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Christina Aguilera Gives Diva Lessons to Melissa McCarthy and James Corden in Carpool Karaoke: WATCH

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Christina Aguilera joined James Corden for a new episode of Carpool Karaoke and tries to educate James on her signature growl in “Fighter” (“That’s an angsty thing, you’ve got to get your fighter on”), her time in Mickey Mouse Club with Ryan Gosling (“I think there were crushes but I wasn’t on the train”) and Justin Timberlake (“he had swag”).

Said Aguilera: “Um, I think, well there was like a—me and Britney were, you know, like… well, you know, there was like a thing back then,” she said. “Oh my god, you’re going in! It was a good time… I know Ryan actually, pretty much, he did have actually have a crush on Britney. I mean, I think so! I think so. I don’t know…”

They’re then joined by Melissa McCarthy who popped up from out of nowhere to contribute Redman’s rap on “Dirrty” before Xtina pulled a few bedazzled microphones out of the glove compartment as some props for diva lessons.

Soon it was on to “Genie in a Bottle” and “Beautiful”

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In ‘Transfers,’ a Shot at Privilege Means Reckoning with Stacked Odds: REVIEW

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What do you call a second chance when you never had a first?

For two young men at the heart of Transfers, Lucy Thurber’s resonant and thought-provoking new play that opened off-Broadway at the Lucille Lortel Theatre last night, a special scholarship to a prestigious liberal arts college comes to feel like the only shot they have left. In a finely calibrated production directed by Jackson Gay for MCC, Thurber’s play sheds welcome light on the roots of systemic inequality through the lens of distinctly individual human dramas.

It’s a snowy evening at a small New England motel, where David (Glenn Davis) is prepping two candidates for morning interviews with the scholarship committee at a nearby elite school. David works for Democracy Now, a private foundation where his gig is recruiting students from underprivileged backgrounds gain the sort of access that’s otherwise beyond their reach.

Clarence (Ato Blankson-Wood) and Christofer (Juan Castano) go to the same community college. They grew up across the street from each other in the Bronx, where their acquaintance was tenuous; Christofer is a mouthy star wrestler, raised by his grandmother, Clarence, more bookish and buttoned-up, went to live with his aunt in Brooklyn after falling in with the wrong crowd — and coming out as gay in a neighborhood where being queer is anathema.

Of the two, Clarence is the very image of a model minority, while the freewheeling Christofer, who feels obliged to tell David that Clarence is “super into sucking dick and shit, like for real” — since the three of them are sharing one room and all — often masks his best intentions behind a disregard for respectability politics.

After a revealing and emotional night in their company, we see each of their interviews the following morning and ultimately listen in on the committee’s decision within the play’s 100 minutes. Gay’s staging unfolds seamlessly on Donyale Werle’s versatile set, which transforms into a handful of different rooms with slight, swift alterations.

Schematically, Thurber’s nimbly assembled play echoes the application process, while allowing us personal insight into the people who make up the system — from advocates and deciders to the students whose lives might be forever changed by a single opportunity doled out of the course of an afternoon. In dramatizing what may otherwise seem to come down to test scores, report cards, and quotas on the page, Thurber shows how slippery first impressions — and assumptions based on appearance — can be.

This is particularly true of the play’s standout scene and emotional high point, Christofer’s sit-down with Rose (the school’s rugby coach played by Samantha Soule), which starts out terribly (“You’re kinda acting like a jerk,” she tells him point blank). As the interview lurches forward, they’re revealed to be more alike than anyone might have guessed — in a scene that feels disarmingly frank rather than pat like an after-school special.

When Geoffrey (Leon Addison Brown), the literature professor who interviews Clarence, asks what set him in motion, Clarence confesses that he’s gay. “That’s not — my eyes or my mouth or my mind — but it is the thing, the thing that set me in motion. Where I come from… it’s not something, well, it’s just not. It’s not. And I am,” he says. Clarence’s conviction, as a result of coming out and accepting himself, that “no matter what — there is always beauty” may be the best education of all.

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Drag Queen Ada Vox Slays ‘American Idol’ with Queen’s ‘The Show Must Go On’ – WATCH

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On American Idol, drag queen Ada Vox is proving week after week that she has what it takes, this week delivering a powerhouse performance of Queen’s “The Show Must Go On”.

LAST WEEK: Drag Queen Ada Vox Stuns ‘American Idol’ with Soaring Version of ‘Defying Gravity’ – WATCH

Said Lionel Richie: “you came here tonight to stop the show…Each time you come, you take us to another level. You are on fire my dear.”

“Not only did you stop the show, you started the show, queen,” sassed Katy Perry. “I was waiting for someone to show up.”

Added Luke Bryan: “The biggest voice I ever heard. Right there.”

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Flight Records Show Trump Lied to Comey About Overnighting in Moscow on the Alleged ‘Pee Tapes’ Weekend

Flight records unearthed by Bloomberg show a timeline that contradicts what Trump told fired former FBI Director James Comey about staying overnight in Moscow on the weekend, according to the infamous Steele dossier, he allegedly watched sex workers pee on each other at the Moscow Ritz.

Trump had told Comey that he didn’t even spend a night in Moscow. That statement has already been contradicted by his bodyguard Keith schiller.

