Another Meghan Says, 'Me Too'

Singer Meghan Trainor, who unabashedly sang "It's pretty clear I ain't no Size 2" on her smash 2014 hit "All About That Bass," found out that the video for her latest track, "Me Too," had been Photoshopped without her permission when fans started complaining about it online. Specifically, the video's creators had edited Trainor's waist to make it smaller. "I saw fans posting it and was like, 'Why are fans ruining my waist? Are you kidding?'" Trainer said in an interview with USA Today. "Then I went to the video and was like, 'Oh my god.' I texted the editors like, 'I never asked you to touch my waist. I want my waist back." Trainor yanked the video from YouTube and Vevo, and had it replaced with an unedited version the next day. "Why would they ever be like, 'Let's break her ribs!' It's insulting, it's rude. Especially because I'm the only artist who talks about it," she said. [usatoday.com, 5/10/16; huffingtonpost.com, 5/10/16]

Racy Rangers

The Power Rangers—the long-running children's television show—is getting its own movie. But some fans aren't as happy about that as you might think. Here's why: When the new Power Rangers' outfits were revealed online, the female Rangers' uniforms appear to be "sexed up," with formfitting "armor" accentuating breasts and suggesting cleavage. They're also sporting high heels, "because apparently women aren't fully dressed without high heels that they have no choice but to wear if they want to get ahead in the superhero game," writes the Los Angeles Times' Libby Hill. [latimes.com, 5/5/16]

Looking for Jesus in the 'Desert'

Scottish actor Ewan McGregor plays both Jesus and Satan in the avant-garde film Last Days in the Desert. Regarding his own beliefs, he told The Daily Beast, "I'm not a religious person," though he admits that being married to a Jewish woman and raising his children in that faith tradition means his "involvement in religion has more to do with the Jewish faith now and not the Christian faith." That said, McGregor said he went on a journey of discovery with regard to who Jesus was before portraying Him onscreen. He says, "Books … have come out recently that set out to disprove his 'Son of God'-ness, which are written about who He really was. Those books to me were entirely unhelpful, because I was playing the Jesus who is the Son of God. That was our fact—this was what [director] Rodrigo [Garcia] and I were doing. And the devil is the Devil—although of course when you watch the film, you can have many different [interpretations]." McGregor then added, "But for me, I was playing Jesus, whose Father is God, and I was playing the devil as Lucifer, a fallen angel who has been in the presence of God and now reigned in hell. Once I stopped trying to find [Jesus] in other people's writings, or other people's imaginings of Him, and started looking for Him in my own—who do I think He is, who do I think He was?—then that's when I found Hm." [thedailybeast.com, 5/7/16]

Cross on His Face, Cross With His Fans

Justin Bieber recently got a cross tattoo near the corner of his eye. According to "Jonboy," the tattoo artist who did the work, the symbol "represents his journey in finding purpose with God." But Bieber's fans won't be getting a picture of themselves with him and his cross anytime soon. Biebs recently wrote on Instagram that he's no longer going to be posing for photos with fans. "If you happen to see me out somewhere know that I'm not gonna take a picture I'm done taking pictures," he said. "It has gotten to the point that people won't even say hi to me or recognize me as a human, I feel like a zoo animal and I wanna be able to keep my sanity." [relevantmagazine.com, 5/9/16; huffingtonpost.com, 5/11/16]

And He's Not the Only One Who's Sore

"Maybe I'm tired of sharing my story with the world."

—Demi Lovato, lashing out at online fans via Twitter in the wake of much-publicized pictures showing Demi and Nicki Minaj having an obviously awkward encounter at the recent Met Gala [foxnews.com, 5/5/16; twitter.com/ddlovato, 5/5/16]

Getting 'Angry' About Marketing

Usually, moviemakers don't want fans to have their phones out during a showing. Not so with the forthcoming big screen adaptation of the hugely popular Angry Birds video game. Rovio Entertainment is including a special code in the credits inspired by the mobile gaming sensation that will hatch an exclusive level for a new pinball-inspired game called Angry Birds Action! "It's really about continuing the story," said Miika Tams, vice president of games at the Finland-based studio Rovio. "Everyone is usually distracted after watching a movie, but we wanted audiences to be distracted by wanting to go back into the game." [AP, 4/28/16]

Deadpool 'Changed the Game'

"That door is open because of Deadpool. That door is only open because of Deadpool. Look, R was something everyone ran from, and … [20th Century Fox] placed a huge bet on Deadpool. Nobody else was making an R-rated superhero movie, and no one has made one in a long, long time. Everyone has embraced the family-friendly Disney approach, which is great. I see all of those movies, and I take my kids. But I grew up on Predator, Alien and Terminator. People forget, but those were R-rated movies. So Deadpool put its money where its mouth is, and it changed the game."

Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld [mtv.com, 5/11/16]

Driving Under the Influence(s)

Forty-six states ban texting while driving, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association. Yet despite the presence of such bans and public service campaigns intended to discourage this dangerous behavior, all indicators point to the fact that many folks aren't listening. The New York Times reports that driving fatalities have increased about 8% since 2015 after gradually decreasing for years. And the bicycling site icebike.com reports that a staggering 25% of car accidents in the U.S. involve texting while driving, a combination that the site also says is six times more likely to result in an accident than drinking and driving.

Meanwhile, since the state of Washington legalized recreational marijuana use in December 2012, fatal automobile accidents involving marijuana usage there have doubled, according to new research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. From 2010 to 2014, the percentage of drivers in fatal crashes with marijuana in their system was 8%. By 2013 to 2014, that number had more than doubled to 17%. "The significant increase in fatal crashes involving marijuana is alarming," said Peter Kissinger, president and CEO of the organization. "Washington serves as an eye-opening case study for what other states may experience with road safety after legalizing the drug." [nytimes.com, 4/28/16; icebike.org; ghsa.org, 5/16; edmunds.com, 5/11/16]

Stealing Fame in a 'Grand' Way

Grand Theft Auto III was one of six games to be induced into the World Video Game Hall of Fame this year. Other inductees include The Legend of Zelda, The Oregon Trail, The Sims, Sonic the Hedgehog and Space Invaders. [time.com, 5/9/16]