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- Milca P.

You may not yet be familiar with Louis york, but you're likely well-acquainted with their track record, having written and produced as a unit for artists such as Rihanna, Bruno Mars, Britney Spear, and Mary J. Blige to name a select few.

Now, it's time for Claude Kelly and Chuck harmony to get their due int eh spotlight as the return to officially debut with their American Griots album.

"The best way to put it is that American Griots is our musical dissertation,” said the duo via Parle Mag. “We poured our hearts, our pain, our lessons, and our musical training into every song. This body of work is our personal suggestion of what the next decade should feel & sound like. Enjoy the journey.”

Get into American Griots below.

- Milca P.

Universal Music Group has announced its intent to rebrand its college lifestyle marketing program, moving away from the previous UMUSIC Experience format to introduce °1824. It was on Thursday that the company revealed its plan at the invitations, an annual meeting that includes the grograms's team along with the 85 students in the program.

“Our program has become a proven artist and career development platform,” Senior VP and head of the program Todd Goodwin said in a statement. “Over the last four years, we evolved as our capabilities outgrew those of traditional college programs. While career development, mentorship and job placement will continue to be central to our success, it became clear we needed to redesign our core program and, in turn, give our team an even larger platform to highlight their creativity by forming °1824.”

The new format of the program will focus on giving college reps "actionable roles" on projects for UMG's outreach. Projects would include influencer marketing, public relations, design, filmmaking, and strategic partnerships. Universal notes that the team was previously working on over 40 projects a month, including the behind-the-scenes series Beyond The Barricade and Chop It Up, the interview series that features artists flying in a helicopter over NYC.

The new °1824 has plans to produce over 100 annual events that will include experiential "experiential activations, screenings, HBCU homecoming events, and more."  

- Milca P.

After sharing her bum Pon it single, HoodCelebityy now returns with a new visual for the track, pairing it with her full-length You Know The Vibez project.

The efforts spans across five total tracks and find hoodCelebrity displaying a seamless fusion between hip-hop, dancehall, and reggae influences. It arrives shortly after the artist's request for the general public to place new interest in her music, choosing to put aside her overshadowing beef with former friend Cardi B.

"My mother has always said to me, ‘Let me ask you a serious question: Did I give birth to twins? Were you born with this person? So why let that bother you? You were born alone, and you will die alone'," she would say of the situation.

Get into You Know The Vibez below.

- Mitch Findlay

At this point, it's nigh impossible to escape Joker-mania. With some media outlets stirring fears of gun-toting incels and others taking a hardline stance against the film's quality, the Joaquin Phoenix-led flick has certainly garnered a slight bit of controversy. And yet fans have been singing its praises, with some even labeling it among the genre's best offerings. Should you count yourselves among that group, you can officially represent your Joker adoration with a special, limited edition secret Starbucks beverage.

If you're looking for instructions on how to order the custom Joker Frappuccino from your local Starbucks, Hypebeast has the answers. Luckily, it does not include laughing like The Joker, or any variation of a Joker impression. Simply inquire after the beverage, albeit during a quieter time; due to the various layers, it takes a little bit of time to put together. Not to mention the fact that these "secret menu" items aren't officially Starbucks affiliated, and therefore, a Barista might not know how to put this one together off top. Still, it's nothing you can't walk them through, provided you've got the recipe on deck. 

The drink itself features green whipped cream and a hint of chocolate (the hair), mixed in with Starbucks' Matcha Green Tea Creme Frappuccino (the base). As for the iconic smile, you can thank carefully placed strawberry syrup for that. Should you be so inclined, ask your most trusted barista about this one when you have a chance.

- Milca P.

This week, Lil Tecca's "Ran$om" track earns the young rapper the No. 1 slot on the Rhythmic Songs airplay chart, per Billboard, after experiencing an increase of 12% in airplay. It marks for the first No. 1 songs on the chart for producer Taz Taylor while adding onto the resume of co-producer Nick Mira who previously accomplished the feat with Juice WRLD's "Lucid Dreams."

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The track first debuted on the chart on July 20th, cracking the top 10 in its seventh week. The airplay follows on the heels of amazing streaming numbers logged by the young Tecca as the song was at No. 1 on the Streaming Songs chart for seven weeks straight. Currently, it sits at No. 4.

On other charts, the track also creeps to No. 6 on the RapAirplay chart while hitting No. 13 on the R&B/Hip-Hop airplay chart, increasing his audience by 18% and 26%, respectively. Billboard also notes that the cut is quietly leaving a mark on the Pop Airplay chart, sliding from No. 20 to 28 after a 5% increase.

At the bottom of the Rhythmic Songs chart, you'll also find Tecca's "Did It Again," also produced by Taz Taylor and Nick Mira. With a 9% boosts in plays, it holds the 40th position on the chart.




- Mitch Findlay

It's not easy being a teenager. Especially not when the sudden urge to experiment with alcohol kicks in, only to be brick-walled by a pesky age-limitation. Twenty-one and over to drink a beer, sure, why not. To no surprise, many resourceful youths (and some not so resourceful) have turned to the Fake ID, a time-honored tradition that has yielded varying degrees of success. For one Iowan young man, the cards were ultimately not in his favor. Especially not when he opted to use a novelty ID from the movie Superbad. That's right - he committed to becoming McLovin.

Committed is not an understatement; 20-year-old Daniel Alfredo Burleson's fake ID even had the same birth year of 1981. While it's unclear whether the McLovin actually played a role in getting him into the bar to begin with, Burleson found himself inside all the same, drink in hand. When spotted by a suspicious police officer, the cop inquired about his age and requested some ID. Burleson failed to comply, only to later cave under pressure. After rifling through his wallet, cops discovered the McLovin, which he admitted to having purchased on Amazon.

For whatever reason, the police decided it was time to increase the difficulty setting on this man's life, slapping him with a criminal record. Despite being all-smiles in his mugshot, Burleson found himself facing charges of public intoxication, possession of a fake ID, possession of alcohol while underage and being in a bar after 10 p.m. while underage. Though said charges will likely prove a pain in the ass for the young man, Seth Rogen seemed to find the whole thing rather amusing. "My work here is done," he wrote, upon seeing the destruction wrought by McLovin's legacy. Pour some out.


- Kyle Rooney

There are two different "Island Green" Air Jordans releasing in November, including a white-based Air Jordan 5 and a black-based Air Jordan 13, both of which are highlighted by the sneaker's namesake color.

Jordan Brand has not yet announced the official release details but rumors are swirling that the 13s will now be available on November 6, 10 days earlier than originally expected. The kicks will carry a $190 price tag.

The "Island Green" 13s are highlighted by a textured black leather upper, accompanied by suede "Island Green" overlays in all the familiar places. The kicks also come equipped with chrome detailing on the Jumpman logos on the tongue as well as a "23" badge in place of the traditional hologram on the outer ankle. Overall, the color scheme is reminiscent of the iconic Tiffany Nike SB Dunks.

Continue scrolling for the latest images of the 13s, and click here for official photos of the 5s.

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- Milca P.

Casting for the upcoming Aretha Franklin biopic is complete.

