Ariana Grande Is A Superstar

“I apologize for everything that’s about to happen in the next 90 minutes.” Those were the final words of the 21-year-old girl sitting in front of me at an Ariana Grande concert. As soon as Grande stepped onstage, the young girl started screaming and hysterically crying as her hero began the concert.

That was just a small sample of what I witnessed last Saturday night at the Barclays Center for the Ariana Grande concert. I went with fellow Daily Mix Reporter, LordTreeSap. I’ve always liked Ariana Grande. Obviously, Grande has a great voice. No note is too high for her. Her singles are usually pop and dance-friendly that will blast on your car radios for months. However, her live performances and shows were something I knew little about. That is until I witnessed Grande in her element. As soon as Grande walked onto the stage for her opening set, the crowd’s roar was deafening. I happened to see One Direction back in 2012 when they performed on X-Factor and that was easily the loudest roar I have ever heard for a band in my life. Ariana Grande is now the second loudest I’ve ever heard.

Grande’s concert mirrored a play rather than a concert. The concert was a five-act play with an encore. Grande would sing 4-5 songs with unique set piece/theme, leave the stage to change outfits, and come back onstage to sing the next act with an entirely new backdrop. I marveled at Grande’s choreography and set pieces. Grande was in control the entire time, hitting her marks with ease and transitioning from song to song seamlessly. It’s not just a show. Rather, it’s an experience. Grande tells a story within each act that revolves around various themes such as female empowerment, breakups, love, loss, and relationships.

The average person at the concert might not realize how many hits Grande truly has. At age 25, Grande has released five albums with two of those, Sweetner and Thank U, Next, coming within the past year. Most of the songs from the show came from the two most recent albums, but Grande turned back the clock for some of my personal favorites, “Break Free,” “Side to Side,” and “Into You.” I was bopping my head the entire concert like the awkward white guy that I am. What I appreciated from Grande the most were her vocals. Grande’s vocals shined especially during ballads such as “R.E.M,” where she dropped to her knees and poured her emotion out to the crowd.

Below is the entire setlist from the show.

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Sap and I talked about seeing artists and bands during the height of their powers. Imagine seeing the Beatles in the 60s, Elton John in the early 70s, Bruce Springsteen in the 80s, Tupac and Biggie in the 90s, and even recent stars like Beyonce and Taylor Swift in the 2000s. Ariana Grande may never end up as big as those stars and perhaps, she may even be bigger, but it was quite clear during the concert that the young singer is a superstar who is here to stay.

Happy 10 Year Anniversary To The Hangover

Ten years ago, The Hangover premiered in theaters and catapulted into the upper tier of great comedic movies of the 21st century. I remember seeing The Hangover with my sister in the theaters and I couldn’t stop laughing. I kept thinking “Is this what really happens in Las Vegas?” (Vegas Trip TBD. That’s on me.) Watching old clips makes me realize that The Hangover almost has an underrated appeal to it because of the sour taste left in our mouths from Hangover II and Hangover III. Let’s not mention those again. What I love about The Hangover (and any great comedic movie) is the plethora of one-liners. I tweeted one out today. I don’t care if this is wrong and makes me an immature 12-year-old. I will always laugh when Alan simulates Carlos masturbating. It’s funny!

There’s no point in having the “could this movie be made today” debate because it would never be made. Let’s just enjoy The Hangover for what it is, which is a fucking hysterical film. It launched the careers of (my boy) Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, and especially Zach Galifianakis. All three are throwing in the 90 mph for their performances, but Galifianakis is approaching 100mph. Enjoy these clips from The Hangover. Thanks a lot, Bin Laden.

New Stranger Things Season 3 Clip Teases Summer In Hawkins

Now that Game of Thrones is out of my life, I need something to fill that void. Thankfully, Stranger Things 3 premieres on Netflix in July. I truly have no idea as to where this season is going to go in terms of storyline. There are only so many times the kids can face the Upside Down and win. At some point, they need to lose. However, I want to take this time to express my displeasure with the release date of Stranger Things 3, July 4.

Why?

