this statement last fall:
“But what I wanted to say then, and what I would echo again now, is that while the virus does not give me a great amount of personal fear, there’s still great reason for me to engage in wearing a mask and social distancing and washing my hands as frequently as I can and following protocols that have been set in place.

Obviously, to be respectful and considerate of other people, which is very important, but then also to be available for all 16 games this fall because as the protocol is set up if a player were to test positive they would be potentially out of the game or games.”

Other notable Vikings players, such as Adam Thielen and Harrison Smith, have publicly stated they aren't vaccinated, while Kirk Cousins has declined to comment publicly. Some insiders have stated that naysayers would sooner leave the team than get the vaccine. The Vikings recently fired one of their assistant coaches for refusing to get vaccinated.

The Vikings aren't the only team with problems. The Colts and the Washington Football Team also have low vaccination rates compared to the rest of the NFL. The NFL is requiring players to wear colored wristbands to indicate their vaccination status. One Chiefs player had a problem with this:

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Kristen Bell Weighs In On How Often to Bathe Kids

After Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis went viral for saying during Dax Shepard's podcast that they only bathe their children when they "can see the dirt on them," Kristen Bell has decided to share her opinion because of course she has.

Dax and Kristen made an appearance on The View Tuesday and addressed the discourse.

"We bathed our children every single night prior to bed as their routine, then somehow they just started going to sleep on their own without their routine and we had to start saying [to each other] like, 'Hey, when was the last time you bathed them?'" said Dax, who is big on privacy for his children.

Kristen, who wants paparazzi to leave her kids alone but betrays their privacy all the time, added, "Yeah, we'd forget," and added that their two daughters would sometimes begin to pick up an odor. "I'm a big fan of waiting for the stink. Once you catch a whiff, that's biology's way of letting you know you need to clean it up. There's a red flag. Honestly, it's just bacteria; once you get bacteria you gotta be like, 'Get in the tub or the shower.' So I don't hate what [Kunis and Kutcher] are doing. I wait for the stink."


Jason Momoa Says He’s ‘Bummed’ After Reporter Asks Him ‘Icky’ Question About ‘Game Of Thrones’

Khal Drogo raped his new bride, Daenerys Targaryen, on their wedding night on the show. 
It’s been 10 years since the controversial moment aired.

The reporter asked Momoa, “'Game of Thrones’ inspired a lot of discussion about its depiction of scenes of sexual assault and its treatment of women generally. Do you think differently today about those scenes? Would you do one now? Do you have any regrets? Those types of scenes can seem as if they belong to an older cultural moment.”

Momoa replied, “Well, it was important to depict Drogo and his style. You’re playing someone that’s like Genghis Khan. It was a really, really, really hard thing to do. My job was to play something like that, and it’s not a nice thing, and it’s what that character was."

“It’s not my job to go, ‘Would I not do it?’ I’ve never really been questioned about ‘Do you regret playing a role?’ We’ll put it this way: I already did it. Not doing it again."

“When you brought up ‘Game of Thrones’, you brought up stuff about what’s happening with my character and would I do it again. I was bummed when you asked me that. It just feels icky, putting it upon me to remove something, as if an actor even had the choice to do that.”

“We’re not really allowed to do anything. There are producers, there are writers, there are directors, and you don’t get to come in and be like, ‘I’m not going do that because this isn’t kosher right now and not right in the political climate.’ That never happens. So it’s a question that feels icky. I just wanted you to know that,”


Alicia Vikander addresses criticism Eddie Redmayne faced for playing a trans woman

Alicia Vikander is speaking out about the criticism Eddie Redmayne faced for playing a real-life transgender woman in their 2015 film  "When we were making the film, it was such a learning experience. And I think Eddie did a wonderful job in the role.”

“I totally understand the criticism that has been out there, because we need to make change and we need to make sure that trans men and women actually get a foot in and get work. My only concern is that we may need to get to a point in the end where we have trans women and men playing cis characters. Because that is the main thing, you know?”

