This Week in Pop Culture : January 5 - 11, 2019

We've scoured this week's entertainment news and rounded up our favorite vocab words from the stories that everyone's buzzing about.
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  1. aspiration
    a cherished desire
    Over the brand’s almost 60 years, Barbie has empowered kids to imagine themselves in aspirational roles from a princess to president,” Robbie said.
    - Variety (Jan 8, 2019)
    Barbie is headed to the big screen. Margot Robbie will produce and portray the legendary doll in a live-action movie from Warner Bros. There's no word yet on who will be cast as Ken, or whether the Dream House will figure prominently in the plot.
  2. defiantly
    in a rebellious manner
    “Just like everyone watches me, I’m watching them. Camera’s flipped now,” she said defiantly.
    - The Washington Post (Jan 9, 2019)
    A new chapter in the Lindsay Lohan saga is now playing out on camera with the premiere of her MTV reality show “Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club”. The show takes place at a club in Mykonos, Greece where Lohan is co-owner. There's plenty of melodrama as the staff members interact with customers and with Lohan herself, who adopts the role of the demanding boss.
  3. doppelganger
    a ghostly double that haunts its living counterpart
    The director’s follow-up to his Oscar-winning 2017 hit “Get Out” follows a family (headed by the “Black Panther” veterans Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke) terrorized by what seem to be evil doppelgängers of themselves.
    - The New York Times (Jan 8, 2019)
    The next movie from director Jordan Peele, entitled Us, will premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival in March, a few days before it opens nationwide. Us is a follow-up to Peele's hugely successful movie Get Out. Doppelgängers are like twins, and sometimes evil twins. In English the word can be spelled with the umlaut over the letter "a", as it is in the example sentence, or without it.
  4. ebullient
    joyously unrestrained
    It was a moment when everyone — absolutely everyone — expected to see an ebullient Lady Gaga climbing to the stage in her dramatic periwinkle gown.
    - Chicago Tribune (Jan 7, 2019)
    Fans are still reeling from the shocking results at the Golden Globe Awards this week. Most critics and fans expected Lady Gaga to win for Best Actress and her film, A Star is Born, to win Best Drama. Instead, the awards went to Glenn Close and Bohemian Rhapsody. Lady Gaga did win the Best Song award for co-writing “Shallow,” so viewers got to watch her take the stage in a fabulous gown and give an ebullient acceptance speech.
  5. hiatus
    an interruption in the intensity or amount of something
    Justin Timberlake is back on stage and he couldn't be happier. "Last night. Feels good to be back," the singer wrote on Sunday (Jan. 6), 48 hours after he headlined the Capital One Arena in Washington D.C. following a two month hiatus from performing due to bruised vocal cords.
    - Billboard (Jan 7, 2019)
    After being forced to cancel several dates on his current tour because of bruised vocal chords, Justin Timberlake is all better and making up those missed concerts. A hiatus is a break or a time when something stops.
  6. nefarious
    extremely wicked
    The new teaser packs a fair amount of new footage into a minute and 30 seconds, particularly with regards to the Kree-Skrull war: We see Jude Law as Carol’s Kree warrior mentor, as well as Ben Mendelsohn as Talos, the nefarious leader of the Skrulls.
    - Entertainment Weekly (Jan 7, 2019)
    A new teaser trailer for Captain Marvel was released this week. This preview highlights the 1990s setting of the film and the banter between Captain Marvel and Nick Fury. The movie will be in theaters on March 8. Nefarious is a great word for someone truly scheming and evil, but it’s not to be used for someone who's just a pest. Your little brother may annoy you sometimes, but he’s probably not nefarious (unless he's plotting to take over the world.)
  7. purveyor
    someone who supplies provisions, especially food
    The 2019 festival will feature a signature lineup of the top NYC food and beverage purveyors, plus lawn games, street art, internationally known artists, and a relaxing and restorative Best Kept Secret area for fans over age 21.
    - Billboard (Jan 7, 2019)
    Two major summer music festivals announced their line-ups this week. The Governors Ball, which takes place on Randall’s Island Park in New York City, will feature Florence + The Machine, Lil’ Wayne, and Tyler, The Creator. Bonnaroo, which happens in Tennessee over three days in June, announced that Childish Gambino, Phish, Solange, and Cardi B. will play the festival.
  8. snub
    refuse to acknowledge
    Malek then tried to recover by simply putting his hands behind his back, where they could be snubbed by nothing and no one.
    - People ( Jan 6, 2019)
    As mentioned, the results of The Golden Globes were not what anyone expected, including the Lady GaGa award snub and a social snub by presenter Nicole Kidman. In an awkward moment, actor Rami Malek repeatedly tried to get Kidman's attention, but for some reason she seemed to completely ignore him. As it turns out, the two stars know each other and apparently she was just spacing out for a moment. Hey, it can happen to anyone.
  9. symbiotic
    of organisms living together, especially to mutual advantage
    It looks like we haven’t seen the last of Eddie Brock and his snarky symbiote.
    - Entertainment Weekly ( Jan 7, 2019)
    Marvel announced that it's officially working on Venom 2, the sequel to the movie that survived terrible reviews to become a major hit last year. The first movie took in $855 million at theaters worldwide, so a second chapter is no surprise. Rumor has it that in this film Venom will take on Carnage, played by Woody Harrelson. Nobody goes to comic book movies for science lessons, but symbiosis is a real biological phenomenon.
  10. uproarious
    marked by boisterous merriment or convulsive laughter
    But judging by the uproarious reception to his speech, Martin is more than primed to host a fourth time.
    - USA Today (Jan 8, 2019)
    The Academy Awards are still without a host. The hostless nature of the Oscars was on everybody’s mind at the New York Film Critics Circle awards this week. While former host Chris Rock was presenting an award, he loudly proclaimed that he would not host the event again. Rock spotted former host Steve Martin in the crowd and encouraged him to volunteer for the gig. There is no word yet on whether Martin, or anyone else, is taking Rock’s suggestion seriously.

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