Pop culture this week

Alexa Ash

ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR

Has James Charles been sister silenced?

If you are an avid Youtube-obsessor, or honestly if you’ve looked at Twitter at all the past week, you’ll know that sister influencer, James Charles, 19, has been dragged by fellow Youtuber Tati Westbrook, 37. This internet feud started after Charles accepted a paid sponsorship from a vitamin brand, Sugar Bear Hair, which is in direct competition to former friend and mentor, Tati’s vitamin brand, Halo Beauty. Amidst all the beauty community drama, Westbrook unloaded some information about Charles’ personal life, insinuating the he is using his power and celebrity status to sexually manipulate men. Whether or not the allegations are true, I don’t know, but I do know that with gossip this juicy, studying for finals is the last thing on my mind.

“Archie” glad she finally had her baby?

On May 6, weighing seven pounds and three ounces, a new royal baby was born. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed the birth of their son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. Although it seems that Meghan has been watching far too much “Riverdale” in regards to that name, we (meaning all of us Sussex stans) couldn’t be more thrilled for them. I know for everyone it felt as though Meghan Markle had been pregnant for eons, but that is in due to the fact that she was late. Because Archie is seventh in line for the throne, the new parents have decided to raise him as normal and plebe-like as possible. I’m not sure how normal your life can be living on the grounds of one of England’s largest castles, but A for effort, you two.  

The Saint, the Psalm, and Northern Chicago

We’ve got baby fever over here at The Leader (or maybe it’s just me) so let’s keep this baby announcement train a’movin’. On May 9, super couple Kim Kardashian-West and husband Kanye West, hilariously referred to as “Kimye”, welcomed their new son, Psalm. As this is her second child delivered via surrogacy, Kim took to Instagram on Mother’s Day saying that, “Beautiful Mother's Day; with the arrival of our fourth child; We are blessed beyond measure; We have everything we need." Other than the odd choice of name, I’m sure Psalm will be just as adorable as every other Kardashian baby, all 273 of them.

5 upcoming movies coming out May 2019

Andrew Cripe

FILM CRITIC


“Shadow” (May 3)

Prediction: Good

After the colossal failure of the 2016 action movie “The Great Wall”, Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou looks to make a huge comeback with “Shadow”, a historical drama that has already received rave reviews from around the world. Expect the return of Yimou’s awe-inspiring fight choreography and visual mastery that made films like “Hero” and “House of Flying Daggers” international sensations.

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“Long Shot” (May 3)

Prediction: Okay

From the trailer of this romantic comedy about a Presidential candidate (Charlize Theron) falling in love with a reporter (Seth Rogen), Jonathan Levine’s latest seems genuinely sweet, if not a bit formulaic. It’s not clear if Rogen will be playing his usual bumbling stoner or if he will be aiming somewhat higher, but the best can always be expected of Charlize Theron, one of the finest actresses out there.

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“The Hustle” (May 10)

Prediction: Meh

After the respectable success of this year’s “Isn’t It Romantic”, the delightful Rebel Wilson will soon be back in theaters for a heist film about two con artists that become partners, co-starring Anne Hathaway. “The Hustle” has great talent supporting it, but the question is whether the film itself will rise to their level, and from the looks of the lame jokes in the trailer, the odds are not promising.

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“Pokémon: Detective Pikachu” (May 10)

Prediction: Divisive

This is the first live action Pokémon movie, and it looks a little terrifying. Every major Pokémon from the popular anime and videogame series is represented, and from the trailers, some look adorable, like Pikachu (voiced by Ryan Reynolds). But there are others that are mind-bogglingly freaky, like the menacing-looking Psyduck and the taunting, nightmarish expression on Mr. Mime’s face. The production value looks stellar, and the whole package could very well be one of 2019’s most satisfying family films, but it could also be a disaster the likes of which we’ve never seen. Devotees of the series already know they’ll be seeing it, but for the casual moviegoer, Detective Pikachu will probably not be their cup of tea.

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“John Wick: Chapter 3” (May 17)

Prediction: Excellent

The last two John Wick movies were amazing. They were popular action movies that had the decency to tell an interesting story about a former hitman while still being jaw-droppingly violent and extremely badass. These movies are a cross between “Mortal Kombat” and “The Raid”, and this third entry promises to the titular character’s biggest, craziest, most ambitious adventure yet.

Pop culture this week

Alexa Ash

ARTS & CULTURE EDITOR

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Aca-Awkward!