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2020 Tokyo Olympics Primetime + Day 12 FFAO


Primetime coverage will begin on NBC at 8pm EDT, and the live events run from approx 9am-11pm JST, 1am-3pm BST, 8pm-10am EDT, and 5pm-7am PDT.

Primetime includes: Gymnastics (8-8:30pm, 9:15-10pm EDT), Track and Field [partially live] (8:30-9:15pm, 10-10:45pm), Diving (10:45-11:30pm)
Live events include: Artistic Swimming, Athletics, Baseball, Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Boxing, Canoe Sprint, Cycling Track, Diving, Equestrian, Golf, Handball, Hockey, Marathon Swimming, Sailing, SKATEBOARDING, Sport Climbing, Table Tennis, Volleyball, Water Polo, Weightlifting, Wrestling
Medals in: Artistic Swimming (duet free routine), Athletics (women's 400m hurdles, women's 3000m steeplechase, men's hammer throw, men's 800m, men's 200m), Boxing (women's fly, women's welter, men's super heavy, men's light heavy), Cycling Track (men's team pursuit), Equestrian (jumping individual), Marathon Swimming (women's 10km), Sailing (men's two person dinghy 470, women's two person dinghy 470), Skateboarding (women's park final), Weightlifting (men's +109kg), Wrestling (men's greco-roman 67kg, men's greco-roman 87kg, women's freestyle 62kg)

A schedule of all events can be found here, and today's page lets you see the events in your local time zone!

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Big Sean Says He Grew 2 Inches Taller This Year by Going to the Chiropractor

Big Sean, 33, is no longer 5’8," according to him. On Tuesday (August 3), the rapper took to his Instagram Stories to share a video of him hanging with a 5'10'' friend, who he said he's just as tall as him.

Sean used the caption of the clip to explain how he was able to get taller at the age of 33. “How da fuck I grow 2 inches? Chiropractor for a year straight twice a week, that’s how," he wrote. “Straight Spine thas how. I’m laughing cause it’s real.”

Taller Sean should reach out to Nick Jonas.

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Inside Adam Levine & Behati Prinsloo's Serene L.A. Home | Open Door | Architectural Digest

Today AD is welcomed to Los Angeles by superstar couple Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo for a tour of their Pacific Palisades ranch house. “We didn’t want a palatial McMansion. That’s just not who we are,” insists the Maroon 5 frontman who, with his supermodel wife, tapped Clements Design to conjure their vision of a high-design, low-pretension family oasis. “We were attracted to this place because it felt homey." says Behati. "You could tell that kids had lived here before."

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Katy Perry Grabs a Handful of Orlando Bloom's Booty

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Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom frolicked on a yacht off the island of Capri. Katy, um, enjoyed the rolling hills by grabbing onto Orlando's booty while they kissed. The pair took a vacation in Italy to get some time away from with their daughter, Daisy, who will turn one year old later in August.

Have you grabbed a booty lately? (aside from your own.)

Yes but just one
Yes, multiple
Naw, thanks #covid19

Sun's out, buns out! How's your summer going, ONTD?

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Cinderella - Official Trailer | Prime Video

Cinderella is a musically-driven bold new take on the traditional story you grew up with. Our heroine (Cabello) is an ambitious young woman whose dreams are bigger than the world will allow, but with the help of her Fab G (Billy Porter), she is able to persevere and make her dreams come true.

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‘9-1-1’ Cast Gets Raises Ahead Of Season 5

All series regulars on Fox’s drama 9-1-1 have secured pay increases ahead of Season 5.
Angela Bassett takes $450,000 an episode. This is among the top salaries on network television for any actor, and could be the highest ever for an actress of color on a broadcast drama series.
Bassett was involved in the development of 9-1-1, Ryan Murphy created it for her.
She serves as an executive producer on 9-1-1 as well as spinoff 9-1-1: Lone Star.

Peter Krause gets $300K per episode.
He is followed by Jennifer Love Hewitt, who joined the series in Season 2. 

The rest of the cast, Aisha Hinds, Rockmond Dunbar, Kenneth Choi and Oliver Stark, as well as Ryan Guzman, who joined in Season 2, are all getting $80,000 an episode and are projected to go up to $100,000 an episode in Season 6.