What’s Trending? — Sept. 22, 2021

Arts & Entertainment

Jeriann Tripodi, Editor

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

Man arrested after flashing knife outside of Ariana Grande’s home

A 23-year-old man named Aaron Brown showed up to pop singer Ariana Grande’s home around two in the morning and demanded to see her. According to TMZ, when security asked Brown to leave, he refused and pulled out a knife. Brown was arrested and is facing a felony charge. Although it is not known whether Grande was home during the incident, she was granted a temporary restraining order against the crazed fan.


Ben Affleck pushes fan

Actor Ben Affleck and his girlfriend, pop singer and actress Jennifer Lopez, were hounded by paparazzi at the Venice airport when one photographer took things too far. The man approached Lopez and invaded her personal space as he tried to take a selfie with her. However, Affleck quickly put his hand on the man’s chest and pushed him away. Security then took over and held the man against a wall before releasing him.


Wendy Williams has been diagnosed with COVID-19 and show is postponed

Daytime talk show host Wendy Williams has been voluntarily admitted to the hospital for a psychiatric evaluation one day before it has been announced that season 13 of her show, “The Wendy Williams Show,” has been postponed until next month. According to the show’s official statement, Williams has been diagnosed with COVID-19 while she was being evaluated. The talk show is expected to return with new episodes on Oct. 4, in order to give the host time to quarantine and fully recover.


“Shang-Chi” tops the box office amidst recent controversy

Disney and Marvel Studios’ “Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings” rules the box office for the third weekend in a row. However, recent controversy surrounds the action/adventure film’s main star, Simu Liu. Liu’s past comments comparing pedophilia to homosexuality on Reddit have circulated. In addition, in a 2017 interview, Liu referred to his native country, China, as “third world” and gave praise to Canada, which is where he moved to. According to Variety, this may play a role in the prevention of the film from being played in China’s theaters.

Showbiz Cheat Sheet

Number one on the Billboard charts: week of Sept. 18, 2021

According to “The Hot 100” on the charts, the number one song in the U.S. is “Way 2 Sexy” by Drake featuring Future and Young Thug. This is the first week the trap song is on the charts. According to the “Billboard 200,” the number one album in the U.S. is “Certified Lover Boy” by Drake. The hip-hop/rap album is at the top spot during its first week on the charts.


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