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Chance the Rapper performs hilarious song on ‘SNL’ begging President Obama to return

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“This time of year I get thankful baby, thankful for you. But now you’re gone and I don’t know what to do.”

What an emotional love song. A tribute to a great relationship after a bad breakup. Some girl somewhere is going to be really sorry she ended things with De-Von-Tré, the hot new combo comprised of SNL’s Kenan Thompson, Chris Redd, and guest host Chance the Rapper.

“So come back, Barack.”

Or, what? Yeah. 

The world is on the verge of nuclear war, and former president Barack Obama is out here living his Best Life. We’re here crying ourselves to sleep, and he’s water skiing and showing us how in love with Michelle he is, and everything sucks. Read more…

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Kate McKinnon debuts pitch perfect Julian Assange impression on ‘Saturday Night Live’

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Saturday Night Live took us behind the scenes in its cold open tonight of a totally plausible meeting between Julian Assange and the Brothers Trump in the first installment of what we can only hope will be many, many more episodes of “The Mueller Files.”

Kate McKinnon debuted her expert Assange impression – reason enough to hope for more – replete with a suspicion-inducing pleather jacket and weird white-blonde haircut.

“It’s not white, it’s a platinum bob with a man’s front wisp.” Sorry, Julian.

Anyway, the meeting, which ostensibly took place between Assange and Donald Trump Jr. (Mikey Day) in the basement of the Ecuadorian embassy in London – where the real Assange has been holed up since 2012 avoiding extradition to Sweden to face sexual assault charges – was crashed by a delightfully inept Eric Trump (Alex Moffat), who did just about everything he could to blow the clandestine convention. Read more…

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Yup, ‘Jane the Virgin’ just killed [spoiler]! Who did it?

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Spoilers for Friday’s episode of Jane the Virgin

To be fair, Narrator did warn us.

A few episodes ago, Narrator told us that this season one of six characters (Rafael, Petra, Luisa, Alba, Anezka, or Magda) would die. It’s the oldest trick in the book, after all.

Well friends, Friday’s episode ended with Petra discovering her evil(ish) twin sister Anezka, dead, hanging from the ceiling, and a tease from Narrator: She didn’t kill herself.

Gasp!

This is devastating news for those of us who love to watch Yael Grobglas continue to impress by hilariously portraying both twins, but from a storytelling perspective, it certainly makes sense: You can only pull the old switcharoo so many times. I’m excited to see how this plot unfolds, and what mayhem at the Marbella ensues because of it. (Seriously, how many murders does it take to shut down a hotel?!) Read more…

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Here are the winners of the 2017 National Book Awards

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Drum roll pleeeaassseee! 

The winners of the 2017 National Book Awards are here.

On Wednesday night, the book world came together to celebrate the best new literature of the year in the National Book Foundation’s annual National Book Awards ceremony.

Each year, the National Book Awards honor the best new literature in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young people’s literature.

2017’s entries shined a spotlight on some of the year’s most exciting books including Jesmyn Ward’s much acclaimed novel Sing, Unburied, Sing, which was nominated for the Fiction award. Past National Book Award nominee Jason Reynolds also praised Ward to the MashReads Podcast, saying, “I personally think [Jesmyn] is the greatest writer in the 21st century.” Read more…

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‘Do I regret not being president? Yeah, I do’: Joe Biden tells Oprah

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Joe Biden’s been constantly asked whether he’s considered running for president in 2020. One person who could get that answer out in a perfect soundbite? Oprah Winfrey, of course.

The former U.S. Vice President sat down for a chat with my personal presidential preference, Winfrey, to discuss the possibility of a presidential campaign, the tragic loss of his family, and his new memoir, Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose.

During the “SuperSoul Sunday” session, set in a rather pleasant woodland situation, Biden told the media mogul that he wasn’t planning on running in 2020. Read more…

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Newscaster uses Taylor Swift lyrics to deliver her traffic report

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Taylor Swift’s latest album is touching everybody, including your local traffic reporter.

