If there was one moment from last week’s typically turbulent news cycle that stood out as one in which you could imagine the “Saturday Night Live” writers room leaning forward in attention, it was Kanye West’s White House visit with President Trump.
It was a frequently surreal moment that befitted the administration’s oft-repeated reputation for providing a meeting point between reality TV and politics, and “Saturday Night Live” indeed could not resist.
As expected, Alec Baldwin donned the presidential power tie and comb-over wig for the first time this season for a sit-down with Chris Redd’s MAGA-hat wearing West. “Thank you for joining us all today for this important discussion. It’s in no way a publicity stunt.”
Aladdin touches nothing but the lamp in the first teaser trailer for Disney’s new eponymous live-action film.
The “Aladdin” teaser, released Thursday, does quite a bit of scene-setting in Agrabah to the tune of the 1992 animated film’s “Arabian Nights” and “Friend Like Me” before offering a glimpse of Aladdin, who is played by Mena Massoud of “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan.”
Alas, there’s nary a whiff of Will Smith’s blue Genie or any of the other beloved characters despite Smith’s tease earlier this week. Instead, the trailer flies on the wings of the parrot Iago — or what appears to be him — through the arid desert before landing in front of the mysterious Cave of Wonders, filled with mountains of treasure and the sought-after magic lamp.
Ryan Coogler, who directed and co-wrote this year’s Marvel blockbuster “Black Panther,” has signed on to write and direct a sequel to the film, a source close to the project has confirmed.
It’s little surprise that Marvel was eager to bring Coogler back for a follow-up given the massive success of “Black Panther,” which has hauled in $1.3 billion worldwide, making it the second-highest-grossing film of the year behind Marvel’s “Avengers: Infinity War.” The film is considered a strong contender for a best picture Oscar nomination, which would be a first for the superhero genre.
A federal judge in Manhattan has sentenced Fyre Festival founder Billy McFarland to six years in prison after he pleaded guilty to multiple counts of fraud in connection with the event, which promised music and opulence but instead went viral over its sensational collapse.
“The remorse I feel is crushing. I've lived every day with the weight of knowing that I literally destroyed the lives of my friends and family,” the 26-year-old reportedly said during Thursday’s hearing.
Hyped as "the cultural experience of the decade," the first-ever Fyre Festival was set for two consecutive weekends last spring on a remote island in the Bahamas that was once home to drug lord Pablo Escobar.
Lindsey Buckingham is suing his former Fleetwood Mac bandmates for breach of contract for going on tour without him. And he’s also blaming Stevie Nicks for getting him booted from the iconic rock group.
Buckingham and Nicks, who joined Fleetwood Mac as a couple in 1975, have a complicated history, on and off stage. Their latest disagreement played out in a new Rolling Stone story published Wednesday. Buckingham claimed Nicks gave the band an ultimatum: Either he goes or she does.
Then, on Thursday, Buckingham sued Fleetwood Mac for breach of contract, according to RadarOnline, after the group “secretly, and unceremoniously, moved on without him” ahead of its North American tour. Buckingham asked to postpone that tour so he could promote his solo projects.
Kanye West met with President Trump at the White House on Thursday, and the meeting turned into the kind of long-winded, high-profile rant that West has become infamous for. At one point he even rushed over to hug the president.
The rapper, wearing the red Make America Great Again hat he’s been sporting in recent appearances, addressed the president sitting on the other side of his executive desk in the Oval Office.
Joining them were Trump advisor and son-in-law Jared Kushner and NFL Hall of Famer Jim Brown, a civil-rights leader who has previously met with Trump.