SPONGEBOB CREATOR IS DEAD: Stephen Hillenberg, 57, the creator of SpongeBob SquarePants has died at age 57. The reported cause of death was ALS. “We are incredibly saddened by the news that Steve Hillenburg has passed away following a battle with ALS,” Nickelodeon said in a statement. “He was a beloved friend and long-time creative partner to everyone at Nickelodeon, and our hearts go out to his entire family. Steve imbued SpongeBob SquarePants with a unique sense of humor and innocence that has brought joy to generations of kids and families everywhere. His utterly original characters and the world of Bikini Bottom will long stand as a reminder of the value of optimism, friendship and the limitless power of imagination.”
CELEBRITIES REACT TO ARIANA GRANDE’S ‘MEAN GIRLS’-THEMED ‘THANK U, NEXT’ TEASER – (11/28/2018)
Ariana Grande released a sneak peek of her music video for “Thank U, Next” and it’s full of delicious throwbacks.
The clip shared by Grande on Instagram early Tuesday features the singer dressed as Regina George from the 2004 film Mean Girls. Jonathan Bennett, who played Aaron Samuels in the film, and Stefanie Drummond, who played Bethany Byrd, make cameos.
“Ariana Grande told me my hair looked sexy pushed back,” Bennett says in the clip. “She’s not wrong!”
Grande also reenacts scenes from 13 Going on 30, Bring It On and Legally Blonde.
The video may also include a reference to The First Wives Club since she paid tribute to the 1996 comedy on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
The final line comes from YouTube star Gabi DeMartino, who says, “Ariana says ‘Honest to God, knock me out,’ so I decided to punch myself in the face. It was awesome.”
The newly released single about Grande’s exes, has already hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and is the first of her songs to reach that milestone.
Celebrities are loving the visual. Troye Sivan, who also makes an appearance in the video, calls it “f*cking sick.” Teen Wolf and Arrow star Colton Haynes shared, “My body is ready.”
Jonathan Bennett also got in on the reaction action. “You made fetch happen,” he wrote.
Lindsay Lohan, who starred in the 2004 original movie, acknowledged the video in a behind-the-scenes selfie on her Instagram. “Behind the scenes 🎬 ain’t nobody Lindsay Lohan like the real Lindsay Lohan. But so flattered by @arianagrande loving #MeanGirls so much! Also, I love #dynasty,” she captioned the picture.
The video is rumored to be dropping on Friday.
BRITNEY SPEARS SALUTES 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF ‘…BABY ONE MORE TIME’ VIDEO – (11/28/2018)
Last month, Britney Spears thanked her fans for their years of support while marking the 20th anniversary of the release of her debut single, “…Baby One More Time.” Now she’s taken to social media celebrate the song’s iconic video, which turned 20 on Monday.
Britney posted a still from the video, showing her sitting in the school gym holding a basketball, on Instagram. “Can’t believe the ‘…Baby One More Time’ video has officially turned 20… I still remember filming this like it was yesterday!” she captioned the picture.
The music video propelled Britney into super stardom. It played continuously on MTV’s still relatively new all-request show TRL. It earned her Britney three MTV VMA nods, and on the final episode of TRL in 2008, “…Baby One More Time” was named the No. 1 most iconic video of all time.
In 2014, “…Baby One More Time” hit the 100 million mark on VEVO, making it the first video of the ‘90s by a female artist to reach that milestone. It now has close to 380 million views.
CAMILA CABELLO IS SAVE THE CHILDREN’S NEW AMBASSADOR – (11/28/2018)
Camila Cabello is the newest ambassador for Save the Children, which helps young people in need worldwide.
Camila made her first trip with Save the Children earlier this year, visiting a childcare center in Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria. She tells People, “I’m a Cuban-American. I grew up on an island in the Caribbean and felt compelled to help the people impacted by Hurricane Maria in whatever way I could.” At the center, Camila participated with meditation exercises with the kids, read to them and played with them. Throughout my life, I have seen children miss out on opportunities based on their circumstances.”
Camila adds: “When I learned about Save the Children, I was so impressed by all that they do for kids like the ones I saw growing up, and had to get involved. I’m excited to be a part of this amazing organization’s efforts to reach children around the world.”
The trip served as a personal journey for Cabello, who was born in the nearby island of Cuba before immigrating to the United States.
WALKING DEAD RATINGS SLUMP: After the mid-week finale of The Walking Dead that garnered several epic plot twists (Daryl is back, Jesus is dead, the Whisperers are here to kill), it seems fans just weren’t that invested. Walking Dead hit another ratings low for its ninth season, which has already seen several drags. While viewership was up 8% among adults 18-49, and 6% in overall viewers from last week’s lowpoint, Sunday’s “Evolution” was the lowest rated and least watched midseason finale for the AMC series ever. Ultimately, it grabbed a 2.0 rating and an audience of 5.1 million.
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