Deadline reports that the film, which will feature Jennifer Hudson in the lead role, will now feature Mary J. Blige in the role of Dinah Washington, a well-known jazz figure of the 1950s. It adds to the impressive resume that Blige has created for herself in the realm of film and television, already having claimed two Academy Award nominations and three Golden Globe nominations. 

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The film is set to chronicle Franklin's childhood singing in her father's church, tracing her rise to fame. Others who will star in the film include Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, Marc Maron, Audra McDonald, Tituss Burgess, and Tate Donovan among others.

Written by Tracey Scott Wilson and directed by Liesl Tommy, the film will begin production on November 1st and is currently eyeing a debut of August 14, 2020.

"I am thrilled with the incredibly talented cast we have assembled for our film, and I’m so proud that Ms. Franklin entrusted us to tell her story and to share it with the world," said Tommy, per Deadline. "As a storyteller, hers is the kind of story we all dream of telling. Her music has inspired me since I was a little girl, and the milestones of her life and career have shown us all how to strive and thrive.  To have this powerhouse group of actors – and the phenomenal talent of Jennifer Hudson in this iconic role – means we have the chance of making this film as transcendent as her glorious life and legacy.”

- Alexander Cole

While it may not the most popular Air Jordan model, there is something to be said about the unique aesthetic of Spike Lee's infamous Spiz'Ike. The shoe is a combination of multiple Jordan Brand silhouettes and has come in some pretty interesting colorways over the years. Even though the shoe doesn't have the same iconic status as the numbered Jordans, the Spiz'Ike has built a cult status over the years and sneaker consumers are always looking forward to some new iterations.

This past week, we got a brand new look at this purple and black Spiz'Ike which looks like it would be perfect for Lakers fans. The upper is made of black nubuck while the purple accents help to add a much-needed pop of color. If you're not a fan of the Lakers, you can convince yourself that these are some dope Halloween shoes that are perfect for some spooky festivities.

According to Sneaker News, these will be dropping quite soon for an undisclosed price. Let us know in the comments below if you plan on copping these or if you're going to be passing.

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- Andrew Portnoy

These days, with Joker being the number-one movie in the country for two straight weeks, it’s easy to see the popularity the green-haired villain has garnished over the years. Back in 2016, Suicide Squad featured the villain, played by Jared Leto. However, fans may be disappointed to know that Joker probably won’t be in the second edition of the Suicide Squad story.

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Recently, director James Gunn did a Q&A on Instagram. One user asked, “How can you justify a Suicide Squad movie that does not have Joker in it?” This Joker fan was probably not very content with the response they got. Gunn responded, “No one but me and a few others know all the characters in the movie, but if the Joker isn’t in the film, I don’t think it would be strange as he isn’t a part of the Suicide Squad in the comics.” Gunn’s response doesn’t completely rule out the possibility of Joker appearing in the movie, but it does make it seem pretty unlikely. The second Suicide Squad movie is set to release on August 6, 2021.

Still, all hope is not lost for Joker fans. The villain and his lover, Harley Quinn, are set to have their own ‘love story spin-off’ movie in which they kidnap Dr. Phil. Keep an eye out for that.

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- Milca P.

Frank Ocean has officially touched down with a new offering, delivering on his latest "DHL" track.

The new track was originally premiered on the latest episode of Blonded Radio on Apple Vusic's Beats 1, hosted by Vegyn and Roof Access.

"DHL" gets here just days after the enigmatic artist shared new music at his new PrEP+ queer club night in Brooklyn on Thursday.

"Thank you to everyone who came out and danced with us last night," Ocean would partially say in a response to criticism of the event this week. "Y’all were beautiful and the energy was right!"

Get into the ethereal "DHL" selection below.

Quotable Lyrics

Fuck this shit sound like it's comin' soon, comin' soon broAnd it still sound like it's comin' soon, comin' soonNew files sittin' on my drive, nothin' new, yeahNew vibes and I can't get down, what you do, yeah

- Chantilly Post

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is being egged on by its own stars to create a female-led film and it's safe to say the fans couldn't agree more. Scarlett Johansson who stars as Black Widow in the MCU expressed the latter in a recent interview with Variety, detailing how she may not know the future of her character but she wants a certain future for other females in the universe.  "Obviously, it’s a little more opaque for my character. But that group of actresses is so incredibly powerful and when they come together, it’s explosive and unstoppable. So yes, I’m pushing for that. I think audiences want it and I’m definitely one of them," she said. 

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Brie Larson, who stars as Captain Marvel, even expressed her want for all the female stars to come together - clearly, it's time. 

“I think that is what we want, we want to see females working together, ideally in their own film and we really have been saying this a lot but the more that people talk about it and say they are behind that and are interested in that the higher likelihood it is that that could happen. People are listening. They’re watching,” Brie said, while Tessa Thompson (who plays Valkyrie in the MCU) added: “I want to work together as a team, us women, doing things in a film or two.”

- Milca P.

Anyone who caught wind of TOBi's STILL debut earlier this year is likely still bumping its tracklist, but it doesn't keep the Nigerian-Canadian hyphenate from touching down with an all-new track.

Produced by Harrison, "beige" features the Brampton-bred artist delicately vacillating between the smoothest and roughest tones in his arsenal for a slick and addictive new offering. Debuting the selection via Berlin's COLORS platform, the new effort already comes attached to a guarantee of nothing but quality. 

It adds onto the immaculate catalog that the young TOBi has built for himself thus far and certainly leaves listeners yearning for more. Get into "Beige" down below.

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I remember I was in a threesomeWith all my bills and all my student loansHooked up to the four on Roman NumeralMy soul was dripping slowly out the cubicle

- Milca P.

Following the release of her Myself EP this summer, singer Kiana Ledé has kept busy.

In August, the YouTube cover turned-Republic Records signee unleashed her "Title" track and now, hopping over a bouncy backdrop from producer D.A. Doman, Kiana returns with consistency on her "Easy Breezy" selection.

This time around, you can expect to find Ledé's velvety vocals finding a great company in the enchanting bass of D.A. as the combination makes for a warm soundtrack for colder weather. The new campaign of music points toward what we hope to be a full-length album at the end of the tunnel. Last year, Ledé debuted with her Selfless effort. Until its follow-up arrives, get into "Easy Breezy."

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When you need someone to call, I'll be right there When you flip that script up on me, it's not fair But you keep acting up like you're all brand new

- Milca P.

Boston-bred siren TeaMarrr first touched the mainstream with her breakout "One Job" track last year, largely anchored by the captivating visuals attached to the track.

Now as Issa Rae announces her Raedio imprint in a new deal with Atlantic Records, the Haitian-American songstress is taking her throne as the label's flagship artist, arriving with her newest "Kinda Love" track.

The selection features trademark lyricism from TeaMarrr as she breaks down her search for love to mere basics. The track also comes equipped with an accompanying video, directed by child (Ari Lennox, Lucky Daye). Featuring cameos from Rae and comedian and songstress Jessie Woo, the clip builds on the colorful aesthetic long-established by the upstart and signals toward a promising new voice.

Get into the new cut below.

