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By Christopher Spata
If you’ve only heard one thing about Taylor Swift’s “1989” world tour, that thing is probably the surprise “special guests.”
In her trek across the U.S., TayTay has brought on stage stars from Mick Jagger to Chris Rock to Ellen DeGeneres to the U.S. women’s soccer team.
In Miami, she went with local icons Pitbull, Ricky Martin and Dwayne Wade (who gifted her a “Swift” Heat jersey).
Time marches on, and so does pop culture.
For example, literally the only thing we can remember about the 1996 film “Twister” are those flying cows, but we did see Jimmy Fallon playing “Pup Quiz” with Drew Barrymore just last night.
And so it makes sense, somehow, sort of, that Universal Orlando will close its “Twister” ride at Universal Studios on Nov. 2 to make way for “Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon,” a new ride featuring the “Tonight Show” host.
By Christopher Spata
Well, the Cubs have no chance to “sweep the series in 5” and we’re still not sure what a “slamball final” is, nor do we have a taste for re-hydrated pizza, but if you pick up a copy of USA Today Thursday morning those are some of the headline items you’ll see.
The newspaper is celebrating Back to the Future Day — the actual date that Marty McFly and Doc Brown traveled to in “Back to the Future II” — by wrapping Thursday’s edition in a replica of the futuristic (Oct. 22, 2015) cover featured in the film.
Best headline? I’m partial to “Public more gullible than ever.”
It’s clear from the way Fandango.com crashed last night that absolutely every person who cared knew that advance tickets for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” went on sale yesterday, but there’s another ticket offer that will only appeal to a more extreme level of “Star Wars” fans.
Certain AMC theaters across the U.S. are planning a 20-hour marathon of every single film in the franchise in episodic order, inlcuding the latest one.
The marathon begins at 1 a.m. on Dec. 17 with “The Phantom Menace,” and will wrap up after a screening of “The Force Awakens” in 3-D that should end around 9:16 p.m.
The real Donald Trump will likely come face-to-face with Taran Killam’s “Donald Trump” when the Republican presidential candidate hosts “Saturday Night Live” on Nov. 7.
The 41st season of the sketch series premiered on Oct. 3 and featured a sketch where real-life Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton served up vodka and life advice to “Hillary Clinton” (Kate McKinnon) at a bar.
In 2008, it was Amy Poehler. In 2015, it was Kate McKinnon.
Hillary Clinton has received some criticism during her run for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, saying she just isn’t relatable to the electorate. So she did what any political hopeful would do when faced with trying to up their popularity factor: Appear on “Saturday Night Live.”
Clinton tackled a range of topics with ... herself (actually McKinnon, who did a pretty spot-on impersonation, complete with the sweeping blonde hair and perceived intensity), in a spot where the “Fake” Hillary chatted up a bartender named Val and sought counsel from the real deal.
Cult filmmmaker, TV personality, podcaster and all-around geek hero Kevin Smith will be back at the Improv in Ybor City less than three months after packing the house for a pair of live Q&As there (one was sold out, the other was “basically sold out,” according to the Improv box office).
On Nov. 25 at 7 p.m. he’ll be there to record a live episode of his podcast “Talk Salad and Scrambled Eggs: Frazier Reconsidered,” a show that’s devoted to, you guessed it, the hit 90s sitcom “Frasier” that starred Kelsey Grammar.
It’s a pretty niche subject, even for a medium that supports an entire, popular, weekly show devoted to pens (The Pen Addict is great listening, by the way), but Smith is never at a loss for words. He created the entire Smodcast network after all, and that currently encompasses 38 distinct podcasts, including the excellent “Fat Man on Batman,” which is entirely devoted to the caped crusader.
If you’re a ‘90s kid, or just a fan of nostalgia, say thank you to Jimmy Fallon because he has finally reunited Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell, stars of Nickelodeon’s gone but never forgotten ‘90s sketch series “Kenan & Kel” for a revival of the signature sketch (and 1996 feature film) “Good Burger.”
For years, Kel has been saying that Kenan, who is a regular cast member on “Saturday Night Live” these days, was trying to distance himself from the Kenan & Kel years, but the sketch (above) was a pretty slick way to finally get them back together. Dude.
Jameis Winston would have no problem slipping into a second career as a pro wrestler — at least not with the trash talking part.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie quarterback channeled his inner Ric Flair in the above video from Bleacher Report, going with “Jaboo,” his longtime nickname, for his wrestler name.
The video also features other NFL rookies such as Packers receiver Ty Montgomery and Chargers running back Melvin Gordon cutting WWE-style promos, but let’s be honest, Winston takes the belt this time.
Well this came out of nowhere. The first trailer for writer/director Adam McKay’s “The Big Short,” starring the blockbuster cast of Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling and Steve Carell has arrived.
McKay, who’s best known as Will Ferrell’s comedy partner from as far back as their “Saturday Night Live” days, and as the co-writer and director of the “Anchorman” films, “Talladega Nights” and “Step Brothers,” adapted “The Big Short” from Michael Lewis’ bestselling book of the same name.
It’s certainly the farthest McKay has gone into drama territory, but there’s plenty of comedy as you can see from the trailer above.