News Round-Up: August 14, 2020

(screen capture via HBO)

Some news stories you might have missed:

NPR: A new survey from NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll shows more than a third of Americans (35%) say they won’t get vaccinated when a vaccine comes available; 60% say they will. The poll also indicates former Vice President Joe Biden now leads Donald Trump 53% to 42%, up from an 8-point advantage at the end of June.

Instinct Magazine: From the director of Call Me By Your Name, HBO announces We Are Who We Are (screen cap above), premiering September 14, a new coming-of-age story about two American teenagers who live on an American military base with their parents in Italy.

Billings Gazette: Kanye West’s sad, inconsequential bid for the White House is being funded/directed by the Trump campaign to siphon off Black votes from Joe Biden. “You want to help Trump?” one of the organizers called out. “We’re trying to take votes away from creepy Uncle Joe.”

KIT212: Check out Kenneth’s weekly round-up of the what’s what in local LGBTQ publications like Get Out!’s latest issue encouraging folks to ‘Flex Your Vote.’

(via GetOut!)

Variety: AMC Theatres, for one day only, will offer tickets to select movies for only 15 cents, roughly the equivalent of what it cost to watch a movie in 1920. That’s the year that the company’s founders began operations in Kansas City, Missouri. Note – the offer will be for legacy titles such as “Black Panther” and “The Empire Strikes Back.”

Twitter: Out Teen Wolf/Arrow star Colton Haynes has put in his bid to play the super-hero Iceman in the upcoming reboot of the X-Men movie franchise after hearing rumors Shia LeBeouf was being vetted for the role. Haynes shared a gif of the mutant hero with an emoji of a young guy raising his hand. I totally see Haynes in the role.

News Round-Up: October 15, 2018

Some news items you might have missed:

• Big congrats to my buddies, The Chippendales, for their big win this weekend as The Best of Las Vegas’ “Best Male Revue” and “Best Bachelorette Party.” If you’ve visited me in Vegas, you’ve probably gone to Chippendales with me at least once 🙂 #GoodTimes

• Kanye West and wife Kim Kardashian met and exchanged gifts with the President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni. You may recall Museveni signed into law the Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Act which provides for life in prison in Uganda for being gay.

• If you watched the Donald Trump 60 Minutes interview last night, you saw this painting actually hangs in the White House. By artist Andy Thomas, the image portrays a gathering of Republican presidents in one place. #goodgod

• The New York Police Department announced Monday that it has enough evidence to charge nine members of the right-wing group Proud Boys and three protesters with various counts of rioting, assault and attempted assault that took place last Friday.

• Donald Trump has now nominated openly gay Patrick Bumatay to the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. This would bring Trump’s gay judicial nominees to a total of two.

• Regular readers of The Randy Report know I’m a huuuuge fan of Coldplay. And now there’s a new documentary film headed our way titled, A Head Full of Dreams.

The film, shot over 20 years of Coldplay history will stream on Amazon Prime Video starting November 16. For more info, click here.

SNL Cold Open: Kanye West Visits The Oval Office

Last night’s cold open on SNL took on the wild and wacky rollercoaster that was Kanye West visiting the Oval Office this week.

“So in conclusion, 13th Amendment, Chi-Raq, trap doors lead to the Unabomber, male energy, Trump is my dad, Hillary’s a woman and the media needs to start making this President look good,” concludes Chris Redd’s ‘Kanye.’

“I love you Kanye,” Alec Baldwin’s Trump chimed in. “We have a lot more in common than people know. We’re both geniuses, we’re both married to beautiful women and we both definitely have been recorded saying the ‘n-word.’”

Kinda hard to put the skit into words as it pretty much captures the off event.

Over 3 million views in 12 hours. Watch below.

Kanye West & Donald Trump: “We’ve Been Friends For A Long Time”

Kanye West, who has announced he will be running for president in 2020, “just wants to take a picture” with President-elect Trump.

Apparently, West requested, and got, a meeting with the Trumpster.

I’m guessing Trump agreed to show the world he actually has a “black friend.”

Kanye West Rips Off Sacramento Fans With 30 Minute Show

Photo: Jeff Kravitz/Getty

Between the ego, the arrogance and ripping off his fans, I have to admit I don’t see the appeal of Kanye West.

Last night, in my summer home of Sacramento, West ended his show after 30 minutes. Those 30 minutes contained just two songs and endless stream of consciousness rants about Beyoncé and Jay Z.

And then, it was apparently “drop the mic” time.

From the Sacramento Bee:

“Press, get ready to write your passive aggressive, LeBron (James) racist comments – get ready the show is over!” West said before storming off the stage.

After the house lights went up shortly after, Golden 1 Center filled with choruses of boos and confused looks from fans. Outside the arena, many were visibly upset, especially after plunking down so much money on tickets. “I spent $250,” said a disappointed Christian Krebs of Sacramento. “I might be a fan of his music, but I’m not a fan of his character.”

The Sacramento stop on West’s “Saint Pablo Tour,” which was attended by more than 13,000, was scheduled to start at 9 p.m. and didn’t include an opening act. West didn’t take the stage until nearly 10:30 p.m., a time which the crowd grew restless and in some cases droopy eyes were seen around the arena. But not long after, the whole show came to a sudden, awkward finish and the house lights turned on.

The performance capped a wild few days for West, who was booed by fans at his Nov. 17 show in San Jose after saying that he didn’t vote, but if he did, he would’ve voted for Donald Trump. West also took a couple of digs at Hillary Clinton.

“This Saint Pablo tour is the most relevant (thing) happening,” West boasted. “If your old ass keeps following old models, you’ll be Hillary Clinton.” And not long after, it was all done.

Agitated fans spilled onto the streets surrounding the arena, and L Street filled with chants of, “(Screw) Kanye!” As of early Sunday morning, it was unclear if tickets to the show would be refunded.