What’s Trending? — Feb. 3, 2021

Arts & Entertainment

Jeriann Tripodi, Staff

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Welcome to the wonderful world of entertainment. The following news includes highlights of celebrities, television, movies and music this week.

Halsey announces pregnancy

Congrats, Halsey!

On Jan. 27, pop singer Halsey took to her Instagram to announce her pregnancy. In her post, the 26-year-old showed off her bump in three pictures that appear to be from a recent photoshoot. Along with rainbow and baby emojis, the caption stated, “surprise.” In addition, Halsey tagged her boyfriend, Alev Aydin, who is the father of her child. Aydin commented, “Heart so full, I love you, sweetness.”

Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker are dating

“Keeping Up With the Kardashians” star Kourtney Kardashian and Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker have recently started dating after years of friendship. According to ET, the two have been family friends for a long time, but have grown even closer since becoming neighbors in Calabasas. A source close to Kardashian and Barker claims that the Kardashian family approves of their relationship and enjoys having Barker around.

Pamela Anderson marries for the sixth time

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Anderson married at the same spot as her parents.

Former “Baywatch” actress Pamela Anderson has recently announced that she secretly married her bodyguard, Dan Hayhurst, on Christmas Eve. According to DailyMail TV, after falling in love during the lockdown, the pair wed on her grandparents’ property in a private ceremony with no friends or family present. This is Anderson’s sixth marriage and fifth husband. One year ago, the actress married film producer Jon Peters, in a union which lasted for 12 days.

Cloris Leachman passes away at age 94 (1926-2021)

Rest in Peace, Cloris Leachman.

On Jan. 27, actress Cloris Leachman passed away at the age of 94. Leachman was an Academy and Emmy award-winning actress who was best known for playing the nosy neighbor Phyllis on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.” Younger fans will likely remember the eight-time Emmy award-winner for her role in “Malcolm in the Middle,” in which she played Malcolm’s conniving grandmother. Leachman also competed on “Dancing with the Stars” when she was 82 years old, making her the oldest competitor to ever dance on the show. In addition, Leachman starred in the 1974 comedy film “Young Frankenstein” with La Salle alum, Peter Boyle.

Cicely Tyson passes away at age 96 (1924-2021)

Rest in Peace, Cicely Tyson.

On Jan. 28, pioneering actress Cicely Tyson passed away at the age of 96. The Emmy and Tony award-winner was the first Black actress to land a recurring role in a drama series, according to Fox News. Tyson was best known for starring in the 70s films, “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman” and “Sounder.” However, younger fans will likely remember Tyson from her starring role in “The Help” and from her guest role in “How to Get Away with Murder.”

Dustin Diamond passes away at age 44 (1977-2021)

Rest in peace, Dustin Diamond.

On Feb. 1, actor Dustin Diamond passed away at the age of 44 after a short battle with stage four lung cancer. Diamond, who was best known for playing Screech in the hit 1990s sitcom “Saved By the Bell,” made headlines several weeks ago when it was announced that he had been diagnosed with cancer after being hospitalized due to pain throughout his body. The actor’s “Saved by the Bell” castmates have paid tribute to their friend. One such tribute was from co-star Mario Lopez, who shared an emotional statement on Access Hollywood hours after Diamond’s passing. Lopez referred to Diamond as his “little brother” and how they have remained in contact over the years.

Fans are pleased with season two of “Selena + Chef”

“Selena + Chef” season two trailer

The second season of HBO Max’s “Selena + Chef” has premiered on Jan. 21, and its audience is just as pleased with this season as they were with the first one, according to Seventeen. Starring pop singer and actress Selena Gomez, this unscripted series shows Selena whipping up delicious recipes from her kitchen. Each episode is filmed socially distanced and features a different celebrity chef through video chat. Google users have shared overall high reviews for the season due to Gomez’s bubbly personality, as one user even gave the show an “11/10” recommendation.

Kevin Hart gets roasted by fans over role in “Borderlands”

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Kevin Hart will star alongside Cate Blanchett in the upcoming film.

Actor and comedian Kevin Hart has signed on to star in Lionsgate’s film adaptation of the popular video game, Borderlands. In this film, Hart will play one of the main characters, private military rogue Roland. Since the skilled soldier is rather tall and the Philly native is only 5’4, fans were confused about this casting choice and took their opinions to social media. One viral post stated, “So who’s playing the top half of Roland?” In addition, Hart’s followers asked him if he was sure he really wasn’t playing Claptrap, the small robot companion who follows the main characters around.

Number one on the Billboard charts: week of Feb. 2, 2021

Olivia Rodrigo is on top for the second week straight.

According to “The Hot 100” on the charts, the number one song in the U.S. is “Drivers License” by Olivia Rodrigo. This is the second week the pop song is number one on the charts. According to the “Billboard 200,” the number one album in the U.S. is “Dangerous: The Double Album” by Morgan Wallen. The country album is at the top spot for the third week straight.

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