Quotable Lyrics

I don't really want that can't sleep kinda loveCan't eat, please save me kinda loveDon't want that, oooohBut I want you-ooooh

- Milca P.

Issa Rae's empire is expanding.

The media hyphenate recently announced the arrival of her Raedio label, birthed out of a new venture with Atlantic Records. 

"Music has always been an essential part of every project I do and working with emerging talent is a personal passion,” Rae said. “Raedio allows me to continue that work within the music industry and audio entertainment space. The Atlantic Records team are innovators in terms of shifting and shaping culture. I’m excited to join forces with them to discover new artists.”

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While formed earlier in the year, Raedio makes its official debut in tandem with the arrival of "Kinda Love," the latest track to come of the nascent company's flagship artist TeaMarr. The Boston-born songstress first broke out last year wither her "One Job" track and music video and finds appropriate support in Rae's backing

“Issa Rae is a next-level, future-thinking creative force who’s been breaking down cultural barriers and conquering one field after another,” adds Atlantic Chairman & COO Julie Greenwald. “She’s made music a central character in her artistic evolution, and now she’s brought all that amazing passion, inspiration, and taste to the formation of Raedio. We’re thrilled to be partnering with Issa and her team on this exciting new venture, and TeaMarrr is the perfect artist to launch with.”

- Milca P.

Nicole Bus has finally touched down with her full-length KAIROS debut, delivering the effort via her Roc Nation deal and amplifying the buzz surrounding her breakout "You" selection which, along with its two respective remixes with Rick Ross and Ghostface Killah, is featured on the 14-track effort. outside of the "You" bubble, Bus rolls solo for the remainder of the output.

Along with the new project, the songstress also rolls out accompanying visuals for project opener "Mr. Big Shot."

 “Mr. Big Shot is a song about love," she tells Billboard of the cut "Lovers know you can't buy this phenomenal thing even if you got the whole world at your feet, it's something special." 

Watch the clip below and roll KAIROS in full.

- Milca P.

Two years after arriving with his self-titled debut, alt-R&B luminary Berhana has returned with his long-awaited HAN sophomore output. The project is spread across 14 total tracks and features no outside features save for a look from Crush at the midpoint.

"The second thing someone puts out solidifies a pattern - it solidifies an expectation from your audience and I didn’t want to put out some half-hearted bullshit that sounded like the EP for everyone to say 'oh yeah this is what he does'," the Atlanta-bred artist tells Ones2Watch. "I wanted it to be bigger and I wanted it to be better, and that just took time. I didn’t intentionally wait a certain amount of time. I just did my best to give it the time it needed to make sure that everything was right."

Get into the sonic journey of HAN below.

- Milca P.

After wrapping up its appearance in Atlanta last month, the REVOLT Summit will continue its inaugural run in Los Angeles next weekend. And just ahead of its official arrival in California, the Summit has announced the addition of new talent to its lineup of speakers and performers.

Having already been anchored by the support of entities such as TDE, the event will now feature new names that include Lizzo, Ava DuVernay, Issa Rae, Lilly Singh, Kehlani, Melina Matsoukas, Storm Reid, and Al Harrington will also be in attendance.

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"Each will bring their own voice to panel conversations rooted in the business of Hip Hop and dedicated to equipping aspiring young leaders with the tools for success," reads a press release.

For Lizzo, Kehlani, Singh and Reid, that will include taking part in the Follow Her Lead panel where they will unpack being women in the entertainment industry, "breaking barriers, pursuing their passions and chasing their goals on their journey to the top."

In Al Harrington's case, he will sit down with Snoop Dogg for The Smoke and Mirrors panel where they will discuss the billion-dollar cannabis industry and how the hip-hop community can get in. Harrington's qualifications for the talk stem from the former NBA star's Viola Brands company, which specializes in both medicinal and recreational marijuana manufacturing.

The event officially kicks off on October 25th. Tickets can be purchased at REVOLTSummit.com


- Noah C

As we get deeper into October, things are getting spookier, specifically the music. 10/17 was this past Thursday, meaning we got a new album from Gucci Mane. While the Woptober II cover is one of the most joyful pieces of art I've ever seen, there's a dark atmosphere to the the album that makes it perfect to spin in the fall. Gucci has been making sure to enlist stellar features for his projects and he definitely did not disappoint this time around. We got NBA Youngboy, DaBaby, Megan Thee Stallion, Lil Baby, Kodak Black, Quavo, Kevin Gates, Peewee Longway, Takeoff, Yung Mal and OJ Da Juiceman. The producer credits are just as impressive, including the likes of Lex Luger, London On Da Track, Tay Keith, Zaytoven, TM88, Honorable C.N.O.T.E., Southside and Metro Boomin. Woptober II is a star-studded affair and it sounds like it too. 

G-Eazy also took on a Halloween theme with his eight-track Scary Nights EP, which was only announced on Wednesday. This surprise announcement was accompanied with a single featuring the invincible Gunna, "I Wanna Rock." However, Gunna wasn't the only hot feature on here. Moneybagg Yo, French Montana, Preme, Dex Lauper, Miguel and The Game also pulled up to the haunted house. Right now, we got "I Wanna Rock" in our FIRE EMOJI rotation, but "Full Time Cappers" is slapping so don't be surprised if we add that soon. 

LPs and EPs aside, it was also a great week for singles. DJ Pharris provided us with the endlessly fun, "JUUG," which stars the unlikely, yet successful, duo of Jeremih and Chief Keef. Megan Thee Stallion also hopped on the remix for Yo Gotti's Lil Uzi Vert-assisted single, "Pose," making the banger even hotter. 

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- matthewprigge

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Different verse, same as the first: Not long after Martin Scorsese slammed superhero movies, saying they’re “not cinema,” one of his esteemed colleagues — and fellow co-director of the anthology picture New York Stories — has gone even further. Francis Ford Coppola backed Scorsese up and doubled down, calling the genre “despicable.” And just as Marvel fans, stars, and directors went after the man who made Raging Bull, Goodfellas, and the new The Irishman, some are gunning for the man behind The Godfather trilogy, Apocalypse Now, and the newly recut version of The Cotton Club.

Natalie Portman — aka Thor’s ex-girlfriend, who will soon become the female Thoralready issued a semi-diplomatic response to Coppola’s withering comments. James Gunn was a bit more forceful. The Guardians of the Galaxy series helmer — who’s currently busy with The Suicide Squadproudly pushed back against Scorsese’s comments, and he did the same with Coppola in an Instagram post Sunday morning.

“Many of our grandfathers thought all gangster movies were the same, often calling them ‘despicable. Some of our great grandfathers thought the same of westerns, and believed the films of John Ford, Sam Peckinpah, and Sergio Leone were all exactly the same. I remember a great uncle to whom I was raving about Star Wars. He responded by saying, ‘I saw that when it was called 2001, and, boy, was it boring!’ Superheroes are simply today’s gangsters/cowboys/outer space adventurers. Some superhero films are awful, some are beautiful. Like westerns and gangster movies (and before that, just MOVIES), not everyone will be able to appreciate them, even some geniuses. And that’s okay.”

Gunn paired his lengthy post with a still of Rocket Raccoon looking at Groot.

