Pop Culture Press https://popculturepress.org Pop Culture Madness Network Mon, 09 Dec 2019 20:56:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.1 https://popculturepress.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/cropped-smileysq-32x32.png Pop Culture Press https://popculturepress.org 32 32 ‘Harriet’ ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’ and ‘Little Women’ Win Women Film Critics Circle 2019 Awards https://popculturepress.org/2019/12/harriet-portrait-of-a-lady-on-fire-and-little-women-win-women-film-critics-circle-2019-awards/ Mon, 09 Dec 2019 20:41:35 +0000 https://popculturepress.org/?p=253

Director Kasi Lemmons was dedicated to telling the impactful story of a woman who put herself in great peril throughout her life to help change the world and her stunning movie Harriet, reflects this commitment to storytelling with rapt attention to detail. In what is just the start of the award’s season, Lemmon’s direction, the […]

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Director Kasi Lemmons was dedicated to telling the impactful story of a woman who put herself in great peril throughout her life to help change the world and her stunning movie Harriet, reflects this commitment to storytelling with rapt attention to detail.

In what is just the start of the award’s season, Lemmon’s direction, the overall movie, and the nuanced performances, including Cynthia Erivo in the title role, is garnering major attention.

Based on the thrilling and inspirational life of an iconic American freedom fighter, Harriet tells the extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman’s escape from slavery and transformation into one of the nation’s greatest heroes. Her courage, integrity, and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history.

“We all saw it as a female empowerment film, but I [also] viewed it as an adventure film,” Lemmons said. “I was interested in the things that you don’t know about Harriet Tubman. Even though we have in our minds that this must have been an incredibly fierce human being, the images we see of her are almost sweet, right? This was an opportunity for me to present this superhero, a real American hero, this woman that existed outside of the realm of ordinary limitations.”

The Women Film Critics Circle has just announced its 2019 winners and honored Harriet with several awards, including Best Movie By A Woman, Best Actress for Cynthia Erivo, and two special awards for Lemmons:  the Josephine Baker Award for best expressing the woman of color experience in America, and the Karen Morley Award for best exemplifying a woman’s place in history or society, and a courageous search for identity.

[Cynthia Erivo stars in Harriet, directed by Kasi Lemmons]

Here is a list of the 2019 Women Critics Circle Awards:

BEST MOVIE ABOUT WOMEN

Portrait of a Lady on Fire (dir. Céline Sciamma)

Runner-up: Little Women (dir. Greta Gerwig)

BEST MOVIE BY A WOMAN

Harriet (dir. Kasi Lemmons)

Runner-up: Portrait of a Lady on Fire (dir. Céline Sciamma)

[Emma Watson, Saoirse Ronan, Eliza Scanlen, and Florence Pugh in Little Women, directed by Greta Gerwig]

BEST WOMAN STORYTELLER (Screenwriting Award)

Greta Gerwig (Little Women)

Runner-up: Céline Sciamma (Portrait of a Lady on Fire) 

BEST ACTRESS

Tie: Cynthia Erivo (Harriet) and Lupita Nyong’o (US)

Runner-up: Renée Zellweger (Judy)

BEST ACTOR

Adam Driver (Marriage Story)

Runner-up: Joaquin Phoenix (Joker)

BEST FOREIGN FILM BY OR ABOUT WOMEN

Portrait of a Lady on Fire (dir. Céline Sciamma)

Runner-up: Atlantics (dir. Mati Diop)

BEST DOCUMENTARY BY OR ABOUT WOMEN

Varda by Agnès (dir. Agnès Varda)

Runner-ups: Maiden (dir. Alex Holmes) and Honeyland (dir. Tamara Kotevska, Ljubo Stefanov)

BEST EQUALITY OF THE SEXES

Marriage Story

Runner-up: The Aeronauts

BEST ANIMATED FEMALE

Anna (Frozen 2)

Runner-up: Bo Peep (Toy Story 4)

BEST SCREEN COUPLE

Tie: Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Noémie Merlant/Adèle Haenel) and Marriage Story (Scarlett Johansson/Adam Driver)

Runner-up: Hustlers (Jennifer Lopez/Constance Wu)

ADRIENNE SHELLY AWARD – For a film that most passionately opposes violence against women

Tie: Bombshell (dir. Jay Roach) and The Nightingale (dir. Jennifer Kent)

Runner-up: Hustlers (dir. Lorene Scafaria)

JOSEPHINE BAKER AWARD – For best expressing the woman of color experience in America

Harriet (dir. Kasi Lemmons)

Runner-up: Queen & Slim (dir. Melina Matsoukas)

KAREN MORLEY AWARD – For best exemplifying a woman’s place in history or society, and a courageous search for identity

Harriet (dir. Kasi Lemmons)

Runner-up: Little Women (dir. Greta Gerwig)

ACTING AND ACTIVISM AWARD

Jane Fonda

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Alfre Woodard 

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Lorenzo Pugliese Makes a Big Splash in the National Tour of ‘The Spongebob Musical’ https://popculturepress.org/2019/12/lorenzo-pugliese-makes-a-big-splash-in-the-national-tour-of-the-spongebob-musical/ Sun, 08 Dec 2019 14:09:13 +0000 https://popculturepress.org/?p=228

Lorenzo Pugliese says that “a crazy number of people” told him he had to audition for the leading role in The Spongebob Musical…and so he did. And the rest, as they say on the hit Nickelodeon animated TV series is Bikini Bottom history. It quickly became a cult favorite and has charmed viewers of several […]

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Lorenzo Pugliese says that “a crazy number of people” told him he had to audition for the leading role in The Spongebob Musical…and so he did.

