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5 Albums We Can’t Wait to Listen to


2016 has been another year of both surprise and highly-anticipated releases. Between Rihanna’s ANTI, Beyonce’s visual album LEMONADE, and even Drake’s long awaited VIEWS; to Ariana Grande’s Dangerous Woman and Fifth Harmony’s 7/27, it has been a good year for music, and it’s only a little over halfway finished. Although there are a number of albums coming out in the second half of the year and on, here are the 5 albums we can’t wait to listen to.


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1. Rae Sremmurd – Sremmlife 2 (Date: 12 August 2016)

The follow-up to the brother’s 2015 debut album Sremmlife, which featured hits like “No Flex Zone,” “No Type,” and “Throw Some Mo” is heading towards an August release. Of the three songs released from the album so far, the latest single “Look Alive” is the one that inspires the most excitement for the album. Hopefully the album builds on this sound.

2. Major Lazer – Music is the Weapon (Date: TBA)

Justin Bieber and MØ (who sung on the hit single “Lean On” from their 2015 album Peace is the Mission) feature on the album’s lead single “Cold Water.” Though the features for the album aren’t finalized, some of the people who are featured on the album are Usher, Sam Hunt, Sia, and The Weeknd, among others.

3. Tinashe – Joyride (Date: Fall 2016)

On the back of her 2014 debut album Aquarius (which featured singles “2 On” and “All Hands on Deck”) and 2015 mixtape Amethyst, Tinashe’s sophomore album Joyride is tentatively expected to be released in Fall 2016. The album was preceded by the songs “Player” featuring Chris Brown, “Ride of your life,” and the most recent single “Superlove,” which is expected to have a Baywatch influenced video.

4. Haim – TBA (Date: TBA)

Although the album has no name, single or release date at this time, the sisters are currently in the studio recording the follow-up to their 2013 album Days Are Gone. Some highlights from their 2013 album were “My Song 5” (both original and remix), “Running If You Call My Name,” “Forever,” and “Falling.”

5. Shawn Mendes – Illuminate (Date: 23 September 2016)

Preceded by tracks “Treat You Better,” “Ruin,” and “Three Empty Words,” his sophomore album Illuminate is headed towards a September release. Shawn’s 2015 album Handwritten (and the Handwritten: Revisited re-release) featured the singles “Stitches” and “I Know What You Did Last Summer” a duet with Fifth Harmony’s Camila Cabello.

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Emmy Recap


The 66th annual Emmy Awards was filled with some brilliant moments and great humor, but there were some moments that were just plain awkward and weird.

As a host, Seth Meyers played up his smooth humor and witty banter with friend Amy Poehler to keep the laughs going throughout the night. His quick segment with Billy Eichner for “Emmys on the Street” was well put together. His monologue was also spot on, and like he said, “Jokes are like nominees; they can’t all be winners.”

Another highlight of the night was Jimmy Fallon accepting Stephen Colbert’s award after Gwen Stefani flubbed Colbert’s name for Best Variety Show. The two make for a hilarious duo on stage.
The In Memoriam segment was beautifully done. Sara Bareilles’ performance of “Smile” was magnificent and it concluded with Billy Crystal’s touching tribute to Robin Williams.

But there was some awkwardness from and backlash for Sofia Vergara’s appearance on a spinning platform. I know it was trying to make a boring part seem more interesting, but it made me uncomfortable and made quite a few folks angry, such as Time’s Sarah Begley and Cosmopolitan’s Patti Greco.

Weird Al’s themes were a great concept, and the Game of Thrones theme was on point, but the rest of them, such as the theme for Modern Family, fell a bit flat for me.

There were some repeat winners–Modern Family in particular, which caused quite a stir on Twitter. And although a few of the new shows were snubbed (here’s looking at Orange is the New Black), there were quite a few surprises, with Sherlock winning the most overall Emmys (7, including the Creative Arts Emmys). Breaking Bad won the most at the live telecast, with five awards for supporting actor, supporting actress, lead actor, writing, and best drama.

