One of TV news’s breakout stars of the 2016 presidential election season is getting his own prime-time cable news show.
Van Jones, who serves as a political commentator for CNN and has hosted several town halls for the network this year, will have his own, twice-a-month show for the network. The Van Jones Show will debut in January 2018.
While this is certainly not Jones’ first stab at a CNN show—he joined a now-failed reboot of Crossfire in 2013—The Van Jones Show will be his first attempt at hosting his own live cable news program with an in-studio audience.
The Van Jones Show will focus, CNN says, on “the forces that elected Donald Trump, the anti-Trump ‘resistance’ movement and the future of both major parties.”
Jones will also host a new original documentary series that will examine on instances of “reconciliation, hope and redemption within the criminal justice system.” Citizen Jones, a production company, will collaborate with CNN on that program.
What do a late night talk show host, a top Hollywood actress, a basketball superstar and a social justice craving quarterback have in common? They will all grace the cover of GQ magazine's December 2017 issue as the Men (and Woman) of the Year.
Colin Kaepernick is GQ's Citizen of the Year.
While Kap maintains his silent protest, he collaborated with GQ on a special project: a wide-ranging series of interviews with ten of his closest confidants and supporters—including rapper J. Cole, filmmaker Ava DuVernay, legendary artist Harry Belafonte, and more. Together they explore Colin Kaepernick's actions, provide insight into his world right now, and explain why there's more work to be done.
Stephen Colbert is GQ’s Bad Hombre of the Year.
Our nation’s “ombudsman of late night” dug deep with us on the notably terrible 2017 we’ve had, the potential ripple effect of Donald Trump’s presidency, his role as an interviewer, and what makes a bad guest (looking at you, Mr. President).
Gal Gadot is GQ's Wonder Woman of the Year.
GQ sent Caity Weaver to the beaches of Israel to visit the superhero incarnate, who spoke about being recognized, egg sandwiches, accents, and putting her Israeli armed forces defense training to work.
Kevin Durant is GQ's Champion of the Year.
Writer Zach Baron went all the way to Delhi, India, to hang with the NBA MVP. Durant sums up the Golden State Warriors’ winning season and touches on that game-winning shot, LeBron James, Jay-Z’s 4:44, those tweets, and getting heckled by Rihanna.
Another big name has joined the list of Hollywood A-listers accused of sexual misconduct. Comedian Louis C.K. has now been accused by five different women of inappropriate sexual conduct. All five charges are related to him requesting them to be an audience while he pleasured himself.
Comedians Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov are among the women who detail what they describe as a disturbing encounters with C.K. Goodman and Wolov said they were shocked when he invited them to his hotel room during the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colo., in 2002 and allegedly stripped naked and began to masturbate.
While these allegations may be new to the general public, it has been an issue that has been floating around Hollywood for quite a while.
Once in 2015, comedian Jen Kirkman described a male comic that many believed to be C.K. during an episode of her podcast. In the podcast, which was deleted shortly after it was posted, Kirkman spoke of “another guy who is a very famous comic. He is probably at Cosby level at this point. He is lauded as a genius. He is basically a French filmmaker at this point. You know, new material every year. He’s a known perv. And there’s a lock down on talking about him. His guy friends are standing by him, and you cannot say a bad thing about him. And I’ve been told by people ‘Well then say it then. Say it if it’s true.’ If I say it, my career is over. My manager and my agent have told me that.”
Even top comedians such as Roseanne Barr have spoken about it. In 2016, Barr stated in a Daily Beast interview that she had heard from multiple women that C.K. had engaged in behavior like that described earlier. “It’s Louis C.K., locking the door and masturbating in front of women comics and writers,” she said. “I can’t tell you—I’ve heard so many stories. Not just him, but a lot of them. And it’s just par for the course. It’s just s–t women have to put up with.”
Neither Louis C.K. nor his representatives have commented on these allegation. For now he joins an ever growing list of accused sexual predictors. He is joined by the recently accused Harvey Weinstein, Dustin Hoffman, Kevin Spacey, Charlie Sheen, and Brett Ratner, to name a few.
This weekend, Comedian Tiffany Haddish will host Saturday Night Live. She will become the first black female comedian to host the late night sketch comedy show in it's 41 year history.
While Haddish will take over all hosting duties, Taylor Swift has reportedly been booked as the performer for the night. In celebration of the huge triumph, Haddish posted a photo on Instagram. “This Saturday, 11/11 on #SNL!! Can you believe I will be the very #first black female comedian host?!? #SheReady,” she announced.
Haddish rose to nationwide acclaim for her performance in the high-grossing and record-breaking comedy film, Girls Trip. The 37-year-old was able to stand out among top acts, including Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett Smith.
Following Haddish’s appearance, Chance the Rapper and Eminem are also set to host and perform, respectively. You can check out Haddish on SNL this Saturday at 11:30pm EST/10:30pm CST.
Yesterday (November 1), Disney kicked off the month right when they released the names of the cast of the upcoming Lion King CG-animated reboot. The cast features several huge names including James Earl Jones as Mufasa (quite naturally), Donald Glover as Simba, Alfie Woodard as Sarabi. But the biggest news of all was that the Queen B, Beyoncé will be in the role of Nala, the true hero of the story in my eyes.
In March, Variety reported that Beyoncé was Disney’s top choice and they were willing to accommodate her busy schedule. At the time, she was pregnant with twins.
While the big news is all about Beyoncé, Glover, Jones and Woodard, the rest of the cast is star studded as well. The cast includes Seth Rogen (Pumbaa), Eric Andre (Azizi), John Oliver (Zazu), John Kani (Rafiki), Keagan Michael Key (Kamari), Florence Kasumba (Shenzi), JD McCrary (Young Simba), Shahadi Wright Joseph (Young Nala) and Billy Eichner (Timon).
Jon Favreau (Iron Man, The Jungle Book) will direct, while Jeff Nathanson (Catch Me If You Can, Rush Hour 2) is writing.
The Lion King is set to hit theaters in summer 2019.