Kendrick Lamar Makes a Triumphant Return to ‘SNL’

Kendrick Lamar made his debut on Saturday Night Live nearly two years ago, basking in the acclaim of his first album, Good Kid, m.A.A.d City. With his follow-up in the works and expected to arrive sometime soon, the 27-year-old Compton rapper made a triumphant return to the show last night, in an episode hosted by Woody Harrelson.

For his first set, Lamar brought out a full live band and a chorus of backup singers for the as-yet-unnamed new album's first single, the Isley brothers-sampling "i." Wearing creepy black contacts and punctuating the beat with frenetic, jerking choreography, Lamar dedicated the song to his homies in the pen.

In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Lamar gave some insight into what listeners can expect from the forthcoming new album, promising "aggression and emotion." "If I can say anything about this record," he said, "it's that it will connect again." He also noted at the time that he hadn't yet called in any guest MCs for tracks. "I have so much to say!" he says, laughing. "It's somewhat selfish of me." But he was happy to share the stage last night. 

Canadian singer-songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk ushered in the second act, singing the intro at a piano before Jay Rock emerged from the shadows to deliver the first verse of "Pay for It." It was nearly two minutes into the song before Lamar himself took the stage with his searing verse before graciously ceding the spotlight once again.

Lamar's performances weren't the only musical numbers to grace last night's episode. In addition to the "Tarts and Old Farts" duets album ad (which featured a cameo by Lamar, paired with a disgruntled Barry Manilow) and the "Campfire Song," Harrelson's opening monologue featured his own take on Taylor Swift's new album as the host paid tribute to the year of his first time on the show.

"With all due respect to Miss Swift, I think I know a little bit more about 1989 than she does – even if the memories are a little bit fuzzy. Because of the drugs," Harrelson said as he launched into a hazy acoustic tour of the year ("thought I met Margaret Thatcher, but it was Saddam Hussein"), before his Hunger Games co-stars arrived to give him a little help.

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Kendrick Lamar Busts Out His Dance Moves During ‘SNL’ Performance Of ‘i’

Making his second appearance on "Saturday Night Live" this weekend, Kendrick Lamar delivered an energetic rendition of his most recent single, "i." Wearing all-black contact lenses that made the MC look possessed, Lamar nailed every bar, showing off some of the groovy moves he debuted in the song's music video, ending the song with some spoken word. For his second track, Lamar brought out his fellow TDE labelmate, Jay Rock, to perform their collaborative release, "Pay For It," off of Jay Rock's as of yet untitled upcoming album. You can watch Lamar perform "i" below.

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Bill Cosby’s ‘Late Show With David Letterman’ Appearance Canceled

According to Newsday, Bill Cosby's Nov. 19 appearance on "The Late Show With David Letterman" has been canceled. No reason was given for the schedule change, but Regis Philbin will replace Cosby on the broadcast.

A representative for CBS declined to comment when contacted by The Huffington Post (the network does not publicly discuss its booking process). Cosby's representatives did not return repeated requests for comment; this post will be updated if and when a response is received.

This marks Cosby's second canceled booking in the last two weeks, as he dropped out of "The Queen Latifah Show" on Oct. 30. That move came a week after stand-up comedian Hannibal Buress called Cosby "a rapist" on stage in a bit that soon went viral. A spokesperson for "The Queen Latifah Show" told The Hollywood Reporter, "Mr. Cosby’s scheduled appearance on The Queen Latifah Show was postponed at his request and was in no way related to any of our recent or upcoming scheduled guests."

This week, the Internet turned its attention back to Cosby after his team posted a meme generator on his website. The widget was taken down after users uploaded messages that highlighted allegations of rape and sexual abuse brought against the comedian over the last decade.

In addition, Barbara Bowman, one of the women who has alleged Cosby sexually assaulted her, wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post on Thursday recounting encounters with the now 77-year-old comic. She told HuffPost Live in a separate interview that her experiences with Cosby were "sexual encounters that were not consensual on any level."

Cosby was never criminally charged in Bowman's case or any other. In 2006, he settled a civil suit with one of the women.
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AC/DC Members Say Phil Rudd’s Place On Next Tour Is A ‘Question Mark’

AC/DC had been having issues with drummer Phil Rudd for months prior to his run in with the New Zealand law. According to AC/DC's bassist, Cliff Williams, and guitarist, Angus Young, Rudd would fail to show up to recordings in May for "Rock Or Bust," the group's forthcoming album, due out Dec. 2. When asked if he would still tour with with the band next year, Young told HuffPost Entertainment, "That's a bit of a question mark."