Just two years after their gorgeous outdoor wedding, “Pitch Perfect” stars Anna Camp and Skylar Astin have separated. When their relationship began in June of 2013, all of us were decidedly annoyed that he had chose his absolutely beautiful co-star and not us (or was that just me?) However, paradise seems to have ended quicker than the “Pitch Perfect” franchise itself. On Friday, April 19, the former couple issued a comment to People saying: “We can confirm that we have decided to separate, and this decision was made mutually and amicably. We kindly ask for privacy as we navigate this transition.” Now that Skylar Astin is getting divorced, do you think it’d be aca-awkward if I slid into those DMs? Let me know.

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Orange is the new (Kodak) Black

The prodigal rapper has returned and with a few felonies under his belt to boot! After some shady business with a cancelled concert on Wednesday night and the mysterious disappearance of Kodak Black, the gossip websites have been in a tizzy trying to find him to get the scoop. Where in the world is Kodak Black? Well, Mr. Black was at the Lewiston-Queenston International Bridge border getting arrested for the possession of drugs and guns with an intent to bring them into the country. Yikes. However, the real kicker of the story is that Black is now blaming his GPS for accidentally directing him into Canada. You can’t make this shit up, people.

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April showers bring more drama

Can’t this just end already? The two most overrated people in the celebrity sphere seem to duking it out over the coveted date “April 26”. On April 13, Taylor Swift posted a very vague picture of a glittering, pink, diamond-encrusted heart with the caption “4.26”. Now that sounds like a teaser for an important event; I don’t think she posted that because she finds the number combination aesthetically pleasing. In a post to her own instagram, which has curiously been deleted, Kim Kardashian, law student and longtime frenemy of Swift, announced the launch of her new fragrance collection collab with sister, Kylie Jenner, which will be released on, you guessed it, April 26. Now, this could all just be some great coincidence, and it will all blow over soon. However, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t ready for another diss-track from the queen of “writing about your feelings and exposing everyone along the way”. So we’ll see.

This week in pop culture

Alexa Ash
Arts & Culture Editor

Jordyn Woods. Photo (Getty)

Jordyn Woods. Photo (Getty)

World War K

Everyone better suit up because it’s getting crazy out here. The Kardashians have had, yet again, another internet-breaking scandal. But this time, it wasn’t their fault. Best friend and practically sixth Kardashian sister, Jordyn Woods, has been publicly shamed and ostracized amid stories of her getting a little to close and comfortable with Khloe’s baby daddy and known philanderer, Tristan Thompson. The (real) Kardashian sisters started an all-around “Jordyn Woods Detox,” where they wiped any trace of Woods from Khloe’s “Good American” fashion line—where she had expanded her modeling career—from her collab with Kylie Cosmetics, and even from Kylie’s house. I’m sure Tiger Woods feels a whole lot better now that the cheating allegations have been placed upon a different “Woods”.

JoBros Part Deux?

We are burning up for you Nick, Joe, and yes, even you, Kevin. In response to the reunion of the Jonas Brothers, there has been an outpour of adult women, including myself, reverting back to their pre-teen ways. The Jonas Brothers didn’t want to make their reappearance a quiet affair. They dropped their new song “Sucker” with an absolutely boujee and over-the-top music video to go with it. The song shot up to the No. 1 single on iTunes, and their music video is the No. 1 trending video on YouTube. Officially making their reunion public on March 1, the JoBros hinted at an upcoming “Jonas Brothers Week” on “The Late Late Show with James Corden”. If the “Camp Rock” stars were here to make waves, they certainly got what asked for. Don’t mind me though, I’ll just be at Target buying the newest TigerBeat magazine wearing my Aeropostale shirt with twelve tank tops underneath and my jean skirt over colored leggings.

You’ve “Scott” to be kidding

It is just so not the Kardashian’s week. Amid the Khloe-Tristan-Jordyn cheating scandal that has been shaking the internet these past couple days, Kylie Jenner has been questioning her own relationship with rapper Travis Scott. If we jump back to December 2018, Scott and Jenner were the victims of a cheating hoax involving a balcony, a scantily-clad woman, and a Travis doppelganger. Coming back to the present, this one ain’t no hoax. After checking his phone, there seemed to be some indication of his infidelity, and fueled by the Khloe and Tristan drama, Kylie was already in a suspicious state of mind. If it’s true or if it’s not, the Kardashian name has been in everyone’s mouths these past two weeks. What’s that saying that’s been floating around the meme culture of the internet: “The Devil works hard, but Kris Jenner works harder”.