Here’s How Ludacris Is Getting Hands-On For Fear Factor

Just how seriously is Ludacris taking his new job as the host of MTV’s Fear Factor reboot? In a new promo for the show, the rapper/movie star/TV personality takes it upon himself to head into a laboratory and cook up ways to freak the hell out of contestants.

“These are dung beetles — I clearly asked for leaf beetles,” he admonishes a lab coat-wearing colleague, just after taste-testing an insect (um, yuck).

That’s not all — the hands-on host even taps into one woman’s ultimate fear, then makes sure it’s extra-intimidating. What is the woman afraid of, and how does Ludacris up the ante? Watch the video to find out, then catch the premiere of MTV’s Fear Factor on Tuesday at 10/9c.

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Don’t Let The Trump Shake The Hand!

There are a few things Donald Trump wishes you would remember about him. First, he was the most impressive Electoral College winner in history. Also, he is the only person to ever build an ice rink.

Lastly, the man abhors hands: small ones, large ones, ones that just excavated large or small nostrils, hands that could have been anywhere before being placed in front of his person, eager for a shake.

“Some business executives believe in a firm handshake,” his ghostwriter opined in Trump: How to Get Rich. “I believe in no handshake. It is a terrible practice.” He endeavors to hang out with people who don’t even deserve to touch his fingers, he noted in The Art of the Deal, surely the only New York Times best-selling book written by a person who built an ice rink. “While there are certainly honorable people in the real estate business, I was more accustomed to the sort of people with whom you don’t want to waste the effort of a handshake because you know it’s meaningless.” His aversion to handshakes is chronicled in several business self-help books, from How to Interview Like a Pro: Forty-Three Rules for Getting Your Next Job to Brainfluence: 100 Ways to Persuade and Convince Consumers with Neuromarketing.

He even blogged about his fear of grubby digits. “I think that the only thing better than a good handshake,” he wrote, “is no handshake at all.”

Trump’s most operatic hatchet job against the handshake appeared in an interview with the New York Times in 1999: “I think shaking hands is barbaric, especially in our crazy modern-day age.”

He is not alone, according to the front page of the September 18, 1909 issue of the Ogden Standard, which noted that President Taft “Dislikes Handshaking.” However, shaking hands is an indelible part of the president’s job, as Teddy Roosevelt, who once claimed the world record for shaking the most hands in a single day (8,513), knew well. And so Trump has had to learn how to do something he hates, besides pretending to absorb new information that does not pertain to himself and not sleeping in a tower.

It has been a long process. Below, find a brief walkthrough of some of the attempts Donald Trump has made in the world of competitive handshaking.

Pretend that you are waving a magic wand, but instead it’s a hand. Everyone will know that you are the all-powerful person wielding their influence.

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Pretend like your opponent’s hand is the last slice of pie, and you must grab it before anyone else gets to it.

A handshake is when you grasp someone’s hand and hold it to your heart.

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A handshake is when you let someone else grasp your hand and hold it near to his heart.

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Pretend that you are Ernest Shackleton, about to take your last breath and thinking about the icy depths of hell from which you escaped, only to perish now.


It also might be when you grab someone’s hand and act like you are a hand model appraiser.


Yes, just like that.


Now wrap it up.

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A handshake is when you turn to the person next to you, grab their hand, and then you both make a face meant to convey the question, “Did we lock the front door before we left?”

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Or maybe a handshake is when you hold a hand like it’s a five-pound weight that you lift up and down to work your biceps.

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A handshake is when you act like you want to kiss the hand, but you refuse to look at it.


But maybe try looking more awkward?

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Maybe it will look more like a handshake if you pretend the hand is a Juicero bag. You’re really thirsty, so you have to squeeze it exceptionally hard. You are human Bluetooth.


A handshake is when you pretend your hand is a plate with banana bread on it, but the person you offer it to doesn’t want any because it’s not gluten-free.

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A handshake is when you grab someone’s hand as they’re hanging from the ceiling.

