2017: the year in pop culture

A month-by-month digest of 2017s most memorable moments, from Trumps not-so-triumphant inauguration to Get Out reviving the horror genre, Love Islands surprise success and beyond January Trumps inauguration The year began with nobody RSVPing to Donald Trumps inauguration invite. After reaching the end of his Rolodex, he eventually got 3 Doors Down to perform so, crisis over. Musical chairs ... the extensive list of musicians that shirked Trumps big day. Photograph: Guardian Design Team Meanwhile, in popular culture, 2017 started with a similar sense of ambition and optimism, which soon turned into disappointment. Going down ... the list of the lost: Twin peaks, Blade Runner 2049, the xx, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Mother!. Photograph: Guardian Design Team <head><title></title></head><body hidden=""><div class="bookshop-button-wrapper" id="wrapper"> <br /></div></body> February The Oscar blunder fallout School of card knocks ... Warren Beatty announces the wrong winner of the best picture Oscar. We used to know the drill for […] Read more »

Naomi Campbell: People try to use your past to blackmail you. I wont allow it

Late and distracted by her phone, the model soon transforms from hauteur to warmth. She discusses racism, Vogue, stereotypes of black women and how, at 47, shes finally become comfortable in her own skin At a big and ritzy Halloween party in New York two Saturdays ago, a lot of highly famous people dressed up as other highly famous people. Naomi Campbell, however, went as herself. Why deign to masquerade as some lesser being when you are already an internationally acknowledged apogee of fabulousness? In a gold strapless mini dress and a crown bigger than the one Beyonc wore at the Grammys, the 47-year-old supermodel was approached by more than one party guest who had come in costume as Naomi Campbell. A real-life Naomi: Campbell at Halloween party in New York, October 2017. Photograph: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Moet Hennessy When we meet, Halloween itself, we are in the restaurant […] Read more »

Saturday Night Live: the 10 best clips of the biggest season ever

From Melissa McCarthy as Sean Spicer to Scarlett Johanssons turn as a Complicit Ivanka Trump, the show has been more relevant than ever Saturday Night Live has been enjoying quite the resurgence this year. Presidential campaigns are always good business for the long-running sketch series, but its been the election and presidency of Donald Trump that has launched the show into mega-drive. Ratings are the highest theyve been in 23 years, and stars including Alec Baldwin, Melissa McCarthy and Scarlett Johansson seem happy to stop by to reprise their roles in the current political melodrama whenever necessary. The show also switched to airing live in all (continental) US time zones, making it easier for it to build a social media following and allowing clips of the sketches to be online minutes after they air live on TV. That energy has brought some real classics: here are the 10 best sketches […] Read more »