Laura Hettiger provides traffic coverage for KMOV St. Louis. On Friday, Hettiger decided she would spice up her coverage by sprinkling in lyrics from Taylor Swift’s newest album, Reputation.

No matter how you feel about Taylor Swift, you’ve got to stand behind this wordplay.

Swift was so touched she even retweeted the broadcast.

My cousins in St. Louis sent this to me. I LOVE YOU @LauraKHettigerhttps://t.co/OvC349nq8y

— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) November 11, 2017 Read more…

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Ed Sheeran ‘raps’ on Taylor Swift’s ‘reputation’ and Twitter is having none of it

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Taylor Swift’s reputation has finally landed and Twitter doesn’t even know where to start.

How about Ed Sheeran havin’ a wee rap?

Swift joined old mate and “rapper” Sheeran and actual professional rapper Future for the second track of the highly anticipated album, dubbed “End Game.”

Twitter was having none of it.

Ed Sheeran is somehow worse at rapping than Taylor Swift is. This EndGame song has a great chorus and Future rap, though. Basically everything except the intro and the Sheeran rap are A+

— Lorenzo Quiogue (@lorenzo_quiogue) November 10, 2017 Read more…

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Chrissy Teigen swears she’ll never use Twitter’s new 280-character limit

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Twitter just doubled its upper character limit, and not everyone’s psyched

Especially hardcore tweeter Chrissy Teigen, who posted a “fight song” refusal to ever use, favorite, or retweet any 280-character tweets.

The American model, TV host and cookbook author tweeted this to her 8.3 million followers on Tuesday:

I will NEVER use 280 characters nor will I favorite or retweet a tweet with them. THIS IS MY FIGHT SONG

— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) November 8, 2017

Them’s fightin’ words alright—words we’re not 100 percent sure she’ll stick to, but hey, we like the enthusiasm. Read more…

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Sia responds to creeper selling her nudes by giving it away

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Can’t sell it if everyone has it.

Apparently someone tried their hand at selling nude photos of Sia, so she hit back in the best way possible: By releasing an image of herself on the internet for nix, nada, nothing.

“Save your money, here it is for free. Everyday is Christmas!” she wrote on Tuesday.

Someone is apparently trying to sell naked photos of me to my fans. Save your money, here it is for free. Everyday is Christmas! pic.twitter.com/aeQlnTwLuy

— sia (@Sia) November 7, 2017

The image is watermarked with a “client preview” stamp on it, but is also accompanied with a message from the seller of the image. Read more…

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Russell Crowe says Australia ‘looks like *ssholes’ when it comes to refugees

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Russell Crowe is so frustrated at the response to asylum seekers left in the lurch in Australia, that he’s putting his money where his mouth is.

Last week, the actor made an offer via Twitter to house and find work for six refugees who have been left behind on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island, an incident he called “disgraceful.”

“I believe I could house and find jobs for six. I’m sure there’d be other Australians who would do the same,” Crowe wrote in response to a tweet criticising him.

Manus. A Nations shame. Lives held in limbo . Lives lived in fear & despair . It’s fucking disgraceful

— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) November 1, 2017 Read more…

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Donald Trump and Paul Manafort take a very naked shower on ‘Saturday Night Live’

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Donald Trump took a naked shower with Paul Manafort on Saturday Night Live tonight, and yes, things got weirder from there.

Kicking the episode off in classic SNL fashion, Alec Baldwin reprised his role as Trump – the real-life version of whom is on his first trip to Asia as president, the late night version of whom snuck off to check on his old buddy Manafort (Alex Moffat) after his no good very bad week.  

But don’t worry. Melania is happy with the (very) fake lookalike Baldwin’s Trump sent along in his stead. In fact, she’s falling in love!

