I’ve long been a fan of NBC’s Songland, as the hit songwriter series provides an opportunity to nurture up-and-coming songwriters, pairing them up with three industry titans for an in-studio upgrade to their existing song. Greg Scott is one such winner, and he graciously took me behind-the-scenes of the hit competition, which scored him a track with Bebe Rexha, which will be featured at the 2021 Olympics.
He shared his win with fellow contestant Anna Graceman (Rexha combined their tracks). Tune in to hear about his story and his experience on the show. We also talk pop-culture — covering Connie Chung’s game of whac-a-mole with Barbara Walters and Diane Sawyer, Chuck Wicks dragging Julianne Hough, Tom Cruise’s on-set rant, George Clooney and Amal’s love story, and more.
Tom Cruise lost his top — and it’s one of the best pieces of audio I’ve ever heard. First obtained by The Sun, Cruise can be heard for a solid three minutes tearing into two of his crew members who are accused of breaking the Covid-19 six-feet-apart rules. Since Mission Impossible VII has already been shut down due to the Coronavirus, Cruise clearly had enough.
Many have compared the Cruise rant to the “good-for-you” Christian Bale meltdown, which I’d argue is distinguishable. For starters, Cruise’s anger represents a nation of virus-fatigued rule followers who are forced to isolate at the hands of selfish dolts who refuse to put a piece of cloth over their face for the benefit of the human race. Bale —on the other hand — was bothered by a disruption to his acting process.
Does a true leader behave this way? Sure. Cruise can be both a leader and a Hollywood A-lister whose multi-million dollar film, and the jobs that come with it, are riding on his shoulders. Kudos to you, Cruise.
Sarah Silverman visited Howard Stern for an in-depth interview, and she drew attention to one of my long-standing issues with Hollywood. In the clip below, Silverman points out that Jews either play sidekicks or annoying girlfriends. But when the role is self-realized and courageous, they are played by non-Jews. Her examples include Felicity Jones playing Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Rachel Brosnahan as The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, the latter of which I’ve long complained is an inaccurate, borderline offensive portrayal of Jewish culture. She also cites Jojo Rabbit saying, “The Jew in the wall isn’t even Jewish.” And don’t get her started on Woody Allen. Watch below.
Eddie Vedder visited Howard Stern for one of the best interviews in Howard history, and one particular performance caught my attention. Watch below as the Pearl Jam frontman covers Warren Zevon’s song, “Keep Me in Your Heart for You While.” Vedder originally performed the tune at the request of David Letterman and Stern asked him to perform his rendition from the comfort of his studio. The result is magical.
I’ve been tough on Derek Hough. I consider him to be one of the best dancers of his generation, and I felt he’s degraded his brand with wasted judging stints that take time that would be better served choreographing a Broadway show. It was fine when he was a dancer on Dancing With The Stars because at the very least — we got to see him perform.
When Hough launched his YouTube channel with his longtime girlfriend Hayley Erbert, you can predict my displeasure. It felt silly, not to mention I did not understand the romantic connection. As it turns out, there is quite the connection. Erbert has been one of the troupe dancers on Dancing with the Stars since season 21, and she was also a top-six finalist on season 10 of So You Think You Can Dance. When that you took the stage on Dancing With The Stars, it all became clear. They are both phenomenal dancers — and together they are a force.
McConaughey had some fun with it but admitted he didn’t notice the hot tension. He was also asked about Shia LaBeouf’s very funny, in-character hot boxing of his car to emulate Spicoli, and he admitted something interesting. While Shia’s performance was quite enjoyable for all of us, the end result was edited down and Shia might have been more annoyingly in character than we originally suspected (I’d like to see the uncut version).
It is difficult to articulate how Matthew McConaughey can live in a different world and be so down-to-earth at the same time, but he definitely achieves it.
I could not quite put my finger on my issue with Drew Barrymore’s new daytime show — but luckily SNL did it for me. Her sugary sweet approach is much like a Pepsi versus Coca-Cola taste test. Pepsi wins in a one-sip competition, but no one wants to drink the whole can. In the video below, you will see the very brilliant Chloe Fineman deliver one the best impressions I’ve ever seen.
Fans of The Hills have long wondered why Whitney Port and Lauren Conrad lost touch and as it turns out — Whitney wondered it too. The former costars reunited for Whitney’s podcast, WITH WHIT, and Whitney dove right in.
The Real Housewives franchise is cleaning house, and many of the toxic OGs are getting the axe. The latest casualty might not be an OG, but she certainly deserved the heave ho. Teddi Mellencamp joined The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills as a fresh, down-to-earth alternative to the series’ highfalutin energy. As the daughter of John Mellencamp she brought the cool factor but as time went on, she spent more time trying to emulate the other ladies, thereby resulting in awkward outfits, forced storylines, and fake outrage. But that’s not what cost her the diamond.