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Pop Culture Happy Hour is a fun and freewheeling chat about the latest movies, television, books, comics and music.
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Aladdin is the latest Disney live-action remake of an animated classic. The 1992 original starred Robin Williams as the genie, and this time it's Will Smith. The genie is still blue and there's still a mischievous monkey. But director Guy Ritchie has some ideas of his own, too.
Game Of Thrones

Game Of Thrones

2019-05-2000:21:09

After eight seasons, 73 episodes, and way too many characters busting out the phrase "bend the knee" all the time, HBO's Game of Thrones has come to an end. And there's a lot to unpack.
Once upon a time, a man named John Wick retired from his successful career as an assassin. But then he returned to it. And across what's now a three-film series, he's been having a heck of a week ever since.
Pokémon Detective Pikachu

Pokémon Detective Pikachu

2019-05-1500:16:49

The Pokémon universe has brought the world television cartoons, trading cards, video games, plush toys, the mobile-game sensation Pokemon GO, and a string of animated movies. Now, the franchise makes the leap into live action with a big-budget summer blockbuster called Pokemon Detective Pikachu.
Everyone needs inspiration. And we need it too. So from time to time, we pause just to single out some of the people whose work we're appreciating. People from whom we want more. We call this segment People We're Pulling For.
While summer is a time of spectacles and sequels, there is always time for love. The new romantic comedy Long Shot stars Charlize Theron as a beautiful and sophisticated presidential candidate and Seth Rogen as the grubby speechwriter with her on the campaign trail.
We revisit our 2016 discussion of the film Popstar. We The also look at back at other films that find humor in the foibles of musicians.
Nothing fascinates the world like a meteoric rise. Except, of course, for a spectacular fall. The story of the Silicon Valley startup Theranos and its young founder Elizabeth Holmes has both. And the coverage it's received has been huge. There's the book Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup, the podcast The Dropout, and the HBO documentary The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley. Today we look at three ways of telling the same story.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has brought us Iron Man movies, Thor movies, Captain America movies, Avengers movies, and many other superhero franchises over the last decade, and they all feed into one epic that ties up many of the loose ends. Today we're talking the juggernaut to end all juggernauts, Avengers: Endgame.
Beyoncé's Homecoming

Beyoncé's Homecoming

2019-04-2200:23:07

On Wednesday, Beyoncé released two major projects. On Netflix, a new documentary captures the process of putting on headlining appearances at last year's Coachella Music Festival. She also surprise-released a double-length live album that contains just some of the highlights from Beyoncé's two ambitious Coachella performances. Both projects are called Homecoming, and they help immortalize a huge stage show full of dancers and drum lines and impeccable choreography and songs that reach across Beyoncé's career.
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Comments (37)

Karen Harkness

I love this show! Thanks for your review. Based on what was said I gave it a try.

May 19th
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Angela Howard-Gibbs

Octavia Spencer in MA can't wait to see female African-American lead a Horror Flick!

May 4th
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Presantha Pillay

I hated unicorn star... The character was so self absorbed and spoilt.

Apr 9th
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Thomas Albert

With the entire panel serenading the show RUSSIAN DOLL, some even saying they'd re-watched episodes, I approached with enthusiasm. Alas, the best thing about it IS Natasha Lyonne who does nice things but does not really add much further dimension or surprise to a familiar character. The "Groundhog Day" conceit is there to add some spice from a "making a show" perspective, but didn't add much to me. Here is another case of fair to middling television spiced-up with cuss language and adult situations/talk. I lasted halfway thru the 2nd episode.

Mar 5th
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Ilya Zverev

This movie is captivating and I was very happy the hosts shared this feeling.

Feb 25th
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Bill Thiemann

One thing I really appreciated was that they did not have the presenters engage in the usual lame banter and jokes. Also for many of the awards there was a short video clip saying the names and details about the nominees. It seems as if they correctly decided to minimize the duties of the presenters- and that made to show much more watchable.

Feb 12th
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Presantha Pillay

Kasey Musgrave has such a weak voice.

Feb 11th
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musicworm

OMG I almost exited out at the end and missed the song! 😂

Feb 4th
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Presantha Pillay

Can't we just enjoy the movie.... I loved it!

Feb 1st
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Presantha Pillay

Brooklyn nine nine... Is overrated

Jan 23rd
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Samantha Greenman

mac rŕ get1b

Jan 21st
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Cedric Zhang

a!aq

Jan 15th
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Cedric Zhang

w?$

Jan 15th
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Mario Moorhead

I love the podcast but I must say I was very disappointed because there was no acknowledgement of how much of the original book was omitted and of course the fact that the ending was changed ?!

Jan 11th
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nashu79

great review

Jan 8th
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Presantha Pillay

Man... These awards shows are boring.

Jan 7th
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Presantha Pillay

I think you guys are missing the point... The bigger idea here is the actual interaction. Am thinking this way of story telling will improve over time. It's the first one.. We should just enjoy it!

Jan 4th
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Rido Shah

Mc v VM my shy

Jan 4th
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Deanna Hoagland

All for limiting how much grisly violence we allow in our lives

Dec 31st
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caleb long

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Dec 6th
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