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Hmm, how about trying to put someone’s hand in your pocket. Yes, just like that.

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Someone please write Trump a memo with lots of pictures that shows how to shake hands.

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Ariana Grande Vows To Return To ‘Brave’ Manchester For Benefit Concert In Heartbreaking Letter

Just a day after news broke that she would suspend six tour dates after a harrowing terror attack that left 22 dead and many more injured at her concert in Manchester, Ariana Grande has opened up in a heart-wrenching reflection.

Sending her “prayers and deepest condolences” to the victims and their loved ones, the singer went on to acknowledge, “There is nothing I or anyone can do to take away the pain you are feeling or to make this better. However, I extend my hand and heart and everything I possibly can give to you and yours, should you want or need my help in any way.” She added wistfully, “The only thing we can do now is choose how we let this affect us and how we live our lives from here on out.”

In the four days since the Manchester Arena was rocked by an explosion, which British officials are investigating as the work of a possible terror cell, Grande’s devoted fans have rallied around her, the young victims and their parents who are among the dead, as well as each other. That extended community has traded fan art and awareness symbols inspired by the the “Dangerous Woman” singer’s signature bunny ears among many expressions of solidarity and support.

In her statement posted on Friday (May 26), Grande shared that she’d “been thinking of my fans, and of you all, non stop over the past week,” remarking that their response had made her proud and inspired.

While a spate of events and premieres scheduled to take place in the U.K. have been canceled in the wake of the attack, Grande vowed today to return to “the incredibly brave city of Manchester,” where she’ll host a charity concert whose proceeds would benefit victims and their families. “From the day we started putting the Dangerous Woman tour together, I said that this show, more than anything else, was intended to be a safe space for my fans. A place for them to escape, to celebrate, to heal, to feel safe and to be themselves. … This [attack] will not change that.”

Read Grande’s full statement below:

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Nick Jonas’s New Single ‘Remember I Told You’ Sizzles In All The Right Ways

Nick Jonas has released his first new song of the year, and he’s brought Mike Posner (that guy who took a pill in Ibiza) and Anne-Marie along for the ride.

“I’ve been looking for love in all the wrong places / You too?” Nick croons on “Remember I Told You” over what sounds like a super-muted, super-processed guitar. The track starts out relatively low-key, but the beat kicks in by the second chorus. It almost sounds like Nick has been taking a few pointers from Calvin Harris.

“Remember I Told You” is apparently the first new song from Nick’s next album, the follow-up to Last Year Was Complicated, whose title and details remain mysterious.

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Does Cersei Actually Stand A Chance Against Daenerys In Game Of Thrones Season 7?

Cersei Lannister, the First of Her Name, Queen of the Andals and the First Men, Protector of the Seven Kingdoms, is totally screwed come Season 7 of Game of Thrones.

After blowing up the Sept of Baelor in the sixth season-ender, she has no allies left. Hightower is against her. The religious sect of Westeros — what’s left of it, anyway — is against her. As she says herself in the Season 7 trailer, she has enemies to the North (Jon Snow and company), the South (Dorne), the West (Euron and the Iron Islands), and most prominently, the East (Daenerys Targaryen and her army of Unsullied). The only three people she has on her side are Jaime, Qyburn, and the Mountain.

As fearsome as the Mountain is, he’s still only one zombie-man — and Dany has a dragon the size of a Boeing 747. She also has Cersei’s brother Tyrion as her head counsel, and as we know, he has the capacity to outsmart his dear sister.

“Dany in Westeros makes Game of Thrones a new show,” co-executive producer Bryan Cogman told EW. “It has this amazing ripple effect throughout every storyline that’s very exciting to explore. There’s a pace and urgency that’s very palpable. This is the end game.”


Dany and her army are coming for Casterly Rock.