And the rest, as they say on the hit Nickelodeon animated TV series is Bikini Bottom history. It quickly became a cult favorite and has charmed viewers of several generations with its 262 episodes in 12 seasons.

Now Lorenzo is starring in the show at the Kimmel Center’s Forrest Theater in Philadelphia through Sunday, December 15. The show is about Spongebob Squarepants, an incurably optimistic and earnest sea sponge and his undersea pals.

The colorful, imaginative and memorable show involves Spongebob and all of Bikini Bottom facing catastrophe—until a most unexpected hero rises to take center stage. The show is a one-of-a-kind musical event, exploding with energy and featuring an original score from a legendary roster of Grammy-Award-winning songwriters.

The message is a powerful one: when told by his boss Mr. Krabs that he will never become a manager because he doesn’t have what it takes, Sponge Bob realizes he is not a loser and literally finds the strength to save the day.

“When the going gets tough,” we are told, “this sponge gets going.”

It is also a unique way to see Spongebob, Patrick, Squidward, Mr. Krabs, Pearl, Sandy, Mrs. Puff, and the others in Bikini Bottom literally come to life.

Just a short time after graduating from the University of the Arts, Lorenzo is incredibly grateful for this touring debut. His previous credits include Two Gentlemen of Verona (Ensemble), Damn Yankees (Postmaster/Ensemble), and Footloose, (Ren McCormack).

Lorenzo is pinching himself that it is his job to pretend he is Spongebob.

“Spongebob and his quirky and lovable friends’ spring from television to the Forrest Theatre stage in a Broadway blockbuster event featuring original music from superstars transcending genre and audience,” said Anne Ewers, President, and CEO for the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.

“Appealing to any age,” she said, “alongside its message of inclusivity, this show is the perfect choice to kick-start the holiday season on our Kimmel Center Cultural Campus.”

[Lorenzo Pugliese stars as Spongebob Squarepants in The Spongebob Musical]

When did you get bit by the acting bug?

My first show as the summer before 7th grade. I was more of an athlete at the time but my dad was forcing me to take piano lessons. My piano teacher recruited me for High School Musical. I auditioned and got the leading role of Troy. It was scary but as soon as I got on stage for the first time, and in front of an audience for the first time, it was so special I just knew that it was going to be a big part of my life.

When did you know you could sing and dance?

That first show was the first time I ever did anything like it. After that, I did a lot of community theater in Scranton and that’s where the idea of my doing this as a profession started to blossom.

Has your family been supportive of your career?

My family has always been super supportive and super confident that I would get here. They also made a lot of financial sacrifices and without them, I wouldn’t be where I am today. I never had a practical dream in my life. I wanted to be a pro baseball player before wanting to be an actor pro.

Where and when did the tour begin?

It started in Oklahoma City on September 22 and it ends on August 2, 2020.

How do you feel about touring for this show?

I like it. I have always liked living it hotels, I feel it is exciting and in a way it kind of feels like a vacation. But then you show up to work and it’s a lot of hard work. So I would call it a nice mixture of work and play.

What attracted you to this show?

It was kind of crazy the number of people who told me I needed to audition for this musical. I was a sophomore at the University of the Arts and a friend told me about this, and as soon as it was possible for me to audition for it he and everyone else said I was going to play Spongebob. I thought my friends were crazy. A couple of years later the open call came out so, of course, I was going to give it a shot. I did the audition and eight or nine callbacks later here I am.

[Daria Pilar Redus as Sandy Cheeks and Lorenzo Pugliese as Spongebob Squarepants]

Why did they feel you were a good fit for this role?

I have the body type – a short and stocky body type — and I can be hyper. It is an extremely physical role and my athletic background is helpful. So things kind of lined up in a really good way. There aren’t many shows out there that so specially geared toward a short athletic man, so when people are looking for someone like that they are going to let me know. I didn’t understand it for a while, but I understand it now. It just feels right.

So, you just graduated from The University of the Arts this year?

Yes, in May 2019.

How many friends and family members are coming from the Philadelphia area are coming to see the show?

Many of them. Of all the places we are going I am extremely excited about Philadelphia and Scranton. Philadelphia has a special place in my heart because it is where I found myself as an artist and where my relationship with my girlfriend, who is an exotic and aquatic veterinarian, blossomed. So, it feels like a second home.

How much do you enjoy the TV show Spongebob Squarepants?

Growing up I was a very big fan of the show. It is just a show that as a kid and a teenager, and even now, I would watch. It’s really a brilliant show. Something I always tell people who interview me is that I wake up in the morning open the shades and say “Good morning world, and all who inhabit it,” and now it’s my first line in the show.

Who should come to see the show?

This is a show that can be deceiving. You would think without knowing much about it that it is just for children or the family, but it is truly a show for everyone. If you don’t know Spongebob – the characters, story, and score make sense – but it also works regardless of your relationship to Spongebob.

Why do you encourage them to come?

I love the reaction we get to the show. This comes from super fans of the show who get all of the references. I also hear from adults and parents who were initially hesitant to come to the show but the took a chance and loved it. We hear from parents, “I expected to sleep through it while taking my kids, but now it’s one of my favorite shows.”

