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Hello! Welcome to your weekly roundup of what’s going on in pop culture.
Just when I think I understand celebrity culture, I find out about Cameo, an app that lets you pay lower-level celebrities to send you personalized videos. Fans get to exert some control and perform “a kind of celebrity ventriloquism,” explains Amanda Hess in this great installment in her Internetting video series.
1. Andy the artist
At the new Whitney Museum retrospective you can find the Andy Warhol “for whom art, whatever else it was, was an expression of personal hopes and fears,” writes Holland Carter in his review. There’s also a lot of interesting stuff in this video from the Whitney about Warhol and our current pop-culture landscape.
2. Satanists sue ‘Sabrina’
The Satanic Temple has indeed sued “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” over a statue that appears in the Netflix show which looks very similar to one the Temple designed five years ago. They are asking for at least $50 million for four alleged infractions, including copyright infringement.
3. A charming man
“If he doesn’t kiss the back of your neck when you’re scrambling eggs, leave him,” is just one of the lovely things Brian Tyree Henry remembers saying to his mother before she died. Zach Baron spoke with the actor for GQ, and the piece has lots of beautiful moments and crying.
4. At least they made for great reviews
This week, The Times’s Manohla Dargis reviewed the newest installments in two big movie franchises, and found both to be underwhelming. In “The Girl in the Spider’s Web: A New Dragon Tattoo Story,” our heroine has become “a Goth cosplaying James Bond.” Manohla found “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” chockablock with stuff, and suffocating for it.
5. The ‘90s are alive and well
The Spice Girls are reuniting for new shows. Ok, they’ll be sans Victoria Beckham and will only perform in the U.K., but still! I was a 10-year-old Spice super fan and the super British announcement video they posted has made this Brit very happy.
The Backstreet Boys, meanwhile, are going global (again). Next year the Boys (Men?) will embark on a world arena tour, Rolling Stone reports. They also posted an announcement video, which is hyperbolic in an all-American kinda way.
6. Missy works it
Missy Elliott has become the first female rapper to be nominated for the Songwriters Hall of Fame. It’s her fremme neppa venette.
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