Welcome to this week’s edition of What’s Going On? — a completely biased take on the week’s biggest pop-culture stories, told through numbers, odds, and props because this is Vegas after all. Here I’ll fill you in on (my version of) the best and worst from all of your (my) favorite celebs, musicians, and even politicians, plus a few stories that are just begging to be shared. This is the stuff the group chat will thank you for. Or, at the very least, not kick you out for.
This week’s top stories include some tragic news for the country music world, some unprecedented success at the box office, and some pretty spicy Twitter action.
Honestly, you guys. There’s some good stuff down there. Well, this week it’s both good and sad, but nonetheless, it’s worth a read, if I do say so myself. (So is my reality TV round-up, but again, my personal bias might be coming into play here.)
Gentry, one half of Montgomery Gentry (the platinum-selling duo behind “Where I Come From“) died in a helicopter crash just prior to a concert in Medford, New Jersey. The singer was only 50 years old.
Pilot James Evan Robinson, 30 years old, died at the scene of the crash, which is still under investigation.
Don Williams passed away at the age of 78, following what was described as a “short illness” in a statement released by his rep on Friday. The “gentle giant” had been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame back in 2010 for his contribution to country music, which included more than 35 albums at the time. Some of his greatest hits included “Good Ole Boys Like Me,” “Tulsa Time” and “Lord, I Hope This Day is Good.”
Messages of love and support poured forth from the country music community following the tragic news, some of which you can read here. Due to the nature of the news, we are refraining from setting odds on this story.
The latest big-screen adaptation of Stephen King’s It (“It 2017“) smashed records this weekend, bringing in a staggering $123 million — $8 million over Warner Brothers’ relatively modest weekend estimate. The film now holds several titles: biggest September (or October) opening ever, biggest opening for an R-rated horror movie, and biggest single-day gross for an R-rated film.
By the looks of it, director Andrés Muschietti has given birth to a monster with delightfully long legs — and we have a sequel to look forward to, which Muschietti promises will be even darker than the first. That is, if It happens.
Odds that the It sequel will be released in the next two years: 1/5
With the astounding success of It 2017, you shouldn’t worry about missing out on the second. Muschietti has stated the script for the sequel will most likely be done in January 2018, with prep starting in March, and it’s not like anyone is wondering whether people will buy tickets at this point.
Odds of the It sequel breaking the opening-day record of It 2017: 4/9
Sequels aren’t always known to fare as well as their predecessors, but with the anticipation already building for this one, don’t be surprised to see an even bigger turnout on opening day.
After taking to Twitter to state that he spends an “inordinate amount of time per day” thinking about whether Nicki Minaj would like him or not, Mayer got quite the shock when Minaj tweeted back only half an hour later: “Would my body be your wonderland?”
Now, “MayNaj” may not be the celebrity couple we hoped for — or even considered possible — but hey, it could be fun, right? Too bad Nicki followed up her first response with a pretty quick, “Asking for a friend.”
Odds Nicki Minaj and John Mayer actually date: 10/1
I guess it depends on what we consider “dating”: going on a date, or exclusively dating one another. Actually, either way, it’s not going to happen.
Odds of a musical collaboration between Nicki Minaj and John Mayer: 20/1
I would pay a lot of money to hear a Mayer-Minaj collaboration. Like, I’m talking upwards of $2.99 a song. Will a brief Twitter exchange be enough to bring this kind of magic into the world? Unfortunately not.
The Republican Senator made a statement Tuesday morning stating that “someone” on staff had “inadvertently” liked the original post, obviously denying that “someone” being Ted Cruz. It seems “a number of people” have access to that account, one of which was online at 1:00 a.m. looking at (and liking) the Twitter account of a porn site.
Apparently, appropriate discipline for “someone” is still being discussed, but I have a feeling it will include hiring a real “someone” to manage Sen. Cruz’s social media from now on.
Odds that Sen. Cruz’s approval ratings will go up: 9/1
This is possibly the most real Ted Cruz has ever seemed, which is really saying something. But his key demographic is not comprised of people who will find this an appealing quality.
Odds that we will ever find out who this “someone” is: 100/1
It’s okay, though, because we’ve got a preeeetty good idea, right?
Feature Image: Nicki Minaj (Wikimedia Commons [CC License])
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