Today's pop-culture roundup includes the local pro football team, an ultraviolent Lana Del Rey, the women of "Friends," Depp and Tyler, our mystery music video and much more.
NFL WON’T HANDCUFF ANNOUNCERS: Of the burgundy and gold, per the Los Angeles Times, “The National Football League doesn't have a problem with announcers who don't want to use the name "Redskins" when covering games involving the Washington franchise. "We don’t dictate to our broadcast partners how they cover the game," said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell during a news conference with CBS executives to discuss the network's new Thursday night football package at the semi-annual Television Critics Assn. press tour in Beverly Hills.
“Many sports columnists and newspapers have said they will no longer use "Redskins" out of deference to Native Americans who may find the name offensive. Redskins owner Dan Snyder has been adamant that he has no intention of changing the team's name. CBS Sports President Sean McManus said the decision on whether to say "Redskins" while covering the team's games is up to the individual sportscaster.” http://lat.ms/1wElShW
LANA DEL REY: And “A Clockwork Orange,” or something like that, per Rolling Stone, “Lana Del Rey's new album, Ultraviolence, qualifies as a radical statement from a pop star in 2014 – it's mostly produced by Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach, who relies on electric guitar and other live instruments, and none of its eleven tracks sound much like a potential radio hit. And as Auerbach reveals in Rolling Stone's new Del Rey cover story, her major labels (Interscope and the U.K.'s Polydor) were initially resistant to the idea of releasing it.” http://rol.st/UfryCm
AMERICAN IDOL: And its high-flying host, per People, “Every now and then, even Ryan Seacrest needs a vacation. So when the TV and radio host, producer and all-round multi-tasker headed to Europe for a summer getaway earlier this month, it was time to kick back, sightsee and, as it turns out, enjoy a little romance.
“Among those in a group of Seacrest's friends who made the trip? Model and fitness enthusiast Shayna Taylor, 23. "They're dating," a source tells PEOPLE. "They're having fun." And who wouldn't have fun when touring France (with a stop in Paris, naturally) and the Italy coast?” http://bit.ly/1nEM1rA
EARLY BOX-OFFICE: Not bad, per The Hollywood Reporter, “The Purge: Anarchy, Universal's sequel to the 2013 horror hit, took in a solid $2.6 million at late shows on Thursday while Sony's comedy Sex Tape took in $1.1 million as both films attempt to unseat this weekend's holdover Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.” http://bit.ly/1mnZvYr
‘FRIENDS’: Girls night out gone awry, per Gossip Cop, “Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow caused a paparazzi frenzy on Wednesday when they had a mini “Friends” reunion at Craig’s restaurant in Los Angeles. Photographers swarmed Aniston’s chauffeured Mercedes as it left the scene, causing her driver to scrape a pole and damage the car.” http://bit.ly/1mnQheG
MEANWHILE: Rachel gushes, per The Insider, “Jennifer Aniston is notoriously private when it comes to discussing her relationship with fiancé Justin Theroux but at a party held in his honor by Details magazine, the 45-year-old actress couldn't help but gush about her man and his sexy cover. "He's just so beautiful and handsome to me," she told Women's Wear Daily at the Sunset Tower Hotel in West Hollywood on Tuesday. "I love that his eyeballs are so beautifully captured because those eyes just knock me out every day." ’’ http://yhoo.it/1mnAufU
AREODEPP: Or something like that, per Us Weekly, “Johnny Depp made a surprise appearance as he took the stage with Steven Tyler and the rest of Aerosmith at their show in Mansfield, Mass., on Wednesday, July 16. The 51-year-old actor (with his electric guitar in hand!) rocked out with the legendary band during the song "Train Kept a-Rollin." Fitting right in, he wore jeans, a black button-down and black hat, and took center stage between frontman Tyler and lead guitarist Joe Perry. Depp's fiancee Amber Heard was also in the crowd to support him, a source adds to Us Weekly.” http://usm.ag/UfINUs
FULL SEX HOUSE: If you must know, per Celebuzz!, “What’s with celebrities sharing way too much this week? DJ Tanner, it’s cool you’re happily married with three kids and all, but do we really need to know about what goes on in the boudoir?
“In a new interview with The Doctors, Candace Cameron Bure says it’s important for her to stay connected to her husband Valerie. In more ways than one. “He travels every single week and I’m quite busy as well, so we have to schedule time together,” the 38-year-old former Full House star says on the program. “But the other part is making sure that we stay connected sexually. That’s a very fulfilling part of a marriage.” ’’ http://celeb.bz/1zR4kUc
JON STEWART: Bad words, per The Wrap, “The GOP has spent most of President Obama's time in office — nearly a term and a half, at this point — calling him a tyrant and dictator. It's been good for business, helping them raise a ton of money and win elections, and so naturally they'll keep on doing it.
“The upshot is that the success of their oratory means that they can't actually take action on all their corrective threats, which Jon Stewart pointed out with exhausted disgust on Thursday night, declaring, “all this talk of tyranny is bullshit. . .When your main concern when you're deposing a tyrant is how it will affect your party's chances in the upcoming midterm elections,” Stewart pointed out, “that's not tyranny.” The segment to the recent shift of House Republicans away from impeachment talk that had been recently stirred by the slow and steady Sarah Palin.” http://bit.ly/1jFi5QJ
I QUIT: Just the facts, per Variety, “Sara Firth, a correspondent for English-language news channel Russia Today, has ankled the Kremlin-controlled web in protest at its coverage of the Malaysia Airlines disaster in Eastern Ukraine. The London-based journalist said the channel’s reporting of the crash was the “straw that broke the camel’s back,” according Press Gazette, a website for U.K. journalists.
“Russia Today has taken President Putin’s line that Ukraine was to blame for the crash, rather than the pro-Russian rebels. “Yesterday (Thursday), when the story broke, you get the kick in your stomach when you’re going to get the facts and it’s this huge story. “And I walked into the newsroom and they were running an eye-witness account of God-knows who the person was blaming the Ukrainian government, and it is such a volatile situation,” she told Press Gazette.” http://bit.ly/1p2uY6I
AND FINALLY: Today’s mystery music video. http://bit.ly/1zRdgc1