Yay! I get to mention Beyonce in this week’s post because we’re talking about…
Jay-Z and Beyonce in Cuba
Jay and Bey simply cannot catch a break. The couple recently vacationed in Cuba to celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary. But they immediately came under fire from legislators (and the general public) who questioned how and why they were able to visit a country the U.S. restricts its citizens from traveling to. Rather than release a statement, Jay-Z released a new song, "Open Letter," to tackle criticisms. I wouldn’t have it any other way. (The video, above, features the clean version of the song, with the unedited version available on YouTube.) Everyone was talking about the song following its release — even White House representatives, who issued a formal response.
This week, it’s movies and television talk, part two, as we delve into late-night switch-ups, a beloved movie critic, and the return of a fan favorite show.
Tonight Show Switch-up
Rumors started swirling earlier this week that Jimmy Fallon would be replacing Jay Leno and take over "The Tonight Show" gig on NBC. The two released a cheeky video that didn’t really confirm nor deny the rumors (at left), but NBC confirmed on Wednesday that yes, Jay Leno would be stepping down from his late-night hosting gig to make room for Jimmy Fallon. "The Tonight Show" will also be moving back to NYC to its old home at 30 Rock. Jimmy Fallon said, " I’m really excited to host a show that starts today instead of tomorrow." (Get it? Because his current show starts after midnight?) Hopefully this sticks, because I love Jimmy — but I also know we’ve totally heard this before when Conan O’Brien took over Leno’s show and then had the hosting gig taken away. So I guess we’ll see!
Television and movies are important to us, as a society, which is why that's what everyone's talking about this week.
Ryan Gosling quits acting
I would be remiss if I didn't mention that yesterday's video about Ryan Gosling Staring at Things was up at HuffPo because of Gosling's recent announcement: he's breaking up with us. Well, actually, he's taking a break from acting, but this definitely feels like a break-up, and it is not mutual. What did I ever do to deserve this misery? I guess I'm not entirely surprised by this news, since he's said before he's tired of looking at his own face. He also recently made his directorial debut with the film "How To Catch A Monster." But I still get to be bummed. In the meantime, I guess I'll just keep watching videos of him staring (see the one at left for his impressive work in "Drive"). Dearest Ryan, come back to us soon. xoxo, The World.
It's spriiiing! So, naturally, everyone's talking about March Madness. Also: apparently, we will never, ever, ever be over the '90s. Ever.
I don’t know much about March Madness, except that it relates to picking which Division I team will win NCAA Men’s/Women’s Division I Basketball Championship. That is the extent of my knowledge, and I’m not going to lie, I had to look it up on Wikipedia for the specifics. That said, I know it’s a huge deal for basketball and sports fans. Even the president gets in on it, with his March Madness picks. For me, March Madness is all about the other brackets — like the ones to determine the best breakfast cereal or try to figure out if the ‘80s or the ’90s were the superior decade. Pixar’s video (left) of "Monsters University" teammates reacting to being excluded from the March Madness picks is super cute, too.
This week we loved a day dedicated to desserts (duh), a movie about a young Nancy Drew-esque character, and an unofficial holiday that should totally become an official holiday.
Yesterday was 3/14… AKA the first three digits of pi. Around the world, that’s celebrated as Pi Day! (See the video at left for a pretty cool tribute to Pi Day using dominoes.) You probably haven’t thought about pi (or “π”) since high school math class when you learned that pi is the the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — and then promptly forgot it. No matter, Pi Day is an excuse to eat delicious pie! There’s even a website dedicated exclusively to Pi Day, so avid fans can buy merchandise and try to memorize the number that’s been calculated to more than one trillion digits beyond its decimal point. For me, I’ll pass, but I will take a slice of apple pie. Yum.