This Week in Pop Culture: July 6–July 12, 2019

We've scoured this week's entertainment news and rounded up our favorite vocab words from the stories that everyone's buzzing about.
definitions & notes only words
  1. auspicious
    indicating favorable circumstances and good luck
    "The matchmaker has found you an auspicious match,” her mother says. “Yes, I will bring honor to us all,” she replies as faint notes from the iconic Disney song of the same name play in the background.
    - Variety (July 7, 2019)
    The first trailer for Disney’s live action remake of Mulan was released this week. The 1998 animated version featured the voice of Eddie Murphy as Mushu the dragon, but there’s no sign of the character in this early look at the new version. When something is auspicious, it means that it is a good sign, a welcome omen of positive things to come.
  2. condolence
    an expression of sympathy with another's grief
    We offer our deepest condolences to his family, castmates and colleagues and join his many millions of fans in grieving his untimely passing. He will be dearly missed.
    - People (July 7, 2019)
    Cameron Boyce, known for his roles in several Disney Channel shows and movies, died this week from a seizure. Boyce can be seen in the upcoming Disney Channel movie Descendants 3, which will premiere in August.
  3. crooner
    a singer of popular ballads and romantic songs
    Meanwhile, the 20-year-old "In My Blood" crooner donned a dark hoodie and T-shirt, which he paired with some Nike shorts and socks.
    - E! (July 8, 2019)
    New celebrity couple alert! Well, maybe. Singers Shawn Mendes and Camilla Cabello, who’ve recently been photographed together, are rumored to be a romantic pair. Some say that the timing is suspicious, because the two also have a new single and video to promote, “Señorita,” and giving the appearance of a relationship may just be a publicity stunt. can confirm that a crooner is a singer, but we cannot confirm whether the two are an item.
  4. illustrious
    having or conferring glory
    The U.S. women staked their claim to being the best team in the program’s illustrious history Sunday, beating the Netherlands 2-0 for their fourth World Cup title.
    - USA Today (July 7, 2019)
    The U.S. Women’s National Team won the Soccer World Cup for the fourth time this week. On Wednesday the team was given a ticker tape parade in New York City, which is only the second time that such an honor has been given to a women’s sports team. In addition to becoming famous for their dominance on the field, the team has been outspoken in demanding that female athletes be given equal pay to their male counterparts. Illustrious means distinguished, prestigious and important.
  5. impending
    close in time; about to occur
    Despite the impending surgery, Wonder still plans on completing his tour, which continues July 9th in Dublin.
    - Rolling Stone (July 7, 2019)
    Music legend Stevie Wonder will soon undergo kidney replacement surgery. He recently revealed to a concert audience in London that he has a donor lined up. Wonder wanted to set the record straight because there have been rumors flying around about his health for some time. The legendary singer insists that he is in “good spirits” and will continue touring until shortly before the September surgery.
  6. inspired
    of surpassing excellence
    So after all this is said and done, and you still cannot get past the idea that choosing the incredible, sensational, highly-talented, gorgeous Halle Bailey is anything other than the INSPIRED casting that it is because she 'doesn't look like the cartoon one,' oh boy, do I have some news for you...about you.
    - The Hollywood Reporter (July 8, 2019)
    It was recently announced that Halle Bailey from the singing group Chloe x Halle will play Ariel in Disney’s live action remake of The Little Mermaid. Bailey will be the first African-American actor to portray the mermaid in a major Hollywood production. Twitter exploded with both criticism of and support for the casting decision.
  7. lackluster
    not having brilliance or vitality
    The former MLB slugger, 43, proved he knows just what to say to cheer up fiancée Jennifer Lopez after she turned in what she believed to be a lackluster performance on her It’s My Party tour.
    - People (July 7, 2019)
    YouTube viewers got a glimpse into the relationship between Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez this week when a tour diary video surfaced. In the clip, Lopez is disappointed in her performance after putting on a show when she was sick. Rodriguez assures her that she was terrific, and that the audience got more than their money’s worth. A lackluster performance lacks energy and doesn’t live up to the fans’ expectations.
  8. montage
    sticking together pieces of paper or photographs to form art
    Chance the Rapper gave fans another taste of what to expect from his long-awaited debut album through a touching video montage dedicated to his wife and soundtracked by new music.
    - Billboard (July 7, 2019)
    On the heels of his hit “GRoCERIES”, Chance the Rapper released more new music this week. The complete album, which will be the artist's first full-length record, will most likely be released in late July.
  9. replica
    copy that is not the original
    Archie is pictured wearing a handmade replica of the Royal Christening Robe, a garment that has been passed down the royal family for years.
    - The Independent (July 6, 2019)
    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle held a christening for their son Archie this week. The ceremony continued the couple’s tradition of doing things their own way; it was a small, private affair instead of a lavish production with lots of photographers. The Queen was not in attendance because she had a previous engagement, but Harry’s brother Prince William and father Prince Charles were both present.
  10. windfall
    a sudden happening that brings good fortune
    The big windfall for "Far From Home" could help turn things around at the box office for the rest of the summer, and maybe even the rest of the year, according to Robbins.
    - CNN (July 8, 2019)
    Spider Man: Far from Home, starring Tom Holland and Jake Gyllenhaal, has exceeded expectations at the box office. The sequel took in $185 million dollars over the July 4th weekend. Industry-watchers are hoping that this is an windfall for the rest of the summer movie season, because the first half was a bit of a letdown. The remaining big summer releases include Quentin Tarantino’s new film, and the The Fast and the Furious spinoff Hobbs and Shaw.

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