Monthly Archives: April 2016
In the show’s final pre-election take, Mr Trump and Mrs Clinton — played by Alec Baldwin and Kate McKinnon respectively — made amends in an attempt to convince Americans to vote in the November 8 election.
The sketch opened with a mock interview of the candidates by CNN’s Erin Burnett, played by actress Cecily Strong.
During the interview, Baldwin-as-Trump denies close ties with the FBI, Vladimir Putin and the Ku Klux Klan despite appearing to exchanging kisses with each of them.
All the while, Mr Trump’s interruptions are casually ignored, with the interview returning to probe the issue of Mrs Clinton’s emails.
“What is happening?” McKinnon-as-Clinton’s character asks, “Is the whole world insane?”
Baldwin and McKinnon broke character to address the audience, with Baldwin saying “I just feel gross all the time … Don’t you guys feel gross all the time about this?”
Breaking down the fourth wall on live television, the two ran hand-in-hand outside NBC’s New York studio into the streets.
They embraced their critics — Baldwin with ethnic families, McKinnon with Trump supporters.
On a final and more serious note, Baldwin and McKinnon came together to deliver their key message to the American people: “Get out there and vote”.
Baldwin and McKinnon have entertained the masses throughout the US election campaign.
Their parodies of the presidential debates on SNL poked fun at the often bizarre twists and scandals that popped up along the way.
SNL gave audiences their first take on the US campaign when it kicked off its 42nd season with a sketch of the first presidential debate.
Veteran actor and frequent host Alec Baldwin debuted as a scowling, blustering Donald Trump to thundering praise.
The sketch focused on the issue of Donald Trump’s tax avoidance, or as McKinnon-as-Clinton called it, “Trumped-up, trickle-down economics”.
But not all feedback was positive — Mr Trump took to Twitter to tell the world he thought Baldwin’s portrayal of him “stinks”.
Baldwin and McKinnon reprised their roles to parodythe second presidential debate as Mr Trump took aim at former US president Bill Clinton’s alleged sexual assault of four women.
Taking on the third presidential debate, SNL parodied Mr Trump’s sentiments towards the Latino community and his promises to build a border wall between Mexico and the United States.
As the 2016 US election campaign nears its end and with the election looming, this latest episode broke character to offer the audience a moment of levity.
The show will air a special episode on Monday night and is set to include a compilation of its 2016 campaign coverage.
This week’s “Walking Dead” episode, “The Cell” finally takes us into the heart of Negan’s Sanctuary. And while you’d expect the barbed-wire bat-wielding psycho’s community to be living well off of the spoils they’re taking from the Hilltop, the Kingdom and everyone else they’re strong-arming, the Sanctuary is actually the most depressed-looking settlement we’ve seen on the show in some time.
Negan’s oppressed subjects are squatting practically on top of each other on cots divided by sheets in an old factory. There’s one main entrance, which is guarded by walkers anchored on spikes and chains. Those walkers are actually Saviors punished by Negan. Remember what King Ezekiel said about happy people being less violent and more productive? Well, Negan rules with fear, and we watch some of his people beat another guy to death. Nice, right?
Negan’s people — who kneel whenever they see him — work to earn points, which they trade for food, medicine and other supplies that they’ve scavenged or stolen from other communities. Or, they can get benefits by agreeing to have sex with Negan — or to give him your wife to have sex with.
That’s the sorry story we learn about Dwight, Daryl’s dark foil, who carries most of this episode. In case you’ve forgotten the running feud between these two, Daryl ran into Dwight, his wife Sherry and her sister Teri last season when they were running away from Negan. Turns out, Negan wanted to marry Teri in exchange for giving her the medicine she badly needed. Daryl helped them escape, but Teri was killed. And then Dwight and Sherry stole Daryl’s bike and his crossbow, and left Daryl in the woods. Our boy warned them that they were going to be sorry. And are they! We ran into Dwight again last season when he shot Dr. Denise in the eye with a bolt from said-crossbow, and nearly captured Daryl, Rosita and Eugene. But Eugene bit Dwight in the crotch, causing enough of a distraction for Daryl and company to escape. (Negan jokes about the injury this episode, asking Dwight if it still works. Dwight assures him that it does.)
But now Daryl is Negan’s prisoner and bargaining chip against Rick. And Dwight is walking tall in Daryl’s angel wing vest, riding Daryl’s motorcycle, and feeding our favorite redneck dog food sandwiches.
Daryl is being kept alone in a cell — cold, naked and bombarded with really loud, bad 80s songs in an attempt to break him. Please. Daryl Dixon has eaten worse than canine chow, and it will take more than blasting the “Who’s the Boss” theme song to make him crack.
But we learn this same sort of torture has been used successfully by Negan before. When Dwight returned from running away, he was to be tortured and killed – until Sherry volunteered to marry Negan, herself, so that the overlord would spare Dwight’s life. Negan now delights in dangling Dwight’s “hot wife … sorry, ex wife” before him. And Dwight was further punished by having the left side of his face branded with a hot iron.
