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The Weeknd’s New Album Has More ‘Uncut Gems’ Links Than You Think

A true star, boy.

Uncut Gems is one of the most beloved films of last year. Some remember it as Adam Sandler’s venture into “good acting”, some remember it as a piece of content that was made to induce anxiety and others remember it as Queen Elsa’s transformation into a strong, independent, sassy ex-wife.

Even this GIF is giving me anxiety.

While I certainly remember all of these things, to me, Uncut Gems is the movie which displayed The Weeknd’s superb acting skills.

Just look at this acting!

We spoke about The Weeknd’s ‘Uncut Gems’ appearance and his new album ‘After Hours’ on this episode of It’s Been A Big Day For…

Abel Tesfaye (The Weeknd) only made an appearance for a few minutes in this film, but it was certainly one of the more memorable scenes in the stressful, A24 flick. The film is set in 2012, which explains the outdated iPhones among other little easter eggs. But, because this film is set in the earlier half of the decade, The Weeknd (playing himself) pops up at a time when he isn’t famous yet. Hence, he performs in a small-ish club, singing ‘The Morning’ (a track off of his 2012 mixtape) standing amongst all the other club-goers. Spoilers, after this performance, he fights with Adam Sandler, but I digress. 

Having said that, if you thought this would be the end of the relationship between The Weeknd and Uncut Gems, you’d be wrong. Just this week, The Weeknd dropped his latest album, After Hours. Some people on Twitter noticed the album sounded a lot like the film. 

And while Abel Tesfaye was might have been very inspired by the film when writing his new project, there’s another reason for this. Daniel Lopatin (also known as Oneohtrix Point Never) produced the score to Uncut Gems and he also produced a handful of tracks on The Weeknd’s new album. Lopatin is given producer credit on ‘Repeat After Me (Interlude)’ and the closing track ‘Until I Bleed Out’. Additionally, he is listed as a writer on ‘Scared To Live’.

The Weeknd and Oneohtrix Point Never (Credit: SNL).

Josh Safdie (who co-directed Uncut Gems) told Variety about how The Weeknd and Lopatin first connected, saying: “Originally we were going to maybe do an original song… (The Weeknd) and (Daniel Lopatin), our composer, went into the studio and made like four or five amazing tracks. One of them we were going to use in the movie. Then we were like, you know what, this should be a time capsule. And he agreed.”

Well, it now looks as if those songs didn’t go to waste! Name a more iconic duo, I’ll wait. For more from these two, you can check out The Weeknd’s SNL performance from earlier this month, where he is accompanied by Daniel Lopatin.

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Where Are The Extended Cast Of ‘The Suite Life Of Zack And Cody’ Now?

Are their lives still suite?

Up there with Hannah Montanna and Wizards Of Waverly Place, The Suite Life Of Zack And Cody was one of our favourite programs to watch after we got home from school. To rejig your memory, the show follows a set of twins (Zack and Cody) as they get up to a whole bunch of antics in the Tipton Hotel and made us all realise just how cool staying in hotels could really be. Now, if you’ve ever wondered whatever happened to the cast after the show ended in 2008, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. 

Cole Sprouse (Cody Martin)

The Suite Life Of Zack And Cody icon #1

He was always the smarter, more studious twin but now, Cole Sprouse is living it up. After attending NYU to study archaeology, this child-star made a return to acting that cemented him as a household name. In addition to playing the lead in the rom-com, Five Feet Apart, Cole signed on to play Jughead in Netflix’s Riverdale in 2017. Further, as KJ Apa said he’s signed on for another three years, along with most of the other cast, we can expect to see a whole lot more of Cole Sprouse in the years to come. 

Dylan Sprouse (Zack Martin)

The Suite Life Of Zack And Cody icon #2

He was always the wilder twin. After The Suite Life on Deck finished up on the Disney Channel in 2011, Dylan also attended NYU but went to the Gallatin School of Individualized Study to get himself a degree in video game design. Love that for him! He has since made a return to acting, starring in the films, Banana Split, Daddy, Turandot, Tyger Tyger and After We Collided, which are all in post-production now. Not to mention, he opened a brewery! Okay, jack-of-all-trades! 

