‘God’s favorite idiot’ isn’t the end of the world as we know it

Love is in the air – beautiful bride, handsome groom. Not to mention the open bar. What could be better?

Well, when the party is over, I also love that these days I don’t have to worry about not having anything to see and listen to anymore.

On that note, the first offering in this newsletter happens to feature a couples comedy duo you might like.

“God’s Favorite Idiot”

Real-life spouses Ben Falcone and Melissa McCarthy star in this comedy series about God’s least likely people to help the world fight Satan and the impending doomsday.

Falcone and McCarthy have a great partnership both maritally and professionally, so alone they deserve admission. And, yes, the end of the world as a comedy might seem odd given everything that’s going on right now. But trust me – if you like quirky, this is for you.

The show is streaming on Netflix.

“Father of the Bride”

(From left) Adria Arhona, Diego Boneta, Andy Garcia and Gloria Estefan in

Did you get the save date for this?

“Father of the Bride” has many adaptations, but this is the first to feature a Latino actor.

Andy García and Gloria Estefan play a not-so-happy married couple whose daughter is getting married in this remake, which comes with plenty of Modern elements (including the proposed daughter and a tour guide from the Zen Center as the master of ceremonies of choice). Perfect wedding season, eh?

The film is streaming on HBO Max, which shares its parent company with CNN.

“Becoming Elizabeth”

Alicia von Rietberg (right) starred in

As the average Pop Life reader knows, I can’t get enough of the past and present of the British royal family.

“Becoming Elizabeth” is Cannon’s latest work, telling the dramatic story of a 16th-century orphan teenager and daughter of Henry VIII, who went on to become Queen Elizabeth I.

Granted, it’s a cable series with some sex, intrigue and a lot of drama. I really enjoyed the episodes I screened because it can be a challenge to tell a fresh, engaging story about such an iconic historical figure.

The series is streaming on Starz.

two things to hear

Alanis Morissette performing at the O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire in London on March 4, 2020.

Isn’t it ironic that Alanis Morissette is releasing a new album?

I couldn’t resist using that famous Morissette lyric because her latest project “The Storm Before Calm” might not be exactly what some people expected.

That’s because it’s a guided meditation album.

“Meditation gives my inner rest and gives me access to ideas, visions and inspiration,” she told rolling stone. “I can hear my own capital-S Self.”

“The Storm Before Calm” hits theaters Friday.

Fragrance Genius performs at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, CA on April 20, 2018.

Let’s dance together.

That’s what Perfume Genius has us do with his latest work, Season of the Ugly.

The Michael Hadreas-born artist initially collaborated with choreographer Kate Wallich on the project as an accompaniment to an immersive dance piece that reflects his pure love for music .

“I’ve always been obsessed with music,” Hadreas tells American songwriter“I have so many memories of music, dancing and singing, and I’m addicted to wanting to hear certain songs on the radio again.”

The new album was released on Friday.

have one thing to talk about

Jennifer Lopez performs during the Super Bowl LIV halftime show at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami on February 2, 2020.
as i tweetedI didn’t expect to be so excited while watching the new Netflix documentary about Jennifer Lopez called “Halftime.”

But I did it.

A retrospective of her life and career takes place in the context of her preparations for the 2020 Super Bowl halftime show. I was impressed with her drive, enthusiasm and desire to represent her culture.

I also forgot how good Lopez was in 2019’s “Liar” and how she was snubbed during awards season that year.

Most importantly, seeing a woman of color in her 50s—a lot of things in Hollywood at the time rewarded and celebrated youth— do the damn thing and have it all.

Thanks for your inspiration, J. Lo.

something to sip

(From left) Amber Heard and Johnny Depp watch the jury enter courtroom after a break on May 16 in Fairfax County Circuit Court in Virginia.

The defamation trials of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard are over, though it doesn’t feel like it.

Earlier this week, Heard about the case with NBC News’ Savannah Guthriein which she and her ex-husband were both found responsible, but she faces a heavier financial penalty.
Not only did Heard reconfirm her abuse allegations against Depp, but she also touched on how the public seemed to view the legal back and forth between the two (they were both suing each other, testimony dug up) There’s a lot of ugliness between ex-spouse).

“I’m not going to blame ordinary people for seeing this and how it’s been reported, or thinking it’s the worst Hollywood kid,” she told Guthrie. “But what people don’t understand is that it’s actually much bigger than that.”

The trial has drawn a lot of attention and comment for weeks. But at the end of the day, it’s fair to say that no one really won, because both Heard and Depp left the door open to what seemed like an incredibly toxic and dysfunctional relationship.

No matter where their lives or careers go, Naked private fights will always be with them.

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