This Week in Pop Culture: May 18–24, 2019

May 23, 2019
We've scoured this week's entertainment news and rounded up our favorite vocab words from the stories that everyone's buzzing about.
Game of Thrones aired its finale this week, earning tremendous ratings but leaving many viewers disappointed. Especially frustrated were fans who liked to get lost in the world of Westeros; for the second time this season there was an embarrassing anachronism clearly visible in a scene. First it was a Starbucks coffee cup on a table. This time it was a plastic water bottle at someone’s feet. Anachronisms like that can really take you out of the fantasy.
Just weeks after the now-infamous Starbucks coffee cup made its way into a medieval feast scene on "Game of Thrones," Sunday's series finale was befouled by another anachronism: this time, it was a plastic water bottle.
- USA Today (May 20, 2019)
After the triumph of her cosmetics line, Rihanna will design a luxury fashion brand called “Fenty,” after her family name. The LVMH conglomerate that's behind Fenty is one of the most exclusive and successful in the fashion industry.
The majority of the interview focused on Rihanna's new line for LVMH – short for Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the luxury conglomerate that owns and operates Dior, Celine and other fashion houses – which, upon its debut, will make the 31-year-old Barbados native the first black woman to run a major luxury fashion brand.
- MSN News (May 20, 2019)
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West revealed the name of their fourth child this week. Their newborn son's moniker is Psalm West. Kanye has recently been holding religious musical performances on Sundays that draw from the Bible, including the Book of Psalms. A connotation is the meaning that something has or the connections it evokes.
Alas, they surprised fans around the world by naming him Psalm and it carries a special connotation for the family. Psalm means "song" in Hebrew and there's also the Book of Psalms in the Bible. One source told E! News that Psalm "was chosen by Kanye and is a representation of their spirituality."
- E! News (May 20, 2019)
Jennifer Garner was given an honorary doctorate by her alma mater, Denison University. Garner also gave the commencement address, telling the graduating class not to focus on goals, because they can give you the false impression that life has a finish line — a mythical place where all your dreams come true.
Even with a sunny disposition, life isn't perfect, she told graduates. "If you’re lucky, your life will be 65% happy, and that’s ‘fresh’ on Rotten Tomatoes," she said.
- USA Today (May 21, 2019)
Avengers: Endgame has finally been toppled from its number one perch at the box office. The new champ is the Keanu Reeves action adventure John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum, which took in $57 million dollars. Exponential growth is growth that gets faster as the the total increases. By the way, parabellum refers to a type of semi-automatic weapon.
Not only did it far exceed expectations, it's a franchise best that nearly doubled the opening of the second film, which itself doubled the opening of the first film from 2014. The audience, in other words, is growing exponentially for this series about a talented assassin who never seems to get a break.
- AP News (May 19, 2019)
American Idol crowned a new winner this week. Louisiana native Laine Hardy, with his raspy voice, took the title. Hardy auditioned last year but was eliminated early. He accompanied a friend to this year's auditions and had to be convinced by the judges to try out again. Hardy will get $250,000 when he produces an album for his record company, as well as a percentage of the royalties from the album's sales.
Throughout the season, the 19-year-old heartthrob received praise for his Southern charm and raspy vocals.
- People (May 19, 2019)
Scarlet Johansson and Saturday Night Live‘s Colin Jost announced their engagement after dating for about two years. The couple has avoided publicity for a long time, but they've recently been photographed together at events like movie openings and other soirees.
Though they both walked the red carpet separately, the actress was all smiles as the couple posed for photos together inside the soirée.
- People (May 20, 2019)
Jeopardy! champ James Holzhauer won for the twenty-fourth time earlier this week. He now holds the record for most money won in a single game ($131,127) and highest average winnings ($77,798 per game) in the venerable game show’s fifty-year history. Holzhauer is far from the consecutive win record (74 games) but, with the amount of money he earns every game, he is not that far behind in the all-time money-earned race ($2,520,700) with $1,867,142 so far.
James Holzhauer, whose amazing "Jeopardy!" performance has put the spotlight on the venerable quiz show, added to his legacy Tuesday with his 24th consecutive win.
- USA Today (May 21, 2019)
R & B singer Ciara has been accepted to Harvard Business School's Entertainment, Media and Sports program. Many stars have their own companies, but Ciara seems committed to making her imprint, Beauty Marks, into a real force in the entertainment industry. Famous graduates of this program include model and mogul Tyra Banks.
Ciara is already a boss lady, having just launched her own company, Beauty Marks Entertainment. Now, the songstress will have the degree to go along with her new business venture.
- Billboard (May 20, 2019)
Actress Elle Fanning, who is in France serving on the Cannes Film Festival jury, fainted briefly at a dinner being held as part of the festival. Luckily, her sister Dakota and British actor Colin Firth rushed to her aid and escorted her out of the dinner. Fanning later posted to Instagram to assure people that she was fine, chalking up her fainting spell to an overly tight dress.
Fanning was sitting at a table next to her sister Dakota Fanning, who helped the actress to her feet before security whisked them away.
- Variety (May 20, 2019)

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