Thursday, 31 March 2016

April Fools’ Day 2016 Facts And History: Trivia About Why We Celebrate Pranks And Jokes On This Day

April Fools’ Day is no joke — it’s an international celebration of silliness. Every year on April 1, people around the world pull pranks on each other as spring gets under way. But why?
The origins of April Fools’ Day are nebulous, although one legend traces it to France. In the late 1500s, the French began using the Gregorian calendar, but not everybody was aware the new year date had moved. Some people kept celebrating around the vernal equinox, though, and their peers began to tease them. Thus, April Fools’ Day was born,according to the History Channel
Traditions soon started. In France, where April Fools’ Day is called Poisson d’Avril, children first cut out fish figures on paper and stick them on the backs of other people, then run away, according to French Moments. In Portugal, revelers traditionally throw flour on each other, and in Scotland, they dispatch friends on pointless errands, as Time reported.
Following are a few other facts about April Fools’ Day, collected from CNNand the Hoax Museum:
  • In the Ukrainian city of Odessa, people hold Humorina, a festival centered on April Fools’ Day. The celebration includes concerts, raffles and a parade.
  • In 1983, the Associated Press published a story on the origins of April Fools’ Day. Citing Joseph Boskin, a professor emeritus of history at Boston University, AP wrote about how the celebration began during the Roman Empire when Constantine let a jester named Kugel take over for a day. Of course, Boskin was pranking the reporter, and AP now writes on its website that “false material — however intended — undermines our mission ... we would not consider someone who attempts to perpetrate an April Fools’ hoax to be a reliable source for anything in the future, April Fools’ Day or not.”
  • Scotland reputedly created the popular “Kick Me” sign gag.
  • In 2008, the BBC aired a news clip of penguins flying as its April Fools’ Day prank. The BBC was also behind another legendary joke when, in 1957, it showed a video about spaghetti that grew on trees.
  • There’s an organization that gives out Ig Nobel Prizes for research that’s humorous — and true. “The real stuff is funnier, simply because it is real,” creator Marc Abrahams told National Geographic. “In that sense, the things that are real and funny are a superior form of April Fools’ joke, because you can tell them and people will think you are making it up.”
  • Geoffrey Chaucer may have written the first-ever reference to April Fools’ Day in a 1392 poem called “The Nun’s Priest’s Tale.”
  • In 1996, Taco Bell pranked newspaper readers with an advertisement indicated it had purchased the historic Liberty Bell — and planned to rename it the “Taco Liberty Bell.”
  • New York advertises a fake April Fools’ Day parade on its website every year. This year’s advertisement reads, in part: “The Grand Marshall will be North Korean President Kim Jong Un dressed as the Pied Piper straddling his Ballistic Missile Float. He will be leading his faithful comrades, who will be goose-stepping and singing Ray Whitley and The Tams’ 1963 hit ‘What Kind of Fool Do You Think I Am?’ Color commentary will be provided by Kanye West, who will be live-tweeting the parade from his Infinity Mirror Float.”