That “pace and urgency” Cogman refers to is seen in the newly released trailer, as Daenerys’s army of Unsullied soldiers and Dothraki horse-mounted warriors storm what appears to be Casterly Rock, the Lannisters’ ancestral home. (Oddly enough, we have yet to see the oft-discussed Casterly Rock on the HBO series, so its appearance in the penultimate season would seem appropriate.) With a battle between the Lannisters and the Targaryens fast approaching, what chance does Cersei have in defeating Dany and her army?

To be honest, not much. Cersei has isolated House Lannister, and with just the King’s Landing military forces at her disposal, it’s unlikely she’s going to be able to defeat Dany at Casterly Rock. She could use her spy network to get the jump on Dany’s plans, and if she has extra wildfire (it’s unclear if she used all of it to take out the High Sparrow), she might be able to do some damage. But Daenerys still has three dragons on her side.


A lion falls in the Season 7 trailer.

Not to mention, the trailer also shows Tyrion knocking over a Lannister marker, a lion, which seems to signify Cersei’s defeat.

However, that doesn’t mean Cersei is going to give up King’s Landing, and the Iron Throne, so easily. In fact, she’ll probably burn it all down before she lets Daenerys take it. Of course this would lead to a terrible case of déjà vu for Jaime Lannister, a.k.a. the Kingslayer, who already had to kill one Mad King to keep the city safe.

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The Stark Family Can’t Agree On How Their Game Of Thrones Reunion Would Go Down

As we inch closer to this summer’s Season 7 premiere of Game of Thrones, we can’t help but wonder if we’ll finally get the Stark family reunion we’ve been waiting for. As part of Entertainment Weekly‘s cover story this week, the surviving Stark kids (R.I.P. Robb and Rickon) teased us with a reunion photo shoot — and we are here for it.

Of course, it’s a little off-putting to see the clan so happy and carefree. Sansa (Sophie Turner), Bran (Isaac Hempstead-Wright), Jon (Kit Harington), and Arya (Maisie Williams) haven’t had any reason to smile since Season 1. So what’s the catch?

On Thursday (May 25), EW shared a video with three Stark kids explaining what a family reunion might look like to them. Check out their (surprisingly different) answers in the video below.

Game of Thrones Season 7 premieres on HBO July 16, 2017.

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Sia Channels Wonder Woman On Powerful New Song ‘To Be Human’

Sia, a known sucker for movie soundtracks, has whipped up yet another epic anthem for the big screen. This time around she channels her inner Justice League heroine for “To Be Human,” from the upcoming Wonder Woman flick.

Like “Angel by the Wings,” “Never Give Up,” and most of Sia’s other soundtrack songs, this one is a grand, emotional ballad. On the chorus, she joins forces with rising U.K. singer Labrinth (you might know him from his recent collab with Noah Cyrus), belting, “To be human is to love / Even when it gets too much / I’m not ready to give up.” It’s mighty, it’s beautiful, and it’s so very Wonder Woman.

So, will “To Be Human” score some tender moment between Gal Gadot and Chris Pine, like we’re imagining? Stay tuned to find out — Wonder Woman hits theaters on June 2, and its soundtrack arrives the same day.

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Shawn Mendes Urges Fans Not To Be Afraid After Manchester Attack

After tributes from Harry Styles and Miley Cyrus, Shawn Mendes is the latest artist to honor the victims of the attack in Manchester, which occurred on May 22 at an Ariana Grande concert.

At a show in Paris on Wednesday night (May 24), Mendes took some time to speak to his fans about the unwavering power of music.

“I want to start with the fact that I know we all stand here tonight in this arena with heavy hearts for the people who were affected by the attack. And I know that we all feel so, so sorry about what happened,” he began. “But I need to tell you guys how important music is. Music is the one of the very rare things in life that can bring people together in a way that words cannot describe, but we can only feel. And something that important is something that is worth protecting and never, never let it be broken.”

The Canadian crooner continued by urging his fans — most of them girls and young women — to not let the tragedy in Manchester keep them from going to concerts and being happy.

