This year has been beyond tough, but pop culture came through with a few gifts to lift our weary spirits.
John Krasinski: In the early weeks of the pandemic, Krasinski gave us “Some Good News.”
DJ D-Nice: It only makes sense that this hip-hop legend — who got his start with a group called Boogie Down Productions — helped us find our groove.
D-Nice has been around since the 1980s, and it’s been great to see a new generation discover him.
Beyoncé: Queen Bey is always a blessing.
Pitt just made us darn happy this year.
Dolly Parton: Speaking of happiness, Dolly Parton is pure joy.
We will always love you, Dolly!
For your weekend
Three things to watch:
‘Wonder Woman 1984’
Remember when we used to have lots of superhero blockbusters?
This sequel to the hit 2017 film reunites star Gal Gadot with director Patty Jenkins — and we can’t wait.
In this next chapter, Wonder Woman’s alter ego, Diana Prince, works as a curator at the Smithsonian, in Washington, DC. A mysterious gem kicks off the action.
“Wonder Woman 1984” starts streaming Christmas Day on HBO Max. (CNN and HBO Max are both part of WarnerMedia.)
Romance and music combine into a sweeping story that captures changing times, a changing culture and the true price of love.
Set in the summer of 1957, an aspiring television producer named Sylvie and a saxophonist named Robert meet and fall for one another. Time and circumstances pull them apart, but years later, they meet again by chance, only to find that while their lives have changed, their feelings for each other remain the same.
The melodrama is now streaming on Amazon Prime.
This Pixar animated film asks the question “What is it that makes you … YOU?”
“Soul” introduces Joe Gardner (voiced by Jamie Foxx), a middle-school band teacher who gets the chance of a lifetime to play at the best jazz club in town. But one small misstep takes him from the streets of New York City to The Great Before — a fantastical place where new souls get their personalities, quirks and interests before they go to Earth.
The film starts streaming on Disney+ on Christmas Day.
Two things to listen to:
It’s kind of a … wait for it … big deal.
Send the kids from the room with this one.
Whew! Talk about heating up your winter!
One thing to talk about:
Mariah Carey has cemented her position as the Queen of Christmas.
No one does it bigger and better than her.
Something to sip on
This time around, what I have to offer to sip on is some eggnog, naturally.
Merry Christmas, y’all!
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