Gunn isn’t the only Marvel employee who’s refused to take such criticisms sitting down. Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, and Kevin Smith have all tried to defend the most profitable movies in modern cinema while not insulting them.

Of course, this begs the question: Who will be the next towering auteur who will publicly come for superhero movies? Incidentally, Terrence Malick — film genius and Zoolander superfan — has a new movie coming out.

(Via IndieWire)

- Carolyn Droke

Kanye West has made it clear he’s devoting himself to Christianity. Earlier this year, the rapper began hosting weekly “Sunday Service” events where he preaches and conducts a choir singing gospel music. His upcoming album will be titled Jesus Is King, he’s releasing an IMAX documentary with the same name, and he recently stated he’s done making secular music, his upcoming album to be filled with gospel themes. According to his pastor Adam Tyson, this pivot to gospel music was intentional.

Tyson, the pastor at Placerita Bible Church in Newhall, California, recently sat down for an interview with Christian media outlet Apologia to discuss the rapper’s journey with religion. Tyson said Kanye began attending his church in May after he felt overwhelmed by pursuing fame in the music industry.

Tyson also revealed Kanye’s search for spiritual fulfillment caused him to want to step away from rap altogether. “One time he told me he wasn’t going to rap,” Tyson explained. “I said, ‘Why not?’ He said, ‘Well, that’s the devil’s music.’ I said, ‘Hey, man. Rap is a genre. You can rap for God.’ I think he was already thinking about it a little bit, but I definitely said, ‘Hey, bro. I think you need to use your talents that God’s given you and use that platform for God.'”

Watch Adam Tyson talk about his relationship with Kanye above.

- Andrew Husband

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While everyone is still in the midst of digesting director Francis Ford Coppola’s defense of Martin Scorsese against the “despicable” movies of Marvel, another A-lister has thrown their hat into the ring. Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter at a Los Angeles gala over the weekend, Thor and Thor: The Dark World actress Natalie Portman — who is set to return in Taika Waititi’s Thor: Love and Thunder — had a few things to say about Scorsese’s equating Marvel’s movies to theme parks while labeling them as “not cinema.”

“I think there’s room for all types of cinema… There’s not one way to make art,” she said — echoing the previous comments of her Marvel Cinematic Universe castmate Samuel L. Jackson. “I think that Marvel films are so popular because they’re really entertaining and people desire entertainment when they have their special time after work, after dealing with their hardships in real life.”

Portman’s public position on the faux, social media-driven debate put her more in line with Jackson and other industry professionals who don’t seem as invested in defending Marvel Studios against Scorsese’s comments. Others, like Robert Downey Jr., James Gunn, and Damon Lindelof, have been slightly more critical of The Irishman director, while the likes of Kevin Smith have praised Scorsese and defended Marvel simultaneously. As for Coppola’s viral comments, though, he seems to be the maddest of them all.

(Via The Hollywood Reporter)

- Robby Kalland

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The Miami Dolphins may very well go down in history as one of the worst teams in NFL history. They have twice lost by 43 or more points in five games this season and even their most winnable game, against a fellow god awful franchise in Washington, saw them fail on a two-point conversion to lose by one.

On Sunday, the Dolphins headed north to Buffalo to face the 4-1 Bills, who were favored by anywhere from 15.5 to 17 points. The Bills have been much improved this season, but that is an awful lot of points to trust a team such as Buffalo to cover even against a miserable group like the Dolphins.

So, for those that wanted to fade the Fins but didn’t want to trust Buffalo to cover more than two touchdowns, there was the money line, where you’d have to lay a lot of juice but could feel comfortable about picking up a little cash for your troubles. Right? Well, as one bettor in Las Vegas learned, there is nothing assured when it comes to the Bills as their $130,000 first half money line bet to win $20,000 went up in flames when Miami took a 14-9 lead to the break.

How about we shuffle off to Buffalo for a moment? Per @CGTechnology_’s Dave Sharapan, bettor puts $130K on Bills first-half moneyline -650. To win $20K. @Covers

— Patrick Everson (@Covers_Vegas) October 20, 2019

Buffalo led 6-0 early on but a pair of Miami touchdowns gave them a halftime lead and surely led to some meltdowns at this bettor’s place of residence. They failed to account for the Ryan Fitzpatrick revenge game factor and the fact that Josh Allen is the quarterback of the Bills and as such they are never to be trusted as favorites, even on the money line.

The lesson here, as always, is that sports gambling is an extremely dumb way to use your hard earned money because nothing is assured and, in football, you are sometimes betting quite literally on how an oblong shaped object will bounce.

- Robby Kalland

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The Miami Heat enter the 2019-20 season looking to bounce back from a disappointing campaign that saw them finish 10th in the East a year ago.

As such, they’ve retooled their roster a bit, most notably adding Jimmy Butler in a sign-and-trade with the Sixers for Josh Richardson and trading Hassan Whiteside to Portland for Meyers Leonard. There’s nothing the Heat organization takes more pride in than their culture and re-establishing that has been part of their offseason moves, adding a guy like Butler and shipping out Whiteside who had at times butted heads with Erik Spoelstra over his role.

On Saturday night, the Heat continued their quest in getting players to fall in line by issuing a suspension to Dion Waiters for conduct detrimental to the team, ruling him out for the season opener.

From the Heat on why Dion Waiters has been suspended. pic.twitter.com/nYj0glunXB

— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) October 20, 2019

Waiters has not been pleased with the bench role he’s been assigned this preseason. As we learned via Instagram comments from Waiters recently, he doesn’t appreciate being behind rookie Tyler Herro in the rotation and is apparently not the biggest fan of Spoelstra either, noting he would’ve won too if he had LeBron, Wade, and Bosh.

Dion saying Spo only won because of LeBron & Wade, laughing at idea of Tyler Herro being better than him and ‘liking’ comments about waiving/trading him.


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— Brendan Tobin (@Brendan_Tobin) October 20, 2019

All of this is to say, things are not going well in Miami with Waiters and the Heat have to figure out a way to either reconcile with or move on from their disgruntled shooting guard. Waiters is owed north of $12 million per year over the next two seasons which will make it difficult to move him — especially with his injury history. Still, they may have to explore what their options are on the trade market for Waiters because its clear their vision for how he fits with this current team and his are pretty far apart and he’s not afraid to make that known.

- Andrew Husband

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In early September, The Batman actor Robert Pattinson made a fairly ambiguous remark about Joaquin Phoenix’s upcoming film Joker that set the Internet on fire with speculation. “Will these new incarnations of Batman and the Joker meet up in a movie?” fans began asking themselves, and pretty much everyone else, on social media. Thankfully, Joker director Todd Phillips quickly tried to quell the flames by saying — in no uncertain terms — that Phoenix’s Joker and Pattinson’s Batman would not share the same screen.

Over a month later, Pattinson’s retraction and Phillips’ explanation have done little to calm the rumor mills of incessant fandom. So, while promoting his latest drama The Lighthouse, the actor was asked (again) about whether or not his Bruce Wayne would ever cross paths with Phoenix’s Arthur Fleck. In response to the question from Yahoo! News, Pattinson effectively tried to hammer the final nail in the coffin. “It’s kind of a different world,” he said of the Phillips film, which takes a wildly different approach to the character than Suicide Squad actor Jared Leto did in 2016.

