This week in pop culture - November 20, 2018

Gianna Montesano
Staff Reporter

Bohemian Rhapsody Rocks Opening Weekend

Bohemian Rhapsody. Photos by 20th Century Fox.

Bohemian Rhapsody. Photos by 20th Century Fox.

Bohemian Rhapsody grossed $50 million in the United States in its opening weekend. Overseas, the film earned $72.5 million, which accumulated a total of $122.5 million in the film’s opening weekend worldwide.

The highly anticipated biopic for 1980s rock band Queen was released in theaters on November 2. The film tells the story of how the band came to be, and it shares an insider look on the life of the late frontman Freddie Mercury.

The film was filled with hit songs from the iconic band such as “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “Killer Queen”, and “We Will Rock You”. The music and the energy portrayed by the actors made the movie goers feel like they were experiencing first hand the rise of Queen, leaving the audience asking, “is this the real life, is this just fantasy?”

Thank U, Next

On November 3, singer Ariana Grande surprised fans when she tweeted that she would be releasing a new album, titled “Thank U, Next”, and released the title track as her first single off her fifth studio album.

The single has amassed a lot of positive attention from the charts. “Thank U, Next” is Grande’s first number one song on the Billboard Hot 100 since she entered the list in 2013.

In the song, Grande recounts her past relationships with rapper Big Sean, dancer Ricky Alvarez, the late rapper Mac Miller, and comedian Pete Davidson. The song came shortly after her public split from her ex-fiancé Davidson on October 14.

The song hones an innocent message about self love and finding the most important relationship in life: with yourself. However, the song includes a few jabs at ex-fiancé Davidson saying, “even almost got married”, showing it is possible to be petty and respectful.

Demi Lovato Post Rehab

Singer-songwriter Demi Lovato was hospitalized on July 24 due to an overdose. After a ten-day hospital stay, Lovato was immediately checked into rehab and stayed on the low until November 6, 90 days after completing rehab, when she posted a photo on her Instagram at a voting poll urging her followers to vote in the 2018 Midterm election.

Game of Thrones announces its final season

The HBO hit series“Game of Thrones” announced to fans on November 13 that the highly anticipated final season will be set to air in April 2019. The final season will have six episodes, and, to build anticipation for the season, they shared “#ForTheThrone” to let viewers share their opinions, predictions, and sadness that the show is coming to an end.

However, “Game of Thrones” fans should not worry about saying goodbye to their favorite characters. Over the summer, HBO approved a pilot order for a prequel series for “Game of Thrones”. All that is confirmed is that Naomi Watts was announced to be the star of the show.

Stan Lee Passes Away at 95 years old

Stan Lee passed away on November 12 at 95 years old, leaving behind a legacy of over 70 years in the world of writing, comics, and film. Lee was rushed to the hospital due to becoming ill in his Los Angeles home.

As a young man in the late 1930s and 40s, Lee worked for Timely Comics. Timely was a small family-owned company that he helped grow into the household name we know today as Marvel Comics.

In the mid 20th century, Lee came up with the superheroes that we know as Spiderman, Hulk, Thor, and Iron Man that have transcended through the 20th century into the present day.

As the curator of Marvel’s most popular superheroes, Lee wanted to be involved in any way possible with his creations. In 1989, Lee began showing up in Marvel films in small cameo roles. The last cameo role seen by audiences was in the blockbuster film “Venom” released this year.

Fans of the films and cameos of Lee can experience Lee on the big screen a few more times, as he filmed his final cameos before his death. Two of the confirmed cameos will be in the upcoming “Avengers 4” and “Captain Marvel” films.

While Lee may no longer be with us in the present, his creative legacy will continue to live on in the hearts and the minds of everyone as they watch “Spiderman” or “The Avengers”.