Here is a list of the winners:
Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Ty Burrell; Modern Family 
Writing for a Comedy Series: Louis C.K.; Louie “So Did the Fat Lady”
Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Allison Janney; Mom 
Directing for a Comedy Series: Gail Mancuso; Modern Family “Las Vegas”
Lead Actor in a Comedy: Jim Parsons; Big Bang Theory
Lead Actress in a Comedy: Julia Louis-Dreyfus; Veep 
Reality Competition Program: The Amazing Race 
Writing for A Miniseries, Movie Or A Dramatic Special: Steven Moffat; Sherlock “His Last Vow”
Supporting Actress in a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special: Kathy Bates; American Horror Story: Coven
Supporting Actor in a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special: Martin Freeman; Sherlock 
Directing for Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special: Colin Bucksey; Fargo
Actor in a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special: Benedict Cumberbatch; Sherlock 
Actress in a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special: Jessica Lange; American Horror Story: Coven
Miniseries: Fargo 
Television Movie: The Normal Heart
Writing for a Variety Special: Sarah Silverman; Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles 
Directing for a Variety Special: Glenn Weiss; 67th Annual Tony Awards
Variety Series: The Colbert Report 
Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Aaron Paul; Breaking Bad
Directing for a Drama Series: Cary Joji Fukunaga; True Detective “Who Goes There”
Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Anna Gunn; Breaking Bad
Writing for a Drama Series: Moira Walley-Beckett Breaking Bad “Ozymandias”
Actress in a Drama Series: Julianna Margulies; The Good Wife
Actor in a Drama Series: Bryan Cranston; Breaking Bad
Comedy Series: Modern Family
Drama Series: Breaking Bad

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Fall flicks


Best-selling books are becoming blockbuster movies at a quick pace, and this fall is no different. September and October are filled with these adaptations featuring an eclectic mix of acting favorites telling stories viewers want to see. Here is a list of five fall flicks I am most looking forward to:

This is Where I Leave You — Sept. 12
Jonathan Tropper’s novel of the same name was released in 2009 and has now made its way to the big screen. Starring Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver and Corey Stoll as four siblings who are reunited after their father dies, this dramedy has the familial love and humor that makes a feel-good film. And with Jane Fonda as the widowed mother, you can trust that there will be plenty of laughs. Tropper also wrote the screenplay, so fans of the novel can rest easy knowing the story is covered.

The Maze Runner — Sept. 19
Young adult novels are making their mark on the film world, and The Maze Runner just might be following suit. Based on the young adult novel of the same name by James Dashner, the film follows Thomas (Dylan O’Brien), a young male who finds himself trapped in a maze with a group of boys who have no idea how to escape. The dystopian world and the action-filled plot — with a cast of young, talented actors — is a formula that screams success.

The Skeleton Twins — Sept. 19
This family story reunites two estranged siblings after 10 years. The characters are played by former SNL co-stars Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig. The chemistry between these two has always been amazing, enabling them to play off of each other’s talents. With the right bit of humor in an otherwise troubled tale, this dramedy looks like the perfect indie flick.

Gone Girl — Oct. 3
Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl has received critical acclaim, and this film adaption is one of the most anticipated features of the fall. Featuring Ben Affleck as the husband of a missing woman, played by Rosamund Pike, this mystery is sure to thrill.

The Judge — Oct. 10
Robert Downey Jr. may be the real life Iron Man, but his character (Henry Palmer) in The Judge is a different persona entirely. He plays the son of a judge (Robert Duvall), who discovers that his father is suspected of the murder the judge’s wife and Palmer’s mother. Vera Farmiga, Billy Bob Thornton and Leighton Meester also star in the film.

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Best Movie Musicals To Watch


Movie musicals combine the best of two worlds—great singing and music with feel-good cinematic quality. So pop some popcorn and avoid the cold winter weather with these classic movie musicals!

1) Funny Girl, 1968

See why Barbra Streisand is one of the best in her award-winning portrayal of Broadway star Fanny Brice.

Funny Girl Movie Poster

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2) The Muppet Christmas Carol, 1992

Everyone’s favorite puppets star in this classic Christmas tale turned musical.

3) West Side Story, 1961

Romeo and Juliet meets the gritty West Side of New York City in one of the most well-known movie musicals.

4) White Christmas, 1954

Even if there’s no snow this Christmas, you can still listen to the classic music of Irving Berlin, including the titular song “White Christmas.”

White Christmas Movie Poster

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5) Chicago, 2002

Adapted from the Broadway musical, this movie features some serious star power and memorable songs that makes Chicago still popular today.

6) The Sound of Music, 1965

The popularity of this Julie Andrews classic is apparently so strong that it’s being remade into a live television event on Dec. 5, starring Carrie Underwood.