Analysis: ‘The Surreal Life’ reboot brings collectively one other wild group of superstar roommates

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Positive, I might load this week’s e-newsletter up with Halloween content material, however go away it to me to be a contrarian.

No judgment if Halloween is your factor, however I don’t wish to be scared so I don’t indulge.

Which means whereas my neighbors are handing out sweet this 12 months, I’ll be curled up having fun with among the content material beneath. I imply, there’ll nonetheless be treats, however I’m not sharing.

‘The Surreal Life’

I ought to most likely begin by mentioning that Dennis Rodman likes to stroll round the home wherein he filmed the brand new season of “The Surreal Life” bare. Do I’ve your consideration?

That’s proper, VH1 has revived the truth TV sequence – 16 years after it final aired – the place a bunch of stars dwell collectively and compete in challenges “to determine which one of them is their most authentic self.”

Along with Rodman, this season’s forged options Frankie Muniz, Tamar Braxton, Kim Coles, Stormy Daniels, August Alsina, Manny MUA and CJ Perry.

Episodes are at the moment streaming on

‘The White Lotus’ Season 2

(From left) Will Sharpe, Aubrey Plaza, Meghann Fahy and Theo James in a scene from season 2 of

Welcome again to The White Lotus.

This time the pink carpet is being rolled out for visitors at a luxurious resort owned by the fictional lodge chain in Sicily – however don’t fear, the change in location doesn’t means there will likely be any much less satire, drama or the delight that’s Jennifer Coolidge’s character.

If you happen to haven’t watched the primary season, you must verify in and test it out to completely grasp why the present so rapidly turned a part of the popular culture zeitgeist. And to not give an excessive amount of away, however there’s a cool scene in season two which addresses binge-watch tradition.

“The White Lotus” season 2 premieres Sunday on HBO and HBO Max, each of that are owned by CNN’s father or mother firm, Warner Bros. Discovery.

‘Drink Masters’

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Bottoms up!

If liquor and libations are your factor, this present has acquired you lined. And in the event that they’re not, nicely you would nonetheless study one thing.

Consider it as the right pairing to the numerous culinary competitors reveals on the market, as “twelve of the world’s most innovative mixologists infuse, stir and blend their way through a series of high-stakes cocktail challenges to win a life-changing prize and the title of Ultimate Drink Master.”

Simply keep in mind to look at responsibly as “Drink Masters” is streaming now.

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Arctic Monkeys are scaling up, and planning to play their first full stadium tour within the UK subsequent 12 months.

In keeping with the band’s singer and guitarist Alex Turner, the music from new album “The Car” warrants it.

“It wouldn’t have made sense for us to play stadiums before this album and I don’t think we were mentally ready for it up until now,” he advised NME. “I don’t want to get ahead of myself and say that some of our songs ‘belong’ in a stadium, but they could definitely hang out in a stadium.”

Evaluations have been strong, and show that “The Car” – which is out now – is an instance of the band’s drive to strive new issues, together with taking pictures a live performance movie at Kings Theatre in Brooklyn throughout their headlining efficiency there final month.

Carly Rae Jepsen performs during the Austin City Limits music festival at Zilker Park on October 07 in Austin, Texas.

Consider it or not, it’s been a decade since Carly Rae Jepsen hit the massive time together with her single “Call Me Maybe.”

And there’s no possibly about it, within the years since she has undoubtedly established herself as a pop music mainstay. She just lately launched her sixth album, “The Loneliest Time,”and talked to Folks about how the lack of her grandmother in the course of the Covid-19 pandemic factored into the report’s improvement.

“That was my first experience, really, of love lost to that degree,” she mentioned. “When I have an emotion so extreme that I don’t know what to do with it, part of my therapy has always been to try and process it through songwriting.”

(From left) Demetrius Flenory Jr. and Jalen Rose in a scene from the second season of

50 Cent is proving to be fairly savvy with regards to tv manufacturing.

In a partnership with the cable community Starz, he’s behind the scripted sequence “BMF,” which tells the story of brothers Demetrius (“Big Meech”) and Terry (“Southwest T”) Flenory, who within the Nineteen Eighties based a drug empire referred to as the Black Mafia Household.

Forward of the present’s second season, the rapper has additionally introduced us “The BMF Documentary: Blowing Money Fast.” The eight-part sequence is billed as providing “exclusive access inside all the epic family feuds, high stakes drug deals, suspicious murders, and champagne drenched parties attended by hip-hop royalty.”

Once I interviewed 50 Cent final 12 months about “BMF” he advised me he had “the cheat code” when it got here to city content material – that definitely appears to be true.

Leslie Jordan attends the White House Correspondents Association gala at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, DC, on April 30.

The world misplaced its finest “guncle” (that’s homosexual uncle) this week with the dying of actor Leslie Jordan.

Many individuals have credited his sequence of social media movies with serving to them endure lockdowns and life disruptions in the course of the peak of the pandemic, however he introduced muxch pleasure via his work even earlier than then, whether or not in “Will and Grace,” “American Horror Story” or any variety of different roles.

Along with his impeccable comedic timing, Southern pleasure and refusal to be anybody apart from who he was made, Jordan was one of the best sort of star – one who absolutely embraced being on the stage we name life.