What You Missed In Pop Culture This Weekend: Mariah Carey Made Her NYE Return & More

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Celebrities don’t ever seem to take a break from scandals and drama. But then again, if they did, we’d have nothing to read about! Don’t worry though, since you were busy this weekend popping prosecco and counting down ’til midnight, we managed to round up all of the important pop culture stories that you need to know from the weekend. It was a busy NYE weekend!

Mariah Carey returned the NYE stage (but no one gave her that hot tea)

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Mariah Carey, the queen of vocals and throwing shade, returned to Dick Clark’s New Years Rockin’ Eve. This was a big deal since her last NYE performance was a total disaster. While bringing in 2017, there were some ~technical difficulties~ leading Mariah to sound pretty off-pitch (rare for the singer) and then she proceeded to throw everyone else under the bus after the mistake. MiMi redeemed herself this year, as there were no malfunctions during her two-song set which included “Vision of Love” and “Hero.”
There was, however, one issue. Mariah didn’t get her hot tea! The star addressed the crowd during her set, saying, “Happy New Year! Just want to take a sip of tea if they’ll let me. They told me there would be tea. Oh! It’s a disaster. Okay. Well, we’ll just have to rough it. I’m going to be just like everybody else with no hot tea. But we’re going to try and do this one for you.” Seeing as the temperature was well below freezing in NYC, we can understand why she wanted some hot tea. If they get Mariah to perform again next year, hopefully, they have plenty of tea to keep her warm.

Maria Menounos got married on live TV and Steve Harvey officiated it

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Maria Menounos also surprised everyone watching the NYE broadcast this year. “Finally some good news for mom! We are getting married tonight in Times Square! I will be the coldest bride ever but the happiest! Seeing my parents happy means everything!” Maria announced on television.
Maria married Keven Undergaro, who she’s been with for twenty years, on live TV. The couple was wed just before midnight on December 31, 2017, making them quite possibly the last couple to get married in 2017. Maria was one of the NYE hosts of the broadcast that evening, working alongside comedian and daytime TV host, Steve Harvey, who stepped in to officiate! Maybe that’s why he was wearing that all-white ensemble. The bride and groom only had two weeks to plan their NYE ceremony and Maria’s parents, Constantine and Litsa Menounos (the latter is battling stage-4 brain cancer), attended the late-night ceremony.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald revealed new photos

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It is officially 2018! Which means… Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald will be here before we know it. The sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is set to premiere on November 16, 2018. Eagle-eyed fans spotted some clues back in 2017 when the film’s title was confirmed, and the first photos of the new cast members were revealed.
It is assumed, given the name of the film, that this movie will include the huge battle between Grindelwald and Dumbledore that was talked about during the Harry Potter series’ original books. In anticipation of the movie, new photos of the cast have been released! Eddie Redmayne returns as Newt, along with Johnny Depp returning as Gellert Grindelwald (which fans are NOT happy about). Jude Law joins the cast to play a young Albus Dumbledore. In the photos, we see Dumbledore in his office, Gellert standing menacingly in the street, Newt with his best no-Maj pal Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler), and a few behind-the-scenes photos. We can only guess what Newt is going to get himself roped into this time!

John Mayer started the Kylo Ren challenge

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Even if you aren’t one of the millions of people who’ve seen Star Wars: The Last Jedi, chances are you’ve heard about Kylo Ren’s shirtless scene. For whatever reason, Kylo (Adam Driver) is shirtless in a pair of high-waisted black pants. Maybe that is just part of the uniform? Ever since fans saw the scene, they’ve been arguing online about whether or not Kylo Ren is hot. (Spoiler alert: he is!)
Musician John Mayer has jumped on the Kylo bandwagon and started a new internet challenge. On Instagram, John shared a shirtless photo of himself in a pair of black pants and deemed it the #KyloRenChallenge. Of course, fans (of John and Star Wars) instantly responded with their own take on the challenge. Fans of Star Wars: The Last Jedi suggested that Kylo isn’t wearing high-waisted pants, but instead is wearing black pants and a black bandage around his waist because of an injury he sustained in the movie. We may never know.

America Ferrara revealed she is expecting her first child in the cutest way

Más Besos! Actress America Ferrara is expecting her first child with her husband Ryan Piers Williams. The couple revealed their exciting news on Instagram on NYE. America wrote on Instagram, “We’re welcoming one more face to kiss in 2018! Wishing you #MásBesos in the New Year! #babybesos#HappyNewYear.” America and Ryan posed for a photo together, wearing 2018 glasses with America holding up the cutest onesie (where can we find that online?).
Her husband also reposted the photo, with his own caption, “Making room for new and beautiful things to come in 2018!#happynewyear.” The soon-to-be new parents just celebrated their 12th anniversary together over the summer. They first met when Ryan cast America in his student film while they were attending the University of Southern California. The couple got engaged in 2010 and married in 2011. Congrats to these two!

Jessica Alba had her third child

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…And it’s a boy! Jessica Alba revealed in 2017 that she and her husband Cash Warren were expecting their third child. The couple has two daughters, Honor and Haven, and now they have a son! The newest addition to the Alba-Warren family is Hayes Alba Warren. Little Hayes is a true NYE baby, being born on the final day of 2017. Jessica shared the first photo of her son on Instagram with the caption, “Hayes Alba Warren 12/31/17 Best gift to ring in the New Year!! Cash and I feel so blessed. Haven and Honor are already obsessed with their new baby bro. #familyof5.” The post has already over 890,000 likes and thousands of comments congratulating the growing family. What a perfect way to end the year! Congrats to Jessica, Cash, Honor, and Haven on their new addition.

That’s all for this week’s installment of This Weekend in Pop Culture, stay tuned for a new one next Monday. Because while celebs may go stale, you can count on the gossip to always stay fresh.