TIME celebrities

Kermit the Frog: That Pig Isn’t My ‘New Girlfriend’

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Denise and him "are simply close friends," Kermit said

Kermit the Frog denied rumors of his “new girlfriend” in statement posted Tuesday to Twitter, just weeks after breaking up with longtime lover Miss Piggy and reportedly becoming close with a new pig named Denise.

“While I prefer to keep my personal life private, this is Hollywood, so who am I kidding?” Kermit said. “It is true that I am dating again. However, at this time no one woman–pig or otherwise–is my official ‘new girlfriend.’ We are simply close friends.”

The Muppets’ romantic drama arrives ahead of the premiere of a rebooted The Muppets sitcom. The docu-series, which explores the Muppets’ personal lives and relationships, premieres on ABC on Sept. 22.

TIME Television

Joe Biden Will Appear on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden at the 10th annual Make Progress National Summit in Washington on July 16, 2015.
Chip Somodevilla—Getty Images U.S. Vice President Joe Biden at the 10th annual Make Progress National Summit in Washington on July 16, 2015.

He'll be joining George Clooney and Jeb Bush for the premiere week

With the premiere a week away, host Stephen Colbert announced Vice President Joe Biden as the latest guest expected to stop by The Late Show.

The news follows the announcement of guests scheduled for week two of the new season of Late Show including Emily Blunt, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Bernie Sanders.

The Late Show kicks off Sept. 8 with George Clooney, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush and musical performance by Jon Batiste and Stay Human. For the full list of guests for premiere week, head here.

This article originally appeared on EW.com

TIME celebrities

White House Responds to Kanye West’s Presidential Run

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Matt Sayles—Invision/AP Kanye West accepts the video vanguard award at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Aug. 30, 2015, in Los Angeles.

One option: "I'm not no politician, bruh"

Kanye West rocked the political world Sunday when he announced his intention to run for President in 2020 during an award acceptance speech at MTV’s Video Music Awards, and now the White House has joined in on the fun.

Speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One Monday, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest joked about the rapper’s possible campaign swag, according to Politico, saying he looks forward “to seeing what slogan he chooses to embroider on his campaign hat.” (Earnest’s comments may have been a dig at Republican candidate Donald Trump, who’s “Make America Great Again” hats have become an internet sensation.)

West’s acceptance speech contained a number of possible slogans for an outsider candidate, including “I’m not no politician, bruh.” However, if President Obama has his way, the rapper’s hats may just read “jackass.” Obama has described West in such terms twice, first in 2009, after West’s infamous interruption during Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech at the VMAs, then again in a 2012 interview with the Atlantic.

Jimmy Kimmel also poked fun at the idea of West’s run Monday night, producing a video montage of Kanye and Trump that cut between the rapper’s VMA’s speech and some outlandish moments from the Trump campaign.


TIME Books

Here Are the Best #BackToHogwarts Tweets

"Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home"

J.K. Rowling sure knows how to ignite her fan base, which exploded in nostalgia when the author Tweeted on Tuesday that Harry Potter’s oldest son was headed to his first day at Hogwarts.

The Twitterverse took to posting about heading back to the wizarding school themselves. After all, as Rowling once said, “whether you come back by page or by the big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.” See how fans (and brands) reacted to the big day.

The fan who learned a thing or two from Ron

The fan who always believes

The fan with proof the Hogwarts Express exists

The fan whose family might be like the Dursleys

The fan who seems to think Ginny Weasley’s hair has turned grey already

The fan with a great sense of humor about You Know Who

The fan craving some pumpkin juice

The fan who just can’t deal

The fan who has her quill and parchment at the ready

The fan who wants more than 140 characters

TIME Books

J.K. Rowling Reveals That Harry Potter’s Son Is Following in His Footsteps

Where dwell the brave at heart

J.K. Rowling brought back many a memory on Twitter when she reminded Harry Potter fans that today would be the first day of school for Harry’s oldest son, James Sirius Potter. School, of course, means Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. And as we well know, Hogwarts is no ordinary school.

After fans (and brands, too) went nuts using the hashtag #BackToHogwarts, Rowling chimed in on the fun once again, mentioning the annual Sorting Hat ceremony, where new students are placed in one of the four houses at Hogwarts.

The Teddy Lupin she refers to is the son of the late Nymphadora Tonks and Remus Lupin, who, for those who’ve not kept up with the Potter universe, is dating Victoire Weasley, the daughter of Bill Weasley and Fleur de la Coeur.