Rudd was charged with "attempting to procure a murder" (this charge was dropped due to "insufficient evidence) and possession of methamphetamine and cannabis and threatening-to-kill. His bandmates had no prior knowledge of the news. "It was a big shock," Young said. "But we had issues with Phil before this. When we were recording, it was quite difficult to just get him in the studio. When we were in London when we were starting up to do the video shoot and stuff and it was the same then. He didn’t show, you know? That’s something we’ve got to resolve. Phil's got to sort himself out."

Young and Williams said they had not been in contact with Rudd and he hasn't been doing press to support "Rock or Bust." AC/DC is also in the middle of planning a 2015 world tour and Rudd's place in that is, as Young said, in flux. "We can't do our tour and not have a reliable member," Williams said.

"It's a big thing if you go on the road," Young said. "You're committed to playing to those people and you don't want people going, 'Well, he didn't show up.'"
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Kel Mitchell Wants You To Know He’s Alive, And He Still Loves Orange Soda

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If you're a '90s kid, you know all about Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell. The pair came into our lives in 1994 with the kids' sketch comedy show "All That," creating memorable characters like Pierre Escargot, Coach Kreeton and Ed from Good Burger. Soon they were both starring in their own show, "Kenan & Kel," and even in a major movie based on one of their Nickelodeon sketches. Kenan and Kel were a household name.

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A few years after their hit Nick show ended, both of the comedians auditioned for "Saturday Night Live." Thompson would go on to win a role on the show. He parlayed that success into a movie career, appearing in "Snakes on a Plane," "The Smurfs," "Fat Albert" and "Barbershop 2." The comedian has now been on "SNL" since 2003 and is the show's longest serving current cast member.

Mitchell has another story. After parting ways with Thompson, the actor has largely flown under the radar. His name made national news again in 2006, but that was because everyone thought he was dead after an Internet hoax about the actor's alleged demise went viral. Since that turned out to be untrue, one question still remains ...

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Recently, HuffPost Entertainment spoke with Mitchell, and now we finally have an answer:

So what have you been up to since "Kenan & Kel" ended?
What have I been up to? Aw man, producing , directing, and often still acting. I was in "Like Mike 2," "Mystery Men," and also was on a great show, "Clifford the Big Red Dog." I have a show called "Wild Grinders" on Nicktoons with Rob Dyrdek. "Who Can I Run To," a really fun movie. Also, I’ve been starring in a lot of different shows like "Sam & Cat" on Nickelodeon. I’ve been fortunate to still be in this business and still be able to work in really great jobs.

What was it like dealing with that death hoax?
That was crazy. I remember that day. It was all over the Internet. I think it started on MySpace because that’s when MySpace was popular. I had family members calling me and calling my parents saying, "Is Kel okay?" And all this stuff.

It was pretty crazy, but I didn’t get upset by the whole thing. It was just like, "What kind of sick mind would do that?" But afterward, it was kind of cool with people going, I mean not the action of it was cool, but it was like when people discovered that I was alive, it was just like, “Oh, okay. Well, what else is he doing?"

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How was it being reunited with "All That" creator Dan Schneider on "Sam & Cat"? And how was working with Ariana Grande and Jennette McCurdy?
That was awesome. Dan’s cool. I mean I’ve known him since I was a kid, so to work with him again was a lot of fun. At first I was doing the character kind of laid back, and he was like, "Naw, man. Let’s do it how we used to back in the day. Let’s do it crazy like Coach Kreeton and those guys," so I was like, “Aw yeah! Let’s do it."

I remember I was on set, and Ariana and Jenette told me that they were fans of mine when they were kids, and so they saw me and they were like, “Man, this is so surreal." And I’m also a fan of theirs. Ariana’s music and also Jenette's comedy is so hilarious to me, so we all actually kept in touch.

Is there anything from your "All That" days that might surprise fans?
One thing was at Universal Studios in Florida, where we did the first couple seasons, we used to go and ride all the cool rides, and they would let us skip all the lines. King Kong and all that stuff -- we would literally go and do it on our lunch break or any time we felt like it, and it was kind of fun because if you can imagine growing up as a kid and having an amusement park in your backyard basically.