What’s more, the actor admitted that he hadn’t even seen Joker yet. “I might watch it tonight!” he said. “Joaquin is the best — he’s awesome in everything.” Matt Reeves’ The Batman, which also stars Paul Dano, Zoe Kravitz, and Jeffrey Wright, is scheduled to debut in theaters on June 25th, 2021.

(Via Yahoo! News)

- Carolyn Droke

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It seems as though Snoop Dogg is not a huge fan of Kanye West‘s latest shoe design. Kim Kardashian posted a video of Kanye’s Yeezy slides for kids. The slides come in Kanye’s signature neutral shades and seem to be made from a rubbery textile. But Snoop wasn’t a fan and was quick to point out what the shoes reminded him of.

“New Yeezy slides for Kids OMG,” Kim said in her Instagram story. “They are so cute, so fresh. They’re like rubbery and so comfy.” Kim showed several of her kids walking around in the slides, though Saint nearly tripped and fell. Soon after, Snoop didn’t hesitate to share his opinion about the shoes. “She getting dudes out of jail, now he gone sell jail slippers. W.T.F. None of my business,” he wrote in the comments.

This isn’t the first time Snoop Dogg was critical of Kanye’s latest moves. In 2016, Snoop went off on the rapper for his rant dissing Jay-Z and Beyonce. Snoop has condemned the actions of other rappers as well. Most recently, Snoop took aim at Tekashi 69, calling the rapper currently facing legal battles a “snitch.” Snoop even brought Martha Stewart into the mix, saying the television personality “snitched on NOT ONE soul during her trial.”

- Carolyn Droke

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Rico Nasty took to Twitter to share an alarming experience. The “Fashion Week” rapper claimed she was the victim of a racist attack that happened over the weekend.

According to the rapper, someone threatened to call the police on her during an argument over a parking spot. “Lmao racist people love being like ‘DID U THREATEN ME ILL CAWL THE COPZ,'” she wrote.

Lmao racist people love being like “DID U THREATEN ME ILL CAWL THE COPZ”

— TACOBELLA (@Rico_nastyy) October 19, 2019

One fan asked if she had been “attacked racially” and Nasty confirmed it was the case. “I got attacked last night,” she wrote. “He started with ‘you people’ that’s when I knew.”

I got attacked last night . He started with “you people” that’s when I knew . https://t.co/lKwYfxr1Tp

— TACOBELLA (@Rico_nastyy) October 19, 2019

She then said the entire incident was over a parking spot.

All over a parking spot tbh .we was so disgusted.

— TACOBELLA (@Rico_nastyy) October 19, 2019

One fan suggested that Rico should have retaliated and “smacked” the perpetrator, but she responded that he would have sued her after Googling her name and finding out who she was.

So he could google my name and sue me . Lol no https://t.co/JIiEarzrzS

— TACOBELLA (@Rico_nastyy) October 19, 2019

During the incident, she thought about all the people who have gotten seriously injured or killed when those situations escalate. She said it made her “want to cry” because she knew she hadn’t done anything wrong but was still placed in a dangerous situation because she didn’t know what the other person was capable of.

But what I did do was think about all the people who have gotten killed in situations like that . It made me want to cry . Cause I ain’t even do shit .

— TACOBELLA (@Rico_nastyy) October 19, 2019

Rico also thanked the person she was with for not causing the situation to escalate.

Shout out the men that was with me too . For not escalating the situation bro cause .. smh … niggas really could have spazzed

— TACOBELLA (@Rico_nastyy) October 19, 2019

Thankfully, Rico left the situation unharmed and said the entire ordeal made her learn a lesson.

What a great lesson learned

— TACOBELLA (@Rico_nastyy) October 20, 2019

- Andrew Husband

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Martin Scorsese’s upcoming Netflix epic The Irishman has been getting rave reviews, but throughout its many promotions over the past month, the film’s press has been dogged by the director’s comments about the movies produced by Disney conglomerate Marvel Studios. In an interview, Scorsese declared Marvel movies were “not cinema” and compared them to theme parks. He later doubled-down on these comments despite various responses from Marvel actors Samuel L. Jackson and Robert Downey Jr., fanboy auteur Kevin Smith, and superhero genre enthusiast Damon Lindelof.

The Marvel fans were also quite vocal about the matter, which exploded in social media circles almost immediately. Even so, the (faux) outcry has not disquieted Scorsese and his supporters — including fellow iconic director Francis Ford Coppola. When Agence France-Presse caught up with him recently, they asked him about the “controversy” surrounding Scorsese’s comments. Not only did he agree with his fellow director, but Coppola also took it a step further by calling Marvel movies “despicable.”

Per Yahoo! News:

“When Martin Scorsese says that the Marvel pictures are not cinema, he’s right because we expect to learn something from cinema, we expect to gain something, some enlightenment, some knowledge, some inspiration.

“I don’t know that anyone gets anything out of seeing the same movie over and over again,” the 80-year-old filmmaker said.

“Martin was kind when he said it’s not cinema. He didn’t say it’s despicable, which I just say it is.

With HBO’s Watchmen series — which was created by Lindelof — premiering this weekend, Coppola’s involvement in the ongoing Marvel movies debate is sure to keep these irritating fires lit for a few more days.

(Via Yahoo! News)

- Andrew Husband

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Though actor Chance Crawford’s supposed bulge in a jokey poster has dominated coverage of Amazon’s The Boys following its summer premiere, the superhero satire’s second season is well into production. What’s more, series creator Eric Kripke surprised his Twitter followers on Thursday with a startling casting announcement that’s sure to please fans of the show and its comic book origins. AP Bio alum Patton Oswalt had landed a “secret role” in the upcoming new season, and he has already finished filming it.

“Thank you Patton Oswalt, that was AMAZING!” Kripke tweeted Thursday evening, along with a photo of Oswalt and himself. Several hashtags accompanied the post, including the phrase “#SecretRole,” thereby indicating that Oswalt’s specific involvement in The Boys‘ second season is being kept tightly under wraps.

Thank you @pattonoswalt, that was AMAZING! #TheBoysTV #Season2 #SecretRole@TheBoysTV #TheBoys @PrimeVideo #SPNFamiIy pic.twitter.com/y47quxLCgR

— Eric Kripke (@therealKripke) October 17, 2019

The news of Oswalt’s casting also comes pretty late in principal production. Amazon announced it was renewing The Boys for another season just ahead of the first season’s premiere, and various professional listings have indicated filming began on June 17th and would continue until November 1st. So, either the comedian’s “secret role” is a minor one in the grand scheme of the show — or it doesn’t require his physical presence as much as it does his voice work. Oswalt is no stranger to voice acting, so there’s a strong possibility his The Boys role specifically required such skills.

- Carolyn Droke

After throwing an HIV drug awareness dance party meant to emulate an ’80s club in New York on Thursday, Frank Ocean has graced fans with long-awaited new music. Ocean premiered “DHL” Saturday afternoon on his Beats 1 radio show blonded. The song hopefully gives a preview of what’s to come from the “Nights” rapper, and is his first release in two years besides his 2018 cover of 1961 classic “Moon River.”