Reports Bloomberg:

Now, flight records obtained by Bloomberg provide to-the-minute details, from wheels down to departure. Combined with existing accounts and Trump’s own social-media posts, they capture a mere 45 hours and 43 minutes that, nearly five years later, loom large in the controversy engulfing the White House and at the heart of the Comey memos, which the Justice Department turned over last week to Congress.

Neither the White House nor Trump Organization immediately responded to requests for comment.

According to Comey’s accounts of his 2017 meetings with the president, Trump said the Moscow trip was so quick that his head never hit a pillow — even for one night.

The new records show that the plane Trump flew on arrived at 6:15 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 8 and took off from Vnukovo airport at 3:58 a.m on Sunday morning.

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Sean Hannity Responds to News of His Shadily Built Real Estate Empire: I’m Helping Needy Communities

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FOX News host Sean Hannity today responded to news about his $90m real estate empire, one facilitated by HUD loans overseen by Ben Carson which allowed his shell companies to purchase foreclosed properties.

Hannity released a statement on his website:

It is ironic that I am being attacked for investing my personal money in communities that badly need such investment and in which, I am sure, those attacking me have not invested their money. The fact is, these are investments that I do not individually select, control, or know the details about; except that obviously I believe in putting my money to work in communities that otherwise struggle to receive such support.

I have never discussed with anybody at HUD the original loans that were obtained in the Obama years, nor the subsequent refinance of such loans, as they are a private matter. I had no role in, or responsibility for, any HUD involvement in any of these investments. I can say that every rigorous process and strict standard of improvement requirements were followed; all were met, fulfilled and inspected.

The LLC’s are REAL companies that spend real investment money on real properties.

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Kevin Smith, Prince, Air India, Mitt Romney, Tom Daley, Emmanuel Macron, Bush Funeral Photo: HOT LINKS

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ICONIC. Barbara Bush funeral photo features four presidents, four first ladies, and everyone’s happy because…

HATE CRIME CONVICTION. UK man fined £800 for filming pug giving Nazi salute. ‘Mark Meechan, 30, recorded his partner’s pug responding to statements such as “gas the Jews” and “sieg heil” by raising its paw before posting the footage on YouTube in April 2016. He was found guilty of posting material that was “grossly offensive” and “antisemitic and racist in nature” in breach of the Communications Act, in an offence aggravated by religious prejudice, following a trial at Airdrie sheriff court.’

HE’S HERE! The newest royal baby.

NYC. Man wearing MAGA hat shoves Hispanic man onto subway tracks.

JOHN BOLTON. National Security Adviser chaired nonprofit that promoted false and misleading anti-Muslim news amplified by Russian troll factory. “The group’s authors also appeared on Russian media, including Sputnik and RT News, criticizing mainstream European leaders like French President Emmanuel Macron.”

DICK LEITSCH. Pioneering gay activist talks to The New Yorker: “Because I’m dying, everybody thinks I’m interesting,” he said the other day, in his Upper West Side apartment. “Had I known how much fun this would be, I’d have done it a lot sooner.”

ANDREA BARONE. A gay referee tries to find his place in hockey.

COLORADO. Lawmakers introduce bill to punish striking teachers with prison time.

Mitt RomneyUTAH. Mitt Romney forced into primary: “After 11 hours of political elbowing and shoving at the Utah Republican Convention — held appropriately at a hockey arena — delegates forced Mitt Romney into a primary election against state Rep. Mike Kennedy in the U.S. Senate race. In fact, Kennedy — a doctor and lawyer — finished in first place at the convention with 51 percent of the vote to Romney’s 49 percent. The former GOP presidential nominee fell far short of the 60 percent needed to clinch the nomination outright.”

“PERFECT STORM” Crystal meth, gay men, and sex….

OH BABY. Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black had a baby shower in London

MACRON. French President arrives for state visit: ‘The three-day visit is likely to feature more displays of public affection between two leaders who talk on the phone constantly and closely coordinated recent airstrikes against Syria. Despite the U.S president’s enormous unpopularity in his country, Macron virtually never criticizes Trump in in public and calls him a “friend.” Trump in turn reportedly even scribbled a love note to the 40-year-old French president last July.

KEVIN SMITH. The filmmaker is speaking out for the first time since his heart attack. He has since lost 32 pounds.

TERRIFYING REPAIR JOB OF THE DAY. A window broke during heavy turbulence on an Air India flight.

BETTER MOUSETRAP OF THE DAY. Peanut oil.

ORIGINAL RECORDING OF THE DAY. Prince “Nothing Compares 2U”. “The following is previously unseen rehearsal footage of Prince & The Revolution from the summer of 1984.”

MONDAY MEN. Julian Horne, Deon, Dan Osahon.

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Anatomy of a Song: How the Zedd – Maren Morris Pop Earworm ‘The Middle’ Got Made – WATCH

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It’s hard to avoid “The Middle”, Zedd’s pop smash featuring country star Maren Morris.

The New York Times took a deep dive into how the song got made, from its germ as a demo from a young Australian songwriter to its chart-topping status.

But while “The Middle” and other would-be major hits of its ilk may strike some purists (or snobs) as cynical — compositions by committee, designed for mass appeal and maximum pleasure — they are also meticulously constructed, deeply collaborative and often inventive, squeezing multiple moods and genres into a three-minute package that can somehow feel universal.

A fascinating look at how songs get made, and the first in a series.

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