This Week in Pop Culture: July 13–19, 2019

July 15, 2019
We've scoured this week's entertainment news and rounded up our favorite vocab words from the stories that everyone's buzzing about.
Stuber, the new action comedy film starring David Bautista and Kumail Nanjiani, had a dismal opening week. Although the movie was aggressively marketed, the combination of lackluster reviews and unusually low audience turnout at theaters this summer led to a box office bomb for 20th Century Fox, the studio behind the project. To accentuate means to highlight or emphasize something.
“Stuber” stalled at the box office over the weekend, accentuating a problem with movies coming off the 20th Century Fox assembly line: They aren’t very good. - The New York Times (July 14, 2019)
The Emmy nominations were announced this week, and Game of Thrones received 32 nominations for its final season, which is a record for one show. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Saturday Night Live also picked up a ton of nominations. The Emmy awards will be handed out on September 22.
With the 2019 Emmys just two more months away, this year's list of contenders for a coveted golden statue is now being shared. - E! (July 16, 2019)
What would a Lady Gaga endeavor be without some controversy? The entertainer just launched her makeup line, Haus Laboratories, on Amazon during its Prime Days event. You’d think her fans would be thrilled, but the timing was not well received by shoppers who were boycotting the retail frenzy in protest of Amazon's treatment of its workers.
But several fans voiced disdain for the fact that the makeup is being sold through Amazon, especially because it means "supporting amazon on the ONE day we want them not to," as one fan put it. - USA Today (July 15, 2019)
Harry Styles, former member of the band One Direction, is rumored to be the top choice to play Prince Eric in Disney’s upcoming live-action version of The Little Mermaid. Styles would costar with Hallie Bailey, who has been cast as Ariel. Comedian Melissa McCarthy is being considered for the role of Ursula, the sea witch. When something is iconic, it is instantly recognizable, and has made a lasting imprint on the culture.
The singer-turned-actor is in early negotiations to play the iconic role of Prince Eric in the studio’s live-action remake of The Little Mermaid. - The Hollywood Reporter (July 16, 2019)
Taika Waititi will direct a fourth installment in the Thor movie series. Waititi previously directed Thor: Ragnarok, the third film in the series, which was a huge success. The director is known for incorporating his unique sense of humor into his work. One example is the moment when Jeff Goldblum’s character burst into song in the middle of Thor: Ragnarok. An idiosyncratic quality is a quirky or unusual personal stamp, a distinctive characteristic.
Waititi brought his own stamp to the Thor franchise with Ragnarok, infusing the movie with an idiosyncratic wit evident in his previous work like What We Do in the Shadows and Hunt for the Wilderpeople. - The Hollywood Reporter (July 16, 2019)
The heated battle between Taylor Swift and Scooter Braun got hotter this week. Since Braun now owns the rights to Swift's previous recordings, fellow musician Kelly Clarkson suggested that Taylor re-record and re-release her old albums, so her fans can buy them without giving money to Braun. Clarkson insisted that she would buy the new/old records, and said she’s sure that a lot of her fans would too. An imbroglio is an extremely complicated situation, a mess.
Clarkson joins a number of celebrities who have come out in support of Swift, following her recent imbroglio with Scooter Braun and his acquisition of Big Machine Records – the label which held the rights to her entire catalog up through 2017’s “Reputation.” - Variety (July 13, 2019)
"Old Town Road" by Lil Nas X just spent its fifteenth week atop the Billboard Hot 100 chart. This means that it surpassed Bruno Mars' "Uptown Funk," and is in striking distance of tying for the longest streak ever at number one. In this case infectious is being used metaphorically, to describe how the song’s popularity has spread.
The infectious tune is one week away from tying with Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's "Despacito" featuring Justin Bieber and Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men's "One Sweet Day” for the longest streak atop the chart. - Billboard (July 16, 2019)
Disney's live-action remake of The Lion King just opened in American theaters, but it is already on track to be the most successful Disney release in China of all time. The film has already made $53.8 million at the Chinese box office and is projected to make a total of $166 million. The animated original did not make a lot of money in China, back when American movies were just starting to be released in that country.
Given the nascent state of the Chinese box office at that time, it made just $5 million. - Variety (July 15, 2019)
The ending of HBO's Game of Thrones was controversial, with a vocal contingent of fans expressing their displeasure. GOT author George R.R. Martin gave an interview in which he assured his audience that many things will be different in the final two books (which he hasn’t written yet) in the series. Martin consulted on the television show, but says that the program's creators went their own way with the plot in some instances.
Martin reiterated this stance to Entertainment Weekly, saying, “Yes, I told [showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss] a number of things years ago. And some of them they did do. But at the same time, it’s different. - Indiewire (July 15, 2019)
If people could nominate candidates for American celebrity royalty, Beyoncé and Jay Z would definitely be toward the top of the list. The famous and talented couple met the actual royals in London this week at the premiere of The Lion King. The megastars technically broke royal protocol by arriving after the Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle. The couples were seen chatting, and Beyoncé reportedly called Markle "my princess."
According to the second source, the Hollywood couple "completely upstaged" the royals, getting a bigger cheer from the throng of onlookers who had congregated in Leicester Square. - ET Online (July 15, 2019)

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