Rihanna turned down the 2019 Super Bowl halftime show in support of Colin Kaepernick

It was announced earlier this year that Maroon 5 would headline the 2019 Super Bowl’s halftime show, though it appears they weren’t the organizers’ first choice. Yesterday, Us Weekly reported that Rihanna was initially offered the slot, but that the Anti singer turned it down as a show of support to Colin Kaepernick,…

Young Lando, ubiquitous dinos, and the winners and losers of the Super Bowl LII commercials

There’s no real surprise to Super Bowl advertising anymore. The biggest, most star-studded commercials debut online days before Super Bowl Sunday, the result of an accelerated hype machine and the declining fortunes of broadcast TV. By kickoff last night, you could already stream Peter Dinklage and Morgan Freeman’s …

Justin Timberlake says he's not bringing Janet Jackson or 'N Sync to the Super Bowl

Today, man of the woods Justin Timberlake returned to civilization for a press conference about his upcoming Super Bowl Halftime Show performance, taking a moment to shoot down everyone’s hopes for any special guests he might be bringing along to Minneapolis. As reported by Reuters, Timberlake said that he had “a ton…

Justin Timberlake, damn it, just invite Janet Jackson to the Super Bowl already

The announcement that Justin Timberlake would play this year’s Super Bowl halftime show—as is strangely the norm now for the midgame, Pepsi-sponsored concert widely hailed as “eh, just leave it on”—has already become a firestorm of controversy. While choosing a performer as broadly popular and blandly inoffensive as…

Crazy person Alex Jones explains how Lady Gaga’s halftime show was a satanic ritual

Alex Jones is dangerous. He is a stone-cold lunatic who preaches conspiracy under the guise of Christianity to an Infowars audience of more than 50 million people. Read Jon Ronson’s new Kindle single, The Elephant In The Room: A Journey Into The Trump Campaign And The “Alt-Right,” for some context or, y’know, just…

Conan’s latest Clueless Gamer lesson is actually a Super Bowl preview

Even those of us at The A.V. Club are aware that Super Bowl LI is going down this weekend, if only because it’s carte blanche to scarf nachos and chili. We kid—it’s obviously a big deal for a lot of people, including Conan O’Brien, who held a special “Big Game” edition of his Clueless Gamer segment. O’Brien was joined…

Luke Bryan is singing the national anthem at the Super Bowl

Variety reports that the NFL and Fox have selected country music superstar Luke Bryan as the singer of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at this year’s Super Bowl. Bryan—whose songs include mainstream country fuck anthems like “Play It Again,” “That’s My Kind Of Night,” and the sonically indistinct “Drink A Beer”—will be the…

Lady Gaga confirms she’ll headline the 2017 Super Bowl halftime show

Lady Gaga, whose new album is due out at the end of October, will have a huge platform for that new material: She’ll be headlining the Super Bowl halftime show next year. The pop star announced she’d be performing during the portion of the football game for people indifferent to sports on Twitter. Us Weekly actually…

The NFL and Pepsi never “formally” asked Adele to play the Super Bowl

Adele’s been pretty busy since releasing 25, her long-awaited follow-up to 2011’s break-up opus 21, last fall. She’s broken download and sales records while keeping the album off the digital shelves of Spotify (though she later relented), and has been on the Adele Live 2016 tour since February. Amid that flurry of…

Early lead: 9 Super Bowl teasers better than the movies they advertised

This Sunday, as the Panthers take on the Broncos at Levi’s Stadium, the major Hollywood movie studios will be engaged in their own very public showdown: For upwards of $5 million a pop, executives will bid for the patronage of American moviegoers, subjecting a captive audience to 30-second commercials for the biggest…

Read This: How Whitney Houston made “The Star-Spangled Banner” her own

In 1991, when Whitney Houston agreed to perform “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Super Bowl XXV in Tampa, America had just gone to war in the Persian Gulf and was looking for signs of hope and encouragement. What Houston delivered was a performance that forever altered the way America’s national anthem is performed in…

Watch young Bill Murray and Christopher Guest document Super Bowl X in 1976

Back in June, The A.V. Club ran a clip of Steven Spielberg losing the best director nomination for Jaws in 1976. The bearded one didn’t just have a camera set up in his house to document he and Joe Spinell hanging out on a Los Angeles morning; it was actually a “guerilla video collective” known as TVTV (Top Value…

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