Sunday, 13 March 2016

SNL stays mostly pleasant for Ariana Grande

SNL stays mostly pleasant for Ariana Grande

“I’m not an actor, I’m a [pop/former child] star!”
I’ll admit it—the announcement that Ariana Grande was pulling double duty as host and musical guest tonight did not fill me with a double dose of enthusiasm or optimism. Drake did fine. Justin Timberlake made a second career of it. And if the 22-year-old Grande didn’t make me clamor for more, she was certainly a competent, game, and show-biz-polished presence. (Apart from one supposedly accidental “Oh shit” when she flubbed a line in her—what else—musical monologue. Lorne would like to see you in his office, Ms. Grande.) Of course, it helped that the show was constructed almost entirely around things that she could do well. In addition to the monologue (where she sang about what shape her first grown-up scandal will be), there was some light crooning in the mermaid sketch, a ten-to-one Sound Of Music number (although the adult cast did most of the singing), a music video with the female cast members, and a reprise of theBruno Mars sketch where her intern has to sing all the online live streams of singers in her range like Shakira, Celine Dion, Rihanna, Britney Spears, and Whitney Houston. Throw in an appearance in the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards sketch and the episode bordered on too-innocuous at times, but Grande certainly carried off her dual chores for the night better than expected. Credit where it’s due.Update’s been the high point for a lot of episodes this season, and was the high point tonight, with Che and Jost confident and loose, and a pair of correspondents who kept the energy rolling. With the usual caveats in place—this election season is teeing up so many seemingly unmissable softballs that Update should be whacking political comedy into the Studio 8H cheap seats—the anchors were great tonight. I like Che and Jost together more each week, and here they bounced off each other perfectly, joshing and landing some solid lines. Jost’s best: “Trump is turning into that guy who says that every single one of his ex-girlfriends is crazy. Dude, it’s you.” Che had a great run on the recent protests and violence at Trump rallies, opting out of going himself to “some goofy Nazi prom” and saying, of that little old lady caught giving an enthusiastic Nazi salute in a Trump t-shirt, “Can we just talk about how adorable this little old racist lady is? She shouldn’t be at a rally, she should be home teaching her parrot the n-word.” Plus, his bit baiting the audience about Women’s History Month was delivered with great timing. (“Let me just remind you... to finish baking that cake.”)While I thought last week was the last we needed of Cecily Strong’s Girl You Wish You Hadn’t Started A Conversation With At A Party (apologies to colleague LaToya Ferguson, who disagrees), Strong turned tonight’s Drunkest Contestant On The Bachelor into a wire-to-wire delight. You can’t make me watch The Bachelor, so I have no idea about verisimilitude here, but Strong’s characterization was, well, strong as hell—it’s not everyone who can play drunk, and Strong was entirely present throughout as she alternately hit on, reprimanded, then hit on Colin Jost. (Jost’s “If Leslie Jones hears about this, we’re both dead” was a fine bit of acting on his part, too.) Strong’s just a good actress, her body language was outstanding, and her sign-off line nailed the character’s sad fate perfectly: “I’ll be on TV again because I’m a wide-awake nightmare.”And then there’s Riblet. I suppose some people don’t like Riblet just as I’m over Strong’s Girl You Wish, etc. But those people are wrong—Bobby Moynihan’s performance as Michael Che’s boastful, resentful high school friend is a hilarious creation that Moynihan destroys every time. Here as usual, he scolds Che for his supposed superiority about his job (sorry, “jorb”), taking over the desk to deliver a few Update jokes with accent-less aplomb. The idea that he’s getting help from the booth is a hilarious new wrinkle that Che sells with very funny incredulity (“How do you know Don?,” “Why are you helping him?), and the wrap-up, with Riblet throwing to a second remote Riblet to deliver the concluding “Che’s momma” burn extended the bit further. Viva, Riblet.“This Is Not A Feminist Song” may not be a feminist song, but it is part of this cast’s best tradition, here seeing all the female cast members and Grande begin a stirring, inspirational music video celebrating the power of sisterhood, only to realize pretty quickly that they’re not up the task. These all-woman musical numbers have been one of the most consistently great bits in recent years, and this one, while no, “Back Home Ballers” is still very funny (and catchy). Everyone does a fine job acting out their sheepishness while the song goes on, and, if the gang doesn’t make the towering feminist statement they were going for, their solidarity as a bunch of talented goofballs with great comic chemistry has a power all its own. 
The mermaid sketch coasted to a solid second place on the slimy back of Kate McKinnon’s creation, a sea creature who, she confesses to aghast sailor Beck Bennett, is working with “about 35 per cent woman, 65 per cent blobfish,” unlike the fetching creatures who rescued his shipmates. As the repellant facts about the blob-maid’s anatomy kept rolling out, Bennett’s reactions were on the obvious side, but McKinnon—always so great at finding the matter-of-fact humanity insuch broad characters, kept landing line after line with her delivery. The way she kept referring to the horrified sailor with an unoffended, “man” just sold it. (And take a bow, person who came up with the name “Shud.”)
