FEBRUARY 16TH-18TH | Something for the kiddos plus the release of Black Panther is happening now
You made it through Valentine's Day! Now go buy that discount candy and settle in for a weekend at the cinema.
In Popdust's column, Box Office Breakdown, we aim to inform you of the top flicks to check out every weekend depending on what you're in the mood to enjoy. Looking to laugh? What about have your pants scared off? Maybe just need a little love? Whatever the case may be, we have it.
Take a peek at our top picks for this week...
Go back in history with the team that brought you Wallace & Gromit and Chicken Run. A crew of cavemen, including Dug and his friend Hognob face trouble in their primitive village when the Bronze Age begins to break way and threaten their way of life. Lord Nooth wants to turn their land into a giant mine, but Dug is ready to put up a fight. It is definitely the most fun you will see clay having all year with the lovely animation. But will the stoners be able to stop the furthering of history? We know the answer but it's fun to see what this animation studio will imagine, anyway.
Just when you thought you were done having to hear about romantic movies, there's a brand new one that will have you reaching for your box of tissues with the same speed you'll be eating your discount candy. Abbie and Sam think they're about to have a baby, which is great because they've been in love since high school. Turns out the thing growing inside of Abbie is actually a large tumor, and she might be dying. With time passing by, Abbie makes it her mission to try to find someone for Sam for after she's gone. Laugh, cry, and feel absolutely everything with these two kind souls in a bad situation.
Talking about sh*tty documentaries just got a whole lot funnier, and honest. One of the weirdest subjects to talk about in American society is bathroom habits, and this is a film that wants to tear that barrier right down (for what reason, I'm not sure). Do you do it in public? What about at important events? How much is too much and what is not enough? A group of laugh out loud comedians are breaking down their bowel movements and making us laugh at one of the universal truths in this world: everybody poops!
If you're miserable and you know it, then you might be a character in a Michael Haneke film. This tale of a upperclass French family who theoretically should be having the best time of their lives takes a turn when all of the members start to have more personal issues overwhelm their minds than concerns about the refugee camps and their horrible conditions popping up on the outskirts of their town. We took a peek into this foreign flick this summer, and think it's worth your checking out (even if it is just to brag to your friends that you're getting into foreign film).
And our ⭐️ TOP PICK ⭐️ ...
Rotten Tomatoes has already spoken and the film is tied for overall best score of a superhero flick for all time, so that's encouragement enough. T'Challa is returning home to Wakanda, Africa to mourn the death of his father when a powerful enemy rears their ugly head. T'Challa's power as Black Panther reveal themselves when he must defend Wakanda from being totally destroyed. With the help of his allies, T'Challa will be able to release the full power of Black Pantha and protect his nation to secure the safety of his people. Count us in.
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The newly passed "BTS Law" allows K-pop stars to defer mandatory military service.
This week South Korea's National Assembly passed a law that is sure to have BTS ARMY cheering them on.
Generally speaking, all South Korean men are required to spend at least 18 months enlisted in the military, with the final cut-off for entry at age 28. But the new legislation — informally referred to as "The BTS Law" — will allow K-pop stars who meet certain requirements to defer until the age of 30.
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"I want to share with you that I am trans, my pronouns are he/they and my name is Elliot."
Academy Award-nominated actor Elliot Page has come out as transgender.
Page, known for his roles in films like Juno, Whip It, and Inception, announced his coming out in a social media post today. "Hi friends, I want to share with you that I am trans, my pronouns are he/they and my name is Elliot," he wrote. "I feel lucky to be writing this. To be here. To have arrived at this place in my life."
Every year, Spotify listeners win out over devotees to other streaming platforms when they unveil their Spotify Wrapped playlists — a data driven analysis of what the year sounded like.
And while this year's personal Spotify Wrapped summaries are still loading, Spotify just released their data for their most streamed global music and podcasts of the year.
Announced the week following the Grammy nominations, Spotify Wrapped feels like vindication for artists who were snubbed by the awards committee, like The Weeknd and Halsey.
The summary also analyzed trends of when and how people were listening to content, noting increased popularity in nostalgia-themed playlists and work-from-home-themed playlists. Spotify users were understandably playing music from home more, which even caused an uptick in streaming music from gaming consoles. Listeners also tuned obsessively into wellness podcasts like never before.
After months of on and off again speculation, Rihanna and A$AP Rocky seem to be dating.
Obviously, this is good news if it's true. Can you imagine? For the coordinating outfits alone, I need it.
There have been a ton of icky white rappers over the years, but these take the cake.
On this day in 1990, Vanilla Ice's "Under Pressure" reboot "Ice, Ice Baby" debuted at No. 1 in the UK, kickstarting a Billboard run that would soon carry over to the states and invigorate a fleeting love for Vanilla Ice and his whole...vibe.
Of course, we all know how it ends. Vanilla Ice's credibility and career unraveled as quickly as it began. "Ice Ice Baby" took on a satirical identity larger than its creator, all while Robert Van Wrinkle refused to pay royalties (or even give a shout-out) to Freddie Mercury and David Bowie despite liberally sampling the track's true creators. Ice instead tried to cultivate a hollow rap identity, one where he was a hardened former-gang member from Miami and not a middle-class teen from a Texas suburb. The chorus of the song then came under fire by a black fraternity, who accused Vanilla Ice of ripping off their fraternal chant ("ice ice baby/ too cold, too cold.")