TIME cars

This Might Be the Secret to the Perfect Car Name

General Views Ahead Of Domestic Vehicle Sales Figures
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But it also might not be...

Randall Munroe, known for his web-comic XKCD, has published a comic on his website, xkcd.com, that may reveal the secret to creating the perfect car name.

Munroe charted the relative frequency of letters and numbers used in car models as compared to those used in regular text. The characters used most frequently in car models he dubbed “car-like,” an those used most frequently in regular text he called “English-like.”

He assigned each figure a score, and he rated car names as either successful or unsuccessful based on their average letter scores. The least successful name he came up with was “Doody,” and the most successful was “Cervixxx.”

It seems like a foolproof method, but it may have some flaws. Although “CrashMaster 500” would rate highly on Munroe’s scale, it’s unlikely to be a top seller.

TIME Music

Miley Cyrus, the Weeknd, Demi Lovato are SNL’s Next Musical Guests

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 30: Host Miley Cyrus speaks onstage during the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on August 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/MTV1415/FilmMagic)
Jeff Kravitz—FilmMagic/Getty Images Miley Cyrus speaks onstage during the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Aug. 30, 2015.

They join previously announced hosts Amy Schumer and Tracy Morgan

As Saturday Night Live readies a return from its summer hiatus, NBC has announced the first three musical guests of the show’s 41st season.

Previously announced host Miley Cyrus, who just released a psychedelic surprise album following Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards, will also be SNL‘s musical guest when the show comes back on Oct. 3.

When Trainwreck star Amy Schumer hosts on Oct. 10, she’ll be joined by “Can’t Feel My Face” singer the Weeknd, who just released his new album Beauty Behind the Madness.

And when former SNL cast member Tracy Morgan returns to the show on Oct. 17—his first major public appearance since he was critically injured in a June 2014 car crash—”Cool for the Summer” star Demi Lovato will take the stage.

Read next: Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz’ is Miley As You’ve Never Heard Her Before

Read next: The Rise of the Weeknd: ‘I Want to Make Pop Cool Again’


TIME movies

Watch Michael Fassbender Rise to Power in New Macbeth Trailer

All hail Macbeth

Something wicked this way comes.

The new trailer for the upcoming Macbeth offers a look at Michael Fassbender’s dark, bloodthirsty version of Shakespeare’s tragic hero, with Marion Cotillard as his power-hungry wife. Directed by Justin Kurzel, Macbeth also stars Paddy Considine, Sean Harris, David Thewlis, and Jack Reynor.

“I wasn’t seeking out to do Shakespeare at the time, when [producer] Iain Canning approached me,” Fassbender told EW. “But it was one of those things. You get the opportunity to do it and there was just no way I could have said no.”

Macbeth will hit select U.S. theaters on Dec. 4.

This article originally appeared on EW.com

TIME movies

Daniel Craig Says Spectre Is Probably His Last Bond Film

"I have a life and I’ve got to get on with it a bit."

After starring in four films, Daniel Craig is ready to graduate from the Bond franchise. In an interview with Esquire the actor said he didn’t know whether he would film another 007 movie after Spectre, due out Nov. 6. But if he were to decide right now, he would probably leave the franchise behind.

“I don’t know,” he said. “I really don’t know. Honestly. I’m not trying to be coy. At the moment I can’t even conceive it.”

When asked specifically if he would do just one more Bond film, he replied: “At this moment, no. I have a life and I’ve got to get on with it a bit. But we’ll see.”

The profile hit the Internet the same morning that outrage surrounding another piece of Bond news went viral. Current 007 writer, Anthony Horowitz, said in a recent interview with the Daily Mail that The Wire’s Idris Elba—the heir apparent to the franchise if you ask fans—is “too street” and not suave enough to play James Bond. The Internet was not pleased.

Idris Elba: stay by your phone the next few months.


TIME Sexual Assault

Watch Josh Hutcherson, Zoe Saldana and Haim in a New Sexual Assault PSA

Reminding students that sex without consent is rape

Josh Hutcherson, Zoe Saldana, Haim and other celebrities teamed up with the White House’s “It’s On Us” initiative to remind students about consent as they head back to school.

The video, one of a series of celebrity-studded PSAs meant to help fight campus sexual assault, features those celebrities and others discussing consent as the “one thing you can never have sex without.”

The White House’s “It’s On Us” initiative is meant to spread awareness about consent and encourage bystander intervention to prevent sexual assault.

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