“DHL” opens with slow synths and Ocean’s auto-tuned voice over a steady beat. Ocean seemingly hints in the lyrics that more new material is coming soon. “N*ggas think it’s new, it ain’t new, boy / Old files just turned two, yeah, flu, yeah / Still sound like it’s comin’ soon, comin’ soon, yeah / Still sound like it’s comin’ soon, tell the truth.” Furthermore, the silhouette icons at the bottom of the single’s image could single his upcoming project has 13 tracks.

Ocean has stated his new music is inspired by the ’80s queer club scene in major cities across America. “I’ve been interested in club, and the many different iterations of nightlife for music and songs, and so the things I look at now have a lot to do with those scenes: Detroit, Chicago, techno, house, French electronic,” he said. “The closest to the nightlife scene for me was New Orleans bounce.”

Listen to “DHL” by Frank Ocean above. Pre-order the 7″ here.

- Dustin Rowles


In 2014, Disney came up with a fairly novel idea of centering blockbuster family film on a female villain played by Angelina Jolie. It was a huge hit, opening with almost $70 million on its way to a $241 million domestic haul and over $750 million worldwide. That movie opened right after Memorial Day in the heat of the summer when all the kids were out of school.

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil was originally scheduled to roll out on the same weekend in 2020, but Disney moved it ahead seven months into the Halloween movie window but during a time in which most kids were in school. The results weren’t exactly disastrous, but they weren’t great for the second Maleficent movie, either. It opened to the tune of $36 million, which would be a great opening for most family film sequels. But this is Disney, and Maleficent 2 cost $185 million to produce, a figure that the film is unlikely to surpass domestically. That $36 million opening is almost only half of the first film’s $70 million opening. Ooof. The film did do considerably better overseas, scoring $117 million.

It’s hard to say exactly what went wrong with Mistress of Evil. An October release may not have helped matters. Reviews certainly didn’t (40 percent on Rotten Tomatoes), but reviews weren’t great for the original, either (53 percent on Rotten Tomatoes). Audiences who did turn out to see both movies loved them (they both received an A Cinemascore), and the RT audiences score for this one was significantly better than the original (96 percent to 70 percent for the first one). I think it is purely a matter of release date, and to Disney’s credit, they probably also realized that Mistress of Evil will be the only game in town for family movies until another Disney movie comes out over Thanksgiving, Frozen 2, and this also allowed the Mouse House to stick Artemis Fowl in the old Maleficent 2 release date. Poor Disney: Too many blockbusters, and not enough release dates to avoid cannibalizing themselves.

Meanwhile, Joker continues to put up healthy numbers in its third weekend, earning $29 million, as it approaches $250 million domestic ($247 million, to be exact). The worldwide numbers now are an eye-popping $737 for a movie that only cost $55 million to produce.

Zombieland 2: Double Tap opened with good but not great numbers, earning $26.7 million, slightly better than expectations. It’s been ten years since the original opened, and the sequel not only had a tough act to follow but a decade of expectations with which to contend. It was alright, as reflected in the 67 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes and the B+ from Cinemascore. I love zombie movies, Zombieland is my second favorite zombie movie ever (behind Shaun of the Dead) and I thought Double Tapped was a little disappointing, to be honest. I had hoped for more from Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, the screenwriters not only for the original Zombieland, but the two Deadpool movies.

The remaining entries in the top ten were all holdovers. Addams Family had a surprisingly decent 53 percent hold despite the arrival of Maleficent, earning another $14.2 million to bring its total to $55 million. Gemini Man, on the other hand, dropped 60 percent, earning only $8.5 million to bring its ten-day total to only $36 million (it cost nearly $150 million to make).

The numbers get much smaller beyond that. Abominable earned $3.37 million, good enough for sixth place. It’s earned $54 million, which is decent. It has also earned $115 million worldwide on a $75 million budget and should do well on digital platforms over the holidays. Downton Abbey scored $2.9 million to bring its total to $88.4 million as it makes a long-shot push toward $100 million.

Hustlers, meanwhile, did cross the $100 million mark this weekend, which is a big deal for a film that only cost $20 million for STX Films to produce (it’s earned $125 million worldwide). It is also worth noting that Lorene Scafaria becomes the second female director this year to have movie earn $100 million (behind only Anna Boden, who co-directed Captain Marvel).

In its 6th week of release, STX's HUSTLERS was granted access to the exclusive $100M+ VIP room this weekend, raining down w/ another 2 million dollar billz, $101M total. pic.twitter.com/mAnF4iygXB

— Exorcist Relations Co. (@ERCboxoffice) October 20, 2019

Judy is not going to make $100 million, but it’s doing remarkably well, too. It’s the sleeper hit of the fall, earning almost $2 million in its fourth week to bring its total to $19 million for Roadside Attractions. IT Chapter 2 closes out the top ten this weekend, earning $1.4 million to bring its total to $209 million. It’s also earned over $450 million worldwide. I would be remiss, too, if I didn’t mention number 11 on the list, Parasite, which earned a whopping $1.2 million in only 33 theaters.

Next weekend sees three new releases. If you’re into Tesla/Edison wars, or Benedict Cumberbatch and Michael Shannon, The Current War looks great. It will open against STX Films’ teen thriller Countdown and Black and Blue starring Naomie Harris and Tyrese Gibson.

Source: Deadline, Box Office Mojo

- Bill DiFilippo

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The New England Patriots saw themselves at the center of a controversy earlier this year when owner Robert Kraft was one of the names that popped up in a crackdown on a human trafficking ring in Florida. Kraft was charged with misdemeanor soliciting prosecution, charges for which he has pled not guilty and rejected a plea deal. Currently, the case is in the midst of an appeal as prosecutors are trying to overturn a decision made regarding videos that allegedly implicate Kraft.

Amid all of this, a new Netflix show appeared to include Tom Brady taking a shot at Kraft. Paul Rudd’s new show, Living With Yourself, features a scene in which the Patriots’ signal caller walks out of a spa called “Top Happy Spa,” at which point he has a conversation with Rudd’s character and reveals that he’s been there six times.

🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔 pic.twitter.com/L5V6nzX16E

— Jim Murray (@bigjimmurray) October 19, 2019

This very much seems like Brady making a joke regarding the allegations against Kraft, which seems out of character for him. The future Hall of Fame quarterback met with the media on Saturday and got a bit heated, alleging that the media is taking this out of context in an attempt to bring negative attention to the team.

Here’s Tom Brady talking about his Netflix cameo pic.twitter.com/OCd8vzMRK3

— Mark Daniels (@MarkDanielsPJ) October 19, 2019

“That’s not what that was about,” Brady said. “I think that was taken out of context, just like you’re taking it out of context and trying to make it a story for yourself, which has a negative connotation to it, which I don’t appreciate. It was meant to be something different than that. The fact it’s a distraction or you’re bringing it up is not something I want to be talking about.”

Brady went onto say that the clip was shot on a green screen, and that he agreed to film it a year ago with material written four years in the past. He then went onto call it “unfortunate that people would choose to think I would ever do something like that about Mr. Kraft.”