What do you hope for your future — Broadway, TV, movies or all of it?

Right now, of course, I’m focused on taking this one show at a time. For the future, I am trying to decide if I want to move to L.A. or New York. I am torn because both have opportunities, so it’s just a matter of where I want to make my home base.

For tickets, Click Here

For information go to kimmelcenter.org or www.TheSpongebobMusical.com

Or call Telecharge at: 212-239-6200.

There is also an online ticket lottery offering $25 tickets for upcoming performances on the day of the performance. For information go to forrestlottery.com.

[The cast of The Spongebob Musical currently on tour in Philadelphia]

 

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Netflix New Releases: December 2019 https://popculturepress.org/2019/11/netflix-new-releases-december-2019/ Sat, 30 Nov 2019 19:10:37 +0000 https://popculturepress.org/?p=211

Netflix New Releases: December 2019 Wondering what to binge this holiday during the cold winter days? My personal must-see Netflix show is You: Season 2! For other options check out the full list below. Dec. 1 A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl Austin Powers in Goldmember Austin Powers: International Man […]

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Netflix New Releases: December 2019

Wondering what to binge this holiday during the cold winter days? My personal must-see Netflix show is You: Season 2! For other options check out the full list below.

Dec. 1
A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish
The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl
Austin Powers in Goldmember
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
Cut Bank
Dead Kids
Eastsiders: Season 4
Malcolm X
Searching for Sugar Man
Sweet Virginia
The Tribes of Palos Verdes

Dec. 2
Nightflyers: Season 1
Team Kaylie: Part 2

Dec. 3
Especial de Natal Porta dos Fundos: A Primeira Tentação de Cristo
Tiffany Haddish: Black Mitzvah
War on Everyone

Dec. 4
The Last O.G.: Season 2
Let’s Dance
Los Briceño
Magic for Humans: Season 2

Dec. 5
A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby
Apache: La vida de Carlos Tevez
Greenleaf: Season 4
Home for Christmas
V Wars

Dec. 6
Astronomy Club: The Sketch Show
The Chosen One: Season 2
The Confession Killer
Fuller House: Season 5
Glow Up
Marriage Story
Spirit Riding Free: The Spirit of Christmas
Teasing Master Takagi-san: Season 2
Three Days of Christmas
Triad Princess
Virgin River

Dec. 8
From Paris with Love

Dec. 9
A Family Reunion Christmas
It Comes at Night

Dec. 10
Michelle Wolf: Joke Show
Outlander: Season 3

Dec. 11
The Sky Is Pink

Dec. 12
Especial de Natal Porta dos Fundos
Jack Whitehall: Christmas with my Father

Dec. 13
6 Underground

Dec. 15
Dil Dhadakne Do
A Family Man
Karthik Calling Karthik

Dec. 16
Burlesque
The Danish Girl
The Magicians: Season 4

Dec. 17
Ronny Chieng: Asian Comedian Destroys America!

Dec. 18
Don’t F**k With Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer
Soundtrack

Dec. 19
After The Raid
Ultraviolet: Season 2
Twice Upon A Time

Dec. 20
The Two Popes
The Witcher

Dec. 22
ABC
Private Practice: Seasons 1-6

Dec. 23
Transformers Rescue Bots Academy: Season 1

Dec. 24
CAROLE & TUESDAY: Part 2
Como caído del cielo
Crash Landing on You
John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch
Lost in Space: Season 2
TERRACE HOUSE: TOKYO 2019-2020: Part 2

Dec. 25
Sweetheart

Dec. 26
The App
Le Bazar de la Charité
Fast & Furious Spy Racers
You: Season 2

Dec. 27
The Gift
Kevin Hart: Don’t F**k This Up
The Secret Life of Pets 2

Dec. 28
Hot Gimmick: Girl Meets Boy

Dec. 29
Lawless

Dec. 30
Alexa & Katie: Season 3
The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.: Reawakened

Dec. 31
The Degenerates: Season 2
Die Another Day
GoldenEye
Heartbreakers
The Neighbor
Red Dawn
Tomorrow Never Dies
The World Is Not Enough
Yanxi Palace: Princess Adventures

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Coming to Hulu December 2019 https://popculturepress.org/2019/11/coming-to-hulu-december-2019/ Sat, 30 Nov 2019 19:10:20 +0000 https://popculturepress.org/?p=214

Coming to Hulu December 2019 Hulu is loading up the movie and TV choices this December with a super long list compared to counterparts like Netflix and Disney+. There is definitely something for everyone to enjoy during the cold winter days when you want to curl up on the couch. Dec. 1 2 Fast 2 […]

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Coming to Hulu December 2019

Hulu is loading up the movie and TV choices this December with a super long list compared to counterparts like Netflix and Disney+. There is definitely something for everyone to enjoy during the cold winter days when you want to curl up on the couch.

