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This Week in Pop Culture: December 1 - 7, 2018

December 3, 2018
We've scoured this week's entertainment news and rounded up our favorite vocab words from the stories that everyone's buzzing about.
apoplectic
Friends fans thought that Netflix was dropping their favorite at the end of this year, but Santa came early for these Ross and Rachel aficionados. Netflix will pay $100 million dollars for the right to run the series through 2019, which is more than triple the amount it initially paid to license the sitcom. Apoplectic means distraught and upset.
Some of the show’s fans turned apoplectic. “The only reason I have an account with Netflix is to rewatch Friends,” Hayley Kiyoko posted on Twitter. “Why @netflix are you hurting us.”
- The New York Times (Dec 4, 2018)
bask
The Cher Show opened on Broadway this week, and Kanye West and Kim Kardashian were spotted in the night audience were . Apparently everyone in the theater was very aware of West's presence, as he was focused on his phone instead of the performance. Jarrod Spector, who plays Sonny Bono in the musical, called Kanye out on Twitter. Kanye later apologized for his behavior and complimented the show.
However, instead of basking in all of Cher’s accomplishments, the Chicago rapper appeared to be a bit preoccupied throughout the show with his phone, according to one baffled cast member.
- People (Dec. 3, 2018)
insufferable
Ron Burgundy, the lead character in "Anchorman," will get his own podcast next year. It will be interesting to see how the Will Ferrell character, who'd be the first to tell you how good looking he is, adjusts to a medium where he can't be seen.
Given the rise of the celebrity podcast, it follows that the much loved, insufferably obnoxious albeit fictional star will attract a considerable audience.
- Slate (Dec 4, 2018)
laud
The American Film Institute released its list of the best films of the year. The AFI list is always a mix of critically acclaimed movies and box office favorites. A Star is Born, Black Panther, and Mary Poppins Returns all made the list. There is a lot of Oscar buzz around A Star is Born, and its appearance on the AFI list, along with its National Board of Review wins, confirm its status as a an early favorite.
Actor/Director Bradley Cooper’s lauded remake of A Star Is Born recently won best director for Cooper, best actress for Lady Gaga and best supporting actor for Sam Elliott from the National Board of Review.
- Billboard (Dec.4, 2018)
logistics
Comedian Kevin Hart confirmed on Tuesday night that he will host the Academy Awards in February. Talk show host Jimmy Kimmel has hosted for the last two years. In an interview, Hart said that hosting the Oscars is something he's long dreamed of doing. Hart's most recent movie was Night School co-starring Tiffany Haddish.
For that reason, because of Hart’s busy schedule, logistics have to be worked out for the actor-comedian to be able to check the Oscars off his bucket list.
- Deadline.com (Dec 4, 2018)
meld
Another Jonas brother got married this week, crushing the dreams of many fans. Nick Jonas married Quantico star Priyanka Chopra in a lengthy ceremony which combined, or melded, Western and Indian traditions. The wedding, with 225 guests, was held in Jodhpur, India.
When singer/actor Nick Jonas proposed to Indian superstar Priyanka Chopra this past summer, the two knew their wedding had to be a meld of their cultures, religions and families.
- People (Dec 4, 2018)
narrative
Prince will reign again, this time on movie screens. The Purple One's music catalog has been optioned by Universal, which hopes to make a musical out of the material. Executives at the studio stress that the film they envision will not be a biography of Prince's life, but rather an original story that includes Prince's songs.
Universal Pictures has acquired the rights to a number of classic songs from Prince’s catalog and is developing an original film musical inspired by his music, using the songs to drive a fictional narrative.
- Variety (Dec 3, 2018)
protagonist
The new Captain Marvel movie trailer was released. It features Brie Larson as lead character Carol Danvers in some high-octane action clips. Fans will have to wait until March to see the film.
As far as Marvel superheroes go, her Captain Marvel seems like a fresh and interesting protagonist.
- The New York Times (Dec 5, 2018)
rarefied
A concert was held in Malibu to benefit the victims of the recent fires there. Katy Perry, Gwen Stefani and Robin Thicke were among the acts that performed to help raise money for the people whose homes were destroyed or badly damaged in the wildfires. The concert also functioned to keep the public at large aware of the fact that people in the area still need help. Other performers included Alanis Morrisette and Brandi Carlile.
But if the high number of well-tanned ladies and dudes wearing adventurous hats invited jokes about Malibu’s rarefied air... you couldn’t miss the show’s palpable sense of community, which set One Love Malibu apart from more grandly conceived benefit concerts.
- The Los Angeles Times (Dec 3, 2018)
serendipity
The Kennedy Center Honors were held this week. For the first time ever the awards, which usually celebrate individuals, honored a project — the musical Hamilton. Writer and star Lin-Manuel Miranda, as well as the director and choreographer of the show, were given special recognition. Other Kennedy Center honorees this year include Cher, Reba McEntire, Jazz saxophonist Wayne Shorter and composer Philip Glass.
The Kennedy Center Honors span the entire arts spectrum, so it was pure serendipity that for the event's 41st year, each of the honorees hails from the world of music.
- Billboard (Dec 3, 2018)

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