“I need to tell you guys that you should never, ever be afraid to enjoy to do what you truly love to do,” he said. “That goes for every single person that’s in this arena in Paris and everyone across the world. You should never be afraid to enjoy music, you should never be afraid to live life to the fullest.”

Fans at Mendes’s Paris concert also shared footage of Grande’s “One Last Time” being played before the show began. The 2015 song has taken on a different meaning in the wake of the Manchester attack, with Grande fans using it as a rallying cry and even helping it go to No. 1 on the UK iTunes chart this week.

Mendes’s comments reflect what he said on Instagram earlier this week: “I hope i speak for every Artist by saying that we will not stop spreading positivity and love through music no matter the situation.”

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Lil Yachty Explains How Being Arrested Inspired Him To ‘Take Charge’ Of His Life

On the eve of the release of his debut album, Teenage Emotions, Lil Yachty has given a revealing, wide-ranging interview to Beats 1 host Zane Lowe. Among the highlights is Yachty discussing the pre-fame “visions” that sparked his career.

“I used to have visions of being a star all the time, but I never knew I wanted to be a rapper,” he said. “I used to have visions of flashing lights and red carpets… I know when I got the moment to take charge, [was] when I got arrested.”

Yachty recalls being arrested in Florida for credit card fraud, saying, “I remember being in jail, like, ‘Man, I’m not old enough.’ And then I thought, ‘I just turned 18.’ I had just turned old enough to be in big people jail. It wasn’t necessarily getting arrested, but when I got out of jail, I went back to Alabama.”

Back at Alabama State University, with no cell phone, he realized he had to get away.

“I usually had headphones in, blocking out the world,” he said. “I had no music. I heard everything, I felt everything. People used to always laugh at my hair, stuff like that. I just remember being in social studies and the teacher was talking. I was in the back and the lights was off and it just felt like, ‘Wom, wom, wom, wom.’ People were asleep, people were texting. I was just like, ‘This is doing nothing. What am I doing?’ … I walked home and I called up my friend and was like, ‘I don’t want to be here.’ I went back to my room, I packed up everything I could take. … I left.

Cue the 19-year-old’s meteoric rise in the rap game, which has allowed him to become the self-professed “king of the teens.” As he told Lowe, “I’m pretty normal. That’s why I hope teenagers can relate. I try to be a voice because I’m a pretty normal teenager.”

Check out the full interview above to hear more from Yachty about his dreams of opening a cereal bar, his “aggressive” alter-ego Lil Boat, and meeting Jay Z and Beyonce at a Coldplay concert.

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Justin Bieber Opened Up To Niall Horan With Valuable Advice For His Solo Album

When Justin Bieber gives you songwriting advice, you take it, and that’s exactly what Niall Horan did when the pop singer shared with him a lesson he learned from the making of Purpose.

In a new cover story for Billboard, Horan opens up about the life he’s made for himself in Los Angeles as he’s settling into his career post-One Direction hiatus. There are so many amazing anecdotes here: He’s super happy for Harry Styles‘s recent success with his own solo album; he hangs with Louis Tomlinson and is basically the cool uncle to his baby son, Freddie; he thinks pal Selena Gomez is “the ­perfect role model for young girls;” Shawn Mendes says that he’s the picture of “calm and chill” — Horan comes across as your favorite famous person’s favorite person, and one who beams with positivity, too.

But save for his time with the One Direction dudes, Bieber’s wisdom seemed to have a the formidable impact on Horan as “Slow Hands” and the rest of his new work started to come together, and a simple bit of advice really struck Horan when he was in the midst of recording his own album.

“Bieber told me that you never really know when you’re finished [with making an album],” Horan told Billboard. “He thought he was done [with Purpose] and then got ‘Love Yourself’ at the last minute. I thought my album was finished, and then I went on a bit of a run ’cause I was writin’ crap stuff up until then.”

We highly doubt he was writing crap, but Bieber’s advice to marinate on musical thoughts and refrain from calling something complete before it’s ready seems like it’s paid off, as Horan is definitely good to go for that solo spotlight.

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