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You gave us some of the most memorable '90s catchphrases: "Who loves orange soda?" "Welcome to Good Burger," and "I dropped the screw in the tuna." How did those actually come about?
Dan actually wrote out, "Who loves orange soda? Kel loves orange soda," but then the whole, "I do. I dooOoo," and all that stuff, I just put swag on it. [Laughs] It just came alive. We didn’t know that it was gonna blow up like that.

For "I dropped the screw in the tuna," I was just supposed to say, "I dropped the screw in the tuna." That was like it, and I was supposed to be hurt about it, but I took it up a notch, and the director was just like, "Just go." Even now, people come up to me and say, "Who dropped the screw in the tuna?" That was one of my favorite episodes. I actually won a CableACE award because of that episode.



Would you be interested in doing a reunion for "All That" or "Kenan & Kel"?
Yeah. Being that I’m still doing stuff with Nickelodeon and they’re always coming up with cool ideas, so, if that was to happen, it would be fun. A lot of us all stay in contact with each other, and we see each other around and stuff like that. It’s just about if it could happen or not because everybody’s schedules are all over the place, but I’m open to it. That would be fun. Like a one time special or something like that.

Do you really love orange soda?
Yes! I do love orange soda. [Laughs] It’s funny because I was actually a soda drinker, and actually I used to drink it as a kid. And when they had me do it, I was like, "Cool! I get to drink orange soda all the time now!" So even now, I’ll drink orange soda every now and then.

What's your favorite drink now?
Orange soda is still the No. 1, but other than that it’d have to be water.


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What do you think about Kenan possibly leaving "SNL"?
I’ve always been happy for him on "SNL," and I watch it when I can. And if he’s making a decision to leave, he knows what he’s doing. So I’m sure he has something else brewing because he’s been on the show for so many years. I’m happy for him either way -- whatever he does.

There's been a lot of speculation about a beef with Kenan. Is there any truth to that?
No, no, no, there’s no beef. Everything’s all good.

Could there be a Kenan and Kel collaboration in the future?
I haven’t talked to Kenan in a while, so I don’t know if that would be any type of collaboration. I know the fans want it, but I don’t know. You know, I think that I’m working on different things; he’s working on different things. And I know everyone likes the "Kenan & Kel" brand, but I don’t know. We’ll have to see. It’s kind of like the movies with "Dumb and Dumber." Everybody wanted to see that again when it came back, so I don’t know. We’ll have to see what the future may hold.

Mitchell may not know what the future holds, but at least we finally know what happened to Kel. We do. We do. We doOoo.



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This interview has been edited and condensed.

For more news on Kel Mitchell, you can find him on Twitter and visit KelMitchell.net.
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What Happened To Jennifer Lawrence’s ‘Dumb & Dumber To’ Cameo?

Last September, The Hollywood Reporter revealed Jennifer Lawrence spent one day on the set of "Dumb and Dumber To" in Atlanta to film a cameo appearance in the comedy. (Lawrence was already near Atlanta working on "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay" films.) As co-director Peter Farrelly told Entertainment Weekly one month later, Lawrence was a huge fan of the first "Dumb and Dumber" ("She does know every line by the way"), and had agreed to the cameo one night after attending an Empire of the Sun concert with Farrelly, his brother Bobby and star Jeff Daniels.

“When we woke up the next morning, I figured I was going to get a phone call saying, 'Look, I'm sorry, I can't do this. I was out of my mind last night,'" Peter Farrelly said. "But we did get that call and it was like, 'This is awesome! I can't wait to do this!'"

At the time, Farrelly was disappointed news of the cameo had leaked out, but didn't think it would matter all that much. "She's still in it and we had a ball and it's hard to feel bad about the whole thing," he told EW.

But cut to 13 months later, and Lawrence's "Dumb and Dumber To" scene is nowhere to be found. What happened? According to a report from THR, Lawrence axed the cameo herself (a right she apparently had put into her contract for the film). Peter Farelly has a different story. He told CinemaBlend that Lawrence's cameo was never filmed, even after that anecdote last year about Empire of the Sun and early-morning phone calls.