July 4 falls on a Thursday this July, which means it will be a four-day weekend for most people. Unless the weather is dogshit, I will be outside on July 4 at a BBQ or the beach. When am I going to have time to watch an episode? Then, you have to factor in that I might be away for the holiday weekend so I could potentially be out of commission until Sunday. So that means there’s a chance I may not be able to watch Stranger Things 3 until Sunday afternoon, which would be roughly 84 or so hours after it premieres on Netflix. How will I avoid spoilers for that long? Will I have to throw my phone into the ocean? Should I delete the Internet and Instagram from my phone? Talk about being stuck between a rock and a hard place.

See you in July when I have to make a life or death decision.

Robert Pattinson Has Been Tapped To Play ‘The Batman’

Wow. I did not see this coming. According to Justin Kroll of Variety, Robert Pattinson has been tapped to play Bruce Wayne in The Batman. To say I didn’t expect this casting would be an understatement. Names like Jake Gyllenhaal, Kit Harington, Armie Hammer, and even Timothee Chalamet were all rumored to play Bruce Wayne at some point, but not once did I even consider Pattinson. Most people still associate Pattinson for his role as Edward Cullen in the Twilight franchise. However, Pattinson has been showing off his acting chops in smaller, independent films over the years. He shined in The Lost City of Z and Good Time. Pattinson has this weird appeal to him. He’s handsome, but I wouldn’t say he’s A-list handsome. He can definitely act and lead a franchise, but it’s the smaller, quirky roles that standout for me.

I’m very interested to see Matt Reeves’ version of the iconic superhero. I was a huge fan of Reeves’ work in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and War for the Planet of the Apes. Here’s the thing. Nothing will ever touch Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. There will never be a comparison. If it’s a carbon copy version of Bruce Wayne, it will fail miserably. However, if Reeves and Pattinson can put a newer, weirder, and darker spin on Bruce Wayne, I’m all for it. See you in 2021, Batman.

I Could Watch Arya Practice Her Knife Switch All Day

I have watched that clip 100x and I’m completely mesmerized. The execution of the move is perfect. I’d even argue that this flip is more impressive than Arya’s dagger switch on the Night King. That was more of a drop than a flip. This maneuver against Brienne had her dagger flipping like a football on the opening kickoff.

Team Arya for life. Say what you want about the episode, and you can read my thoughts here, Arya will always be the badass on Game of Thrones. That will never change.

‘Jeopardy!’ Contestant Bends The Knee To 19-Time Champion, James Holzhauer

Bend the knee or die in Final Jeopardy! to James Holzhauer.

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Another day, another victory for Big Jimmy. This time, he even made one of his opponents bend the knee! Poor Libby. She was probably so excited to be on Jeopardy! I’m sure she had hopes of going into Final Jeopardy! with a fighting chance before the game started. Then, James “The Night King” Holzhauer said “Not so fast Arya. I’m not dying tonight.”

I’m glad to see James was back on his game after narrowly escaping with a win last night. Do you think he was nervous?

After tonight’s win, James’s 19-day total is $1,426,330. The quest to dethrone Ken Jennings is still alive. Ken won 74 games in a row for a total of $2,520,700. I’m not sure if James can win that many games in a row, but the money total is well within reach. I hope James does it so we can get a dream matchup between Ken vs. James for the true Jeopardy! championship. That matchup would be more must-see than The Battle at Winterfell. Here’s to James ruining more games of Jeopardy!!

The First Reactions To Avengers: Endgame Are Here And They’re Epic

We have reached the endgame. Last night, Avengers: Endgame had its world premiere Monday night at the Los Angeles Convention Center and the first reactions hit social media shortly after. To describe the first reactions in one word, I would use “epic.”

Mood after reading these tweets.

I’m not emotionally and physically ready to see Avengers: EndgameWho am I kidding? Obviously, I’m ready to see this film, but it’s going to be a whirlwind of emotions. I’m not a cryer, but I tend to get some water residue forming in the eyes. I sound like such a douche for saying that, but at least I’m an honest douche. Saying goodbye to my favorite superhero in the MCU, Captain America, will be tough, but defeating Thanos will make it worthwhile. Here’s to hoping this epic running shot is in Endgame.

Avengers: Endgame and the Battle at Winterfell in Game of Thrones in the span of a few days are so epic and yet so cruel. There will be deaths left and right. I can’t wait.