“What do you call that act?” “The Californians!”—Recurring sketch report
The Tidal sketch, with Grande singing all those parts, used to be a Pandora sketch when Bruno Mars did it—time flies, but at least it gave Jay Pharoah a chance to break out his Jay Z (the Tidal head was doing sort of an Undercover Boss thing). Mars did it better—Grande’s got a lovely voice, but Mars is a better showman—but Grande put her all into the impressions. Mostly, she sounded like Ariana Grande singing songs by other people rather than the other people themselves, but it was the sort of squeaky-clean showcase that was right up her alley. (See: requisite “Oh, I’m not a fan of Ariana Grande joke,” wait for polite laughter.)
And we’ll always have Riblet.
“It was my understanding there would be no math”—Political comedy report
The cold open’s become not only a guaranteed debate/campaign spot, but often a too-brisk tour of the various remaining candidates. Tonight, we got Ben Carson endorsing Trump and Bernie Sanders being Bernie Sanders, both of which had their moments but weren’t served well by the superficial structure. Still, SNLcontinues to go after Trump, which might be unavoidable at this point, but there were some harsh lines here, with Darrell Hammond’s Trump telling off his supporters for attacking Carson with “Guys, what did I say—not this one!” and “This is one of the good ones.” SNL is just embracing the “Trump is a goddamned racist” take on the Republican frontrunner now (see Update for more proof), which is, again, unavoidable. But, like the Bernie bit, it’s not digging much deeper. As for Bernie, the idea that Larry David is apparently happy to play this Sanders thing out as long as it tickles him to do so is endearing, even if his Bernie is merging more with his own persona the more he does it. (This time, David even throws in a reference to the Seinfeld with Kramer’s bottle redemption scheme when talking about Sanders’ victory in Michigan.) It’s fun—the cutback where Sanders is already in his jammies made me laugh—but there’s, again, not a lot of meat on the bones.Speaking of Bernie, the Hillary Clinton commercial with Clinton, desperate to appeal to Sanders’ coveted millennials, gradually morphing into Sanders was cute stuff. Kate McKinnon is game for anything, and her transformation saw her doing her thing while scoring points against the Democratic frontrunner’s perceived willingness to change herself for political gain (“I’m whoever you want me to be and I approve this message.”) Plus, the Bernie-Hillary envies Sanders’ ability to grumpily wave off things he doesn’t want to talk about.
I am hip to the musics of today
Larry David messed up introducing the 22-year-old Grande for her first musical number—and then just bailed. (He’s Larry David. Eh, what are you gonna do? He got it right the second time.) And while I’m not quite as dismissive of the former child star—spending three-quarters of her life in show business has left her with a more than competent singing voice—her carefully crafted pop isn’t really in my wheelhouse. However, if they ever do a movie with flashbacks to a high school age Salma Hayek, Grande’s the obvious choice (although, in the Tidal sketch, she corrects the impression that she’s Latina, explaining her ethnicity as “very, very Italian.”)
Most/Least Valuable (Not Ready For Prime Time) Player
The Family Feud sketch, as ever, is a hit-or-miss affair of good-to-abysmal quick-hit celebrity impressions. (Anchored to reliable effect by Kenan Thompson’s affably goofy Steve Harvey.) On the miss side, Kyle Mooney’s Woody Allen wasn’t the worst of the lot, but since it was Mooney’s only role of the night and since it was so mediocre, he gets the bottom slot for this one. (On the good side: Grande’s Jennifer Lawrence was surprisingly solid, Jay Pharoah got to break out his Idris Elba, Kate McKinnon’s Tilda Swinton is always weird and wonderful, and Beck Bennett threw himself into his Javier Bardem with likable enthusiasm. The directors, not so much, with Taran Killam getting a lot of time to show off a lousy Quentin Tarantino and Bobby Moynihan’s Kevin Smith visually impressive and vocally not even trying. If that was, indeed, Jon Rudnitsky under the Martin Scorsese makeup, he was fine.)
In a show that bordered on bland, no one jumped out and took over, but SNL is Kate McKinnon’s show to lose these days, so her Hillary and Shud keep her on top of the heap for another week.
“What the hell is that thing?”—The Ten-To-Oneland Report
The Sound Of Music sketch suffered from the fact that Grande’s not much of an actress (and some slack pacing), but the idea that her Maria has finally had it up to here with that whole “How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria” song provided a few funny lines, the best of which being Maria’s mocking, “So you guys just made up that four-part harmony with light choreography on the spot?” Plus, give it up for another musical triumph for most of the female cast tonight—Aidy Bryant and Kate McKinnon, especially gave their singing nuns some oomph. Kind of ordinary for the Ten-To-Oneland spot, but, on an inoffensively pleasant SNL, at least the joke that “will-o-the-wisp” functions as a group of Austrian nuns’ “n-word” was weird enough.

