By Mackenzie Cutruzzula
Despite bringing “Saturday Night Live” its largest viewership since 2012, presidential candidate Donald Trump gave a lackluster performance during his hosting gig on Saturday, Nov. 7. Larry David appeared as Bernie Sanders for the second week in a row and even stole the spotlight from Trump’s monologue by shouting “Trump’s a racist” from the sideline. With the overwhelming amount of expected Republican jokes falling flat, the joke of the night went to Colin Jost who made fun of himself as a Mets fan.
In news more shocking than Trump’s edgy jokes, Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton have announced they are dating. After the pairs divorced from their significant others this summer, causing me stress and despair, “The Voice” judges have found love again with each other. Their first appearance as a couple was at a Country Music Awards after party on Wednesday, Nov. 4.
Justin Timberlake surprised fans at the Country Music Awards when he took the stage for an eight minute set with Chris Stapleton. The duo did a mash-up of Stapleton’s “Tennessee Whiskey” and Timberlake’s “Drink You Away.” With a guitar in hand, Timberlake embraced his Memphis roots, giving fans a treat since he’s performed less after recently becoming a father.
Chloë Grace Moretz followed suit in the surprise news trend, posting the news that she will star in “The Little Mermaid” reboot. Richard Curtis is in talks to pen the script, with his credits including “Love Actually” and “Four Weddings and A Funeral.” Working Title and Universal Studios are making progress on the film that hit a dead end when director Sofia Coppola left the project after reported arguments with the film studios. “The Little Mermaid” reboot follows Disney’s emerging trend to re-create its animated magic in live-action.
Emma Watson, who will also be starring in a Disney live-action remake of “Beauty and the Beast,” made magic of her own this week when she interviewed Pakistani teenage activist Malala Yousafzai. At the premiere of Yousafzai’s documentary of her life, “He Named Me Malala,” the two sat down to discuss the impact she has had on the world since she was attacked by the Taliban and later won a Nobel Peace Prize. Yousafzai admitted that Watson’s HeForShe speech at the United Nations inspired her to embrace the term “feminist.” Hermione Granger would be proud.
As Watson changes the world, Daniel Craig took a break from protecting it in the latest installment of the “James Bond” franchise to reveal who he thought would make a good replacement for him. The “Spectre” star admitted that One Direction singer Niall Horan would fit the suit well, but advised the singer, who is newly on hiatus, to just enjoy the ride as it comes. With finals steadily approaching and my own hiatus for winter break in the forefront, I think we can all use Craig’s advice.