“Make it easy on yourself,” Dwight tries to tell Daryl. He admits he once swore we wouldn’t kneel to Negan, either, but that all changed. And he predicts Daryl will change, too.
Dwight’s ex, Sherry, also tries talking some sense to Daryl through his cell door. “Whatever they say, just do it. Negan’ll take care of you, trust me,” she tells him.
These sitcom stars aren’t exactly keeping things PG.
Kaley Cuoco shared a saucy behind-the-scenes photo of herself with “The Big Bang Theory” co-star Johnny Galecki each dressed in bondage-inspired outfits.
In the surprising snapshot, Cuoco wore a low-cut red corset and fishnet stockings, while Galecki appeared in a black leather harness with a choker around his neck.
They’ve remained close since their breakup, regularly appearing on each other’s social media feeds, although typically in more appropriate-for-work style photos.
Many speculated last year that the two stars were getting back together after Cuoco divorced from her husband Ryan Sweeting after less than two years together, but both stars quickly shot down those rumors with dueling posts on their respective Instagram pages.
“So sorry to disappoint, but no home wreckers or secret flings going on here,” Cuoco wrote below a photo of her and Galecki bumping firsts. “Me and @sanctionedjohnnygalecki are just the best of buds — Leonard and Penny will have to suffice!!”
Cuoco — a passionate horseback rider — has since moved on to date an equestrian named Karl Cook.
Turn on your radio — it is statistically likely you’ll hear music made by a man.
Go to a summer music festival. Is the headliner a man? Probably. The Australian music scene, like many industries, has a gender problem.
When triple j’s Hack crunched the numbers, it discovered last year’s Splendour in the Grass and Falls Festival booked almost 70 per cent male acts. That number blew out to 90 per cent at Listen Out and Stereosonic.
So what is it like to be woman making music in Australia? Musician KLP has been doing it for years, and frankly, she’s sick of the question.
“I’ve got a boyfriend who is a musician as well, and he never gets asked the kind of questions that I get asked in interviews. He never gets asked his age, he never gets asked what it’s like to be a male DJ,” KLP said.
Earlier this year, new festival Spilt Milk announced a line-up with 16 acts. Only one of them was female. KLP was unimpressed with the “bro-town” attitude.
Soon after, Spilt Milk announced several more female acts, with the promoters saying: “You spoke, we listened. Opportunities for female artists in the music industry ARE less than those for men.”
Adam Lewis books musicians for venues across Sydney, as well as boutique music festival Secret Garden.
He says over the past few years, he has seen the industry start to become aware of gender imbalance.
“You’re seeing festivals come up with these really blokey line-ups — we saw that in Australia with Soundwave and internationally with festivals like Redding,” he said.
“Really masculine line-ups, and there is a push back on it in a way that there hasn’t been before.”
He says if bookers are not conscious of it, it is easy to gravitate towards comfort zones, and end up with a lopsided line-up.
“Men get put on pedestals for doing things that women can do just as well, throughout musical history and I think that reverberates through what we see in live music culture and festival culture to this day,” he said.
“I don’t want to go to a music festival where it’s a monoculture and you are just hearing five white dudes with guitars all day long. That’s a boring festival.”
The end of Spilt Milk’s statement was addressed to the people “using hateful, bigoted, sexist and misogynistic comments online … your negative attitude has absolutely no place at our event and your money might be better spent on education”.
It is a clear reference to how the internet can also be a dark place for aspiring female musicians.
A look at the comments section on a video from KLP and several female musicians on her all-girl KLParty tour is proof — one comment reads: “You can all go drink some bleach, f*** you all kill yourselves”.
The rare access is for Sydney Open, a behind-the-scenes look at the city’s most historic and interesting architecture.
Dr Sophie Lieberman from Sydney Living Museums said the day will be “like Christmas for architecture nuts”.
“These buildings are usually places people walk past every day,” Dr Lieberman said.
“They might look up and wonder ‘what goes on in there?’ or ‘that looks interesting’, so it’s an opportunity to walk through the front door … and get to see the really extraordinary interiors of our heritage sights and also the best of modern architectural design in Sydney.”
Some of the historic buildings that Sydneysiders can buy a ticket to enter include the Lands Department Building, Hong Kong House, Legion House, the Great Synagogue and Pier 2/3 at Walsh Bay.
Some of the more modern spaces that will be open are Barangaroo, the rooftop of the AMP building which was Sydney’s first skyscraper, Deutsche Bank Place and the EY building.
“Unless you work in those buildings you’re getting to see something you would never see,” Dr Lieberman said.
“At Barangaroo people will be able to go in and not just see the lobby, which in itself is a really interesting design resolution, but actually go up into some of the different tenancies.
“We are also opening an untenanted floor on level 41, so there is an opportunity to go up and get an extraordinary 360 degree view uninterrupted because no one has built in there yet.”
On Saturday, 1,500 people paid to take part in exclusive tours of some of the city’s more elusive sites.
