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The Weeknd's 'False Alarm' music video is a wild, violent heist

The Weeknd has another visceral entry in his music video canon.

The R&B singer released his most violent video yet — with a viewer discretion warning at the beginning — on Thursday with “False Alarm.” The video is shot from The Weeknd’s first-person perspective, as he’s a part of a crew robbing a bank. Criminals and cops are both shot in the firefight, but The Weeknd is saved by a hostage.

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Saturday Night Live returns to highest season premiere ratings since 2008

Saturday Night Live returned for its 42nd season as a ratings smash, notching the long-running variety show’s biggest premiere numbers in 8 years.

The politically-leaning episode debuted 29 percent higher than 2015’s opener, according to live plus same day figures from 56 Nielsen metered markets. The telecast featured guest host Margot Robbie and musical guest The Weeknd. It also saw former SNL cast member Darrell Hammond return to Studio 8H as Bill Clinton, in addition to Larry David once again hitting 30 Rock as Senator Bernie Sanders. 

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The Weeknd ditches his former self in 'Starboy' video

It’s out with the old and in with the new in the Weeknd’s video for new single, “Starboy.”

The dark and dramatic clip, directed by Grant Singer (“Can’t Feel My Face,” “Tell Your Friends”), begins with the singer tied to a chair and suffocating thanks to a plastic bag on his head. It’s later revealed that he’s being held captive and killed by none other than himself — albeit a more up-to-date-version of himself, complete with a leather jacket, diamond cross necklace, and shorter hair. 

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The Weeknd donates $250,000 to Black Lives Matter Network

The Weeknd has donated $250,000 to the Black Lives Matter Network, EW can confirm.

The foundation was created in 2012 following Trayvon Martin’s death. It describes itself as “a chapter-based national organization working for the validity of Black life,” and has branches in nearly 40 U.S. cities, as well as in The Weeknd’s hometown of Toronto.

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Tina Fey and Whoopi Goldberg headline diverse list of Oscar presenters

The Oscars are exactly one month away, and the Academy unveiled its first round of presenters for the upcoming ceremony.

Benicio Del Toro, Tina Fey, Whoopi Goldberg, Ryan Gosling, Kevin Hart, Lady Gaga, Sam Smith, Charlize Theron, Jacob Tremblay, The Weeknd, and Pharrell Williams have all been named as presenters and performers.

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