What’s Trending — Oct. 27, 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.

Alec Baldwin fatally shoots a cinematographer in tragic accident

            Actor Alec Baldwin was on set filming his upcoming western film, “Rust,” when he was handed a prop gun from the assistant director, Dave Halls, who assured him that the gun was “cold” and safe to use. However, when Baldwin shot the gun, it was loaded, and cinematographer, Halyna Hutchins, 42, was fatally struck in the chest. The director of the film, Joel Souza, who was standing behind Hutchins, sustained minor injuries. According to the New York Post, Baldwin is devastated over the incident and has been heard saying, “In all my years, I’ve never been handed a hot gun.” Hutchins leaves behind a husband and a 9-year-old son.

The Times

Kanye West officially changes name to “Ye”

            A judge has granted rapper Kanye West’s request to legally change his name to “Ye.” The 44-year-old rapper, whose birth name is Kanye Omari West, will not have a middle or last name. According to BBC, the “Gold Digger” rapper filed for the name change in August and cited “personal reasons” in the paperwork. The former husband of socialite Kim Kardashian has gone by “Ye” as a nickname for years, and it was also the title of his 2018 album.

ABC7 Chicago

A new season of “The Bachelorette” premieres

            On Oct. 19, the eighteenth season of “The Bachelorette” premiered on ABC at 8 p.m. Airing on Tuesday nights, this season follows Minnesota school teacher and basketball star Michelle Young as she searches for her husband among 30 eligible suitors. Young first emerged in “The Bachelor” franchise as a contestant on Matt James’ season of “The Bachelor,” where she was the runner-up. Drama was in full-swing during the season premiere, as Young was quick to eliminate a man who she suspected was there for the wrong reasons. Former Bachelorettes Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe returned as co-hosts.

Us Weekly

“Hocus Pocus 2” is pushing for a Halloween 2022 release

            Production for the long-awaited sequel to the 1993 hit Disney Halloween film “Hocus Pocus” has started in Rhode Island. According to The Hollywood Reporter, actor Sam Richardson will be joining the Sanderson Sisters. Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy will be reprising their roles as the resurrected witch sisters. Although Disney has yet to release in-depth information about the sequel, IMDb states that the plot will follow three young women who unintentionally resurrect the Sanderson Sisters, and must act quickly to stop these “child-hungry” witches before they take over the world. “Hocus Pocus 2” will be released to Disney+ in Fall 2022. 

The Teal Mango

Number one on the Billboard charts: week of Oct. 30, 2021

According to “The Hot 100” on the charts, the number one song in the U.S. is “Easy On Me” by Adele. Moving up from the sixty-eighth spot, this is the second week the pop song is on the charts. According to the “Billboard 200,” the number one album in the U.S. is “Punk” by Young Thug. The hip-hop/rap album is at the top spot during its first week on the charts.

Los Angeles Times

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