Dec. 1

2 Fast 2 Furious
Unikitty
Gintama: Season 1
28 Weeks Later
A Better Life
A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner!
Airheads
Almost Famous
The Aviator
Behind Enemy Lines
Bug
Ca$h
Cheri
Downhill Racer
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library
The Fast and the Furious
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift
Footloose
Half-Shell Heroes: Blast to the Past
Hamlet
Havana Motor Club
Heartbreakers
Hellboy II: The Golden Army
In Secret
Just Married
Kill Bill: Volume 1
Kill Bill: Volume 2
Legend of the Drunken Master
LOL
The Massively Mixed-Up Middle School Mystery
Meet Joe Black
Nobody’s Fool
Out of Time
The Pawnbroker
Phase IV
Prancer
Rags
Road House
Secretary
Set Up
Some Kind of Wonderful
Sorority Row
The Spirit
Splitting Adam
Swindle
Transporter 2
Wall Street
The Winning Season

Dec. 2

This One’s for the Ladies

Dec. 3

Making It: Season 2
The Great Christmas Light Fight: Season 7
Vanderpump Rules: Season 7
Younger: Season 6
My Boss’s Daughter

Dec. 4

Brad Paisley Thinks He’s Special
CMA Country Christmas
Fruits Basket: Season 1

Dec. 5

The Moody’s: Season 1
How to Train Your Dragon: Homecoming
How to Train Your Dragon: Snoggletog Log
Killers Anonymous

Dec. 6

Burden of Truth: Season 2
Into The Dark: A Nasty Piece of Work: Season 1
Reprisal: Season 1
Top Chef: Season 16
The Push

Dec. 8

From Paris with Love

Dec. 9

Miss Universe

Dec. 11

Ellen’s Greatest Night of Giveaways
Sherman’s Showcase: Season 1
Fast Color

Dec. 12

Blackfish

Dec. 13

Marvel’s Runaways: Season 3
The Great American Baking Show: Season 5
Bumblebee
Depraved
The Sounds of Silence

Dec. 16

American Gangster
Fast & Furious
Wild Rose

Dec. 17

Holidays with the Houghs
Mighty Magisworlds: Season 2

Dec. 18

Killing Eve: Season 2
Live in Front of a Studio Audience: All in the Family and Good Times
The Kid

Dec. 19

Mix: Season 1
Cold Case Hammarskjold

Dec. 20

Miss America Pageant
Loro

Dec. 23

Pawn Sacrifice

Dec. 24

Black Jesus: Season 3

Dec. 27

Into The Dark: Midnight Kiss
The Day Shall Come

Dec. 28

Better Things: Season 3

Dec. 29

Preacher: Season 4

Dec. 30

Flirty Dancing: Season 1
OK K.O., Let’s Be Heroes!: Season 2
The Orville: Season 2
Anesthesia
Running with the Devil
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
What Men Want
Wonder Park

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New to Disney+ December 2019 https://popculturepress.org/2019/11/new-to-disney-december-2019/ Sat, 30 Nov 2019 19:10:03 +0000 https://popculturepress.org/?p=206

New to Disney+ December 2019 In its second month since it’s release, Disney+ brings family favorites such as Coco, High School Musical: The Series, and Forky Asks a Question. View the full list below to see what you and yours can enjoy this winter. November 27th The Wonderful World of Disney Presents The Little Mermaid […]

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New to Disney+ December 2019

In its second month since it’s release, Disney+ brings family favorites such as Coco, High School Musical: The Series, and Forky Asks a Question. View the full list below to see what you and yours can enjoy this winter.

November 27th
The Wonderful World of Disney Presents The Little Mermaid Live!

November 29th
Coco
Coco (en Español)
The Mandalorian (Chapter 4)
High School Musical: The Musical: The Series (Episode 104)
Encore (Episode 104 “Grease”)
Marvel’s Hero Project (Episode 104)
The Imagineering Story (Part 4)
The World According to Jeff Goldblum (Episode 104 “Denim”)
Forky Asks a Question (“What is Time?”)

December 1st
Henry Hugglemonster (seasons 1-2)
Miles From Tomorrowland (seasons 1-3)
Sheriff Callie’s Wild West (seasons 1-2)
Star vs. The Forces of Evil (seasons 1-4)
The Lion Guard (season 3)
Expedition Amelia
Garfield
Glory Road
The Incredible Dr. Pol (season 15)
The Incredible Dr. Pol: Blue Ribbon Kids
The Incredible Dr. Pol: Jingle Pols
Incredible! The Story of Dr. Pol
Just Like Me! (seasons 1-2)
Marvel Rising: Chasing Ghosts
Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors – Heart of Iron

December 3rd
One Day At Disney (Premiere)

December 5th
Thor: Ragnarok

December 6th
The Mandalorian (Chapter 5)
High School Musical: The Musical: The Series (Episode 105)
Encore (Episode 105 “Annie Get Your Gun”)
Marvel’s Hero Project (Episode 105)
The Imagineering Story (Part 5)
The World According to Jeff Goldblum (Episode 105 “BBQ”)
Forky Asks a Question (“What is Love?”)

