It’s that Friday feeling again and as usual, our Friday mojo is to talk some of the pop culture stories or things we see during the past week. Thus we present Pop Culture News Edition Thirteen. The news lately, I think has been slow. Probably in large part due to no one (comparatively speaking) looking through articles with the Christmas season upon us. Or this would be my best guess.POP CULTURE NEWS, EDITION THIRTEEN: A FUN UNLIKELY MOVIE DUO, CHRIS PRATT (AGAIN) AND MORE! #POPCULTURE #HILARYDUFF #GILDEDAGE #SANDRABULLOCK #MOVIES Click To Tweet
Today there’s mostly (again) movies and TV shows to discuss. There’s a new movie that I think looks fun (but pairs two unusual stars), a possible (but not likely) interesting new rom-com series and a more complete period drama TV series. Let’s get things rolling.
POP CULTURE NEWS, EDITION THIRTEEN
1: 1882 – WILL YOU VISIT?
The full(er) length trailer for Gilded Age is here. The latest period piece from Julian Fellowes, this one teases all sorts of possible new drama in a story that describes itself as being about “young Marian Brook (Louisa Jacobson) moving from rural Pennsylvania to New York City after the death of her father to live with her thoroughly old money aunts Agnes van Rhijn (Christine Baranski) and Ada Brook (Cynthia Nixon).
Accompanied by Peggy Scott (Denée Benton), an aspiring writer seeking a fresh start, Marian inadvertently becomes enmeshed in a social war between one of her aunts, a scion of the old money set, and her stupendously rich neighbors, a ruthless railroad tycoon and his ambitious wife, George (Morgan Spector) and Bertha Russell (Carrie Coon). Exposed to a world on the brink of the modern age, will Marian follow the established rules of society, or forge her own path?”
From HBO, the series is set to follow these characters in 1882, an age of “immense economic change, of great conflict between the old ways and brand new systems, and of huge fortunes made and lost.” I don’t have hope this will have the same feelings of warmth as Downton Abbey, in part because of the network that picked this one up. HBO isn’t known for its, shall we say, clean period drama.
The series will premiere January 24.
2: HAPPY NEWS FOR CHRIS PRATT
I need to stop sharing minor (or not so minor) news on Chris Pratt, but because I already did share the “big” stories relating to him early on in our “editions,” I couldn’t not share this happy news, right? Pratt and his wife, Katherine are expecting their second child. The first child was born in 2020.
3: MOST UNLIKELY (MOVIE) DUO
Coming in early 2022, Sandra Bullock will pair up with co-star Channing Tatum (!!) in an action adventure film that’s synopsis reads like a WHOLE lot of fun. Bullock will play a romance novelist who, while on tour with her cover model, falls into an unusual kidnapping plot that lands them on a jungle. Rumor has it Bratt Pitt and Daniel Radcliffe will co-star. Also, while I’m here for this film (in terms of how it sounds), how odd is a Bullock and Tatum team up? Still, according to Tatum’s Instagram, they had lots of fun filming and Bullock (who is a producer) is fantastic to work with.
4: TV SHOW HAPPENINGS
Many are likely excited by the Hilary Duff led How I Met Your Father (the spin off of How I Met Your Mother, which is now off air) which is seeing a bunch of new promo material being this past week along with news and speculation (I don’t care honestly). But this one will also feature Chris Lowell from Veronica Mars.
Amazon now has out what is described as a “rom-com” in their five-part series With Love. I know I won’t be watching it because, well, again, Amazon isn’t known for solid storytelling in their romance anthology series. They focus more on trash than warming the hearts of the audience, and that is NOT what I’m there for.
On the other spectrum of genres, Netflix is also developing a spy thriller from the Oscar nominated screenwriter (Matt Charman) of Bridge of Spies. Chaplin Charlie Cox, Olga Kurylenko & Oona will star according to Deadline. Right now the series is described as a six-part thriller titled Treason.
Finally, according to an exclusive Deadline story, the duo (Sheryl J. Anserson ) and Caron Tschampion) who brought Sweet Magnolias to the small screen, will develop and adapt Kristy Woodson Harvey’s Peachtree Bluff for NBC. Are we excited or no?
Your turn! Which of these stories did you see? Do you care about any of them? Did you see any that made you smile or laugh? Which ones are you curious about? Comment all the comments below.
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