We won’t post spoilers, but Brady is right that the full scene doesn’t make it look as blatant of a joke at Kraft’s expense. It still comes off like a joke that alludes to everything that occurred with his team’s owner, though, and in an interview with Refinery29, the show’s executive producer, Timothy Greenberg, admitted that he thought Brady wouldn’t go through with the appearance in light of what went on with Kraft.

(Via ESPN)

- Carolyn Droke

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50 Cent is used to getting heat for his Starz show Power. Most recently, the rapper faced backlash from fans for replacing Joe’s verse with Trey Songz on the show’s theme song. But this time it’s 50 who’s dishing out his disappointment. He began trolling Comcast Xfinity Saturday on social media when he found out the telecommunications conglomerate was removing Starz from their network, thereby taking away Power from their channels.

50 began by posting a snippet of himself from an episode of the show. “I’m sick right now so I lose millions of viewers today because of Comcast,” he wrote. “They are dropping STARZ no more POWER, I’m dead.”

🤒I’m sick right now so I lose millions of viewers today because of Comcast, They are dropping STARZ no more POWER, I’m Dead. #lecheminduroi #bransoncognac pic.twitter.com/QVT3PyW0Mu

— 50cent (@50cent) October 19, 2019

The rapper then began a lengthy Twitter campaign aimed at rallying fans to call their Comcast provider to try to convince the mega-company to keep his beloved show.

DON’T let @XFINITY drop @Power_STARZ If you’re a Comcast/Xfinity customer, visit https://t.co/dpMxWuRQ1R and call 888-90-STARZ TELL THEM TO #KeepSTARZ #xfinityfail #lecheminduroi #bransoncognac #POWER pic.twitter.com/HEyiOOMfFW

— 50cent (@50cent) October 18, 2019

DON’T let @XFINITY drop @Power_STARZ If you’re a Comcast/Xfinity customer, visit https://t.co/dpMxWuRQ1R and call 888-90-STARZ TELL THEM TO #KeepSTARZ #xfinityfail #lecheminduroi #bransoncognac #POWER pic.twitter.com/1L19IoO9Y7

— 50cent (@50cent) October 18, 2019

50 then moved on to a more comical approach and began spamming Comcast on Twitter. “Cool people I met today in Arlington, the Texas take over. I was having a good day till they called me with this Comcast bullshit. No more POWER,” he wrote in one post.

“Xfinity Comcast did this to me on season 6, of POWER I’m dead,” he wrote in another tweet, posting a photo of himself as a cadaver on the show.

Cool people I met today in Arlington, the Texas take over. I was having a good day till they called me with this Comcast bullshit. No more POWER 🤷🏽‍♂️🤦‍♂️#lecheminduroi #bransoncognac pic.twitter.com/dk8FHQL9F3

— 50cent (@50cent) October 19, 2019

“Put the f*cking show back on by Monday,” he wrote to Comcast in another tweet.

🤨hello @comcast put the fucking show back on by Monday. 🤦‍♂️call 888-907-8279 and tell them keep POWER. #lecheminduroi #bransoncognac pic.twitter.com/50JHifleQX

— 50cent (@50cent) October 19, 2019

Fans in each’s tweet’s thread were suggesting that the rapper shop around for other networks, but that didn’t stop him from continuing to troll Comcast.

😟I told da Baby @xfinity and @comcast is dropping my show POWER, she said why the fuck would they do that? 🤨#lecheminduroi #bransoncognac pic.twitter.com/1GLa0dO1tA

— 50cent (@50cent) October 19, 2019

He didn’t like the kid playing with the food. This is how I feel about @Comcast right now shit. #lecheminduroi #bransoncognac pic.twitter.com/PVPzZxOCwA

— 50cent (@50cent) October 19, 2019

Power is currently midway through its sixth season. Because Comcast provides TV service to a significant portion of Americans, their decision to drop Starz could cause the show’s ratings to drop.

- Bill DiFilippo

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The Utah Jazz have come close, but they’re one of the 12 NBA franchises that have never won a championship. There is optimism that the team’s title drought could be broken sometime soon, and on Saturday afternoon, the franchise decided make an investment in the man tasked with getting them to that point.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Utah had agreed to a contract extension with head coach Quin Snyder. There is no word on how many years will be tacked onto his deal, which currently has two more years left on it, but Wojnarowski did specify that this can be classified as a “long-term extension.”


Snyder had two years left on his deal, and a new contract extends multiple years beyond that term, sources said.

After upgrading the team’s talent-base over the summer, locking Snyder into an extension had been a top organizational priority.

Snyder took over in Utah in 2014, and in that time, he’s helped turned the Jazz into one of the league’s most consistently good squads. Utah has accrued a 227-183 record with him at the helm, and in two of the last three years, the Jazz have won 50 or more games. Additionally, the team has made the playoffs in each of the last three years with a pair of trips to the Western Conference semifinals.

The Jazz were quite active during the offseason, trading for Mike Conley and adding Bojan Bogdanovic, Ed Davis, and Jeff Green in free agency. Now, their coach’s future is secure, too, and Utah can focus on building chemistry, trying to navigate a brutally difficult Western Conference, and if all goes right, winning the first title in franchise history.

- Bill DiFilippo

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Wisconsin entered Saturday’s game against Illinois flying high. The sixth-ranked Badgers sat at 6-0, and all eyes were on next week’s showdown with Ohio State in Columbus. Unfortunately for those with their eyes on a matchup between undefeated Big Ten foes, Wisconsin’s trip to Champaign ended with the biggest upset we’ve seen in college football this year.

The Illini, which entered the game 2-4 and 0-3 in conference play, pulled a rabbit out of their hat, taking down the Badgers, 24-23. While Illinois kept things close all afternoon — they entered the locker room down 13-7 at the half — the thought of an Illini upset seemed like a stretch, in part because they were gigantic underdogs.

Wisconsin is a 30.5-point favorite, FWIW.

— Brendan Stiles (@thebstiles) October 19, 2019

Still, weird things happen in college football, especially when an underdog can keep things close at home. It also helps that the Badgers turned the ball over three times, and each time, Illinois made them pay, scoring 17 points off of those turnovers. One of those came when the Illini scored with just under six minutes remaining — signal caller Brandon Peters found Josh Imatorbhebhe for a touchdown to pull Illinois within two.


Wisconsin has the ball up 2 with under five minutes left to play 😬 pic.twitter.com/gUYSfjQP6m

— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) October 19, 2019

The goal for Wisconsin from that point on was to just kill the game, something the Badgers usually do as well as anyone with their burly offensive line and stellar running game, led by Heisman contender Jonathan Taylor. But on a 3rd-and-5, Jack Coan threw an interception to Illinois’ Tony Adams, who set his team up from its own 47.

Uh oh Badger Nation, @IlliniFootball picks off Wisconsin! pic.twitter.com/5difmVx6a0

— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) October 19, 2019

Wisconsin has a nasty defense, one that has risen to any occasion asked of it this season. The Illini were undeterred, though, and managed to get into field goal range for junior kicker James McCourt, who cooly drilled a kick from 39-yards out.

