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Winner and loser of the week in pop culture ft. Beyonce and Kurt Russell of all people

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Beyonce. Was there any doubt? Beyonce was Super Bowl 50. Just Beyonce. During halftime , everything in existence melted away and all that was left on that glorious Sunday was Mrs. Carter — her pipes, her moves, her flawlessness. Less than 24 hours before her performance, Queen Bey released a new single, Formation. You may have heard of it. Red Lobster sure has. Then she gave the planet a taste of the live version before announcing her Formation world tour (second stop: Raymond James Stadium). The song itself is chock-full of self-empowerment and stellar catchphrases — “I twirl on them haters.” “I got hot sauce in my bag.” “Slay.” — and the video for the track is a prideful, liberating upper, exactly what Yonce’s Bey Hive expect from their beloved. Naturally, the presale for the tour transformed sensible individuals into rabid ticket hunters doing everything in their power not to hit refresh. This was Beyonce’s week. Here’s wishing it didn’t have to end.

Kurt Russell, with honorable mention to the crew of The Hateful Eight. While filming a scene for Quentin Tarantino’s latest, the 64-year-old  legend smashed a 145-year-old antique guitar into tiny pieces. What Russell hadn’t been told: The crew was supposed to cut and swap out the 1870s relic from the Martin Guitar Museum and replace it with a fake.  “Well, somehow that didn’t get communicated to Kurt  …,” sound mixer Mark Ulano said. “Everyone was pretty freaked out.” That includes museum director Dick Boak, who only knew that there had been an accident. “We assumed that a scaffolding or something fell on it,” he told Reverb. “We didn’t know anything about the script or Kurt Russell not being told that it was a priceless, irreplaceable artifact.” The museum will no longer loan instruments to movie sets “under any circumstances.” Good going, Kurt.

[Last modified: Friday, February 12, 2016 12:34pm]


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