Stray observations

  • “I’d like to apologize to everyone else for making your Facebook feeds so so annoying. I’m great but I’m not five-posts-a-day great.”
  • “I’ve got supporters of all ages—18-year-olds, 19-year-olds. That’s it.”
  • “Donald Trump’s got lots of black friends—Omarosa, Dennis Rodman.” “The list goes on.” “Mike Tyson.” “The list ends.”
  • Not that America needs more Ben Carson in this race, but if this marks the end of Jay Pharoah’s delightfully strange Carson on SNL, that’s a shame.
  • In an episode that made me laugh out loud a fair amount, my biggest one came in the monologue when Kenan, comforting fellow Nickelodeon nominee, admits that after 13 years on SNL, all anyone asks is if he and Kel still keep in touch. When Grande asks, “Do you still stay in touch? His furious “A little bit!” was just outstanding.
  • Che, on the old white guy who sucker-punched a black protester at a Trump rally: “This guy’s been dreaming about punching a black guy since the first time he heard jazz on the radio.”
  • Thompson’s Steve Harvey, on the “annoyingly relatable” Jennifer Lawrence: “You say you’re a regular person more than any regular person I know.”
  • McKinnon’s Tilda Swinton won a MAFTA, which is a BAFTA they give on the moon.

Saturday, 12 March 2016

Who is Donald Trump temp

John Stamos & Caitlin McHugh Are Dating: 6 Things to Know About Her

John Stamos & Caitlin McHugh Are Dating: 6 Things to Know About Her
It's time to get to know the woman John Stamos is Caitlin McHugh.
E! News exclusively revealed the Fuller House actor took McHugh out on an adorable date for ice cream, where an unbuttoned Stamos got a little help cleaning up from his new lady friend. So who is Caitlin McHugh? Here are TK things to know about her:
1. She's an actress.
They have their careers in common! McHugh has appeared in The Vampire Diariesand in Switched at Birth. McHugh also has appeared in Castle and, crazily (coincidentally) enough, she appeared in the same 2011 episode of Law & Order: SVU as Stamos! It's a small world after all.
McHugh also made her way to the big screen, appearing in Will Smith's I Am Legend.
2. She can sing and play the ukulele.
McHugh can jam! She posts videos to her Instagram page all the time of her playing the small instrument while singing some songs. In one video she admits she's learning to play The Lumineers' "Falling."
3. She's a massive Star Wars fan.
Stamos' new woman loves her some Han Solo. She camped out at San Diego Comic Con to attend the Star Wars fan concert where she was incredibly jazzed to receive a light saber and other swag. She also attended Wonder Con where she got to meet R2-D2. 4. She's obsessed with Disney.
If she's not attending Star Wars conventions she's having fun at the Happiest Place on Earth! McHugh posts tons of photos of herself walking jumping through Walt Disney World. "Missing this place today--and everyday," she wrote alongside one picture. She's like a kid at heart!
5. She models.
In addition to her acting career, McHugh doubles as a model, posing for bridal magazines, makeup lines and more.
6. She's an animal lover.
She and her dog, Lilo, go on many adventures together. She often posts pics of their time spent together, and makes sure to advocate pet adoption over shopping for them. She also has served as a foster parent for puppies.

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Dr Luke denies he is being ditched by Sony over Kesha case

Dr Luke denies he is being ditched by Sony over Kesha case

Dr Luke has responded to reports that Sony Music is planning to terminate his contract, following growing pressure on the record company over the accusation that he drugged and sexually assaulted the singer Kesha.
Dr Luke’s lawyer, Christine Lepera, told the Los Angeles Times: “This is not true. Luke has an excellent relationship with Sony. His representatives are in regular contact with executives at the highest levels at Sony and this has never come up.”he Wrap reported on Wednesday that “knowledgeable sources” said Sony was going to end its relationship with the hitmaking songwriter and producer. Dr Luke’s Kemosabe Records imprint – to which Kesha is signed and has been trying to leave – is part of the Sony empire. The New York state supreme court last month denied Kesha permission to end her contract with Kemosabe, causing scores of artists, including Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga and Adele to offer their public support to the artist.
“There is no contest. Kesha has no case in regards to her contract but they can’t afford the Adeles of the world out in the streets calling the label unsupportive,” a source “familiar with upper management’s thinking” told the Wrap. “The fact that this hasn’t already been taken care of with Luke is confusing, especially for people in the building.”
Sony is unable to accede of its own accord to Kesha’s request to be freed from her contract. Her contract is with Kemosabe itself, which in turn has separate deals with Sony.
Kesha’s supporters are planning another #FreeKesha rally outside Sony’s New York headquarters on Friday. They plan to deliver four petitions with 411,000 signatures urging her release from the contract. “It is time for Sony to step up and show that they don’t value money over the safety and wellbeing of a woman and artist,” said the event’s Facebook page. “They have the power to #FreeKesha by not renewing their contract with Dr Luke and cutting ties with Kemosabe.”

