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Hello! Welcome to your daily roundup of what’s going on in pop culture.
I have been really enjoying HBO’s adaptation of “My Brilliant Friend,” which has been airing on Sunday and Monday nights. This week’s episodes were intense as teenage angst gave way to very adult concerns (Times staffers discussed them here). And now HBO has signed on to air the next eight episodes, produced by an Italian company, that will cover the second book in Elena Ferrante’s series, “The Story of a New Name.” I can’t wait.
1. Kanye on Broadway
Last night at the premiere of “The Cher Show,” Kanye West became the latest theater audience member to be told off for using a phone during a Broadway performance. (He apologized.)
2. An embarrassment of TV riches
The best of 2018 lists are starting to roll in, and one of my favorites so far is our critics’ look at the best TV shows of the year. Split into three categories, the list reminded me of some favorites I want to rewatch over the holidays (“Killing Eve,” “Atlanta”) and of others I missed when they first arrived but now want to make time for (“America to Me,” “Homecoming”).
3. A new look at ‘Captain Marvel’
In the new “Captain Marvel” trailer, we see Brie Larson beating up an old woman on a train, getting a couple of blue nosebleeds and flying through space shooting light from her fists. As far as Marvel superheroes go, her Captain Marvel seems like a fresh and interesting protagonist. We’ll see come March next year, when the movie reaches theaters.
4. YouTube millions
Forbes’s list of the 10 highest-earning YouTube stars of this year made my eyes water a little (both Logan Paul and Jake Paul are on it). But the top spot was taken by 7-year-old Ryan, who made $22 million off his channel, where 17.3 million followers watch him play with and review toys.
5. An intriguing foreign film
Wesley Morris made the Danish thriller “The Charmer,” about an Iranian immigrant trying to find a Danish wife, a Critic’s Pick. “He’s like Patricia Highsmith’s grifter Tom Ripley,” Morris writes, except that his “circumstances weigh on him existentially. He’s human.” The film is in limited theaters now.
Good luck out there!
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