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Sure, I could load this week’s newsletter with Halloween content, but let me be a contrarian.
No judgment if Halloween is your thing, but I don’t like to be scared so I don’t let myself go.
That means while my neighbors are handing out candy this year, I’ll be curled up enjoying the content below. I mean, there will always be treats, but I’m not sharing.
“The Surreal Life”
I should probably start by mentioning that Dennis Rodman likes to walk around naked in the house he filmed the new season of “The Surreal Life” in. Do I have your attention?
That’s right, VH1 has relaunched the reality series – 16 years after it last aired – where a group of stars live together and compete in challenges “to determine which of them is their most authentic self. “.
In addition to Rodman, this season’s cast includes Frankie Muniz, Tamar Braxton, Kim Coles, Stormy Daniels, August Alsina, Manny MUA, and CJ Perry.
Episodes are currently streaming on VH1.com.
‘The White Lotus’ Season 2
Welcome to the White Lotus.
This time the red carpet is rolled out for guests of a luxury resort belonging to the fictional hotel chain in Sicily – but don’t worry, the change of venue doesn’t mean there will be less satire, of drama or fun that is Jennifer Coolidge’s character.
If you haven’t watched the first season, you should tune in and check it out to fully understand why the series has so quickly become a part of the pop culture zeitgeist. And not to give too much away, but there’s a cool scene in season two that tackle binge-watch culture.
Season 2 of “The White Lotus” premieres Sunday on HBO and HBO Max, which are both owned by CNN parent company Warner Bros. Discovery.
If booze and libations are your thing, this show is for you. And if they’re not, well you might still learn something.
Consider it the perfect match for the many culinary competition shows, as “twelve of the world’s most innovative mixologists infuse, stir and mix their way through a series of high-stakes cocktail challenges to win a game-changing prize. the life and title of Ultimate Drink Master.
Remember to watch responsibly as “Drink Masters” is streaming now.
Arctic Monkeys are growing and plan to play their first full UK stadium tour next year.
According to the band’s singer and guitarist Alex Turner, the music on the new album “The Car” justifies it.
“It wouldn’t have made sense for us to play stadiums before this album and I don’t think we were mentally ready until now,” he told NME. “I don’t want to step forward and say that some of our songs ‘belong’ in a stadium, but they could definitely hang out in a stadium.”
The reviews have been solid and prove that “The Car” – which is out now – is an example of the band’s willingness to try new things, including filming a concert film at the Kings Theater in Brooklyn during their headlining performance last month.
Believe it or not, it’s been a decade since Carly Rae Jepsen found success with her single “Call Me Maybe.”
And there’s no doubt about it, in the years when she’s definitely established herself as a mainstay of pop music.. She recently released her sixth album, ‘The Loneliest Time,’ and spoke to People about how the loss of her grandmother during the Covid-19 pandemic factored into the development of the record.
“It was really my first experience of love lost to this point,” she said. “When I have an emotion so extreme that I don’t know what to do with it, part of my therapy has always been trying to process it through songwriting.”
50 Cent turns out to be pretty savvy when it comes to TV production.
In partnership with the Starz cable channel, he is behind the scripted series “BMF”, which tells the story of brothers Demetrius (“Big Meech”) and Terry (“Southwest T”) Flenory, who founded in the 1980s a drug empire. known as the Black Mafia Family.
Ahead of the show’s second season, the rapper also brought us “The BMF Documentary: Blowing Money Fast.” The eight-part series is billed as offering “exclusive access to all the epic family feuds, high-stakes drug deals, suspicious murders, and champagne-soaked parties attended by hip-hop royalty.”
When I interviewed 50 Cent last year about “BMF,” he told me he had “the cheat code” when it came to urban content — that certainly seems true.
The world lost its best “guncle” (aka gay uncle) this week with the death of actor Leslie Jordan.
Many people have credited his series of social media videos for helping them endure lockdowns and life disruptions during the height of the pandemic, but he has brought a lot of joy through his work even before that, whether whether in “Will and Grace”, “American Horror Story”. or a number of other roles.
With his impeccable comedic timing, southern glee, and refusal to be anyone other than who he was made to be, Jordan was the best kind of star — one who fully embraced being on the stage that we call life.