December 11th
Alice: Through the Looking Glass

December 13th
The Mandalorian (Chapter 6)
High School Musical: The Musical: The Series (Episode 106)
Encore (Episode 106 “Oklahoma!”)
Marvel’s Hero Project (Episode 106)
The Imagineering Story (Part 6 “Finale”)
The World According to Jeff Goldblum (Episode 106 “Gaming”)
Forky Asks a Question (“What is a Computer?”)
SparkShorts (“Wind”)

December 18th
The Mandalorian (Chapter 7)

December 20th*
High School Musical: The Musical: The Series (Episode 107)
Encore (Episode 107)
Marvel’s Hero Project (Episode 107)
The World According to Jeff Goldblum (Episode 107)
Forky Asks a Question

December 20th
George of The Jungle 2

December 26th
Star Wars: The Last Jedi

December 27th*
The Mandalorian (Chapter 8 “Season Finale”)
High School Musical: The Musical: The Series (Episode 108)
Encore (Episode 108)
Marvel’s Hero Project (Episode 108)
The World According to Jeff Goldblum (Episode 108)
Forky Asks a Question

 

*Tentative Release Date

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What’s Coming to Amazon Prime December 2019 https://popculturepress.org/2019/11/whats-coming-to-amazon-prime-december-2019/ Sat, 30 Nov 2019 19:09:48 +0000 https://popculturepress.org/?p=219

What’s Coming to Amazon Prime December 2019 While you are busy shopping for Christmas presents to give to loved ones this holiday, be sure to browse over to the Prime section of Amazon to check out these newly released movies and TV shows: December 1 A Better Life (2011) Almost Famous (2000) Bug (1975) Footloose […]

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What’s Coming to Amazon Prime December 2019

While you are busy shopping for Christmas presents to give to loved ones this holiday, be sure to browse over to the Prime section of Amazon to check out these newly released movies and TV shows:

December 1
A Better Life (2011)
Almost Famous (2000)
Bug (1975)
Footloose (1984)
Hamlet (1990)
Hancock (2008)
Havana Motor Club (2015)
In Secret (2014)
Out of Time (2003)
Phase IV (1974)
Some Kind of Wonderful (1987)
The Aviator (2004)
The Pawnbroker (1964)
The Spirit (2008)
The Winning Season (2010)

December 3
My Boss’ Daughter (2003)

December 5
The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019)
Thursday Night Football: Cowboys @ Bears (NFL)

December 6
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: Season 3 – Amazon Original series
Clifford: Season 1A – Amazon Original series
Inside Edge: Season 2 – Amazon Original series

December 9
Light of My Life (2019)

December 11
Fast Color (2019)

December 12
Thursday Night Football: Jets @ Ravens (NFL)

December 13
Bumblebee (2018)
The Expanse: Season 4 – Amazon Original series

December 18
The Kid (2019)

December 20
The Aeronauts – Amazon Original movie
The Wedding Year (2019)

December 21
The Kill Team (2019)

December 25
Night Hunter (2019)

December 30
Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)
What Men Want (2019)
Wonder Park (2018)

December 31
Man on the Moon (1999)

 

 

 

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What to Expect at the National Dog Show https://popculturepress.org/2019/11/what-to-expect-at-the-national-dog-show/ Mon, 25 Nov 2019 05:08:34 +0000 https://popculturepress.org/?p=193

The Kennel Club of Philadelphia’s National Dog Show presented by Purina will air on Thanksgiving Day from noon to 2 p.m. in all time zones. It is broadcasted nationwide on NBC immediately following the Macy’s Parade, reaching an audience of nearly 20 million viewers. This two hour family event is a major milestone in the […]

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The Kennel Club of Philadelphia’s National Dog Show presented by Purina will air on Thanksgiving Day from noon to 2 p.m. in all time zones. It is broadcasted nationwide on NBC immediately following the Macy’s Parade, reaching an audience of nearly 20 million viewers. This two hour family event is a major milestone in the dog show world and is rapidly becoming a must-watch American holiday favorite. 

This year it was held at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA two weeks before Thanksgiving. Oaks isn’t exactly a New York City, Los Angeles, or other popular destination location, so for many it can be an unknown attraction. If you were not able to make it in-person this year but are considering it for next year, you can expect to experience the following:

A huge variety of dog breeds

There are over 2,000 dogs and 200 breeds to see at the dog show. There are the recognizable Poodles – yes they will have those foofie haircuts – Golden Retrievers – so many goldens – Huskies, German Shepherds, and Pugs. In addition, it’s a wonderful opportunity to see much more rare four-leggers such as the Glen of Imaal Terrier, Affenpinscher, Leonberger, Flat-Coated Retriever, and Xoloitzcuintli, among others. 

The dogs are all extremely behaved and rarely can you hear much barking considering how many animals are in one giant convention center. All participants have only a few feet of space in between their station and their neighbor. Picture a trade show but with much smaller tables. The dogs can often be found with their heads leashed up high to a metal pole so they stand upright as they are being groomed via blow dryer, brush, scissors, and, for some, having their ears lightly bound (to reduce ear-hair frizz). 

They are patient and have minimal reactions to humans compared to their untrained counterparts. Most surprisingly, there are no accidents or even unruly smells, which again is very impressive considering it’s thousands of dogs in one building. In fact, a person is more likely to spill a drink on the floor than a dog is to pee on it. 

Some dogs are more friendly with people than others, however, it’s unreasonable to think that any will jump up or wag their tail feverishly out of excitement. They are much more subdued and calm. Some will seem unphased by petting but attendees are welcomed to do so if granted permission by their owner.

Both serious professionals and drama-free dog owners

One major component of any dog show is the variety of humans who have trekked from all over the country to attend. This is apparent through one look at the parking lot to see massive trucks, busses, and campers.

While some are merely proud, maybe retired, owners, others are running a business and it shows. You can see this in the seriousness of their tone if they are asked a harmless, “What kind of breed is that?” question and they seem irritated to answer. Others are so obviously staking out the competition before it is their turn to show. Remember, for some people this is their business and they take it very seriously. 