UPSET OF THE YEAR!! @IlliniFootball hits a field goal as time expires to shock No. 6 Wisconsin. pic.twitter.com/pxkyoXrHHB

— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) October 19, 2019

This, in a cruel twist of fate, marked the first time all year that Wisconsin fell behind in a game. It also, obviously, meant their dreams of finishing the year undefeated came to an end. As for Illinois, this is a gigantic win for a program that has been searching for a signature victory under Lovie Smith. It took a while to get it, but seeing as how this was the payoff, we’ll bet that most Illini fans will say the wait was worth it.

- Carolyn Droke

Grammy-winning indie mainstay Bon Iver recently put forth their fourth full-length record, i,i. Since its release, the veteran indie crooners have embarked on a massive tour. Most recently, they stopped by CBS This Morning as a part of their “Saturday Sessions” mini-concert series.

The band performed three of their hit songs, “Salem,” “Blood Bank,” and “iMi” at Barclays Center. Adding to the ambiance of frontman Justin Vernon’s soft voice, the stage was outfitted with large beams of fluorescent light formed in geometric shapes.

Along with performing on camera, Justin Vernon and group sat down with CBS This Morning co-host Anthony Mason to discuss the band’s journey from humble beginnings as a Wisconsin indie band to sold-out arenas. When asked about the major decision to cancel a 2017 tour, Vernon talked about his disdain for the industry at the time, saying he was uncomfortable with the attention he was receiving. “When you’re uncomfortable, you have discomfort, you get angry,” he told Mason. “This is an example of something I couldn’t have done five years ago. I didn’t have it within me, or the strength, to sit and talk with you.”

Vernon said he was able to get over the discomfort with help from friends, family, and therapy.

Watch Bon Iver perform “Salem” on CBS This Morning above and “Blood Bank” off his first EP and “iMi” off his latest record below.

- Bill DiFilippo

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The Oklahoma Sooners are continuing their march towards a potential Big 12 championship. Should that happen, the Sooners — which boast a high-powered offense led by Alabama transfer Jalen Hurts at quarterback and an improved defense — would almost certainly get a spot in the College Football Playoff for the third year in a row.

Basically, it’s a good time to be someone associated with the Sooners, which sit at 6-0 and played hosts to the West Virginia Mountaineers on Saturday in Norman. But everything has an exception or two, and during the game against the Mountaineers, the folks who navigate the Sooner Schooner had a pretty bad time.

The horse-drawn wagon that serves as a mascot for the football program made its way onto the field on Saturday. At one point, the horses that pull the wagon turned while it was going a little too fast, and as such, the Schooner went tumbling to the ground.


— Stuckey (@Stuckey2) October 19, 2019

In a statement to Nicole Auerbach of The Athletic, Oklahoma confirmed that everyone who was on the wagon, along with the horses that pulled it, were ok. The culprit, the school posits, was how weight was distributed “among riders in the rear.”

Oklahoma statement on the Sooner Schooner accident: pic.twitter.com/eibI9wCTME

— Nicole Auerbach (@NicoleAuerbach) October 19, 2019

The important thing, of course, is that everyone is fine and nothing happened to the horses. As for the game, the Sooners throttled the Mountaineers, with Hurts accounting for five total touchdowns.

- Bill DiFilippo

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Pascal Siakam is getting paid. According to a report by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the league’s reigning Most Improved Player and the Toronto Raptors have agreed to a four-year max contract extension.

Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam has agreed to a four-year, max contract extension, agents @TRamasar and @choufani_lsme tells Zach Lowe and me.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 19, 2019

According to Jeff Siegel, a four-year max extension for Siakam would come out to somewhere in the vicinity of $129.9 million. This was confirmed by Wojnarowski.

Siakam's max deal: four-years, $130M. https://t.co/GaHF8LlvGu

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 19, 2019

Shams Charania of The Athletic reports that this is a straight deal, one that does not have any options to opt out on either side.

Sources: Raptors star Pascal Siakam's four-year, $130M maximum deal with Toronto does not include any player or team options.

— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) October 19, 2019

It’s not a surprise that the two sides agreed to this extension — Siakam has rapidly shown that he’s among the league’s most uniquely talented players, while the Raptors had been open about wanting to keep him around as one of the pillars of the franchise. This was the case even before Kawhi Leonard left Toronto in free agency to join the Los Angeles Clippers.

Siakam has turned into a matchup nightmare on both ends of the floor. He is among the league’s most versatile defenders, and when he’s really cooking on offense, he’s too big for wing players to check and too nimble for big men to stay in front of. Additionally, Siakam is a testament to the Raptors’ ability to identify and develop talent. He’s gotten progressively better since being selected with the No. 27 pick in the 2019, and last year, Siakam averaged 16.9 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game, all career highs.

The Raptors had until Monday to come to an agreement with Siakam on a deal that would prevent him from hitting restricted free agency this summer. It was viewed as a foregone conclusion that would happen, and now, we know that Siakam’s not going anywhere any time soon.

- Bill DiFilippo

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There is something majestic about a well-executed fake punt. This is a story about a fake punt that did not work in any way, shape, or form, but good lord, is it majestic, anyway.

Arkansas is playing host to 11th-ranked Auburn on Saturday afternoon. The game is expected to be a blowout — Vegas had the Tigers as a 20-point road favorite — and as such, the Razorbacks had zero reservations about turning to the back page of the playbook and busting out something funky. The issue was that said funky play completely failed, in part because it required a punter throwing a pass on a 4th-and-11 from deep in their territory.

Sam Loy, Arkansas’ punter, took a snap and tried to chuck it. It went poorly. Please watch it a few times.

Fake punt ➡ push pass ➡ interception 😳 #SCNotTop10 pic.twitter.com/0WsjETAxmK

— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 19, 2019

Off the top of my head, here are some issues I have with this. First and foremost, a punter’s strength is their ability to kick a football, not throw it. Not only did he throw it poorly, my dude threw a chest pass like there is five figures on the line, courtesy of Dr. Pepper at a conference title game. He did an awful job leading his receiver, instead overthrowing him and letting it fall softly into the arm of Auburn’s Chandler Wooten. If you are going to throw the football there, why would you do…whatever this is.

Beyond that, this play took place on 4th-and-11 on their side of the field. The ball was on Arkansas’ 41, and thanks to the way punts happen, Loy lined up 15(!!!) yards behind the line of scrimmage. From where he was standing, the Razorbacks had to gain 26 yards if they wanted to pick up a first down. Even if Wooten did not sniff this out immediately, that’s incredibly difficult — would you, humble football fan, want your team to have to have the ball travel 26 yards from where the snap is received on a fourth down in your own territory? The answer is no, unless you were a fan of the Philadelphia Eagles in 2004.

Fake punts have the potential, if well-executed, to be a legitimate game changer, a testament to a football team’s practice habits, ability to notice something exploitable on film, and execution. More often than not, though, that doesn’t happen. Even by that standard, this fake punt deserve the same classification of horrible, horrible ideas as that time the Colts did whatever the hell this was and the absolute nightmare we saw out of the Broncos earlier this week.

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