ICYMI: Friday, May 16

Happy rainy Friday! This week will be remembered forever in pop culture history as “The Week Solange Tried To Fight Jay-Z In An Elevator,” so let’s talk about that and all the other stuff that happened now.

-If you have a pulse, you know about the Jay-Z/Solange fight (although we should really call it the Solange fight because Jay-Z kind of just stood there, as did Beyonce). TIME has everything you need to know about it in one tidy article.

Vulture has exclusive pictures of Julianne Moore and the late, great Philip Seymour Hoffman from Mockingjay: Part 1, the first half of the Hunger Games‘ finale. If we had to lose Hoffman so soon, at least he still has a few films yet to be released.

-Swedish director Malik Bendjelloul, who won an Oscar for the documentary Searching For Sugarman last year, was found dead in Stockholm at the age of 36. His brother has since confirmed that it was a suicide. Extremely, extremely sad news.

Oprah will produce a docuseries about Michael Sam, the first openly gay player in the NFL. After Sam’s unforgettable on-air reaction to being drafted by the Rams, this does promise to be WAY more uplifting than that total bummer she aired last time (oh, Lindsay).

Louie came back on May 5, and though I admittedly haven’t seen a single episode yet, his episode about larger ladies is creating a ton of buzz- both good and bad. Rather than linking to an article that takes one side or another, here’s the full text of the scene.

-Also, Jimmy Fallon can get his guests to do literally anything, including pretending to be a singing bass on a mantelpiece. Lance Bass and the singing bass – two “bassts” from the past. (Sorry. I’m so sorry.)

Neil Patrick Harris was offered The Late Show (it seems, before Colbert was), but said no because he was worried he would find the life of a late-night host boring. As a result, he may have a variety show in the works. Well, you know what they say – when one door closes, another opens, but really only if you’re incredibly famous and CBS loves you for starring in one of their most well-regarded sitcoms and you have the cutest family of all time.

-Speaking of being offered things and saying no, Lily Allen could have played Theon’s sister Yara Greyjoy on Game of Thrones – her real life brother, Alfie, plays Theon/Reek – but said no, because their first scene would have been that time Theon fingerblasted Yara and then found out she was his sister. Yeah. I get it. Good call.

-The film adaptation of Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, the Harry Potter spin-off focusing on Newt Scamander, will be released on November 18, 2016, taking over the November YA adaptation spot that Mockingjay will leave vacant after 2015.

-Shona Rhimes is officially the new reigning queen of ABC, having inked out a deal to stay with them through 2018. This comes on the heels of her new series, How To Get Away With Murder (starring the incomparable Viola Davis), being picked up for ABC’s fall lineup. Having just gotten super into Scandal and loving that there will now be two badass black heroines starring on ABC, I support this situation 100%.

-Finally, I’m super behind on Mad Men but I am fully aware that Ginsberg chopped his nipple off, so Vulture asked a psychiatrist to analyze his character. Apparently, it’s not as bad as you might think.

This week, now that Trophy Wife has apparently exhausted its too-short run, we will run a feature lamenting the late show, as well as one celebrating John Oliver’s new HBO show, plus, of course, more Game of Thrones recaps. See you then!

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