'SNL' brings laughs with Jimmy Fallon's Kushner, Melissa McCarthy's Spicer as Easter Bunny

Published: Sunday, April 16, 2017 @ 3:36 AM

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 04:  Actress/comedian Melissa McCarthy (L) and host Jimmy Fallon pose for a picture as she visits

Jimmy Fallon, Melissa McCarthy and even the Easter Bunny got in on the action this week as "Saturday Night Live" took its latest jabs at President Donald Trump's administration.

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In the comedy show's first live coast-to-coast broadcast, host and "SNL" alum Fallon joined Alec Baldwin's Trump in the cold open, an "Apprentice"/"America's Next Top Model"-style showdown between White House advisers Jared Kushner (Fallon) and Steve Bannon, played by cast member Mikey Day dressed as the Grim Reaper.

"Jared, Steve, standing before me are my two top advisers, but I only have one photo in my hand," Baldwin said. "That's right; tonight is elimination night."

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Baldwin-as-Trump praised Fallon's silent Kushner for taking "the most beautiful photos," then slammed Day's Bannon for taking "the worst photos I've ever seen in my life, I'm not joking. When I see a photo of you, it makes me want to puke."

After naming Kushner, Trump's son-in-law, the winner, Baldwin's Trump quipped, "Jared, you're such an inspiration. You show everyone that if you were born rich and marry my daughter, you can do anything you want."

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Later in the show, special guest McCarthy reprised her popular impression of White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer – this time dressed as the Easter Bunny.

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"Everybody shut up so I can apologize," McCarthy said, mocking Spicer's apology for multiple blunders while comparing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to Adolf Hitler. "Yes, you all got your wish this week, didn't you, huh? Spicey finally made a mistake."

McCarthy-as-Spicer continued: "I know they're not really called Holocaust centers. Duh. I know that. I'm aware. I clearly meant to say concentration clubs, OK? Let it drop."

McCarthy's Spicer added that he's "sensitive to the fact" that Jews "were sent there on trains, but hey, at least they didn't have to fly United, am I right?"

Bristol Palin shares her excitement about welcoming baby no. 3 any day now

Published: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 @ 9:52 PM

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Bristol Palin says she just can’t wait to meet her third child, and she’s due any day now. The daughter of former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin took to Instagram Tuesday to share her excitement.

My world!!! I can't believe we'll be a family of 5 in a matter of days 🙈😍❤️

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“My world!!! I can’t believe we’ll be a family of 5 in a matter of days,” Palin wrote as the caption for a photo album featuring sweet pictures of her family, which includes husband Dakota Meyer, son Tripp (whom she shares with ex-fiance Levi Johnston) and daughter Sailor Grace (whom she shares with Meyer).

The proud mom announced her pregnancy back in December and found out that she was expecting a girl in March. She and Meyer are looking forward to expanding their family and welcoming their second child together. The dad of one also took time to share a family photo on Instagram on Tuesday, writing, “Family is not an important thing. It’s everything.”

Family is not an important thing. It's everything.

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WATCH: Adam Levine shares emotional tribute to Christina Grimmie on 'The Voice'

Published: Thursday, April 27, 2017 @ 6:32 AM

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 10: Singer Christina Grimmie performs in concert at Irving Plaza on March 10, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)
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Adam Levine will always miss his mentee Christina Grimmie.

On Tuesday night, Levine and his current team on “The Voice,” Jesse Larson, Lilli Passero and Mark Isaiah, performed the Beatles hit “Hey Jude” in Grimmie’s honor.

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Before taking the stage, Levine addressed Grimmie’s parents and brother Marcus in the audience.

“I loved her so much,” he started. “I miss her. It’s unfair that’s she’s not here. And, we’re going to sing her a little song tonight and I am going to sing every word to her in her honor. Thank you guys for being here. Christina, we love you.”

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Team Adam then took the stage for a stunning and emotional performance. By the end of the performance, the audience and fellow coaches were on their feet applauding the number.

After the performance, Levine and host Carson Daly announced a new foundation that has been set up in her honor.

The foundation will work to provide assistance – both emotional and financial – for families and individuals who suffer from the devastating effects of gun violence and will support families facing breast cancer diagnosis.

Grimmie was killed in June 2016 after a man approached her after a concert in Orlando, Florida, and shot her. She was 22 years old. Levine was her coach on season 6 of “The Voice” and reportedly paid for her funeral.

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New study says country music mentions drugs more than any other genre

Published: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 @ 11:21 PM

NASHVILLE, TN - APRIL 04:  Legendary Recording Artist Willie Nelson speaks onstage at his album premier on April 4, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Jason Davis/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
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According to a recent study by Addictions.com, country music mentions drugs more than any other musical genre, with the most-referenced drug being marijuana.

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Those results may come as a shock to some listeners who assumed that rap or hip-hop music might reference drugs more, but 1.6 percent of all country music surveyed by Addictions.com’s Song Meanings Application Programming Interface (API) references drugs on average, compared to less than 1.3 percent on average in hip-hop music.

Jazz music came in second place, although the study does not disclose the average percentage.

But what constitutes a drug reference? And what counts as “country” music for Addictions.com? For starters, alcoholic beverages are not classified as drugs in the study (or else, country music would win this by a landslide). According to the methodology of the study, Addictions.com “scraped song lyrics from Song Meanings API and analyzed drug mentions, what drugs were involved, and how it changed over time, and grouped drug slang words together in their respected drug categories.”

After going over the data from songs from country, rock, jazz, rap/hip-hop, pop, folk and electronic genres from 1933 until now, the drug references were grouped into seven categories: 

Pills (which includes all Opiates except Heroin, Benzodiazepines, Sleep medication, and ADHD medication), Heroin, Marijuana, LSD, Cocaine (which includes both crack cocaine and cocaine), Ecstasy (This includes MDMA and molly), and Meth.

After all that, country music came out on top, with 1.6 percent of all songs studied since 1933 referencing some sort of drug. According to the study, the top three drugs referenced in country music were marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamine. 

It should be noted that most country songs decry drug consumption (with the exception of alcohol, and, very recently, marijuana). No country artists were mentioned in the study, but artists like Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Old Crow Medicine Show, Jamey Johnson, John Prine and many others have referenced marijuana, pills, cocaine or heroin in their songs as hazardous and not recreational.

However, once the study results are broken down into the musicians that reference drugs the most, country artists don’t even crack the Top 10. That honor goes to all hip-hop artists, most notably Kottonmouth Kings, Eminem, The Game, Lil’ Wayne and Jay-Z.

If you want to see just how many country music songs reference drugs, take a listen to the playlist below (though we would never condone the use of recreational drugs).

https://open.spotify.com/embed/user/125317395/playlist/2cMMAkvNMruYpFDQk0KMfK

'Call of Duty’ reveal set for Wednesday

Published: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 @ 9:39 AM

PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 18:  A visitor plays a video game

The next installment of the video game “Call of Duty” is set to be revealed on Wednesday.

While there have been leaks about many of the new game's features, details from the game’s developers have been few. What is known today is that the latest version will return to its original setting, World War II. 

The “worldwide reveal” for the game is set for Wednesday at 10 a.m. PT (1 p.m. ET), according to Activision Blizzard.

GameStop is reporting that the game will likely be released on Nov. 3. Actor Josh Duhamel will reportedly star in the new game which will feature iconic WWII locations.

“Call of Duty” has been the top-selling PC and console game in the United States for the past seven years. The game was set in WWII when it first hit the market, then developers moved it to the modern era and a futuristic world.

You can see more information about the game and watch the reveal at the Call of Duty website.