Top five Friday

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Here are this week’s top five stories. In case you were wondering, I’m sticking with announcements and events from the entertainment industry and not too much gossipy nonsense. I mean come on; I’ve got some integrity to uphold.

1. There has been a lot of hype over “American Sniper.” Released January 16th, the movie broke records making $90.2 million opening weekend, the most since “Avatar” in 2009.

The story of Chris Kyle made many viewers very emotional, but some are against the movie saying that it is pro-war. Actor Dean Cain defends the movie saying that Chris Kyle is an American hero and not to denounce the film because we don’t know what war is like.

All politics aside, there is one fact about “American Sniper” that cannot be denied: in this movie, Bradley Cooper is the father of a fake baby. Out of everything they have access to in Hollywood, the crew gave him a baby doll (like the cheap kind you could find at Walmart) and it is so obvious. Really guys? You couldn’t find a real one? It can’t be that hard. Anyway, if you haven’t seen the movie yet, keep your eye out for that.

2. As if there weren’t enough awards ceremonies to give all these rich and famous people even more recognition, the Critic’s Choice Awards were just held on January 15th. Big wins of the evening went to Julianne Moore for best actress in “Still Alice,” Michael Keaton for best actor in “Birdman,” and “Boyhood” for best film.

Ceremonies like these and the Golden Globes help give us an idea for what the Oscars will be like. Speaking of which, the nominations just came out! I won’t go through all of them, but the nominees for best picture are “Whiplash,” “American Sniper,” “Birdman,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “The Imitation Game,” “Selma,” “The Theory of Everything,” and “Boyhood.”

3. Comedy Central has announced a roast of Justin Bieber and he could not be more excited. You and me both, Bieber. He has apparently been trying to get roasted for years, but now it’s finally happening—and perfect timing too. The roasters should have ample material to hit him with after all the screwing around he has done in the past year, plus he just did that Calvin Klein photo-shoot, so I can’t wait to hear what they have to say about that.

They will tape the show on March 7th, but the air date has not yet been released.

4. Following in the footsteps of NBC’s productions of “The Sound of Music Live” and “Peter Pan Live,” Fox has announced a live version of “Grease” to air in January 2016.

“Grease” is a fan favorite, so it is sure to be a hit, especially with Julianne Hough playing Sandy and Vanessa Hudgens as Rizzo. This is so different from Hudgens’ breakout role in “High School Musical,” so it’s kind of perfect, and Hough is always good as the sweet girl next door.

They haven’t announced which heartthrob will be playing Danny, but so far their cast is off to a great start.

5. Mariah Carey announced her residency at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. Her show is titled Number 1’s and will feature—you guessed it—all 18 of her songs that have reached number one on the charts. This could just be the catchiest concert ever.

Tickets are on sale now, and the show begins May 6th.

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