It’s easy to quickly see the massive amount of money it takes to be involved in this kind of activity. From travel costs, boarding, grooming and supplies, healthcare, training, and professional handlers, it’s an expensive event. Most of the owners bring way more than just one prize dog too. It’s common to see one dog on the table getting ready while four, or more, are in cages right behind. 

While the prize to winning the ‘Best in Show’ is only $1,500, champion dogs can bring in money another way — as breeding stock. Puppies of major-show champs have reportedly sold for as much as $25,000, and a dog’s semen alone could go for $2,000. Wow.

Numerous competitions and pet-friendly vendors

As stated the main prize to win is ‘Best in Show’ but there is also ‘Best of Breed’ and ‘First in Group’. While the main stage houses the televised event, there are smaller competitions throughout the convention center. For example, one had eleven or so Dalmations competing for the best of the breed which left people wondering where the other 89 went. #dogjoke

Numerous vendors are selling dog artwork, pet supplies, pet clothing, and more. There is even a fun picture booth area where you can get a great #selfie in front of posters of dogs and the hosts of the show, John O’Hurley, former Seinfeld star, winner of Dancing with the Stars, and purebred owner, along with Mary Carillo, and with expert commentary by David Frei, the “dean of dog show commentators.” There are even a few nonprofits who attend to raise money for their causes, such as emergency service animals or kennels that need support.

The National Dog Show is definitely a great event to attend at least once for all dog lovers, and maybe some cat lovers too. It’s a way to get an education on what breeds exist and show respect for all of the people who raise and train such amazing creatures. Unless allergic, feel free to bring the whole family for this once a year tradition.

 

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Mean Girls Star Mary Kate Morrissey Advises Budding Actors: ‘Work hard, Play Hard and Never Give Up.’ https://popculturepress.org/2019/11/mean-girls-star-mary-kate-morrissey-advises-budding-actors-work-hard-play-hard-and-never-give-up/ Fri, 22 Nov 2019 18:31:28 +0000 https://popculturepress.org/?p=179

When Mary Kate Morrissey was growing up in Upper Darby, South Philly and rural Downingtown, Pennsylvania, she found her bliss while watching and performing in musical theater. In what feels like a “pinch-me” moment she is starring in the National Tour of Mean Girls. Fortunately for Morrissey, her parents nurtured her dreams, to the point […]

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When Mary Kate Morrissey was growing up in Upper Darby, South Philly and rural Downingtown, Pennsylvania, she found her bliss while watching and performing in musical theater. In what feels like a “pinch-me” moment she is starring in the National Tour of Mean Girls.

Fortunately for Morrissey, her parents nurtured her dreams, to the point they followed her tour of Wicked. Now, her family and a myriad of friends are coming to share her success in the First National Tour of Mean Girls, currently at the Kimmel Center’s Academy of Music through Sunday, Dec. 1.

Mean Girls, based on the film of the same name, features a book by nine-time Emmy Award winner Tina Fey, based on her screenplay for the film; music by three-time Emmy Award winner Jeff Richmond; and lyrics by two-time Tony Award nominee Nell Benjamin. Tony Award-winner Casey Nicholaw is the director and choreographer.

Mean Girls opened on Broadway in April 2018 to rave reviews at the August Wilson Theatre, where it continues playing to packed houses. The show had its world premiere at the National Theatre in Washington D.C., in the fall of 2017.

The show is about Cady Heron, who grew up on an African savanna, but nothing prepared her for the wild and vicious ways of her strange new home: suburban Illinois and life at the local high school.

How will this naïve newbie rise to the top of the popularity pecking order? By taking on The Plastics, a trio of lionized frenemies led by the charming but ruthless Regina George.

But when Cady devises a plan to end Regina’s reign, with the help of her new friend and unpopular art-geek Janis Sarkisian (played by Morrissey) and her sidekick Damien, Cady learns the hard way that you can’t cross a Queen Bee without getting stung.

She was a member of the Philadelphia All Catholic Chorus and most notably was a former Kimmel Center Programming intern.

Morrissey’s credits are impressive. They include the National Tour: Wicked (Elphaba). On Off-Broadway she was in David Byrne’s Joan of Arc: Into the Fire (The Public Theater), Tamar of the River (Prospect Theater Company).

She was also in the International Tour of HAIR (Sheila), as well as the Signature Theatre, Portland Center Stage, Syracuse Stage, Sundance Lab, Vineyard Arts Project, The O’Neill, Theatreworks in Palo Alto, and the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. 

Talk about the difficult road to life as a professional performer and what is your best advice to those who want to follow in your footsteps and their parents?

My best advice for parents is to start saving money because when their kids don’t have a back-up plan their children will come and ask for money.

I take it you speak from experience.

Yes. I remember running out of cash in New York City while working at a smoothie place and eating leftovers. My brother told my parents and they kindly paid my rent for the next year so I could focus on my performing and two months later I got my role in Wicked. So, I only needed their money for two months.

This is not an easy profession.

No, it is so incredibly hard. For parents, if your children are young and love performing try to take them to as many things as you can. Encourage and empower them in every way. My advice for the children is to work hard, play hard and never give up. Find the things that make you special, because what makes you a good actor is your point of view on the world.

So when you read a piece of material it reads differently. Success is about who works the hardest and who the most kind, not just who is the best. Everyone is super talented. I’m really not sure how I got here but I know I would have starved for it because I wanted it so badly.

Talk about your character Janis Sarkisian in Mean Girls.