Brenda Song (London Tipton)

The Suite Life Of Zack And Cody icon #3

She eas the Paris Hilton-parody. While she hasn’t had many acting roles out of Disney, she has been popping up every now and then! She had a minor role in the critically and commercial acclaimed The Social Network, and she was the lead in the Netflix thriller, Secret Obsession and now, she’s on a new show called Dollface. Did we mention she’s dating other child-actor, Macaulay Culkin? Seriously, name a better duo. 

Ashley Tisdale (Maddie Fitzpatrick)

The Suite Life Of Zack And Cody icon #4

She was always the nicest person on the entire planet. Ashley had a lengthy career with the Disney Channel, long after The Suite Life Of Zack And Cody ended. She was the only star to score a High School Musical spin-off and she was the voice of Candace in Phineas and Ferb. But, as of recently, Tisdale has just dropped her third studio album and is extremely active on TikTok and YouTube, feeding our nostalgia like crazy!

Phil Lewis (Mr Moseby)

The Suite Life Of Zack And Cody icon #5

He was the oh-so-strict, hotel manager. Now Mr Moseby hasn’t seemed to have done much since he’s left the Tipton Hotel. But, similar to Cole Sprouse, he’s done quite a bit with Netflix. From 2017 to 2019, Phil Lewis directed fifteen episodes of sitcom One Day at a Time. Okay, director! 

Kim Rhodes (Carey Martin)

The Suite Life Of Zack And Cody icon #6

Ah, the hotel singer! After looking after her twins and sending them off on a cruise ship, this mother decided to chill out a little bit and lay low. Kim Rhodes hasn’t done much acting since 2011 apart from the odd role here and there. But recently, she has assistant-directed a few episodes of Criminal Minds. We stan a diverse queen. 

Adrian R’Mante (Esteban Julio Ricardo Montoya de la Rosa Ramirez)

The Suite Life Of Zack And Cody icon #7

He was the bell-boy that couldn’t stop saying his own name! Things haven’t really been happening for our favourite bellhop. Since the ending of The Suite Life On Deck, he’s guest-starred in NCIS: LA and Hawaii-Five-0

Arwin Hawkhauser (Brian Stepanek)

The Suite Life Of Zack And Cody icon #8

Now, who could forget everyone’s favourite inventor? After the third season of The Suite Life Of Zack and Cody, this actor actually did pretty well for himself. He got himself the lead in the Nickelodeon tv series, Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn and he also played a role in the Academy Award winning-film, Green Book!

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Where Did Fancam Twitter Replies Even Come From In the First Place?

A very serious investigation.

In 2020, it’s almost impossible to log onto Twitter without seeing at least one fancam per session.

If you’ve run into the phenomenon, but have no idea what it is or how it started, allow me to explain. A fancam is a piece of video content that is essentially a supercut of a celebrity or a group of celebrities. The videos are usually under 2 minutes long, have intense and fast-paced editing and a banger of a song driving it. 

Recently, Twitter fancams have been dominating every available square-inch of Stan Twitter and for good reason. What once started out in the realm of K-pop has now become mainstream, allowing for not only Western artists but also other Western icons to occupy the online space. 

As I’ve mentioned, fancams originated on Twitter from the K-pop community. It was never supposed to be a meme or funny in any way shape or form, it was simply a way for fans to promote their pop idols. It was frequently used when those idols came from pop groups, to give individuals a little bit more attention. The goal was promotion and ultimately, it worked. According to Seoulbeats (a Korean entertainment blog), fancams boosted the sales of EXID (a k-pop group) as a byproduct of a boost in their cultural relevancy. 

EXID have Twitter’s fancams to thank for their rise to the top!

As k-pop fancams grew alongside K-pop’s rise in the West, fans of Western artists started to whip out their editing skills and adopt the same actions. Nowadays, it’s not uncommon to see fancams of Billie Eilish, Nicki Minaj, Taylor Swift or Katy Perry in the comments section of news that has rarely anything to do with them. Not only this but fancams have even spread to Western celebrities like gay-icon Timothee Chamalet, the progressive Bernie Sanders and even the Coronavirus. 

Even Lil Nas X showed some love to hand sanitizer.

The future of Twitter fancams looks uncertain. In the past year, we’ve seen fancams being used to promote a particular news story (such as Normani and Camilla Cabello’s feud in Fifth Harmony) as well as being used to show a celebrity in a negative light (Justin Bieber’s negative album reviews). So, who knows what the future of fancams will be. All we know is, they aren’t going anywhere, so we better get used to them.

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