To make absolutely sure Manafort isn’t wearing a wire, Trump insisted the pair pop in the shower together, as one does. He even got in a shot at the Hollywood scandal du jour. Read more…

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Kevin Spacey is now accused of groping Richard Dreyfuss’ son

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Harry Dreyfuss, the son of Academy Award-winning actor Richard Dreyfuss, has come forward with new allegations of sexual misconduct against Kevin Spacey. He claims that Spacey groped him in 2008, at age 18, while his father, unaware, was in the room with them.

“I … see how important it is to add my voice to the people who are demanding a better world. A world in which powerful men are no longer allowed to feel safe to do this, or far worse,” the younger Dreyfuss wrote in a guest post for Buzzfeed.

“I don’t know how long we sat there like that. It could have been as little as 20 seconds, or it could have been five minutes. It’s the hardest part of the story for me to recall. What I do remember is that, other than being a shy kid who obviously admired Kevin Spacey a lot, I never once gave him a signal that I would want to be with him in that way.” Read more…

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Xbox One X is the perfect representation of the tech industry’s existential crisis

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For the past week I’ve been staring at an Xbox One X and questioning existence.

OK fine, not just staring. I’ve spent a lot of time playing around with it, too. It makes things like Gears of War 4 and a 4K Blu-ray of Planet Earth II look great on my 4K UHD screen.

Fundamentally, Xbox One X is the same machine that Microsoft released in 2013. It plays the same games, runs the same apps, depends on the same operating system. You can still plug your cable box into it and watch OneGuide magically sync with your local TV listings.

Most of the things you can do look a little better and run a little faster/more efficiently, sure. The actual casing is smaller than the previous iterations, too. It’s a gorgeous $500 machine. But Xbox One X is still just an Xbox One. Read more…

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Watch the trailer for the second TV series of cult Australian horror ‘Wolf Creek’

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The cult Australian horror film which we’re pretty sure would put any tourist off from visiting the country, Wolf Creek, returned as a television series late last year.

Well, it’s back again for a six-part second season, set to premiere on December 15 on Australian streaming service Stan. The announcement was made with a trailer, just in time for Halloween.

The premise is somewhat the same as previous iterations of the series, but this time it’s an entire busload of “soft tourists,” who find themselves running into trouble with the frightening Mick Taylor (played by John Jarratt) in the middle of the country’s outback. Read more…

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Seth MacFarlane seemed to hint about the Kevin Spacey allegations back in 2005

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Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane seems to know a lot more than he gives off.

Following the allegations of sexual assault and harassment against Harvey Weinstein, a clip from the best supporting actress Oscar nominations in 2013 went viral.

MacFarlane made an awkward joke about the nominees, and congratulated them because they “no longer have to be pretend to be attracted” to Weinstein. 

Now in the wake of accusations that Kevin Spacey made sexual advances toward actor Anthony Rapp when Rapp was 14 years old, another clip is making the rounds on social media.  Read more…

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Popular sports video game allows for characters to come out as gay

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Homophobia is still an issue in modern soccer.

It’s why some players who are gay choose to come out after their careers, such as German midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger or U.S. winger Robbie Rogers, who has since returned to the game.

Games like Football Manager 2018 is tackling the issue. The popular simulator, which allows you to play the role of a soccer team manager, has a neat little feature which allows virtual players to come out. 

These announcements are posted in the game’s inbox feature, which is where you’d receive emails about news items in the world of the game. Read more…

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This video of a kid solving a Rubik’s Cube in 4.5 seconds will give you the purest joy

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Most of us will go through life mildly pondering a Rubik’s Cube every now and then, but a professional speedcuber can solve one in seconds – a record speed of 4.59 seconds, to be exact.

In a new video, Korean speedcuber SeungBeom Cho solves a cube so fast that most of the people around him don’t even realize what happened. Indeed, their realization takes longer than it took him to solve the cube, but the room erupts with congratulations, applause, and paparazzi-level enthusiasm for Cho’s accomplishment.

Cho broke the record using a specific technique (it’s posted in the video description but unintelligible if you’re not a skilled speedcuber)Reddit commenters note that the world record keeps getting broken (as records do) because speedcubers decrypt existing techniques in order to make them even faster. Read more…

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