Take That Debuts Catchy New Track ‘These Days’

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And then there were three. Take That is the latest boy band to reunite in hopes of capturing their former glory days. They return however without both Robbie Williams and Jason Orange in the mix. The now trio boy band just premiered the lead single off their forthcoming studio album, aptly titled III.

These Days” is a disco-tinged pop song with a killer hook. Fans of their old music will totally fall for this new offering. This has potential to do really well in the UK. I bet Orange will regret leaving the band. It’s that good. It’s also nice to see Gary Barlow making good use of his free time now that he’s no longer a judge on The X Factor. Give the pop gem a listen below.

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Good news for all you fans of TGIT- ABC’s Thank God It’s Thursday line-up. Shonda Rimes’ latest watercooler show How To Get Away With Murder has received a full season pick-up. Normally that would be 22 episodes, but since it’s billed as a limited series, it’s only going from 13 to 15 episodes. The Viola Davis drama is the highest-rated new series this Fall, averaging a 3.6 rating in the coveted 18-49 demo and delivering more than 14 million viewers in its opening night.

The alphabet network also gave out good news to new comedy black-ish. The rookie sitcom gets an additional nine episodes, upping it to 22. The Anthony Anderson series debuted strongly thanks to its lead-in Modern Family. It debuted to 10.8 million and a 3.3 rating.

Are you happy about both these shows getting more episodes. Personally, I’m enjoying both but really obsessed with HTGAWM. Viola is sensational and I’m loving gay law student Connor (Jack Falahee). How sexy is he?

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Cheryl Cole who simply goes by Cheryl these days drops her fourth studio album titled Only Human on November 10. The 31-year-old is in hardcore promotional mode in hopes of scoring solid first week sales. More power to ya gurrrrrl!!!

In the past week, she’s released the music video for the breezy upbeat “I Don’t Care” and the electro ballad title track “Only Human.” Now comes an out of left field cover of TLC’s empowering “Unpretty” mashed with Beyonce’s “Pretty Hurts.”

The result is neither here nor there for me. I like Cheryl, but don’t think the vocals are on point with her acoustic rendition. Watch it below and see if you agree with my thoughts. I’ve also added Cheryl’s recently released new tracks off Only Human as well. Enjoy.

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Sometimes things happen for a reason. Originally Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone were attached to this project but dropped out. Kristen Stewart and Ben Affleck were then set to star in the caper comedy but that fell through as well. Enter Will Smith and The Wolf of Wall Street’s Margot Robbie. After watching the first trailer for Focus, I can’t imagine any of the previously aforementioned actors but Will and Margot in the film. They have undeniable chemistry.

Smith plays a grifter named Nicky Spurgeon who shows upcoming con artist Jess Barrett (Robbie) the tricks of the trade. Things get a tad complicated when Smith eventually romantically falls for Robbie. It sorta reminds me of Hitch but Robbie playing a much prettier version of Kevin James. And of course all the sexual tension ;)

Gerald McRaney, BD Wong and Rodrigo Santoro round out the cast. Focus hits theaters on February 27, 2015. Check out the first trailer below.

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According to several media outlets including Billboard, the answer is ‘yes.’ Katy Perry reportedly beat out Coldplay and Rihanna to score the coveted gig taking place on Sunday, February 1 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

A few weeks ago, rumors surfaced the league was asking performers to pay to play at the prestigious event. When asked recently about this she replied, “I’m not the kind of girl who would pay to play the Super Bowl.”

Good for her. Personally, I think it’s extremely shady for the NFL to ask musicians to pay to perform and also snag some of their post-Super Bowl tour income. Doesn’t the league earn enough money. I really hope Perry stood her ground and didn’t offer up a penny to the league. This would create an awful precedent.

What do you think of Perry holding down the fort at the 2015 Super Bowl? How do you think it’ll stack up to recent shows by Bruno Mars, Beyonce and Madonna. Do you think the NFL crossed the line by asking performers to pay? Weigh in below.

SNL Alum Jan Hooks Dead At 57

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Saturday Night Live alum Jan Hooks is dead at the age of 57. No official cause of her death has been revealed, but TMZ reports that she had been battling a “serious illness.”

Hooks starred on the long-running sketch comedy show from 1986 to 1991, working alongside Dana Carvey and Phil Harman during one of the show’s glory periods. Her most memorable skits included celebrity impersonations of Kathie Lee Gifford, Hillary Clinton, Tammy Faye Baker and Sinead O’Connor. But it was the combo duo of Nora Dunn and herself as the hilarious Sweeney Sisters that is most beloved.

After her stint on SNL, Jan appeared on Designing Women, 3rd Rock From The Sun and 30 Rock. Her big screen credits include Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure and Coneheads. Our condolences go out to her family and friends. Check out some of her memorable moments on SNL below.

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The Maze Runner trilogy won’t be following in the footsteps of similar franchises like The Hunger Games, Divergent and Twilight. Thank God finally someone had the balls to buck this annoying trend of splitting the final chapter into two films. We all know splitting them is not about storytelling but rather about milking theater goers.

“I think three is the number; beginning, middle, end, that’s it. Four? I think there’s something off about four. For me, if I have any say in it, there’s three movies basically,” director Wes Ball tells Digital Spy. “We’re not going to [split a book in two], no way. I think three movies is the right number, Star Wars!”

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Sayonara Robyn!!! You’ve been replaced by Jamie McDermott. Scandinavian duo Royksopp has tapped The Irrepressibles frontman for their new track, “You Know I Have To Go.” The mesmerizingly mournful tune is just one of several collaborations featuring McDermott on their forthcoming album, The Inevitable End.

“The attraction and the doubt; the dilemma as whether to succumb to one’s feelings or not. The sheer length of the track is meant to illustrate the prolonging internal struggle between reason and lust,” Royksopp explains of their new song. Give the borderline depressing song a listen below. I quite like it, but I’m a sucker for sad songs when I’m in a melancholy mood. Who doesn’t?

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