The entire show means so much to me. This is a cross-pollination of two loves. There are a few friends in this show who were on tour with me in Wicked. My friend Jenna Mason played Glinda in the Wicked tour and now she is in Mean Girls. A couple of months after Wicked I was called to audition for Regina. I walked into the audition and there is Tina Fey, Jeff Richards, and the whole team. I was there to read Regina in pink high heels and they asked, “Do you have a Janis packet? Can you cold read it? They gave me the packet that day and I did it. It was kind of unusual but really fun.

What do you appreciate about Janis?

I love that she doesn’t give an “F” about what anybody thinks about her. She is quick to love and quick to stand up for herself. I appreciate she doesn’t take any crap from anybody and doesn’t want anyone around her to take crap from anybody. Janis knows when she is doing something bad and does it anyway. I appreciate that she doesn’t conform. She has embraced the counter-culture and standing out is the way she fits in.

Was it difficult to follow in the footsteps of the actresses who played Janis on Broadway and in the Mean Girls movie?

 It is totally different from Wicked. In that show, I was the 10th Elphaba in that show but I am only the second to be cast in this role – the girl who played Janis on Broadway and me. I loved that we had the whole creative team during our process. It is the same blocking, but I wasn’t encouraged to speak or sing in her way. We have a different ending than we had on Broadway. So, this show is a little different from the one on Broadway. It is also one of the most fulfilling theatrical experiences I ever had.

When did you fall in love with the theater?

My dad took me to the People’s Light Theater Company. My mom could take me to a show. We saw Lion King on Broadway when I was 10. Bishop Shanahan High School and St. Joe grade school and I never wanted them to end. I was so sad when it was over. I was totally bitten by the acting bug. My mom let me do the plays and I never looked back from there.

Who gave you the confidence the pursue such a difficult career?

Definitely my parents Mary Beth and John Morrissey. My parents have always been super supportive of me going after this dream. Also, Chuck Keating, my band teacher in high school. He would clear everything out of the way so I could compete vocally. He is a friend of the family and kept me on track.

What is it like having your parents in the audience?

When I was on tour for Wicked they came to every city. When I finished the song The Wizard I knew my dad would be crying. There is less pressure and more fun for them now because I have been doing this for a while. I never played Philadelphia before and my dad sent me a list of people coming to the show a spreadsheet of the friends who want backstage tours.

I have 30 friends and he has a billion friends and he’s part of the Union League, so this is a really great time for my being an actor connects them with friends.

Why should my readers come to see Mean Girls on tour?

It’s a story that everybody can relate to. The class system exists in high schools, or even in nursing homes, where there is still a popular table. Parents can have newfound compassion and I like the way we update it with cyber-bullying and social media currency. We can shine a light on what is happening today and have a great time with my friends.

What is the meaning of the show?

The meaning is trying to figure out where you fit. And how to break free of the confines. Even if your box where you fit is to stand out, it’s okay.

Personally, which character were you most like in high school?

I would say a mix of Janis and Damien. I’m pretty flamboyant. My mom read “Queen Bees and Wanna Bees” (the book Tina Fey based Mean Girls on) because I was bullied by the popular girls. Now I don’t give a crap. I wish I had the confidence in high school that Janis has. She rocks!

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What’s Coming to Disney+ November 2019 Get excited for the launch of the long-awaited Disney+! Starting November 12, 2019, the new streaming platform will offer over 300 movies and 7,000 TV episodes as well as multiple series in the Marvel and Star Wars franchises (coming later). Check out the full list as well as a […]

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What’s Coming to Disney+ November 2019

Get excited for the launch of the long-awaited Disney+! Starting November 12, 2019, the new streaming platform will offer over 300 movies and 7,000 TV episodes as well as multiple series in the Marvel and Star Wars franchises (coming later). Check out the full list as well as a condensed list below. 

FILMS:
101 Dalmatians (1961, 1996)
A Bug’s Life (1998)
A Goofy Movie (1995)
An Extremely Goofy Movie (2000)
Bambi (1942)
Big Hero 6 (2014)
Born in China (2017)
Cars (2006)
Fantasia (1940)
Finding Dory (2016)
Finding Nemo (2003)
Free Solo (2018)
Frozen (2013)
Fun and Fancy Free (1947)
Hercules (1997)
High School Musical (2006)
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)
Inside Out (2015)
Iron Man (2008)
Lady and the Tramp (1955, 2019)
Lilo & Stitch (2003)
Mary Poppins (1964)
Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas (1999)
Moana (2016)
Monsters University (2013)
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
Ratatouille (2007)
Remember the Titans (2000)
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
Sleeping Beauty (1959)
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
Star Wars: The Phantom Menace (1999)
Star Wars: Attack of the Clones (2002)
Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith (2005)
Star Wars: A New Hope (1977)
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (1983)
Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008)
The Good Dinosaur (2015)
The Incredibles (2004)
The Little Mermaid (1989)
The Parent Trap (1961)
The Prince & The Pauper (1990)
The Princess Diaries (2001)
The Rocketeer (1991)
The Sword in the Stone (1963)
The Three Caballeros (1945)
Thor: The Dark World (2013)
Toy Story (1995)
Tron (1982)
Zootopia (2016)