Disused platforms 26 and 27 at Central Station, the Central Station clock tower, Mortuary Station where the dead were once transported from the city to Rookwood Cemetery, the tunnels under St James Station, Westpac Bank’s office at Barangaroo, and the five cascading gardens on the rooftop of 333 George Street were some of the locations.
Murray Gosling from Surry Hills heard about the disused platforms under Central Station a couple of years ago and wondered what lay beneath.
“I had always wanted to come here so it’s quite exciting and I also heard that it’s haunted so that was a bit of a drawcard,” Mr Gosling said.
“I think it’s quite amazing, I can’t believe it’s not being used.”
Sydney Trains staff have reported hearing voices and the sounds of children’s laughter over the years.
“It’s very exciting to be here but it also feels a bit creepy,” Mr Gosling said.
Mary and John O’Byrne from Epping joined a tour of the Central Station clock tower.
After taking 302 steps up the 85 metre, sandstone tower they loved what they saw at the top.
“It’s great, really good to see the innards of something I have been visiting for years because I use the trains all the time,” Mrs O’Byrne said.
“The clock’s amazing and it’s interesting that it’s an electrical driven clock,” Mr O’Byrne added.
“Back in the 1920s [it would have been] one of the early electrical driven clocks — still running today, pretty impressive.”
One deep-pocketed Justin Bieber fan could be in for the New Year’s Eve of his or her lifetime — all for the totally reasonable fee of $500,000.
The lavish Fontainebleau beach resort in Miami is offering an exclusive, five-day package to a single purchaser that features a stage-front table to Bieber’s New Year’s Eve performance, a swanky yacht escort to the STORY nightclub and unlimited access to a slew of high-priced vehicles such as Rolls-Royces, Lamborghinis and Aston Martins.
The person who buys the extravagant package is allowed to bring up to nine guests and will also be treated to a private escort to the LIV nightclub after Bieber’s show to enjoy Skrillex’s DJ set, where they’ll guzzle $6,500 dollars of champagne.
They’ll then spend the rest of the evening at STORY, where fellow disc jock Marshmello is performing. The 10-person group will have access to the DJ’s booth, as well as a private meet-and-greet with the hit-maker backstage on the night of the show.
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A listing on the Fontainebleau website for the exorbitant experience — dubbed the Ultimate VP experience — promises the buyer a chance to “indulge in the Miami Beach celebrity lifestyle with Justin Bieber, Skrillex and Marshmello.”
Other outrageous benefits include a stocked poolside cabana every day, a $100,000 shopping spree at the resort’s on-site jewelry and clothes boutiques and a recovery package on Jan. 1 featuring a chef-prepared breakfast in their suite and a two-hour spa visit.
Lower rollers who don’t buy the Ultimate VIP Package, meanwhile, have the option to drop a cool $50,000 for stage-side space at Bieber’s show.
But Blue Wiggle Anthony Field said it was the children’s music supergroup that left richer for the experience.
“We learnt so much today about the Gunggandji People,” Field said.
“We’ll remember this more than any entertainment centre gig. It’s been an enriching experience for us.”
The Wiggles were in Yarrabah to record for the Wiggle Wiggle Wiggle television series, which will shine a global spotlight on the remote far north community.
“The television show that we do is on in 190 countries around the world, and I hope every one of those 190 countries that are watching learn as much as we did today about this beautiful culture up here — their music, their dance and the people,” Field said.
“We wanted to include our Australian culture, and I think today was an amazing educational experience for everyone who watches that show. They’ll enjoy it, but also learn something.”
The Wiggles like you’ve never heard before
The Wiggles recorded a version of their lullaby Rock-a-bye Your Bear in the Gunggandji language, accompanied by children, local elder Uncle Daniel Murgha, Indigenous singer/songwriter Elverina Johnson, and Yarrabah State School culture teacher Nathan Schrieber.
“The funny thing is, our language, we didn’t mean it to match perfectly, but it almost fits rhythmically exactly the same, the syllables of the words,” Mr Schrieber said.
“It’s amazing how these two separate languages and separate cultures have come together so well. Music is universal.”
Field said it was a privilege to share the Gunggandji language with the world.
“Language is what it’s all about. [It] defines people, it’s what they have in common, it’s unique, it’s beautiful sounding,” he said.
“Musically, it was so lovely to hear.”
The power of music
Yellow Wiggle Emma Watkins said she was touched by the Yarrabah reception and overwhelmed by how well the local children knew The Wiggles’ back catalogue.
“The music seems to reach all ends of Australia. Even this morning we had the preps to twos and they were all singing along [to] Hot Potato and Fruit Salad and Rock-a-bye Your Bear,” she said.
“It’s amazing that the music has transcended all the way out here. We’ve never been here before.”
Mr Schrieber said while The Wiggles’ visit was a day of excitement for the students, there would be long-term benefits.
“The job that [The Wiggles] do working with kids fits in so well with what we’re doing here at our school, trying to inspire them, teach them, encourage them that they can go places,” he said.