New Netflix show keeps Blockbuster alive

A version of this story appeared in Pop Life Chronicles, CNN’s weekly entertainment bulletin. To get it delivered to your inbox, sign up for free here. CNN— Change is good, right? I thought about mixing things up as far as this newsletter goes, but would love to hear from you. What would you like to read? Are there sections you like more than others? Do you feel like I’m missing something that will liven up your brunch conversations? Write to me and let me know. In the meantime, let’s get to this week’s roundup. ‘Blockbuster’ True confession: I have my old Blockbuster membership card somewhere around here. I was a regular at my neighborhood store in Baltimore, which is why I was thrilled when I heard about this new comedy series based on the #throwback movie rental channel. In the eponymous show, Randall Park plays Timmy Yoon, “an analog dreamer living in a 5G world” who runs the latest Blockbuster location there. He wants to prove that his store offers “something big companies can’t: a human connection.” What a beautiful message. The series is streaming on Netflix now. Yes, you read that right – now you can stream a show about movie rentals. “Hip-hop homicides” Sadly, with the recent death of rapper Takeoff, this new WEtv show seems more timely than ever. Produced by 50 Cent and Mona Scott-Young, and hosted by Van Lathan, the series “will take a ‘big picture’ look at the epidemic of violence in hip hop.” Given that at least one rapper has lost his life every year to gun violence since 2018, the topic is ripe for examination. The first episode, which looks back at the 2020 murder of rapper Pop Smoke, is available on WEtv. “Selena Gomez: My Mind and Me” Celebrity confessionals are popular for good reason. They remind us that no matter how young, rich, famous or beautiful you are, life can always be a challenge. That seems to be the message of Selena Gomez’s new documentary “My Mind & Me,” in which she becomes vulnerable about her world and her sanity. In my opinion, this kind of first-person advocacy is one of the best uses of a celebrity’s platform — because it can help others realize they’re not alone. “Selena Gomez: My Mind & Me” is streaming on Apple TV+. “Selena Gomez: My Spirit and Me” A strange phone call reveals a question from beyond the grave: was the godfather of the soul murdered? Nearly 40 years ago, a songwriter found herself in the inner circle of musician James Brown, though that relationship nearly destroyed her career. Decades later, she finds herself trying to solve the mystery of Brown’s death. When she calls CNN reporter Thomas Lake, the two men fall into a world of secrets, intimidation and suspicion of foul play. “The James Brown Mystery” podcast is currently airing on CNN Audio. Spice up Your Life! To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the release of their second album, the iconic British girl group have curated a new version of the record, ‘Spiceworld25’, bringing together the hits, their favorite B-sides, live concert recordings and a mash-up. Spice Girls Party Mix”. It’s kind of crazy that Melanie Chisholm, Emma Bunton, Melanie Brown, Geri Halliwell and Victoria Beckham have been around for so long, but it’s also a chance to remember how so many of us were taken by their female power – and always seem to be. The album is out now. By far my favorite story this week was the story of how Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King paid the hospital bill for the birth of Julia Roberts. It was the perfect combination of “Wait, what?” and “How cool is that?” The story itself has been here and there on social media since Roberts shared it with journalist Gayle King in September as part of the History Channel’s ‘HISTORYTalks’ series, but has gained traction in particular. during the fans’ celebration of Roberts’ 55th birthday on October 28. No matter how the story broke, I’m glad it did. “Welcome to the Birthplace” read the title of a recent Vogue magazine article about Jennifer Coolidge, and I think this captures it perfectly. The star of ‘The White Lotus’ is having a moment – and we love to see it. Not only did Coolidge win an Emmy in September for her work on the hit HBO show, but she also had a role in Netflix’s buzzy series “The Watcher.” Coolidge also benefits. She told CNN’s Don Lemon this week that “it’s a lot nicer if you weren’t expecting the moment to happen. “It’s the surprise of it all that makes it so fun,” she added during an interview that aired Wednesday on “CNN This Morning.” “I truly believe that if I expected all of this to happen, it never would have happened. In Hollywood, turning 61 and still killing it on screen continues – sadly – ​​to be a rare triumph. But Coolidge is an institution, having starred in many movies that helped define pop culture, from “American Pie” to “Legally Blonde” to “Best in Show,” to name a few. Long live her reign as the actress most likely to steal every scene. Not all news on the site expresses the views of the site, but we transmit this news automatically and translate it through programmatic technology on the site and not from a human editor.


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