SERIES:
Andi Mack
Boy Meets World
Brain Games
Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan
Dr. K’s Exotic Animal ER
Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet
Drain the Ocean
Earth Live
Goof Troop
Great Migrations
Kim Possible
Mickey and the Roadster Racers
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
Raven’s Home
Rocky Mountain Animal Rescue
Star Wars Rebels
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008 series)
That’s So Raven
The Incredible Dr. Pol
The Simpsons
Wicked Tuna

ORIGINALS:

“High School Musical: The Musical: The Series”
“The Mandalorian”
“Noelle”
“Lady and the Tramp”
“Encore!”
“The World According To Jeff Goldblum”
“One Day at Disney” book, docu-series for Disney+

 

 

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Hulu New Releases November 2019 Hulu is really bringing it this November with a long list of TV shows and movies. Get into the Christmas spirit early with family favorites like 12 Dog Days Till Christmas, A Christmas Kiss II, A Cinderella Christmas, A Dogwalker’s Christmas Tale, and A Puppy for Christmas. Not quite done […]

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Hulu New Releases November 2019

Hulu is really bringing it this November with a long list of TV shows and movies. Get into the Christmas spirit early with family favorites like 12 Dog Days Till Christmas, A Christmas Kiss II, A Cinderella Christmas, A Dogwalker’s Christmas Tale, and A Puppy for Christmas. Not quite done with Halloween? Hostel, Monster’s Ball, and Death Wish has you covered.

Nov. 1

10 to Midnight
28 Days Later
2001 Maniacs
The Accused
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
A Fairly Odd Christmas
A Fistful of Dynamite
A View to Kill
Albert
Alice
Amelie
Bachelor Party
Barbie Mariposa and Her Butterfly Fairy Friends
Barbie The Pearl Princess
The Big Lebowski
The Birdcage
Benny & Joon
Blue Chips
Boo 2! A Medea Halloween
Candyman 3: Day of the Dead
Carnage Park
De-Lovely
Death Wish
Death Wish 3
Death Wish IV: The Crackdown
Desperate Hours
Diamonds are Forever
Die Another Day
Dr. No
Dysfunktional Family
Existenz
The Faculty
For Your Eyes Only
Four Rooms
From Russia with Love
Gloria
Goldeneye
Goldfinger
Guns of the Magnificent Seven
Happy Christmas
Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth
Hellraiser IV: Bloodline
Hoosiers
Hostel
Hostel 2
K, Season 2
The Interpreter
Invasion U.S.A.
Italian for Beginners
Jane Eyre
Joey
Johnny Reno
K2
Leaving Las Vegas
License to Kill
Like Water
Little Black Book
Little Man Tate
Little Odessa
Live and Let Die
The Living Daylights
Lord of War
Made
The Magnificent Seven Ride
The Man with the Golden Gun
Map of the Human Heart
The Mighty
Missing in Action II: The Beginning
The Mod Squad
Moonraker
Mulholland Falls
Never Back Down
Never Say Never Again
Ninja III: The Domination
Ocean’s Eleven
Ocean’s Twelve
Ocean’s Thirteen
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
Phantoms
Pleasantville
Radio Days
The Red Violin
Rescue Dawn
Revenge of the Ninja
Rob Roy
Sailor Moon: Season 3
Santa Hunters
Searching for Bobby Fischer
Six: Season 2
Soapdish
Soufra
Species: the Awakening
Supercop
The Spy Who Loved Me
Thunderball
Tiny Christmas
Tomorrow Never Dies
Wicker Park
The World is Not Enough
XXX
XXX: State of the Union
You Only Live Twice

Nov. 2

Into The Dark: Flesh & Blood
Dietland: Season 1
Wonder

Nov. 3

Kick-Ass
Larger Than Life
An Ordinary Man
Vanderpump Rules: Season 6

Nov. 6

Top Chef: Season 15

Nov. 7

Europa Report

Nov. 8

Under the Tree

Nov. 9

Married With Children: Seasons 1-11

Nov. 10

Big Hero 6

Nov. 11

Monster’s Ball

Nov. 12

The Little Death
The Wolfpack

Nov. 13

Bigfoot
Keepers of the Magic
Killer Bees

Nov. 15

12 Dog Days Till Christmas
A Christmas Kiss II
A Cinderella Christmas
A Dogwalker’s Christmas Tale
A Puppy for Christmas
Angels in the Snow
Back to Christmas
Cartel Land
Christmas Belle
Christmas with the Andersons
Dust 2 Glory
Girlfriends of Christmas Past
Hip-hop Houdini: Season 1
Holly’s Holiday
Luis & The Aliens
Married by Christmas
My Dad is Scrooge
My Santa
Naughty & Nice
Rodeo & Juliet
The Bank Job
The Christmas Calendar
The March Sisters at Christmas
The Secret of the Nutcracker

Nov. 16

The Bisexual: Season 1
Holly Hobbie: Season 1
Dept. Q: A Conspiracy of Faith
Dept Q: The Absent One
Dept. Q: The Keeper of Lost Causes

Nov. 18

Nina’s World:Season 2
Hero (“Ying Xiong”)
The Condemned

Nov. 20

Aliens and Agenda 21

Nov. 21

Box of Moonlight
Damascus Cover

Nov. 22

Hollywood Game Night: Season 6

Nov. 23

Baskets: Season 3

Nov. 24

Downsizing

Nov. 28

Best of Enemies

Nov. 29

Mighty Magiswords: Season 1B
Harry Brown

Nov. 30

Broken Star
Daylight’s End
Scenic Route
The Remains
Undrafted

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