Thursday, 3 March 2016

'I met the woman of my dreams': Joe Manganiello admits conquering his alcohol addiction allowed him to find love with stunning wife Sofia Vergara

'I met the woman of my dreams': Joe Manganiello admits conquering his alcohol addiction allowed him to find love with stunning wife Sofia Vergara

He has overcome alcohol addiction and is currently at the height of his Hollywood career and is married to the beautiful Sofia Vergara.
But Joe Manganiello has admitted to Men’s Health magazine that he was only in the place to find love with Sofia because he had taken the time.
The Magic Mike star explained: ‘‘I became the man that I dreamed of being, and the result was I met the woman of my dreams.’
The 39-year-old hunk stated: ‘‘People are always like, “I need to find myself!” You are who you want to be. In my twenties, I made a lot of choices that were opposite of who I wanted to be; in my thirties, I grew up.’
Delving into his turbulent past, the hunky actor explained: ‘I think addicts are born wired a certain way. But alcohol was not the issue for me – the issues were all internal.
‘The drink just helped me to quell all the ill feelings I could remember having since I was a child. I was an addict before I ever picked up a drink.’
True love: The Magic Mike star explained, ¿I became the man that I dreamed of being, and the result was I met the woman of my dreams¿
True love: The Magic Mike star explained, ‘I became the man that I dreamed of being, and the result was I met the woman of my dreams’
All is well: The 39-year-old hunk stated, ¿¿People are always like, ¿I need to find myself!¿ You are who you want to be. In my twenties, I made a lot of choices that were opposite of who I wanted to be; in my thirties, I grew up.¿
All is well: The 39-year-old hunk stated, ‘‘People are always like, “I need to find myself!” You are who you want to be. In my twenties, I made a lot of choices that were opposite of who I wanted to be; in my thirties, I grew up.

He also revealed that he is paying for his past when it came to honing his famous physique as he explained: ‘My twenties were kind of like a buffet. I was throwing different things at the wall to see what stuck. The past 10 years has been a lot about cleaning up the mess.’
But he stressed it was never too late to get into shape as he recalled: ‘The other day at the gym a guy tried to say to me, ‘Yeah, well, I’m 33 so it’s not going to happen for me now.’ Thirty three? That’s the perfect age to really get serious.
‘I think that we’re redefining what it means to be in your thirties and forties as a man. It’s not over. There’s so much to be done. That can be done.’”
Past issues: Delving into his turbulent past, the hunky actor explained, ¿I think addicts are born wired a certain way. But alcohol was not the issue for me ¿ the issues were all internal'
Past issues: Delving into his turbulent past, the hunky actor explained, ‘I think addicts are born wired a certain way. But alcohol was not the issue for me – the issues were all internal'

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

The ordeal of sportscaster Erin Andrews: ‘Oh, my God … I was naked all over the Internet’

The ordeal of sportscaster Erin Andrews: ‘Oh, my God … I was naked all over the Internet’

Erin Andrews wanted to be “the girl next door who loved sports,” she
“And now I’m the girl with a hotel scandal,” the Fox sportscaster tearfully told a Tennessee courtroom Monday.
The testimony came amid Andrew’s ongoing $75 million lawsuit against the Marriott Hotel in Nashville, where she was secretly filmed while undressing in 2008, when she worked for ESPN. The videos were posted online a year later and widely shared — a trauma that Andrews still hasn’t been able to put behind her.
“This happens every day of my life, either I get a tweet or somebody makes a comment in the paper or somebody sends me a still of the video to my Twitter or someone screams it at me in the stands and I’m right back to this,” Andrews testified, according to the Los Angeles Times. “I feel so embarrassed and I am so ashamed.”
The video incident was the worst offense in a litany of sexist affronts to Andrews during her career as a sideline reporter: endless commentary on her appearance, dismissive remarks by other sports reporters. After the video came out, she said Monday, according to Deadspin, she was pressured to do an interview about the video just to prove that it wasn’t a publicity stunt.
Her story shows how hard it is to be just “a girl who loves sports” on national television.
That’s clear from a taped deposition that was shown in court Monday, in which the man behind the videos — Michael David Barrett, who served 2 1/2 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to interstate stalking — said he chose to target her because she was popular and trending on Yahoo, according to the Associated Press.