"We talked about trying to work it in, but we weren’t able to do it," Farrelly said.

Lawrence's reps denied the claim that Lawrence had the cameo cut to THR. HuffPost Entertainment contacted them to clarify whether or not Lawrence's scene was ever even film. This post will be updated if and when they respond.

See "Dumb and Dumber To," without Jennifer Lawrence but with Mama June, in theaters on Friday.
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Jennifer Lawrence Dishes On Kissing Her ‘Mockingjay’ Co-Stars

Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson joke about their mouth-to-mouth contact while filming "Mockingjay."
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Jimmy Fallon And Drew Barrymore Share Photos Of Their Kids’ Adorable Playdates

On last night's episode of "The Tonight Show," Jimmy Fallon talked to Drew Barrymore about food, perfume, and most importantly, babies! As it turns out, Fallon's and Barrymore's little ones are friends.

"Our babies play with each other," the host said. He then shared two adorable photos of baby Winnie on playdates with Barrymore's daughters Frankie and Olive.

The Fallon-Barrymore connections are manifold. Fallon's wife Nancy Juvonen is Drew Barrymore's best friend and business partner. In fact, it was Barrymore who first introduced Fallon to his future wife when they were filming "Fever Pitch" back in 2005.

During Barrymore's "Tonight Show" appearance, the mom-of-two said she has "no interest in dieting" to lose her baby weight, and also shared deep thoughts about motherhood. "The physical odyssey of baby-making is really humbling," she said. "You're like, 'Woah!'"



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Joseph Gordon-Levitt To Play NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden In New Oliver Stone Film

After months of rumors, Joseph Gordon-Levitt has been confirmed as the actor who will play Edward Snowden in an upcoming movie directed by Oliver Stone.

Producers of the as-yet unnamed film about the former National Security Agency contractor confirmed the casting decision Monday, according to The Guardian. Gordon-Levitt, 33, has previously starred in big-name films like "Inception," "Lincoln," and "The Dark Knight Rises."

Stone, the Oscar-winning director of “Midnight Express," “Platoon” and "Born on the Fourth of July," wrote the screenplay for the movie and is expected to start filming in January, Reuters reports. The screenplay is said to be based on two books about Snowden: “The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man” by Guardian journalist Luke Harding and “Time of the Octopus,” a novel by Anatoly Kucherena.

Stone’s film isn’t the only Snowden flick that's been making headlines of late. Another fictional adaptation, based on the book “No Place to Hide” by journalist Glenn Greenwald, formerly of The Guardian, is also in the works. That film will be produced by James Bond producers Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli.

Last month, Laura Poitras, the documentary film director who Snowden contacted in 2013, released her film about the whistleblower. The documentary, “Citizenfour,” has been met with critical success.

Snowden was launched into the global spotlight in 2013 when he leaked classified NSA documents to the media, thus blowing the whistle on the U.S. government’s mass surveillance program and data collection efforts.

Snowden spent more than five weeks in Moscow's Sheremetyevo International Airport last year after fleeing the U.S. He currently lives in an undisclosed location in Russia.

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Rumor Robert Plant Ripped Up $800 Million Contract To Reunite Led Zeppelin Called ‘Rubbish’

A rumor that Robert Plant ripped up an $800 million contract offer to reunite Led Zeppelin has been called "rubbish" by Plant's publicist.

As reported by the Daily Mirror, Plant, as well as former bandmates Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones, and Jason Bonham, son of the late drummer John Bonham, were offered $800 million by Virgin mogul Sir Richard Branson to perform a 35-date, three-city reunion tour. The story went that while Page, Jones and Bonham reportedly signed up immediately, Plant ripped up the papers right in front of his colleagues. Plant's publicist later debunked the report to The Guardian.

If the news was real, it would have been a treat for Zeppelin fans. Each of the three original members were scheduled to make over $200 million just for performing, and another $100 million in merchandise split between them all. Scheduled to perform in London, Berlin and New Jersey, Branson was preparing to rename one of his jumbo jets "The Starship," in order to fly the band to each of its destinations. He also wanted rebrand the jet's staircase as the "Stairway to Heaven," and had an optional 45-date tour extension should the band agree.

HuffPost Entertainment contacted representatives for Plant and Branson to see if they had any further comment on the story. This post will be updated if and when they provide a response.

For more, head to The Guardian.
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